Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Season 1 [DVD] 
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ST DS 9 DVD B/SET SEASON 1 (Disc 1)-
Of all the spin-off TV incarnations of Star Trek, Deep Space Nine had the hardest job persuading an audience to watch. By all accounts, Gene Roddenberry had concerns about the idea before his death in 1991. It took two more years to develop, and when it finally aired in 1993 reasons for that concern were evident right away. The show was dark (literally), characters argued a lot, no one went anywhere and the neighbouring natives were hardly ever friendly. Yet for all that the show went against the grain of The Great Bird's original vision of the future, it undeniably caught the mood of the time, incorporating a complex political backdrop that mirrored our own.
In the casting, there was a clear intent to differentiate the show from its predecessors. Genre stalwarts Tony Todd and James Earl Jones were considered for Commander Sisko before Avery Brooks. The one let down at the time was that Michelle Forbes did not carry Ensign Ro across from TNG, but when the explosive Nana Visitor defiantly slapped her hand on a console in the pilot episode, viewers knew they were in for a different crew dynamic. In fact, the two-part pilot show ("The Emissary") is largely responsible for DS9's early success. Mysterious, spiritual, claustrophobic, funny and feisty, it remains the most attention-grabbing series opener (apart from the Classic original) the franchise has had. The first year may have relied on a few too many familiar faces--like Picard, Q and Lwaxana Troi--but these were more than outweighed by refreshingly detailed explorations of cultures old and new (Trill, Bajoran, Cardassian, Ferengi). As it turned out, Deep Space Nine was the boldest venture into Roddenberry's galaxy that had been (or ever would be) seen.
On the DVD: Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Series 1's hour of special features is split between seven featurettes that really would have worked better edited together. Covering the show's origins and most aspects of Year One's production design, they all crib from interviews with actors and crew from the 1992 shoot (exclusively so in the 10 "Hidden Files"). Other interviews conducted in 1999 and 2002 tend to be more revealing, although the solo section on Major Kira is curiously lacking in recent input. While the designers describe their work with passion, creators Michael Piller and Rick Berman come off as stiff and lacking in knowledge. Hopefully this is something that will improve through the next six box sets. The interactive CD-ROM to build a DS9 database on your PC is something that will become more involving, too. Obviously the most important thing is the episodes themselves, and despite the lack of a commentary to enhance the best of them, sound in 5.1 and the crisp full-frame picture do them ample justice. --Paul Tonks ENDSee all Product Description
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Also, like the The Next Generation slimlines, these contain ALL THE EXTRA CONTENT of the original editions. Essentially all that's different is the packaging, the disc covers, and of course, the price.
So, to summarise, the far more reasonable price tag makes these DVDs an essential purchase for DS9 fans, or Trek fans in general who want to own it all on DVD.
What can I say but wow! The way the overall story arcs interweave through out the series, such as Dukat and Kai Winn, the emmisary story lines and the Dominion war puts it streets ahead of the "Pick up and Drop" nature of TNG. In a way it reminds me of the Babylon 5 (which is my all time favourite SF show) story lines were something happens and in a few more series it gets referred back to and suddenly it all makes sense.
Also, unlike TNGs "everything always turns out alright in the end" typical Star Trek stories, in DS9 sometimes things go tragically wrong (Duet springs to mind).
The evolution of the characters throughout the series is far superior to other ST franchises. Lets face it in TNG, apart from Data getting a little more human and Worf occasionally smiling, the characters ended the series much as they started it. The fact as well that the characters in DS9 frequently conflicted with each other and had their own agenders other than the perfect idea of Federation paradise added a grittier feel to the series.
Overall DS9 is darker, grittier and dirtier than other ST offerings, which is possibly why a lot of hardened fans didn't like it as it ruined the idea of a utopian Federation, but dont let that put you off. Its a roller coaster of a ride, from the relativley slow begining of series 1 through to the adrenaline pumping close of series 7. Buy them all, you won't be disappointed.
I was really glad when all seven seasons came out in DVD boxed sets. The presentation is wonderful, with four episodes per disc (except the first one, which includes the 2-hour premiere). The menus are great, with the Deep Space Nine theme projecting majestically from the speakers. It's always been my favourite of all the themes anyway. After you choose an episode, you then can either play it, press "set up" (where you set up your audio and subtitle options), "chapter log" (where you can go to any scene), or return to the main menu.
There are six discs in the set, with the first five containing the episodes and then the sixth being a bunch of specials.Read more ›
TNG and Voyager improved with each series (lets hope that Enterprise does the same!) and begun to create story threads, but the very essence of DS9 was the interwoven story line that kicked in with the first episode and how it was allowed to develop over the entire series. Moreover we were also treated to the development of both characters and cultures which never really happened to any great degree in the other series. DS9 was also ready to explore both the dark and light of personalities and cultures and delivered some outstanding moments of laughter and tears.
I am delighted that at last the DVD series is issued, perhaps this will allow even more to appreciate the true quality of DS9.
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brilliant item excellant quality i could swear these were brand newPublished 1 day ago by uncle pat
Although DS9 evolves into a truly gripping, involving and mature sci-fi series in later seasons, the first series is the least good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rowena Hoseason
Wonderful storytelling and great characterisation make this the best quality Star Trek series of them all!Published 3 months ago by Ben
Never seemed to catch the very first episode of this series so ordered the set. Enjoying the characters developing and their stories unfolding. Humorous too.Published 4 months ago by Nancy Murray