Sarcastic Narcosis #7: Bad News



Death by self-inflicted TV


Favorite Deep Space Nine Character

Who is your favorite Deep Space Nine character? Some might answer Worf or Dax or even Gul Dukat, but in my opinion, there would have never been 7 unforgettable seasons if Captain Benjamin Sisko hadn’t taken the helm. Not only did his leadership transcend ethnic groups of all intergalactic species, but his integrity became the “self-sealing stem bolt” that kept the space station together.

Sisko’s ability to judge others by their insides (motives) and not their outsides (appearance) was the reason why people not only gravitated towards his charisma, but embraced his resolute stance on social tolerance. It didn’t matter which race, gender, religion or cyborg model you were, just as long as you had coexisted peacefully amongst the community, he would’ve accepted you with open arms. In fact, when lifeforms who possessed dubious reputations walked along the station’s promenade, he never made them feel unwelcome unless they warranted it, just like a true leader should.

Now I understand Captain Sisko is merely a fictional character commanding a fictional space station in a fictional universe, but with the countless examples of “leaders” today, from presidents to pastors to managers at your local bookstore, it’s vital that we don’t lose touch with the essence of good leadership—to give everyone a fair opportunity to live their lives however they choose. To create a safe environment that fosters social tolerance so that people can truly be themselves.

Captain Benjamin Sisko did this, and that is why he is my favorite character, for if he had commanded in an unjust and self-serving manner, memorable characters like Quark, Odo and Garak would never have had an opportunity to shine.

So I’m curious. Who is your favorite character?