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STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE Turns 20 Today!

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

On January 3, 1993, a very different take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision arrived on TV screens. Set on a space station instead of a starship,  the people of Starfleet were surrounded by “locals”, struggling to aid a region torn by conflict, and on the front lines of exploration of the Gamma quadrant thanks to the nearby wormhole.

When I first encountered DS9 in 1994, it was too strange for my taste. All those aliens with the weird features? The darkness of the location and the storylines? No “boldly going”? I went back to just watching TNG for a while, but then I tried DS9 again a few months later, and it started to make sense. Eventually it became my favorite Star Trek series, and still is. Of all the series, I think it remains the most relevant, the most topical even decades later. And of course, it brought a certain brilliant actor to my attention!

What are your memories of your first encounter with Deep Space Nine? Do you still [easyazon-link asin=”B00062RCC6″]rewatch episodes[/easyazon-link]?

About Mel

Mel started a fan site for Siddig in 1996, as a way to learn HTML and to promote his charitable endeavors. In 1998, he proposed that it become his official fan site; she quickly agreed and a long-distance friendship was born. You can reach Mel at mel[at]sidcity[dot]net.

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