Most significantly Carson became one of the leading directors on the syndicated hit "Star Trek: The Next Generation." This led to the plum assignment of directing the hugely popular $12 million two-hour pilot of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (syndicated, 1993). Carson also helmed several other pilots and premieres. He segued to features with an extremely high profile debut, "Star Trek: Generations" (1994). Carson demonstrated equal comfort with both special effects and special stars. While delivering several outstanding action setpieces, he also smoothly bridged the gap between what some reviewers have described as the campy nostalgia of William Shatner's Captain Kirk and the earnest thesping of Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard.