Star Trek DS9: What We Left Behind Lands on Home Video!

6 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date: August 6, 2019
Distributor: Shout! Factory

Spoiler Alert

Special Offer: The special edition contains a second Blu-Ray disc with additional material, and is limited to 1,500 copies. It is only available on ShoutFactory.com

The regular home video release of the documentary Star Trek DS9: What We Left Behind includes what’s left on the cutting room floor to make this look back of this series perfect. Usually the amount of clips offered may reach up to six, and sometimes a dozen. I was dumbfounded to find 17 in all! And one of them addressed my most favourite episode, “Take Me Out to the Holosuite.” The set up at the end credits explains it all. I highly recommend watching this work completely to the end.

Not everyone will have seen this work at its limited cinema and convention screenings. When I first heard of it, I did not have the spare funds to support the Indiegogo campaign. For those who did, a bevy of exclusive material can be found in the video vault on the official website.

With the streaming version and physical release, fans get to learn about how this series is produced. I particularly enjoyed how this work addressed Terry Farrell’s departure and we heard from this actress herself about how she felt. Another fond bonus is a look into the effects work involved to make the episode “Trials and Tribble-ations.” As a viewer we assume the team involved in front of the camera but also behind the scenes become more than a family over the years. In this series case, this fact is true and the camaraderie never left when they reunited for a Variety magazine photoshoot.

To the handful of fans selected to be featured explained what made the show special is just as important. Without them, and everyone else who contributed to step up the production, this release would not have been the love letter that it is. Making a television series is not as easy as it may seem; plenty of insight (especially from the stunt people) is offered about the stress and long hours (which does not differ from making a movie) that goes into making a weekly series.

Showrunner Ira Steven Behr is the mastermind of this documentary, and with the help of his crew and CBS, they poured through archives not only to find the best moments from the show to feature but also film new interviews with the entire cast and crew–supporting characters included–to make the trip through memory lane more than just that. I’m ready to watch the series all over again. I’ve never hated the show when it was first run. It was a breath of fresh air, different from Gene Roddenberry‘s vision and I’m sure he would have come around should he have seen how the series progressed had he lived.

The high definition transfer of the scenes offered in this documentary only whetted my appetite in wishing a remaster of DS9 can happen. I’d spend $400 CAD for the entire run in a heartbeat! It might happen after Star Trek: The Next Generation gets the first go at it (especially with Picard coming to CBS All Access). Unlike the classic series treatment which included new CGI to replace the old school FX sequences, DS9 never really needed it. It’d be like upgrading the original presentation of the original Star Wars trilogy. The outcry here was very vocal.

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I’m sure many fans want a continuation. Ira got the original writing team together and gave us an incredible tease of what would have been season eight’s first episode, with partially animated storyboards, and it simply gave me goosebumps. I do not see any reason for CBS Paramount to not green light a continuation in either a theatrical or streaming front. Star Trek is showing no signs of slowing down. As for DS9 will continue to where no man has gone before depends on who’s in charge. While Behr did not say outright he wants to return, he is certainly willing if the heads of CBS see this documentary and love the pitch.

My only question is with where the Deep Space 9 novels which continued the series fit in?

5 Stars out of 5

 

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