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I started Deep Space Nine : Season 1, Episode 1 and I found it boring

Based on that, I'm debating whether to skip season 1 and jump to season 2. Are there any episodes in Season 1 that are essential viewing, in order to understand what's happening in later series?

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  • Although I've made my point about minimum recommended viewing orders here meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/4841/…, I'm still VTC because this isn't really a recommended viewing order; you seem to merely be asking whether or not DS9 becomes less boring or not! Aug 3 '14 at 1:19
  • I'm editing it to be less opinion-based, but still should answer the OP's core question. It's now basically the same as a Fringe one we had, which didn't get any VTCs. user31149, feel free to roll it back or make your own edits if I'm thinking wrong
    – Izkata
    Aug 3 '14 at 3:19
  • I've edited further. "If I skip X, will I understand Y?" seems a lot less subjective.
    – Valorum
    Aug 3 '14 at 14:53
  • DS9 was really all about the Dominion wars, if you want to follow this main story arc, then the first episode is the finale of Season 2 "Jem'hadar". It pretty much ramps up from then on out.
    – Jared
    Aug 3 '14 at 23:51
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    I believe DS9 to be about the characters and their journey, more so than any of the other series. Every relationship at the end of DS9 has been drastically altered from how they began. The obvious example would be Miles & Julian end the run with a long "buddy episode" a vastly different scenario than their interaction in Season One episodes. Season One may not be considered GREAT to some but it is the foundation of this series because it is the BEFORE picture. After re-watching the entire series recently I would also note that there is much more in S1 that comes back than you might realize. Sep 3 '14 at 4:03
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Season 1 of DS9 is generally considered to be quite weak. There were a number of episodes that, whilst fun for hardened trekkies were basically "monster of the week" shows that contributed very little to the overall plot arc.

As far as 'essential' episodes are concerned, As a minimum you'll want to watch:

  • Episode 1+2 : Emmissary - In which we're introduced to the majority of the main characters

  • Episode 3: Past Prologue - In which we learn about the history of the Cardassian/Bajoran conflict.

  • Episode 13 - Battle Lines - More essential Bajoran political/religious background info

  • Episode 19 - Duet - Great big chunks of backstory for the Cardassian occupation.

  • Episode 20 - In the Hands of the Prophets - Setting up the three-parter at the start of season 2.


Episode 10 (Move Along Home), Episode 11 (The Nagus), Episode 7 (Q-Less) and Episode 6 (Captive Pursuit) are all excellent episodes in their own right, but not really essential to future plotlines unless you're a hardcore Ferenghi/O'Brien/Q fan.

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    Move Along Home? Yikes, I thought that was a clunker. Aug 3 '14 at 11:25
  • @pauld.waite - Yes, but it's quite highly rated by fans. Also, it gives us insight into quark's character.
    – Valorum
    Aug 3 '14 at 11:33
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    Several character arcs are launched in some of the season 1 episodes and further advanced in later seasons (or at least events/relationships get a revisit): ep #8 "Dax", #11 "The Nagus" (Quark), #17 "The Forsaken" (Odo and Lwaxana).
    – Anthony X
    Aug 4 '14 at 1:51
  • I disagree about Q-Less - that seemed to me to be yet another season 1 episode where they were stuck in the trappings and shadow of TNG. I'm also not a fan of most of the Ferengi-centric episodes since they all seemed to just be gimmicky.
    – fluffy
    Aug 4 '14 at 2:50
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    @Richard - agreed; while the episodes I mention were likely written as stand alone and don't contribute to the overall Dominion, Bajoran, and Cardassian story arcs, the characters and character life events are revisited in later seasons. Those later episodes make more sense with the season 1 character "backstories" in place.
    – Anthony X
    Aug 4 '14 at 13:30
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I would say watch them all. Remember it's not a race to the end, it's the journey. There are tidbits of character introduction and development worth seeing and that add to the overall tapestry. Some interesting situations can be had even in the midst of some bad writing.

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