Jan. 1993
60 min.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Cardassian occupation of Bajor ended in 2369, the mining space-station Terok Nor left abandoned, its systems ripped out. By invitation of the provisional Bajoran government, Starfleet steps in to oversee the rebuilding and the day-to-day operations of the renamed Deep Space Nine. Then found to be strategically important as it is near to a stable worm-hole which leads to the Gamma Quadrant.

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  • Among the finalists for the role of Sisko was Gary Graham, best known for the TV series Alien Nation (1989). Graham eventually received a recurring role as Vulcan ambassador Soval on Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • Kira was a last-minute addition to the cast; the original plan was to include the Star Trek: The Next Generation character of Ro Laren, but Michelle Forbes didn't want a series at the time.
  • The character that eventually became Vic Fontaine was written for Frank Sinatra Jr.. in Season 4. Sinatra, despite being a fan of the show, turned it down, declaring that he only wanted to play an alien. After meeting with Robert Goulet, and attempting to get Steve Lawrence, Tom Jones and Jerry Vale, the producers eventually decided on James Darren in Season 6. Darren would go on to appear in 8 episodes, including the series finale.
  • Dax was originally envisioned as an alien from a low-gravity world forced to get around in a wheelchair and who flew around her quarters; the concept was scrapped and recycled into the character of Melora because the "flight" cables were too difficult to rig.
  • The spots on Jadzia Dax were not stenciled. Instead, they were drawn on personally by Michael Westmore each day, a process which took over an hour.
  • In the episode Trials and Tribble-ations, Crew from Deep Space Nine are hijacked into the episode Trouble with Tribbles from Star Trek: The Original Series. The set of the original Enterprise was re-created for this episode in detail except for the orange grating often seen in engineering areas. Apparently, the company that made it had discontinued its production.
  • After production ended and the sets were dismantled, the Defiant bridge set was declared "fold & hold" and placed in storage. It has been redressed and reused as the bridge of an alien cargo ship and a Klingon battlecruiser on Star Trek: Voyager and the bridge of the ECS Fortunate on Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • In the episode "Man Alone," the planet Alderaan is listed as a recent place visited by a murder victim. Alderaan is the planet destroyed by the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Stars Alexander Siddig and Nana Visitor were married in real life in 1997 (after the show's fourth season).
  • The subplot of Kira carrying the O'Briens' baby was to explain away Nana Visitor's pregnancy.
  • Both Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat) have appeared as one of the first actors to portray members of their respected species, and both appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Shimerman played the the Ferengi officer Letek on the TNG episode "The Last Outpost" (#1.04), while Alaimo played the Cardassian officer Gul Macet on the TNG episode "The Wounded" (#4.17).
  • Lit Star Trek model kit parts can be seen as medical instruments throughout the series. In one episode, Dr. Bashir uses a part that makes up a Romulan Warbird engine nacelle to scan or heal.
  • Martin Sheen was considered for the role of Sloan, the Section 31 operative.
  • References are frequently made to Starfleet "ground troops," and some Starfleet characters have different uniforms (a black uniform with a small colored stripe across the middle). Fans generally accept that these characters are part of a Starfleet Marine Corps, although this has never been explicitly stated on-screen. There was a Starfleet Colonel West in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; West was most likely a Starfleet Marine, since navies do not have the rank of colonel. Colonel West was played by Rene Auberjonois, who plays Constable Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Reportedly, Gene Roddenberry was made aware of plans for DS9 not long before his death in 1991, making this the last Star Trek TV series that he was connected with.
  • The number 47 pops up an inordinate amount of times on computer screens, serial numbers, dates and so on. This tradition was started by writer/co-producer Joe Menosky and was soon picked up by the rest of the production team. Menosky said that he choose that particular number because when he was a college student at Pomona College, Professor of Mathematics Donald Bentley proved as a joke that all numbers are equal to 47. Interestingly, the later series Alias also featured the number 47 many times, and incorporated it into its ongoing storyline.
  • Military ranks used in Star Trek are all based upon actual military ranks. Starfleet ranks are those of the US Navy: Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, and Admiral. Bajoran ranks are the same as those used in the US Army, Air Force, and Marines: 2nd lieutenant, 1st lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel (or, as the Bajorans call it, 'Field Colonel'), Colonel, and General. (Kira, after her promotion, was referred to simply as 'Colonel', but she was promoted two steps in rank at once.) Klingon ranks are 'bekk' (an enlisted rating), Ensign, Lieutenant, Commander, Captain, Colonel, Brigadier, General, Admiral. Cardassian ranks are based on those of the ancient Roman Empire: Gil (equivalent to a Starfleet/ US Naval Lieutenant), Glinn (Commander), Gul (Captain), and Legate (Admiral).
  • The guy who is often in Quark's bar is named "Morn", which is an anagram for "Norm" from Cheers, who was often in the bar. Like Norm, Morn always sat in the same seat at the bar.
  • The uniforms initially worn on DS9 were designed to look different from those worn on its parent show, Star Trek: The Next Generation Beginning with the movie Star Trek: Generations, however, these new uniforms were adopted by the TNG crew and Starfleet as a whole. From the mid-5th season of DS9 and Star Trek: First Contact another type of uniforms were issued by Starfleet, while Star Trek: Voyager (having no way of knowing about the change) retained the earlier version, distinguishing the two series from each other again. It is also worth mentioning that the DS9-style uniforms are very similar to the ones worn by Starfleet cadets in TNG, most notably in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {The First Duty (#5.19)}.
  • In one episode, while Kira is still pregnant the O'Briens' baby, she screams at Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) "This is all your fault!" This is an in-joke referring to the fact that actress Nana Visitor and Siddig were expecting a child in real-life.
  • According to an April 2003 interview, Avery Brooks was initially required by contract to appear with hair in order to prevent confusion with his Spenser: For Hire character, Hawk. In later seasons, as Sisko became established, Brooks was allowed to shave his head and re-grow his beard.
  • The square glasses used in Quark's bar are actually candle holders turned upside down.
  • Although we only rarely see it, there is an ATM in Quark's bar. It dispenses the various types of currency used by major races visiting the station: Federation credits, Bajoran litas, Cardassian leks, and Ferengi latinum.
  • Armin Shimerman was a regular on both this series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the same time.
  • In a scene where Bashir and O'Brien come out of the holo-suite and talk to Quark dressed as WWII RAF pilots, most of O'Brien's jargon comes from a Monty Python sketch, RAF Banter.
  • The tankards used for Klingon bloodwine are actually measuring cups used in baking.
  • Buck Bokai, a baseball player of the 21st Century, broke Joe DiMaggio's record for consecutive hits in 2026. While the name is never mentioned, this fact is mentioned in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Big Goodbye."
  • Buck Bokai's baseball card, a collectable featured on Benjamin Sisko's desk, had actor Keone Young on the front, in character, but showed "Trek" model maker Gregory Jein, who invented the "history" of the character, on the back. The pair bore an uncanny resemblance to each other.
  • The design of Ops incorporates ideas that were considered but dropped for The Bridge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, such as the upper level office, the briefing table in the center of the room, and the transporter being built into the set.
  • The Bajoran monetary system uses the Lita as currency. The Lita is actually the name of the currency of Lithuania.

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