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Star Trek, Captain's Log Fan Collective

Updated on February 10, 2015

Deep Space 9: "Far Beyond The Stars"

This episode is a favorite of star, AVERY BROOKS, who portrayed Captain Ben Sisko.

Frankly, I didn't know that the show went this deep, having never been an avid watcher except for a couple of episodes. So imagaine my awe at seeing the characters depicted in 1953. Here we find a frustrated Science Fiction writer who can't get his stories of a Black/Negro starship captain published at the magazine that he works for. In fact, he is told by his boss that if the characters are transformed to Caucasion characters, the series of stories are guaranteed a future.

The story itself is engaging. But even more so is the riveting range of emotions -- anguish, humiliation, defeat -- displayed by Mr. Brooks.

Brooks is an amazing presence on screen. As seen on his previous cult favorite tv series, Spenser For Hire and A Man Called Hawk.

In fact when Deep Space Nine first premiered, Brooks was shown with a short afro and no facial hair. But it was in later episodes when the head was shaved and the famous gotee was grown out, many seemed more engaged by the character. As if the idea of Hawk in space seemed highly plausible.

The physical appearance combined with his natural swagger and Shakespearean exhortation allows this DS9 to stand out in a more unique fashion than the other volumes of the Star Trek catalog.

Kirk and Picard
Kirk and Picard | Source

Star Trek, The Next Generation : "In Theory"

Data ... Similar to Spock from the original series. Except Spock was half human/ half vulcan. Data on the other hand was -- for lack of a better word -- a robot.

Unfeeling Unable to display any type of emotion. Yet a ship-mate finds herself crushing on him.

Having just broken up with her unfeeling boyfriend, the young woman takes Data's logical acts of kindness to heart. So she pursues a relationship with him.

Now, late 80s/early 90s syndicated first run television may have dictated that the writers play it safe with just how much of an relatioship was illustrated. Possibly determining that a robot and human love scene may have been best shown in light strokes, instead of the broadest of strokes. "Less is more" and all of that. So the most we get is a romantic rendezvous with dim lighting and a passionate kiss that the viewer's imagination can run away with.

We're talking a good 20 years prior to the bolder Cinemax short live series, Forbidden Science; a series featuring among other things, creators being explicitly intimate with their cloned creations.

My own personal imagination leads me to wonder where the story could have taken us if the female character hadn't self diagnosed herself as making repeated questionable dating choices and opting out of the relationship.

Not remembering Data's full capabilities in the series, I wonder ... Could he have spawned a child. What could have been the ramifications of such an act? A question for greater Scify minds than mine.


TruSoulDJ is a self proclaimed expert on all things trivial to the Mainstream. He is an avid classic comic book reader, non popular music lover and tv-show-on-dvd binge watcher who shops the clearance racks near and far to find the best deals. He would like to think he knows everything important within the realm of Pop culture. But in actuality, he only knows about 99.9 percent of what he thinks he knows.


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  • trusouldj profile imageAUTHOR

    LaZeric Freeman 

    4 years ago from Hammond

    I know, right? Wouldn't that be cool? Thanks for reading.

  • vespawoolf profile image


    4 years ago from Peru, South America

    I saw that episode of DS9 and also enjoyed its depth. Your musings on a half human/half android offspring gave me a chuckle. : )


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