can we talk about how DS9 literally turned the tables on the whole stoic-paragon-of-virtue Vulcan stereotype and played the Romulans in a respectful and sympathetic light?
also how about when it showed the Klingon tradition of honor to be actually stunting the growth of their whole civilization and Worf fucking KILLED Gowron because of that?
oh and we can’t forget how DS9 was fantastic at making sure that people knew that both Cardassians and Bajorans were people and made it a point to include genuinely good and despicably evil versions of both races!
what about when in the VERY FIRST EPISODE someone was shown actively disliking Picard - the very paragon of what a Starfleet captain should be - and actually being justified for doing so?
that all happened
and that’s what makes DS9 so awesome
is that it vividly shows that there are two sides to EVERYstory
and that’s one of the most important lessons to remember in life
DS9 is to TV star trek what Undiscovered Country is to the films
in what way??? Undiscovered Country is awesome, but… so are many of the other Star Trek films.
Its not that its necessarily better, more that it tackles the in universe politics and the failings of the characters more directly than most of the other series/films and features major universe changing events.
For example in wrath of khan we see massively important things happen to the federation with the developement of genesis, and its subseqent failure, but the effects of this arent felt much other than in the following films. We don’t really see much of a change in federation policy after this, and the only times we see the effect on diplomacy the events Of Wrath of Khan and its sequels had in Star Trek is (mainly) when the klingons want another political stick to beat Kirk with when he is under arrest for supposedly Killing Chancellor Gorkon in Undiscovered country. The klingons did throw a tiff when they found out about genesis, but its not really mentioned outside of the films. I like to think that this is because people in Trekverse view this bit of their history as just another piece of the cold war-esque arms race that features in Star Trek up until Undiscovered country. this means that it becomes over shadowed by the events of Star Trek VI because of the sheer significance of what happens in it.
In Undiscovered country the destruction of the heart of the klingon economy and the subsequent peace treaty forces the klingons and the federation closer together, setting the stage for klingon starfleet officers, their future military alliances. This in turn results in Romulus’ aggresive foreign policy being soundly rebuffed in the years between TOS and TNG and them becoming an isolationist power before re-emerging during TNG and becoming a major problem for both the klingons and the federation.
Then we get to DS9 (trouble with romulus here too btw: Sisko has to do some fucking crazy stuff to get them to team up against the dominion). In DS9 the main event is the slow buildup to and events of the dominion war and the liberation of Bajor. the series and characters are also effected by prior canon events, like with Sisko’s PTSD following Picard Killing his wife when he was assimilated by the borg and prior hostilities with the cardassians and romulans seriously upsetting the war effort. Eventually when the war is won the Cardassians are crippled as a military power, something which doesnt happen often in star trek. You never see The Romulans or the Borg on their knees ( though they have their off days). In fact the only properly comparable even in canon to this is the impending collapse of the Klingon Military infrastructure in Star Trek VI. Canon hasnt really progressed much beyond this point (dominion war ends 2375, last TNG film is in 2379, Romulus destroyed by supernova in 2387) and most canon developement has been in the past of the series or in alternate timelines.
While im sure i’ve got a few facts and figures wrong, the I still think that DS9 and undiscovered country are the most overtly political in theme and content of the films and series ( though star trek is a V political show, obviously). You do see other major politcal events in canon, like Worfs struggles on the Klingon political scene in the latter seasons of TNG and the repeated defeats of the Borg in late season Voyager, but because canon hasnt developed than much beyond 2379 we dont get to see the effects on the universe.
please bear in mind that i was half awake when i wrote this so there’s probably a bunch of major errors in quoting canon and other stuff.
huh, that’s really interesting, thanks! :) and i had no idea you’d seen so much of all the different star trek series?? way more than me, it sounds like…
I’ve heard that some fans dismiss Deep Space Nine as overly grim, but while the show deals in serious subjects without blinking, I’ve never found it depressing. It’s honest, that’s all. Before this series, the franchise was about the pure utopia of the journey, of constant motion, of seeking and never being entirely satisfied. With DS9, the franchise creates a home, and then sets to establishing the cost of defending it.
Favorite Lesbian Ships - Jadzia/Lenara - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Lenara: I thought I’d gotten over you. It’s been so long and so much has happened, but now I know I haven’t. Jadzia: I’ve missed you. I’ve missed you so much.