Surprise Date Night: What We Left Behind (a Star Trek, Deep Space Nine Documentary)

While looking for things to do for Liz’s birthday celebration, one of the events I considered was going to the movies. The last Avengers movie was coming out that weekend, and I was debating having that be part of our day.

While looking at show times, I happened across the mention of a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine documentary showing for just one night. On a whim, I decided to sign us up for tickets.

I was able to keep it a secret/surprise, up until we walked into the theater. It’s not often I pull out surprises for Liz, and even less often that they’re Star Trek related.

So – surprise date night event. Do I know how to show a girl a good time, or what?

Deep Space Nine is not my favorite variation of Star Trek, but I did enjoy it more than I thought I would.

I remember watching the first episode while a freshman in college. My future housemate Jim and I were back early over the holidays, and I think we were mostly on our own in the dorm. But we both got some meager provisions/snacks and holed up in our rooms. I remember it being cold or snowy outside, and watching the first episode of Deep Space Nine together.

It never quite got a hold of me (this was circa 1992 maybe). Next Gen was always the favorite for us through college.

But once Liz started to binge watch Star Trek via Netflix, I started to watch with her. And we got into Deep Space Nine, ever episode.

Looking back, there was a decent amount of stuff that happened over the season. A remarkable amount, actually. The Founders and the Dominion, the Vorta, the Jem’Hadar. To say nothing of the Cardassians and all the Bajoran politics.

The doc itself was… good. Nto being a huge fan of the series, I still really did enjoy seeing all the actors and actresses talking about their memories, sharing stories, and genuinely enjoying each other’s company. It was fun to watch them all interacting in a very different context.

A large part of the documentary involved the writers talking about a theoretical new season. And while it was pretty fun to listen and go on that journey with them, a part of me felt like it was done as a small test to see if they could gauge interest for a reboot.

We are, I feel, crossing that thin line between people who enjoy watching Star Trek and people who actively seek out Star Trek related things. I have no uniforms in my closet, no prosthetic ears in the medicine cabinet, no Bluetooth-enabled communicator sitting on my desk. Yet.

Yet, I think, is the operative word here.

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