Friday, March 21, 2008

Space opera


I don't suppose there's much chance that the success of Battlestar Galactica will lead to a popular/critical re-examination of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is there? Just because producer Ronald D. Moore is a key common factor, and co-executive producer on the final two seasons of "Deep Space Nine", and the story-telling ideas in "Battlestar Galactica" are in many ways rooted in that series and developed out of it...


7 comments:

Jonathan Lapper said...

There's a lot of people who love DS9 and have exhorted it for years (I'm assuming you are one). I was a TOS and TNG fan who was probably too rooted for too long in those series' structures to get into the DS9 phenom but I'd like to give them a second look.

Neil Sarver said...

Indeed there are, and have been since the beginning, but it still managed to be lost as the black sheep of the group... and to some extent seeming to remain so, to some strange extent.

The question came because I had been watching both BSG and TOS in the last week and it frankly just put me in a mind-frame to think of it.

As it goes, I've indeed been among the crowd singing the virtues of DS9. At this moment, I feel like it's been too long since I've seen it, so I'll probably be revisiting it myself soon with some of that in mind...

r_sail said...

Love DS9. As a TNG fan I didn't really get into it right away and even then drifted away from it. But at least the last few seasons are fantastic. Haven't seen the first two-three in some time, but watched seasons 6-7 recently. I still enjoy them. Too bad the following two shows weren't anywhere near as good as DS9 was.

Becca said...

I like Jonathan grew up watching the reruns of TOS and eventually the first run of Next Gen. I tried to get into DS9 but couldn't. I've been told by a number of people however that as the series progressed it got really good. I've been meaning to give it another chance but Star Trek on DVD is way too expensive.

I hate the fact that Paramount knows they can put anything out, at any price and the Trekkies will buy it.

In any case I think we can all agree that Voyager was a piece of crap.

Karl said...

I always liked DS9, and felt it got a raw deal when the network pulled the plug.

Liz said...

I've never had much of a desire to get into BSG because it seems so deadly serious. Real life is depressing enough! I've never really gotten that feel from any of the Star Trek series; maybe it's too difficult to be completely serious after William Shatner's been involved.

Neil Sarver said...

Sorry about being so late responding...

Sail, I agree that DS9 was somewhat more difficult to get into, but that was a bit something of the set-up, and, as you note, worth it. It reminds me of a thought I've recently thought of, however. TOS is the only one of the series in which it seems the first season is definitely the best... actually, it may technically be true of VOY, too, actually, but in more of a "least crappy" kind of way.

Becca, we agree all around. VOY started off with an interesting premise and when it should have been shaking off its growing pains like TNG did, ended up going way off the deep end into lameness. Sad. And, yes, Paramount is quite deplorable in its insistence on fleecing fans as badly as they do. Right now, my local library system has the various shows on order and I'll be waiting for them to arrive to revisit DS9 and possibly even see how it goes revisiting "Enterprise", although I'll have to fight to avoid hearing THE WORST SONG IN THE HISTORY OF TIME at the start of each episode...

Karl, yes, it's odd how badly things went for DS9 overall.

Liz, I don't know think BSG is depressing, although it certainly does get into serious subject matter. Frankly, I think a certain gravity is necessary in order to genuinely escape into escapism. And, for whatever it's worth, I feel exactly the opposite regarding things with Shatner... but I know I'm unusual in that.

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