The week of January 4, 1993 marked the beginning of the third television series in the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
“Emissary.” the two-hour pilot, a darker Star Trek and a gritty, angrier spin of Gene Roddenberry’s western in space. Had a commander who didn’t want to be there and a space station that went nowhere.
On August 18, 1992 production on “Emissary” began shooting. David Carson who would later direct Star Trek Generations directed Deep Space Nine’s very first episode.
Patrick Stewart playing Captain Picard/Locutus made a guest star appearance, much like Deforest Kelly did as an extremely old Doctor McCoy when Next Generation debuted. “Emissary” introduced Marc Alaimo as Gul Dukat, Aron Eisenberg as Nog, and Mark Allen Shepherd as Morn.
Deep Space Nine is a remote outpost built by the Cardassian Empire that orbits the planet Bajor. The Cardassians who ruled Bajor for years, leaves returning Bajor back to the Bajorans. The Federation is asked by the Bajoran provisional Government to help bring some stability to the region.
Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), a Starfleet officer still grieving over the death of his wife several years earlier. His first officer, a Bajoran liason officer Major Kira (Nana Visitor), is a former resistance fighter who resents the Federation’s presence. The station’s crew also consists of Chief Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney), Lt. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell), Doctor Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig), Security Chief Odo (Rene Auberjonois), and is populated by colorful characters like Ferengi bartender Quark (Armin Shimerman), Cardassian spy-slash-tailor Garak (Andrew Robinson), Sisko’s son Jake (Cirroc Lofton) and Jake’s best friend Nog (Aron Eisenberg).