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Bashir in "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" Voyager's Robert Picardo also gets into the act as Dr. Zimmerman and the Emergency Medical hologram. The "archaic" EMH is confronted by the even more presumptuous Holo-Bashir, triggering a four-way catfight between the holograms and their templates.
Jeffrey Combs, playing clones of the same character, gets to play a good and evil (ie. normal) version of Weyoun arguing over a com-link; he also played the Ferengi character Brunt. Combs always wanted to appear as both Weyoun and Brunt in a single scene, but never got the chance. He did, at least, get to play both characters in the same episode, Season Seven's "The Dogs of War".
"What You Leave Behind" showcased the cast sans warpaint. Combs appears out of makeup twice: once as a corrupt detective in the Bennyverse, and again in "What You Leave Behind" as one of the creator cameos in Vic's lounge. Robert O'Reilly plays the mob accountant in 'Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang'.
Siddig was considered for the lead role because the producers mistakenly took his old age makeup for his real appearance. This is referenced in "Distant Voices" in which Bashir rapidly ages from a silver fox to a doddering geezer.
O'Brien finds himself 'typecast' as the hitman Falcon in Bashir's spy holoprogram. Whether or not this was intentional, it mirrors Colm Meaney's pre-Star Trektypecasting as the same ex-IRA bad guy he plays in every film (see Under Siege).
In "The Ship", O'Brien waxes poetic about the mountains of Ireland, but another character reminds him Ireland only has hills. Colm Meany starred in the film The Englishman who Went Up a Hill (But Came Down a Mountain) about a Welsh village that insists its hill is a mountain.
Like his character, Andrew Robinson is claustrophobic. He had trouble wearing the prosthetic early on. Garak also spoke of posing as a gardener while conducting surveillance on Romulus. His stint at the Cardassian Embassy coincided with a number of mysterious deaths that year, including a Romulan proconsul who was found poisoned. This is an in-joke by Andrew Robinson, who is passionate about gardening in real life but hasn't murdered anyone. (That we know of.)
When Kira is complaining about how she feels being pregnant with the O'Brian's baby she says "This is YOUR fault!" to Dr. Bashir. Nana Visitor was really pregnant with Alexander Siddig's child. Also, in the Bennyverse ("Far behind the Stars"), the pulp authors played by Visitor and Siddig are a couple, just like in real life.
Just like Avery Brooks, Sisko has an extensive collection of African art which he gradually moves to his new space station digs. He is later revealed to be something of a Civil Rights historian (again, like Avery), which makes him an expert on the underbelly of Federation culture. VOY tried something similar with Tom Paris' wide knowledge of the Cold War.
Aluminum Christmas Trees: "Far Beyond The Stars" seems to be a full episode about EC Comics's Judgment Day (printed around the same time this story is set), which killed the magazine when the publishers and editorial disagreed over having the hero be black. Note also the reference to D.C Fontana, a woman who wrote pseudo-anonymously for The Original Series way back in the sixties.
Defictionalization: Beyond the examples shared with other Trek media, the scifi novel "Far Beyond the Stars" from the episode of the same name was later written and published.
Directed by Cast Member: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Alexander Siddig and even guest stars Andrew Robinson and Jonathan Frakes get at least one shot behind the camera. And LeVar Burton, who appeared in The Next Generation, took a spin as well. In fact, Burton was the fifth most prolific director on the series, while Brooks and Auberjonois share sixth place.
Dueling Shows: With Babylon 5 during its '94-'95 run. JMS claimed (with some justice) that Paramount stole his story treatment, and it got pretty ugly in spots. The two would remain rivals throughout their respective runs, with B5 wrapping up a year earlier in 1998.
A (barely) oblique reference was made to this on B5. In one episode, a gift shop is set up on the station. One of the characters loudly derides this idea, saying "This isn't some deep-space franchise! This station is about something!" It should be noted that the writer of this episode, Peter David, has written several Star Trek novels. (When he wrote that line into the B5 script, it was with the expectation that JMS and friends would change it, if only to a more subtle jab, before shooting; upon learning that the line was filmed and broadcast verbatim, David remarked to JMS that "...you people are dangerous over there, aren't you?")
The Deep Space Nine writers weren't above including their own subtle jabs at B5. One episode featured Bashir having to chaperone a cadre of Ambassadors visiting the station and putting up with all the crap that comes with it. According to JMS, the Writers of DS9 actually liked B5. The producers, not so much.
Enforced Method Acting: To have an episode where a character questions their entire sense of self is a big ask of any actress, but to claustrophobe Nana Visitor (who was used to a tiny prosthetic on the nose), it was like entering an iron maiden. She tears at her Cardassian face as though it is a mask that she wants to rip off – and she actually did, pulling apart her latex and fleeing the set in terror. They somehow managed to get the episode in the can, fortunately, but it was probably her hardest episode to film. ("Second Skin")
Andrew Robinson explicitly played Garak as bisexual or ominisexual in his first scene with Dr. Bashir. Writer Robert Hewitt-Wolfe corroborated this, adding that Bashir was supposed to be oblivious to his advances. This plot thread was swiftly bundled out of sight by Paramount, though it doesn't entirely go away (at least as far as Garak's mannerisms went.)
In "Facets", Sisko willingly allows himself to be possessed by Joran Dax for a short term. Avery Brooks was required to do shoot this scene twice. The reason? Brooks' performance was way too scary for a PG show.
Fake Russian: Colonel Kira is reimagined as Colonel Anastasia Komananov, KGB, in Bashir's dumb holoprogram. ("Our Man Bashir") Even Visitor gleefully admitted that it's a terrible accent.
This is actually commented on by Vic in "His Way". When pressed, he admitted that his sexy Kira duplicate, "Lola Chrystal", is just a hacked version of the Colonel Komananov hologram and that it took him forever to get rid of her horrid accent.
Kai Opaka was called "Deep Space Nun" during the first season but was Put on a Bus midway through the season.
Thanks to reviewer SF Debris, the practice of calling the Defiant the USS Ben Sisko's Motherfucking Pimp Hand, is slowly catching on.
Follow the Leader: DS9 had trouble finding its feet initially, leaning on unresolved arcs from TNG and more or less sticking to its episodic format (not unlike VOY & ENT). As Babylon 5 began to make waves with its much-hyped, five-year war saga, the Dominion War was shortly introduced.
The intrusion of Section 31 into Federation politics is more or less a copycat of PsiCorp.note The latter was headed by Walter Koenig (Chekov), coincidentally. J.J. Abrams revived Section 31 for the film reboot, making it Deep Space Nine's longest-lasting influence on Trek as a whole.
General Hague as Admiral Leyton in "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost". Pretty ironic, all things considered.
In fact, the reason that Hague was killed off in B5 was because of a scheduling conflict where he was shooting over on Deep Space 9. There's even a take on the B5 blooper reel where they poke fun at this, delivering the "He's on Deep Space Nine" line with the same bereavement as the scripted "He's dead" line.
PRINCE HUMPERDINCK as Martus Mazur, Quark's one-episode commercial rival in the Season 2 episode "Rivals". Sadly, he does not share a scene with Grand Nagus Vizzizni.
Now if only they could just have put Zek in that episode somehow. Surely they could have found a way.
Bill Mumy, better known as Lennier in rival show Babylon 5, or Will Robinson of Lost in Space, appears in "The Siege of AR-558". His one stipulation for crossing over was that he not have to wear any more prosthetics. He turned down a much meatier (alien) role before Ira whipped up a small human part for him.
Mumy is the only B5 cast member to think that far ahead: Andreas Katsulas (Tomalak on TNG), Mary Kay Adams (Lady Grilka on DS9), and Tracy Scoggins (Gilora, also DS9) were stuck with rubber foreheads.
Adams played a Klingon aristocrat in "The House of Quark", and her turn was so memorable that they invited her back for "Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places". Scoggins played a Cardassian engineer in "Destiny", and spent the bulk of the episode butting heads with O'Brien. (She later tried bumping something else, but alas, he's happily married.)
Oh hai, Draal! New haircut? John Schuck doubles as a helpful Cardassian official in "The Maquis Pt. 2". The imposing actor has also played his share of Klingons over the years.
Melora is Dr. Grace Holloway from the '90s Doctor WhoTV movie.
Robert Foxworth rounds out the B5 crew as Sisko's mentor, Admiral Leyton. Supposedly JMS was so cross with Foxworth for double-booking both shows that he wrote his character out of B5. Whoops. He also voices Professor Hamilton on Justice League Unlimited.
Michael Ansara, AKA Mr. Freeze reprises his role as Kang (TOS) in "Blood Oath".
Irony as She Is Cast: Baseball players in "Take Me Out to the Holosuite". Aside from Avery Brooks (Sisko) and Cirroc Lofton (Jake), the actors playing the Ferengi were the best baseball players in the cast. In fact Max Grodenchik (Rom) played college ball. The Ferengi being who they are, however, forced them to play left-handed and employ other tricks to look horrible on film.
Lost in Character: A trivia example. Visitor was afraid Kira would rub off her, making her "frightening and aggressive", as it was becoming considerably easier for her to snap at people. She made good efforts to avoid that.
Money, Dear Boy: Averted with Frank Langella's uncredited appearance in the first three episodes of Season 2. He didn't want to make it seem like he was appearing on DS9 for money or exposure.
Old Shame: Inverted, Terry Farrell regretted leaving the show for the seventh season for a role on Becker because she loved playing Jadzia, calling her a "superhero."
The Other Darrin: Two different people played Quark's mother Ishka, and Tora Ziyal was played by three different people.
Though apparently Klingons physically mature faster than most races... Alexander would have been about 8 years old when he began military service. Being 1/4 human didn't seem to matter any considering future Alexander seen on TNG looked fully Klingon regardless of minor human genetics.
Real-Life Relative: Kitty Swink, who is Armin Shimerman's wife, played a Bajoran bureaucrat in ""Sanctuary" and a Vorta overseer in "Tackling Into the Wind."
Real Life Writes the Plot: Rather depressingly, Kira's pregnancy negated any chance of her participating in "Trials and Tribble-ations", so we never get to see Nana Visitor in vintage Trek garb.
Two actors from Breaking Bad appear at the beginning and end of the series; Jonathan Banks (BB's Mike Ehrmantraut) appears as an exiled criminal in Season One's "Battle Lines", while Raymond Cruz (Tuco Salamanca) plays a PTSD-suffering soldier in Season Seven's "The Siege of AR-558".
Jack Bauer's wife, Kira Meru, plays the mother of Kira Nerys in the flashback episode "Wrongs Darker Than Day or Night."
Romance on the Set: Alexander Siddig (Bashir) and Nana Visitor (Kira) got together and had a son, with Visitor's pregnancy being written into the show. They married the next year and divorced in 2001. Which leads to rather hilarious in joke in the episode where Kira says "This is all your fault!" to Bashir during an argument, since (in universe) he was the one that did the fetal transplant from Keiko to Kira. Funnier still because Bajoran labor is usually quiet and easy.
Science Marches On: Near the end of DS9, Dr. Bashir asks Odo to donate part of his natural goo to help figure out how to grow new organs. Come the early 21st Century, and humans have nearly perfected the ability to grow organs in a lab - not, admittedly, organs that can change to become the one that is required by an impending surgical procedure (which is what Bashir was aiming for).
Bashir wanted it to help find a way to grow organs on the battlefield - it's on thing to grow a new organ for a lung transplant when someone has been ill for a couple of months, but it's hard to know how many lungs, hearts, etc to have on standby on a battlefield, nor do you often have the time to grow them as the patient could die before they are fully mature.
Throw It In: A joking reference by Odo to Adm. Ross as "Bill" in the first episode of season 7 was taken literally by the writing staff, resulting in his canonical first name. (As well as confusion for sharp-eyed viewers, as his office nameplate had previously established his first name to be Cliff!)
Vindicated by History: It goes without saying that DS9 was never in the same league of acclaim as TOS, TNG, or even VOY. (Just look at the merchandising.) On the other hand, time has arguably been kinder to DS9 than its sister show, Voyager. Back in '98 and '99, Nana Visitor was giving interviews declaring that one day, fans would come around to liking the show. And voilà: fifteen years later, it's finally caught on — thanks to much less competition, on-demand streaming, and Moore's later success on Battlestar Galactica.
Visitor: I remember sitting with Armin Shimerman on set and going, 'They don't really get us', and they didn't at the time. But we said, y'know, 10-20 years, they'll get it.
Wag the Director: If you study Deep Space Nine's behind-the-scenes' trivia, you realize a good part of the regular and recurring actors became very involved with their character. Especially people like Andrew Robinson and J.G. Hertzler, who each wrote a whole novel about their character, Garak and Martok; or Nana Visitor, who met with the writers whenever she felt a scene was wrong about Kira. Another big name actor, Rene Auberjonois, consulted regularly with the writers (requesting a new uniform for Odo, etc.), though he was a little more subdued—even if he didn't particularly care for this or that plot development:
Ira Behr: Being the pro that he was, he sucked in whatever dismay he was feeling—though I still got some of those vibes. He didn't do a screaming, "I won't do it, I won't play it! No no no!"
"Rumpelstiltskin" was originally going to be a leprechaun who follows O'Brien around the station like a bad smell. A less-than-amused Colm Meany made the writers change it.
According to Behr, Armin Shimerman was reluctant to go for broad humor since it went against his deep respect for the Ferengi. (One of Armin's biggest old shames is his goofy performance as Letek in the TNG's "The Last Outpost" which, to his mind, forever made Ferengi the laughingstock of the galaxy.) Quark is often the odd man out in panto storylines such as "Ferengi Love Songs" and "Profit and Lace". While the other Ferengi (Combs, Shawn, et al.) seem to be getting into the spirit of things, Armin's 'zany' dialog is delivered oddly straight.
Visitor flat-out vetoed a romance with Gul Dukat, which had been building on mutual attraction from around the time of "The Maquis." The showrunners acquiesced, but later got their revenge by revealing Kira's mother to be one of Dukat's old mistresses. D'oh.
Re: the series finale twist ("What You Leave Behind") of Sisko dying in the Fire Caves and becoming a Prophet, Avery Brooks was firm: Hell no. Given the fact that he was an African-American male ditching his wife and newborn child, Brooks was uneasy about the message they would be sending. The writers suddenly saw his point, and the ending was rewritten to make Sisko's departure more ambiguous.
Out of all the cast members, Michael Dorn probably had the most pull. After seven years of makeup calls, he wasn't interested in reprising his old role, but the showrunners were so desperate to have Worf cross over that they bent over backwards to make him happy. No longer would Worf be the big guy who got tossed around cargo holds! Interestingly, he was not involved in the decision to pair Worf with Jadzia, though he obviously made no demur.
Siddig wasn't too happy about his character being retconned into an Augment. He interpreted it as Behr/Berman et al. attempting to squeeze him into a "Data" role without consulting him, and responded by deliberately reading long equations and statistics in a drowsy, non-eloquent manner. The Augment stuff quickly faded into into the background and became all but irrelevant.
The producers briefly toyed with the idea of making DS9 a land-based show (as opposed to space station-based one), but the costs of location shooting proved prohibitive.
Much like with VOY's premise, ideas were pitched around on how to hard reset DS9 into a traditional Star Trek show if the fans didn't take to it. This might be why "Emissary" established that the station is capable of reducing its mass in order to move; according to Behr, it was suggested that the crew strap engines onto DS9 and fly into the wormhole.
Michelle Forbes, playing the part of Ensign Ro, was originally supposed to be Deep Space Nine's token Bajoran in the cast. Forbes didn't want to commit to a full television series, so the new character of Major Kira was created. Ro would end up serving as the station's chief of security in the relaunch novels, however.
Contrary to popular belief, Sisko was not written to be black. The producers auditioned actors from all over, including (according to Brooks) one from Belgium. In fact, Alexander Siddig originally tried out for the part of Sisko(!), but was turned down for being too young.
More understandably, Andrew Robinson tried out for the part of Odo.
Bashir, the Scrappy in residence, was nearly axed from the show numerous times. Siddig didn't even know about this until well into the fourth year.
Melora (from the eponymous season 2 episode) was meant to be the permanent science officer, but was replaced with Dax and reused as a one-off guest character — thus cheating poor Bashir out of a romantic interest yet again.
T'Rul (Martha Hackett), the Romulan woman mandated by her government to supervise the Defiant's cloaking device, disappeared after 2 episodes. Unlike other characters who were supposed to become recurring but were axed, she proved herself to be a good actress. But the writers didn't know what to do with her, what role she could have beyond the cloaking device, and axed her anyway. Hackett soon turned up on VOY as a series regular, this time playing a Bajoran, only to be axed again after four episodes. (At least she stayed on as a guest villain, appearing in eight episodes following that.)
Martin Sheen was considered for the part of Luther Sloan. He would go on to voice a similar character in Mass Effect 2.
In the TNG crossover "Birthright", Dax was slated to film some scenes on the Enterprise-D set with Data, but a scheduling conflict dashed that idea. Bashir went over in her place. The episode she filmed instead? The execrable "Move Along Home". According to Terry Farrell (a lifelong Trekkie), she "cried."
Ira Behr tried and failed to get a Vic Fontaine-like character onto the show for years. Frank Sinatra Jr. was approached first, but as he would be playing a Rat Packer jazz artist (and thus be misconstrued for his father), he wasn't interested in playing that type of character. Robert Goulet and Tom Jones also turned the part down.
Robert Hewitt Wolfe planned to end "Second Skin" on an Ambiguous Clone Ending, with Bashir unable to determine whether Kira is actually a Cardassian. This left open the possibility that Kira was unknowingly a Cardassian agent all along, and that the Obsidian Order had been telling the truth.
When the Dominion invaded Federation space, Vulcan was pitched as one of the occupied planets. Ron Moore commented that Vulcan "carried too much weight," so Betazed got thrown overboard instead. Ironically, J.J. Abrams would happily blow Vulcan to smithereens in the 2009 movie. In an even more ironic decision, he blew Vulcan to smithereens for precisely the same reason that Ron Moore didn't have it occupied- it showed how serious things were, and that things were not going to be the same again.
The writers considered a Kira/Dukat Foe Yay scenario (season 4's "Indiscretion", introducing Dukat's half-Bajoran love child Ziyal, is artifact to where things may have headed). However, Nana Visitor (Kira) flatly refused to do anything of the sort, pointing out that he was guilty of the brutal occupation and near-genocide of Kira's species. Instead, the storyline was given to Kira's mother Meru as Dukat's "comfort woman" during the occupation in "Wrongs Darker Than Death Or Night." Similar to Michelle Forbes inadvertently causing the creation of Kira, this storyline probably worked out better for Kira's character.
Bashir's secret agent holo-program was intended to be a series staple, like TNG's Dixon Hill. Unfortunately, the people at MGM took it for an unauthorized Bond parody. Wonder where they got that idea, with names like Honey Bear and Mona Luvsitt?
While "Trials and Tribble-ations" is regarded as one of the best episodes of the series and a fitting 30th Anniversary for the franchise, there were numerous other ideas which were tossed around. One was the return of Enfant Terrible Charles Evans from the TOS episode "Charlie X", most likely seeking revenge in a manner similar to Barry Waddle. Another was having the Deep Space Nine crew visit the mobster planet from "A Piece of the Action", where they find that the inhabitants have gone on to emulate Starfleet as a commentary on Star Trek fandom.
Speaking of "Trials and Tribble-ations," Dennis McCarthy originally wanted to re-record Jerry Fielding's kitschy score for "The Trouble With Tribbles" to go with the new episode's other recreations, but Rick Berman overruled him and demanded he write an original score. (Although he claims it wasn't in the budget.)
The Captain Shelby said to be commanding the USS Sutherland in "You Are Cordially Invited" was supposed to have been the same person as Elizabeth Shelby from "The Best of Both Worlds", with her and her crew joining DS9's recurring cast. Unfortunately Ron Moore, the episode's writer, forgot that they'd already promised Pocket Books, publisher of the Star Trek Expanded Universe, that they didn't have any plans for the character (she ended up being Mackenzie Calhoun's Love Interest in Star Trek New Frontier). Moore had to resort to a Shrug of God on whether they were the same person or not and the plans were shelved. Peter David later wrote that the two Shelbys were different people.
The writers originally toyed with the idea of killing off Jadzia Dax in the Season 6 episode "Change of Heart" rather than in "Tears of the Prophets", the season finale. The idea was that Jadzia would manage to convince Worf to continue their mission without her and leave her behind, in which case she certainly would have died. Worf would then have had even more angst than he ended up with to work through in the final season, having lost his wife out of choosing his career over her. Terry Farrell (Jadzia) was on board with it, but they ended up not going through with the idea.
The decision to ship Kira to Cardassia had a domino effect on the rest of the seventh season. Garak went along as backup, and Ira Behr didn't want to split Kira and Odo up, so Odo went, too. Originally, Odo was going to spearhead the search for a cure for the Changeling plague, culminating in a reunion with his "father" Dr. Mora who was actually responsible for engineering the virus as a weapon. The writers knew they would never have time to do this storyline justice, so Bashir and O'Brien went looking for a cure instead.
The cast hoped there would be a movie spinoff at some point (the TNG films still being successful at the time of DS9 ending) but the failure of Nemesis put paid to that idea. Any hopes of resurrecting the project would seem over - the actors have all seriously aged out of the roles (at the time of writing, it's been fourteen years since the show went off the air). The 2006 auction at Christies where a huge number of props (including the "hero" model of the station itself), costumes and other items from the series were sold off made it even less likely and the 2009 reboot of the entire Star Trek franchise would seem to be the final nail in the coffin. One person who doesn't seem to mind is Alexander Siddig, who believes DS9 deserved to be 'put to bed' and can stand on its own merits. Nana Visitor, however, thought the show had a lot more mileage left. (Mostly, though, she wishes she could have had one year of running the station!)
Word of Dante: Barry Jenner was mostly winging it while playing the Admiral Ross character. He decided that Ross was a conflicted family man whose son enlisted and died in Starfleet, twisting him into a Knight Templar who will stop at nothing to preserve the Federation. Internally, at least, he regrets dragging the DS9 crew (whom he admires) into his machinations.
Word of Gay: Andrew Robinson has commented in multiple interviews that he considered Garak "omnisexual," and also strongly implied it in the character book he wrote. Robert Hewitt Wolfe has stated that he wrote Garak to be attracted to Bashir, but Bashir never realized this.
Word of God: Ron Moore stated that although the background check in "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" ended up marring Bashir's exemplary reputation, this didn't preclude him from being the new template for the Emergency Medical Hologram and — despite Dr. Zimmerman's complaints — he did actually end up being selected. Therefore fans assume that either the (unseen) EMH Mark III or Mark IV was based on Bashir.
Written-In Infirmity: Dax was benched (again) in "Rocks and Shoals" after sustaining injuries from the ship crash. Actually, Terry Farrell was suffering from a skin disorder which made her allergic to sunlight. This made it impossible to shoot scenes in the quarry, so she slept through the episode in a cave.
You Look Familiar: Common with Trek, but special mention can be made of Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik; both actors had previously played Ferengi on TNG ("The Last Outpost" and "Captain's Holiday"). Marc Alaimo also played the very first Cardassian, Gul Macet, in TNG's "The Wounded". (Word of God said that Macet and Dukat are cousins.)
Jeffrey Combs played a minor character, a holosuite guest, in "Meridian" before landing a string of guest roles in DS9, VOY and ENT.
J.G. Hertzler, most well-known among DS9 aficionados for playing Martok, also played Sisko's soon-to-be-dead commanding officer, the Vulcan captain of the U.S.S. Saratoga in the pilot. He also later played changeling Laas in Season 7's "Chimera". This earned him the distinction of playing two Changelings in the show: Several times in the guise of Martok (before we meet the genuine, one-eyed one), and again as Laas. This also meant that he died twice, and possibly a third time after Laas contracted Section 31's virus.