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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series that debuted in 1993 and ran for seven seasons, finishing in 1999. Based on Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, it was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, and produced by Paramount Pictures.

DS9 began while Star Trek: The Next Generation was still on the air, and there were several crossover episodes between the two series. Unlike its predecessor, DS9 often broke the rules laid down by Gene Roddenberry and by all accounts, Roddenberry, before his death in 1991, had concerns about the idea. It took two more years to develop, and when it finally aired in 1993 reasons for that concern were evident right away. The show was dark (literally), characters argued a lot, no one went anywhere, and the neighboring natives were hardly ever friendly. Yet for all that the show went against the grain of the Great Bird's original vision of the future, it undeniably caught the mood of the time, incorporating a complex political backdrop that mirrored our own.

DS9 chronicles the events surrounding space station Deep Space 9, a former Cardassian ore-processing station, which is under the joint control of the United Federation of Planets and Bajor, the planet it formerly orbited. The station was repositioned close to the recently discovered Bajoran wormhole. As a result of the wormhole, the station becomes a cornerstone of interstellar trade and political activity in the Bajoran sector and the quadrant.

According to co-creator Berman, he and Piller had considered setting the new series on a colony planet, but they felt a space station would both appeal more to viewers and save money due to the high cost of on-location shooting for a "land-based" show. However, they were certain that they did not want the show to be set aboard a starship because Star Trek: The Next Generation was still in production at the time and, in Berman’s words, it "just seemed ridiculous to have two shows - two casts of characters - that were off going where no man has gone before."

In the first episode, the crew discovers a uniquely stable wormhole, which provides immediate access to and from the distant Gamma Quadrant, making the station an important strategic asset, as well as a vital center of commerce with a largely-unexplored area of space. Inside the wormhole live aliens who do not experience time in a linear manner and have difficulty understanding other lifeforms who do. To the religious people of Bajor, these are the Prophets and the wormhole itself is the long-prophesied Celestial Temple. Commander Benjamin Sisko, who discovers the wormhole with Jadzia Dax, becomes revered as the Emissary of the Prophets, a spiritual role which initially makes him extremely uncomfortable.

In the casting, there was a clear intent to differentiate the show from its predecessors. Genre stalwarts Tony Todd and James Earl Jones were considered for Commander Sisko (later Captain Sisko) before Avery Brooks. DS9 was the first Star Trek series to include main characters who were not members of Starfleet. Kira Nerys is an officer in the Bajoran militia, Odo is a Changeling who worked for the BUY THIS BOOKCardassians during the Occupation of Bajor, while Jake Sisko (Commander Sisko's son) and Promenade bar owned Quark are civilians. Ro Laren from TNG (Michelle Forbes) was reportedly the first choice of the producers as the first officer, but as Ms. Forbes did not wish to commit to a television show, Kira Nerys was created instead. Among Starfleet characters, Miles O'Brien is the first enlisted (non-commissioned) main character, reprising a supporting role he played on several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Over the course of its seven-year run, DS9’s core cast underwent two major changes. The first change, at the start of the fourth season, was the addition of Michael Dorn as Worf, who had recently spent seven years on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The original reason for this was to boost ratings, but the Klingon soon became an integral part of the show. Worf eventually married Jadzia Dax.

The second change was the departure of Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax). This was more of an abrupt change, and it came about because Farrell did not wish to renew her contract at the end of the sixth season, because she wanted more screen time than she was getting, given the increasingly large cast of DS9. Jadzia was the host of the Dax symbiont; the writers did not want to lose Dax, so they introduced Ezri Dax (Nicole de Boer) to provide a new host after Gul Dukat killed Jadzia.

Alexander Siddig (Julian Bashir) appeared in the opening credits by a shortened form of his birth name, Siddig el Fadil, for the first three seasons. He appeared as Alexander Siddig after he married co-star Nana Visitor (Kira Nerys), which placed their names together in the alphabetical cast credits, although his stated reason for the name change was that he discovered that nobody watching the show knew how to pronounce 'el Fadil'. Siddig continued to be credited as Siddig el Fadil when he directed.



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The very nature of the show - being set on a space station rather than aboard a starship (though the USS Defiant, NX-74205, was added in the third season) fostered a rich assortment of recurring characters, and it was not unheard of for "secondary" characters to play as much, or even more, of a role in an episode as the regular cast.

Of particular note to Star Trek fans is Jeffrey Combs, who made his Star Trek debut on DS9. Combs would go on to appear in thirty-one episodes of DS9, playing four distinct characters - five if one counts the "mirror universe" version of Brunt. In "The Dogs of War", he also became one of the few Star Trek actor to play two distinct roles (Brunt and Weyoun) in a single episode. He later played a prominent role as Shran on Star Trek: Enterprise.

Morn, a minor character who frequents Quark's bar, is silent but omnipresent. According to Emmy Award-winning make-up designer Michael Westmore, on the first day of filming the series, the director chose Morn somewhat randomly from among several prosthetic characters to be a barfly at Quark's, and he went on to spend the next seven years there. Westmore and others named Morn as an anagram of the character Norm from Cheers, who also spent seemingly all of his time sitting on his favorite bar stool and drinking. Ironically, although Westmore went to great lengths to ensure that Morn could talk in case the character ever got a line, he remained silent; this became a running joke, with other characters frequently commenting on what an extremely talkative person he was.

Rom (Max Grodenchik) is a Ferengi, Quark's brother, and the father of Nog. Rom lacked confidence in himself mainly due to Quark's habit of frequently calling him an idiot. Quark did this, however, because he genuinely believed his brother could never succeed on his own; by putting Rom down, Quark thought he was protecting him. But, after four years living among Federation and Bajoran citizens on the station, Rom left this job a Quark's Bar to become a engineer on the space station.

Leeta, portrayed by Chase Masterson, is a Bajoran and is employed as a Dabo girl in Quark's bar. She married Rom after having a brief romantic relationship with Dr. Julian Bashir. Although initially played as a stereotypical "airhead", over the course of the series it was revealed that she was in fact an intelligent woman who chose to maintain a carefree attitude. She was a ringleader when Quark's employees attempted to start a union, and also volunteered to play temporary host to one of Jadzia Dax's former personalities. She also once explained that Dabo girls actually have to be good at math, to assure that the house always makes a profit in the long run.

Nog, (Aron Eisenberg) with best friend Jake Sisko, is one of the first students in Keiko O'Brien's school. They spend their teenage years living on the station. Jake would become a writer and Rom becomes the first Ferengi in Starfleet.

Vic Fontaine (played by James Darren) is a holographic crooner in an idealized version of 1960s Las Vegas. He is charismatic and extremely perceptive. He is used as an informal counselor by crewmembers of Deep Space 9, and he took it upon himself to get Odo and Kira together romantically. Unique among holographic characters, he is self-aware and knows he is a hologram. He has the ability to turn his program on and off. After Vic helped Nog deal with a traumatic battlefield experience, Nog arranged for Vic's program to run constantly so that Vic could experience a full life within his holodeck environment.

In which Star Trek series did writer Larry Niven introduce the cat-like alien race, the Kzinti, into the Star Trek universe?

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