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Old December 9 2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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DS9 as a "Tower of Babel"

With DS9's official Twentieth Anniversary nearly upon us (it actually started production in the summer of 1992), I've been digging out all the books about it I have.

I was reading in the Making of Deep Space Nine that an original story idea the writers had was to make the origin of the station a mystery (no Cardassians or Bajorans) and that it had been controlled by several races before Starfleet arrived.

The writers made the right choice by setting the series near Bajor on a Cardassian station, but do you think the "Tower of Babel" idea would have been an interesting alternative?
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Old December 9 2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Re: DS9 as a "Tower of Babel"

Kinda sounds a bit cliche at this stage after going through the various Stargate series. Mysterious Alien station is a bit meh. DS9 got some history and politics attached to it.
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Old December 9 2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Re: DS9 as a "Tower of Babel"

I can't imagine the series without the Bajorans and the Cardassians, although the idea is interesting. At that point, Stargate was just a thought in Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's meagre minds.
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Old December 10 2012, 10:46 PM   #4
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Re: DS9 as a "Tower of Babel"

The "mysterious alien space station" does open a lot of avenues for stories, like finding ancient alien tech, buried secrets and whatnot, but it was probably for the best they went the direction they did.
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