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Old August 25 2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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A question I have to ask

Although this concerns the novel, I want to ask this of people who maybe have never read the books but are fans of the show what they think of the rebuilt station. Thoughts?
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Old August 25 2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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I think a new station gives the authors a lot of new storytelling possibilities for the DS9 series (the next novel DS9 novel The Missing is out at the end of the year) but I'm cool on the new design itself - I like that the pylons allude to the old Deep Space 9 but I don't like the 'dome' area in the middle. The new runabout landing areas are cool though.

The DS9 command crew has nearly changed beyond recognition, a bit too much for me - Miles O'Brien and Nog are the only regulars from the series serving aboard.
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Old August 25 2014, 08:32 PM   #3
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I saw it before and wasn't a big fan then either. When I see that Deep Space Nine, I don't think of the past exploits I think of when I see the Deep Space Nine we all remember from the show.
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Old August 25 2014, 08:59 PM   #4
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I don't like the design at all. But regardless of the design, to me having anything remotely different than what was already there is sort of like how I probably would have felt if the TOS crew got the Excelsior instead of a basically rebuilt Enterprise at the end of TVH. Or if the crew of the Galactica all had to abandon ship and take the rest of the journey on the Pegasus. It's just not right. There's a chemistry with those people in this fictional place, and part of the chemistry is the ship itself or in this case the space station. It's like one of the main characters. It's kind of hard to do DS9 without DS9 itself. I've heard great things about the novels though.
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Old August 25 2014, 09:14 PM   #5
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Re: A question I have to ask

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Old August 25 2014, 09:29 PM   #6
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I like the new design, but I don't think it should have been called Deep Space Nine. The old station is gone, and while this new station is built with everything Starfleet may have wanted out of a starbase, it doesn't have the same history nor cultural significance behind it. It should have been designated Deep Space Ten or Deep Space Twelve, IMO.

The new station, unfortunately, also got off to a very bad start:
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Old August 25 2014, 10:18 PM   #7
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Re: A question I have to ask

DS9forever wrote: View Post
I think a new station gives the authors a lot of new storytelling possibilities for the DS9 series (the next novel DS9 novel The Missing is out at the end of the year) but I'm cool on the new design itself - I like that the pylons allude to the old Deep Space 9 but I don't like the 'dome' area in the middle. The new runabout landing areas are cool though.

The DS9 command crew has nearly changed beyond recognition, a bit too much for me - Miles O'Brien and Nog are the only regulars from the series serving aboard.
Yet more reasons why we need novels set within the seven year run of the series.
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Old August 25 2014, 10:35 PM   #8
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I can accept the design in and of itself. However, I find the whole story behind the destruction of the Cardassian-designed station to be contrived ... along with the rehabilitation of the the new station commander.
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Old August 26 2014, 03:36 AM   #9
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I think I would have liked it better if it were called 'Deep Space Nine A'.
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Old August 26 2014, 03:54 AM   #10
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I haven't read it.. can someone fill me in (maybe with spoiler codes) the short version on how it was destroyed?


but getting to the point.. Deep Space Nine was the Cardassian station. It had a look all it's own, with a cool color palette and deep shadows, and nice nooks and crannies in every corner, both on the model and on the set. The new station looks like they used one of the formerly unused designs from the Making of Deep Space Nine book (which, by the wya is a book all of you should own)
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Old August 26 2014, 04:04 AM   #11
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If they rebuilt the station, it should nave been named Starbase Bajor or Starbase 999 or some other high number.
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Old August 26 2014, 09:05 AM   #12
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I don't think it's strange that it kept the same name - story wise, starfleet must've given it that name for a reason in the first place and it's significantly more important for stationary bases to maintain recognized designations that it is for Starships (which is something we've already seen several times). I do think the motivation behind the new design is bizarre. DS9 (the cardassian station) is destroyed, so let's replace it with a new starbase design that's obviously a hybrid of Federation and Cardassian design. Why? Federation design has never used those kinds of pylons - they use huge open spaces where the ships drive to the inside of the station. And the description says the new type is the biggest starbase the Federation has. Maybe if it was an experimental *smaller* starbase, it would make sense that they would incorporate pylons, but as is, it makes no sense.
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Old August 26 2014, 09:13 AM   #13
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I hope nuDS9 has a conference room with a golden model of the old DS9.
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Old August 26 2014, 09:50 AM   #14
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Sorry, but I think it looks ugly as shit. And frankly, I can't believe that's what veterans like Drexler and Probert come up with. It looks cheap and has no grace at all.
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Old August 26 2014, 10:51 AM   #15
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The new DS9 is looks very strange with the pylons and despite the pictures I was struggling to get my head around where everything was internally but this is something that will hopefully resolve itself as I read more books.
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