Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Out of all the Star Trek spin offs, this was the most courageous. Perhaps that explains its lack of popularity. DS9 is the designation for a space station orbiting Bajor that the Federation of Planets is occupying now that the Bajorans have liberated themselves from their hated Cardassian overlords. Commander Sisko is none too interested in his assignment of trying to deal with a spiritual but psychologically scared people until he discovers that the station sits next to a stable wormhole which leads to the other side of the galaxy and that the Bajorans believe is the home of their gods which, naturally, makes Sisko a religious icon. What made this show for me--and broke it for most--was that the Federation had to actually stay and deal with problems (something the crew of any Enterprise never seems to be burdened with). Two, three, even four part episodes were standard in facing religious, economic and cultural problems that were never without a slathering of intrigue. The episodes built on one another and dealt with a part of the galaxy that wasn't the happy paradise that Earth had become. Sadly, that wasn't enough to get ratings and we discover that the other side of the wormhole is run by a group of fascist with intergalactic domination on their mind. Soon we have Sisko commanding a space ship and defending the most strategic (militarily this time, rather than economically) point in space as the galaxy erupts into total war. Even this turn was still, largely, done with the same intelligent style as the show had before, but to no avail. Overall, I rank this as one of the great Star Trek endeavors that only a few seasons of The Next Generation could compete with.