Watching Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine In 82.5 Hours – Max Temkin, Medium

In Deep Space Nine, “a man and his son arrive at a frontier town on the edge of known civilization.”

Not just a man – a widower. That’s a very Western thing.

DS9 is essentially a Western with an ensemble cast. Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe said, “We had the country doctor, and we had the barkeeper, and we had the sheriff and we had the mayor, we had it all, it was all there. We had the common man, Miles O’Brien, the Native American, Kira.”

But also:

Reader Evan Jacobs sees a more contemporary theme in the politics of Deep Space Nine: “To me, DS9 was largely about the Jewish diaspora. Cardassians are Nazis, Ferengis represent Jews as the world sees them (i.e., anti-Semitism), and Bajorans represent Jews as they see themselves (i.e., Israel). Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but it always seemed that way to me.” I’ve always read themes of Jewish history into Deep Space Nine as well (in my view: the Federation is the Catholic church, it’s post-currency society is the prohibition on usury, and the Ferengis are the Jews) it’s one of the reasons the show speaks so personally to me.

We’re slowly rewatching Deep Space Nine. We’re a good way into the first season, which Temkin says is a turkey, but I’m enjoying it.

I’ve already watched most of Deep Space Nine — not when it first aired, but in reruns. I’ve forgotten almost all of it. We stopped watching a few episodes after Terry Farrell left, when the TV station stopped airing reruns. This was in the primitive dark ages before Netflix.

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