Could you start watching deep space nine from series 3?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by RocksW, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. C_Miller

    C_Miller Captain Captain

    May 24, 2009
    Geneseo, NY
    I think that DS9 has the best first two seasons of any of the Star Treks (except for TOS, of course). While the show is just finding its feet, every episode has a very watchable quality that a lot of TNG's first two seasons don't have. The show also had a lot of great character moments throughout the first couple years.
  2. defiantfan

    defiantfan Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 6, 2011
    Gotta say that I don't get the slams on "Sanctuary" it really showed problems with Bajor, Kira's struggle, beautiful music at the beginning with guest stars William Schallert and Andrew Koenig.
  3. Ln X

    Ln X Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 1, 2011
    The great gig in the sky
    If you have seen the first two seasons and are watching them again, it's best to cherry pick the episodes you really liked and were watchable. Some episodes though like Move Along Home can be missed, simply because they don't really add anything. Still if you want to see the whole season, then watching the bad and less interesting episodes is a good idea because it makes the good episodes more (where is that thesaurus?) good.
  4. Tulaberry whine

    Tulaberry whine Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    May 2, 2008
    Then there's me who thinks season 2 is vastly superior and one of the show's best. The eight episodes leading into the season finale was the longest run of consistently excellent episodes in DS9's history.

    And all in all, season 3 is is a pretty weak season by DS9's lofty standards (its weakest after season 1 IMO), so I wouldn't be rushing to get to it. And to make matters worse for arc fans, the Dominion storylines were by far its weakest aspect. With the obvious exceptions of Improbable Cause and The Die is Cast, the Dominion episodes in season 3 ranged from - at best - average to downright awful.
  5. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    I'm almost halfway through Season Two now, and I'm enjoying it so far. I like how they've been dropping references here and there to the Dominion as the season has gone on.
  6. Distorted Humor

    Distorted Humor Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 18, 2011
    Season 1 of Ds9 is much better then say, season 1 of Babylon 5. And Season 2 of Deep Space nine is a very good season. The best would be to watch them all, but if you Insisted on skipping episodes.

    Season 1

    Past Prolog (so you understand some of the Bajorian angles)
    Babel (Good episode, and reminds you that there is still booby traps about)
    The Negas (So you understand the Ferengi epsiodes)
    The Forsaken (Important for later episodes, even if its meh)
    Duet (MUST watch, could be argued that it is the best of what DS9 can do)
    In the hands of the prophets - Season final, must watch.

    No reason to skip season 2, as even the weak episodes generally have fans and strong points. A big thing to remember is that DS9 thrives on characters interacting, and not all the time LIKING each other. In fact, Bashir and O'brian dislike each other at first, but in a natural progression they become great friends, Outside of season 1, I only found that ds9 has one Bad episode a season, which is rare.
  7. Saxman1

    Saxman1 Commodore Commodore

    Oct 21, 2005
    My first run through on DVD, I started with Season 4 because Worf joined at that point. After I'd purchased/seen Seasons 4-7 and loved them, I went back and got 1-3. After viewing those (I'd seen most of 1-3 first run) I realized I missed a lot and then watched 4-7 again. It was an even more enjoyable experience, seeing how the show grew and improved.

    I'm currently doing TOS with the kids (we took a hiatus mid-season 2 since August) and TNG on my own (up to about the second ep of season 3, the kids REALLY don't like TNG anymore because they detest the movies....who can blame them?).

    Bottom line: start from the beginning: it's a much richer experience!
  8. Worf'sParmach

    Worf'sParmach Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 13, 2011
    Plano, TX
    I started watching DS9 from Season 3 (way back when it first aired) and followed it all the way to the end. Back then there wasn't a way to go back and watch the old episodes anyway. But now that I have gone back and watched the first two seasons, it does fill in a lot of the gaps and shows how DS9's storytelling was so much more developed than any other Trek.
  9. TeutonicNights

    TeutonicNights Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 15, 2007
    Non-isotropic cosmos
    Start with "What you leave behind". Then watch "Move along home". Then watch "Caprica", but only the final two episodes. Then watch "V" in reverse order.

    Seriously, I think Saxman said it right. Start at the beginning and at least watch the episodes people have suggested, but definitely watch the pilot.
    I mean this is one of the best sci-fi series ever and you have a chance to experience it in full...
    If you must, skip right to season four imo. That's when there was a definite change of pace. Season three was pretty meh overall.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011