Blu-ray Review: What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek was created by Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller and originally aired in syndication from January 3, 1993 to June 2, 1999 that included 176 episodes over seven seasons. The series starred Avery Brooks, René Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, Michael Dorn and Nicole de Boer with many guest stars appearing throughout all seven seasons.

From directors Ira Steven Behr (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine showrunner) and David Zappone (producer of For the Love of Spock, The Captains) comes the critically acclaimed documentary feature What We Left Behind: Looking Back atStar Trek: Deep Space Nine A fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise.

Featuring extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as newly remastered HD footage from the television series,What We Left Behind also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.

This documentary takes an interesting look back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the third spinoff series in the Star Trek franchise that never really got the respect it deserved because it was a little different. Star Trek has always been a progressive franchise but DS9 broke all the rules and took even more chances. By today’s standards, you could say some episodes were extremely controversial when they first aired back in the 90’s. The writing was smart, the cast was perfect, and they weren’t afraid to take chances. What We Left Behind features indepth conversations with the showrunner and producers, the writers, the entire cast (main characters and recurring characters) and even some of the crew who share their stories about working on DS9 and how it changed their lives forever.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/0-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from StarTrek: Deep Space Nine. The Blu-ray disc features some similar artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended up being a really interesting watch about this unique series in the Star Trek franchise that never got the respect it so rightfully deserved. Ira Steven Behr was the showrunner for all seven seasons in syndication and the mastermind behind this documentary that brings back the familiar faces from the series as well as so many of the talented people who worked behind-the-scenes. They talk about the ups and downs (mostly ups) about DS9 and share their individual experiences about working together and the love for their characters and DS9. Instead of boldly going where no one had gone before, DS9 boldly stayed inside this grand space station and told interesting stories about these wonderful characters and their relationships. As a Star Trek fan, I’ll admit that it was hard for me to get into the series when I was a kid but I’ve revisited it over the years and definitely enjoy it more now than I did back then. After watching this fascinating documentary, my appreciation for DS9 has grown. Much respect! What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will be available on Blu-ray on August 6th.

Distributor: Shout! Studios

Run Time: 117 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German and HD Heroes

Special Features: There’s nearly ninety minutes of extras that include over a dozen deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, a discussion of the HD restoration process with the producers, and more!

  • An Intro from Ira (01:43)
  • A Brief History of Deep Space Nine featurette (03:19)
  • What We Left Out – Deleted Scenes (47:43)
  • Behind the Scenes at the Variety photoshoot featurette (01:44)
  • HD Remaster Discussion with the filmmakers (15:21)
  • More from the Fans featurette (12:40)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:25)
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