Not a lot of people ponder the Borg as the dark reflection of the Federation’s techno-utopic future, I love that insight. In that light, I’ve always found it fascinating that the first show’s Captain post-Picard starts his own show as victim of Picard/Locutus’s unintended cruelty and injury in the past — and doesn’t become a full captain for two seasons. Avery Brooks owns this show, and his role as Ben Sisko — single “brown” (Avery’s favored term) father raising his son Jake — stands as the only believable and real depiction of parenthood in all of Star Trek.
That said, having dumped a bucket of tears myself after viewing the Visitor, I’ll never forgive DS9 for pulling the punch at the end in the finale with Sisko’s fate, and essentially sending him off to the same destiny at the series’ conclusion as was depicted in that tragic episode. Sisko’s role as Emissary fell apart about as thoroughly as Dukat’s character — agruably in much the same way that the end of Battlestar Galactica fell apart. He dies but he didn’t. He sacrificed but he didn’t. It didn’t sent well with me that, at the end, he just faded away, leaving his son for that Higher Purpose. The one that, really, the series itself had already done.
If there ever is a follow-up movie, it should be Avery Brooks and Tony Todd in a room, setting that straight, letting me know why it was different this time, for Jake. And how he came back.
Sorry about the possible spoilers, y’all.