In previous threads, I’ve watched with utter astonishment as poster after poster says that DS9 is their favorite Star Trek series.
Let me set the record straight: DS9 is the worst series.
Stop and consider – the whole purpose of Star Trek, from the very beginning, was to explore and learn. Starfleet sent out ships (Enterprise was not the only one) whose purpose was to advance the sum of human knowledge about the galaxy. Yes, they were armed–many alien races are aggressive.
We saw that pattern of exploration play out both in TOS and TNG. (And afterward, Voyager and Enterprise.) But then we come to DS9. And guess what? They just sit there! Now I realize that the Federation had to set up a station garrison to protect Bajor, but that’s not the CORE mission of the Federation. And yes, they did do a little exploring later on, and they got into a war, but the over-all story line still revolved around the space station.
Now yes, DS9 has some very well-written episodes. But the whole concept for the series is faulty.
Listen carefully, people – Star Trek is not meant to be about garrison duty! Sisko was a capable captain. He deserved to have a real command, not to be stuck behind a desk. (Or the functional equivalent thereof.)
How in the world people can say it’s the best series, when it’s antithetical to almost everything that Star Trek stands for, is utterly beyond me.