Star Trek vet Ronald Moore wrote sixty episodes during his tenure with the franchise, half of which were for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Moore went on to create the dark reboot of Battlestar Galactica, which he now says was born in the DS9 writers room.
DS9 begat BSG
Ron Moore was a guest at the London MCM Expo this past weekend and was interviewed by HeyUGuys, who asked him about the connections between BSG, and his time with Trek and specifically with Deep Space Nine. Here is what Moore said about the parallels between BSG and DS9:
Ron Moore: I think a lot of Battlestar was born at Deep Space Nine in that Deep Space started as much more episodic because of the nature of the show, it became more a continuing serialised structure. I really liked that, and I discovered I really liked that style of storytelling, and also particularly when we got into the later years of Deep Space, and we started telling the Dominion War story (1997-99), we would sit and argue and fight with the powers that be at Trek about making it a more realistic war, about making it grittier, and ugly; adding more ambiguity to the characters, and roughing it up a little bit, and I kept bumping my head against the strictures at Trek. What Star Trek is could not accommodate things that I wanted to do, so I started to have this sort of pent up frustration about ‘well if we were really going to do it right’, these ideas would sit in the back of my head so when Battlestar came along, I could now do all of those things that I was never allowed to do at Deep Space.
BattleTrek Galactica Nine
After co-creating the new Galactica with David Eick, Moore brought a number of other writers in from DS9. Both Bradley Thompson and David Weddle wrote and served as story editors for both shows. In addition Michael Taylor and Jane Espenson wrote for them both.
While not as dark in tone as Galactica, Deep Space Nine is certainly the darkest of the franchise. This mashup of the BSG opening theme with DS9 images shows the two series fit together well.
POLL: You like both DS9 and BSG?
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