Title: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Vitals: This time, the Federation boldly stays put, while the crazy forehead people come and go, talking of Michelangelo. And everybody wants to control a galaxy-spanning wormhole.
Famous names: Avery Brooks, Nana Visitor, Avery Brooks, Alexander Siddig, Ronald Moore, Ira Stephen Behr, Michael Piller, Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Avery Brooks.
Crunchy goodness: 4
Sights you'll never unsee: A remake of Tootsie, starring the Ferengi. It's actually much worse than that makes it sound.
The shit: The long-running storyline of Odo the uptight shapeshifter's desperate love for Kira, the former resistance fighter, is one of the few science-fiction romances that you actually give a crap about.
Most prescient allegory: The hunt for shapeshifters among the humans becomes a piercing metaphor for our rush to dismantle civil liberties in the face of a terrorist threat.