Originally Posted by SC0TLANDF0REVER
#1 reason to watch DS9:
More Mr. Worf!!
Don't forget Martok!
I watched DS9 back when it aired, but I'm rewatching the whole series on Netflix because my wife has never seen it (currently midway through season 7). Unlike TOS and TNG, DS9 broke several Trek traditions: active starship exploration, the episodic template, clean/uncompromising leadership. The world was darker, dirtier, broken, and full of espionage. The lead characters weren't all Starfleet and each person had some wicked demons. Plus there were many, many recurring characters vital to the overall arc. The show was more about holding ground against tyranny without succumbing to it. It was almost prophetic given our current government/social state.
There were just as many filler episodes as TNG, but they stood out in a much more obvious way due to the serial nature of all the other episodes. If they left out the baseball and Fontaine/holosuite episodes, I think the show would have been much better overall. "Better" might be too subjective... The show would have been much more focused. I always looked forward to the serial episodes and despised the departure episodes.
I know I've said this before, probably about 1,000 posts ago, but I still feel that the show came into its own toward the end of season 3/beginning season 4. Hopefully without spoiling too much: Defiant, Worf, Sisko's goate and bald head. From that point on, everything just gets better IMO.
I'm not sure if I read this here or if I read it online, so take this with a heavy dose of salt, but DS9 was shot 16:9 safe? If so, I'd love to see the Blu-ray opened up (if they do a Blu-ray). Hopefully they still have all the digital FX elements stored somewhere and they could do a Pixar ala Toy Story 1 and just re-render everything to 4K, maybe replace a few suspect textures... and those horrid CG explosions...
Back on topic, my birthday is in July - TNG Blu-ray Season 1 here I come!