Star Trek series have been bringing back legacy characters from the 20th century.
Since the launch of what many consider to be Nu-Trek, we’ve seen (or heard) from various characters from across the Star Trek franchise. While I’m all for new series with new characters that don’t rely too heavily on what was built by legacy characters, there is one character that simply must return. Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks).
Sisko left his wife, Kassidy Yates-Sisko and his son, Jake, at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to be with the Prophets. There was no timeline as to when he would return, and it has been over two decades since he left. It’s time for the captain to return to the current world of Star Trek as his disappearance has remained one of the questions in the franchise.
Star Trek has brought back all but two captains in the franchise.
Captain/Admiral Janeway has returned in Star Trek: Prodigy, Captain/Admiral Picard returned in Star Trek: Picard, and soon-to-be captain James T. Kirk will return in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in season two. Though Captain Archer has been referenced in Star Trek: Discovery via the naming of the Archer Spacedock, we haven’t heard a peep about Captain Sisko.
Strange New Worlds gave us a quick nod when Dr. M’Benga was reading “The Kingdom of Elysian” to his daughter as the author was Benny Russell. Brooks portrayed sci-fi writer Russell in the Deep Space Nine episode “Far Beyond the Stars.” So while that wink was thorougly appreciated, it doesn’t give us what we really want—Captain Sisko.
In his podcast 7th Rule, Cirroc Lofton, who portrayed Jake Sisko, confirmed that Avery Brook wasn’t against returning to acting. And this is, of course, the perfect time to return for him. We want to know what’s happened to him, and beyond that, we want to see him on our screens again, taking the Trek universe by storm. And having spent time with the Prophets, we don’t know how time has changed for him so perhaps he’s able to make an appearance on Star Trek: Discovery even though its set in the 32nd century.
However his return is possible, Captain Sisko needs to be brought back. His story isn’t finished, and Brooks is the only one who can finish it.