Re: DS9's growing popularity
The first couple of seasons weren't stellar but there were pointers to a real potential, which was later realised.
DS9 works brilliantly as Trek and as a serious ongoing drama. None of the other shows do. It will never have the profile of TNG (which I love) but for many of us will always be far and away the best of Trek...
Soon oh soon the light, Pass within and soothe this endless night, And wait here for you, Our reason to be here...