with all this talk about arcs...I have to ask, besides the dominion war, what were the big arcs on DS9? on TNG? Why was voyager supposed to have these arcs when the other shows didn't?
TNG's premise was just about a ship flying around space exploring, so arcs and serialization aren't to be expected. VOY on the other hand had an actual goal to obtain(getting home) and obstacles to over come(two different crews alone and cutoff from starfleet) so an amount of continuity and serialization was to be expected.
As for DS9, aside from all of the character arcs for main and recurring characters you had the Emissary arc, Bajoren political arc, Klingon arc, Ferengi arc, Cardassian arc, Changeling infiltration arc, Mirror universe arc, and a few others that I'm forgetting
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Black Jack Ketchum, just before he was hanged in Clayton, New Mexico on April 26, 1901