Nana Visitor of 'Deep Space Nine' Talks 'Star Trek' Past and Future

Space.com | 6/12/2018 | Staff
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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" — a 1990s series that took years to be accepted by fans — remains relevant as the multiplayer game 'Star Trek Online' ventures into the series' plot.

When Nana Visitor assumed the role of Kira Nerys on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (DS9), her character was an embittered former warrior for the first couple of seasons. Kira's people, the Bajorans, had been at war with another race called the Cardassians. Kira just wanted to continue the war and kill Cardassians, even though the sides had brokered a peace.

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Kira's character was ahead of her time, Visitor added. In 1993, when DS9 first began airing episodes, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was known as a medical condition; it was added to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the 1980s, based on the experience of treating Vietnam War soldiers.

Yet PTSD was still an obscure disorder in the 1990s, according to Visitor. Today, it's more widely recognized. One of her own sons fought in Afghanistan and came back with the disorder, she added. But he is doing well with treatment, and will enter Columbia University shortly for postsecondary studies, she added.

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Twenty-five years later, DS9 is still wowing viewers with its prescience. It began its run on television as a controversial "Star Trek" series, focusing on the adventures of inhabitants on a space station named "Deep Space Nine" instead of the starship crews used in the original "Star Trek" (1966-69) and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-1994).

The series gained popularity and ran until 1999. And it's still exerting an influence on the "Star Trek" stories told; several characters from it (including Kira) were added in a recent expansion to the "Star Trek Online" game. At the time of her Space.com interview in mid-April,...
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