Deep Space Nine also featured some of the best-dressed Klingons across the series, not least because the station was the setting of a traditional Klingon wedding in all its regalia.
With hardly a stitch missed, the extent of detail is impressive in the costumes on show in every episode – even down to the shoes. Though rarely ever seen (and then for only fractions of a second), women’s shoes almost always matched the leggings or stockings of their wearer, a visual trick that gives women an extra long legged look. When they were on show, shoes were something very special.
Finally, for fun, we’ll point out that among the 176 DS9 episodes there were the few threads that unraveled in the costume department. Observed: catsuits are not for everybody; there’s a fine line between gutsy and goofy; and for some of the young man’s appearances, Jake Sisko was an active member of the Wesley Crusher Crimes Of Fashion Fan Club.
But for the rest of the many hours in the seven seasons of Star Trek:Deep Space Nine, the costume design excelled and equalled or surpassed the wardrobes of many similar shows and even films.
We salute the craftspeople who played a part in costuming the crew and extras so expertly.
Deep Space Nine costumes: Dabo girl gallery
A companion page to Design Appreciation: the costumes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
We thought those hard working Dabo girls of Deep Space Nine deserved a space of their own, away from Quark.
I admit, Sisko’s Baseball is a rather obscure prop. But since it took on a quite important role in the course of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” – even to an extent of a character of its own – I found it appealing to have it on my desk.
To find a “common” baseball in Germany wasn’t as easy as you might think. I had to look in several places until I found a small store in my area which sells foreign sports articles. This was where I got my baseball. Unfortunately, it had several logos printed on its surface. In order to get them off, I had to scrape the surface of the ball using a sharp knife, thus removing the colorful graphics. This damaged the ball slightly, which is however not a big deal, because the original baseball on Sisko’s desk is not exactly clean either.
The desk stand was a gift from my brother which I got for Christmas in 2004. He built it himself and went quite professionally about it too! He became aware of the fact that I wanted to build one like this myself since I got the baseball but never got around to it, so he collected reference pictures (see below), drew up a blueprint, chose the materials and began construction. And all this at the age of 14!
I’m proud to say that I now have a true piece of Star Trek history on my desk, although this is of course not screen-used in any way. However, Sisko would not have been able to free the Prophets from the celestial temple and their fight with the Pah Wraiths…
Reference pictures captured from DVD.
The baseball on his stand.
Baseball and desk stand separately.
By Robert Ring, Mon, 11/15/2010 – 20:43
Coming off two disappointing episodes, I sat down to watch “Q-Less” this week, and I have to say I view it as another disappointment. This episode is slightly famous simply for having Q in it, but I find the story to be scattered and pointless. When it ended, I caught myself wondering what had just happened.
The archeologist Vash shows up on Deep Space Nine after a two-year stint acquiring artifacts from the Gamma Quadrant. One of these artifacts is a mysterious and very valuable crystal, which, unbeknownst to everyone, begins draining the station’s power. Also unbeknownst to everyone (except Vash), Q has followed Vash back to the station, as he seems to be in love with her — or something like love, at least. Vash finds him annoying, though (don’t we all?), and will have nothing to do with him. Eventually these elements lead to Vash and Quark auctioning off her artifacts, and Q playing his trademark pranks on the crew of DS9 while the increasingly powerless station drifts toward the wormhole.
An invaluable energy-sucking crystal, or a beehive from the year 5000?
I hardly know what to say about this one. There’s almost nothing interesting or dramatic about it whatsoever. We know the station isn’t going to be swallowed by the wormhole, so we just watch the crew run around nearly mindless trying to figure out what to do. Q presents something of a dilemma, but he hardly does anything other than pester Vash and force Sisko to box him. Usually you at least have the question of, “How do we keep this omnipotent being from causing us problems?” but the problems here are minor, so if we just go along with it, we come out okay. As far as the “Deep Space Nine might be destroyed!” plot, we can’t find excitement in trying to figure what the characters should do because it’s all crew members trying to do things that we can hardly even understand, and we know it’s going to turn out alright anyway. It’s pretty much wasted time.
Incidentally, there are two things I find interesting in this episode. Both are small. I like how when Odo tries proving to Quark how little he cares for material items, Odo is caught off-guard by Quark asking him how he would like a latiunum-plated bucket to sleep in. It is as if the writers are saying, “Yes, Quark’s extreme materialism may not be healthy, but we all value material items to some extent. ” Second, Q’s explanation as to why he is so infatuated with Vash is thought-provoking. You’d think a godlike entity would have little need for a human companion, but through her, he explains, he is able to experience feelings like wonder — things he can’t experience himself as an all-knowing being. I had to stop and give some thought to the concept of an omnipotent being lacking the ability to understand something that is uniquely human (or, in the terms of a world populated with hundreds of intelligent species, uniquely mortal).
Unfortunately, for the other forty-four minutes of the episode (commercial-less), I’m left with one question: What’s the point? Some bad stuff happens, they figure out what the problem is at the last second, and everybody comes out safely. Q isn’t the only similarity this episode shares with what I’ve seen of The Next Generation.
The following scenes are pivotal in depicting the evolution of the relationship between Odo and Kira, as their friendship deepens, survives crises, hits rocky patches and generally follows the path many of us are familiar with as they find their way eventually to love.
It is, IMO, the most intelligently written, natural and believable relationship, not only in the world of Star Trek, but in television. The fact that their friendship and romance captivates us, 15+ years after the debut of DS9, is a testament to the enduring nature of their love.
You are Cordially Invited…
Notable for what we *don’t* get to see. After the events of the Dominion Occupation of DS9 and Odo’s temporary defection to the Founders, the question of how – or even if – our friends can find a way to repair the enormous damage to their relationship is clumsily handled off-camera in Jadzia Daxs’ bedroom closet. This enormous gaffe by the DS9 writers left Odo/Kira fans in the dark about their relationship for a dozen episodes, until events finally resolved themselves.
|After six long, frustrating years, Odo and Kira FINALLY become a couple. After years of blind obliviousness, the scales finally fall from Kira’s eyes during their holosuite dance, as she is struck by a “moment of clarity. . .”
. . . Which is followed up the next day by what has become known simply as . . . The Kiss. . .
Perhaps the most passionate, intensely romantic moment in all of Star Trek.
TPTB kept their promise to Odo/Kira fans. They wrote their romance as mature, adult and serious. Which is saying a lot, given Star Trek’s dismal track record when it came to couples. Either one of them was killed off in the classic “one episode wonder” romance, or the couple, once together, was ignored from that point on, or the relationship was used for comic relief.
While Odo and Kira weren’t the central characters in many episodes following the landmark “His Way,” they did get ”Chimera,” one of the most beautiful, powerful and emotionally satisfying stories in the series. Odo and Kira finally tear away the last barrier between them, allowing them to consumate their love in the way nature intended, with Odo as “himself.” A wonderful, rich story full of the deep love and passion between these two.
Viewers were seldom privileged to see into Kira’s mind when it came to her feelings about Odo. One of the rare exceptions was in this episode. Odo, Kira and Garek have been sent to Cardassia to assist the fledgling Resistance effort there. But Odo has contracted the deadly Founders disease. When Garek confronts Kira about the extent of Odo’s illness, Kira’s reply leaves the viewer with no question about the depth of her love for and her complete understanding of Odo. She tells Garek that of course she knows how sick he is, but because he wants to spare her feelings and she wants to preserve his dignity, she will pretend up to the bitter end that he isn’t sick. It’s a heartwrenching, emotional scene that shows us so much about Kira. Her strength, her compassion and her love.
The death-bed farewell (we thought, anyway), that again reveals so much about how well these two people know each other. Odo wants Kira to leave because she witnessed Bareil, a previous lover, die in the same room, and he knows how much that’s haunted her. His not wanting his last memory to be pain in Kira’s eyes. Kira’s assertion that she can hide her feelings and Odo’s simple “Not from me, Nerys.” In the end she agrees to leave as they proclaim their love for each other, for the last time (so we’re led to believe). Powerful and touching.
The heartbreaking farewell, a subtle mixture of pathos and tenderness. As depicted so often in their relationship, there’s a poignancy in their farewell that reveals the depth of the love between these two people.
Deep Space Nine ends it’s seven year run with Odo leaving Kira and the station to rejoin his people in the Great Link, heal them of the deadly Founder’s disease, and teach them about living in harmony with humanoids. While some can argue that it is the right way for things to end, to many Odo/Kira fans, the idea of our two lovers forever separated was devastating.
Is this ‘goodbye’ forever? The series canon would have us say yes. . .
. . .Fanfic authors beg to differ!