Our final update regarding the big Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con focuses on one legacy show that hasn’t got a lot of attention in the new Star Trek shows on Paramount+, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Bringing back DS9 characters?
Picard will be connecting even more characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and at least two characters from Voyager are appearing on Star Trek: Prodigy, but Deep Space Nine has not been getting the same level of attention in the 24th-century Trek shows. One upcoming exception came from the Comic-Con trailer for Lower Decks, which revealed the show will visit the station in season 3. and the panel with showrunner Mike McMahan promising “you might see some friendly faces in there.”
During the Q&A at Comic-Con, a fan asked executive producer Alex Kurtzman if there have been any discussions about “looking again at [DS9] and bringing us up to date on those characters.” Kurtzman was careful in his answer but did reveal there has been some talk about the show:
I’m trying to answer your question without revealing anything. I think you’re always having conversations about the history of Star Trek. And obviously, Sisko is a critical, critical figure for everybody. So conversations definitely have been had.
In addition to saying there have been discussions about DS9, Kurtzman’s comment about not “revealing anything” indicates there is at least something coming related to DS9 beyond what was shown for Lower Decks. A good guess might be a visit with one or more characters from the series during the third season of Picard, which has been hinted at by showrunner Terry Matalas. Michael Dorn’s Worf will be on the show, of course, and yes, he was a main character for a good part of DS9, but that’s not likely to be what Matalas meant, as Worf is there as part of Picard’s TNG sendoff season.
Kurtzman went on to explain what it would take to revisit DS9 and/or those characters:
What I’ll tell you is that, for us, we don’t want to just launch into something without going, “Oh, we have now a new idea.” A new reason to do it, a way to turn it in a new direction so that it’s not just repeating the thing you’ve seen before, but it’s also honoring the thing that you love. So if we ever do go down that road, other than what we’re already doing on Lower Decks, I think we would all want to make sure that it was coming from that place of being able to tell a new story while honoring the old one.
So it doesn’t sound like Deep Space Nine will be a big factor in either of the two Star Trek shows that Kurtzman said were currently in development. And for what it’s worth, the show is getting some big attention from IDW Publishing, who announced a new ongoing Star Trek comic book series that will focus on Sisko returning from the Bajoran wormhole after the DS9 series finale.
Yet more to come from SDCC 2022
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