We here at the Continuum are always looking to get together and celebrate Star Trek on every momentous occasion we can think of. “Star Trek Day” (aka “First Contact Day”) every April… the anniversary of our own commissioning as a chapter of STARFLEET every December… the 50th Anniversary of the Original Series back in 2016… the 30th Anniversary of The Next Generation last year… At 6 pm this evening at McGuire’s Irish Pub, we’ll be celebrating again.
Happy 25th Anniversary to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which premiered on this date back in 1993!
Every hardcore fan has their Star Trek favorite series. DS9’s mine. I was into it before it was “cool.” From The Next Generation onward, it took a couple of seasons before a series really hit its stride and got interesting. And while I will admit the first two seasons of DS9 are the weakest of its seven-season run, I was enjoying it even when it was going through its first-run. (“Duet,” from the latter part of the first-season, is still one of my all-time favorite episodes).
Why did I enjoy DS9 so much? Oddly enough, maybe because it was on a space station rather than on a starship. Most fans tend to like the journey, always trekking out to new and interesting places. But I enjoyed the “home feel”: being in a stationary place in the universe that constantly dealt with various cultures not just coming and going, but in some cases, staying! The Bajorans, the Cardassians, the Ferengi — there wasn’t just one character from those species on the station. There were several! And they weren’t a part of Starfleet, so Sisko and company had to be a little more relaxed with the rules. It was the “melting pot” Star Trek series, which eventually came to include the Klingons and the Dominion. We got to see a little bit more of each of their cultures that way than we would have in any other Trek series.
My favorite episodes? Really difficult to say. There are so many great ones! DS9 did it so well, there’s only a few episodes in its last three seasons that I didn’t care for. But, besides the aforementioned “Duet,” some of my all-time favorites include “The Visitor,” “Far Beyond the Stars,” and “The Siege of AR-558” for their very dramatic storytelling. (The latter also had an awesome soundtrack in the end-of-the-episode battle scene). “Little Green Men” and “The Magnificent Ferengi” were the most hilarious ones.
I really could go on and on with my most favorite episodes… And on and on again.
Why did this series have to end? Why couldn’t they do a movie, a mini-series, and TV-movie — anything?
Of course, I know WHY. I’m just saying, I really miss the show. I miss the characters, I miss the aliens, the Rules of Acquisition (sigh! They never did finish those), the Dominion, “Morn jokes,” Odo and Quark’s disagreements, Vic Fontaine’s singing, Garak’s secrets, the genetically-altered misfits, O’Brien and Bashir’s friendship, and Benny Russell’s imagination.
“This may be the last time we’re all together, but no matter what the future holds, no matter how far we travel, a part of us, a very important part, will always remain here on Deep Space Nine.”
It would appear Sisko’s toast from “What You Leave Behind” proved true after all. Not just for the characters but for the fans like me, as well.
But I’ll keep my memories. And I’ll keep on celebrating.