At the end of the Q&A, Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) came on stage, and there was a touching reunion of sorts where they talk about the father/son relationship in the show not being a fake. Lofton’s parents had been going through a divorce at the time, and Brooks became his real life father figure, as well as his stage father, and Brooks agreed that he viewed Lofton as a son.
All in all, it was rather touching, and an excellent segue to Lofton’s own Q&A.
This was one of the cornerstones of the series for me, and one of the many reasons why I love this version of Star Trek more than any of the rest. The relationship between Ben and Jake, father and son, was brilliant. Brilliantly written, and equally as brilliantly played by Brooks and Lofton. When I first saw that the series was going to feature a kid, I got a Wil Wheaton/Wes Crusher flashback/horror show and feared the worst, but as much as that always made me cringe in TNG, it was completely the opposite on DS9. Everything about the relationship seemed far more genuine than anything that was done with Wes.
After the TNG Blu Rays are finished I sincerely hope that they move onto DS9, and if they do, I really can't wait for the VAM. Extras like this would be absolute gold to me.
Nice read, thanks.