Re: How do Niners feel about TNG?
I always thought the "superior human society" aspect of early TNG (which I agree was a bad idea) was largely one of Gene's brainchildren at that point in time. I think one of DS9's best aspects was showing that humans are still fallible, even when they think they're doing the right thing. We're not done learning yet, and we never should be.
"If you think you're brave enough to walk the path of honor, then follow me into the dragon's den."