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We will always remember

"Life is like a garden. Perfect memories can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP." - Leonard Nimoy

Boldy Go

Space: the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds,
To seek out new life and new civilizations,
To boldly go where no one has gone before.

Nichelle's Star Trek Theme

The day will dawn in the future
When you will travel through time
The stars...listen...hear them pleading
They know, dear earthling, what you're needing

Be true, bring peace and love with you
Be free, for that is your nature
Believe, tho others say it's only pretend
Then your Star Trek will never end

Ah, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ahh...Ah, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ahh...

Be true, bring peace and love with you
Be free, for that is your nature
Believe, tho others say it's only pretend
Then your Star Trek will never end

Gene

Gene, You Future Visionary,
Gene, You Gave Me Tears And Laughter
Gene, You Shined The Starlight On My Dreams

Gene, A Daring Flying Hero
Gene, You Always Soar With Eagles
Gene, Your Universe Was Meant To Be.

Gene, Great Bird Of My Galaxy,
You Gave Me Wings
And You Set Me Free...
You Dreamed Our Special Family.

Gene, Your Boyish Grin's Deceiving
Gene, It Isn't Easy Being
Gene, I'm Sure You Know
Just What I Mean.

Gene, Great Bird Of My Galaxy,
You Gave Me Wings,
And You Set Me Free...
You Dreamed Our Star Trek Family

Gene, You Showed Us Galaxies Afar,
You Tied Our Hopes To Every Star,
We're Lucky You Are Who You Are...

Beyond Antares

The skies are green and glowing
Where my heart is, where my heart is.
Where the scented lunar flower is growing,
Somewhere beyond the stars,
Beyond Antares

I'll be back though it takes forever,
Forever, is just a day
Forever, is just another journey.
Tomorrow, a step along the way.

The skies are green and glowing
Where my heart is, where my heart is.
Where the scented lunar flower is growing,
Somewhere beyond the stars,
Beyond Antares

I'll be back though it takes forever,
Forever, is just a day
Forever, is just another journey.
Tomorrow, a step along the way.

Then let the years go fading
Where my heart is, where my heart is.
My love eternally is waiting.
Somewhere beyond the stars,
Beyond Antares

Star Trek

The Original Series
The Animated Series
The Next Generation
Deep Space Nine
Voyager
Enterprise
**************************
The Motion Picture
The Wrath of Khan
The Search for Spock
The Voyage Home
The Final Frontier
The Undiscovered Country
Generations
First Contact
Insurrection
Nemesis
Star Trek
Star Trek Into Darkness

Faith Of The Heart

It's been a long road
Getting from there to here
It's been a long time
But my time is finally near

And I can feel the change in the wind right now
Nothing's in my way
And they're not gonna hold me down no more
No they're not gonna hold me down

'Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything
I've got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I've got faith, Iíve got faith, faith of the heart

It's been a long night
Trying to find my way
Been through the darkness
Now I've finally had my day

And I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they're not gonna hold me down no more
No they're not gonna change my mind

'Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything
I've got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I've got faith, Iíve got faith, faith of the heart

I know that we're so cold
We've seen the darkest days
But now the winds I feel
Are only winds of change
I've been through the fire
I've been through the rain
But I'll be flying, oh yeah

'Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything
I've got strength of the soul
And no one's gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I've got faith, Iíve got faith, faith of the heart

It's been a long road

DS9's 'Far Beyond The Stars' - 15 Years Later

Posted by Mike (Antares President) at Feb 12 2013, 06:02 AM. 2 comments

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When Michael Piller broke Hollywood tradition by allowing the general public to pitch story ideas to Star Trek: The Next Generation, he had no way of knowing that nearly a decade later the practice would result in the creation of a television masterpiece. Piller joined the TNG executive staff in 1989, just as the show was entering its third season. He quickly discovered a problem - there were no scripts ready to be shot. So he made two bold moves. He instituted an 'open script policy' that encouraged writers to submit their ideas. And he hired Ira Steven Behr to run his writer's room. As the years rolled by, the open script policy remained a staple of Star Trek's fan-friendly production. Behr drifted away for a time, but returned in 1992 when Piller tapped him to work on a new show, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Five years later, Behr found himself listening to a story pitch from freelance writer Marc Scott Zicree, whose credits included The Twilight Zone Companion, a book examining Rod Serling's classic (1958-1964), black and white, science fiction anthology. Zicree's pitch involved Jake Sisko apparently time-traveling back to the 1950s, where he met a group of science fiction writers not unlike those Zicree had discussed in his book.

"Marc's backdrop -- 1950s science fiction writers -- interested me", Ira Behr recalls. "But it turns out that Jake didn't really go back there. It was an alien trick to find out something about his father. It felt a little like a gimmick. There was no bottom to the story, and at the time I said, 'No, I don't think so.'"

Yet the backdrop stayed in Behrís mind for months, until it finally gelled into an idea. "It suddenly hit me that a story in that setting should be about Benjamin Sisko, and racism, and what is reality and what isn't", he says. After a story break session with Zicree and the DS9 writing staff, Behr and Hans Beimler wrote a script with an intriguing title: 'Far Beyond the Stars'. Several weeks later the realized production lit up millions of TV screens and viewers' smiles. A masterpiece it was -- and is today -- as we celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of that air date: February 11, 1998.

What is reality and what isn't. That speculation became the creative drive behind a time-travel story that doesn't involve time-travel. From the start, viewers realized that all is not as it seems. Protagonist Benny doesn't walk into a realistic Brill Building (a New York landmark made home to the episodeís fictional Stone Publishing), but into the 'Trill Building', a not-so-subtle renaming that could only come from Ben Sisko's subconscious. As DS9's viewing audience recognized the people Benny encounters, they were surprised that none of them sported unusual foreheads. There were no shapeshifters, no spoonheads, no big-lobed devotees of oo-mox in any and all places. The setting was Earth's 1950s, populated by normal looking people who resembled the headshots that a small group of actors had submitted five seasons before, when auditioning for the roles they hoped to play on that new Star Trek show.

Now those actors had shifted gears and climbed into the skins of a new set of characters. It was a short vacation from the portrayals they lived in every week.

"Herb Rossoff", Armin Shimerman says, "was not an extension of Quark. He was a Communist - which is about as far from a Ferengi as you can get."

"Douglas Pabst was an unenlightened white man", notes Rene Auberjonois. "Ira was very concerned about how I would react to being, essentially, a bad guy. But I loved the part."

J.G. Hertzler, usually buried in Klingon crags, had never appeared sans prosthetics on DS9. But, he says, "Playing the role of staff artist Roy Rittenhouse was like falling off a log for me. I really do draw and paint. So when I was sitting there drawing, I literally was drawing the cast."

"It was very strange", adds Jeffrey Combs who normally appeared on the show in Ferengi or Vorta guise. "Everybody was out of makeup, and we were standing on a back-lot New York street. It was just a totally different world."

While actors who are airing their actual faces find a realistic New York street to be stranger than when eyeing Cardassian architecture from under rubber prosthetics, that phrase, "what is reality and what isn't", comes into full fruition.

Ultimately, 'Far Beyond the Stars' isnít about back-lots, or makeup, or even a visit to the l950s. It is, as Ira Behr realized from the beginning, a story about Benjamin Sisko, and racism. And that, using Behr's term, is a "bottom." One that comes straight out of Gene Roddenberry's original concept for Star Trek, that in the future no one would be concerned with the color of one's skin, or the shape of one's ears.

"What's insidious about racism is that it is unconscious", explains Avery Brooks, who directed the episode while simultaneously playing Benny (and Ben). "It's in the culture. It's the way people think. So that was the approach we took. I never talked about racism. I just showed how these intelligent people think, and it all came out of them."

Racial prejudice isn't the only injustice covered in the episode. Those intelligent people, Brooks notes, "include a woman writer who has to use a man's name to get her work published." It's easy to think of the intolerant cops played by Marc Alaimo and Jeffrey Combs as the "bad guys"; yet† it's the less overt prejudice of Auberjonois' character, Pabst, who refuses to stand up to the magazine's publisher, that pushes Benny over the edge. And unfortunately, prejudice, in its many forms, hasn't gone away. "If we had changed the people's clothes", Brooks states, "this story could be about right now."

Which is one more thing that consistently keeps the episode among fans 'Top Ten favorite Deep Space Nine episodes'. "Far Beyond the Stars' presented a page of our history, from a time when science fiction was becoming a part of the mainstream", observes Avery Brooks. "And when we talk about those writers from the 1950s", he adds, gesturing toward the Deep Space Nine stage sets, "we're talking about the reason that we're even here!"

And why you're reading this, right now.

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