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Section 31 wasn't a thing then.
In the mind of the writers, but I wasn’t saying it was literally Section 31 but just abstractly something that they would do and thus be the wrong thing.

I've been watching some of Season 2 of Discovery, and I'm annoyed at how much screen time Section 31 gets. It's supposed to be this extremely covert deep cover agency, far from the eyes and ears of anyone in Starfleet, much less anyone in command of starships, and we just have agents on board a Federation ship, in full black leather, operating openly. It strains credibility that they were somehow beneath the notice of everyone for another century.
Sounds like you haven’t finished S2 yet.

Imma just say, I don’t think it’s all that ridiculous if their secret spy service had an incident that maybe messed them up and drove them underground. Also 100 years is a lot of time for things to change as well. IRL secret secret people organizations don’t look or act at all these days like they did 100 years ago, and they won’t look/act the same 100 years from now.

In a metatextual sense, plot devices like Section 31 ought to be like vanilla extract for a show like Star Trek. Put too much in the recipe and it overwhelms the end product.
Don't really disagree. I didn't mind conceptually that Disco S1 and 2 used Section 31. And ultimately I'll forgive any excuse used to continue bringing Michelle Yeoh back into the fold. But ultimately I don't think what they did with them in S2 fully worked. But that's mostly because S2 seemed primarily focused first and foremost about three things before all other considerations: 1) addressing fan grievances, 2) being a backdoor pilot for SNW, and 2) getting the show to Season 3.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Hah, you’re all talking about how bad an idea it was but then Sisko went and did it! Well, at least he thought he did.

I had seen the bit with meeting the Founders before and didn’t realize it happened so soon after we find out much of anything about the Dominion. I didn’t remember the rest of the premise for these eps though which made it a wild ride. Something was definitely off but I didn’t realize until the last moment that it was everything.

So the status quo has changed but not as drastically as I thought it was about to, and we still have time for some more episodics. House of Quark was real good fun, and then in the next ep it was nice to see the Trill homeworld again that I’d already seen out of order in Disco.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Hah, I didn’t know Riker was in this show. Well, kind of. I shouldn’t be surprised knowing how Frakes likes to have his hand in everything. Anyway, that was a rollicking episode. Curious about its fallout in Cardassian politics but this show doesn’t ever really do denouements so that’ll just have to wait for later I suppose.
 
Hah, I didn’t know Riker was in this show. Well, kind of. I shouldn’t be surprised knowing how Frakes likes to have his hand in everything. Anyway, that was a rollicking episode. Curious about its fallout in Cardassian politics but this show doesn’t ever really do denouements so that’ll just have to wait for later I suppose.
IIRC that episode aired during the same week that Star Trek: Generations opened in theaters, and was meant to be a kind of tie-in event to promote the movie. In the same way that the TNG episode with Spock was TNG's way of tying in with The Undiscovered Country.

There is not direct political fallout from this specific incident persay (to the frustrations of many angry/silly Star Trek fans who want to know what ever happened to Thomas Riker). But in the way that all through Season 2 they were laying little hints at the impending existence/threat of The Dominion, there was something going on in that nebula that Thomas Riker was right to be suspicious of, that you'll just have to wait and find out what was up with that.
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
Just got to the Bell Riots. Well. All a bit Too Real right now. Great episodes though.

(Preceding that, the much sillier requisite "some space disease is making everyone hot for each other" episodes. Some of that was... also uncomfortable, in completely different ways.)
 

Mr Bean

Chief Detective
Oh geez I just realized we finally hit the year of the riots. I always hoped we’d be better than the show by now but it’s still way too close for comfort.
 
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