Senior HTF Member
- Jan 2, 2000
- Real Name
- Josh Dial
The unfortunate answer is that ranks post-TOS make no sense. Star Trek is basically terrible with ranks.So on the basis of the fervent advocacy from y'all, I've started watching this despite not thinking much of it when it originally aired.
I was impressed with the two-part pilot, which covered a lot of ground and some pretty big swings in a relatively short amount of time.
The couple episodes I've watched since then were... fine.
One thing that confused me: If Sisko is the commanding officer of an entire starbase, why is he only a commander? In the original series, the starbases were all run by commodores, one step up from a captain. In the Kelvin timeline, Starbase Yorktown was run by a vice admiral, three steps up from a captain. The only reason I could think of was so that Picard would have a superior rank in the series premiere -- creating an interesting tension between Sisko and the man he blamed for his wife's death.
I'm interested in your thoughts on the series, Adam. As I've noted above (and in the other Trek threads), I'm an apparent outlier in that I'm not the biggest fan of DS9--especially the first five seasons. I think it gets disproportionate praise for the Dominion War arc. It's as though that story line--which is great--makes people forget about the rest of the show's faults. Overall I think the highs are very high, but the lows are very low, and the balance of the series edges toward the low side.
In addition to my A/B plot comment above, a major issue for me is that the show is at its best when it's uninterested with its central conceit (life aboard a "frontier" space station). Heck, when it's at its very best it isn't even interested in being a Star Trek show. Some of the best episodes (indeed some of the best of the franchise) are the ones that put the characters off the station living alternate realities. "Far Beyond The Stars" is, without a doubt, one of the finest pieces of television to bear the Star Trek name. It's just too bad it has nothing to do with DS9. Same with "The Visitor". Even "Trials and Tribble-ations" drafts off TOS.
That all said, I am a big fan of how the show wasn't afraid to take a hard look at the dark side of the Federation and Starfleet. Decades before "fans" complained about Discovery's "un-Star Trek ideals" we had DS9 introducing Section 31, the Federation embroiled in a brutal and costly war, and Sisko...being Sisko.