Every DS9 Alien In Star Trek: Discovery | Screen Rant

Since jumping to the 32nd century, Star Trek: Discovery has spotlighted many fan-favorite aliens from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Much of the intrigue about Star Trek: Discovery now involves Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the USS Discovery exploring the galaxy centuries after Star Trek's 23rd and 24th-century heydays. While technology and even the names of planets have changed in the last 900+ years, most of the myriad aliens in the Star Trek universe have survived into the distant future.

Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced races like the Bajorans, the Cardassians, and the Ferengi but all three alien species reached their full potential and were popularized by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The very nature of DS9 as a frontier space station lent itself to boasting a cavalcade of aliens interacting with the show's Starfleet Officers led by Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks). Indeed, DS9 broke the Star Trek mode by becoming serialized as the series progressed and by focusing on the show's expansive cast of ancillary characters. The Ferengi family of Quark (Armin Shimerman), Cardassians like Garak (Andrew Robinson) and Damar (Casey Biggs), members of the Dominion like Weyoun (Jeffrey Combs), and even the holographic crooner Vic Fontaine (James Darren) became as important and beloved as Sisko and his Starfleet heroes. DS9 also delved more deeply into the cultures of the Cardassians, Bajorans, and the Ferengi than TNG could since the USS Enterprise-D must always move onto the next strange new world each week.

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As a heavily serialized, action-packed character drama boasting a Black Captain, Star Trek: Discovery feels very much like the spiritual successor of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This includes how Disco has been busily incorporating and updating the aliens DS9 brought to prominence. Discovery has also woven other Star Trek aliens like the Orions and Tellarites while creating their own like the Kelpiens, including Mr. Saru (Doug Jones). But as Star Trek: Discovery continues its journeys in the distant future, Deep Space Nine's aliens keep popping up in unexpected and interesting ways.

A Lurian was the first alien from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that Michael Burnham encountered when she landed in the year 3188 in Star Trek: Discovery season 3's premiere, "That Hope Is You, Part 1." Burnham was separated from the USS Discovery, which wouldn't arrive in the future for another year. Instead, Michael met Cleveland Booker (David Ajala), a courier chased by an alien syndicate for stealing a shipment of trans worms. A Lurian was one of the aliens chasing Michael and Book. The most famous and beloved Lurian in Star Trek was Morn from Deep Space Nine. The barfly at Quark's was one of DS9's best running jokes because Morn never actually said a word yet everyone who knew him described Morn as someone who could talk your ear off. More Lurians are occasionally sighted in Star Trek: Discovery, including one gambling in the Karma Barge in season 4, episode 8, "All In."

Star Trek: Discovery made history by introducing the franchise's first non-binary and transgender characters, Adira (Blu del Barrio) and Gray Tal (Ian Alexander), but Gray is also a Deep Space Nine connection because he's a Trill. Adira became a rare human host to a Trill symbiont, which bonds her to her love, Gray, who was resurrected in a synthetic body by Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz). Of course, the most beloved Trills in Star Trek are DS9's Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) and her successor, Ezri Dax (Nicole de Boer). Along with Gray, Star Trek: Discovery also visited the Trill homeworld, revisited its culture, and introduced new characters like Guardian Xi (Andreas Apergis).

Star Trek: Discovery season 3 honored Nog (Aron Eisenberg), the first Ferengi in Starfleet, by naming a starship the USS Nog and its starship class as the Eisenberg class. But a Ferengi was finally seen in the 32nd century in Star Trek: Discovery season 4. Starfleet has an unnamed Ferengi starship Captain and other officers who participate in meetings at Federation headquarters. A Ferengi is also seen in the Karma Barge in Star Trek: Discovery season 4, episode 8, "All In." Meanwhile, the Ferengi have had a renaissance in Star Trek on Paramount+'s animated series. Star Trek: Lower Decks has featured several Ferengi while Daimon Nandi (Grey Griffin) is a villain on Star Trek: Prodigy.

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Thanks to Deep Space Nine, the Cardassians have become one of the most well-explored enemy aliens in Star Trek. 32nd century Cardassians have popped up in Star Trek: Discovery season 3, such as in the episode "Scavengers," and, in Star Trek: Discovery season 4, Cardassians have been seen at Federation headquarters. The most prominent Cardassian in Star Trek: Discovery is Federation President Laira Rillak (Chelah Horsdal), who is a hybrid of Cardassian, Bajoran, and human ancestry. However, the Cardassian side of President Rillak tends to be her most identifiable feature.

Star Trek: Discovery hasn't introduced a prominent Bajoran character (yet) outside of President Rillak, but 32nd-century Bajorans can be seen in the background of many Star Trek: Discovery season 3 and 4 episodes. The most significant Bajorian sighting on Discovery so far was when Dr. Hugh Culber was turned into a Bajoran in Su'Kal's (Bill Irwin) holodeck simulation inside the Verubin Nebula. Dr. Culber appeared with the traditional Bajoran earpiece and ringed nose although he never stopped being human in the simulation.

In Star Trek: Discovery season 4, episode 8, "All In," Cleveland Booker and Dr. Ruon Tarka (Shawn Doyle) capture a Female Changeling. On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Changelings were pivotal characters since Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois) was a shapeshifter and his people, the Founders, were the rulers of the Dominion in the Gamma Quadrant. Star Trek: Discovery established that Odo's liquid-based people, if not the Dominion, have survived into the far future by virtue of Booker and Tarka catching the first Changeling seen in Star Trek: Discovery's 32nd century. Although the Changeling gave no update on the state of the Dominion in the 32nd century, the shapeshifter is just the latest - but possibly not the last - major Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alien species seen in Star Trek: Discovery.

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