Star Trek: Deep Space Nine made changes and broke rules during its run
The Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry followed a certain formula. The episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series were standalone, and it wasn’t hard to follow along even if you were a first time viewer. Star Trek: The Next Generation maintained that format for the most part, although it did include cliffhanger episodes and was the first of the television series to kill off a major character when Tasha Yar died. But Star Trek: Deep Space Nine went in a different direction than any of these two series and even changed things for the the series that followed.
TrekCulture’s latest video breaks down those changes Deep Space Nine introduced and how they affected not just the series but the franchise overall. The writers of DS9 had no issues with challenging some of Roddenberry’s rules, including the interpersonal conflicts between characters.
TrekCulture calls the changes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine brought to the screen welcome
One of the best changes, at least to me, was Deep Space Nine’s arcs over the course of the series. The Dominion War. Odo’s quest to find where he belongs and where he’s from. Captain Sikso’s role as Emissary. And Major Kira’s journey to acceptance after a turbulent, horrific past. All of these played a part in shaping the characters and creating strong reasons for the viewers to keep returning.
Deep Space Nine also created returning bad guys/girls who didn’t just show up on one episode never to be heard from again after they’d completed their villainy. Kai Winn and Gul Dukat were two of the stronger characters the show introduced, and it carried them through the length of the series, allowing fans to really grow to loathe them.
TrekCulture’s video introduces many other shifts in how Deep Space Nine fit in the franchise, and if you’re not a fan of the series, this might just make you want to give it another try. Ground-breaking and character-driven, Deep Space Nine had depth, and it’s well-deserving of the accolades it receives from its fans.