Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amazon Review- Star Trek-Deep Space Nine (DS9)





Star Trek Deep Space Nine
I have been a fan of actor, "Avery Brooks," since he was the cool sidekick in the television series, "Spencer For Hire, and his own series, "A Man Called Hawk." In my opinion those roles were setting the stage for the role, Commander Benjamin Sisko of "Deep Space Nine" It was made for him. I'm not surprised he pulled it off. Tough  guy roles are his specialty. That attitude made him a great commander, with strong, exceptional leadership skills.

Star Trek fans have all expressed their feelings on which is the best spin-off or Captain from the Star Trek franchise. During the 90's there were plenty shows to choose from. You had "Picard (TNG), Janeway (Voyager), Kirk (ST) and Archer( Enterprise). But I will have to give the nod to, Sisko (DS9).

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In my opinion DS9 is the best of the series, and let me tell you why. It has the best story lines, with deep characters, dark premises, and the best Aliens bad guys, I've ever seen on television in a long time. The show stands on it own merits, and I'm sure Gene Roddenberry would have been proud.

The first season  was kind of stiff. It didn't really have a direction. The characters just yelled at each other (no true fight scenes), the crew didn't really travel to any foreign galaxy, therefore you didn't get to see any of the aliens races that later in the seasons gave the series more depth.

I'm not saying the first season was bad, it wasn't. I'm just saying the show became better as the seasons went on, both in terms of added characters and story development.

There were also some really great guest appearances from season one. "Q, Lursha, B'etor, and Vash. While I enjoyed the performance of Commander Sisko. His trusted staff members made the show more intense and the loyalty and respect for their boss was great to watch.


Cast Members:

Commander Officer Benjamin Sisko: (Avery Brooks) In the opening episode, we're introduced to Commander Benjamin Sisko, a widower raising a pre-teenage son alone, He is asked to take command of DS9, a station that was once by the Cardassians. He doesn't want the assignment. But after meeting Captain Picard (TNG)___the man he holds responsible for the death of his wife___during a battle with the Borg. He accepts the  Bajorian belief he is Emissary of the Prophets, an exalted religious status that initially makes him uncomfortable

Major Kira Nerys : (Nana Visitor) First Officer of DS9- She grew up under the occupation of the Cardassians. Kira Nerys is a Bajoran militia officer, former guerrilla fighter during the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor, and, as the station's Bajoran liaison officer, Sisko's second-in-command. She is initially suspicious of the Federation's intentions toward her planet, but grows to trust and befriend the rest of the crew.

Charles O'Brien: (Colm Meaney)-Chief Operations Officer-Accepts a transfer to serve above DS9 from TNGMiles O'Brien is the Chief of Operations, keeping the station in working order. He is married to botanist and teacher Keiko. They have a daughter, Molly, and later a son, Kirayoshi.

Lieutenant Jadzia Dax: (Terry Ferrell) is the station's Trill Science Officer. She shares her life and thoughts with a long-living symbiont named Dax, who has already experienced seven prior lives "joined" with other Trills. The previous host, a larger-than-life federation diplomat and womanizer Curzon Dax, had been a close friend of and mentor to Sisko, who often refers to Jadzia as "old man".

Lieutenant Julian Bashir: (Alexander Siddig)  Dr. Bashir is fresh out of the Academy and on his first assignment. He is a brilliant medical officer doctor and also serves well in the role of the "ladies" man. Although Human, his parents had him illegally genetically enhanced when he was a child because he could not keep up with his peers.

Chief Of Security Odo: (Rene Auberjonis)  Odo is a shapeshifter or as we later find out, a changeling. The station's incorruptible chief of security. He is capable of assuming any shape he wishes, but usually assumes a shape of a male adult human

Quark- (Armin Shimerman) A Ferengi and the owner of DS9 station bar. Like most of his species (with the notable exceptions of his brother Rom and eventually his nephew Nog), he is extremely greedy and willing to do whatever it takes to acquire more latinum. This always brings him into conflict with Odo.

Garak:(Andrew Robinson) Tailor/Spy who was left behind when the Cardassians withdrew from DS9. In the first season he only had one appearance, but managed to get a recurring role in future seasons. His character was controversial, yet intriguing.

Warf: (Michael Dorn) Strategic Operations Officer-The fourth season saw the addition of Michael Dorn, who had recently finished seven years on Star Trek: The Next Generation as the Klingon Worf, to boost ratings. Worf transfers to Deep Space 9 when the brief war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire breaks out, and stays on as Strategic Operations officer and later as a liaison to the Klingon Empire.

Jake Sisko: (Ciroc Lofton) Benjamin Sisko's son. He decides not to follow in his father's footsteps, becoming a writer. He at first resents the idea of living on an old Cardassian space station, but soon learns to adapt. He develops a deep friendship with Nog, a Ferengi who is the station's only other inhabitant in his age  Throughout the seven seasons, both Jake and Nog evolve from young children into young men with storylines showing their rites of passage, successes, and mishaps.

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Season 1-Episodes:

  • Emissary
  • 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 Hand of the Prophets


Customer Reviews:

Deep Space Nine is a incredible beginning to a bold adventure into a galaxy that lasted for seven (7) seasons. Most people would agree this series is a one of a kind in character growth, intrigues, and enriching as it went along. I like the addition of several characters that added to the success of the show, which was different from the other Star Trek franchises.

I found 608 reviews at the time of this review and majority of people awarded Star Trek DS9 4.4 stars out of a possible 5 on average.

The customer reviews on Amazon.com are positive overall, the only flaw was not with the series itself, but with the flimsy of the CD box. I have to agree that more thought  and money should have been spent on the packaging.

However, the customers are pleased with DS9. Several customer said, "Good Show, Great Character Plots, Love this show, great characters, and interesting plots, This was a gritty Star Trek in a aging space station, Ah this series is an old friend, It's good to find again," and finally "Always love Star Trek series. Gene you were a wonder for many,"

This makes it easy for me to recommend "Star Trek Deep Space Nine" as well.

Conclusion:

In summary, Star Trek Deep Space Nine is a great series with a lot of action that allowed you to see another side of Star Fleet. The story lines were realistic, with powerful, and often dark themes that set it apart from the others. The characters were memorable and very well thought out, with solid backgrounds, personal interest, and it grew as the series progress. The buyers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are pleased with their purchase and would recommend DS9 to other customers, as I am doing now.

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