Re: The old "DS9 stole from B5" thing
One critical difference - with Sisko there would have been no "coming back" at all without Avery Brooks specifically saying so. And his reasoning was pretty much as far as possible from "Oh that's what Babylon 5 and Lord of the Rings did."
"You mean life?"
"Yeah. Does it get easy?"
"What do you want me to say?"
"Lie to me."