Today marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
On January 3, 1993, a very different take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision arrived on TV screens. Set on a space station instead of a starship, the people of Starfleet were surrounded by “locals”, struggling to aid a region torn by conflict, and on the front lines of exploration of the Gamma quadrant thanks to the nearby wormhole.
When I first encountered DS9 in 1994, it was too strange for my taste. All those aliens with the weird features? The darkness of the location and the storylines? No “boldly going”? I went back to just watching TNG for a while, but then I tried DS9 again a few months later, and it started to make sense. Eventually it became my favorite Star Trek series, and still is. Of all the series, I think it remains the most relevant, the most topical even decades later. And of course, it brought a certain brilliant actor to my attention!
What are your memories of your first encounter with Deep Space Nine? Do you still rewatch episodes?