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Going nowhere, but still exploring
on 17 August 2012
As The Next Generation was doing so well, Paramount were happy to consider another incarnation of Star Trek. This time, rather than being based on a starship travelling between planets, it would be more static being set on a starbase. Instead of concentrating on the new locations or characters each week, it would then have the opportunity to delve more deeply into the world of the 24th century.
This first season got off to a great start; the 2 part pilot episode showed that some officers in Starfleet had feet of clay. Other characters highlighted that the world of the future might be great for some, but there is still ignorance, intolerance, bickering and outright conflict to deal with; and they make no apologies for putting this front and centre. Add to that, there is the strange religion of the Bajora and their "Prophets"; and a much more volatile mixture of alien species than seen in the previous shows, all of them making their presence felt.
Commander Sisko (Avery) is not happy with his assignment and is considering resigning his commission; but with the discovery of the wormhole, DS9 is no longer part of the backwater of the galaxy, but is now a frontier town right in the middle of where the action is and he has to become the man to hold it all together. It's gritty, occasionally dark and has an edge to the drama that was seldom seen in TOS or TNG. There is still some occasional humour, but this first season was all about setting the stage; and they did it very well. Many of the episodes of this first season tackle some of the sacred cows of the Federation and just what it actually stands for; and the crew of DS9 have a much thinner line to walk than is normally the case.
Some great acting, superb direction, fantastic story lines with great writing make this a really excellent addition to the franchise. This box set has a number of extra items that also enhance the package and make it well worth buying. Quite simply, I loved it and will watch this series many times.