Interesting comparison between the TNG and DS9 but I think Buffy did have depth, Angel certainly was darker. If anything I'd say Buffy was DS9 to Angel's Babylon 5
Currently doing a Firefly rewatch and I'll start posting it this week.
Thanks for the screencaps Scrawny, especially CC in her 'pet-me-I'm-a-whore outfit.
Marks out of 10; 9/10, Angel at the top of it's game.
Oh, no, no. I agree. Buffy had a lot of depth. It was one of those rare pop culture entities that was both entertaining to the masses, and also very philosophically deep. I just meant that I think it probably had a bit more in common with the TOS ethos, than with TNGs more overt moralising.
Both Buffy, and its sister, Angel, are some of my fave shows ever.
And The Trial is indeed a great, great episode. 9 out of 10 for me as well. After all that, just look at the pain on Angel's face when Darla is ripped away from him...again! Tragic ending and so unexpected!