Jun 9, 2017
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Boldly Going Where No Heterosexual Has Gone Before
The premise: On a far-off space station (but only about a day's flight from Earth), United Federation of Planets is assisting the planet of Bajor, which has just won its independence from the brutal Cardassians. Meanwhile a wormhole opens up to the other side of the galaxy, bringing new possibilities for exploration, plus the threat of the Dominion.
The politics get complicated, and rather boring. And all of the characters, bar none, are heterosexual:
Odo (Rene Auberjonois) is a changeling, a liquid in his natural state, capable of adopting any form he wishes. He usually adopts the form of a humanoid male -- who is attracted to women.
Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) is a trill: a symbiont named Dax "joined" to a humanoid host. Dax has lived in seven hosts before; its last was Curzon, an elderly man very, very interested in ladies. Now that it's living in a female host, however, it's very, very interested in men.
The possibility of same-sex desire intrudes in a few episodes, briefly:
Later "he" grabs and kisses Quark. They are interrupted in media res by aliens, who assume that they are a same-sex couple.
Quark responds to the same-sex advance by ignoring it.
Pel: "I kissed you."
Quark: "No, you didn't."
2. Dax and her boyfriend Worf (the Klingon from The Next Generation) go to the pleasure planet Risa, which seems to be a gigantic tropical brothel, with scantily clad women walking around saying "Everything we have is yours." Dax reunites with a woman "he" dated as Curzon. They get altogether chummy, even though Dax is now female, and Worf suspects that they are involved.
3. In a parallel mirror universe, the counterpart of Bajoran Major Kira Nerys is slinky, seductive, and predatory, hinting that she's bisexual.
And some gay-subtext bromances.
Robinson later stated that he played the character as bisexual and in love with Bashir, but it was "a family show," so he couldn't be open about it -- can't let those kids know that gay or bi people exist!
2. Jake, son of the station commander (Cirroq Lofton), and Nog, Quark's nephew (Aron Eisenberg), are teenage best buds who have a quasi-romantic relationship.
By the way, after Nog joins Star Fleet, take a look at him in his uniform. You'll soon find out why they generally film him from the waist up.
Lieutenant Manuele Atoa (Sidney Liufau) performs a Hawaiian fire-dance at Dax's pre-marital party.
Of all the Star Trek series, I like Deep Space 9 the least. Instead of exploring strange new worlds, it's internecene politics. Instead of boldly going where no man has gone before, it retreads the same old tired "no gays in space" mantra.