Synopsis: Experiencing a vision from the Prophets, Sisko sees himself as Benny Russell, a science-fiction writer in the 1950s, who struggles with civil rights and inequality when he writes the story of Captain Benjamin Sisko, a black commander of a futuristic space station.
Memory Alpha Summary: Where no Star Trek had gone before
Review: Now this is DS9’s Inner Light. It’s a little light on exposition, which is saying something, but the allegory is impressive. I found this to be quite moving, no doubt enhanced by watching it for the first time during the third year of the Trump presidency.
Watching Jake get shot and killed by the police and Sisko getting the living hell kicked out of him…well, fuck. And that this experience in early 20th century earth motivates him to keep fighting The Dominion…well like I said it was quite moving.
I kind of wish they had had the guts to make the setting the 1990s, especially with Rodney King being in the fairly recent past.