Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1 (1993)

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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Deep Space Nine's first season lays the groundwork for what could be the grittiest Star Trek series yet.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 146

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Air date: Jan 3, 1993

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine began its seven-season run with this two hour episode. The episode harked back to the classic 1990 Next Generation season-ender "Best of Both Worlds," wherein the insidious Borg took over the mind and shape of Captain Jean-Luc Picard to launch an attack on the Federation. Three years later, Benjamin Sisko, survivor of the Borg attack, is assigned as commander of Deep Space Nine, a run-down former Cardassian space station in Bajoran territory. Sisko's first assignment is to oversee repairs of Deep Space Nine, but as the story progresses, he finds that he has been predestined to repair the tattered remnants of Bajor's ruined economy. Patrick Stewart guest stars in his familiar role of Captain Picard, who the embittered Sisko holds responsible for his own wife's death. Written by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, "Emissary" was originally telecast on January 2, 1993.

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Air date: Jan 3, 1993

Conclusion. While the Cardassians threaten to attack the station, Sisko must attempt to communicate with the force that has him trapped in the wormhole. Gul Jasad: Joel Swetow. Chancellor: John Carter. Jennifer: Felecia Bell. Gul Dukat: Marc Alaimo. Picard: Patrick Stewart. Kira: Nana Visitor.

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Air date: Jan 10, 1993

Kira is reunited with Tahna (Jeffrey Nordling), a member of the Bajoran underground. Though he claims to have reformed, Tahna's presence causes Kira to rethink her loyalties to Deep Space Nine. Meanwhile, Tahna's request for sanctuary from the Cardassians may spell disaster for the other crew members. First telecast January 9, 1993, "Past Prologue" was written by Katharyn Michaelian Powers.

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Air date: Jan 17, 1993

Odo angrily tries to evict an old Bajoran enemy (Stephen James Carver). When the man later turns up dead in the holosuite, Odo is assigned to investigate, only to fall under suspicion when his own testimony incriminates himself. Meanwhile, Keiko tries to set up a school on Deep Space Nine, but does she intend to preach the Bajorian party line? Written by Michael Piller and Gerald Sanford, "A Man Alone" was originally telecast January 16, 1993.

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Air date: Jan 24, 1993

Shortly after O'Brien is assigned to service the food replicators, Deep Space Nine falls victim to a mysterious and fatal virus. O'Brien, of course, is not responsible; the virus, long dormant, had been placed in the station's system years earlier to disable the Cardassians. Kira races against time to find an antidote, her task made doubly difficult by the fact that the virus renders its victims unable to communicate. First aired January 23, 1993, "Babel" was scripted by Michael McGreevey and Naren Shankar from a story by Sally Caves and Ira Steven Behr.

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Air date: Jan 31, 1993

Scott MacDonald guest stars as Tosk, a reptillian alien rescued by the Deep Space Nine crew. Despite his secretive and evasive manner, Tosk is befriended by O'Brien. This relationship threatens the well being of Tosk and his colleagues when it turns out that Tosk is the quarry in a sinister hunting game, and that the "hunter" (Gerritt Graham) will stop at nothing to trap the "fox." Written by Jill Sherman Donner and Michael Piller, "Captive Pursuit" originally aired January 30, 1993.

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Air date: Feb 7, 1993

Taking time off from bedevilling the Enterprise, alien life form Q (John de Lancie pays a visit to Deep Space Nine. Q is accompanied by the equally redoubtable adventuress Vash (Jennifer Hatrick), Captain Picard's old flame. Their visit coincides with a series of dangerous and destructive power outages, for which Vash is held responsible. First telecast February 6, 1993, "Q-Less" was scripted by Robert Hewitt Wolfe from a story by Hannah Louise Shearer.

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Air date: Feb 14, 1993

Jadzia Dax's past catches up with her when she is accused of murders and treasonable acts committed in her prior Trill identity of Curzon Dax. Sisko battles precedent by seeking to prevent Dax's extradition. In the meantime, Kira, Odo, and Dr. Bashir take it upon themselves to mount Dax's defense, something in which Dax herself refuses to participate. Written by Peter Allan Fields and veteran Star Trek hand D.C. Fontana, "Dax" was originally telecast February 13, 1993.

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Air date: Feb 21, 1993

Alien criminal Rao Vantika (James Harper) is brought on board Deep Space Nine by security officer Ty Kajada (Caitlin Brown). When Rao dies en route to prison, it seems as though everyone's troubles are over. But Ty warns that the danger has just begun; Rao's consciousness lives on in the body of an unwitting DS9 crew member. Initially airing February 20, 1993, "The Passenger" was scripted by Morgan Gendel, Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Michael Piller, from an original story by Gendel.

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Air date: Mar 14, 1993

Up to his usual tricks, Quark tries to cheat the members of a newly discovered alien race. Upon learning that they've been hornswoggled, the aliens exact a nasty punishment on the duplicitous barkeep. As a result, Sisko, Kira, Dax, and Bashir find themselves pawns in a deadly game of chance. "Move Along Home" was scripted by Frederick Rappaport, Lisa Rich, and Jeanne Carrigan-Fauci from a story by Michael Piller; the episode was first made available to local stations on March 13, 1993.

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Season 1 of this sci-fi series sees Starfleet Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his crew invited to help rebuild Bajor. The discovery of the Bajoran wormhole enables Starfleet to explore the unknown Gamma Quadrant of the Galaxy. The crew includes Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor), the Bajoran liaison officer, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) the security chief, Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) chief medical officer, Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) the station's chief of operations, and Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell), the station's science officer. On their journeys the crew find themselves infected with a virus, as well as encountering a hunted species.

Critic Reviews for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

What sets the show apart-the same thing that makes "The Next Generation" such a joy-is its aim to give us serious stories that deal with philosophical and social matters.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I must also say that I've never been able to get hooked on these shows... But Deep Space creators Rick Berman and Michael Piller... seem to have taken viewers like me into account this time.

Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's soapy fun, flirts with actual ideas and has great stereo-surround effects during the explosions.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Here's a trade secret: In television science-fiction, there is no final frontier.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The series was grittier and more serialized than any Trek that came before.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Unlike TNG, this isn't a wreck that needs to right itself. It's a promising debut that just needs to finish finding its voice.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…
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It was never quite as popular as Next Generation, but that was a tough assignment to follow.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The tension between Picard and Sisko was INTENSE.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The show's complicated setup provides endless opportunities for drama.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In fact, for much of Season One, the characters are actively irritating.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

This first season lays the groundwork for the rest of the show, and while it is no where close to the excellence shown by the last three or four years, it is a little bit better than the first year of TNG.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Emissary is the best Star Trek pilot when considered in hindsight, but because some crossover episodes are of such high quality that it pushes this one down to the worst list. A shame really, because I'm sure this would appear in many people's top 20.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Season 1

  • Sep 23, 2020
    You wouldn't imagine the heights DS9 achieves in the later seasons as the series sets itself rather slowly, but stick with it.
  • Sep 14, 2020
    Difficult if you watch in 2020 but stick with. One of the best shows I've seen in my life.
  • Sep 11, 2020
    This is where Trek started going bad
  • Mar 11, 2020
    The first season of this series is admittedly a bit clunky at times but it lays important ground work for the most impressive performances and storytelling that Trek has had in a tv series and finally gives the Federation a worthy successor villain after the peace between them and the Klingons in ST: The Undiscovered Country. The whole cast is a treasure and it's wonderful to watch them as they grow their characters into complex beings that don't rest at the end of each episode. DS9 manages to make you fall in love with morally gray characters, both Starfleet and otherwise, moving away from the black and white perspectives of TOS, TNG, and VOY. I love all Star Trek but this is the best Trek in my opinion.
  • Feb 10, 2020
    The hand of Berman hold the evolution and this season was reaaly bad
  • Feb 02, 2020
    A little dated now but still great viewing. A good running story with fun sub plots and great characters.
  • Nov 07, 2019
    As long as you don't analyze the episodes, you'll have a good time
  • Mar 11, 2019
    The first season of DS9, like TNG before it, had a rough start while trying to find its identity. The first season is more episodic than later seasons and had one of the worst episodes of the entire show with "Move Along Home". It also didn't help that there were some episodes that felt like retooled TNG scripts such as "Babel". The one thing that DS9 does perfectly is lay the groundwork for the future. Having the setting be a stationary space station allowed for the more long-form story arcs of the later seasons. Instead of having it be just a starship travelling from encounter to encounter, DS9 has the rest of space come to the station itself; the station may be the same and the same people are there, but they are allowed to grow and develop.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    This season has the best episode of the whole series: "Duet" episode 19
  • Nov 27, 2018
    The first 2-3 seasons are painfully bad, but it's worth it, I promise, for seasons 4-6, which are among the best Star Trek has to offer

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