We’ve had a little bit of Star Trek news this week so let’s look back at the last time the franchise was at its peak on the silver screen. A time that is called the 90s, or the 1990s to be precise.
First, though, I’ll update you on the Star Trek news this week. CBS have revealed and trailer and wait for it, a logo for their new Star Trek TV show. The only interesting thing about this short click baity trailer is the tagline. ‘New Crews’ Does this mean that the show will follow the adventures of more than one Starfleet vessel? Will they all be Starfleet vessels?
So Star Trek Deep Space Nine. Out of all of the Star Trek TV shows that we’ve seen so far, it stands out mostly for one reason: This one is set on a space station, not a starship. Back in a time when a lot of space operas we’re set on space stations, like Babylon 5 and Saturn 7.
Deep Space 9 has recently began airing again on British TV so I’ve been watching it since season 1. We follow the adventures of Ben Sisko the Head Starfleet Officer aboard Deep Space 9, a space station orbiting the planet Bajor. This is a planet that, until recently, was occupied by the sinister Cardassian race. Sisko must deal with the aftermath of this long occupation and the threat of the Dominion through a wormhole.
The early seasons are standard Star Trek. Standard space opera stories that have a message built into them, it wanders around this path until the Dominion are established as a real threat.
Then, Star Trek goes to war, about the time the ratings for the show begins to dip. Enter Worf, fresh of the Next Generation as The Dominion and Starfleet go to war.
The message? War is bad and nasty, but this is lost through filler stories which made the war seem so far away and not that important, there was more focus on the war, y’know that thing that has never been done in a Star Trek show before.
Fast forward a few seasons and you can pretty much pinpoint what killed the show. The death of a main character and replacing them, the ultimate taboo in a long-running TV show. The one that took the bullet was Dax in a typical lame Star Trek death that also killed the show.