Today marks Star Trek’s 39th birthday. And with its present non-existent and its future looking frankly abysmal, let’s concentrate on the good times we once had, shall we.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Complete First Season

Cast

Starring
Avery Brooks as Commander Benjamin Sisko
Rene Auberjonois as Constable Odo
Terry Farrell as Lt. Jadzia Dax
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
Colm Meaney as Chief Miles O’Brien
Armin Shimmerman as Quark
Alexander Siddig as Dr. Julian Bashir
Nana Visitor as Major Kira Nerys

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DVD Details

  • Encoding:
    Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Box set, Dolby
  • Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Rated: NR
  • DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 908
  • DVD Features:
    • Available subtitles: English
    • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
    • Broadcast episodes of the entire first season (1993)
    • 20 episodes on 6 DVDs: Emissary Part I, Emissary Part II, Past Prologue, A Man Alone, Babel, Captive Pursuit, Q-Less, Dax, The Passenger, Move Along Home, The Nagus, Vortex, Battle Lines, The Storyteller, Progress, If Wishes Were Horses, The Forsaken, Dramatis Personae, Duet, In the Hands of the Prophets
    • Deep Space Nine: A Bold New Beginning (includes interviews, behind-the-scenes footage from filming of the pilot, the space station model, and other visual effects)
    • Crew Dossier: Kira Nerys (interviews with Nana Visitor, Ira Steven Behr, and others)
    • Michael Westmore’s Aliens: Season One (an in-depth look at the aliens, including Bajorans, Cardassians, and Ferengis)
    • Secrets of Quark’s Bar (Penny Juday reveals the secrets behind the props)
    • Deep Space Nine Sketchbook (illustrator Rick Sternbach reveals how the space station developed)
    • Alien Artifacts: Season One (propmaster Joe Longo explains the props)
    • Section 31 Hidden Files
    • Original Deep Space Nine preview
    • Number of discs: 6

Summary

Set aboard a run-down Cardassian space station, Cmdr. Sisko and his crew must deal with the newly discovered wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant, a provisional government on Bajor, cardassian spies, and each other.

Review

God I miss this show. I really do. Rather than Roddenbury’s squeaky clean version of the future, we’re treated to the Federation’s frontier. Rules are blurred, the equipment is sub-par, and the living quarters are not posh. This is how we see humanity at its best (and worst). Heck, the crew doesn’t even get along that well.

I remember back when Enterprise was starting out and people would say “Well, the first seasons of TNG, DS9, and Voyager weren’t very good either…” I’ll agree with 2/3 of that statement. DS9 hit the ground running with some spectacular episodes from the very beginning.

I’ll finish with this: All the hype about darker sci-fi (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica) really should give a nod to DS9 for breaking the Trek mold and going out on its own.

High Point

While “Emissary” was a great pilot, the first season boasted some great episodes from “A Man Apart” to “In the Hands of the Prophets.”

Low Point

$100! Good freaking lord! Also having to wander around the menu to find the Section 31 hidden files was a royal pain. And lastly, why aren’t the opening credits their own chapter? I, of all people, really love the theme music, but I can’t just skip it without missing a section of the actual episode.

The Scores

Originality: You whine JMS and B5 till you’re blue in the face. DS9 was first, lasted longer, and was much better. 5

Effects: Most hold up over time, save for Odo’s shape-changing. Looks really bad now.
4

Story: Great stories that don’t always wrap up with the “happy ending.” 5

Acting: I remember worrying in 1993 that Avery “Hawk” Brooks wouldn’t be up to snuff. How I was wrong. So very wrong. 6

Emotional Response: This show ranged all over from very serious, to down-right silly. And it usually worked. 5

Production: I have to admit, I didn’t like the station at first, but it grows on you over time. It has a dark cathedral look that awes you with its intricacy. 6

Overall: Best. Star Trek. Series. Ever. 6

Total: 37 out of 42