Picks and Pans Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

updated 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

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For a show that wasn't ever a hit during its three-year run on NBC in the 1960s, Star Trek has had a remarkable afterlife. In addition to six feature films, the program also fostered Star Trek: The Next Generation, the most successful syndicated drama ever. That show has now spawned this spin-off, set at the same time in the 24th century (that's Star Date 46388.1 to you) on a seedy space station near the planet Bajor, an outpost abandoned by the evil Cardassians.

The population is made up of Star-fleet and Bajoran officers and assorted aliens, including those annoying creatures the Ferengi. Avery Brooks (A Man Called Hawk) is commander of this motley crew. Next Generation vet Colm Meaney, Nana Visitor, René Auberjonois and Terry Farrell costar.

Like The Next Generation, this show tends to be morally didactic. But also like its mother ship, Deep Space Nine is richly imagined, with good scripts and great visuals. In one regard this series tops its predecessors. The most interesting aspect of Star Trek has always been its villains. Now you don't have to wait for them to board the Enterprise. On Deep Space Nine, they skulk along the promenade.

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