Jonas Grumby wrote:
I was aware that DS9 had touched on some of those issues, but I had just assumed (perhaps erroneously, it seems) that those departures from Roddenberry's "evolved humanity" would be depicted in the same "looking down our nose at you because we've evolved beyond that" manner that TNG so often employed. You know, as in I'm supposed to, for example, agree with the enlightened Feddies and roll my eyes at Quark and his fellow flawed and backward money-users.
Well, not to spoil, but Sisko converts to the Bajoran's religion at the end.
The series isn't a "Deconstruction" of Star Trek like BSG, where humanity is pretty awful. It's, however, a Reconstruction and a Deconstruction where the Federation is depicted as not having all the answers and not being nearly as perfect as people claim. The series, however, maintains the federation is a fundamentally good organization and its people are trying to be better than they are--which is depicted as a good thing.
I don't think I'd like it nearly as much if not for that caveat.