Re: Did DS9 "pound for pound" have the best acting cast?
As far as who I consider the "elite" of DS9. Rene Auberjonois, Armin Shimmerman and Jeffrey Combs. I liked Brooks at times but his acting became overwrought in dramatic situations at times. I feel the same with Visitor.
Pound for Pound? I suppose you could consider that cast as the best overall. TNG's elite to me are Stewart and Spiner.
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