Finally, here is a book that covers all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
. And, at 725 pages, this "companion" covers them in considerable depth. Terry J Erdmann
had access to the set throughout the seven seasons, resulting in a volume filled with interviews and anecdotes. A brief introduction to each season is followed by an episode-by-episode guide, consisting of writing, directing and acting credits, stardate where known, a detailed plot summary and then a lengthy analysis including interviews with the actors and production staff. These provide a wealth of detail that gives the reader a real feeling for all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into producing the finished shows. At more than twice the length of the previous Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion
, the coverage feels very thorough, although more biographical information on the actors would have been welcome. Dotted through the book are longer interviews, and at the end there is a piece about the very last day of filming. An appendix provides an alphabetical listing of episodes for easy reference. Thebook is liberally illustrated with photographs and drawings but, sadly, these are all black and white. But, that aside, this is an essential addition to the bookshelves of long-time fans, as well as providing an accessible introduction for those less familiar with the show. --Elizabeth Sourbut
Erdmann was given unprecedented access to every aspect of the production of Star Trek Deep Space Nine in order to compile this book which is considered, by some, the ultimate guide to Star Trek's grittiest and most complex series. Insight into the making of Deep Space Nine is provided by the set designers, cast and crew, and the writers and producers. Characters over the series have grown and developed, matured and met several challenges, learnt to cope with disaster and joy, defeat and victory. Each one has had his or her story played out around the space station Deep Space Nine, which is guarding the wormhole against invading Dominion forces. Episode by episode this companion takes readers through the seven-year drama, reliving the moments as the story unfolds.