Wide And Nerdy wrote:I think it had its place in the character arcs of Worf and Odo both. Worf had gone through an arc of being dishonored and estranged from his people, feeling like he had little connection to humans inspite of his relationships with specific ones and having been actively rejected by his people essentially because they had less honor than he did (which plays into the earlier arc of Worf starting to realize that he had this romanticized notion of Klingon honor that real Klingons didn't share.) Romance was part of Worf starting to build his own family in the life he was forced to accept.
For Odo, its clear they wanted to have a character on the show that didn't feel loyal to the Federation or even much to the Bajorans. Kira ended up being the reason he stayed, I'm just glad that Odo's arc didn't overwrite hers because with time she's become my favorite female Star Trek character.
Like I said, I'm older and wiser now--it's been, what, nearly 20 years?--and I can accept that sort of thing in principle. Even so, I still think that both the romances in question were handled fairly poorly. I don't think that Worf's extremely tentative romance with Troi had much of anything to do with his overall character arc. Or Troi's, for that matter. In fact, I'll go so far as to claim that either Worf,Troi, or both could have been replaced by generic human characters in just about any of the Worf-Troi scenes without requiring any edits to the dialogue. In other words, their romance was so generic that the fact that one of them was a Alien Warrior Guy and the other an Alien Empath Girl didn't really come into play at all. For what it's worth, I do
like your spin on it, but I can't say I'm convinced that's what the writers were going for. Odo's romance with Kira was better--sort of--in the sense that his Changeling-ness was an essential part of it . . . eventually. For the longest time, however--for what I'm pretty sure was actual, literal years--the Odo-Kira romance consisted of Odo moping over Kira and Kira dating other guys. The romance, if it could be called such when Kira was completely oblivious to Odo's feelings, went nowhere until Season 6. I could have done with a lot less moping, you know? Like, maybe we could have had just one season's worth of high-school level awkwardness before Odo finally asked Kira out. Or it might have been more tolerable with different direction. I don't know. I have a low tolerance for pining and moping.
All that aside, Kira is indeed awesome. I can't say she's my favorite character (because that would be Chief O'Brien) but she definitely has the best series-long character arc on DS9
. The episodes from the first two or three seasons of the show in which Kira has to come to grips with the ways in which times have changed since her days in the Bajoran resistance and she learns to live in the (metaphorical) new universe in which she finds herself are my votes for the best of the series.