See Clip Of Hypothetical Season 8 Of ‘Deep Space Nine’ from ‘What We Left Behind’ Documentary

As part of the promotion for the upcoming one-night theatrical screenings of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary What We Left Behind, a new clip was released today along with an interview at io9 with showrunner Ira Steven Behr.

New DS9 ‘Season 8’ clip

One of the features of the new documentary is a segment with the writers’ room for Deep Space Nine reassembled to break a story for a notional eighth season for the series. This new exclusive clip shows the writers gathered together interspersed with sketches from the story they are crafting.

Speaking to io9 about reassembling the writers’ room for the documentary, Behr remarked:

Well, that was one of the easiest things about this whole process. We—everyone—had a wonderful day. I mean, true, we hadn’t been in the same room with each other for a long, long, long, long time, but I’ve worked with all those guys since the show went off the air, and you know, I was working with Ron [Moore, legendary screenwriter and producer with credits across The Next GenerationDeep Space Nine, and Voyager] at the time, in the offices we were working in, and it was great. I knew I had no doubt when I had the idea of doing that it was going to work. I knew what you’ve got from the room. My only concern was, you know, everyone remembering where we left off. Which is why the only thing I had them read was the Wikipedia page, or whatever the hell they had to look at just to remember where everyone wound up. And we had so much footage that didn’t make it in, of the forgetfulness of where people were and how things happened and who was where, and “Wait, what? They were on this ship, is this it?”

How to watch the documentary

As previously announcedWhat We Left Behind makes its one-day-only theatrical debut through Fathom Events on May 13 in the US and Canada.

Keep up with all the updates and news on the DS9 documentary in our What We Left Behind category here at

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Super fun! That last bit really got my heart pounding :)

I want DS9 back! If we can get Picard back, I want Kurtzman to go out hire these guys and let them do DS9 in 8k! Hey CBS wanted Brian Fuller, why not the guys that made the good Trek?

He’d probably fear the talent in the room.

If you are a good boss you don’t need to be the most talented one, just manage the talent in a way that they produce extraordinary results.

Big if.

And that’s a lot of talent.

Captain Nog is an interesting idea. Is it believable? Did the character really have what it takes to become a Starfleet captain? It has been too many years since I saw DS9 to remember, what do you think?

He was smart and he was starting to develop leadership qualities, so not inconceivable that he could be command material.

Let’s put it this way. I can believe Nog as a Captain far better than I can believe Tilly as one.

He had a long way to go when DS9 ended, but he could have gotten their eventually. He outranked Harry Kim by the time Voyager got home.

I think the potential Nog of the future was shown in the episode where Sisco phased in and out of time and space and Jake gave up everything to track him down and save him. In that episode, Nog was articulate, thoughtful, and had grown up quite a bit. He was always motivated. Regardless, if Tilly is now Starfleets best, anyone can be captain!

I would take Nog captain 100 times over Tilly any day. Unlike Tilly, I can take Nog seriously as a Starfleet officer.

Tiger, is this you? I had no idea you feel about Tilly like me ;) The problem is she is written as superhuman (just repairing the shields last episode on top of being a master of Quantum Physics etc etc Is she the new Chief Engineer now too) and more neurotic than Barclay, who never made it to Captain. Barclay is much more believable as compromised character because his failings actually had consequences. I believe people feel so unsympathetic or even hostile to much of Discovery’s cast, especially Burnham and Tilly, because the characters are not written as believable real world people. They get away with stuff that wouldn’t fly for 1 second in a real professional space organization, or any professional setting for that matter. Like you said, even Nog became more grown up in the end (losing his leg was a major turning point I think, same as Picards heart) and thus more believable as a Starfleet officer.

I was never a huge Tilly fan like so many in season 1 but I didn’t mind her. But this season they just over did it with the neurotic stuff. Yes Barclay got the same treatment, but he was actually treated as someone as a bit ‘off’. In Tilly’s case, its treated more as an adoring personality quirk and no one ever questions how unprofessional she comes off a lot. And Barclay wasn’t trying to become a captain someday and was actually getting help for it by Troi.

And first season I could believe it because she was a cadet and it was first time on a starship. But now after ‘fighting’ a war, she should act a little more grown up and yes professional. Its nothing wrong to have comedic and offbeat characters, but it still has to be done in a way to be believable to the jobs they have. Neelix was also quirky and offbeat, he was also just the cook, not a bridge officer. I’m really hoping next season they tone her down at least.

Hey Tiger2 I’d like to point you in the direction of an interview with director Dave Barrett on another independent site.

Barrett directed “Saints of Imperfection” and his take on Tilly is interesting.

“That was very fun because Tilly is almost the comic relief of the show, and I really wanted to see what she’s capable of. I said to Mary, “One day your character is going to be a captain, isn’t she? You need to show me that you she is a very good judge of character and that she can fight for what she believes in.” And that’s what we saw from Tilly in this episode. I thought that was really refreshing and gave us insight into the depth of her character.”

Thats weird, I responded to this post already. What happened to it?

You got strange tastes Tiger. I’ll take Tilly anywhere 😉

Don’t care what you think. You really shouldn’t be here anyway.

♥️♥️♥️♥️Tilly ♥️♥️♥️♥️

Perfect example why you were banned the first time.

You still got the wrong guy Tiger. I’m all about the love. You rock.

You are 100% him. Every time you post it gives it away. Every time. And I won’t be shocked to see you banned again.

I’ll pray for you Tiger. God Bless.

I agree but it looks like Tilly will never get that command she dreamed of.

“I agree but it looks like Tilly will never get that command she dreamed of.”

Not in the Imperial Conquest Battle Group of the V’draysh, no ;)

Once a cadet became a Captain in a weeks time, anything is possible now. ;D

But I would love to see Nog as Captain. Crazy, I just rewatched the episode where it was revealed he wanted to go to Starfleet and still a great episode. And Nog more than proved what a capable and committed Starfleet officer he was. He went from one of my least liked characters to my favorites!

If we go by real-world elapsed time it’s been 20 years since Nog was an ensign at (presumably) the age of about 22, and had served in battle for over 2 years, receiving multiple commendations within the series we saw. No reason to think he couldn’t be an Admiral by now, frankly.

Very true!

And the writers of the time were not afraid to portray him as a bit of a Neanderthal with regard to women at first. Today he would not have ended up in Starfleet for that but on the other side of an airlock (or crashed into an asteroid, Conelly-style!)

But they also portrayed him as coming from a culture where that was the norm as well as showing him come to accept female colleagues both as social equals and as professional authority figures by the series’ end.

In other words, it was a subtle, purposeful social message shown over time and through character growth. This was Trek!

You know what was the absolute opposite of what you describe?

A little show from 1966 called Star Trek.

Just watched the early backer screener. Beautiful work. Not really a documentary in the actual sense – it feels more like spending an afternoon with some old friends. Writers room was a highlight, as were the HD scenes. We need DS9 remastered and someone at CBS please give Ira Behr some money to shoot season 8! Even if it’s just an animated season 8, I would watch it if they use sock puppets – but please give us more of what those guys teased here!

Star Trek: Sock Puppets! Now this is something I would want to see. And guess what, the characters would still feel more real than Star Trek: Discovery ;)

Thank you Alex, that sums it up perfectly! I have seven seasons of extras from my Deep Space Nine DVDs plus FSM knows how many hours of interviews, articles, etc. written over the intervening twenty (!) years. What I wanted was to spend a few hours reminiscing with the TV friends I’ve missed so terribly… and that’s exactly what I got.

Alex Kurtzman has a perpetual Star Trek machine that is going to need a lot of content. Here is a ready made story concept. Make it so.

I can not WAIT to watch this documentary in theaters!! I’m so excited. To revisit my favorite Star Trek show on the big screen, is a dream. And that clip was a nice reminder just how great these writers are. I would give anything for a few to be working on Discovery.

Nuts. I’m traveling on the 13th.

Without giving anything away: What We Left Behind was TOTALLY worth the wait. I laughed, I cried, I laughed really hard at one bit towards the end of the film (you’ll know what I’m referring to when you see it). It was marvelous.

If CBS All Access is willing to throw millions at a Section 31 series, how about ponying up some of those millions for the show that INVENTED Section 31?! #DS9Movie #DS9S8

(Edited to add: The concept that they came up with for season eight would be fascinating. I definitely wanted to see where they went next!)

Well, I hope you’re right, but I need to say this: what’s so special about this clip? They do Yet Another DS9 Space Battle and escape through the wormhole. We’ve seen this dozens of times before.

I have admittedly never been in the “OMG OMG OMG DS9 is the Best Trek Evah” camp, so maybe I’m missing something.

I was referring to the entirety of the documentary, which I got to watch over the weekend (several times) online for being one of the Indiegogo backers.

I feel the same way. I loved DS9 but I have zero interest in this Doc.

I want them to remaster DS9 in 24K gold!

Oh! How interesting! That would have been fun to explore.

When is this hypothetical Season 8 supposed to take place? If it’s set right after the conclusion of Season 7 (2375), it’s difficult for me to believe that Nog would be a captain already.

I think its suppose to be years after the series finale. Maybe not 20 years later like the Picard show, but maybe a decade or so, so wouldn’t be be surprising to see Nog as Captain.

Does anyone know when the BLURAY+DVD will be ready and sent?
My connection was too slow apparently for the stream and I must work on May 13.
Thank you.

Thank you most kindly.

I like my season 8 idea better: In Post-War exhaustion and destruction, in desperate need of a “Marshall Plan” for Alpha and Beta Quadrants, the Four Great Powers (Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Cardassian) try to pull themselves together and lift themselves up out of the ashes, while fighting small necessary wars (that the public despises, naturally, because they’re sick to death of war, so few resources are assigned to this thankless task) of containment and roundup of Rogue, break-away, WarLords and CrimeLords (THEIR “Afghan Conflict”); the detritus of the Dominion’s Warrior Caste, and Opposition Factions from the Federation, Klingons, and Romulans, with the opportunistic Orion Crime Syndicates in the geopolitical field, at play. Meanwhile the show would showcase the efforts at Geo-engineering a “Marshall Plan” (in a buildup of popular support for exploring and colonizing Mars in our time). Oh well, I can dream. Anyway, I know I would love whatever Behr and Co. would create.

…tears. Deep space nine lives in my heart. I can’t express how much of a connection I had with these characters and the world they live in. Just being back in this world for a few seconds gave me chills.

It’s gone. Move on. Geriatric Picard is the future.

Sorry this is such a late post. I will look for another more recent place for it. For those north of the border in the GTA, I see the documentary will be shown at theatres downtown at Yonge and Dundas, in Etobicoke at the Queensway and out in Mississauga at Winston Churchill. In fact WC will show it on three days that week including Saturday mid day. It sounds like it will be great and can’t wait to check it out.