I thought I would start 2018 with something positive. I watched a Razorfist video a few days ago about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
I watched DS9 many years ago. I found the series very entertaining, particularly once it got to the Dominion War. The series is a turn in the Star Trek franchise. Rather than the utopia typically seen in the original series or the Next Generation, DS9 showed how the rest of the galaxy worked. While the Federation may be perfect, they live in a world where everyone else is not, and that has long-term ramifications. The series also chipped away at the utopian Federation concept, showing that they could be as shady as any other culture.
What I enjoy about Razrofist’s video series is his rapid-fire analysis. It is funny and engaging, but more importantly, it makes me want to rewatch the series. Benjamin Sisko is one of my favorite Star Trek characters, and I hold him as equal with Picard as my favorite captain.
The charm of DS9 is that Sisko does not want to be on the station. He does not want the responsibility, does not want to deal with the either the Cardassians or the Bajorans, and does not want to be that far on the fringes. He simply wants to raise his son. It is an interesting scenario as every other iteration of Star Trek showed people wanting to be in the positions they held.
Razorfist plans on doing a blow-by-blow analysis of the entire series, so it will take some time. He says two episode reviews up right now. Below is his introductory primer for the series. If you have not watched DS9, my suggestion is to watch the TNG episode The Best of Both Worlds first, and then watch DS9. It will give context to Sisko’s character.