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Far Beyond the Stars 

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

Director:

Avery Brooks

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based upon "Star Trek" created by), Rick Berman (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Avery Brooks ... Captain Sisko / Benny Russell
Rene Auberjonois ... Odo / Douglas Pabst
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Commander Worf / Willie Hawkins
Terry Farrell ... Lt. Commander Dax / Darlene Kursky
Cirroc Lofton ... Jake Sisko / Jimmy
Colm Meaney ... Chief O'Brien / Albert Macklin
Armin Shimerman ... Quark / Herbert Rossoff
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir / Julius Eaton
Nana Visitor ... Major Kira / Kay Eaton
Brock Peters ... Joseph Sisko / Preacher
Jeffrey Combs ... Weyoun / Officer Mulkahey
Marc Alaimo ... Gul Dukat / Officer Ryan
J.G. Hertzler ... Martok / Roy Ritterhouse
Aron Eisenberg ... Nog / Newspaper Vendor
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Kasidy Yates / Cassie (as Penny Johnson)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is listed as one of the "Ten Essential Episodes of Deep Space Nine" in the 2008 reference book "Star Trek 101" by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann. See more »

Goofs

When Willie Hawkins enters the bar for the first time, he accidentally calls Cassie "Kasidy". See more »

Quotes

Benny Russell: You can pulp a story, but you cannot destroy an idea!
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References Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) See more »

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy
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Over the Top on a Worthy Topic
4 August 2010 | by Island-PubliusSee 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.

Boring.

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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