After 7 years, 'DS9' wraps

Big changes in the “Star Trek” universe often occur in seven-year intervals.

Vulcan men like Mr. Spock, for example, face death unless they return to home planet every seven years to partake in the “pon farr” mating ritual. It was after seven seasons that “Star Trek: The Next Generation” wound up its highly successful run in 1994. And next month, younger sibling “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” will do the same with a two-hour series finale titled “What You Leave Behind.”

So after spending seven years on a space station in the celestial equivalent of Siberia, “Deep Space Nine” cast and crew members gathered in a much more visible spot April 22 — the Sunset Strip’s fashionable Skybar — for the series wrap party.

“Creating a TV series is a lot like having a child,” notes Rick Berman, keeper of the Gene Roddenberry flame as exec producer of the TV series and pics for Paramount. “You give it life, you name it, you nurture it … and then you step back and hope for the best. But we didn’t have to hope. We got the best.”

Partygoers spoke with emotion about the bittersweet breakup of a “Trek” troupe that became an extended family, particularly for cast members Alexander Siddig and Nana Visitor, who married in 1997. “For seven years, I really felt like I lived in a very special village,” Visitor says.

Writer and exec producer Ira Steven Behr choked up as he recalled watching the sets being dismantled earlier in the week. “I stood there and thought about our final episode. What we leave behind here is a little bit of ourselves.”

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