[DS9] Season 1, Episode 1 and 2 (Netflix: S1 E1): Emissary Part 1 & 2
Right from the first genuinely exciting moments of Emissary, DS9 sets itself apart from TNG. We’re introduced to a side of the Star Trek universe where the main character loses his ship and his wife – there are stakes because there are repercussions to events. Not that TNG never had consequences for actions, but DS9 embraces them. In a sense DS9 is all about the follow-up. It’s set in one place, within a specific, prolonged dramatic situation. While we love the exploration element of Star Trek, we often wish more time could be spent with certain species, political atmospheres, and Federation roles aside from what happens on the flagship.
Sure, the downside to the premise is that things can get a little dry, and boy will they get dry in spots, but the writers also managed to fill the cast with great characters. In the premiere the establishment of these characters can be pretty clunky, but overall the characters show more promise.
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