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 would later have 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 to do 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.
  • 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 because the "flight" cables were too difficult to rig. However, the idea was revisited for a single episode in season two featuring a guest character ( "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Melora (#2.6)}).
  • Jadzia Dax was originally supposed to have a forehead appliance as the Trill were first shown in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {The Host (#4.23)}, but after a test, most people thought that Terry Farrell's face was much too beautiful to be partially covered by/with prosthetics. Instead, she got to have spots on the side. They were drawn on personally by Michael Westmore each day, a process which initially took over an hour but over time this eventually was reduced to close to 40 minutes. Westmore actually 'signed' his work by adding two spots in the shape of an M and a W. From then on, all Trills were shown to be like this rather than the version shown on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • After production ended and the sets were dismantled, the Defiant bridge set was declared "fold & hold" and placed in storage. It was redressed and used 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.
  • Stars Alexander Siddig and Nana Visitor were married in real life in 1997 (after the show's fifth season).
  • When Nana Visitor became pregnant her condition was explained away in the show by having Kira become an emergency surrogate for someone else's baby.
  • Both Armin Shimerman (Quark) and Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat the Cardassian) have appeared as one of the first actors to portray members of their respective species, and both appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Shimerman played the Ferengi officer Letek in the TNG episode "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {The Last Outpost (#1.4)}, while Alaimo played the Cardassian officer Gul Macet in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {The Wounded (#4.12)}.
  • 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.
  • 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 - an idea which Gene Roddenberry conceived for the original Star Trek: The Original Series but never found an opportunity to use - although this was not explicitly stated on-screen until Star Trek: Enterprise. 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.
  • 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 Royal Navy: Ensign, Lieutenant Junior Grade, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Commodore, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, and Admiral. Bajoran ranks are the same as those used in the US Army, Air Force, and Marines: lieutenant, 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 uniforms initially worn on DS9 were designed to look different from those worn on its parent show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, with a colored shoulders and a gray undershirt. Beginning with the movie Star Trek: Generations, however, these new uniforms were adopted by the TNG crew and Starfleet as a whole. This change was made when a new style of uniform designed for Generations was rejected. From the mid-5th season of DS9 and Star Trek: First Contact another type of uniforms were issued by Starfleet (now with gray shoulders and colored undershirt), 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)}.
  • 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.
  • The tankards used for Klingon bloodwine are actually measuring cups used in baking.
  • Buck Bokai, Sisko's favorite baseball player of the 21st Century, who broke Joe DiMaggio's record for consecutive hits in 2026, comes from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {The Big Goodbye (#1.11)}.
  • 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. This nation was occupied by the Russians during the years 1795-1918 and again 1940-1991, much as Bajor was occupied by the Cardassians.
  • Malcolm McDowell, who had been in Star Trek: Generations, once said he'd like to appear on DS9, but only if his nephew - Alexander Siddig (who plays DS9's Dr. Bashir) - would direct the episode. Such a chance was offered in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Business as Usual (#5.18)} but never materialized due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Wolf 359, mentioned as the battle site between the Borg and the Federation where Sisko lost his wife, is a real star that is 7.5 light-years from Earth.
  • On occasion, sets from Star Trek: Voyager are used as other Starfleet locales. (For example: a holosuite grid in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Inquisition (#6.18)}, the entire U.S.S. Bellerophon [which was an Intrepid-class starship just as Voyager is] in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (#7.16)}.)
  • The character 'Benjamin Sisko' was ranked #50 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
  • The 'Star Trek Crews' from all the Star Trek series were ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
  • Sisko's middle name is Lafayette.
  • The name of the alien race "Ferengi" is derived from the Persian word for "foreigner", which is Farangi.
  • Among the actors to read for the role of Captain Sisko were Carl Weathers and Eriq La Salle. James Earl Jones and Tony Todd were offered the role but declined. Todd (who originally appeared as Worf's brother Kurn on Star Trek: The Next Generation) would make two appearances on this series - both during Season Four; first as an elderly Jake Sisko in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {The Visitor (#4.2)} and he also reprises his role of Kurn in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Sons of Mogh (#4.14)}.

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