DS9 ran between 1993 - 1999, spanning 7 seasons thru 176 episodes. This series starred many new faces to the Star Trek universe but had some old faces as well. Colm Meaney (O'brien) is the only TNG regular starring in a full 7 seasons. Michael Dorn (Worf) joins the crew at the beginning of season 4. Guest stars include Patrick Stewart (Emissary), Jonathan Frakes, James Darren, Susanna Thompson among others. DS9 has several small arcs with a few main arcs that span the entire series. One is Commander Sisko being hailed as the Emissary of the Prophet. Although his story is seeded through the various 176 episodes, the theme of Bajor's spirituality is tied directly to him and his conflicts with being the station commander and moreso, a spiritual leader for Bajor. Another, equally important story arc is the Dominion War which spans from season 5 to 7, the final episode also being the end of the war. The war was from 2373 - 2375. Smaller arcs include the Vic Fontaine story line, Worf/Jadzia line, among others. Major Players for DS9 Starfleet aka the Federation Starfleet is asked to help Bajor in the reconstruction of their homeworld after the Cardassians ended their occupation of the planet. Commander Benjamin Sisko takes command of the space station and remains in command until "What you Leave Behind". The Federation used DS9 primarily as a dock for exploration ships into the Gamma Quadrant and later, as a staging point during the Dominion war. Klingons Klingons play a minor role in the first couple of seasons of DS9. But at the start of the Dominion War, the empire is hit with shapeshifter paranoia that leads to the dissolution of the Khitimer Accords and open war with the Federation. Ultimately the Klingons return to the Alliance and play a pivotal part in the front lines against the Dominion. Cardassians The Cardassians are the original antagonists early on in the series. They take a step back at the beginning of the Dominion war as their government takes a Romulan twist and goes through a series of upheavals. During this time, the Klingon Empire declares war on the Cardassian Union. The Cardassians eventually side with the Dominion during the war. Bajorans The victims of the original Cardassian occupation, these people are highly spiritual and view the wormhole as their "Celestial Temple", the dwelling place of their gods according to their religion. The Bajorans however aren't without faults. Early on you see a lot of mistrust against their Federation counterparts and internal struggles within the government. In the end, Bajor joins the Federation. Major characters Benajim Sisko - Starfleet Commander assigned as CO of DS9. Is also considered the Emissary of the Prophets by the people of Bajor. He was one of the survivors of the Wolf 359 disaster. He arrives at the station on the Enterprise as a command. He is later promoted to Captain and also receives his first starfleet vessel to command. Gul-Dukat - The Cardassian overlord of DS9 during the occupation who generally fancies himself as the savior of Bajor. While he's not a ruthless as most Cardassians, he is very manipulative and calculating in his actions. He fathers a half-breed bajoran child, whose death leads to his insanity. Dukat was, at one point, the highest military official in the Cardassian Union. Kira Nerys - Major in the Bajoran Provincial Government assigned as XO to DS9. She was a freedom fighter during the last stages of the Cardassian Occupation. She ends up having romances with several key figures in the Bajoran government and DS9. She eventually retains the rank of Colonel. Jadzia Dax - A trill host, she has known Benjamin Sisko for a long time (via symbiote). Very much like Spock in logic and reasoning but also witty and downright sexy. She's the science officer of DS9 and marries Worf. Julian Bashir - A human doctor fresh from the Academy who took his first commission in the edges of space where all the excitement is. Develops a deep friendship with Chief O'Brien, Elim Garak and Jadzia Dax. Miles O'Brien - An engineer from the Enterprise D, he was moved to help with the repairs to DS9. He is the chief engineer of DS9; always fixing something. He brings his wife, Keiko, with him and their daughter Molly. He has a son later, named Hiriyoshi. Lt. Worf - Worf was stationed to DS9 after the destruction of the Enterprise D. His main task is chief of security but has ambitions to become an officer. He marries Jadzia Dax, attains Lt. Commander and even offered command of the Klingon Empire. Worf still loves Klingon Opera. Elim Garak - Not much is known about Garak other than he was in the Obsidian Order at one point and is now exiled to DS9. Some people think he's a Cardassian spy. Others think Cardassia spies on him. Others still think that he's the single biggest threat to the stability of the Union. Some people think he's Enabran Tain or Gul-Dukat's son. No one knows for sure. He and Bashir develop quite a friendship. Odo - A shapeshifter found in a nearby asteroid belt, he was one of a hundred that were sent from his homeworld to seek out and study other life. Found by a Bajoran scientist, he eventually becomes chief constable of DS9. Odo's shapeshifting is imperfect as his face is very bland with no real detail to it. He plays a key role in the Dominion War. Quark - Ferangi bar owner on DS9 and community leader, Odo is oft suspicious of his activities. While ultimately Quark has a soft heart, he plays off like a cruel Ferangi task master only concerned with profit and gold pressed latinum. Also, like all Ferangi men, lusts after the exotic breed of taller humanoid women. Major Kira has threatened Quark more than once. Ezri Dax - What a cutie! Minor Characters Vic Fontaine - James Darren plays a holographic character who runs a bar/night club in one of Quark's Holosuites. He forms a friendship with many of the characters. Nog - Quark's nephew who becomes the first Ferengi to join Starfleet. He is best friends with Jake Sisko and has a deep friendship with Vic Fontaine. Legate Damar - Gul-Dukat's right hand man thru the reoccupation of DS9. The aftermath of Dukat's breakdown promoted Damar to Legate and commander of the Cardassian forces. Dumar has a pivotal role in the last season of DS9. Brunt - Brunt is a Ferengi Liquidator who harasses Quark on a semi-regular basis. Weyoun - The right hand man of the supreme commander of the Dominion forces. He is a Vorta clone. Female Founder - The Supreme Commander of the Dominion forces. Rom - Quark's brother, Nog's father and eventual Grand Nagus. General Martok - Klingon general who, despite adversity throughout the campaign, proves to be a capable commander and leader. Morn - The most chatty person on DS9. Quark can never get him to shut up. Other Key notes - USS Defiant - The new class of starship created to combat the Borg. DS9 recieves the prototype once the class goes into production. The original Defiant was destroyed late in the Dominion War. The USS Sao Paulo replaces it, being recommissioned as the USS Defiant. The Defiant is an escort class starship. Deep Space Nine - also known as Terok Nor. The station serves as a base for the exploration of the Gamma Quadrant via the Bajoran Wormhole, and is a hub of trade and travel for the sector's denizens. It is run by a joint crew of Starfleet and Bajoran officers, and it is the home port of a number of Starfleet Runabouts and the USS Defiant. The station and its crew play a role vital in the events surrounding the Bajoran sector, the wormhole, and the Dominion War. Dominion War - The Dominion play a significant role from season 4 on. While the war technically starts in season 5, there is a lot of build-up with eposidic material and various chat. Based out of the Gamma Quadrant, it is estimated that the Dominion had roughly 30,000 battle ready ships on its quest to subjugate the Alpha Quadrant. The Dominion are comprised of many races, notably the Jem'Hadar, who are the frontline soldiers for the Dominion. The Vorta tend to be their strategists and diplomats while the Founders are the leaders. The Maquis - The Maquis are a group of Federation separatists living in colonies along the border between Cardassia and the Federation who style themselves in guerrilla warfare in their crusade against the Cardassians. The history is that the Federation gave up some of their original colonies at the end of the Cardassian war to broker a peace between the two powers. However, the maquis want to take matters into their own hands. Editor's note: A few reasons I love DS9 and believe it is the best series: 1. The character development is top notch. We see motivation, drive, focus, purpose, intent, everything we'd expect from a living breathing person in the show. Why does Sisko hate his role as the Emissary so much? Why does Kira mistrust the Federation? What is Garek's real intentions? Is Bashir ever going to get laid? They incorporated so much culture and idealism into the show; everyone is jaded, biased, some downright fanatical. 2. The stories are more than fascinating. The writers spent a great deal of time exploring Bajor, the Gamma Quadrant and the Federation, creating exciting episodes that challenged the status quo regularly, forcing the characters into awkward and seemingly impossible situations with, as expected, successful or at least, an acceptable resolution. Will take suggestions in improving this FAQ page. Thanks!