Giving Deep Space 9 a Try
While TNG's late 80s / early 90s production values and pacing didn't hook me I still appreciated the acting and the stories.
Deep Space 9 was next up and it failed to grab my attention on any front. The production quality is similar, if not a bit better, but the acting and the premise just aren't as interesting as TNG. Star Trek is typically about exploration but Deep Space 9 is about a space station that stays put in one place.
The most interesting thing about it is that it has crossover episodes with both TNG and Star Trek Voyager. It bridged the gap between to two and that's pretty cool. Thinking back about it, there was some form of Star Trek on TV for a long time from the late 80s all the way to the early 2000s. It's weird that it's been off the air for so long now.
Anyway, with DS9 I tried the first few episodes and then reverted to the old standby of a "best episodes" list. After watching a handful I knew this one wasn't going to hold my attention either. It's tackling some interesting topics and the setting gives it a different feel from all the other Star Trek shows I've seen over the years. But that very difference is what turned me away from it.
I'm moving onto Voyager next, but at this point I'm wondering if these shows are just dated. They're from a different era of TV production that doesn't click with me anymore.
I still really like Star Trek as a universe. I love the new movies. But I may simply need to wait for the new show to premiere next year with modern production sensibilities before I'm able to get back into a Star Trek show.
Let's see what happens with Voyager. In my mind it has always been my favorite, but that could just be nostalgia talking.