Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered on January 3, 1993. The third Star Trek series – created by Michael Piller and Rick Berman – ran concurrently with the final seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the early seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. Set on a space station with an African American lead (Avery Brooks) and an increasingly serialized story, the series has always stood somewhat apart from the rest of the franchise.
In an in-depth profile on Variety in honor of the 25th anniversary, Ira Steven Behr (showrunner for seasons 3-7) talks about how the show evolved to be more and more different than standard Star Trek:
“The standalone episodes just kind of bored the hell out of us for the most part. We were struggling. Then the episode that seemed to work at the end of season one had the double whammy of ‘Duet’ and ‘In the Hands of the Prophets.’ So by the end of season one, I felt that I had a handle on what the strength of this show was, which was building on this complicated backstory [creators] Michael [Piller] and Rick [Berman] had given the show.”
Actor René Auberjonois (Odo) also talked about how DS9 was a different kind of Trek show, with different kinds of characters:
“What evolved was kind of a third-child mentality of not being everyone’s cup of tea, but the people who liked it were passionate about it and really enjoyed the neurotic quality to our characters. Every single character on ‘Deep Space Nine’ had some deep psychic problem they had to work out. It was being developed at the time of the riots in Los Angeles and the burning of South Central. And also politically Bosnia and Yugoslavia. Everything was falling apart. There was a real darkness, and I think that deeply influenced the style of the show.”
And actress Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys) also talked about how her character didn’t fit the Star Trek mold:
“Some people in the ‘Star Trek’ world were like, ‘That’s not what a woman in “Star Trek” should be. That’s the wrong thing to be teaching,’” Visitor says. “But what I saw her as was a woman of appetite and gray area — lots of gray area. Very fallible, but growing and trying. And that’s all over television now.”
See the full Variety article for more, including more photos.
DS9@25 on Twitter
Some of the cast and creatives behind DS9 also took to Twitter to talk about the show and celebrate the anniversary.
Mike Piller and I set out to create the first Star Trek series without Gene. Turned out pretty damn well. Can’t believe it was25 years ago.
— Rick Berman (@berman_rick) January 4, 2018
It’s Deep Space Nine’s 25th Anniversary. The reason I know this is because I’ve been working on the DS9 documentary for five of those years and we’re not done yet. Stories, songs, cast, crew, fans, HD footage, and…Kerry McCluggage as Kerry McCluggage.
— Ira Steven Behr (@IraStevenBehr) January 3, 2018
25 years ago today,Deep Space 9 premiered on USA TV. Its a date & existence is worth remembering.I raise a glass to all the people I worked with,all the stories we told,and to the old & new fans who found inspiration & pleasure in what we did.I am honored to be a part of legend.
— Armin Shimerman (@ShimermanArmin) January 4, 2018
Star Trek: DS9 changed my life. It was an honor and a blessing to portray the role of "Nog". I will forever be thankful to the people that gave me the job, continued to give me amazing stories to tell, to my wonderful co-stars & to all of the fans for watching the show. <3
— Aron Eisenberg (@AronEisenberg) January 3, 2018
DS9 Soundtrack announced by La-La Land
In other DS9 news, La-La Land Records announced they are doing another release of music from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The four disc CD set will have a limited run of 3000 units with a retail price of $59.98. The set goes on sale on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12 pm pst with the first 200 purchasers getting a signed front tray card by composer Dennis McCarthy. See their Facebook announcement for more details and full track listing.