I'm starting this because the other thread is geared towards those who know the DS9 story inside and out. This one should be for those just watching the show for the first time. Longtime fans seemed interested in hearing the thoughts of newcomers when the set was first released, so that's what this is for. If the mods don't want a second thread, please lock this one rather than merging it. Newbies like me will be avoiding the other thread and won't see the merged messages. Now, I grew up watching the movies and the original series on occasion. By the time TNG came out, I was still a very casual Star Trek fan and didn't watch much TV, so I didn't catch that show until much later in syndication. I didn't catch DS9 at all, so I waited impatiently for the discs from the time the TNG boxes were hinted at. I'm now about three-fourths of the way through season 2. The show started out a little rocky. After watching the pilot, I was a little concerned I wasn't going to like it. Avery Brooks's acting choices were a little strange in places, and the whole "so-advanced-they-appear-supernatural, sitting-in-judgment-of-the-human-race" (I hope that isn't a spoiler) thing is a little old hat, having appeared in at least two of the five Star Trek pilot episodes (and, the theme is kind of there in Voyager's premiere), as well as various episodes of the various series. In short, it wasn't my favorite episode (though, I suspect I'd like it better now). Still, it didn't take long for me to become engrossed with the characters and the setting. I can't recall at which point that happened, but I quickly began to look forward to my nightly DS9 viewing session. In fact, I've been tempted on more than one occasion to watch "just one more." This, in spite of the fact that the first season had more than its fair share of clunkers. Some of these, like Move Along Home, were as bad as the worst of Voyager (a show I actually like). I'm talking as bad as Micheal McKean as the clown and Chakotay boxing with Kid Chaos. Others, like Duet, were excellent. But, even the worst of them were entertaining. Maybe I'm too forgiving. Special mention must go to In the Hands of the Prophets, which was one of the most even-handed messages episodes I've seen on any Trek. Some of the later episodes of Voyager were extremely heavy-handed and unfair to the view with which the writers disagreed, so this was a pleasant surprise. So now I'm approaching the end of season 2, and I'm pretty much a confirmed DS9 fan. I've read that season 2 was worse than season 1, but I've enjoyed most of the episodes so far (only a couple of clunkers!). Some of them have been downright excellent (particularly Sisko's dramatic scene in Paradise--I've long since come to like Sisko a lot). My only concern now is that the show will leave me behind with season 3. I know most people say that's where the show really took off, but I've seen a few say they had no interest in the show after season 2. I really hope I'm in the former group. Finally, why in the world isn't Garak a weekly mainstay? Is it because of the "rule of seven?" He is a joy to watch and steals every episode in which he appears, as far as I'm concerned. I hope we get a lot more of him in later seasons! Later seasons . . . it seems so long until early June! I know I said "finally" above, but I hope everyone will remember that I'm not Ron. I know this hasn't been professional, but go easy on me. Better yet, more testimonial from other newbies, please!