This was the year when I think DS9 proved itself as TNG's successor for me. We would screen the episodes in the science auditorium on campus, and for the first time since TNG S4 I would get that giddy nervous anticipation of waiting for the show to start. Of course the auditorium would fill up toward the end of the show, with people noisily showing up for TNG which followed. But for me it was flip-flopped. I just couldn't feel as psyched about a show that was in its seventh season. I had already gotten the main course of my ST fix for the week.
'Necessary Evil'... pretty sure that played back-to-back with either 'Force of Nature' or 'Attached', depending on exactly where the dates of that year divided into syndicated broadcast weeks. Either way, what a sharp contrast.