This may be somewhat too subjective a question, but I'll try anyways.

I'm not a trekkie, but I do like me some Star Trek. I'm most familiar with TNG and Voyager.

I want to like DS9, and there are aspects of it that I do, but there is a lot of it that I find off-putting, and I believe it is regarded as the least liked, though I could be wrong.

Does anyone know of a watching guide for DS9 that points out specific episodes to watch that further the story arcs while skipping episodes that are more... fluff.

Again, very subjective; hopefully what I'm getting at will come through.

  • DS9 is different that in it later season it has an overarching plot that is involved with most episodes. This makes it harder to skip episodes in the later seasons and what do you consider fluff? DS9 does a good job bring back minor thing in later episodes.
    – Styxsksu
    Jan 8, 2019 at 21:32
  • This is the first I've heard of DS9 being "least liked." (Although perhaps attitudes have changed over time.) Usually Voyager (or Enterprise) is the punching bag of the Star Trek shows.
    – Steve-O
    Jan 9, 2019 at 14:48
  • I was never much of a fan of DS9 either. I watched the show from pilot to finale, but it just didn't have that "grab" for me like TNG did. Even Voyager isn't as great as TNG was. I don't know what it is about TNG that the other series/movies just can't make up for. The TNG crew is(was) awesome! The actors were great, the Enterprise D was a slick ship (E is cool too, despite being subjected to movie-only appearance). Is it based on writers? Jan 9, 2019 at 18:49
  • @Steve-O I can get behind people disliking Enterprise, even though I think it's fine. But I know a guy who much prefers DS9 to Voyager, and I think he's got a screw loose. He actually likes the Ferengi.
    – John Doe
    Jan 9, 2019 at 19:46
  • @Styxsksu I was speaking more of the early seasons. I want to watch DS9 so that I CAN understand the Dominion war
    – John Doe
    Jan 9, 2019 at 19:47

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I can't provide much more than a lmgtfy answer, but I've been following a mix of the following two watchlists DS9 in 82.5 hours and DS9 Condensed. They list the episodes in the weaker first two seasons that you need to understand the later plot. I got hooked around the start of season 3 and am now only skipping the really bad fluff episodes.

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