Star Trek: The Original Series is known for opening up the celestial world to us. One where no man had ever gone before. And as this became a part of our life and an integral part of the pop culture, there were many outings of Star Trek, which, apart from the legacy that it carried in its name, did nothing to really live up to that. Voyager and Enterprise are universally despised, and the animation series is still up for debate. It is DS9 which although, is not spoken much about, has not seen much criticism from the fans. There is a possibility of having a section of Trekkers who are nonchalant about DS9, but there is hardly anyone who hates it. Taking this point and turning it upside down, here are ten reasons why DS9 is actually the best that the Star Trek series has ever offered. Take a look:
1) It Opened Up The Star Trek Universe
Star Trek as a series, always has been complex. There is always more happening in the background than what our eyes can see. There are other ships out there, other adventures happening in unchartered lands, other characters who are dealing with all that, and it is only when we cross paths with them, their back story opens up. Until then, it is only the Federation that we are exposed to. This happened in the first Star Trek series until DS9 came along and changed this scenario.
Suddenly, we are out of the comfort zone of TNG, and looking at the universe, the way it is… in a state of chaos. There are wars, political struggles, religion, money, and other complexities that we are exposed to, and amidst all this is the DS9 show.. trying to deal with this reality.. outside of the Federation.
2) Sisko Made The Best Captain Ever
Before you bring out your weapons in defense of Kirk, read on to know what the heading actually means. All the Captains that we have seen on Star Trek have been individuals who are adept at dealing with complexities. Kirk was the greatest adventurer known, Picard was the diplomatic and brainy Captain, Janeway was an autocrat, and Archer was the exaggerated male with unjustified aggression. It was only Sisko who was not as human as any one of us. On top of this, Avery Brooks and his portrayal of the character has added weight to the already straight and confrontational character that Sisko was meant to be. A passionate person, he derived strengths from his passions, and that is what makes him the most endearing of the lot.