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Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete First Season
Star Trek Deep Space Nine - The Complete First Season
Actors: Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2003     15hr 8min

20 episodes on 6 discs: Emissary Part I, Emissary Part II, Past Prologue, A Man Alone, Babel, Captive Pursuit, Q-Less, Dax, The Passenger, Move Along Home, The Nagus, Vortex, Battle Lines, The Storyteller, Progress, If Wis...  more »


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Actors: Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/25/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1993
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 15hr 8min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaDVD Credits: 6
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 28
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The best Sci-Fi series ever
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Star Trek fans, I'm sure, will argue for decades over which of the Trek TV series was the best. But as a stand-alone Sci-Fi TV series, this one was the best I had ever seen. Just to let you know where I'm coming from, my other favorites include Blake's 7, Doctor Who, the original Star Trek series, and most of the Next Generation Series (post 1989).Deep Space Nine had it all. It was the first Star Trek series to be produced after Gene Rodenbury passed away, and I think he would have been very proud. The series had a grand story arc from the very first episode. It increased the number of primary characters over that of 'The Next Generation.' It featured more female characters in commanding roles (most notably, Major Kira). It mirrored the post Cold War politics and instability of the Balkins / Slovakia / Eastern Europe, with its setup of the dimming Cardassian Empire and the newly-freed Bajorians. It also addressed the legacy of empires past. One only needs to see the bond between Chief O'Brien (ethnic Irish) and Doctor Bashir (ethnic Indian) to identify echoes of the British empire.And let's not forget France, or for that matter, Casablanca! Deep Space Nine was a dense series. It had action, drama, romance, and a series-long homage to the classic film, Casablanca. It could have been called, "Everyone comes to Quarks." Quark is no Rick Blaine, but he does own a bar. And Odo is a very good redux of Captain Louis Renault. Add to that the familiar story of the spy-turned-tailor in the likeable character of Garak (the only Cardassian aboar DS9). In any case, it added a depth of romance and humor to the series. Furthermore, DS9 took advantage of a grand opportunity to further develop the Bajorians, Ferengi, and Cardassians as major players in the Star Trek universe. And it should be mentioned that although Rick Berman and company downplayed early rumors that the series would be "bleak" and "much darker" than the 'Next Generation' series, it was still a very different Star Trek. The cinematography, set design, and music might have looked and sounded a lot like The Next Generation, but this Trek had a much more realistic storyline, with very powerful and often dark themes. This Trek had the highest body count of any previous or future series. Every major planet in the storyline - Earth, Bajor, Cardassia, and Qonos/Klingon are all devastated by major military attacks sooner or later in the series (with one of them nearly being destroyed altogether). DS9 (the station) itself was originally built as a Cardiassian prison, where countless Bajorians toiled and died. So although this series is part of the same glossy world as TNG, the themes and scenarios are much more realistic. This series was about suvival against the odds, and I think it pulled it off wonderfully. This was a grand series about the struggle to survive and build trust among different races and worlds. And being a Star Trek series, it was also about management - how to manage people, build teams, and solve problems on the fly. I think any engineer, mechanic, or IT professional would love the new Star Trek shows, including this one for it's never-ending theme of problem solving and the demonstration of leadership skills.But above all, a series can't work unless the characters are well-developed, and the story flows at a steady pace. And that's where DS9 excelled. In my opinion, 'The Next Generation' became a great series only when a solid story arc was established, and the crew of the Enterprise-D had acquired multiple missions to deal with the Romulans and fight the Borg. I assume, that could only be done when the future of the series was secured (thanks to strong ratings in syndication). DS9 hit the ground running when it premiered in early 1993, thanks, of course, to the success of TNG. It's characters were very well thought-out (most of them had solid backgrounds and personal interests established from the start), and only grew in depth as the series progressed. And the story arc was emphasized with some of the greatest season-ending cliffhangers I've ever seen. It is quite possible that the finale of the 1999 series (I think it was '99) when both Garak and Worf lost their love interests during an attack on DS9, was as dramatic and powerful as anything I had seen on other well-written drama series such as Homicide or Six Feet Under. In fact, Homicide was the only other TV show I watched between 1993 and 2000.It could be years before all 7 seasons of DS9 are released on DVD. But let's hope Season #1 is released soon. And then the journey can begin again. This was one for the ages for Trekers and non-Trekers alike."
Deep Space Nine Season One - An incredible beginning!
K. Wyatt | St. Louis, MO United States | 04/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Late in the fifth season of Star Trek The Next Generation, the producers decided to embark in a new direction with a new, darker and even more character rich show. Having made that decision, they came up with Deep Space Nine, which turned into one of the best of all of the series. What made this series even more intriguing and enriching was its many contrasts to the way in which the other shows were produced. In Gene Roddenberry's vision of the twenty third and later twenty fourth century's human condition, life was not exactly a paradise yet much of the strife and hardships that we contend with today are eliminated. In the other series, there aren't many examples of conflict between the characters however, in DS9 there are plenty of opportunities for conflict between the Starfleet and Bajoran personnel or any other variety of alien species. In Deep Space Nine we're introduced to Starfleet personnel who are asked to command a space station built and formerly run by Cardassians who had been occupying Bajor for sixty years and in many ways, quite brutally! Now that the Cardassians have decided to move out, the Bajorans aren't quite prepared to operate the station and are only in the beginning stages of rebuilding their world.In many ways, this series unfortunately wasn't received as well as Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager or even today's Enterprise. Often referred to as the "red headed" stepchild of the franchise, DS9 didn't initially receive the critical acclaim or the fan support it so richly deserved.Some character introductions:Commander Benjamin Sisko, played brilliantly by Avery Brooks is a man of strong convictions and possessed of a superb leadership quality. In the beginning of "Emissary," Commander Sisko is still plagued by the death of his wife at the hands of the Borg at Wolf 359. He is raising his son Jake by himself, as a widower. He initially felt at the time he received the assignment that he didn't want the position and that he didn't wish to stay in Starfleet. Upon meeting Captain Picard and the stoic Bajoran people his desire to resign grows even greater. Upon his discovery of the wormhole and the aliens within serve to change his mind as they help him to finally recover from the anguish he'd been living in since the death of his wife. He accepts his role as the commander of Deep Space Nine and quite reluctantly accepts the Bajorans belief that he is the prophesized Emissary.Major Kira Nerys, played perfectly by Nana Visitor is the Commander Sisko's choice as his first officer on DS9. She grew up under the terrible conditions of the Cardassian occupation. At an early age she joined the Bajoran resistance as a freedom fighter. Her character is one of great interest and intrigue as she learns to deal with situations from a leadership/political manner rather than always taking up arms. The role was initially to have been Ro Laren/Michelle Forbes from STNG, which probably would've been alright but thank goodness she turned it down as Nana Visitor did an outstanding job with the Kira Nerys role.Chief Miles Edward O'Brien, continuing in his role from TNG, Colm Meaney performs admirably when his character accepts a promotion/transfer to DS9. Coming along with him, but somewhat reluctantly, is his wife Keiko. No longer used in the background as transporter chief, the character stands out in many different aspects, from the dramatic to the comedic.Lieutenant Jadzia Dax, the ever beautiful Terry Farrell steps into the role of a joined Trill. Trill are a symbiotic species, meaning that while the woman is twenty eight, the "worm" in her abdomen is another life form that has been joined with other Trill several times before. Notably, Dax's last joining was with Curzon who had been mentor and friend to Benjamin Sisko. Playing the science officer, Jadzia is a brilliant and quite alluring character that enhances the show greatly.Lieutenant Julian Bashir, played perfectly by Alexander Siddig. Dr. Bashir is fresh out of the Academy and on his first assignment. He is a brilliant doctor and also serves well in the role of the "ladies" man. Of course, in a later season we learn where a lot of his intelligence comes from.Chief of Security Odo who is played beautifully by Rene Auberjonois. Odo is a shapeshifter or as we later find out, a changeling. Odo is a being possessed with a strong conviction for justice and a great need for privacy in his own affairs. The banter between him and Quark is perfect and very reminiscent of those between another pair on the Original Series.Quark - The Ferengi that runs the stations drinking establishment. In good keeping with Ferengi tradition, he is in on nearly every illicit and illegal activity that happens on the station. The character is wonderful in every way conceivable, from the comedic stand point to the dramatic; Armin Shimerman's performance is brilliant and irreplaceable.Garak, the Cardassian tailor/spy that was left behind when the Cardassians withdrew from Deep Space Nine is played superbly by Andrew Robinson. While only making one appearance in this first season, the former agent of the Obsidian Order does well to secure many recurring roles in episodes/seasons to come. He is, to date, one of the most intriguing characters of the entire genre.I highly recommend this DVD set and the other seasons to come, as it is worth every penny! {ssintrepid}Episode listing:Emissary
Past Prologue
A Man Alone
Captive Pursuit
The Passenger
Move Along Home
The Nagus
Battle Lines
The Storyteller
If Wishes Were Horses
The Forsaken
Dramatis Personae
In the Hand of the ProphetsSpecial Features:
Deep Space Nine: A Bold Beginning
Crew Dossier: Kira Nerys
Michael Westmore's Aliens: Season One
Secrets of Quark's Bar
Deep Space Nine SketchbookAlien Artifacts: Season One
A photo gallery
Several "hidden" interviews with cast members"
A Trek landmark
Richard A. Siler | Chamblee, GA United States | 01/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, everyone else who wrote a review said that DS9 is the best Trek series ever, so I won't bother saying it again (even though I kinda just did!). Character depth, story arcs, darker premises, great just rocked. However, this review is for the DVD box of the First Season.

The first season, as with any Trek series, is a bit iffy. There are good shows and bad shows, the characters are still being explored both by the writers and the actors, the massive guest cast that made DS9 such a thick, rich series is mostly not in place yet (although some of them are introduced this season). So go into it keeping this in mind. There are the usual exaggherated "personality" stories as well.

But there are a couple of reasons to get this set. First of all, you get to see the ground work that is laid for later seasons, both in terms of character development and story development. Plus, there are some cool guest appearances, like Q, Lurhsa and B'etor, and Vash.

Second, even though the stories are uneven, the series begins and ends with three of the strongest episodes of the series.

"The Emissary" does a great job of introducing the viewer not only to the characters and personalities that make up the station's crew, but also introduces the strange, mystic-driven Bajoran culture, the plight of the Bajoran people in the wake of the Cardassian occupation, and the prejudices that exist between the two.

Then, the final two episodes are absolutely indispensible. "Duet" is incredibly gripping, and possibly the best script Nana Visitor was given (she still names it as her favourite episode from the series). Kira has to confront her prejudices face to face, literally, and finds that they even in the midst of racial hatred, there is room for compassion. Then, "In the Hands of the Prophets" is a very real and strong tale of religious tolerance, and the lengths that people will go to to defend their beliefs. It's sort of a science vs. religion, "Creatism vs. Evolution" type of conflict. Very startling.

Basically, while season one isn't the strongest DS9 ever offered, it does show very clearly the sort of values and style of storytelling that grew into what became, for me, some of the best television happening at the time. Wait'll Seasons 6 and 7 come out: That is Trek at it's absolute best."
DVD release date announced.
Lincoln 6 Echo | Harrisburg, IL USA | 11/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Paramount Home Entertainment announced on 11/16 that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will receive its DVD debut on February 25, 2003.Deep Space Nine's first season will be released on that date with subsequent seasons released in alternate months throughout 2003, in a similar pattern to the Next Generation DVDs.The six-disc set will contain the feature-length premiere, 'Emissary,' together with the eighteen regular season one episodes, all remixed with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. The season includes visits by Q and Lwaxana Troi in 'Q-Less' and 'The Forsaken,' respectively, the introduction of Vedek Winn in 'In The Hands of the Prophets,' and 'Duet,' often regarded as one of DS9's best-ever episodes.Extra features include 'Deep Space Nine: A Bold Beginning,' a look at the show's makeup maestro in 'Michael Westmore's Aliens: Season One,' 'Crew Dossier: Kira Nerys,' 'Deep Space Nine Sketchbook' and one featurette which promises to reveal the 'Secrets of Quark's Bar.' Be sure to catch the trailers for the DS9 releases in the Season 6 and 7 TNG sets coming out in December."