Entitled Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ at 25: Through the Wormhole With the Cast and Creators we raised an eyebrow that Variety’s TV editors would sign off on this article!
The eccentric Avery Brooks who played Captain Benjamin Sisko is nowhere to be found! Neither he nor his character are mentioned in the article! Even if he declined to participate, a publication like this could have created SOMETHING to acknowledge the star of the series!
Cirroc Lofton who played his son Jake, Penny Johnson Jerald who played his wife, Kasidy Yates, one of only 3 black female captains and the only non-Star Fleet black captain depicted in the entire ST universe; and Michael Dorn who played Worf, the cast member with the most appearances across 2 series (102 DS9 and 175 The Next Generation episodes) and 5 films, feature in images waaaaay down in the article, whilst the image of white supporting cast members sits prominently below the headline! When you do locate the African American central cast members, the lighting is such that you could miss them as African Americans!
The writers, “senior TV reporter” Daniel Holloway and Joe Otterton, also DISS UHURA, calling her the first in a line of “helpmates — a switchboard operator (Lt. Uhura in the original series),” failing to understand and completely dismissing her role primarily as a bridge communications officer, and sometime navigator, pilot and occasionally engineer effecting repairs!
They also credit Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) as “In a sense” being “a precursor to Sonequa Martin-Green’s protagonist Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery.” ARE THEY KIDDING? Unfortunately not!
They talk about how the series tackled complex issues, including the ethics of war, faith, cultural identity and the distinction between a freedom fighter and a terrorist, and how these were tinged with darkness and moral ambiguity, which was light years ahead of its time. But they AVOID discussing the first black male captain, the tender father-son storylines of the Sisko men, OR Dorn’s record-breaking appearances!
An accomplished musician, jazz singer and tenured professor in the theatre department at Rutgers University where he has taught since 1976, Brooks stated at a 2012 Star Trek convention, “Certainly the fact you have a black man in a command position is very important. That is something that goes far beyond just having black people working on a show, which itself is also very important. It goes to children being able to see themselves on screen and visualize that in the future they will be doing something of importance to the world at large. It addresses the situation of having all kinds of people interacting and cooperating for the mutual survival of the planet. The writing was exceptional, and the funny thing is I initially said no to Star Trek. My wife convinced me to go to the audition. She was the one who said, ‘You can’t say no to this’… The relationship between Sisko and his son was also very important,
“That was something else you still don’t often see on air, at least as it concerns black and brown men and their sons. We got to play complicated, emotional and intricate scenes, and we got to have tender and fun moments. It wasn’t a pat relationship or an easy one, and it was very realistic. The show never took the easy way out when it came to situations, be they personal or political, and that provided us with a lot of great things to do as actors.”
Brooks has notoriously not played the convention game well and will not feature in the documentary to mark the series’ 25th anniversary “What We Left Behind: Looking Back at ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” which is currently in post-production at Paramount. It is slated for release in summer, 2018.
Spearheaded by original show-runner Ira Steven Behar and directed by Adam Nimoy (2016’s For the Love of Spock), the film is funded by the fans via a crowd-funding campaign launched in August 2016. It hit its original $150,000 goal in less than 48 hours and raised a $647,891 total by March 2017! The documentary takes a detailed look at the series and considers the reasons the show went from a family outcast to a critically acclaimed Star Trek mainstay.
The film also contains a “what if” segment in which the original writers brainstorm a theoretical 8th season! That should be interesting, given the absence of Brooks and Sisko’s absorption into the Bajoran Prophets’ plane of existence to live with and learn from them in the series finale. As another central cast member, Worf was to become Star Fleet Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. So, it could be the perfect basis for a series 8 fantasy whitewash!
See the full article here.
Then read TBB’s #OutOf100 review of the 1st half of Star Trek Discovery, lead by Sonequa Martin Green here.