Spawned as a companion spin-off from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine introduced a new galaxy of characters, creatures, and conflicts to explore and examine aboard a bustling multiracial space station spinning in the Milky Way near a strategic wormhole.
Created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, it ran from 1993 to 1999 and encompassed a total of 176 episodes. DS9 was notable for its deeper, darker stories centered around religious overtones, social injustice, and societal issues amid the turmoil of interpersonal strife and intergalactic trade.
Deep Space Nine is a unique show of many firsts, including the first black captain, Benjamin Sisko; the first developed without the direct involvement of legendary Star Trek papa Gene Roddenberry; and the first not set on a sleek Federation starship.
Let's head back to the Bajor Sector and get reacquainted with Sisko, Quark, Kira, Worf, Odo, and Miles as we launch into our intensive retrospective of Deep Space Nine, and be sure to tell us your memories of the seminal series in the comments below.
Additional material by Jeff Spry.