In the mid-1980’s, the Star Trek franchise made a major TV comeback with the introduction of Star Trek: The Next Generation. After nearly two decades without weekly Trek adventures, Trekkies were ecstatic, and the show became a major syndicated hit. As the 80’s moved into the 90’s, The Next Generation shifted from TV to feature films, but fears of a Trek-less TV landscape were calmed by the announcement of an all-new spin-off: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It was a bold experiment, sacrificing the previous shows’ exploration-based thrills for a more subtle, drama-based approach. This risk was justified when Deep Space Nine became a long-running hit, creating another notable success for the Star Trek dynasty.
Departing from the “wagon train to the stars” approach of the original Star Trek, Deep Space Nine took place at a Federation space station that orbited a remote planet in the newly liberated Bajoran sector of space. Captain Benjamin Sisko presided over the crew with his son Jake, an aspiring writer, in tow. Kira Nerys, a former resistance fighter for the Bajorans, served as the first officer, and former U.S.S. Enterprise officer Miles O’Brian was the chief of operations. Tending to medical situations was the dedicated Doctor Julian Bashir.
There also were plenty of alien officers working on Deep Space Nine, including Security Office Odo, a member of the shape-shifting Changeling race, and a Ferengi bartender named Quark. But perhaps the most interesting was Science Officer Jadzia Dax, a joined alien consisting of host body Jazdia and a symbiotic invertebrate named Dax. In addition to these otherworldly types, several different varieties of alien passed through the ship on a regular basis. These other alien races included the Klingons (including Worf, a character from The Next Generation who later joined the Deep Space Nine crew in the fourth season), the Romulans, and the Cardassians.
The old flare-ups with the more difficult races were still there, but most challenging group for the Deep Space Nine crew was the Dominion. They were introduced on the debut episode when Commander Sisko discovered a nearby “wormhole,” a sort of rip in the fabric of space and time. This wormhole was the first stable one ever discovered, a portal to the Gamma Quadrant, an area on the other side of the galaxy. There, space was dominated by the Dominion, a group of aliens of many different races—including the Jem’Hadar and the Vorta—which was led by the Changelings. Since Security Officer Odo was a Changeling, his loyalties were severely tested as time went on.
As time passed, the Dominion soon decided they wanted control of the Alpha Quadrant, the liberated area that included Deep Space Nine. When the Dominion bullied the area’s local Cardassian race into joining them, the stage was set for a battle royale between the Federation and the Dominion for control of the Alpha Quadrant. This concern came to dominate the later seasons of the show, as Deep Space Nine divided its time between high-tech space battles and inter-species drama. The end result was a space opera that resembled a galactic version of War And Peace.
Although this interstellar intrigue came to form the heart of the show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would occasionally break stride to do an experimental hour. These stand-alone episodes often explored alternate realities or used unique plot devices like time travel. Fan favorites included “Trials and Tribble-ations,” in which a Klingon’s action sent the Deep Space Nine crew back in time to the original Enterprise crew’s famed trouble with the Tribbles, and “The Visitor,” an alternate-future outing wherein Jake Sisko spent his life trying to revive his father after a mysterious ailment caused him to vanish into air.
Like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine was a major success in syndication, leading the show’s creators to form another franchise, Star Trek: Voyager. The adventures of Sisko and his associates lasted for seven seasons, leading up to a send-off in 1999. Its thoughtful combination of drama and high-tech imagination ensures that it will be a major favorite with Star Trek fanatics for many years to come.
USA / Syndicated – Paramount / 176×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1993-99
Creators/Executive Producers: Rick Berman, Michael Piller / Theme Music: Dennis McCarthy
AVERY BROOKS as Cmdr Benjamin Sisko
NANA VISITOR as Major Kira Nerys
COLM MEANEY as Chief Off Miles O’Brien
TERRY FARRELL as Lt Jadzia Dax (Until Season 7)
RENE AUBERJONOIS as Odo
SIDDIG EL FADIL as Dr Julian Bashir
ARMIN SHIMMERMAN as Quark
CIRROC LOFTON as Jake Sisko
Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)
In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.
Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29
Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966
Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)
Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.
Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white
Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)
Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.
Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989
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