Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a seminal landmark for the franchise.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has been, for the longest time, one of the most respected Star Trek shows of all time. In an era where it was hard to keep up with syndicated programming, Deep Space Nine kept and found its audience. Even nearly 30 years later, it remains a fundamental piece of Star Trek.
So when Lower Decks did an episode where they returned to the station for the first time since 1999, many fans, and talents from the show, were interested in how it would go down. One of those names is Armin Shimerman, who famously played Quark.
Shimerman returned to his role as Quark for the Lower Decks episode where Trek finally returned to Deep Space Nine. Shimerman, who really isn’t a fan of returning to the role in a live-action sense full-time, sat down with the cast of Lower Decks and talked about what it was like to hear and see Deep Space Nine once again, this time in animated form;
"It was a joy to hear the music again and to see the station, because… the animation of the station was really quite impressive."
He later goes on to say that
"one of the things I like about Lower Decks is that it deals with the people who are not in command. And of course, on Deep Space Nine, Quark was one of those people as well. He was part of the Lower Decks and yet his personality got to shine, just as the personalities on Lower Decks have."
Nana Visitor was moved by the music on Star Trek
Another name who came back to Star Trek via Lower Decks was Nana Visitor. Visitor joined Shimerman and the rest of the Prodigy cast as they talked about what they loved about returning to the show.
Of course, Visitor played Major Kira Nerys, who was still on the space station after all this time, something she was very happy to see.
"…I was really glad that Kira was still on Deep Space Nine. That’s my story for her, and I’m glad Lower Decks stuck with that idea."
But much like Shimerman, Visitor was happy with how the show presented the space station and the music, something she held near and dear to her heart.
"The music’s always been emotional for me, and it was really emotional to see it animated."