Syndicado (ended 1999)
When Ezri first came in, I wanted to really hate her since I was TOTALLY in love with Jadzeia (and was POed when she was killed). But, I could not bring myself to hate Ezri, and ended up loving her too. I ended up loving both characters, just in different ways.
But I still hate that Jadzeia had to die to bring in Ezri...
Ezri Dax was the same omen that you saw in Sliders, when they replaced every character except for Rembrandt, even Quinn himself - but they didn't just kill him off and cast someone else come in as an unrelated guy, oh no, they were desperate at that point, and so they tried to hang onto the clout they had built up in the old character they lost by transplanting it into the new one, with the pathetic guise of the storyline of him being the fusion of himself and his brother. Not a good omen. No, when they replace a character and try to work in the assertion of it being the same character in a different body as a permanent replacement for that character, it signifies the beginning of the end, if not the end of the end. But I say, good riddence. Deep Space 9 was nowhere near as good as the original, next gen or voyager, though enterprise makes me angry. Not a SINGLE appearance of the Borg in all of Deep Space 9, always dominion this, gem hadar that, and it was always the same, same, same, like a 50s sitcom compared to the continuous random originality of the original series of the 60s. Quark was the only thing that ever made that show bearable, though there were a few moments. "Little Green Men", "Doctor Bashir, I presume", "Body Parts", "In the Cards", "The Magnificent Ferengi" and "Who Mourns for Morn", (and maybe "The Begotten", and maybe "Trials and Tribble-ations", but it was way too hyped) stand out above the other episodes in my opinion.
Oh yeah, and the one with Rumpelstiltskin and the one where Kaiko is possessed by the enemy of the wormhole aliens who holds her body hostage. Those were pretty good too. But other than that (and unless I think of any others - but I'm not posting any more if I do), this one's kind of near the bottom of the Star Trek barrel. Actually I think it's a continual slope downward. The best was the original, then TNG, then voyager, then ds9 and then enterprise. It's just gotten so moralistic, and star fleet has developed so many shallow morals, it ticks me off, but in ds9, that's when they really emphasized how all the different alien races have these ridiculous religious beliefs. I very much doubt any species which becomes an interstellar civilization will have anything left of any religions they ever had, but we have each of them with these mutually exclusive beliefs and none of them are rational enough to give it a second thought. Sure, the Ferengi are going to the divine treasury when they die, even Nog doesn't question it. But the Klingons, they get to go to Stovocore, or however it's spelled (probably with 6 apostrophes), the Bjorans, oh with the Bjorans it's prophets this, prophets that, etcetera. It's just sad how heavily they worked ignorant primitive human superstitious natures into all the aliens, they should practically all be atheists.
I understand where you're coming from, DS9 isn't for everyone due to it's lack of exploration but I couldn't disagree more. The writing was terrific compared to Voyager, not just terrific but it actually made sense! Deep Space Nine's writing was intelligent and as for Enterprise...if you've seen at least a season worth of episodes you can't honestly say it's not a little bit more exciting than Enterprise.
DS9 was the dark side of the Federation at times. It didn't feature Picard always surrending to avoid conflicts. Sisko was the oppsoite of Picard and always attacked hard. They tried something new in developing a series with an overlaying story arc instead of stand alone episodes which I think worked great. Of all the Treks I think this one was the most creative and stood alone. I think Star Trek jumped the shark with Voyager though. Trying to please too many people at once made the show suffer from quality acting, writing and story plots. They wanted to be different in every aspect from a female Captain and Alien Cook. What were the coincidences that they bring on Neelix who knows how to cook and yes they need a cook. But because he's a native he knows the lay of the lands and what's edible and what's poisonous. Utter rubbage. I'm sure buying star charts for inhabited planets and the computer analyzing the day's haul would've been to far fetched. This show was supposed to be about exploration more than any other Trek due to the fact that they had neverbeen in this uadrant before. It ws supposed to be the Ultimate Voyage. But hey lets take out the exploration and adventure equation out of the show and focus on Neelix . Voyager had the best potential of all and was wasted. DS9 on the other hand capitalized on it.
|The Worf/Deanna couple was a stupid idea from the start. People that polar opposite of each other never get together, despite what soap writers want people to believe. I refuse to believe for one moment that a mild-mannered empath would set up house with someone with violent moods and a simmering temper, and be exposed to that on a daily basis.|
This has alays been my point. Just think of all Deanna would had to face day and night, asleep or awake. It would have drove her mad sooner or later.
|What were the coincidences that they bring on Neelix who knows how to cook and yes they need a cook. But because he's a native he knows the lay of the lands and what's edible and what's poisonous. Utter rubbage. I'm sure buying star charts for inhabited planets and the computer analyzing the day's haul would've been to far fetched.|
Personally, I think Ezri Dax was an underrated character. The only thing I dislike about her was that she was only created to help round out the last season of Deep Space Nine. If she'd been introduced earlier (as a specimen of a Trill in Starfleet who wasn't interested in being joined), or if the show had gone on another year, either instance would've allowed for her character to be expanded upon. (Plus, it would've been less of a sharp deterrence from the death of Jadzia.)
In any case, I liked how she was able during that 10-hour conclusion arc to assert her own position on different issues, including the belief she expressed to Worf that the Klingon empire was dying and deserved to die. That's something neither of her predecessors would've said, whether they believed it or not.
Perhaps, one of the reasons why I like Ezri is that her arc almost seems like a throwback to the Voyager arc concerning Seven of Nine. When Seven of Nine was disconnected from the Borg collective, she was forced to adjust to an existence she wasn't at all prepared for. During the episode "The Gift," she was angry, frightened, confused, unable to pull herself together, up until the last scene of the episode when she was first seen wearing clothes and her own hair. The same can also be said for Ezri during "Shadows and Symbols" and "Afterimage," when we watch her struggling to do her duty while cycling through displays of five (out of eight) previous hosts' personalities. After a rough scrape with Worf and a very immature outburst from Garak, Ezri tries resigning and instead receives a dose of reverse psychology from Captain Sisko. Respectively, both characters had the same uphill struggle, and by the end of each series, both characters were at the top of the mountain, breathing freely.