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JonChang
Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 11:12am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sixth Season Recap

I think you’re being too hard on Season 6 here. I know the ongoing plot-thing is a key interest of yours - I love that side too. But you have to remember, DS9 wasn’t originally designed to be serialized. It organically became that. Sure, it had its political backdrop - but it’s not West Wing.

Remember, DS9 was a Star Trek show, not a war show. The larger tapestry you talk about had studio interference all along it. The studio didn’t want the Dominion War to be the only thing DS9 was about. DS9 is bigger than the Dominion War. They also didn’t want DS9 to become serialized.

Those opening six episodes were amazing shows - but again, DS9 wasn’t designed to be serialized. The writers on those 6 had never worked on a 6-part episode before. They came up with the idea yet were terrified of it. They weren’t even sure if DS9 as a show (and its audience) could handle their experiment. It was a complete risk for them.

Could Section 31 have come earlier? No, I don’t think so. Like I said, DS9 as a show wasn’t planned in that kind of way. I think, as DS9 lovers, we all wish the show had that advance planning, because it was going that way. But at the same time, would that have lost us some of the show’s spontaneity? I guess we’ll never know.
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JonChang
Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 9:45am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: Fourth Season Recap

Like you, Jammer, I didn’t like the watered down Kira either. I felt she was softened, so Worf could look more macho (and have something to do). But Worf added nothing to DS9. In fact, Worf made no effort to integrate - he even went to live on the Defiant because he couldn’t cope with station life. I mean, THIS was the character who was undermining Kira’s character? Disgusting.

I was originally uncomfortable when Season 4 aired. The Cardassians had been softened. The Klingon situation felt forced. I knew it was because of studio interference trying to turn DS9 into an action-only show, not keep it the character show it already was.

I still can’t watch Way of the Warrior to this day for the self-important way Worf is introduced. When I heard Our Man Bashir was a holosuite-centered show (a first for DS9), I cringed. Didn’t we get enough of that on TNG? “DS9 already had a unique identity - why was the studio wrecking it?” I thought at the time.

Thankfully, DS9’s character-drivenness undid the studio’s meddling in the end, as did its political intrigue side, serial format and creativity.

@ Rlen - Kira was Sisko’s second-in-command and first officer. Worf ranked under her, period. Defiant, DS9, Starfleet or not, she should’ve been ordering him around, not the other way round. Again, more Kira watering to give Worf something to do.
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JonChang
Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 9:13am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S7: Seventh Season Recap

DS9 is my all-time favorite TV show, period. DS9 had it all: the intense drama, character conflict, ongoing plots, acting/amazing cast, characterization, writing, great stories, battle scenes. The show had writers that believed in the material, the actors and the characters.

DS9 really challenged not just the ideals of the utopian Federation, but also of Star Trek. It examined the human condition in more diverse ways than just boldly going. DS9 deepened what Star Trek is and can do, not only in its world-building and political intrigue - but in its vast array of creative storytelling.

It was also a show that took risks - just like challenging TV is supposed to do. All the other Trek shows either side of DS9 were just safe and bland.

Like you, I wished there was more Bajoran stuff in Season 7. I also wished the Dominion war had finished slightly earlier, so we could’ve seen more of the aftermath, on personal and political fronts.

However, I remember reading somewhere, years ago, that studio interference is what reduced the Bajoran-focused stories. Apparently the studio didn’t like those stories, because the ratings were never high on them. Hence the awkward shifts to Season 3. Sad, but true.
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