Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cirroc Lofton Turns 35: A Portrait Of Jake Sisko

                           In keeping with Star Trek's second generation tradition of showcasing family life in Starfleet's 24th century galactic ventures, the first post Gene Roddenberry spin off Deep Space Nine presented an idea that was somewhat the reverse of how Wesley Crusher was presented in The Next Generation; a widower single father in a very trying command situation. Cirroc Lofton,who is celebrating his 35th birthday today, portrayed the character of Jake Sisko. He lost his mother in the battle of Wolf 359 with the Borg as a preteen. When Jake first arrived on Deep Space Nine, he found the conditions less the satisfying. Like Wesley Jake was what we might refer to today as a "space brat"-a child raised on different starships travelling from this sector of the galaxy to that. However his destiny would be somewhat different.

                           Whereas Wesley was a wunderkind with unique abilities that needed to be nurtured, Jake Sisko was a fairly typical teenager who was more interested in his immediate concerns than in hyper achievement. His father,played by Avery Brooks, continually expressed concern not only at his academic laissez faire but in his choice of best friend-the lascivious miscreant Ferengi teenager Nog. Interestingly enough it was Nog's later drive to attend Starfleet Academy that contrasted strongly with Jake's career decision. He made it clear that he didn't wish to follow in his father's footsteps in Starfleet-speculatively because of the death of his mother on a Starfleet vessel. Finding during his years attending the station school run by Keiko O'Brien a talent for writing, Jake realized he had a fertile imagination and started to contemplate a serious career as a writer.

                               This ambition came to a head when the Cardassians,original owners of the station,joined forces with the imperially corrupted Dominion from the Gamma Quadrant  decided to take back Deep Space Nine. Though his father and the other Starfleet personnel fled, Jake stayed behind as a journalist. Of course during the proceeding year he had gained much field experience in that direction as a free lance correspondent during the conflict with the Klingons. When his father left Deep Space Nine to live with what turned out to be his own people in the Bajoran Wormhole, Jake stayed behind on Deep Space Nine-the space station his father worked to rebuild,to continue pursuing his own life. I would like to wish Mister Loften a wonderful birthday and good luck on the hip-hop CD he is supposed to be recording at the present time.



  1. I always preferred Jake over Wesley. Jake wasn’t a character that had a supernatural gift, or destiny, of something that detached him from humanity. So his experiences and character were more explicable to the audience. Even his relationship to his father, Captain Sisko, seemed better defined and more realistic compared to the often forced and uninspiring connection between Doctor Beverly Crusher and her son Wesley. So this was one area of the Star Trek universe that was made better the second time around.

  2. Strange as this may sound,I both agree and disagree with you. One of the things that upsets human beings most about life is the reminder of their flaws,and how we could progress if given the chance. Wesley rather uncomfortably reminded a lot of people of that. I still liked both Jake and Wesley as characters. But as with many things I am an aberration. I am not particularly media effected. And I think the media did a good job on telling people how to feel about Star Trek. That is probably why it isn't here today: too much media interference. Cynicism from the public during its height was really the ruin of Star Trek. The end result is other,often lesser films and TV shows borrowing plot ideas from Star Trek wholesale and dumbing them down for the public. And that is why I started this blog. I think..Gene Roddenberry would be very sad if he were alive. That following his death caused such opposing viewpoints that characters in the show themselves got dismissed as folly. Your opinion has validity. But it did remind me of that particular factor.