In contrast to the first two series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was to be set on a space station instead of a starship. In another twist, the main character would be a commander, not a captain; and the show would run concurrently with The Next Generation. How did fans react to this news and the January 1993 premiere?
In this episode of Postcards from The Edge, host Amy Nelson is joined by Brandi Jackola to discuss the announcement of DS9 and hear from listeners about their memories of the lead-up and debut. We share fan thoughts on Avery Brooks as lead, a station instead of starship, the fact that—for the first time—there would be two Star Trek series sharing the airwaves, and why the development of DS9 shares some important parallels with that of Discovery.
DS9 Story (00:02:09)
Avery Brooks (00:04:04)
Immobile Space Station (00:05:26)
TNG Characters on DS9 (00:07:56)
Fan Response (00:09:04)
Babylon 5 (00:13:03)
Title Issues (00:21:28)
TNG Affection (00:23:55)
DS9 Current Thoughts (00:28:55)
Thoughts from The Orb (00:30:06)
Amy Nelson (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Publisher’s Thoughts on Discovery. On the eve of the new series premiere, Trek.fm’s creator and publisher beams in for a final speculative discussion of the timeline, props, uniforms, Klingons, and everyone’s favorite C word: canon.
Enterprise Fan Response. The announcement that the fourth Star Trek spinoff, Enterprise, would be a prequel to TOS was met with skepticism by many fans. We walk down Memory Lane with them.
The Orville Live Reaction Show. We provide live reactions as we watch the first episode of Seth MacFarlane’s comedic take on Gene Roddenberry’s utopian future.
Voyager Fan Response. We look back at the launch of Voyager and discuss fans memories of the announcement that a third Star Trek spinoff would run concurrently with Deep Space Nine.
The Cage Commentary. One of the biggest influences on Discovery from inside the established canon seems to be the original Star Trek pilot. We provide a commentary for the episode that helped shape the new TV series.
Mailbag Show: DS9 Response. When Deep Space Nine was announced, it introduced some significant changes to the classic Star Trek formula and raised fan concerns. We discuss that initial reaction.
The Klingons. They’re one of the most recognized races in Star Trek, and their inclusion in Discovery has stirred up debate. We discuss how they’ve changed over the past 50 years and what the new show might bring.
Mailbag Show: TNG Response. When Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced, fans doubted that another series could capture the magic of the original. We discuss that initial reaction.
Discovery Response. A month before launch, we share and discuss feedback from fans about their hopes and fears about the next Star Trek series.
The Evolution of Television. We look at how Star Trek was used to promote color TV, how consumption habits have changed over the past half century, and why Trek on a streaming service shouldn’t be a surprise.