One thing about DP that was different than all the other sagas is how much emphasis there was on training and battling. DP is where it felt less about the adventure and more about everyone training their pokemon and constant battling. Character interaction came second fiddle to all the constant "Let's teach and train our Pokemon" episodes.
While at first people seemed glad that Ash and Dawn were training their pokemon on-screen (something we rarely saw prior), most people then wound up getting tired of it, where entire eps were spent practicing Contest appeals or Ash teaching his pokemon a move.
In Best Wishes, and in AG prior to that, there are still training episodes, but they play second fiddle to all the adventure-type episodes they have. On top of that almost every episode in DP was focused on constant battling, much moreso than any other saga.
Did the DP saga go overboard with training/battling type episodes? Best Wishes seems to have toned that down and returned the "adventure" feel of the series that the other sagas had. Does anyone else notice how battle-heavy DP was compared to the other sagas?