The "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" star calls her time on the show an important part of who she is, but says she also finds it hard to watch reruns. As part of our coverage of Star Trek's 50th anniversary , I chatted with nearly a dozen cast members from across the franchise about everything from Star Trek's inclusive message to whether the ships are actually real. If Nana Visitor could have done one thing on Star Trek, she would have been captain. Call it galactic jealousy that Kate Mulgrew ended up as Capt. Kathryn Janeway of " Star Trek: Voyager ," running a ship with a lot of strong female characters.
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Kira's people, the Bajorans, had been at war with another race called the Cardassians. Kira just wanted to continue the war and kill Cardassians, even though the sides had brokered a peace. Kira's character was ahead of her time, Visitor added. In , when DS9 first began airing episodes, post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD was known as a medical condition; it was added to the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in the s, based on the experience of treating Vietnam War soldiers. Today, it's more widely recognized. One of her own sons fought in Afghanistan and came back with the disorder, she added. But he is doing well with treatment, and will enter Columbia University shortly for postsecondary studies, she added.
It's known for departing from the traditional episodic nature of the franchise and transitioning to a serialized format, which allowed for over-arching storylines and the ramifications to be felt from previous episodes. In this way, a series about the various inhabitants of a space station orbiting a wormhole could still be one of exploration, it just dealt with traversing interpersonal relationships rather than deep space. With the psychological analysis of so many fascinating inhabitants of Deep Space 9, came rumors that the cast of main characters was one of the most fractious.
Kira initially clashed with her Starfleet co-workers but gradually came to trust them, especially Captain Benjamin Sisko Avery Brooks , whom she respected as her commanding officer but also revered as the Emissary to the Prophets of Bajor. In "Body Parts," the penultimate episode of DS9 season 4, Keiko was critically injured in an accident aboard a runabout. In order to save the baby, Dr. Julian Bashir Alexander Siddig transferred it to the only available undamaged womb — Kira's. Naturally, he was partly named for his surrogate mother.