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)
Themes. We discuss being caught between two worlds, conservation, fate vs. self-destiny, and the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few-or the one-and how we see all of these in our personal lives.
Molor. We deep-dive into “Will You Take My Hand?” to examine why expectations are key to fan reaction. We also explore Betazed, Ceti eels, darseks, and Kahless’s rival Molor.
Fan Predictions for Discovery Season Two. We discuss potential plots, whether the Klingons or the Vulcans should take the lead, and the many character-development possibilities.
Hanelle M. Culpepper Interview. We’re joined by Hanelle M. Culpepper, director of the Star Trek: Discovery episode “Vaulting Ambition,” to talk about her film work, directing philosophy, and more.
Fan Response to Season One. We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge about the full season of Discovery—both positive and negative!
Will You Take My Hand? We discuss the season-one finale of Star Trek: Discovery, Clint Howard, and predictions for season two.
Fan Response to “Will You Take My Hand?” We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, “Will You Take My Hand?”.
Live Reaction Show: Will You Take My Hand? Join us for immediate reactions to the first-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery!
Starbases and the USS Saratoga. We deep-dive into “The War Without, The War Within” and explore past appearances by some of the ships and bases that have been destroyed in the war.