History Series / StarTrekDeepspaceNine

1st Aug '16 9:05:24 AM Ripburger
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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing after ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' for three years, then alternating with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four years. (Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as another influence (in particular the [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).

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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing after ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' for three years, then alternating with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four years. (Set Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as another influence (in particular (particularly the [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).
1st Aug '16 9:04:57 AM Ripburger
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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for the initial three years, then concurrently with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as another influence (in particular the [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).

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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] after ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' for the initial three years, then concurrently alternating with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four. Set four years. (Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as another influence (in particular the [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).
27th Jul '16 11:54:33 AM JMQwilleran
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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States. For that matter, it is also on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these. Alongside all the other ''Trek'' shows and films, ''DS9'' was made available in its entirety in Netflix Europe in 2016.

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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States. For that matter, it is also on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these. Alongside all the other ''Trek'' shows and films, ''DS9'' ''[=DS9=]'' was made available in its entirety in Netflix Europe in 2016.
7th Jul '16 4:51:10 PM ClintRider
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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States. For that matter, it is also on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these.

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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States. For that matter, it is also on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these.
these. Alongside all the other ''Trek'' shows and films, ''DS9'' was made available in its entirety in Netflix Europe in 2016.
19th Jun '16 11:02:21 PM JMQwilleran
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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States. For that matter, it is also Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these.

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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States. For that matter, it is also on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these.
19th Jun '16 11:01:47 PM JMQwilleran
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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States.

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The show currently runs in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States.
States. For that matter, it is also Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and CBS All Access as well, so basically you're covered if you're signed up on any of these.
2nd Jun '16 4:53:41 PM DrRomoray
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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for the initial three years, then concurrently with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as an influence (most notably the [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).

[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out her occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened]] Deep Space 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand. In the pilot, a unique stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to an uncharted quadrant of space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the galaxy, and [=DS9=] is relocated to monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

What made ''[=DS9=]'' so unusual in Trekdom was that every action had consequences. Part of this is because the producers became more and more comfortable altering Creator/GeneRoddenberry's spotless, optimistic future: nobody on Bajor particularly got along with each other and, unlike the ship-based series, the crew couldn't just '[[ButNowIMustGo jump to warp]]' and leave the Problem of the Week behind. The writers employed {{Story Arc}}s much more extensively than in other ''Treks'' (including a full MythArc dealing with the Dominion), showing it had now earned the "SpaceOpera" genre tag that it had been given. Perhaps most importantly, by shifting the focus from TNG's bold explorers to [=DS9's=] [[WestCoastTeam overworked jarheads]], the writers were able to scrutinize the Federation as it appears to outsiders: a noble organization that still has problems with bureaucracy and some [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans skeletons in its closet]].

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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for the initial three years, then concurrently with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as an another influence (most notably (in particular the [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).

[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out her occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien race]] of the month), its [[WeWilluseManualLaborInTheFuture occupiers]] through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened]] Deep Space 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand. In the pilot, a unique stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to an uncharted quadrant of space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the galaxy, and [=DS9=] is relocated assigned to monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil [[TheEmpire less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

What made ''[=DS9=]'' so unusual in Trekdom was that every action had consequences. Part of this it is because the producers became more and writers becoming more comfortable altering Creator/GeneRoddenberry's spotless, optimistic future: nobody on Bajor particularly got along with each other and, unlike the ship-based series, the crew couldn't just '[[ButNowIMustGo jump to warp]]' and leave the Problem of the Week behind. The writers employed {{Story Arc}}s much more extensively than in other ''Treks'' (including a full MythArc dealing with the Dominion), showing it had now earned the "SpaceOpera" genre tag that it had been given. Perhaps most importantly, by shifting the focus from TNG's bold explorers to [=DS9's=] [[WestCoastTeam [[JoinTheArmyTheySaid overworked jarheads]], the writers were able to scrutinize the Federation as it appears to outsiders: a noble organization that which still has problems with bureaucracy and some [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans skeletons in its closet]].



As a result of this kind of thing, the show tends to [[BrokenBase divide Trekkies quite a bit]]: people who like ''Trek'' for the [[AnAesop morality plays]] and spacefaring action may be turned off by the [[{{Soaperizing}} soapy melodrama]] and [[{{Deconstruction}} subversion]] of Roddenberry's utopian theme. On the other hand, those who ''do'' like [=DS9=] tend to prefer it over other ''Trek'' shows, forming a little subculture of their own in Trekkie fandom known as "Niners".

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As a result of this kind of thing, the show tends to [[BrokenBase divide Trekkies quite a bit]]: people who like ''Trek'' for the [[AnAesop morality plays]] and spacefaring action may be turned off by the [[{{Soaperizing}} soapy melodrama]] and [[{{Deconstruction}} subversion]] deconstruction]] of Roddenberry's utopian theme. On the other hand, those who ''do'' like [=DS9=] tend to prefer it over other ''Trek'' shows, forming a little subculture of their own in Trekkie fandom known as "Niners".
31st May '16 6:45:39 AM DrRomoray
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[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out its occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened]] Deep Space 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand. In the pilot, a unique stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to an uncharted quadrant of space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the galaxy, and [=DS9=] is relocated to monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

What made ''[=DS9=]'' so unusual in Trekdom was that every action had consequences. Part of this is because the producers became more and more comfortable altering Creator/GeneRoddenberry's spotless, optimistic future: nobody on Bajor particularly got along with each other and, unlike the ship-based series, the crew couldn't just '[[ButNowIMustGo jump to warp]]' and leave the Problem of the Week behind. The writers employed {{Story Arc}}s much more extensively than in other ''Treks'' (including a full MythArc dealing with the Dominion), showing it had now earned the "SpaceOpera" genre tag that it had been given. Perhaps most importantly, by shifting the focus from TNG's bold explorers to [=DS9's=] [[WestCoastTeam garrison troops]], the writers were able to scrutinize the Federation as it appears to outsiders: a noble organization that still has problems with bureaucracy and some [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans skeletons in its closet]].

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[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out its her occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened]] Deep Space 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand. In the pilot, a unique stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to an uncharted quadrant of space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the galaxy, and [=DS9=] is relocated to monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

What made ''[=DS9=]'' so unusual in Trekdom was that every action had consequences. Part of this is because the producers became more and more comfortable altering Creator/GeneRoddenberry's spotless, optimistic future: nobody on Bajor particularly got along with each other and, unlike the ship-based series, the crew couldn't just '[[ButNowIMustGo jump to warp]]' and leave the Problem of the Week behind. The writers employed {{Story Arc}}s much more extensively than in other ''Treks'' (including a full MythArc dealing with the Dominion), showing it had now earned the "SpaceOpera" genre tag that it had been given. Perhaps most importantly, by shifting the focus from TNG's bold explorers to [=DS9's=] [[WestCoastTeam garrison troops]], overworked jarheads]], the writers were able to scrutinize the Federation as it appears to outsiders: a noble organization that still has problems with bureaucracy and some [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans skeletons in its closet]].
30th May '16 1:25:55 PM DrRomoray
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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for the initial three years, then concurrently with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as an influence (most notably to the father-son dynamic).

[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out its occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened Deep Space 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand. In the pilot, a unique stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to an uncharted quadrant of space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the galaxy, and [=DS9=] is relocated to monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for the initial three years, then concurrently with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the remaining four. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as an influence (most notably to the father-son [[PapaWolf father-son]] dynamic).

[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out its occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened rechristened]] Deep Space 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand. In the pilot, a unique stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to an uncharted quadrant of space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the galaxy, and [=DS9=] is relocated to monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.
30th May '16 1:24:31 PM DrRomoray
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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing after [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for its first three years, then concurrently (some might say "[[DuelingShows competitively]]") with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the rest of its run. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise of past (and future) ''Treks'' for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]".

[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out its occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Evil Alien Race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag, [[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened Deep Space 9]], to lend the Bajorans a hand.

In the pilot episode, a unique [[SwirlyEnergyThingy stable]] [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to the uncharted Gamma Quadrant of the galaxy is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the Alpha Quadrant, and the station is relocated to police its traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

What made ''[=DS9=]'' so unusual in Trekdom was that every action had consequences. Part of this is because the producers became more and more comfortable altering Creator/GeneRoddenberry's spotless, optimistic future: nobody on Bajor particularly got along with each other and, unlike its ship-based sister series, the crew couldn't just '[[ButNowIMustGo jump to warp]]' and leave the Problem of the Week behind. The writers employed {{Story Arc}}s much more extensively than in other ''Treks'' (including a full MythArc dealing with the Dominion), showing it had now earned the "SpaceOpera" genre tag that it had been given. Perhaps most importantly, by shifting focus to [[WestCoastTeam garrison troops hovering a border planet]], [=DS9=] finally allowed writers to scrutinize the Federation as it appears to its neighbors: a noble organization that still has problems with bureaucracy and some [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans skeletons in its closet]].

Another factor was the sheer number of recurring characters. While all ''Trek'' shows have large casts, [=DS9=] is the only one that qualifies for LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Consequently, the show was overrun with {{Fake Guest Star}}s, Aron Eisenberg's seven-year stint as Nog standing out in particular. This was enabled, again, by [=DS9=] being a fixed location.

As a result of this kind of thing, the show tends to [[BrokenBase divide Trekkies quite a bit]]: people who like ''Trek'' for the spacefaring action and [[AnAesop moral commentary]] may dislike its focus on [[{{Soaperizing}} soapy melodrama]] and dispensing with many of Gene's utopian themes. On the other hand, those who ''do'' like [=DS9=] tend to prefer it over other ''Trek'' shows, forming a little subculture of their own in Trekkie fandom known as "Niners".

In spite of the general divide within fandom itself, ''[=DS9=]'' earned more critical accolades than even ''The Next Generation'' due to its intense CharacterDevelopment, high-quality acting and pioneering use of {{Story Arc}}s; it is still regarded by many as the greatest and most underrated show ever to take the ''Trek'' name.

The show currently runs in [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States.

Despite the acknowledged limitations of focusing on individual episodes in a ''heavily'' arc-based series, this show has a tool for voting on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Favorite Episodes]]. Also has a [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine recap page]]. Please feel free to contribute to it.

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''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'' is the second of the "next generation" of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shows, airing after alongside [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] for its first the initial three years, then concurrently (some might say "[[DuelingShows competitively]]") with UPN's ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' for the rest of its run. remaining four. Set on an orbital {{space station}}, [=DS9=] traded the WagonTrainToTheStars premise of past (and future) ''Treks'' for "[[SpaceWestern Fort Apache in Space]]".

Space]]". Ira Behr, the head writer, cited ''Series/TheRifleman'' as an influence (most notably to the father-son dynamic).

[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E10ChainOfCommand When we last left Next Gen]], the remote world of Bajor had just booted out its occupiers, the Cardassians (the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Evil Alien Race]] evil alien race]] of the month), through a war of attrition and a fair amount of terrorism. With the planet spiraling into anarchy, Starfleet sent a platoon to the former gulag, [[TradingBarsForStripes gulag ([[TradingBarsForStripes rechristened Deep Space 9]], 9) to lend the Bajorans a hand.

hand. In the pilot episode, pilot, a unique [[SwirlyEnergyThingy stable]] stable [[OurWormholesAreDifferent wormhole]] leading to the an uncharted Gamma Quadrant quadrant of the galaxy space is discovered. Instantly, Bajor is transformed from a [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere rustic backwater]] into the most valuable piece of real estate in the Alpha Quadrant, galaxy, and the station [=DS9=] is relocated to police its monitor the wormhole's traffic. The fixed base allowed the show to delve deeply into the politics of the ''Star Trek'' universe, but the appearance of the wormhole also caught the attention of the Dominion, a [[FantasyAxisOfEvil less cuddly]] counterpart to the United Federation of Planets.

What made ''[=DS9=]'' so unusual in Trekdom was that every action had consequences. Part of this is because the producers became more and more comfortable altering Creator/GeneRoddenberry's spotless, optimistic future: nobody on Bajor particularly got along with each other and, unlike its the ship-based sister series, the crew couldn't just '[[ButNowIMustGo jump to warp]]' and leave the Problem of the Week behind. The writers employed {{Story Arc}}s much more extensively than in other ''Treks'' (including a full MythArc dealing with the Dominion), showing it had now earned the "SpaceOpera" genre tag that it had been given. Perhaps most importantly, by shifting the focus from TNG's bold explorers to [=DS9's=] [[WestCoastTeam garrison troops hovering a border planet]], [=DS9=] finally allowed troops]], the writers were able to scrutinize the Federation as it appears to its neighbors: outsiders: a noble organization that still has problems with bureaucracy and some [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans skeletons in its closet]].

Another factor was the sheer number of recurring characters. While all ''Trek'' shows have large casts, [=DS9=] is the only one that which qualifies for LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Consequently, the show was overrun with {{Fake Guest Star}}s, Aron Eisenberg's seven-year stint as Nog Eisenberg (Nog, seven years) and Andrew Robinson (Garak, ''also'' seven years) standing out in particular. This was enabled, again, by [=DS9=] being a fixed location.

As a result of this kind of thing, the show tends to [[BrokenBase divide Trekkies quite a bit]]: people who like ''Trek'' for the [[AnAesop morality plays]] and spacefaring action and [[AnAesop moral commentary]] may dislike its focus on be turned off by the [[{{Soaperizing}} soapy melodrama]] and dispensing with many [[{{Deconstruction}} subversion]] of Gene's Roddenberry's utopian themes. theme. On the other hand, those who ''do'' like [=DS9=] tend to prefer it over other ''Trek'' shows, forming a little subculture of their own in Trekkie fandom known as "Niners".

In spite of
"Niners".

''Deep Space Nine'' is very frequently compared to ''Series/BabylonFive'',
the general divide within fandom itself, ''[=DS9=]'' earned more critical accolades than even ''The Next Generation'' due to its intense CharacterDevelopment, high-quality acting and pioneering use of {{Story Arc}}s; it is still regarded by many as the greatest and most underrated ''[[DuelingWorks other]]'' 90's cult television show ever to take set on a space station. Indeed, there were frequent accusations that the ''Trek'' name.

two shows had ripped one another off; Creator/JMichaelStraczynski has implied that {{Creator/Paramount}} effectively stole an idea that he pitched to them and [[DolledUpInstallment stuck a Star Trek brand]] on it. Although [=DS9=]'s and [=B5=]'s pilots are similar, Season Four was the point at which the two began to dovetail.

The show currently runs in in... [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff British and Japanese TV]]. It used to run in Syndication on Creator/SpikeTV in the United States, but due to low ratings has not aired for some time. As of October 2011 the complete series is available on {{Creator/Netflix}} streaming in the United States.

Despite In spite of the acknowledged obvious limitations of focusing on individual singling out episodes in a ''heavily'' heavily [[ContinuityLockOut arc-based series, series]], this show has a tool for voting on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Favorite Episodes]]. Also has a [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine recap page]]. Please feel free to contribute to it.\n
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