On May 13th, the documentary What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will hit theaters for one night only. Today, we’re thrilled to debut an exclusive clip from the film where the actors reflect on the grueling makeup process. Because exotic-looking aliens have been so engrained with the idea of Star Trek, we tend not to think about how that makeup affects the actors. This clip provides some nice insight into what it was like for folks like Michael Dorn (Worf) or Rene Auberjonois (Odo) who had to put on loads of prosthetics every day for work.
As a big fan of Deep Space Nine, I’ve already bought my tickets to see this documentary. DS9 holds a special place in the hearts of Trek fans as it was darker, grander in scope, and more complex than a traditional Trek show. It’s fascinating to watch it grow and change over the course of seven seasons until it stops being just great Star Trek and becomes great TV period.
Check out the What We Left Behind clip below. Click over to Fathom Events to get your tickets now.
Here’s the official synopsis for What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine first aired in January 1993, well over a year after the death of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. When compared to The Original Series and The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine was written off as too “dark,” and “edgy,” “the black sheep” of the Star Trek family, a show that did not fit Roddenberry’s vision of the future. Though polarizing within the franchise, the show pushed narrative boundaries for seven seasons and gained a rabid cult following. Now, over twenty years after the series ended, fans and critics all over the world are rediscovering Deep Space Nine and embracing the show with an enthusiasm rivaling the affection they feel for any other Star Trek series. What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, takes a detailed look at this historic series and consider the reasons Deep Space Nine went from a family outcast to a Star Trek mainstay.