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When does Benny Russell live?

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In Far Beyond the Stars, it's clear that Benny Russell lives sometime in 1950s America - but is there any indication as to exactly what year it's supposed to be when he writes about DS9 and has his breakdown?

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One of my absolute favorite DS9 eps but I could find no hint of exactly when. I don't remember any cars that might be in the background though. I'll have to try to watch it again.

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I'm not entirely sure, but I think a date does get shown on the cover of one of the magazines briefly in FBTS. Worth looking through the screencaps if there's enough of a close-up.

Edit: Just had a quick look, couldn't see anything quite high-def enough but these seem to be the closest I could find.

farbeyondthestars213.jpg

farbeyondthestars062.jpg

farbeyondthestars056.jpg

and here's a shot of cars etc

farbeyondthestars156.jpg

Dunno if that helps. :)

Edited by Tone720

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I imagine it was not specified. I'd say 1955 just because it's smack in the middle of the time period.

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according to the star trek:DS9 companion sisko arrives in 1950's Manhattan

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The main picture of Benny Russel on Memory Alpha is of the "Far Beyond The Stars" episode and it says it's from 1953. I don't know how reliable that is though.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Benny_Russell

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Thanks Tone 720. All but one of the cars in the photo are 1940s vintage up possibly through '49. The powder blue car bahind the bus looks like a '50 or newer GM model but that is only a best guess, not a certainty. That would seem to confirm early '50s for the episode..

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Never realised Memory Alpha had a date on it, but then I checked on the page for the episode, not Benny's page. Good find, and seems to fit. MA is probably one of the more reliable sources for this kind of thing.

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Unless it has a source though I would take that with a grain of salt.

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