Many thanks to all of you that helped me muddle through Seasons 1-3 of DS9
. The episodes we (my friend and I) saw were all enjoyable and pertinent to our viewing experience. For those that are interested, we watched the following episodes, most of which per y'all's suggestions:
Duet (fantastic episode)
In the Hands of the Prophets
Blood Oath (I'm a TOS fan and had to see it)
Meridian (upon watching, not necessary. The brief episode description I read had me hoping it would be a hidden Dominion planet of some sorts)
Heart of Stone
The Die is Cast
All in all, we definitely ended up watching more episodes from seasons 1-3 than I had originally planned, but there are so many complex and overlapping story lines / character arcs that I determined it was necessary to watch so many episodes to truly enjoy and understand the show. For anyone who is curious, we have been watching a few episodes every Monday night (assuming our schedules align and permit), and have just started Season 4. From here on out, we plan to watch all the episodes. Who knows how long it will take to finish the series...!
Thanks again, all!