Among a good majority of Star Trek fans, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine holds a special place in our hearts.
When you look at the formula for Star Trek, it goes a little something like this:
- Crew members on spaceship exploring the cosmos
- Weekly conundrum involving either an alien species or some technological issue with the ship
- Said conundrum is taken care of by the end of the episode
- Lather, rinse, repeat for about 26 weeks
When Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came along, the established formula for an episode of Star Trek got thrown out the window. Being a space station, it resides in a singular place in space, so that first rule of “exploring the cosmos” has been killed immediately. In fact, for me, it was the fact that that first rule was nixed that made me not jump onboard the DS9 wagon at the start. It’s only through going back to watch the series years later, that I realized exactly what it was I had been missing!
So much happened in the seven-year run of this series that in looking back at its run, I think it did more to progress Star Trek than possibly almost any other series. That’s why today, I’m here to share what I think are some of the best things that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine did for Star Trek – in no specific order.