Completely disagree with you guys about ending the war earlier. If anything, I'd have kept the focus more narrowly on it in the later seasons. I know the characters need R & R, but having Sisko sitting around when he's supposed to be one of the great architects of Starfleet's victory seemed really weird to me. Plus there was really no need to have unknown aliens come via the Gamma Quadrant. The Alpha Quadrant is huge and still full of unexplored worlds.