R. Star wrote:
Well I'll agree with him about Far Beyond the Stars being bizarre. The episode had a great message, but it was really out of place with the rest of the context of DS9. I'd wonder if this episode was a star demand by Avery Brooks as he seems to have played a lot of civil rights roles over his acting career.
As the DS9 Companion makes clear, this was not the case. "Far Beyond the Stars" was the product of the writing staff tinkering with a mostly-unrelated spec story they bought from a freelancer. Having it explore the world of African Americans in the 1950s was the (mostly white) writing staff's idea, not Brooks's.