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Old 16-01-2013, 11:48   #1
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Deep Space Nine - 20 years old

Amazingly, this month is the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I think it still remains my favourite TV show of all time. I've had a quick search around and I can't see any special releases or merchandise being prepped for the anniversary, but I think that given the success of The Next Generation blu-rays, we can look forward to DS9 getting the same treatment eventually.

The show will always have a very special place in my heart. It's the best Trek series by a long way, and that's down to a few things: a much stronger emphasis on characters and story than the other shows, and the willingness to do things very differently from what had gone before.

It's a show I still miss greatly. It got better and better each season, and had a very strong ending unlike many contemporary shows which go on for years and then wrap things up poorly. Amazing space battle scenes throughout the last few years too.

Anybody read the DS9 relaunch novels which continue the series? They're a mixed bag, but overall some really good stuff in there.

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Old 16-01-2013, 12:17   #2
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Duet (season 1) is still one of the best episodes of Star Trek ever made.
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Yes, Harris Yulin's dialogue and acting in that episode still gives me chills to this day, and seems to have been forged into my memory ever since I first saw it.

"I'd order them to go out and kill Bajoran scum, and they would do it... They'd come back covered in blood, and still feel clean.
And why did they feel that way? Because they were clean!"
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Old 16-01-2013, 12:47   #4
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Did a full re-watch of this a few months back. It was still as great as I remember

By far the best trek show in my opinion.
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Old 16-01-2013, 14:29   #5
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I can also highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a really detailed look at the making of the show from the beginning to end. Unfortunately it is now becoming tricky to get hold of:

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion
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Old 16-01-2013, 18:52   #6
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I was watching 'Cobra' recently - the Stallone movie. As soon as Andrew Robinson opened his mouth I was back aboard that station!

I'd have thought they'd have come out with at least a teaser for a HD remaster of DS9 for this anniversary.
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Old 17-01-2013, 07:48   #9
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whilst I agree that it was probably the best star trek series, they did rip off quite a lot from Babylon 5. I seem to remember a couple of episodes almost being like for like....
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Babylon 5 gave them competition. They had to work for the ratings and that's one of the reasons it's the best Trek, not just sticking any old SCI-FI script up to keep the geeks happy. They had to build story arc and the Dominion war gave us that.
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Looks like I'll be interviewing Chase Masterson (who played Leeta) for a feature on the TV site \o/ Trying to get in touch with a few of the other supporting regulars too.
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Best Star Trek and one of the best SF shows ever. I'm a sucker for The Magnificent Ferengi and any Garak heavy episodes.
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Garak was possibly the best character in any Star Trek show.
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Watched the first four episodes last night. Brilliant.
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Even the first few seasons, which people generally agree were nowhere near as good as what would come later, were some of the most enjoyable Trek ever made in my opinion. I think the main reason for that was the characters, they were just leaps and bounds ahead of TOS or TNG in terms of depth.

It's strange, much of the show dealt with religion and politics which would normally bore the pants off me, but the Bajoran/Cardassian conflict is one of the most intriguing and fully realised conceptions ever put on TV.

I was also a big fan of the Section 31 stories. The shows only weak point? Vic Fontaine.

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Loco The Best Star Trek Series and one of the best ever

DS9 was the best Star Trek show because it stayed roughly in one place, in that not every thing went back to normal at the end of that episode, decisions had repercussions and things developed over time that the normal Star Trek could do. Garak Being the ideal example of how a side character could go on to dominate whole episodes and story arcs another of these being Rom he started off as the pit boss who also developed from an idiot to a skilled engineer to spy to grand negus.

DS9 started at the same time as Babylon 5 but it lasted longer and developed better in my mind.

I too think DS9 was one of the best shows on TV but I do admit I hated the Ferengi episodes.
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The Visitor is still the best episode for me
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My fave Trek also. I thought Gul Dukat, like Garak, was a particularly fantastic character, and a good example of the amount of complexity the show had. There were silly moments, mind, but Marc Alaimo definitely a highlight.

p.s. this thread makes me feel old.
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Any fans of the music to this show might like to know that LaLaLand Records will be releasing a limited edition 4-cd set of the score on February 12th.
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