May 17 2024

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Behr And Nimoy: Why A Deep Space Nine Documentary

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Ira Steven Behr and Adam Nimoy spoke recently about becoming involved in the new Deep Space Nine documentary and what the series means to them.

For Behr, interviews that he did for Deep Space Nine‘s twentieth anniversary brought up some questions about the show, leading to his involvement in the documentary. “…When I was brought back for the twentieth anniversary and did the interviews for Chaos [on the Bridge], I started to ask some questions about the show and where the show is,” he said. “And David Zappone (Chaos On The Bridge producer) said, ‘why don’t we do one? Bill’s not gonna do another one, you should do one.’ So it came from that, I guess.”

For Nimoy, Zappone [For The Love Of Spock producer] “had been working with Ira on the Deep Space Nine documentary and they’d been pulling material for it, and when we came in, that sort of took a back seat,” he said. “As I was traveling around for the Spock documentary, I was becoming much more aware of the fervor for Deep Space Nine. The crowd reaction was always amazing at conventions for it and so I got back into watching the show and really fell in love with it.

“David (Zappone) asked me if I wanted to come on board and bring some new energy to complete the project so I was honored, really. I’d been meeting cast members and rediscovering the show and it’s a terrific show, it’s really a part of the tradition of Star Trek.”

Behr spoke about the differences between The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. While The Next Generation dealt with “well-adjusted” and “superior” people, Deep Space Nine was different. “Deep Space Nine is all about very flawed people whose major struggles is within themselves and finding the strength within themselves to deal with complex problems,” he said. “That is a huge difference.

“I’m not sure that will be repeated. Certainly at the time when the show was being done, there was a lot of buyer’s remorse that they even attempted it, which I thought was the best thing that ever happened to the show because it was like, OK, we’ll concentrate on Voyager and you guys go off and do your thing and that really gave us the freedom to run and jump and play.”

“The stories are awesome, the cast is incredible, the production value is beautiful,” said Nimoy. “The issue is how we can do justice to it all in two hours.”

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