Star Trek: Deep Space Nine strikes me as the middle child of the Star Trek series. While The Original Series and Next Generation are loudly praised and Voyager and Enterprise are loudly derided (more than they deserve, usually, though often every bit as much as they deserve), Deep Space Nine just sits right there in the middle, notable really as "the Star Trek that didn't really trek the stars". So, it had a liar's title working against it.
The forces of The Dominion fight with a brutal zealotry that comes from viewing the treacherous Founders as gods, often forcing the show's heroes to make some unfortunate decisions in an effort to level out the playing field.
For these reasons, and more than I can adequately get into in just one article, I tend to view The Dominion as one of the supreme villains of the Star Trek canon. While they may not be as iconic or ingrained in our collective pop culture minds as The Klingons, The Romulans, The Borg, Khan or Q or even The Gorn (one can still hope that they're better known than the Pakleds, at least), I will always appreciate their contributions in taking Star Trek to new, albeit darker, frontiers.
So, dear readers, are there any other fans of The Dominion? Or Deep Space Nine for that matter (I'd be glad to hear that more fans of this one exist!)? Are there any other underrated villains you'd love to see get more respect? Sound off in the comments below!
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