Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. A spin-off of the Sci Fi Channel series "Battlestar Galactica" set 50 years prior to the events of that show.
In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition... See full summary »
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth.
Edward James Olmos,
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.
The stable wormhole discovered by the Deep Space Nine crew is known to the Bajoran people as the Celestial Temple of their Prophets. Sisko, as discoverer of the wormhole and its inhabitants, is therefore the Emissary of Bajoran prophesy. The wormhole's other end is in the Gamma Quadrant, halfway around the galaxy from Bajor. That section of space is dominated by the malevolent Dominion. The Dominion is led by the Changelings, the race of shapeshifters to which Odo belongs. As of the beginning of the sixth season, Cardassia has joined the Dominion, and together they are waging war on the Federation and their Klingon allies. The war is quickly becoming the most costly war ever for the Federation, and the Deep Space Nine crew must fight to protect their way of life. Written by
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After Avery Brooks was cast as Captain Sisko, producers maintained a color blind approach to casting Jake. See more »
In various episodes throughout the show's 6th and 7th seasons, there are several mentions of "good years" for blood wine, with vintages given in Earth years. Why would the Klingons measure the vintages of blood wine in Earth years, instead of Kronos years or Stardates? See more »
You don't have anything to hide, do you?
[Looks at Leeta as she walks past]
You certainly don't.
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The opening credits for "Emissary" lacked the wormhole opening that all future episodes featured. Starting with Season 4, the opening credits included additional spacecraft and activity around the station, including the Defiant flying into the wormhole. See more »
"Star Trek is capable of doing way better than this...and that quality is in DS9!
A few months back, after my growing dissatisfaction with the way TNG ended in Nemesis (it might have been 5-6 months ago)...and I had to just slap myself and say "Star Trek is capable of doing way better than this...and that quality is in DS9!" Right there and then, I knew that I was a Niner!
I always knew, especially after the airing of "Improbable Cause/The Die is Cast," that DS9 was capable of pushing the envelope, and create the kind cutting-edge episodes that TNG (and especially its sister series, VOY..) tended to avoid due to its formulaic, PC-nature.
Although I am an open-minded individual, I myself grew pretty tired of PC by the summer of 1993, and currently realize that my world views reflect more closely to that of DS9, rather than the sterile, stuffy world of TNG. There are a lot of grey areas that we encounter in our daily lives, and not everything tends to be black and white. Only DS9 understood that fully out of all 5 Star Trek series. I also appreciated the fact that mankind was still fallible, and capable of making decisions based on emotions, rather than logic, like the TNG crew.
I still have a soft spot for the TNG crew, such as my appreciation for the 1st Season Commander William T. Riker, but I have to concede that DS9 showcased more fully-realized characters through its superior writing between the 2 series.
The only thing that TNG trumps DS9 on is that they have a more charismatic actor in the form of Patrick Stewart. Not to knock Avery Brooks, but whereas when TNG's writing was lacking, Stewart madeup for it with his supreme screen presence and screen performance, I feel that when it was Brooks who was lacking (especially in the earlier seasons, and even up to mid-Season 3..), it was DS9's superior writing that made the show the quality series that we acknowledge and love today.
So, I had to ask myself, which should I choose:
1.) TNG = a charismatic actor (Stewart) who makes the material appear considerably better than it actually is due to his sheer brilliant presence and talent.
2.) DS9 = a reluctant male lead (Brooks), who is a good actor but not the best of the ensemble (nor the supporting cast, for that matter..), but is part of a well-written and well-executed series that blows the 4 other live-action Star Trek series out of the water!
A few months after the dysmal performance of Nemesis, and my admiration for Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard had waned (Let's face it, the screenplay, the choppy editing, and the poor direction simply sucked..), my admiration for DS9 grew more and more, always knowing since mid-1995 that DS9 was the more quality series compared to that of its sister series TNG.
I took the Stewart and Brooks comparisons aside (Where I believe that Stewart is a more charismatic actor, but that Brook's DS9 is the more superior show in terms of writing and overall execution..), and then decided to look at TNG and DS9 side-by-side. Except for the category of the most charismatic captain, DS9 was the clear-cut winner across the board in virtually all the categories!
That's when I knew...That is when I simply knew. :)
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