I’ve been watching DS9, it’s a nice breath of fresh air after this show. I watched a fair amount of it as a kid but remember almost literally nothing about it which is weird. Like, I remember the characters as archetypes but that’s about it.
The first few episodes are remarkably strong! I expected it to be quite a bit weaker. That said, the Q episode is unsettlingly gross and ultimately pointless. But I really liked Sisko’s defense of Jadzia Dax as a way for him to work through his own issues having a friend who has significantly changed.
It’s obvious that they’re frontloading the episodes with familiar characters (there have already been two O’Brien-centric-ish episodes, one of which was only okay (the one where the replicators make everyone have a disease where they can’t connect words and ideas and so they talk all weird) and the one where the first gamma quadrant alien arrives but he’s prey in a Predator The Movie sort of situation and O’Brien has to come to terms with this very alien way of living) (then there was the Very Bad Q episode) so I’m hoping the later part of the season leans a little bit more into the “new” characters.
Quark is wonderful. Odo: also wonderful.
Bashir is, wow, what a sleazeball! I hope he’s less slimy later!!! Maybe I just judge horniness too harshly. I don’t remember him being such a horny bastard but I also missed a lot of stuff as a kid. Maybe Garak will tone him down some. He’s…very obviously flirty. I know this never comes to fruition (this was covered above, I think) but it’s fun to watch anyway.
The Kira/Sisko dynamic has quickly changed from adversarial to mostly fine, which is a bit disappointing I suppose, but I’m sure there will be more tension later.
This is literally like a new Star Trek show to me because I remember so little of it, which makes me pretty happy.
I still have not watched the final episode of Discovery.