I think portraying sisko as angry all the time is racist tbh. I love him and he’s my fave but the one thing he did that was really fucked up was gassing that planet. Other than that he was a fluffy daddy.
oh sisko absolutely makes some difficult if not straight-up ethically questionable decisions over the course of the series. and that’s okay! i don’t think he would be half as good of a character if he didn’t. and he’s also firm with his loved ones and his staff when he needs to be.
and i strongly agree. portraying/interpreting his personality as just “the angry captain who yells a lot” is… uh… treading very, very dangerously close to a racist stereotype. actually, it’s just outright falling into it.
Deep Space Nine 2×16, “Shadow Play”
I just cannot get over what a beautiful job Avery Brooks and Cirroc Lofton do playing father and son on DS9. The deep love and mutual respect that glows between them makes me so happy, and I appreciate that the show takes the time to develop their relationship instead of just skipping straight to action scenes and expecting us to accept that they’re a loving father-and-son duo without ever proving it to us.
It means a lot to see a dad who never responds “because I said so, that’s why” when Jake asks him a question; a dad who cultivates a relationship with his son based on their mutual love of things like baseball while also encouraging Jake to be his own person.
Also, I hope this scene helped parents watching it learn what being a supportive parent looks like. Ideally, parents wouldn’t make any assumptions about what their kids will grow to be, because it’s clear that Jake feels pressured to join Starfleet. But even though Sisko made the mistake of assuming Jake would want to be in Starfleet too, when he realizes his mistake he recovers quickly. He’s quick to reassure his son that all he wants is for Jake to find his passion and do it well. He doesn’t protest that “surely you’ll change your mind, Jake,” or say he’s hurt by Jake’s comment that Star Fleet is “too much like you.” Instead, he is proud of Jake for saying he wants to “find what’s me.” He doesn’t expect his son to be a perfect little clone of him whom he can mold to fit his own desires – he is proud of Jake for striving to be his own person.
It’s just. pretty cool.
Julian “Confused Puppy” Bashir in Move along home,