I think it's funny that DS9 is still seen as dark.
At the time. When it was made. Compared to other shows which were on. Sure. But now?
Making Voyager as dark as DS9 was "Then" in retrospect isn't that huge a darkening on the on the optimism swatches, because DS9 was plenty with the cheery.
The Chute. Now that was dark. O, you coud just see harry bashing Toms skull into jelly with that pipe like the monkey from 2001... Hey, that defines Kim utterly! O, and I wet myself a little when Janeway said she was "into" killing that clown because that was damn spooky.
What could HBO really do for Star trek which UPN couldn't?