Yea IMO ST:TNG doesn't really hit a stride until Season 3, and even then you get 80% excellent and 20% WTF did I just watch. Sometimes it's so bad it's good ("The Game" featuring a very young Ashley Judd and a crew of people being mind-controlled by a crappy game) and sometimes it's so bad you wonder who hated the cast enough to write it (ahem, "Sub Rosa", aka "That episode where Doctor Crusher had sex with her dead grandma's ghostly boyfriend"). Then again, there's some truly excellent episodes too (Chain of command, the 2 parter that spawned the "four lights! four!" meme). Personally I think Deep Space Nine got the short end of the stick to an extent-it was about 10-15 years too early for what it was tackling, but it's amazing to go back and watch an almost 30 year old show and see themes about religion, the separation of church and state, fascism, colonialism, and the ongoing psychological damage of war. It's remarkably ahead of its time in so many ways.