ds9

Originally released on DVD back in 2003, this is the first time the series has been reissued in the U.S. and distributed in a complete box set-style package. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine originally ran from 1993 to 1999 and starred Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Colm Meaney, Cirroc Lofton, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Michael Dorn and Nicole de Boer.

startrekds9completedvdStudio: Paramount
Year: 2017
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Run time: 1800 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 47 DVD
Region: A

The strength of DS9, as its fans will tell you, is in its depth. Setting the show in a stationary locale, the major plot-ines involved places and characters that would be back week after week, season after season. The regional conflict between Bajor and Cardassia, in particular, of necessity had to be complex enough to form the backbone of the overall story. The show couldn’t introduce a story element and resolve everything tidily as the ship went on its merry way. The people stayed where they were, for the most part, and each plot added to the tapestry.

For this show to work, the characters had to be strong, as well, and boy are they ever. The strong Commander (later Captain). The Bajoran freedom-fighter torn between old loyalties and new. The young doctor. The trill. The shape-shifting constable. The weasely owner of the local watering hole/gambling establishment. The list goes on and on. There are bonds of friendship and love, but of conflicts and rivalries as well. Science fiction has always been about talking about humanity from a different perspective – and these characters are the most human (no matter their species) of any of the trek series. This set is absolutely fantastic, even better than I remembered. For some odd reason my wife and I thought the first couple seasons weren’t all that good. Now that we are watching them again, we are very impressed with all the episodes. The only thing I can figure is at the time they were originally shown we were more interested in TNG since they were exploring space and we thought a space station was not as interesting. Seeing them now I realize that was just not true and we did it an injustice thinking that way.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Deep Space Nine: A Bold Beginning
  • Secrets of Quark’s Bar
  • Alien Artifacts: Season One
  • New Frontiers: The Story of Deep Space Nine
  • New Station, New Ships
  • The Birth of the Dominion and Beyond
  • Time Travel Files – “Past Tense”
  • Sailing Through the Stars: A Special Look At “Explorers”
  • Charting New Territory: Deep Space Nine Season Four
  • Trials and Tribble–ations: Uniting Two Legends
  • Trials and Tribble–ations: A Historic Endeavor
  • Inside DS9 with Mike Okuda
  • Mission Inquiry: “Far Beyond the Stars”
  • 24th Century Wedding
  • Ending an Era
  • The Last Goodbyes
  • And More! (I.E. – Crew Dossiers, Sketchbooks & Photo Gallery’s)

Special Features: 10/10

Final Thoughts

Star Trek Deep Space Nine is, in my opinion, the best of the Trek Series. It’s darker undertones, serious themes, and adult story lines made it so much more real than any of the other treks. It’s story arcs are really what sold me though, unlike other treks, this series doesn’t just push the reset button after every episode.
Overall Rating: 9/10