I remember my first reaction when I came across with Deep Space Nine. I was about 14 years old and all I wanted to watch is the adventures of the Next Generation crew. Picard, Data and Riker roaming through the galaxy, planet by planet and discovering something new, something exciting. That's exactly how the TV guide described the show before hand. My anticipation to finally see TNG was beyond measure. Well, as it turned out the TV channel had a different show in mind and the TV Guide got it wrong as they started showing the first ever episode of Deep Space Nine. I was disappointed, angry, and even said out loud "arrgh, I don't want to see this stupid space station, I want the crew of the Enterprise." As I mentioned I was 14 years old and only seen a little Voyager and some of the classic movies thanks for the reruns. I gave DS9 a try though and seeing the intro did help not switch the TV off and do something else.
I could not blame my young self as I was a slightly different person at that age. So, I gave a try to this new show and after watching the first half of Emissary I was blown away. There was something new, something deep and something really awesome about this show that made me stick around and catching up with the episodes week by week. Getting to know the characters like Sisko, Dax, Kira, Bashir or Quark; getting to know more about the different races, and just discovering the fact that it does not matter if you are in a space station, there still could be fun things to do around. Watching all the different seasons and the different characters interacting was just such a great time. I laughed, smiled, cried and cringed a lot over the 7 season and my love towards the series just grew episode by episode.
I don't watch as much DS9 or Star Trek in general these days as I used to - mainly as a I have an awful lot to deal with in general. However when I can, I often watch an adventure of this crew. I find that choosing an episode from DS9 is way easier than finding one from TNG or Voyager. My go to episode is usually the Tribbles TOS crossover episode that always makes me feel warm inside. The Ferengi episodes are just soo much fun to watch and if I'm dealing with a serious issue in my life there's also episodes that I can watch. ocial commentary is usually there in every Star Trek series, but somehow DS9 gave a little extra touch to everything that other shows touched on. Somehow the topic was more in your face.
The Perfect Wedding Anniversary
The show ended in 1999 and I ever since I've became a fan of Star Trek I've re-watched every series about two times - with the exception of TOS and TAS - and probably will start watching DS9 again this year at some point. Now the significance of the series never been stronger than before. As many of you know Ira Steven Behr and the cast and crew of DS9 gathered together thanks to all the effort and fans contribution towards the project and they've made this beautiful documentary called "What we left behind" that had one world wide premier and a second big screen showing recently (26th of June, 2019). I was not able to attend the first viewing and I was totally prepared to buy the DVD once it will be out. When I've got to know that the doc will have another chance to shine on the big screen i had to go... until I've just realised that my wedding anniversary is falling on the same day. Even though Mrs Trekkerprisie is not a massive Star Trek fan, she did watch a few movie and occasional episodes with me before, however I thought I will not torture her with anything behind the scene and interview about things that I knew from the show. As it turned out I had a big surprise waiting for me that morning: 2 tickets to the doc. I could not thank her enough for spending the time watching something that she barely knows.
Without spoiling a lot about the doc I have to say that I have left with a great sense of joy from the cinema. It was a very good 2+ hour well spent. Seeing all the cast and crew talking about how this experience was a unique for them it was such a joy. I really enjoyed the writers room segment, it was very energising and true to a great DS9 twist at the end of their season 8 opener. Seeing all these writers coming together after a long time and their process of continuing the story where they left it 25 years ago was just phenomenal. The whole process and brainstorming really showed that they still love the show so much and if they would come back, they would be just as awesome as they were when they been running it. Hearing the the little facts and stories from the actors, from the fans and their love/hate relationship was superb. There were some really eye-opening confession there for sure. The biggest surprise for me certainly to see the TrekCollector himself on the big screen. :) Chris introduced one of the most beloved recurring and fan favourite character Garak.
How was the HD?
Of course we have to talk about the elephant in the room, the HD footage. After the doc finished they had a writers room discussion and they talked about the whole process and why is is highly unlikely that we will get DS9 in HD - at least any time soon. The scenes they did remaster for the doc was clear beauty in every way. Seeing clips from the show in a big screen also something that is really once in a lifetime. Does it look good? No! It looks GORGEOUS! :) After seeing those clear, never seen before scenes I wish we could have the whole series remastered and also in wide screen as it has been such a bless to see more of the show. However as they discussed it, the process takes so much time and money that we will unlikely see the show any time soon in the near future. Of course if there will be any possible option to add to the cause and make it happen in the future I have a feeling that with the help of the fans, with the help of "us" it would be something remarkable.
"What we left behind" was one of the first Star Trek documentary I've watched in a cinema. I was overwhelmed, happy, sad and also touched in many ways. It really reminded me of that great TV show that I love and also what I left behind... and as it turned out I left behind nothing as they are still here with me until this day and hopefully for a long time. What did you think about the documentary? let me know in the comment section below and let's have a chat. :) _\\//