At the height of Star Trek's popularity in the 1990s, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had the unfair distinction of being the middle child, stuck between the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the beginning of Star Trek: Voyager, and the show suffered from a lack of fan support. But was that the reason it ''failed'' compared to TNG and Voyager?
Actress Nana Visitor, who played DS9's Bajoran liaison officer, Major (later Commander) Kyra Nerys on the series for seven seasons, explained to Trek Core why Star Trek: Deep Space Nine got a harder time from the fans and whether airing alongside Next Gen and Voyager harmed the series:
I don't know. I know that it wasn't what the Star Trek fandom as a whole wanted to see. It was dark, and I think that was our problem. More than being the middle child, I think it was just a very different take on Star Trek.
When asked if the actress thought DS9 was unfairly maligned, aka whether she thought the series was the black sheep of the Star Trek family (although it paved the way for other amazing shows, like Battlestar Galactica, which were huge successes), the actress said:
I do, but when I catch bits of episodes, I go "You know what, it has staying power." Armin and I used to say on the set — when people would say "You know, I don't know if I really like this." — we'd go "You know what, in ten years people will get it." And I think even ten years from now, people will get the show.
Do you agree with Nana Visitor? Do you believe that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is now finally better understood nearly 20 years on?