It’s the final day of 2017’s Las Vegas Star Trek convention, and one of the highlights is our first look at the in-development What We Left Behind documentary centered around the legacy of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Hosted by documentary director Adam Nimoy, the panel featured producers Ira Stephen BehrKai De Mello-Folsom, David Zappone, and more  — all wearing Behr-esque blue goatees and sunglasses on the big stage in Vegas — first rolling out a short preview video of the upcoming film showcasing interviews with DS9 cast members Nana Visitor, Terry Ferrell, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig, Armin Shimerman, Cirroc Lofton, James Darren, as well as a number of fans.

Behr and Mello-Folsom discuss the unexpected success of the fundraising campaign.

While there is still no confirmation that the documentary will contain high-definition Deep Space Nine content quite yet, the team is still working to make that happen and Behr commented while on stage that he’s been speaking with Mike Okuda – who worked on the TNG remastering project – and has been hearing “very positive” comments about the possibility of that happening.

In addition, on the topic of the CGI elements used in the series, the team revealed that there have been discussions with some people who still have some of the digital content from the 1990s, and specifically called out that there “will” be HD clips of the “Sacrifice of Angels” space battle sequences in the documentary.

Nearly 100 hours of interview content has been amassed over the last four years of the documentary’s development, revealed David Zappone, with more fan interviews happening through this week’s STLV event. They have a goal of completing projection around January 2018, with release to the public later in 2018 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Deep Space Nine.

Director Adam Nimoy (far right) hears a fan speak his mind about DEEP SPACE NINE.

Behr also spoke with great anticipation on the “DS9 Season 8” feature, where he and former DS9 writers Ron Moore, Hans Beimler, and more get together and pitch their ideas for what a premiere episode following “What You Leave Behind” may find the DS9 crew – and hopes to somehow make the full “six to seven hours” of filmed discussion available to fans.

Regarding the participation of series lead Avery Brooks, there is still at this time no on-camera involvement from the station commander – and the documentary team says Brooks feels he has nothing new to contribute. He has, however, been provided several clips from the documentary, and Behr maintains that Brooks has given the project his “full support.”

The full panel, hosted by documentary director Adam Nimoy.

In terms of archival content featuring Brooks, the documentary team revealed that they not only have access to past interviews with the actor from The Captains and other documentary interview – but they also have film of all of Brooks’ on-stage appearances at Creation Entertainment Star Trek conventions to mine for clips to include.

Director Adam Nimoy also shared praise the documentary team has received from CBS, sharing that the studio not only supports the project but has also opened up their archives (photos, etc.) for the team to access – and in their quest to dig into the CBS vaults, the team is also planning to include original DS9 cast audition tapes in the documentary, and also expressed their hopes at digging up possible cut scenes and other deleted episodic content as part of the process.

Another fan at the STLV convention shares her feelings about DS9.

Just like many of you, we’re extremely excited at the prospects of all the opportunity to see this Deep Space Nine content when the documentary premieres next year – so keep checking back here to TrekCore for all the latest news on this project!

  • Thomas Elkins

    I hope they get those remasters and I really hope they’re inspired to keep going and remaster the whole series. DS9 is my favorite of the series and it deserves one. I look forward to the documentary.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      If Discovery is a hit, and if this documentary is also a hit. that may be very well be the impetus needed to get CBS off their asses to start the DS9 HD remastering. It will happen eventually anyway given costs keep coming down, but this could accelerate it.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        I still don’t know if CBS will do it. I do think funding from the fans will help though.

      • Mo

        I’d be happy if CBS tested the waters by restoring a couple of episodes.

      • Stephen

        I think id DS9 is to survive on streaming services, it must be up-resed to HD (or above). Who wants to watch NTSC on Netflix or CBS All Access or wherever it appears?

  • The Science Fiction Oracle

    I hope this doesn’t mean that the LA premeire screening that I sponsored and am getting two tickets for will not be delayed until September next year? When I signed up the estimate was “January 2018” for the LA event special premiere for the fans that contributed $300?

  • iMike

    Kudos to EVERYONE involved in this project, and I really appreciate the updates. Even if there is a delay, I would be very much okay with it as long it turns out to be the very best documentary it can be. Thank you TrekCore for keeping us informed.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    New Trek should have been an anthology show and cast all of these actors, instead of the STD zzzzzzzfest we have next month.

    • What is PC about it? I usually read such complaints as a cover for an anti-diversity agenda, but perhaps you have a different explanation? I don’t see how representing the makeup of your viewing audience is PC. Maybe it’s the “go ahead and be diverse, but please don’t ever talk about it” argument? I’ve never understood that one at all.

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        lol

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          So lame — you edited your post to try come across more reasonable!

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Good job getting him to back down on using “PC”. He is always trying to bring his “anti-PC agenda” to the table here.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        I think the problem is they went overboard and made that the focus as if they’re patting themselves on the back. Comes across as very pretentious.

    • iMike

      It’s DSC, not STD. That’s not even cute.

      • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

        Nah, “dsc” is spin doctoring put out by the studio because I guess they didn’t think far enough ahead to realize what Star Trek Discovery abbreviation is. Why not “DIS”? Voyager isn’t VGE

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          I think you actually believe you are clever and funny…

        • Stephen

          Well that would make it DIS, not STD…

          • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

            Hmm that’s what I said…

      • W. Adams

        As stupid as it is “STD” is what they’re using in just about every article. Not even “ST:D.” “DSC” might be the official abbreviation, but “STD” has a lot of usage.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        What does DSC actually stand for anyway?

  • Love DS9, proud backer of this project. DS9 was truly ahead of its time on TV, much more like a modern show than the others. Plus, the main cast was incredibly diverse, which is a wonderful thing to broadcast into millions of homes around the world. In fact, there was only one white male in the cast, unheard of for a broadcast TV show (especially in the 1990s). Studies show that by 2060, whites will make up less than 10% of the world’s population, white men less than 5%. If Star Trek is meant to represent a future united Earth, it should properly represent its population. DS9 was a triumph, in many different ways.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Not that I disagree with the main theme of your post, but Rene + Armin + Meaney = 3 white males.

      • iMike

        Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimmerman were always in make-up, so to many fans it may not have been obvious the actors are white. Growing up the only other character Armin played I was exposed to was Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

        • The Science Fiction Oracle

          You have never seen an episode of MASH then..not ever?

          • Johnny Five

            Armin was never on M*A*S*H. Rene played Father Mulcahy in the film, but the TV version was played by William Christopher.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            Ah, yea, of course. I stand corrected. Thanks

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    • Roger Birks

      I am assuming that is because, whites are not producing enough offspring?

    • Pedro Ferreira

      It’s not easy being white…

      • The Science Fiction Oracle

        Also, he doesn’t realize the even worse news — white people with red facial hair will only make up 0.3 % of the population by 2050.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Well that sucks. Is it wrong to hold the belief that white people aren’t totally the cause for issues in the world and that it’s other races as well? The standard of blaming the world’s problems on white males does irritate me.

          • The Science Fiction Oracle

            People who view the world through race will never find peace.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            I wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately race is often pushed. I’ve been the victim of positive discrimination at least once when applying for a job. I really don’t see what’s positive about it. We should hire people if they’re good for the role, not to meet a quota.

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    • Jaro Stun

      come on, another diversity spin again.
      wrong forum, star trek: discovery is next door.

      • Mo

        What spin? This was one of the intentions of the show.

  • Chloe Brooks

    Hope Avery gets on board. Would love to see everyone reprise their roles

    • Eric Cheung

      Nobody’s reprising roles, the stuff about breaking a season eight is just the writers.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      Brooks said he isn’t taking part in the documentary. It would be great if they did a joke at the end where they turned up outside his house (planned of course).

  • Steven

    Anyone else think Avery Brooks is being a jerk for refusing to take part in this? It’s a pretty huge event for DS9 and he was the star of the show. I’m very disappointed in him.

    • Eric Cheung

      No. He’s said what he’s wanted to say. The only difference is that the same exact words would be in new footage.

      • Stephen

        So? What would be the problem with that?

    • Stephen

      Total jerk. What the hell is “I’ve said all I want to say” meant to mean anyway? Who else only ever tells a story of a period or event in their life only once, and never again? It’s just BS in my opinion, trying to sound enigmatic about being bloody awkward. Perhaps he’s gone a bit off his trolley, in which case I have sympathy for his condition. Otherwise he’s just being a diva.

      • Eric Cheung

        Someone who’s stories have been recorded doesn’t need to tell them again. He doesn’t owe anyone these stories. And he’s fully supporting the documentary anyway. He inspired Behr’s idea to get the writers together to break a hypothetical season eight.

        How much would be enough? He has a right to set the limits on how public he is, as does any public figure.

        • Stephen

          Well I’ve never heard any of these legendary stories he’s apparently bestowed upon the world; where exactly is this tome?

          Sure, he doesn’t owe anyone anything – nobody does. But that doesn’t appear to be stoping any of the others enthusiastically participating.

          So, as I said, he’s being a jerk.

          • Eric Cheung

            Well, then you’ll get to see the stories in the documentary.

            The if all the rest of the DS9 cast and crew jumped off a bridge, would that dictate that Brooks had to do it?

            An artist has the right to allow the work to speak for itself, no matter what peer pressure may be applied.

            Here’s Paul McCartney praising Ringo Starr’s bravery in setting an even stricter limit on public life:

            https://youtu.be/_O_AIN77di8

            Would you like someone to ask you to keep telling the same stories you’ve told about a job you did 25 years ago, especially if you’ve been telling that story ever since? Wouldn’t you rather someone ask you about what you’re doing now? I mean, I love Nichelle Nichols, but I’m good with the 50 or so recordings of her Martin Luther King story.

            I like what Brooks has to say about Trek, but I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s been going recorded.
            I like that he tends to tie Trek to the real world a bit more than the others. But if you need Brooks talking about Trek, here:

            https://youtu.be/lGo8RRWHOUQ

            https://youtu.be/KMOj3PccPug

            Here’s another good one:

            https://youtu.be/wyuwNeenmwk

            There are also all the interviews used in the DS9 special features, and even the publicity he did for the show as it premiered, and the commentary he provided for the DS9 Companion book.

            https://youtu.be/mrPN7QnvS4E

  • Jamie

    Now THIS is Star Trek news I’m excited about.
    I’d pay to see fully in depth retrospective documentaries like this about TNG, VOY and ENT.
    No more cheap Star Trek merchandise – it’s quality content like this documentary that fans crave, not Bobbleheads, teatowels and X-Men/Dr Who crossover comics.

    • Roger Birks

      TNG already has seven very comprehensive reviews of the show on blu ray!

    • Stephen

      Shatner’s Chaos on the Bridge is EXCELLENT – if you haven’t already seen , I highly recommend it for a background on TNG.

  • Muldfeld

    The more they include on the Blu-Ray/DVD release, the better. Anything only archived online is lost. Notice that it’s impossible to watch the “Best Buy” exclusive DVD content or even buy it online from CBS? Once stuff is left off releases, you can’t get it ever. How many of us have bought products with access codes to online content that’s since been made unavailable over the last decade or so?

    Anyway, I’m especially excited about the writers’ room stuff, but the more the merrier. And, yes, I’ve donated TWICE to the documentary of this my favorite “Star Trek” from one of my absolute favorite (and the most political) show runners, who I hope returns to “Outlander.”

  • Pedro Ferreira

    “on the topic of the CGI elements used in the series, the team revealed that there have been discussions with some people who still have some of the digital content from the 1990s, and specifically called out that there “will” be HD clips of the “Sacrifice of Angels” space battle sequences in the documentary.” Yeah I’d be surprised if they didn’t go this route considering I know at least one guy who still has the original CGI for his episodes. I hope we get HD clips.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Awesome!!!

    • Jaro Stun

      fantastic, cant wait to see them :-))

      • Pedro Ferreira

        I found some clips fans did online. These aren’t original clips, just what fans have done. They look fantastic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw-a0I-XA7Q

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Another example, not sure why Discovery looks so unnatural in it’s effects compared to something a fan did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDWyfGjFsyU

          • Mo

            Both these clips are Mojo Leibowitz’s work as one of Gary Hutzel’s team, originally posted on his blog, I believe. This is not fan work.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Are you sure? They are labelled as HD test footage.

          • Mo

            Perhaps you should ask him,/i> that question. Go back and read the full Youtube description on your second clip.

            Lebowitz (I misspelled his name above) worked at Foundation Imaging, one of DS9’s two effects houses.

            I believe both of these sequences are Mojo’s original work for the show. One or more may have been re-rendered by a fan.

            https://www.facebook.com/Adam.Mojo.Lebowitz/posts/10207822193209368

            Trekcore itself spoke to another key CG artist, Rob Bonchune, about this topic several years ago.

            http://trekcore.com/blog/2013/05/deep-space-nine-in-high-definition-one-step-closer/

          • Pedro Ferreira

            So it’s definitely from the source? Great!

            I still find it ironic especially in the first clip that the CGI looks better than Discovery. You think with all these advancements the effects would look better.

  • pittrek

    Hm, when I read new news about a new Star Trek shows, my reactions are basically “meh”. When I read news about a documentary about a 2 decades old Star Trek show, my reactions are “YESSSSS”. That’s pretty sad.

    BTW in the case that somebody from the documentary team reads this, we won’t protest if you release let’s say a 4 BD version 🙂

  • Jaro Stun

    well basically the main reason i am excited about this is the prospect of seeing at least some scene(s) from DS9 remastered.

  • Roger Birks

    A special ‘best of’ DS9 on bluray would be a possible avenue for CBS to go for. If they cannot afford to remaster the whole series, then do 4 or 5 episodes that are loved by the fans, and the DS9 doc, that would be the bonus feature for that product.

    • Darkthunder

      Way of the Warrior, The Visitor and In the Pale Moonlight would be my recommendations for a ‘best of’ DS9 bluray 🙂

      • Roger Birks

        Way of the Warrior is a given, a great episode. Best season opener of the series, bar none! Holds up well! Michael Dorn instantly gelled!