Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Star Trek Deep Space Nine The Complete Series |
Actors: Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Alexander Siddig
Directors: Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Alexander Siddig, Corey Allen, Reza Badiyi
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Hands Down, The Greatest Ever Trek Series
DEAN M. Dent | SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA USA | 12/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Star Trek Deep Space Nine will always be the cult within the cult.Although not as popular as the other Star Trek spin-offs(even the anemic Voyager who had the benefit of the UPN network behind it),it has the diehard follwing of Trekker Niners who'll easily attest that DS9 was the best Trek show ever.
Unlike the other spin-offs,the show as well as the characters evolved in its seven seasons.Notably The lead character Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) who started as a brooding arbitrator of a rundown space station.In the later seasons, the character was injected with the same passion that fueled Kirk and Picard,becoming a great Captain as well as accepting his role as the Bajoran's Emissary and in the end,joined the Bajoran prophets.Sisko's crew includes first officer/Bajoran lieson Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor),Trill science officer Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell),Cheif Medical Officer Dr Julian Bashir(Alexander Siddig),Cheif of Operations Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and changeling Security Chief Odo (Rene Abourjonios).Station residences includes Ferengi Barkeeper Quark (Armin Shimmerman), Cardassian Tailor, former spy Garak (Andy Robinson) and Sisko's son Jake (Cirroc Lofton).
Although known as the darkest of all the Trek shows(despite having some of the most humorous episodes in the entire franchise)DS9 has the most complex storytelling ever to come out of Gene Roddenberry's universe.
In season one we have the humble beginnings of the station formerly known as Terok Nor.Sisko was more of an administrator than the passionate individual he is to become,Kira Nerys is unsettlingly fiesty,Julian Bashir rates high on the arrogent meter,and Jadzia Dax comes off as somewhat aloof.The shakedown season still plays better than the latter seasons of any of the following Trek Series(Voyager,Enterprise).The standout episodes include Past Prologue,Captive Pursuit,Progress,In The Hands Of The Prophets,and Duet,which in many opinion, is the best ever DS9 episode.
With the final season of TNG over shadowing,as well as the upcoming Voyager series in the wings ,DS9 was trying to find it's footing in the second season.Besides character development,we see the seeds of events begin to evolve,including the rise (and eventual downfalls) of Kai Winn & Gul Dukat,the re-introduction of The Original Series "Mirror,Mirror" Universe,as well as the dreaded Dominion.
The standout episodes includes Cardassians,Whispers,Blood Oath,The Maquis,The Wire,and The Collaborator.
Season two ends with the ominous The Jem'hadar,preparing us for a direction never seen in Star Trek
With the Dominion threat,and the introdution of the battleship,Defiant,DS9's third season was finally coming into it's own.
Along with more character development in the lead as well as the supporting cast(Garak,Dukat,Kai Winn,Rom & Nog),the writing was even stronger than before with great episodes such as House Of Quark,Civil Defense,Second Skin,Visionary,Past Tense,and Explorers.Also introduced in this season are Leeta,Ishka("Moogie"),Brunt,Shaakar,and Lt.Commander Eddington.
Unfortunately with Star Trek Generation hitting the big screen,and Star Trek Voyager's big premire,DS9 was lost in the shuffle.But it would use it's underdog status to emerge as the greatest Trek series the following season.
The final ingredient that was needed in DS9,Worf becomes a member of the crew in the fourth season,and it will never be the same again.
Not only it was Starfleet's Klingon officer's introduction,but Way of the Warrior was DS9's most exciting episode(it's equivelent of TNG's Best Of Both Worlds),dealing with the Federation-Klingon Empire relation being strained and underminded by the Dominion,which concluded with the greatest battle scenes ever seen on televised Trek.
Sisko ,promoted to Captain in the previous season,finally emerges as a commanding presence,in part to his image makover including a bald head & goatee.
Many classic episodes including WOTW,The Visitor,Little Green Men,Our Man Bashir,Rejoined,The Sons Of Mogh,Bar Association,Hard Time,and Broken Link which concludes with a surprise ending for the season.
This is the season where the writers & producers realise that the show will never come close to being the success that TNG was,and decided to make the show something to be proud of and making it's place be known in the Star Trek Universe.
DS9's fifth season proves there is so much more to the show once described about a station that didn't "go anywhere".When most TV shows wear out their welcome by season five,ST-DS9 just kept getting better
One of the factors is the strong writing,as well as the characters evolution(Worf & Dax's romantic relationship,Bashir's genetic enhancement secret)and such classic episodes as,Looking For Par'Mach In All The Wrong Places,The Ship,Children Of Time,By Inferno's Light/In Purgotory's Shadow,and Trials and Tribble-ation(featuring the original ST crew).
The season ends with the beginning of the Dominion War which has been building up since season three.
In the sixth season ,you come to realise that it's far removed from the premise of a darker edgier Trek of the first two seasons ,only to emerged as the greatest Trek show of all time.
The writing had become more ambitious than any other latter day Trek Series(TNG,VOY,ENT),and it was only the penultimate season. The six-part Dominion War Arc(including classic episodes A Time To Stand,Rocks & Shoals,The Sacrifice Of Angels) showed the producers going for broke as well as establishing DS9 as a show that's not afraid to take chances.
The best season six episodes are too many to list(....Cordially Invited...,Waltz,Far Beyond The Stars,Inquisition,His Way,Reckoning,The Valient),but it's In The Pale Moonlight that is the highlight of the entire season(as well as my 3rd favorite episode behind season one's "Duet",and four's"The Way Of The Warrior")as Captain Sisko wrestles with his conscience as Garak helps him to dupe the Romulans into joining their efforts in the war.The season ends on a dark tone with "Tears Of The Prophet" in which Jadzia Dax is killed by a Pah-Wraith possessed Dukat.
Although season six staked DS9's claim as Star Trek's best ever show,the seventh, and finale season of DS9,coming after a three season winning streak,hits a bump during the season ,yet it was still superior than any other show of it's genre .
The death of Jadzia Dax somewhat took the wind out of the series,and the new Dax,Ezri(Nicole DeBoer)an unprepared new Trill host,was written as"Ally McTrill",only to emerge as more comfortable with the roll as the show wound down.
Some episodes ranged from mediocre(Prodigal Daughter) to downright weak(The Emperor's New Cloak,Extreme Measures) .Aside from the Finale Arc(including Penumbra,Strange Bedfellows,Tacken To The Wind & Dogs Of War),Take Me Out To The Holosuite,The Siege at AR 558,Chimara and Inter Arma...ranks as some of DS9's greatest episodes.The ten part finale arc which ended with What You Leave Behind closed the show on a fitting yet premature ending.
Paramount released the DVD sets throughout 2003(the tenth anniversary of DS9)as well as insatiate the many fans of this brilliant yet overlooked show(hopefully a series of TV movies in the future),reminding us of how great DS9 was,and that hopefully we'll return to her someday.
Ten Favorite Episodes
1.Duet (first season)
2.The Way Of The Warrior (fourth season)
3.In The Pale Moonlight (Sixth Season)
4.The Visitor (Fourth Season)
5.The Seige at AR-558 (Seventh Season)
6.Trials and Tribble-ations (fifth season)
7. ...You Are Cordially Invited(sixth season)
8.Looking For Par'Mach In All The Wrong Places (fith season)
9.Take Me Out To The Holosuite (seventh season)
10.Far Beyond The Stars (sixth season)"
The Darkest, and Most Underrated of all Treks
doppelganger | Chicago | 10/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With glee I write this review for my favorite show of all time.
If you passed on the Deep Space phenomenon at the time, you were'nt alone. Many who had interest in TNG didn't really take to DS9 at first, myself included. I started watching it again in the second season and it slowly grab held of me. There are a few bad episodes ("Melora" for one), but overall these are the most fascinating, imaginative stories ever collected into a series of any kind. It's a saga no doubt, a soap opera of sci-fiction, but Deep Space went so much further. With great special effects and audio, the production value alone was entertaining. But the episodes were extremely dark at times too, with the greatest characters, a healthy budget and fantastic writing. This combination led "Kira" in an interview to state that she believes this will be one of the most time enduring Television shows ever created. I really agree. It generally becomes a sleeker show over time, but always interesting and asking extremely dark moral questions. My favorite episode of all time "In the Pale Moonlight", I believe is in the sixth season. An episode where the absolute moral boundary of war is questioned and Sisko and Garek do the craziest sh*# to assure security for the federation. It's a Narly episode. Garek actually kills a Romulan Senator by sabotaging his craft and Sisko actually trades biogenic weapons material for information. All to draw the Romulans into the war against the Dominion, I was stunned. There's another episode where the Dominion actually engineers an attack against themselves in order to destroy the military of a planet inwhich they eventually occupy. The way the episodes fold back into one another, is masterful. Don't miss it, treat yourself to extraordinary, well-thought-out sci-fi for a change. I own them all and plan on hermetically-sealing them for future generations. :)
Great Series, but TERRIBLE Pricing, and We Got Gypped with n
Your Role Model | from parts unknown | 01/12/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Briefly put, this was a great and very underrated series that I preferred over all other Star Trek series, even the mostly excellent NextGen. Probably because, unlike TNG, DS9 was not afraid to be about non-idealized heroes, and because the writers on 'Nine were willing to take chances in dark, humorous, and unexpected ways.
Would give it 5 stars, but I have to dock it one star for the (ridiculously high) price, and the fact that this series really deserved (and was plotted out for) an eighth season, but was denied it due to some truly idiotic decision-making by the suits at Viacom and Paramount.
Would also add that, as much as I'd like to buy the series, I won't until the price comes down to about $60/season, and $399 or less for the 7-season box set. That's fair, the current pricing isn't... its just greed + stupidity on Viacom/Paramount's part.
Hey V/P, my credit card's always at the ready if you ever decide to get realistic about this.
PS- Since I wrote this review, the Viacom/Paramount suits have taken one step forward, one step back on pricing.
The good news: The first three seasons of DS9 are now available for around $55 each- a very fair price, and I encourage anyone interested in the series to pick them up, especially Season 3 (the show was still finding its legs in Season 1, and for part of Season 2).
Judging from the (VASTLY) improved Amazon sales ranks for these seasons, the lower prices have definitely goosed sales, so perhaps the suits will finally get it through their skulls that this is the way to go.
The BAD news: The price for the full 7-season set jumped from the already-ridiculous $630 or so to $818. LOL, just too funny, especially considering that with the price drops on the first 3 seasons, you can still buy the 7 seasons individually for $630 and save nearly two hundred bucks. Not that you'd really want to, since you'd still be vastly overpaying for Seasons 4 thru 7.
Even if you are a huge DS9 junkie, I'd say hold off 'til all the seasons are at the Seasons 1-3 price, and the total series' box set drops to $399 or so. That's the fair price, too bad Viacom still doesn't get it.
Jeff W. Shimkus | Chicago | 01/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This show has something that TOS, and TNG doesn't. Repercussions. I loved how everything affected everyone on this show. How the actions of those on the Enterprise would rattle those behind the lines at DS9. No more was it prevalent than in the pilot episode, depicting the destruction of the federation fleet at wolf 359. WHere Benjamin Sisko losses his wife, and eventually gets stationed on the run down space station DS9. A stark difference to the trekking enterprise, who is equipped with all the best that Starfleet can provide. You are welcomed to a cast of characters who all have darker sides. Something unheard of in the galant trekking crews of the past who mingle never outside their ranks. In the first few seasons the crew and personel at DS9 are hard to work with. A surroundings of different races from all over the galaxy, Where the federation is a small presence. Not in the safety of federation space, but the war torned boundaries of the bajorans. You see the struggle, and the strength, and ultimately the unique friendship that is created later. That uniqueness is key in the last seasons of the show, where war is waged against the Dominion and victory depends not on the fleet, but in the unforeseen bonds that arise from a new friendship. The cost this time for failure is not a ship and crew but all of the races and planets of the federation, and all of the alliances and governments of the quadrant. DS9 will entertain me for the rest of my life, I am happy to own all seven seasons of this one of a kind show."