With J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, the long-running franchise is less interested in exploring new worlds, and weighing moral choices, and more focused on blowing things up.
This past Thursday saw the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, also known by those with taste as “The best of the Star Trek series from the 1980s and ’90s.” There are, however, those who have avoided the show due to the (admittedly foreboding) reputation that it has developed as overly dark and continuity-laden, especially when compared to the other Treks of the time, and remain unaware of the show’s greatness. For them, then, here are five episodes to introduce Deep Space Nine to the wary.
One of the perks of all of Star Trek now being available on Netflix Watch Instantly is that, if an episode suddenly refers back to another show entirely (As Deep Space Nine does, surprisingly often), you can just go and check that show out to catch up. With that in mind, here’re some guides to some of Trek‘s longer-running, crossover-iest storyarcs.
I mentioned, last weekend, that I’ve been watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Netflix Instant, and it struck me that it’s become my latest TV version comfort food: A show that can calm you down, cheer you up after a rough day, and basically just make everything seem that little bit better.
For those of you just joining us, yesterday I wondered why we didn’t have a new Star Trek television show on the air already, before suggesting that, just maybe, such a show wouldn’t work on modern television anymore. Pick your appalled, disagreeing jaws off the ground; here’s where I explain what I mean.
This week saw the 45th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek, the science fiction franchise that reflected the optimism of the space race and made science fiction mainstream years before George Lucas would manage to get Darth Vader to pant heavily. As a television show, it changed everything and taught the world many valuable lessons… like the ones we’re about to share with you.
Netflix has acquired streaming rights for all the Star Trek television series, and plans to roll them out toward the end of the year. Good news for fans, definitely, but what if you’ve never seen any of the five shows and your time is limited? Don’t worry: We’ll tell you the 20 episodes you should make room in your schedule to see.