Star Trek:DS9 - Far Beyond the Stars - a great Star Trek statement against racism
“Call anybody you want, they can’t do anything to me, not any more, and nor can any of you. I am a human being, dammit! You can deny me all you want but you can’t deny Ben Sisko – He exists! That future, that space station, all those people – they exist in here! (pointing to his head) In my mind. I created it. And everyone of you knew it, you read it. It’s here. (pointing to his head again) Do you hear what I’m telling you? You can pulp a story but you cannot destroy an idea, don’t you understand, that’s ancient knowledge, you cannot destroy an idea. (becoming hysterical) That future – I created it, and it’s real! Don’t you understand? It is real. I created it. And it’s real! It’s REAL! Oh God!" - Benny Russell (Benjamin Sisko)
One of the things I am loving so much about Deep Space Nine - and Sisko in particular - it’s that they’re not afraid to point out how warped the Federation can be, even now. You could call me biased because of my attachment to Voyager, but how the Federation dealt with the Maquis never sat right with me. Cmdr Hudson was justified in everything he said about how the colonists had built their lives from nothing, with no help from the Federation, and couldn’t be expected to simply abandon their homes because of a treaty.
After watching The Next Generation, and even The Original Series, wax poetic about the greatness of the Federation, it feels great to hear the issues that have been nagging in the back of my mind brought forward onto the screen. I’m beginning to see why DS9 was such a controversial series for the fans and why, if he had still been alive, Gene would never have approved of it at all.