Someone at work said his favorite Trek series was DS9. I told him I just could not get into it and only watched about two episodes as a kid. He then guffawed at me and said that there was no way I could claim to be a Trekkie and not have seen all of DS9. He dared me to watch it again and tell him I didn't like it. I have been and I did like it.
Sometimes, it is some of the best the Star Trek universe has to offer. Sometimes, it seems very lame. I probably saw two lame episodes. Overall, it is a good Trek.
I am at episode 13, season 6. If anyone has seen this one, you'll know what I was talking about. I did not even think about Benjamin Sisko being a black man until this episode. This episode was nicely written even if it was a bit on the humorous side. Maybe I had forgotten about this American past? I dunno, but it kind of hit me a bit harder than other episodes. Maybe it was because I did not see Sisko's character as ever being black but just an awesome commander/captain. That is probably what the writers were going for. Anyway, the episode is better watched after having watched all the prior episodes, first: I just don't see the impact of the episode working any better.
Bleh, maybe you older Trekkies didn't get blind-sided like I did. Oh well.
DS9 is my favourite Star Trek series also (and pretty much my favourite television series full stop), so yeah, I know what episode you're talking about.
While I don't believe it's the best of the series (In the Pale Moonlight has that honour for me, and its episode 6x19), it is a very good episode. It's one of the episodes that really showed us that Sisko is, even without the whole racial aspect, going to be made to pay by the Prophets, as their arrangement goes both ways.
My favourite parts, personally, were seeing everyone interact with no makeup on, though I'm sure that's not the scene(s) you're talking about lol
"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured... the first thought forbidden... the first freedom denied – chains us all irrevocably."
I rarely watched DS9 because my favorite "character" -- the Enterprise -- wasn't in it. The smaller, more conventionally designed Defiant didn't do it for me.
But in all fairness...
The only Trek I really loved was the original series. The freshness of it, the intelligent writing and story twists, the camp and Classic Triad of Kirk-Spock-McCoy. Even ST:TNG I consider a distant second. If it weren't for Picard and *sigh* Troi, I wouldn't have watched as much as I did -- though again, in all fairness, TNG also had some excellent stories (and of course TOS had its share of bad ones).
But both those series had what I loved most: the speed and power of the USS Enterprise. I gave DS9 a shot, but for me, a space station was like the very antithesis of what Star Trek was about : going out there, and exploring, and doing it in a huge Starship, spreading the word of friendship, and kickin' ass when "play nice" just won't do.
Shinier than a speeding bullet.
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Yeah, you definitely know more about this show than I do. But I have not seen 19 yet so I am nervous to see what happens. I hear that Earth is attacked and San Fran turned into rubble...is that what you're talking about? If so, it is not so bad. If his son dies, however, SO HELP ME!
Anyway, yeah, I really really enjoyed getting to see all the characters with their makeup off. That was probably my second favorite part of that episode.
That was also my same argument: where is the 'trekking' from a spacestation? Well, there is some exploration and some very TNG-like episodes, at times. And Dax is definitely the hottest Star Trek babe, yet. Uhura was certainly smokin' but I think Dax takes the cake.
Uhuru was definitely smokin'. Though ST:TOS ran in the '60s, when Twiggy and (ugh) skinny became the fashion ideal, Uhuru was still rockin' those curves. No wonder TV's first interracial kiss featured her.
For second place -- and I am about to contradict myself most horribly -- I liked T'Pol. That Vulcan cool...very hot.
Shinier than a speeding bullet.
I just started watching Enterprise. I will be flogged for saying this but it is the most enjoyable Star Trek series, yet. It may overtake TNG as my favorite Star Trek series. I was told by that same dude, from work, that Enterprise really falls off in seasons 2 and 3 and to not keep my hopes up. I hope he's wrong. So far, it is great. I love it.
So, I said all that to say this: T'Pol is quite hot. But those ugly-ass lips of hers that have been injected with that shit...and those fake boobs...just is not cutting it for me. I prefer small boobs over large fake ones.
Yes, that was my complaint. It wasn't 'trek'. It was more of light-hearted relationships show. Most episodes revolve around the relationships between the characters. That seems like something odd to say because pretty much all fiction does. But this is different. Episodes focus, sometimes, entirely on Quark's relationship with his mother or Sisko's relationship with his boy (multiple episodes were like that). That is much different than other Trek series where the relationship stuff takes a back seat to overcoming a new alien life that is attacking the Enterprise and Kirk and co. have to figure out how to communicate with it and save themselves.
Basically, most episodes on DS9 were more like a snapshot of what it is like to live on a Space Station in the 24th Century of the Star Trek universe and spend a lot of time at a bar.
The best episodes of DS9 were the episodes that centered on the Star Trek universe and conflicts rather than the relationship episodes. You know...episodes that were Star Trek-like. The exceptions are few, of course. For example, the episode in this thread title: great stuff.
Then that is not Star Trek. Star Trek, as the name implies, is a trek through the stars. Staying in once place on a Deep Space Station is not a Star Trek. That is probably why I did not enjoy DS9 as much as other ST series.
Voyager was pretty much all new species and encounters with the exception of the Borg and Q (probably other obscure stuff like the human colonies, Klingon ship, etc). Enterprise seems to be focusing on the relationships established with all the various other species that Starfleet later has great relations with. I was wondering how The UFoP became "friends" with the nausicaans...cause they seemed like bitches in TNG. Anyway, there was nothing boring about Voyager and, so far, nothing boring about Enterprise.
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Lol I'm sure the Enterprise excitement will wear off before you know it.
T'Pol is hot. And so was Hoshi.
Your too fussy.
I'd say it was "Less Trek" but you can't say it wasn't at all Trek. The series revolved around this wormhole and new part of the Galaxy they discovered in the first episode.
Sometimes they would discover new life on missions on a runabout or the Defiant. Then other times just being on the Station something or someone new would come through the wormhole or they would just initiate First Contact on the Station. (Being such an important outpost would just attract all sorts of species and threats from both sides of the Galaxy anyway).
But as the series went on they stopped focusing on discovering new species and concentrated more on the ongoing plot from the species already discovered (which actually lead to better stories anyway).
Besides which why does a spin off have to be "Trekking" anyway? Many people just love the Trek futuristic setting and just enjoyed different types of stories in the same Universe.
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In the first season they had new aliens coming through the wormhole to them. It happened a few times. One episode was about First Contact on the station with a species someone else had come into contact with in the Gamma Quadrant.
But yeah as the seasons went on, it was definitely rare.
But like I said the series mainly revolved around a handful of new species discovered. The Jem Hadar, the Founders and the Wormhole Aliens.
Well, not all Klingons were affected in Kirk's timeline, so yeah, they can go with crab-head ones easily enough. But the incidents would have happened already before the events that lead to the alternate timeline in Abrams Star Trek.