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Favourite Star Trek Episodes - Far Beyond the Stars (DS9)

Maybe we’re nothing more than figments of his imagination. For all we know, at this very moment, somewhere, far beyond all those distant stars, Benny Russell… is dreaming of us. 


I could endure the hunger. I had learned to live with hate. But to feel that there was feeling denied me, that the very breath of life itself was beyond my reach, that more than anything else hurt, wounded me. I had a new hunger.                                                                                Richard Wright

so i’m rewatching “far beyond the stars” and it’s really interesting to think about some of the implications of looking at the ds9 universe as something dreamt up by benny russell

  • first off, he made the woman he loves a space captain with her own ship and her own story/life that is not dependent on his, and that is true love if you ask me
  • he’s punishing willie hawkins by making him a weird-looking alien with a stick up his ass. jokes on you, benny, because I THINK WORF IS STILL LOVABLE
  • ferenghi as space jews = sighing for a million years
  • racist editor pabst is put into the position of cultural other to teach him a lesson
  • badass lady writer kay is made into badass major kira - both are prickly but productive
  • ditzy-seeming, scifi-reading secretary darlene becomes wise, experienced science officer dax which is a really nice acknowledgement of her intelligence 
  • nonchalant, unflappable writer julius is taken down a peg, made into wide-eyed but still capable doctor bashir
  • jimmy becomes way less dangerous jake sisko, now ben’s actual son, in a better position to be influenced and guided

Using combined data from three different telescopes, this remarkably deep exposure of the famous Ring Nebula reveals additional glowing gas extending far beyond its central star.

After billions of years converting hydrogen to helium in its core, the star began to run out of fuel. It then ballooned in size, becoming a red giant. During this phase, the star shed its outer gaseous layers into space and began to collapse as fusion reactions began to die out. The outer rings were formed when faster-moving gas slammed into slower-moving material. The nebula is expanding at more than 43,000 miles an hour and will continue to expand for another 10,000 years. After that, the nebula will become fainter and fainter until it merges with the interstellar medium.

(Image Credit: Hubble, Large Binocular Telescope, Subaru Telescope; Composition & Copyright: Robert Gendler)