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The Movie: What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Where You Can Stream It: YouTube and Amazon Prime Video

The Pitch: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, under-appreciated while on the air and now considered by many to be the best Star Trek series of them all, is explored in this detailed, beautifully produced documentary that examines why the series matters. Nearly every significant cast member and writer (along with numerous other crew members) assemble for frank, thorough, and often hilarious talking heads and discussions. And it’s all built around a very special treat: the writers reassemble and let the cameras roll as they pitch and “break” the first episode of an eighth season that will never exist.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: If you haven’t watched Deep Space Nine, you shouldn’t watch What We Left Behind. It’s not for you. Not only does it play fast and loose with major spoilers (including the series finale), it’s designed to be a gift for the already initiated, coming in fast with in-jokes and references that will fly over the heads of non-fans. Quite simply, you won’t get anything out of this if you haven’t watched the original series. But if you have watched the original series? Oh, boy. You won’t find a better heaping of fan service than this.

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Star Trek Day

Following in the footsteps of the DC FanDome virtual convention, CBS All Access has announced their own 24-hour virtual celebration called Star Trek Day for Tuesday, September 8. But this isn’t just a look forward at what Star Trek: Discovery and the other new shows have in store on CBS All Access (though there will be news about them). This is a full-on Star Trek celebration that will bring fans together to watch exclusive panel programming and initiatives from all of the Star Trek shows that fans have absorbed since 1966 and one that has yet to arrive. Get the details below. Read More »

The 10 Best Television Spin-Offs of All Time

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The successful television spin-off has a high wire act to maintain. It has to differentiate itself from its source material while maintaining enough of what fans love so they’ll come along with it in the first place. But for every Better Call Saul there are a dozen Joeys – spin-offs that fail right from the start. With the former returning for its third season, let’s take a look at ten spin-offs that were just as good (if not better) than their parent series.

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deep space nine blu-ray

CBS recently announced that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager were going to be reissued on DVD, leaving many fans to wonder why these shows wouldn’t join the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Enterprise on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer to this question and the details are going to bum out any fan hoping for a ray of high definition hope. Thanks to a new interview though, we now know exactly why these shows will probably never get proper HD restorations.

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