Memory Alpha summary
"The Ambergris Element" may be the best possible example of what only this series could get away with.
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It's almost sublime, really, watching this moment finally happen, as if the creators stopped trying to force it to happen, and stopped trying to recreate the original series itself. Watching "Ambergris" ought to be considered the ultimate test as to whether or not you "get" the series at all.
Otherwise it really is just another episode of the series, with all the same basic elements, a heavy emphasis on a strange environment and strange aliens inhabiting it, the essence of the franchise in many respects, just having fun, which is something you realize perhaps this series does best as it nearly completely dispenses with any real concern over how the characters react or if they have lives of their own going on. Given the failure of Deep Space Nine to find a significant portion of fan support, one might argue that this may in fact be the ideal.
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