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Well, looking back at TNG it is clear that the first season of these shows can be a bit of drudgery. Maybe that holds some hope out for “Deep Space Nine” going forward. This show is reputed to be a lot meatier in the philosophy and religious topic exploration. Maybe that is the problem. The stories this season have seemed to be a bit on the preachy side. They are less entertaining and heavier handed trying to get their message across. Science Fiction is strongest when it does exactly the opposite. It should entertain and be downright subversive and sneaky with its commentary. Towards the end of the season things do begin to improve a bit, maybe even enough to make this first season better than TNG’s:
Episode 11: “The Nagus”
Episode 12: “Vortex”
Odo drops off the map a bit here in the middle of the season. When they do focus on him, as in this episode, it is misdirection in a way. They are simply teasing us with his background and origins for now.
Episode 13: “Battle Lines”
This is one of those heavy handed episodes. We get it. War is bad, hate is worse, and fear of death can be a limiting factor. Real hatred, however, has no apparent limit.
Episode 14: “The Storyteller”
A “Dueling Banjoes” of silliness. One struggles to decide which storyline is more annoyingly ridiculous: the adolescent infatuation or the too on-the-nose critique of religion.
Episode 15: “Progress”
Once again we pair the annoying adolescents with a melodramatic storyline that can only go one way. Where is the tension in any of this?
Episode 16: “If Wishes Were Horses”
Episode 18: “Dramatis Personae”
There is real tension in the conspiracy forced upon the characters in this episode, but since the source is not really explored it almost seems like a pointless exercise.
Episode 19: “Duet”
Episode 20 : “In the Hands of the Prophets”
It will be exciting to see if DS9 carries some of these issues forward into later seasons.
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