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I'm a long time Star Trek fan who just started watching DS9...

tony.starks.7524

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Report this Apr. 25 2013, 8:31 pm

I find it different than the other Treks. Perhaps it's more serialized? I'm not sure if that's the main reason why. ALl I know is that I've watched each TNG episode at least 4x and each TOS episode 10x. I saw every episode of Voyager and Enterprise, yet, whenever it came to DS9, I found myself watching only the episodes that had good synopsis' Usually the case of the week episodes. .That is, until recently. I've been craving for some new Star Trek in my life, and after realizing that I'll never get it with the new films, I've resorted to DS9 for my fix and I'm going to try to watch every episode.

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Report this Apr. 26 2013, 7:33 am

That's the way I did it a few years ago. Now it's by far my favorite star trek -- I rarely watch the others anymore.


It grows on you.

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Report this Apr. 27 2013, 7:51 pm

DS9 is better than Voyager and it feels more epic than the others. I wouldn't call it the best though. It's just better when it came to costumes, extras, sets, make up and CGI.

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Report this Apr. 27 2013, 8:05 pm

Keep watching -- you'll come around.

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Report this Apr. 28 2013, 1:52 am

I think all of the Star Trek series are "different" in their own way. I think a lot of DS9's strength comes from it's solidly established background detail, in the sense that everything builds on what has come previously.


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Report this Apr. 28 2013, 2:19 am

I was not a big fan of that particular series but i do watch it (netflix) but its not my fav by far.

tony.starks.7524

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Report this Apr. 30 2013, 9:33 pm

The probelm with DS9 is the characters. They aren't as fleshed out as lets say, a Spock, a Data, or a McCoy. Even the holographic doctor from Voyager was cooler than Bashir. I mean, I love DS9 for many things, the stories are very well written, and the plots have that Roddenberry touch. It's just that the characters are a bit stiff. O'Brien wasn't too interesting, Sisko lacked the charisma of Kirk and the presence of Picard. And even Worf didn't have the great character moments that he had in TNG.


Anyways, haven't seen all the episodes yet. I'm still watching them in mixed order.

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Report this May. 01 2013, 1:06 am

Quote: tony.starks.7524 @ Apr. 30 2013, 9:33 pm

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>Anyways, haven't seen all the episodes yet. I'm still watching them in mixed order.

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If you're going to watch every DS9 episode you should just watch them in order not "mixed order". DS9 is the Star Trek show that has the most episodes that are directly related to one another, so it should be watched in order. It's also the least "casual-viewer friendly" trek show, but arguably the best Star Trek series once you get into it and understand it.


 

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Report this May. 01 2013, 10:11 am

UninvitedGuest is right.


If I remember correctly, when I decided to try out Deep Space Nine about four years ago, I purposely started watching at the start of the third season (I had a vague sense that the reason I didn't take to the show as a kid was the absence of a star ship) and watched chronologically from there. That gave me an easy segue from next generation, my then-favorite, and helped me acclimate to deep space nine without sacraficing the essential chronology UnivitedGuest wrote about above.


To your point, I think the full cast doesn't become fully fleshed out and settled in until season 5 or so. Though Quark (and maybe Dukat, Jake, and Winn Adami) is (are) settled in almost from the very first episode. It's very funny, but for instance, I watched a season one episode a little bit ago that featured Dax cautioning Bashir that trills eschew romantic relationships, which is entirely at odds with the way the species was written in later seasons. So you have a point, depending on which episodes you're watching. But given time, the characterization and acting settle in very well.

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Report this May. 01 2013, 7:55 pm

I do plan on watching them in order. Right now, I'm flipping through the episodes of season 1 and 2, because they're case of the week episodes, but did see half of season 1 in order. I am starting to like Bashir after watching a few episodes today. Seems like he regrets sacrificing his love life for his career.


 

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Report this Jul. 18 2013, 7:02 pm

I think that Deep Space Nine is different from the rest in that it explored much more darker themes and was more of a war drama.

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Report this Jul. 18 2013, 10:17 pm

I wrote the OP in late April and it is now Late July. I'm up to Season 6, Episode: 8 and I must say, WOW! I'm hooked! Ever since the Kira/Odo drama and Odo's conflict with the Link, I've been really into the show. I love how Quark claims the humans have brainwashed him...in a sense, he is beginning to slowly appreciate the humans he is surrounded with and it's nice to see the characters grow over time. Other Trek shows had great characters, but they never "Grew" I really can't say DS9 is my favorite, but it's unique and memorable in its own way- minus the technobabble and plot driven stuff I have come to love with Trek over the years.


 


P.S. For those who didn't read this thread, I put off DS9 for many years. And am watching it for the first time, even though I've watched other Trek series 3x over.

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Report this Jul. 30 2013, 12:09 pm

Quote: tony.starks.7524 @ Apr. 25 2013, 8:31 pm

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>I find it different than the other Treks. Perhaps it's more serialized? I'm not sure if that's the main reason why. ALl I know is that I've watched each TNG episode at least 4x and each TOS episode 10x. I saw every episode of Voyager and Enterprise, yet, whenever it came to DS9, I found myself watching only the episodes that had good synopsis' Usually the case of the week episodes. .That is, until recently. I've been craving for some new Star Trek in my life, and after realizing that I'll never get it with the new films, I've resorted to DS9 for my fix and I'm going to try to watch every episode.

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You and I have that in common. Ive seen each episode of TOS, TNG and VOY x10. Enterprise episodes only upon original airing, and DS9 in reruns, so the episodes where sometimes mixed up. DS9 is definitely different from the rest and I think thats why I never could really get into it. However, today I have completed a several week marathon of watching DS9 from start to finish. IMHO DS9 must be watched in order. It is so serialized that you lose much of the meaning of the events if you havent seen what came just before it.


This series is very dark, both literally and figuratively. The lights on that Cardassian space station were very dim, even though the Federation was supposed to have changed that. And since it is set directly on the front lines of war, the stories are more tragic and sad. 


Its not my fav, but I still loved it.



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Report this Jul. 31 2013, 12:22 am

like Voyager i havent seen much of Ds9 buy have got the full series so will watch them as soonas I have rewatched all of TNG

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Report this Oct. 09 2013, 4:52 am

i have netflix and so i decided to give DS9 a try (all i had to lose was my time)...OMG i LOVE it!  LOL-I DID watch it out of order though....i'm a dyslexic so it made total sense to me.  Thats how i write as well...in pieces and then string them together.  so maybe that wouldnt work for everyone, but it worked for me!  I had a general idea of the whole plotline going into it as well from reading about it and talking to people who had seen it, so that helped.


DS9 is DEF a different show and i doubt i would have appreciated it in my teens-i had to live some very dark moments in my own life to sympathize with this show.  Its def more mature/adult.  Its also more "rustic" since it isnt a starship....things just dont run as smoothly and there is alot of making things up as they go.  That may be off-putting to some who like the order of starfleet...but its actually kinda fun.


I also really like Bashir-it seems people either like or hate him...poor guy.

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