Star Trek DS9 Writers and Artificial Humans
The BBC America program The Real History of Sci-Fi started off with robots. So it was not a surprise that the episode covered the reboot of BSG and had Ron D. Moore as a guest. But Moore was not the first DS9 writer to go on and be the show runner for a critically acclaimed program featuring artificial humans. That distinction belongs to Rene Echevarria.
Four years before BSG, Echevarria was one of the show runners for Now and Again. The basic premise was that scientist Theodore Morris has created an artificial human with superior strength and speed but he couldn’t figure out how to build a brain. Insurance executive Michael Wiseman dies in a subway accident which allows Morris to harvest his brain. Wiseman is now supposed to be a super government operative but he misses his wife and daughter. Like DS9, the show is really about the characters, has story continuity, and has a good sense of humor. In another tie to DS9, Wiseman family friend Roger is played by an actor who was considered for the part of Odo.
Even though the show was critically acclaimed, CBS put it in a time slot that guaranteed its demise so it lasted only one season. But for DS9 fans, I would still say the first few episodes are worth a look. They can be accessed via this Youtube playlist: