Friday, June 7, 2013


Recently my wife set us up for a free month of NETFLIX, so we can watch movies with captions; since she is 95% deaf and our TV is not equipped with closed captioning, watching Movies and Television series on NETFLIX on our laptops is the only way we can both enjoy seeing favorites from the past and more recently.

I rediscovered one of my favorite T.V. series, STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE.  For me this became one of the best of the Trek series, but it has been years since I have been able to watch the show from the very beginning.

For some reason, D.S.-9 is not as popular on the syndicated T.V. Circuit as the rest of the TREK franchise, actually most of the TREK Series post Next Generation do not fair as well.

However it is a tragedy with D.S.-9 because from the beginning episode it was more complex and had much richer characters than any sci fi series, including Babylon 5, which was its' chief competition, and the episodes hold up remarkably well for a series that launched in 1991 and ran 7 seasons, six years.

From the beginning D.S.-9 was on a different path, it launched in January of 1991 and ran a complete 26 episodes just in time to have season 2 begin in September of the same year.  It was astonishing, no one had ever had two seasons of any series so close to each other.

What was amazing too, in the pilot episode "The Emissary"  Every single plot element for the series seven season run is outlined.

By the fourth episode, "Babel" an amazing thing has happened, we have completely established and fairly well fleshed out characters and there are some interesting characters who will be major players over the run, such as Garek, the simple tailor, who was never just a tailor, and we have the beginning of the relationship between Jake Sisko and Nog, the two sons, one of the station commander and one the son of the Ferengi brother to Quark.

Quark was an amazing character, a business man, a gambler, crook who knew more about the station that even the constable, Odo played brilliantly by Rene Auberjonis who had become familiar to many as the Governors' assistant on "Benson

In the six year run of Deep Space Nine, we dealt with terrorists, religious issues and an on going spiritual journey  that lead us down many alley ways and had us look deep into our own Pagh (soul) in the process.

If you never have seen STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE, then come on by, the promenade is always open, and you never know who you may meet or what you may experience/  If you are a fan of the series then welcome back.  You can come by and say hello at Quarks and see who Odo has locked up this week,

   A classic scene from D.S.9 between Quark and Garek.

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