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* WordOfGay: 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 [[http://www.exisle.net/mb/index.php?showtopic=38718&st=160&p=857040&#entry857040 stated]] that he wrote Garak to be attracted to Bashir, but Bashir [[ObliviousToLove never realized this]].

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* WordOfGay: 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 [[http://www.exisle.net/mb/index.php?showtopic=38718&st=160&p=857040&#entry857040 stated]] that he wrote Garak to be attracted to Bashir, but Bashir [[ObliviousToLove never realized this]]. And in the documentary ''What We Left Behind'', Ira Stephen Behr flat out stated that Garak was obviously gay, and that it was a missed opportunity not to acknowledge and explore that.

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* CastTheRunnerUp:
** The producers were so impressed by Creator/AlexanderSiddig's performance in ''A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia'' that they intended to offer him the role of Sisko, until they actually met him and realized he was far too young for the part (having been aged up for the film). Instead, they cast him in the role of the station's doctor, originally called Julian Amoros but renamed Julian Bashir to better suit Siddig's background.
** Andrew Robinson tried out for the part of Odo before being cast as Garak.


** Bashir gets [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCmQg6VkQ4A reckd]] by ''Voyager''[='s=] Robert Picardo (as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman ''and'' the Emergency Medical hologram) in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume}} Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]". The "archaic" EMH is confronted by the even more presumptuous Holo-Bashir, triggering a four-way catfight between the holograms and their templates.

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** Bashir gets [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCmQg6VkQ4A reckd]] by ''Voyager''[='s=] Robert Picardo Creator/RobertPicardo (as Dr. Lewis Zimmerman ''and'' the Emergency Medical hologram) in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume}} Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]". The "archaic" EMH is confronted by the even more presumptuous Holo-Bashir, triggering a four-way catfight between the holograms and their templates.



* CreatorBacklash: Alexander Siddig ''hated'' the genetic enhancements reveal in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume}} Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]", as he considered it a nonsensical ShockingSwerve for the character. To this day, he openly states that he deliberately [[DullSurprise phoned in his performance]] in that episode as a form of revolt. (He's otherwise positive about the show in general, though.)

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* CreatorBacklash: Alexander Siddig Creator/AlexanderSiddig ''hated'' the genetic enhancements reveal in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E16DrBashirIPresume}} Dr. Bashir, I Presume]]", as he considered it a nonsensical ShockingSwerve for the character. To this day, he openly states that he deliberately [[DullSurprise phoned in his performance]] in that episode as a form of revolt. (He's otherwise positive about the show in general, though.))
* DawsonCasting: Even though Nog was supposed to be in his mid-teens at the start of the show, Aron Eisenberg was 24 years old when it premiered, and ten years older than Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake. Eisenberg has had kidney problems since birth, which limited his growth.



* DawsonCasting: Even though Nog was supposed to be in his mid-teens at the start of the show, Aron Eisenberg was 24 years old when it premiered, and ten years older than Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake. Eisenberg has had kidney problems since birth, which limited his growth.



* DirectedByCastMember: Avery Brooks, Creator/ReneAuberjonois, Creator/MichaelDorn, Alexander Siddig and even guest stars Andrew Robinson and Jonathan Frakes get at least one shot behind the camera. And Creator/LeVarBurton, who appeared in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 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.
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/FrankLangella'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.

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* DirectedByCastMember: Avery Brooks, Creator/ReneAuberjonois, Creator/MichaelDorn, Alexander Siddig Creator/AlexanderSiddig and even guest stars Andrew Robinson and Jonathan Frakes get at least one shot behind the camera. And Creator/LeVarBurton, who appeared in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration 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.
* DoingItForTheArt: Creator/FrankLangella'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=] ''[=DS9=]'' for money or exposure.



** 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 [=DS=]9 actually liked [=B5=]. The ''producers'', not so much.

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** The ''Deep Space Nine'' writers weren't above including their own subtle jabs at B5.''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 [=DS=]9 ''[=DS9=]'' actually liked [=B5=].''[=B5=]''. The ''producers'', not so much.



** [=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 Five'' 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 incredibly similar to B5's [=PsiCorp=].[[note]]The latter was headed by Walter Koenig (Chekov), coincidentally.[[/note]] J.J. Abrams revived Section 31 for the film reboot, making it ''Deep Space Nine''[='s=] longest-lasting influence on ''Trek'' as a whole.

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** [=DS9=] ''[=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 Five'' 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 incredibly similar to B5's [=PsiCorp=].[[note]]The latter was headed by Walter Koenig Creator/WalterKoenig (Chekov), coincidentally.[[/note]] J.J. Abrams revived Section 31 for the film reboot, making it ''Deep Space Nine''[='s=] longest-lasting influence on ''Trek'' as a whole.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Nothing too extensive, but the behind-the-scenes attitude was very dour on the show. It's been said that Avery Brooks, Armin Shimerman and Marc Alaimo took their roles very seriously (Brooks' temperament was partially due to MethodActing, Shimerman always fought against Ferengi as comic relief and Alaimo, despite [[FakeGuestStar technically being a guest star]], would behave as though he was the lead). During the first few years with TNG filming next to them, when people were actually talking and laughing the producers knew that Marina Sirtis had wandered over to visit some friends. Upon joining the cast in the fourth season Michael Dorn said it took him some time to get everyone to lighten up.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Nothing too extensive, but the behind-the-scenes attitude was very dour on the show. It's been said that Avery Brooks, Armin Shimerman Creator/ArminShimerman and Marc Alaimo took their roles very seriously (Brooks' temperament was partially due to MethodActing, Shimerman always fought against Ferengi as comic relief and Alaimo, despite [[FakeGuestStar technically being a guest star]], would behave as though he was the lead). During the first few years with TNG filming next to them, when people were actually talking and laughing the producers knew that Marina Sirtis had wandered over to visit some friends. Upon joining the cast in the fourth season Michael Dorn said it took him some time to get everyone to lighten up.



** Quark's mother, Ishka was played by Andrea Martin in her first appearance, and Cecily Adams in all subsequent appearances. According to Armin Shimerman, Martin disliked acting in heavy makeup, and declined to reprise the part.

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** Quark's mother, Ishka was played by Andrea Martin in her first appearance, and Cecily Adams in all subsequent appearances. According to Armin Shimerman, Creator/ArminShimerman, Martin disliked acting in heavy makeup, and declined to reprise the part.



** Near the end of [=DS=]9, 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).

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** Near the end of [=DS=]9, ''[=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).


** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E13FarBeyondTheStars}} Far Beyond the Stars]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E02ShadowsAndSymbols}} Shadows and Symbols]]", and (to a lesser extent) "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E15BaddaBingBaddaBang}} Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang]]" and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E25E26WhatYouLeaveBehind}} What You Leave Behind]]" showcased the cast ''sans fards''

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** "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E13FarBeyondTheStars}} Far Beyond the Stars]]", "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E02ShadowsAndSymbols}} Shadows and Symbols]]", and (to a lesser extent) "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E15BaddaBingBaddaBang}} Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang]]" and "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E25E26WhatYouLeaveBehind}} What You Leave Behind]]" showcased the cast ''sans fards''fards''. One interesting example is the episode "Far Beyond The Stars". The entire regular cast show up as humans in Sisko's vision of the 1950s on Earth. Cast members who usually appear in heavy alien makeup here appear almost unrecognizable without their prosthetic, leading to a weird "you look familiar..." deja vu feeling (which reflects Sisko's state of mind) until you match up the actors with the characters they usually play.


* FriendlyFandoms: While it wasn't true ''during airing'' (quite the opposite, really) over time the ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''[=DS9=]'' fandoms have become this, as people have realized that the two shows are more complimentary than they are competitive and often tackle rather different issues. This is no doubt helped by guest appearances of several ''Star Trek'' actors, Creator/WalterKoenig, Creator/MajelBarrett, and Creator/JeffreyCombs on ''Babylon 5''.

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* FriendlyFandoms: While it wasn't true ''during airing'' (quite the opposite, really) over time the ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''[=DS9=]'' fandoms have become this, as people have realized that the two shows are more complimentary than they are competitive and often tackle rather different issues. This is no doubt helped by guest appearances of several ''Star Trek'' actors, Creator/WalterKoenig, Creator/MajelBarrett, Creator/MajelBarrett and Creator/JeffreyCombs on ''Babylon 5''.


* FriendlyFandoms: While it wasn't true ''during airing'' (quite the opposite, really) over time the ''Babylon 5'' and ''[=DS9=]'' fandoms have become this, as people have realized that the two shows are more complimentary than they are competitive and often tackle rather different issues.

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* FriendlyFandoms: While it wasn't true ''during airing'' (quite the opposite, really) over time the ''Babylon 5'' ''Series/BabylonFive'' and ''[=DS9=]'' fandoms have become this, as people have realized that the two shows are more complimentary than they are competitive and often tackle rather different issues.issues. This is no doubt helped by guest appearances of several ''Star Trek'' actors, Creator/WalterKoenig, Creator/MajelBarrett, and Creator/JeffreyCombs on ''Babylon 5''.


* ThrowItIn: A joking reference by Rene to Admiral Ross as "Bill" in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E01ImageInTheSand}} Image in the Sand]]" 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!)

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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A joking reference by Rene to Admiral Ross as "Bill" in "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E01ImageInTheSand}} Image in the Sand]]" 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!)Cliff!)
** Morn was originally scripted and shot to speak a few lines early on in the series. However, when the episodes were edited down to fit the time slot, all of Morn's speaking scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. When the writers noticed the coincidence, they decided to turn Morn's silence into a RunningGag. Reportedly the guy who went through the effort of designing and building Morn's prosthetic makeup to include a moving mouth was not happy.

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* VindicatedByReruns: The series polarized Star Trek fans when it aired, but years after it left TV if found a new audience on Creator/{{Netflix}}.


* VindicatedByReruns: The series polarized Star Trek fans when it aired, but years after it left TV if found a new audience on Creator/{{Netflix}}.

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* VindicatedByReruns: The series polarized Star Trek fans when it aired, but years after it left TV if found a new audience on Creator/{{Netflix}}.


* DawsonCasting: Even though Nog was supposed to be in his mid-teens at the start of the show, Aron Eisenberg was 24 years old when it premiered, and ten years older than Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake. Eisenberg has suffered kidney problems since birth, which limited his growth.

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* DawsonCasting: Even though Nog was supposed to be in his mid-teens at the start of the show, Aron Eisenberg was 24 years old when it premiered, and ten years older than Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake. Eisenberg has suffered had kidney problems since birth, which limited his growth.


* DawsonCasting: Even though Nog was supposed to be in his mid-teens at the start of the show, Aron Eisenberg was 24 years old when it premiered, and ten years older than Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake.

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* DawsonCasting: Even though Nog was supposed to be in his mid-teens at the start of the show, Aron Eisenberg was 24 years old when it premiered, and ten years older than Cirroc Lofton, who played Jake. Eisenberg has suffered kidney problems since birth, which limited his growth.

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** Socialist Creator/WallaceShawn plays Grand Nagus Zek, leader of a race whose greatest value is acquiring profit.


* TroubledProduction: Most of the show went by fairly smoothly, especially compared to the stuff ''Voyager'' was going through, but the six episode arc of the station being taken over by the Dominion in Season 6 really stands out as a mess of a production, with the entire crew being completely inexperienced at writing a long form story with such tight continuity. The various episode crews were constantly stepping on each other's toes as they could never predict how much time or money they would need, and entire storylines had to be swapped between episodes while still keeping everything making sense. It's quite amazing that the final result was so popular.

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* TroubledProduction: Most This was probably the series with the least problematic production history, though there were a few speedbumps in the seventh and final season:
** The first was a result of Jadzia Dax actress Terry Farrell quitting the series after a dispute with executive producer Rick Berman, resulting in Jadzia getting a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on her]] in the sixth season finale. She was replaced by Nicole de Boer, playing the new part of Ezri Dax; the producers tried to distinguish her from the extremely competent ActionGirl Jadzia by making her more nervous and incompetent, but this backfired and resulted in a widely negative response to the character, forcing the later spin-off novels to retool Ezri to make her more like Jadzia had been.
** The second major issue came when they ended up massively over-spending on the visual effects for the [[spoiler:destruction
of the show went by fairly smoothly, especially compared to USS ''Defiant'']] in "The Changing Face of Evil", leaving them with only about two or three episodes' worth of effects budget for the stuff ''Voyager'' final ''six'' episodes (bearing in mind that the finale was going through, but a two-parter). This limited them to largely using StockFootage for effects shots in the six episode arc rest of the station being taken over season, and notably hurt the third-last story, "Extreme Measures," by forcing them to ditch the surreal dreamworld originally planned in favor of just re-using the regular [=DS9=] and ''Defiant'' sets with no alteration.
** The first six episodes of Season 6 were also a doozy. Designed as a very tight story arc involving
the Dominion in Season 6 really stands out as a mess of a production, with taking over the entire crew station and ultimately being expelled by the returning heroes, it quickly became clear that the crew were completely inexperienced at writing a out of their depth in creating such an intensive long form story with such tight continuity. term story. The various episode crews were constantly stepping on each other's toes as they could never predict over- or underestimating how much time or money and resources they would need, and entire storylines eventually the B-plots of two episodes had to be swapped between episodes while still keeping everything completely switched so the first could be done on time, requiring some significant rewrites to keep the continuity making sense. It's quite amazing that Remarkably, this all turned out very well and the final result was so popular.arc is generally regarded as one of the best parts of the show.


** Armin Shimerman has been on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild and worked against various entertainment corporations to secure actor's rights. Quark is a staunch anti-union and anti-worker's rights Ferengi. Then again, since ''{{VideoGame/Bioshock}}'' came out, he's given interviews stating his appreciation of Creator/AynRand's books [[note]]Which is even more ironic, considering that the character Shimerman plays in BioShock, Andrew Ryan, and pretty much the entire rest of the game, is a [[{{Deconstruction}} slow, surgical dismantling of Rand's entire ideology]][[/note]], so he may not be so easy to pigeonhole.

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** Armin Shimerman has been on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild and worked against various entertainment corporations to secure actor's rights. Quark is a staunch anti-union and anti-worker's rights Ferengi. Then again, since ''{{VideoGame/Bioshock}}'' came out, he's given interviews stating his appreciation of Creator/AynRand's books [[note]]Which is even more ironic, considering that the character Shimerman plays in BioShock, ''[=BioShock=]'', Andrew Ryan, and pretty much the entire rest of the game, is a [[{{Deconstruction}} slow, surgical dismantling of Rand's entire ideology]][[/note]], so he may not be so easy to pigeonhole.

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