I'm in the middle of season 2. No way I'm skipping. This show is too good. Could've done without the mental illusion woman episode, though. That one was pretty bad.
Yeah, I personally thought the second season was overall very good.
Speaking if the lesser episodes in Season 2, since I assume you've already seen this episode: the original idea for DS9's science officer character was for her to be a wheelchair/low gravity person... but they realized it was be too expensive to have as a regular character and so they went with a Trill. Meanwhile they wanted to at least try the character idea so it became the Melora episode. They even gave the script duties to the one DS9 writer who was in a wheelchair but he admits his script wasn't very good and it went through heavy rewrites.
That's pretty interesting. Looking back, that was a bit of an odd episode.
Just started season 4. Almost done with the first episode. Worf is way too depressed for my taste.
I can't wait to see what happens with the dominion. I can't believe how long it's taking to build up to it, though. Please tell me the Borg make an appearance at some point. I dig Sisko's new look. Kinda reminds me of Shaft in space. I'm not sure you can get much cooler than that.
All the stuff with the Borg in Voyager was really, really, really, really dumb.
Especially 7 of 9.
I mean they introduced some neat concepts but going so Borg heavy really damaged the mystique of the Borg.
A big part of using the Borg in Voyager, in my opinion, was probably so they could draw some parallels to TNG and introduce some established species and concepts from other Trek shows and try to draw Trek fans back in. I think it backfired and they just mucked up and species that had been really badass*
Voyager also sucked because the "trying to get home" concept didn't lend itself well for creating a consistent universe or strong narrative - It just can't work without some really strong writing. BSG did "trying to find Earth" pretty well.
Besides the fact that Voyager sucked anyway, I think it suffered a lot from Gilligan's Island syndrome where they would try some halfwit scheme to get them home and as a viewer you knew it wouldn't work. So it was like, what's the point in even watching this?
*Badass until they were shit on in First Contact. LOL Borg Queen.
EDIT: We need a new Trek, set post-TNG that is serial in nature in its overall story. It can still be presented in an episodic fashion, but the that storyline still has to be there.
The Dominion are an ongoing story throughout the show, you've still haven't reached the point where more recurring characters appear and get established. This is where DS9 really starts to become more of a serial than any other Star Trek before (they tried it again in the final few seasons of Enterprise, but it was too late to get the audience back). You can thank Ronald D. Moore for that, and you can see his ideas for BattleStar Galactica start to develop on DS9.
From what I understand, they consciously avoided including the Borg in DS9--all the better because a complaint about Voyager is that the Borg became weak (that's the problem with an unstoppable force that can be regularly stopped for the same of keeping them in the storyline... that's why they only appeared on rare occasions on TNG). The ending of Voyager was just so dull.
I see. I'm almost done with season 4. So far, I'm not sure what to make of the dominion. I mean, they infiltrated Earth, but haven't really attacked, unless I misunderstood the bomb going off at the assembly as the admiral's doing (so he could take control of Earth).