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Old January 12 2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

Seems unbelievably low for a series of the quality of DS9. Or are IMDb ratings just a worthless popularity contest?
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Old January 12 2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

In the minds of the general public, spin-offs are deserving of nothing more than scorn and disdain. Spin-offs of spin-offs even more so. And don't get them started on Star Trek.

Considering all of those handicaps, 7.8 isn't too bad.
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Old January 12 2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

That's a pretty high rating for imdb.
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Old January 12 2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

For a series that often averaged around 2-5 poor episodes per season, 7.8 seems about right, perhaps even slightly high.
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Old January 12 2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

IMDB ratings are essentially worthless and I pay no attention to them or Rotten Tomatoes scores. Star Wars fanboys will systematically downgrade anything with Star Trek in the title. And some people don't care for science fiction in any shape or form. The classic Forbidden Planet only rates 7.7, with more votes than DS9.
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Old January 13 2013, 02:52 AM   #6
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

^ I've seen far more negativity from Star Trek fans than Star Wars fans concerning DS9 ala "it's not real Star Trek because it's on a space station". General point is correct. Public polls like the one at IMDB will always be slightly skewed by voters who haven't watched the show and basing their votes on perception rather than experience, but there is no way to tell whether it is at all significant. However, what does it matter as long as you personally get something out of the show?
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Old January 13 2013, 07:45 AM   #7
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

as a previous poster said, with 26 episodes a season and 7 seasons, they can't all be winners, and that rightfully drags the average down. If we're just talking the Dominion War arc, it'd be much higher.
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Old January 13 2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

I'm actually surprised it's not lower. But does it really matter anyway? Isn't it enough to know you like the show?
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Old January 13 2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

I'm not surprised at all. What do surprises me however is that TNG has 8.6 (highest of all Trek shows) but I always thought that especially on the net, DS9 and TNG were equally popular.
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Old January 13 2013, 04:56 PM   #10
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

DS9's IMDb rating was actually 8.1 or 8.2 a few years ago. I think TNG's increased just last year with its anniversary and Blu-ray release.

With the obvious exception of films, DS9 had every sort of merchandise TNG had - novels, reference books, comics and video games and RPG games.
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Old January 13 2013, 05:02 PM   #11
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Re: DS9's IMDb rating - 7.8?!?

DS9forever wrote: View Post
Seems unbelievably low for a series of the quality of DS9. Or are IMDb ratings just a worthless popularity contest?
7.8 is almost 8 out of 10, that's not bad at all, considering all the folks who tuned out and considering haters are going to be voting just to knock it down.
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Old January 13 2013, 05:13 PM   #12
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I don't know if DS9 would benefit from counting the episodes' votes instead, TOS sure didn't. It's average score became 7.5 instead of 8.3 with Season 1 at 7.8, Season 2 at 7.6 and Season 3 at 6.9.
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Old January 13 2013, 05:24 PM   #13
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Oh my god! A number on the internet is going to make me change my mind about the series! Thinking for myself? Why would I do that when I can click and SEE which show is better?!
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Old January 13 2013, 06:25 PM   #14
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Oh my god! A number on the internet is going to make me change my mind about the series! Thinking for myself? Why would I do that when I can click and SEE which show is better?!
Did you know that there are people out there who refuses to see a movie if the rating is lower than 7 on IMDb?

As a movie buff, I am sincerely disgusted by that kind of attitudes!
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Old January 13 2013, 06:42 PM   #15
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That's a pretty high rating for imdb.

Not in a world in which Stargate SG1 has an 8.3 rating. That show went on for like two decades and had countless episodes that were clunkers.

Truth is there are many more recent shows that , to me, are inferior than DS9 but have higher ratings. But, hey, that's the way it goes. It's all subjective anyway.
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