Paramount+ Randomly Disappears From Iconic Deep Space Nine Episode

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As Paramount seeks to solidify its streaming servicewhat was once wide access to beloved franchises like star trek slowly but surely got tighter – until a future where Paramount+ will be the only option for to access hiking new or old. Which makes it a problem when an episode of the series seemingly disappears from the streaming ether. Particularly when he is one of the strongest in the franchise.

Yesterday, US-based hiking fans found themselves a little freaked out when the 19 episode of Deep Space NineThe first season of “Duet”, was apparently nowhere to be found on Paramount+. Paramount has sought to make its service more lucrative not only by creating what looks like a metric load of new star trek to seduce viewers, but gradually making Paramount+ the only place to stream classics star trek also, like series like Traveler, Deep Space Nine, GNT, and others are starting to drop from platforms like Netflix to make way for an exclusive house within Paramount. So it’s never awesome when episodes you could previously access just fine fall into the digital equivalent of a Gamma Quadrant wormhole, and Paramount+ itself is forced to claim that a broadcast rights issue for one of ‘between thems own shows is kind of the problem:

Frustrating for fans at the best of times, but even more so when it comes to an episode as beloved as “Duet.” Although later seasons of Deep Space Nine– which focus on the dramatic and morally gray areas of the Federation pushed into a devastating war with the Dominion – often thed at the early pre-Dominion War seasons a spectacle being left a bit understated like the thematic vegetables before dessert“Duet” is an example of how quickly DS9 could prove he was capable of telling incredible emotional stories.

The episode focuses on the lingering trauma that Major Kira, a former Bajoran freedom fighter turned liaison officer between his people and the Federation aboard DS9, feels about the brutal Cardassian occupation of his homeworld. before the start of the series. When a Cardassian suffering from a fatal disease caused at a former Cardassian labor camp during the occupation comes to the station for treatment, Kira is enraged, blaming the heinous man of war. crimes. At first, the Cardassian claims to have been a filing clerk at the camp, but under Kira’s emotional questioning, he is revealed to be Gul Darhe’el, the “Butcher of Gallitep”.

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Alone, the Cardassian is not. As Kira comes to learn, “Duet” is about the pain felt by people on both sides of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, and Darhe’el is indeed none other than a filing clerk named Marritza, impersonating the war criminal as a way to process his own trauma and shame at having played a part in the horrors of the occupation. The episode offers a good-heartbreaking and moving story about prejudice following a devastating traumatic event, and how those caught up in the horrific acts of oppression are forced to deal with it, no matter how deeply involved they might have been in the larger conflict . It’s a really amazing piece of star trek storytelling, with brilliant performances from Nana Visitor and Harris Yulin as Kira and Marritza – and a stellar example of why Deep Space Ninethe first seasons of shouldn’t just be critically dismissed as predecessors to really interesting things.

So you can see why star trek fans were a bit annoyed to randomly disappear from what will soon be the only streaming home of any kind of star trek. And not only any, Is. Ultimately, DS9 Steven Ira BehrProducer weighed in on the absence of “Duet” on Twitter – and it was only then that Paramount+ backtracked, his absence no longer being a rights issue but an apparent miscommunication:

“Duet” lives to tug at your heartstrings on Paramount+ once again. But does it take feedback from a show’s producers to solve problems like this? This is not the first time that Paramount has been caught in a hiking neither has streaming snafu lately – on the international front, as the studio strives to bring Paramount+ to more markets, Discovery the fans were furious only to find out that the series had been completely pulled from its international home on Netflix just days before the fourth season premiered. That also required the intervention of cast and crew members, which a hasty retreat and compromise so that international viewers can watch the show alongside Americans.

So far classic hiking still partly exists on streamers in the United States outside of Paramount+. But if Paramount wants its own platform to be the definitive House of star trek streaming, it can’t really afford to have an episode, let alone iconic episodes, that randomly disappear into inaccessibility. io9 has contacted Paramount to comment on the situation regarding “Duet” and will update this post if we receive a response. But in the meantime, why not watch “Duet” yourself? Some people might say it’s damn essential.

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