King Daniel wrote:
The alternative, telling a random disposable standalone "side story" set during the war while DS9 won all the main battles is a complete waste. Think of the early Babylon 5 stand alone TV movies, set during the ongoing story but having no impact whatsoever on them. They were utterly pointless. At most such a TNG war story would end with "Yay we won this battle which is ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of things."
By that standard, almost every World War II movie is meaningless and a waste.
Done properly, I think the audience could have understood a standalone Dominion War movie with the TNG
cast. Audiences understand that they're not getting the totality of World War I in All Quiet on the Western Front
or the totality of World War II in Tora! Tora! Tora!
or Saving Private Ryan
. Audiences don't get the complete picture of the Civil War in Gettysburg
. A TNG
Dominion War movie could have worked in the same way.