Deep Space Nine has been both praised and derided as the "Black Sheep" of the Star Trek universe. Now, almost 25 years after the series debuted, some of the shows stars and writers are coming together to make a documentary all about where DS9 took us, as well as where it would have gone if it had gotten another season.
Showrunner Steven Behr recently launched a fundraising campaign for What We Left Behind (an homage to the title of the show's final episode), a documentary all about the changing legacy of Deep Space Nine. The show may have started out as one of Star Trek's most-divisive franchises, but it's since grown a dedicated fanbase that recognises just how challenging and provoking the series truly was. Spoilers: It's my favourite Star Trek show, in case you couldn't tell.
When Star Trek fans fight about the best Trek show, nine times out of 10 they're arguing about the original series versus The Next Generation. Obviously, both shows are excellent and fundamental to the franchise, but they aren't the best Trek ever put on television. I believe that honour belongs to Deep Space Nine and praise the prophets, do I love it.
Adam Nimoy, who previously made For the Love of Spock, has signed on to direct this latest Star Trek documentary, which features interviews with almost all of the show's stars. Sadly, it's still missing Avery Brooks (Captain Sisko), but at least they're chatting with Vic Fontaine!
On top of that, Behr got some of the show's writers together to workshop a planned eighth season, primarily the first episode, to see where the show would have gone after Sisko had joined the Prophets. Even though the show's finale was near-perfect, closing many of the show's lingering storylines, so many things could happen in the future. Would Kira and Odo ever be reunited? When would Sisko return, as promised, and would he be the same person he was before? Or is he basically full Space Jesus now?
The campaign is looking to raise $US150,000 ($196,575) to finish filming and editing the documentary, as well as secure distribution. If funded, it's set to come out February 2018.