Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Dreamer and the Dream

It's also worth noting that DS9 has a take on this concept, in what might be the single best hour of Star Trek television since "City on the Edge of Forever".

Season 6 has an episode titled "Far Beyond the Stars" in which Sisko has a delusion (or a vision from the Prophets if you prefer) of a black sci-fi writer in the 50's named Benny, who goes insane while writing stories about a place called DS9.

At the end of the episode, Sisko wonders if Bennie might be somewhere dreaming of him, just as he dreamed of Bennie, and the episode never really answers the question of whether or not Bennie is real. Certainly Sisko is, within the larger Trek universe.

We also know that Sisko is the chosen one of an immortal, non-linear race capable of existing at all points in time simultaneously.

Adding to the weirdness going on here, all the characters are played by actors from DS9, but they're all human.

And if you look close, the story titles on the sci-fi magazine covers in the show are Original Trek episode titles.

I just got a chill.


Purple Duck Mark said...

DS9 is my favourite Star Trek series.

Vigilance said...

Yeah, me too! TNG just has not aged well AT ALL for some reason.

TNG looks way more dated to me than TOS.

mikelaff said...

Yeah - I have to agree. Especially after being immersed in the "Blackhawk Down in Space" visual style of the new Battlestar Galactica, TNG just looks _really_ quaint.

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