I'm 34 now, and having been a lifelong Trek fan (TNG, TOS), I actually never really watched Deep Space 9 until about 10 years ago. I honestly don't know why. When I was a kid growing up I had ALL of the TNG toys, watched religiously, and played "Star Trek" all the time with my friends. I even remember watching "Emissary" with my dad the night in premiered, looking back now that's an awesome memory that I treasure. But I never watched any more. But for whatever reason, 10 years ago I decided it was time to give it a watch. Here was all of this Star Trek goodness that was brand new to me. I'd seen all of TNG at least a dozen times. Over the course of a month I went through all of Deep Space 9 and was absolutely blown away. It puts any other Trek show to shame. It's not even close to me. I get so engrossed in the world of Deep Space 9 and don't want to leave. The heroes, the villains, everything is just perfect. And now I'm about to wrap up my third rewatch of the show. I have about 12 episodes left and am feeling sad that the end is near yet again. For this is a show I can't just watch a single episode, I have to start at the beginning and experience it all. This time through was maybe the most special to me. In the years since I've last watched DS9, I have now taken a huge interest in baseball. I attended at least one game a week last season, and am currently in school pursuing a career as a baseball scout. And also in my older age, I have gained an appreciation for the works of Sinatra and some of the other classic crooners, to the point of reading several Sinatra biographies and having framed pics of Sinatra in my home office. It seems that this show has even shaped my other interests in life, as well, and I didn't even realize or make the connection. This rewatch has been incredible, and now that I have a newfound appreciation for the baseball references and Vic Fontaine episodes, it means even more to me now, than ever. I could sing along to every song with Vic, and laughed out loud when Kira was trying to figure out the Infield Fly rule. It's like this show was made just especially for me. I started this rewatch after having been extremely disappointed by Discovery. I gave up on it after the fourth episode, and starting watching Deep Space 9 again the very next day. The difference is just night and day to me. I didn't make this thread to hate on Discovery, though. But rather to take comfort in knowing that DS9 will always be here for me!