This is a portion of my book review for Trek.fm. The full review can be found there.
“The Fall” is the epic new 24th century miniseries that closes out 2013 for Star Trek Books. David R. George III had a daunting task with this first entry: 1), create the new DS9; 2) set up the series to follow; 3) continue the ongoing DS9 saga that started in “Avatar” over 12 years ago; and lastly, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Emissary.” The book performs all of these tasks exceptionally well and leaves readers on the edge of their seat in anticipation.
The mythic nature of DS9’s storytelling has helped it transcend the time period which it was created and still speak freshly into succeeding generations’ lives. There is hardly a better example of this than DS9’s premiere episode “Emissary.” George uses the scenes where Sisko encounters The Prophets and teaches them about corporeal nature as a well as linear time in conjunction with where he left Kira at the end of “Plagues of Night.” Kira finds herself face-to-face with Sisko, yet it is him from the past. The Prophets allow Kira to see his first interaction with them. Kira experiences Sisko’s pain as he is forced to relive the memories of losing Jennifer.
It is in the retelling of these scenes and Kira’s newfound perspective on her friend that the power ofDS9 shines through. The lessons that Sisko learns from The Prophets is just as important today as it was when it first aired. Everyone can get stuck in the past, lost in the memories of things done wrong or lost because of tragedy. It can become one’s identity and a defining moment, ruining the future because one is stuck in the past. George does a service to all fans by reminding us of this powerful truth, all while subtly moving Kira’s story along. Find the rest at Trek.fm