Why Star Trek: DS9's Ira Behr thought the show would be more popular after it wrapped

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Feb 10, 2015, 3:16 PM EST

Star Trek fan fave actress Chase Masterson recently gave an interesting interview to the folks over at Comic Book Movie in which she reminisced about her time on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Bajoran Leeta, who was a former dabo girl over at Quark's. In it, she revealed something Ira Steven Behr — who served as executive producer on the third Star Trek series at the time, and who now works alongside Ronald D. Moore on Starz’s Outlander series — said that still pretty much resonates with how we watch television today.

Here’s what the actress had to say about DS9 and Behr's vision for the show:

“We knew what we had when we had it. That's one of the best things you can ever say about anything, and it's true of DS9. Ira Behr said during the 5th Season that he thought the show would hit its popularity after production wrapped, when the show was in syndication and people could basically binge-watch. As a cast, we knew that the stories that Ira & his team were telling were transcendent. And that's why Michael Piller and Ira took the risk to make it one of the first serialized shows on TV. That was a lot of confidence to have in the audience because it hadn't really been done before. And look what it's given way to: Ron Moore, David Weddle, Bradley Thompson, René Echevarria, Rob Wolfe -- so many top writers came out of DS9.”

When she was asked about the fact that DS9 is still a sort of “undiscovered Star Trek show” today — Star Trek: Deep Space Nine boasted complex storytelling, season- (and even series-) long arcs, and some generally solid acting, but it was often maligned by the fans who didn’t like the darker storylines the series embraced. Here's Masterson's insightful reply:

“Every single day, I hear people say how the show holds up, over fifteen years after we wrapped. Deeply flawed characters, with complicated, messy relationships, hashing out their lives. Boldly going, but not across universes. Boldly going across the boundaries of war -- sometimes between species and sometimes within ourselves. We're the final frontier.”

What do you think about Chase Masterson’s comments on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and about what former showrunner Ira Steven Behr said? Do you agree that DS9 was the final frontier as it boldly went "across the boundaries of war"? Which was your favorite Star Trek series?

(via Comic Book Movie)