And So It Begins...
was kind enough to lend us the first couple of seasons of DS9, and we began the odyssey this evening.
The opening two-parter, "Emissary", started well, with lots of nice character touches. I didn't like the second half at all, though. Far
too wordy - I felt like I was back watching Neo listen to the Architect waffle on. That said, I did like most of the characters introduced so far: Kira, Bashir, Odo, Garak. But I didn't like the idea of moving the spacestation. A ridiculous solution!
"Past Prologue" was okay, with an obviously dubious character from the past for Kira, but I didn't like the way that Kira had switched from viewpoint (A) "The Federation has no business being here" in the two-parter, to viewpoint (B) "Things are different now" in so little time. Almost as if the network had said, "we'll pick this up, but there are a few things that need to change..." And I was expecting Odo to fix this, by being on-board the ship disguised as something else. But then, the writers have already created something that's just too damn powerful in the first episode. A bit of strategic planning, and you can work an Odo-thing into just about every episode. Just like when Voyager suggested beaming random pieces of strategic hardware off enemy ships.
"A Man Alone" was also okay, although I preferred my solution to the locked-room mystery: if the room happens to be a holodeck, then hell, *yes*, someone can get stabbed in the back without anyone else being in the room. O'Brien's wife makes her first appearance, and despite the recollections of universal loathing I appear to have picked up from fandom, she appears considerably less annoying than, say, any of the kids.
So that's the first disc. Of the characters, I like Kira, Bashir (Bless!), Garak, Odo and O'Brien. Sisko, I'm not so keen on - mainly because of the waffly two-parter and the monotone delivery. Dax hasn't really displayed much of a character, so I'm waiting to see.
And boy, does Garak remind me of Bob Monkhouse.