Happy 20th Anniversary, Deep Space Nine!
Okay, I realize I’m more than a week late. The actual anniversary was on January 3. And I honestly meant to write something then to commemorate the occasion. DS9 was, after all, my all-time favorite Star Trek series. Benjamin Sisko, my favorite Trek character (out of all the series). The Dominion proved to be the ultimate bad guys, more villainous that even the Borg. And the Defiant was THE ship… period!
Yet, this year has already proven to be an extremely hectic one. Last week, I was busy preparing for our first meeting of the year and then updating our calendar to let everyone know what was going on. This week, I’ve been trying to work out the logistics for a trip to the Infinity Space Center in Bay St. Louis. Next week, I’m dealing with two different educational programs the Continuum is going to be involved with in the next few months. Just a look at our upcoming events as of this writing, and we have fourteen events on eleven different days. I have been trying my hardest to find some time where I could sit down and write. Because I couldn’t NOT write it. Not as much as I love this series.
And don’t get me wrong, I love being the CO of this ship, and I love what we’re doing. But sometimes it can be a bit daunting.
I was a fan of Deep Space Nine since the very beginning. I loved the concept of it. A space station at the mouth of a wormhole, where they’re could very easily be new aliens from the distant side of the galaxy but where we could also keep all the familiar species in the mix, as well.
But DS9 proved to be more than that. Ironic as it may sound, this is the only Star Trek series t
And with so many non-Federation aliens on DS9, it was multi-cultural too. With the Enterprises and Voyager, there was a great deal of uniformity. Maybe a little less so with Voyager. But in Ds9, there was the Bajorans, the Cardassians, the Klingons, the Dominion, the Ferengi… even the Romulans showed their faces from time to time. Not everybody adhered to Federation standards. Or even wanted to.hat felt like home. That even seems weird to say. I mean, it is a fictional universe, and I certainly never did live there. But unlike the other Trek that had ships that kept moving from place to place, a huge space station seemed like quite the stable environment.
Unfortunately, Deep Space Nine never had the ratings of the Next Generation. And they never had any feature films or anything else to continue the saga. Sure, there’s a novel every once and a while. But I don’t think it’s the same. This is the one series I will always miss.