Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 6, Episode 13

Far Beyond the Stars (11 Feb. 1998)

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Captain Sisko has a full sensory vision of himself as an under-appreciated science fiction magazine writer in 1950s America.



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Episode cast overview:
Jake Sisko / Jimmy
Joseph Sisko / Preacher
Nog / Newspaper Vendor


Captain Sisko has a full sensory vision of himself as an under-appreciated science fiction magazine writer in 1950s America.

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Sisko is seen looking at a copy of Galaxy magazine dated September, 1953. The caption under the cover art is "Court Martial" by Samuel T. Cog... (the rest of the name is obscured by Sisko's hand). Samuel T. Cogley is the name of James T. Kirk's attorney in the classic episode Star Trek: Court Martial (1967). The cover art itself is almost identical to the cityscape from the episode. See more »


When Michael Dorn's character Willie Hawkins enters the bar for the first time, he accidentally calls Penny Johnson's character by the name of Kasidy instead of Cassie. 'Kasidy' is Johnson's role name on Deep Space Nine. See more »


[last lines]
Captain Sisko: I have begun to wonder. What if it wasn't a dream? What if this life we're leading - all of this, you and me, everything - what if all of this... is the illusion?
Joseph Sisko: That's a scary thought.
Captain Sisko: I know, I know... But maybe, just maybe, Benny isn't the dream. We are. Maybe we're nothing more than figments of his imagination. For all we know, at this very moment, somewhere, far beyond all those distant stars, Benny Russell... is dreaming of us.
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
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Over the Top on a Worthy Topic
4 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's genuinely too bad that the entertainment industry is so reliably liberal in its viewpoint. It means important subjects are given predictable treatment . . . and predictable is not a compliment in the arts.

In this episode, you have white racism against blacks in the late 1940's. OK. Fair enough.

But where does it go? Jake becomes a petty thief because he has no other options as a young black man. Predictable.

Worf becomes a shallow tom-catting ball-player who knows he's not really accepted by whites. Predictable.

The two white cops are brutal racists. Predictable.

The white authority figure is apathetic and driven by money even though he kind of knows he should do something. Predictable.

The one just white person is an angry liberal/lefty. Oh so predictable.

This thing could have really gone places: like having 'Benny' talk about how race was totally immaterial in his story - it literally never comes up (just as it doesn't in the Star Trek universe).

Or how science fiction makes our own reality more clear by taking away all our associations but leaving our own time's story in tact.

Or really emphasized the nature of reality that is addressed at the end of the episode.

Or a million other things. But it just went straight to America is/was/always will be a racist place.


We've come eons in a very short amount of time in this country - further than any other country on the planet.

And we'll go eons more. But nurturing and cultivating like a hothouse flower racial grievance is going to make it very, very slow going.

Star Trek rules - but they blew the telling of the tale here.

7 stars for originality and effort.

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