Why were ships so fragile in ds9? Why were shields forgotten anytime it was convenient to the plot? For example, the klingon ships in this video are being destroyed like they are made of paper-mache: [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V_tp5C27TQ[/yt] You see klingon ships being destroyed in ONE phaser shot. No shields. No defense. One simple phaser shot that doesn't even last a second, and an entire ship full of klingons perish. That's silly. It seems like a really lazy way of conveying star trek battles for the sake of "ooooooh big pretty 'splosions" It's a good thing deep space nine has so many great stories and characters, because the space battles were often very ridiculous.