view is stunning. Were standing on the upper level of
the Deep Space Nine promenade, looking through the vast window to
the stars of the Bajoran system. Below us, crowds of people are
going about their daily business. It could all be real, but, of
course, its not: the set on the soundstage at Paramount
studios is a solid, beautifully crafted piece of architecture.
Totally enclosed, it gives one the impression that youve
arrived in a tangible alien culture.
Sad to think that, in just
a few months time, the whole structure will be torn down and the
studio left empty. After seven seasons during which time
the show has developed from inferior Star Trek spin-off to
a magnificent Science Fiction epic in its own right Deep
Space Nine will be over.
Its not only the
fans who will miss this popular series and its eclectic band of
characters. Its passing will be a time of adjustment for the cast
and crew, who have devoted the best part of a decade to the show.
Thats certainly the feeling of Nana
Visitor, the actress who has brought Kira Nerys to such
vivid life on our screens.
You know, when
something [ends that] has been so much a part of your life for
such a percentage of your life, its a passage, she
tells TV Zone. With every passage like
leaving school you could have had a great time, but when its
time to go, its time to go. I think weve definitely
done a lot of interesting things here, and its time to go
somewhere else and see what thats like. But Im gonna
miss the people, thats for sure. Im gonna miss this
set strangely enough Ive spent so many hours on it,
and seen my eldest son grow up here. Life is going to change in a
huge way for me. This show has woven itself into the fabric of me.
Likewise, Visitor has
brought so much of herself to the show. Arguably Deep Space
Nines most magnetic character, Nerys is a complex
individual who is loyal to the Bajoran people, who have lived
through years of oppression under the Cardassians. If theres
a fight, youd want her on your side shes tough,
determined, and physically strong for her stature, yet this is
balanced by a gentle side, a caring nature, a warm sense of
humour, and a radiant smile. The show has explored her history
with the resistance, her upbringing after her mother became a
Cardassian collaborator, her conflict with the Bajoran religious
leaders, and her determination that Starfleet will win the war
against the Dominion.
I remember doing
interviews at the beginning of these seven years, when people
said, My God, this is a rarity a strong female
character on television, says Visitor. I felt
not a danger, but an edginess to the whole subject. I was proud
that we were trying something. Now when I watch tv its not a
rarity anymore. Thats a great thing. Of course, it puts my
character into a kind of history; something else needs to come,
there does need to be another chapter, and who and what thats
going to be I dont know. It makes me feel senior and it
makes me feel glad that its not such a special thing