Star Trek: Deep House 9 is properly remembered for bringing serialized storytelling into the franchise in an enormous approach, when followers had been way more used to week-to-week adventures from The Original Series and The Subsequent Technology. Now, we all know that one other Trek present truly helped these behind DS9 just do that. Apparently, the large wigs at Paramount had been none too proud of the over-arching plots that had been popping up on DS9, however as soon as Star Trek: Voyager got here alongside, that each one modified. This is what Ira Steven Behr, DS9 showrunner and govt producer, needed to say concerning the (typically) tense state of affairs:
Everybody was in opposition to any type of serialization and persevering with storylines. It was mainly, “You are killing the present. The viewers cannot comply with from week to week. We would like TNG kind episodes, self-sustained episodes the place the story is summed up and accomplished in a single episode after which they go off to a different journey.”
We saved saying they don’t seem to be going off anyplace. That is the cool factor and the completely different factor about this present. They are a area station. Each choice they make will hang-out them come what may as a result of they’ll keep there, so it was not fairly in numerous methods. However we simply had a really tight writing employees although it could change through the years just a little bit, and we simply saved doing the present we wished to do and thank god Voyager got here on and so they left us alone.
Wow. Who may have guessed that Voyager was truly the saving grace for DS9? From what Ira Steven Behr instructed SyFy Wire, whereas the writers had been busy seeding serialized tales into DS9, they had been always getting push back about it, although they noticed it as the easiest way to run the present. However, as soon as Star Trek: Voyager got here alongside, as an alternative of creating these at Paramount settle for the new direction they had been attempting with DS9, it merely allowed them to throw their palms up and focus their consideration on the sequence that was doing Trek the best way they thought Trek must be finished.
And, it is fortunate for fans that Voyager, which started throughout Deep House 9’s third season, got here alongside when it did. In any other case, we’d not have gotten the complete story behind the Dominion and the following battle that drove so many plots for a lot of the run of DS9.
In fact, it appears odd now that anybody would have had an issue with the thought of serialized tales on Star Trek, seeing as how highly effective DS9 turned out to be, nevertheless it is sensible from a enterprise standpoint. The factor that had labored, and labored very properly, up till that time had been episodic seasons of Trek. Once in a while there’d be a two-part story that was resolved by the top of the next episode, however these tales had been few and much between. The concept of getting arcs that lasted for whole seasons, and even all through the run of a present, was merely not thought of a superb transfer. And, the concern, within the days earlier than streaming and DVRs in fact, was that the viewers would miss a few episodes (and in addition overlook to tape them utilizing a VCR), get misplaced and easily cease watching after they could not work out what was occurring.
Clearly, Star Trek followers are fairly able to catching up, however what these at Paramount in all probability by no means counted on was the serialized tales of Star Trek: Deep House 9 changing into appointment viewing that followers merely wouldn’t miss until beneath essentially the most dire circumstances. And, it feels like we, not less than partially, have Star Trek: Voyager to thank for that.
You’ll be able to revisit each reveals on Netflix, and for extra on what you’ll be able to watch within the coming weeks, you’ll want to try our midseason premiere guide.