ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Aliens of Deep Space Nine

Updated on June 6, 2021

The CrossRoads

With Deep Space Nine, a stationary space station, there were visitors from all over the galaxy passing by. One could expect to see their share of Aliens.

What has been a major plus, established in the original Star Trek, is the development of cultures.

These aliens aren't just some guy with a rubber head. They are created with a back story.

Their planets, the societies on their planets, what is positive and negative in their culture gives their actions and attitudes a kind of sense.

The Cardies

When Deep Space Nine began it was pretty clear the Cardassians were Nazis.
They'd invaded a planet, reduced the people to slaves, and exploited the resources.

Garick we knew was a spy.

Although it is claimed he was left behind as punishment, considering his sterling work for the Obsidian Order, and the fact anything that happens at the station is almost instantaneously reported to Cardassia, proved our assumption.

At the first episode it seemed the writers intended to set the viewer's mind against the Cardassians. Oddly, we came to like Garick, and somehow sort of enjoyed
seeing Gul Dukat.

Clearly the writers hadn't expected this, so began to give us a bit more and a
bit more, and we took it.

And we wanted more.

So Gul Dukat and Elim Garick, who were never listed in the credits as part of
the cast, became part of the cast, for we wanted to see them. We wanted to
know more about Cardassia.


The Ferangi had always been distasteful trolls.

Trolls who prayed to Capitalism and worshipped greed. Yet somehow they became lovable. Somehow we wanted to see Quark every epi.

We wanted to see him bribe as he prayed, we wanted to hear the Rules of Acquisition, many of us memorising them.

Instead of being a side story or comic relief, Quark and his bar became more central than the Bridge of the Defiant, than the Operation station of DS9.


The Klingons had already gained a large following since Star Trek, primarily,
The Next Generation.

Any scene with a Klingon or Klingons was going to catch the viewers.

Adding Worf to the cast to deal with the myriad others was brilliant. Although we pretty much knew what Klingons would say, do and drink, we loved to see them, hear them.

We loved everything about them. The more Klingons the better.

And Deep Space 9 gave us a lot of Klingons.


The Bajorians, and their culture we took and understood.

They prayed, they believed, they had religious institutions we recognised.

They even had corrupt religious leaders.

We were supposed to identify with Bajorians. We should be able to get them with a minimum of info dump and we did.

Unlike other species they were near enough to Terrans to be integrated without difficulty.

Major Kira was a central character, part of the cast, bringing bits of her culture with every appearance along with references to the recent past of her people.


The Jem'Hadar were genetically created warriors.

They were taking Klingons to the nth degree.

Decanted, fully grown in about three days, ready to fight and kill, wanting only to fight and kill they were the kind of easy to hate villains; the perfect organic robot, with a few traces of humanness.

In one epi we got to see the life cycle and almost, not quite but almost began to
feel for the boy.

In another, we met one who no longer needed the drug and was becoming
more human.

It would have been an interesting twist if he had survived.


Odo, a Changeling, and Dax, a Trill, along with others made up the aliens of the cast.

The Vulcans didn't translate from TOS. Although they popped up in the epis they were aloof, cold, boring.The Romulans added treacherous to the list.

Other aliens were very very ugly.
Ugly and one shots.


Spending xyz $ to create a Whatisit to pass on the promenade or appear in an episode then gone; might as well use them.

And do they have to be so weird with such bad teeth?

What is evident is that well thought out aliens and alien cultures captures the imagination. We like to see human types with a different 'operating system'.

The use of Aliens is that, not being human, we can consider their behaviour without any form of political correctness.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)