Should the war have ended earlier?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' started by dub, Mar 3, 2014.


    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

    I'm happy to reply, but I fear you'll baulk with incredulity at my answer!

    In Season One, far from being a poor man's TNG, I felt DS9 was actually a funky/quirky take on the established Trek storytelling style. For me, it was an interesting way to enjoy a "weekly Trek fix" with fresh characters set on a "cool" alien space station.

    That season was the perfect balance of old and new for me. I just finished watching "The Passenger" for example, a prime example of the kind of thing I really liked.

    Personally, I would have left the show as is, it was perfect the way they had it. Obviously, characterisation and complexity would have developed as the writers and actors became more familiar with the material - a "slicker" product would have emerged.

    Again, just my opinion, but "Pah-wraiths" and prophecies et al, veer sharply away from what Star Trek is for me - I hated all that. "The Reckoning" is a prime example. Add in the often boring and drawn out "war arc", and I guess that's why I struggled with a lot of the later episodes.
  2. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    I agree the Pah'Wraiths stuff didn't work very well and I wish they'd taken the Emissary story in different directions, but I don't think it would have been as powerful a show without the characters being pushed into extreme situations where their morality is tested.

    I do like seasons 1 and 2, but look at the tropes they used. They had two 'Infection that makes people behave weirdly is spreading gradually among the cast' episodes in one season. They had two or three 'Weird anomaly that skews reality' episodes in a short period of time. DS9 worked the best in episodes that were about the characters and the immediate setting like Duet than when it used TNG style writing.
  3. Nebusj

    Nebusj Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 27, 2005
    It strikes me now that it would've been interesting to see a Trek take on The Best Years Of Our Lives.
  4. milquetoast

    milquetoast Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    Dec 10, 2013
    - I had heard somewhere that they were supposed to wrap up the war arc much earlier in the series but then they brought Worf in and introduced the Klingon storyline.

    In all honesty, the show started off after two wars. Wolf 359 and the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor. We saw the Siskos and the Bajorians recovering from those wars, so I don't think we needed to to see the aftermath of the Dominion war.