What We Left Behind showed what an eighth season of Deep Space Nine would have looked like, and it should definitely become a movie.
This past week the much anticipated film What We Left Behind made its debut in theaters across the country for a special one-night screening. The crowd-funded Deep Space Nine documentary takes a look at the beloved Star Trek series and the trials and tribulations the writers went through to make a show they could be proud of.
One of the best parts of the film is when the writer’s room for the original show, including Ira Steven Behr, Ronald D. Moore, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, René Echevarria, and Hans Beimler get together to discuss the plot of what would have been Deep Space Nine Season 8.
SPOILERS follow for those who may care about spoilers for a documentary.
Over the course of the discussion, it is revealed that Season 8 would have picked up 20 years after the events of “What You Leave Behind”, the series finale of DS9. The first episode of that season would have opened with Captain Nog and the USS Defiant being attacked by a cloaked ship, escaping through the wormhole to reach the safety of Deep Space Nine.
However, while the reunited Kira Nerys, Jake Sisko, Miles O’Brien, Julian Bashir, Ezri Dax, Worf, and Quark are watching, the Defiant is destroyed, killing all hands, including Nog.
Over the course of the episode, it would be revealed that Bashir is now the head of Section 31 and that the shadow organization was responsible for Nog’s death and that Kira is a Vedek and is in command of a secret army of Jem’Hadar soldiers.
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But best of all, that first episode would have ended with Captain Benjamin Sisko returning from the wormhole, just as he promised in “What You Leave Behind.”
Now, I don’t know what anyone else thinks, but if that isn’t going to become the eighth season of DS9 then it should definitely become a feature film.
This plot just screams movie. You can jettison all the filler that having to fill a 26-episode order would have entailed and just make a tightly-paced, action-packed movie the likes of which DS9 (or Star Trek) never saw.
First off, in a lovely bit of irony, it a couple weeks it will actually be 20 years since the finale of Deep Space Nine aired for the first time. So the cast would all be the right age.
Second, with all the attention the series has received thanks to What We Left Behind, now would be the perfect time to go to CBS and propose making this into a movie for CBS All Access. Most of the cast participated in the documentary and it likely wouldn’t be that hard to get them to commit to making at least one film.
And third, if you want a sure fire way to convince the larger part of Trek Nation that streaming is the future of the franchise, the return of Deep Space Nine, even in the form of a streaming movie, would be one way to do it.
In any event, this plot is just too good to be left unmade. Everyone got a glimpse of what a Season 8 would have included thanks to What We Left Behind, but now all that does is make fans think what might have been and that it would have been incredibly awesome.
C’mon CBS. You’ve got the money and the audience. Let’s make this happen.