Thank you to everyone who responded. I haven't said anything for a while because I wanted to read as many thoughts and opinions as possible. I think I'll restart Emissary tomorrow and see how I go from there.
DalekJim, if I start struggling during the first season, I'll use your list. Rest assured guys, I will see a LARGE part of DS9. Bear in mind that I love Worf, O'Brien and space battles.
Danger Ice, I love the honesty. It's very refreshing. If you weren't the only one who said Sisko was the focal point, I'd have gone with the season skipping formula I had planned earlier.