So I finally (finally!) got to the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I started my ‘rewatch DS9' project back in June last year but I had to take a few breaks along the way so I just got around to wrapping it up now. (I admit I skipped a few of the episodes towards the end, just the ones I knew that I had not liked when I watched it before.) I've written a bit about the series as I went through it, so all of my posts about DS9 are here in chronological order if you want to read them. I’ve been trying to write a good post to wrap it up here, but I’ve been having trouble summing up what I think about the show.
Firstly, I think it is probably the best of the various Star Trek series, as well as one of the best SF shows on television in general. Beyond that it had always meant a lot of me on a personal level. I’ve mentioned a few times how much of a Star Trek nerd I was as a kid, but I think that describing it like that doesn’t really do justice to the huge impact that the show had on me. DS9 in particular as it was always my favourite. Rewatching it has brought a lot of that back. There were some episodes I didn’t know very well from back before I got really into the show, but then there were also episodes that I knew word-for-word and which really took me back to when I was a kid and basically Star Trek meant everything to me.
Thinking just about the last couple of seasons which I’ve just been watching recently, one thing that occurred to me was that the show really changed in its later years, with the focus on those long story arcs with the Dominion War. Looking back at it, I had always thought that it was at that point that the show was at its best. I think I’ve also argued that the shift in style there was important in shaping future SF shows such as Battlestar Galactica.
While I don’t deny that there are some fantastic episodes from that period, nonetheless rewatching it now I was rather surprised that I actually did not like it as much as I thought I had before. I actually preferred some of the more traditionally-Star Trek episodes from the middle seasons. There were also some surprisingly great episodes from the earlier seasons too. Those are the ones I’ll probably rewatch in the future when I just want to see some DS9, whereas I doubt I’d sit down just to watch any of the episodes from the later big story arc.
Anyway, returning to consider the show overall, I thought I’d finish things with a link to this blog post about the show. It is a wonderful summary of the show written by another person who decided to rewatch DS9 years after being a fan of the series. It was actually reading that blog post way back last year that prompted me to watch the show again myself, and I think that writer does a much better job than I ever could of explaining why it is so great. I don’t agree with everything she says about it, but it is well worth a read for any fans of the show who want a better take on it than my rambling here.
Overall, I am incredibly glad that I decided to rewatch it, it definitely rekindled my love of the show and brought back a lot of good memories, as well as being an incredibly good, interesting and enjoyable experience. If you’ve never seen it before, or if like me it has just been ages since you last watched it, I would highly recommend it.