The Dreamer and the Dream

Story: Far Beyond the Stars
Written By: Marc Scott Zicree, Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Year: 1998

This is a glorious episode. While Ben’s father visits the station, he begins to have hallucinations, and then the episode takes a shit. He is suddenly science fiction writer Benny Russell, and he writes for a pulp magazine in the 50s. It is a tale of racism and the people in this time period, mostly focusing on this group of sci-fi writers for “Incredible Tales”.
It is a great episode, with something important to say. The characters are both light and fun, but the drama is brilliantly written and acted. The cast does a tremendous job of playing these completely different characters, and it’s a group of characters you sort of don’t want to leave in the end.

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