My Big DS9 Summer Binge

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by TommyR01D, Jul 15, 2018.

  1. TommyR01D

    TommyR01D Captain Captain

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    I started watching Star Trek about eight years ago, mostly on Virgin One (before it closed down) and now on Sci-Fi. Since I started watching long after Enterprise wrapped, I was used to the franchise being mostly dead matter and would usually know how a story arc ended well in advance - as a result of having read the synposes on Memory Alpha long before watching the episodes themselves.

    I am most familiar with Voyager, as that was the series shown most frequently during those years. I also watched most of Deep Space Nine and a good chunk of The Next Generation. I have only seen a small sample of Enterprise and none of The Original or Animated Series.

    Over the last couple of weeks I realized that I DS9 was available on Netflix, and I used the opportunity to fill in the blanks, beginning with Past Prologue and ending with Prodigal Daughter.

    During the course of this marathon, a few trends were noticeable:
    • Garak was almost nonexistent.
    • Dukat was mostly skipped out.
    • There were no big battle scenes.
    • I never saw the Female Changeling.
    I realised that when I originally watched the series I concentrated mainly on the key Dominion War episodes to the detriment of everything else. A similar trend occurred when watching the Classic Series of Doctor Who, when I was really only looking for the Daleks, Cybermen, Regenerations and Anniversaries.

    What I did see, by contrast, included a lot more of the Bajoran culture and religion, most of which I had missed on my earlier viewings. I noted, too, that I spent a long time trooping through the first and second seasons only to sprint through the subsequent five. Having already seen the war stories, I had to continually make mental notes of the shifting alliances and character dynamics - so I could keep track of whether the Klingons or the Cardassians were the enemies of the Federation, the main characters promotions, the period of Odo being human, the appearance of Worf and the replacement of Jadzia by Ezri.

    Did anybody else have similar experiences when re-watching old series?