Deep Space Nine, Star Trek the Animated Series Hit Netflix

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Oct 4, 2011 in Star Trek |

Star Trek: The Animated Series crew

It’s been a long time coming, but for fans, I suppose its been worth the wait. Both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: the Animated Series are now available for streaming via Netflix. I was already excited about Deep Space Nine, as the series eventually grew on me over the years. Initially, I wasn’t very fond of the characters and while I appreciated the serialized approach to the series, I always felt the scripts paled in comparison to The Next Generation which, at the time the series aired, had been my long-running staple. As far as the Animated Series goes, I never really saw much of it but I’ve never heard any nice things about it either. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing whether or not it’s as terrible as everyone makes it out to be.

I did manage to sit through the first episode and I noticed a few pros and cons worth mentioning for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to catch the series. They managed to land the practically the entire cast for the voice overs, which is really nice. I prefaced that since Chekhov is nowhere to be seen — apparently they didn’t bother introducing his character due to budgetary concerns. The script seemed pretty complex for a show aimed at children, but I think fans might appreciate that. On the other hand, there were a few goofs here and there.

For example, in the first episode the crew employs the use of life support belts in order to investigate a ship that’s been exposed to the vacuum of space. That’s cool since they’re clearly doing something that they probably couldn’t afford to do on a live-action set. Without spoiling anything, at some point, the crew notice their communicators and phasers no longer work since their power is being sapped. Following that logic, shouldn’t the life support belts cease to function as well? It doesn’t really play out like that, but what would you expect from a cartoon. Still, I think it might be worth giving the rest of the series a try. Anyone else looking forward to it?

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