The Orb: A Star Trek Deep Space Nine Podcast

The Mirror Universe, Part 5: The Emperor’s New Cloak.

Since its introduction in the second season of The Original Series, the Mirror Universe has been a fan favorite. This alternate world in which good is bad has captured the imagination of fans and allowed writers to put a new twist on Star Trek’s familiar wrappings. Following 1967’s “Mirror, Mirror,” our connection with this reflection of sorts was severed for many years. It wasn’t until Deep Space Nine’s second season and “Crossover” in 1994 that we once again got a glimpse on screen.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing explore DS9’s final trip to the Mirror Universe in “The Emperor’s New Cloak,” including the choice to center the story on the Ferengi, how the trip to rescue Grand Nagus Zek highlights the culmination of Quark’s character journey, why the Ezri connection works, and how the DS9 writers added texture and nuance to the mirror.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Why the Ferengi? (00:03:03)
An Altruistic Quark (00:08:38)
Contrasting Personalities (00:11:57)
It’s (Not) Alternate (00:15:43)
What Would TNG Have Done? (00:21:27)
The Ezri Connection (00:24:51)
Vic?! (00:29:33)
Sexuality and 1999 (00:32:09)
Final Thoughts (00:38:47)
Closing (00:42:21)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-124.mp3
Category:Mirror Universe -- posted at: 8:41am MDT

The Mirror Universe, Part 4: Resurrection.

Since its introduction in the second season of The Original Series, the Mirror Universe has been a fan favorite. This alternate world in which good is bad has captured the imagination of fans and allowed writers to put a new twist on Star Trek’s familiar wrappings. Following 1967’s “Mirror, Mirror,” our connection with this reflection of sorts was severed for many years. It wasn’t until Deep Space Nine’s second season and “Crossover” in 1994 that we once again got a glimpse on screen.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing explore DS9’s fourth trip to the Mirror Universe … sort of … in “Resurrection,” including how the reversal of the mirror allows us to see our our own struggles through fresh eyes, why this Kira story is less about Kira and more about Bareil, and debate whether the continuing dips by Deep Space Nine into the Mirror Universe bucket signal creative fatigue or add texture to the Star Trek universe. Plus, with the flood of new Star Trek content flowing out of CBS, we imagine what a Mirror Universe series might look like.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Cold Open (00:02:55)
Bareil’s Dilemma (00:07:22)
Kira Out of Character? (00:16:10)
Lie Detectors: Quark and Worf (00:23:59)
Texture of Fatigue (00:28:30)
Imagining a Mirror Universe Series (00:34:23)
Final Thoughts (00:37:36)
Closing (00:39:19)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-123.mp3
Category:Mirror Universe -- posted at: 8:19am MDT

The Mirror Universe, Part 3: Shattered Mirror.


Since its introduction in the second season of The Original Series, the Mirror Universe has been a fan favorite. This alternate world in which good is bad has captured the imagination of fans and allowed writers to put a new twist on Star Trek's familiar wrappings. Following 1967's “Mirror, Mirror,” our connection with this reflection of sorts was severed for many years. It wasn't until Deep Space Nine’s second season and “Crossover” in 1994 that we once again got a glimpse on screen.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing explore DS9’s third trip to the Mirror Universe in “Shattered Mirror,” including the connections between Benjamin, Jennifer, and Jake, what Deep Space Nine might have been like had the Siskos been a family aboard the station, and whether these trips to the Mirror Universe are simply playful jaunts or chances to further develop the DS9 story.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Character Demarcation (00:11:32)
Does Mirror Further Prime? (00:18:37)
Jennifer and Jake (00:20:32)
A Family Affair (00:30:29)
The Intendant, the Regent, and Their Pet (00:40:08)
Final Thoughts (00:45:45)
Closing (00:51:07)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-122.mp3
Category:Mirror Universe -- posted at: 9:17am MDT

The Mirror Universe, Part 2: Through the Looking Glass.

Since its introduction in the second season of The Original Series, the Mirror Universe has been a fan favorite. This alternate world in which good is bad has captured the imagination of fans and allowed writers to put a new twist on Star Trek’s familiar wrappings. Following 1967’s “Mirror, Mirror,” our connection with this reflection of sorts was severed for many years. It wasn’t until Deep Space Nine’s second season and “Crossover” in 1994 that we once again got a glimpse on screen.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing explore DS9’s second trip to the Mirror Universe in “Through the Looking Glass,” including parallels with Star Trek: Discovery, character differences, and why this could be called Star Trek: A Star Wars Story.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Replacements (00:03:48)
A Second Chance (00:12:59)
Awesome Avery (00:14:49)
Mirror Sisko/Prime Kira Parallels (00:19:34)
Character Differences (00:22:47)
Sexuality (00:37:06)
Star Wars Parallels (00:43:36)
Final Thoughts (00:47:06)
Reviews and Closing (00:50:09)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-121.mp3
Category:Mirror Universe -- posted at: 6:41am MDT

The Mirror Universe, Part 1: Crossover.

Since its introduction in the second season of The Original Series, the Mirror Universe has been a fan favorite. This alternate world in which good is bad has captured the imagination of fans and allowed writers to put a new twist on Star Trek’s familiar wrappings. Following 1967’s “Mirror, Mirror,” our connection with this reflection of sorts was severed for many years. It wasn’t until Deep Space Nine’s second season and “Crossover” in 1994 that we once again got a glimpse on screen.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing explore how DS9 took a seed planted by TOS and breathed life into the Mirror Universe, a place that we now consider an integral part of Star Trek.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
The Mirror Universe (00:03:46)
DS9’s Take (00:10:02)
Character Differences (00:18:07)
Can the Mirror Universe Be Overused? (00:34:10)
Final Thoughts (00:44:27)
Reviews and Closing (00:47:51)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-120.mp3
Category:Mirror Universe -- posted at: 9:14am MDT

DS9 25th Anniversary.

On January 3, 1993, a new chapter in Star Trek storytelling began. And although we didn’t know it at the time, this new series set on space station Deep Space 9 would become the richest chapter in Gene Roddenberry’s vision.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing get together for a casual chat about the series they love so much, why it has come to be their favorite Star Trek, how it lifted the veneer and opened up the full world of Gene’s vision, and why it has stood the test of time so well.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
First Experiences with DS9 (00:04:54)
Memories (00:11:41)
Transcending Gene’s Ideas (00:16:20)
The Other Side of the Glass (00:23:05)
Change and Respect Through Diversity (00:27:18)
Flying Under the Radar (00:30:33)
Standing the Test of Time (00:33:29)
Optimism and Pessimism at Once (00:40:51)
Most Memorable Episodes (00:43:22)
Closing (00:51:39)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am MDT

Rom.

When we first met him in “Emissary,” Rom was just another Ferengi. He was brother of Quark, father of Nog, and a pit boss concerned about profit. But over the course of the series, he became so much more thanks to the relationships he formed, the influence of other cultures, and an environment that allowed him to break free of the box Ferengi society put him in.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing explore Rom’s character arc and the factors that allowed him to become more than just another Ferengi and to blossom into one of DS9’s unexpected standouts, a key player in defeating the Dominion, and ultimately leader of the Ferengi Alliance.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Just Another Ferengi (00:03:42)
Turning Points (00:07:36)
Rom and O’Brien (00:15:59)
Rom and Quark (00:19:03)
Rom and Leeta (00:23:20)
Rom and Ishka (00:28:59)
Grand Nagus Rom (00:31:54)
Unleashing Hidden Talents (00:36:42)
Cultural Influence (00:41:56)
Closing (00:46:29)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-118.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:35pm MDT

Natima Lang.

Once of the strengths of Deep Space Nine is its ability to bring in secondary characters and make them important. In some cases, those character may appear only once, yet have significant impact on our main crew. Such was the case with Natima Lang.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing focus on the Cardassian professor and dissident who appeared in the second-season episode “Profit and Loss.” We discuss how DS9 fleshed out Cardassian society, how Lang brought out the best in Quark, how she created a turning point for Garak, and what happened to the character beyond the small screen in the post-DS9 novels.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
There’s More to Cardassia … (00:04:23)
Natima Lang (00:07:40)
Natima and Quark (00:10:18)
Natima and Garak (00:18:08)
Natime in the Novels (00:26:17)
Final Thoughts (00:29:21)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-117.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:46am MDT

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges Commentary.

Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision of the future is what attracts many fans to Star Trek. But as Deep Space Nine shows, solving the problems we face is just one part of creating an ideal society. Once you’re there, you must diligently protect what you’ve built or else it will quickly be taken away. And guarding against threats means that, sometimes, unsavory choices must be made and actions taken in the shadows.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for and discussion of this seventh-season episode that asks what happens to the rule of law when nations go to war, as Bashir is once again tapped by Section 31 for a mission that goes against the tenets of the Federation.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Commentary (00:05:14)
A Few More Thoughts (00:53:47)
Closing (01:05:45)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-116.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 7:20am MDT

Music and DS9.

When you think of Deep Space Nine, of course the Dominion War, the Bajoran religious and political tug-o-war, and the complex character relationships come to mind. But another thing that is really hard to shake is the music. The most prominent style of music on DS9 is jazz, and it’s a part of the show that adds a layer of depth that is key to making DS9 seem more real than any of the other Star Trek series.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing take both a serious and fun look at the music of Deep Space Nine, including why Star Trek rarely uses current pop music, why jazz fits the series so well, and what it might be like if today’s artists provided the sounds of the show.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Pulling Away from Pop (00:05:13)
Alien Composers (00:11:52)
Jazz on Deep Space Nine (00:17:57)
Why Jazz? (00:26:55)
Pop Music Matchmaking (00:37:56)
Musical Obstacles (00:46:42)
Closing (00:51:41)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-115.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

Past Tense, Part II.

In 1995, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine addressed the effects on society of a growing gap between the haves and have-nots. More than two decades later, the challenge remains and the message still applies. Homelessness is a multilayered problem, and solutions to the underlying causes continue to elude us.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their look at this two-part story, discussing how B.C., Vin, and Sisko reflect the realities of our society, why anger tends to win out over reason, why some jobs just can’t be brought back, and how we must learn to care again if we are to reach Gene Roddenberry’s future.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Ripped from the Headlines (00:02:19)
A Multilayered Problem (00:07:45)
Bringing Back Jobs (00:10:21)
Disconnection and Outrage (00:15:33)
B.C. and Society’s Push (00:21:41)
Anger vs. Reason (00:30:11)
Final Thoughts (00:42:23)
Closing (00:46:21)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-114.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:14am MDT

Past Tense, Part I.

A growing gap between the haves and have-nots leads to a fractured society. In Star Trek’s 2024, America has tucked away undesirables in Sanctuary Districts. Sisko explains that social problems had to reach a breaking point before the US began to address them. “Past Tense” was prophetic in its time, and it remains so today—just seven years from Gabriel Bell’s famous stand.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing dive into the first part of this glimpse at the difficult road humanity had to travel to get from our present day to Gene Roddenberry’s future.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Initial Thoughts (00:03:25)
The Original Concept (00:07:49)
Giving Up? (00:14:52)
The Haves and Have-Nots (00:24:31)
The Sanctity of Human Life (00:31:46)
Path Through Hell (00:34:18)
Teching the Tech (00:36:57)
Closing (00:41:21)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: to-113.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:33am MDT

112: The Goodmiral

Remembering Barry Jenner.

Deep Space Nine was filled with supporting characters who enriched the show and made its story believable. Most of these made far fewer appearances than it seems. Such is the case with Admiral William Ross. In only 12 episodes, Ross turned the tide of the war through his faith in Sisko and his firm yet thoughtful interactions with those in the field. The writing was important, but what really made it work was than who brought the character to life: Barry Jenner.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing take a moment to remember Jenner following his untimely death. We look back at his prolific television career, discuss his pre-TV occupation and how it may have helped him on DS9, and explore how his portrayal of Admiral Ross opened doors that the writers may not have considered.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Barry Jenner’s TV Career (00:02:48)
Pre-TV Career Applied to DS9 (00:10:30)
Admiral Ross (00:14:05)
Mentoring Two Ways (00:20:44)
Ross and Section 31 (00:23:27)
A Masterful Portrayal (00:29:58)
Closing (00:33:48)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: to-112.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:08pm MDT

111: Temporal Bluetooth

The Orb of Time.

Deep Space Nine has few time travel stories, but when the writers chose to dip into the temporal well they had a unique tool at their disposal. The Orb of Time offered a way to move characters through time that was not available to the writers of other series. Tied to the Bajoran religion and the overarching storyline of DS9, this mystical object provided a bypass that avoided technobabble explanations. Yet the writers chose to use it only twice: in “Trials and Tribble-ations” and “Wrongs Darker Than Death of Night.”

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the Orb of Time, why it worked in the instances in which it was used, and why it wasn’t used in others. We also imagine new stories that could be built around this special object, and debate whether it is actually possible to change the timeline during an Orb of Time vision.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Why Use the Orb of Time? (00:03:44)
DS9 Time Travel Stories (00:13:04)
Imagining Other Orb of Time Stories (00:18:35)
Can You Change the Timeline? (00:24:27)
Closing (00:33:48)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: to-111.mp3
Category:Orbs -- posted at: 5:30am MDT

110: Sleeping with the Enemy

Kira Meru.

For most of her life, Kira Nerys had an image of her mother, Meru, that drove her to hate Cardassians. When her mother was ripped away to serve as a comfort woman aboard Terok Nor, Nerys’s life changed forever. She was only three. Told by her father that her mother had died in the detention camp attempting to protect the family, Kira believed her mother was a hero. But when she learns in “Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night” that her mother was actually Dukat’s lover, everything that she believed was brought into question.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Kira Meru, her relationship with Dukat, and Kira Nerys’s reaction to her discovery. We ask whether Meru is truly a collaborator, whether the truth was liberating for Nerys, and why the story needs a lot more room to breathe.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Meeting Kira Meru (00:02:42)
Setting Nerys’s Life on Course (00:05:38)
Is Meru a Collaborator? (00:11:06)
Room to Breathe (00:14:13)
In Her Shoes (00:19:26)
Was the Truth Liberating? (00:29:17)
Closing (00:35:09)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

Direct download: to-110.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:30am MDT

109: A Spiritual Hat Trick

Rapture.

When Benjamin Sisko arrived at Bajor, he was told right away that he was the Emissary. He didn’t believe it. By the end of the series he did, but it took some time. The writers marked several turning points, such as “Destiny” (season three) and “Accession” (season four). But it wasn’t until the fifth season episode “Rapture” that Sisko reached the point of no return. His discovery of the lost Bajoran city of B’hala left no doubt that he was an instrument of the Prophets.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Sisko’s long spiritual journey, what triggered the discovery, whether or not he is violating the Prime Directive, and why he is willing to die to see the visions to the end. We also discuss whether or not the Federation is a homogenous union, Deep Space Nine’s un-Star Trek-like presentation of faith, and whether the Prophets are pulling the strings throughout “Rapture.”

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
A Moses-type Figure (00:05:56)
A Homogenous Federation (00:09:09)
Turning Toward a Position (00:13:02)
A Technological Trigger (00:16:22)
Prophet Intervention? (00:19:19)
Sending Kasidy (00:23:57)
Sisko Knows Bajor (00:26:37)
A Violation of the Prime Directive? (00:33:01)
Worf and Faith (00:40:22)
Something Worth Dying For (00:44:19)
Final Thoughts (00:50:49)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-109.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:43pm MDT

By Inferno’s Light.

Beginning in season three with “The Die Is Cast,” it was revealed that the Founders were infiltrating the Alpha-Beta powers by replacing key figures. In the fifth season two-parter comprising “In Purgatory’s Shadow” and “By Inferno’s Light,” this is taken to a new level when a member of DS9’s own crew is replaced. The revelation that the Doctor Bashir with whom everyone had been interacting for a month was actually a Changeling was shocking to viewers, and it sent ripples backward on the timeline—to say nothing of what it meant for the present and future.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the second half of this duology, focusing on the ever-changing nature of Garak, whether or not Changeling Bashir was acting on orders or just making things up as he went, Dukat’s motivations, and whether going to warp in a solar system is really a bad thing. We also discuss the similarities between the Jem’Hadar and the Klingons, why Ikat'ika decided to play his yield, and how movie night works on Cardassia Prime. Plus, just when you think the Khitomer Accords are history, your crazy uncle Gowron drops by!

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Jem’Hadar, Klingons, and the Yield (00:03:58)
Martok and Worf: Building Respect (00:11:39)
The Khitomer Accords (00:13:41)
Dukat’s Motivations (00:22:58)
The Ever-changing Garak (00:30:53)
Bashir: Grand Plan or Lone Wolf? (00:39:07)
Going to Warp in a Solar System? (00:47:03)
Final Thoughts (00:49:36)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-108.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:42am MDT

107: A Merit-Based System

In Purgatory’s Shadow.

Beginning in season three with “The Die Is Cast,” it was revealed that the Founders were infiltrating the Alpha-Beta powers by replacing key figures. In the fifth season two-parter comprising “In Purgatory’s Shadow” and “By Inferno’s Light,” this is taken to a new level when a member of DS9’s own crew is replaced. The revelation that the Doctor Bashir with whom everyone had been interacting for a month was actually a Changeling was shocking to viewers, and it sent ripples backward on the timeline—to say nothing of what it meant for the present and future.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the first half of this duology, focusing primarily on character stories. Does Dukat really care about the safety of Ziyal? Why does Ziyal love Garak? Why can’t Worf just download new copies of his operas from Qo'noS Music? And, of course, we delve deep into the motivations of the Dominion in aligning with Cardassia and the replacement of Doctor Bashir.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Why the Cardassians? (00:03:27)
Does Dukat Love Ziyal? (00:10:50)
Why Does Ziyal Love Garak? (00:16:30)
The Internment Camp (00:23:21)
Garak, Worf, Jadzia … and Qo'noS Music (00:26:23)
Replacing Bashir (00:32:24)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-107.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:26am MDT

106: Removable Sideburns are Kind of Awesome

Defiant Commentary.

What happens when William Riker drops by to check out Sisko’s new toy? We don’t know, because that didn’t happen. But when his transporter-created twin Tom drops by, that toy goes missing.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for the third-season episode “Defiant,” which provides a sequel or sorts for TNG’s “Second Chances.” Airing just 18 months after we first met Thomas Riker and just three days after Generations premiered in theaters, this DS9 episode effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of fans in first run. Join us with or without your TV as we discuss Riker’s motives, Kira’s needs, and Dukat’s self-absorption.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Commentary Start (00:03:30)
Final Thoughts/Closing (00:50:22)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-106.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 5:30am MDT

The Orb of Mail: I’m Just Here for the Free Blood Wine

Feedback Show.

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it’s time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we discuss the value of Vic Fontaine, Worf’s ramming knowledge, that art of balancing special effects budgets, the importance of baseball, and the possibility that the Prophets created Sisko.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Was Sisko Created by the Prophets? (00:05:12)
Whoever Invented the Character of Vic Fontaine Should Be Shot (00:10:36)
Another Reason Worf Tried to Ram the Borg Cube (00:18:30)
Worf’s Knowledge of Klingon Ship Design (00:22:22)
Don’t Forget About the Baseball! (00:26:15)
Special Effects Cheapskates? (00:30:29)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: tom-007.mp3
Category:Mailbag Show -- posted at: 6:39am MDT

105: Playing Ouija Board with Troi

Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 4: Nemesis.

When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there?

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their four-part series focused on Worf’s journey from The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine. Connecting the dots that were never actually meant to be connected, we find moments that were key to preparing Worf for his assignment to DS9. In Part 4, we discuss Worf’s scene from Star Trek: Nemesis.

Okay, there’s more than one, but does Worf really need to be there at all? Join us to find out why Worf is really back on the Enterprise (thank you Admiral Ross), how he could have been better utilized, and why you really can’t go back home again.

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Worf’s Nemesis Plot In a Nutshell (00:04:26)
When Does Nemesis Take Place? (00:08:59)
The Janeway Cameo (00:12:03)
Why Is Worf on the Enterprise THIS Time? (00:14:50)
Drawing Upon DS9 (00:20:29)
Violating the Prime Directive (00:24:08)
Riker Fighting Worf’s Fight? (00:27:59)
How Could Worf Have Been Used Better? (00:35:14)
Recapping Worf’s Journey (00:39:26)
Final Thoughts on Nemesis (00:46:54)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-105.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:19pm MDT

104: While Running an Errand for DS9...

Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 3: Insurrection.

When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there?

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their four-part series focused on Worf’s journey from The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine. Connecting the dots that were never actually meant to be connected, we find moments that were key to preparing Worf for his assignment to DS9. In Part 3, we discuss Worf’s role in Star Trek: Insurrection, how he keeps his hair so lustrous, the best place to buy anti-gorch gel, Gilbert and Sullivan, and why you’d better triple-check your alarm clock. We also figure out just where on the timeline Insurrection falls, and discuss how Worf’s relationship with Jadzia and his experience fighting ground battles during the Dominion War both tie into the film.

Chapters
Insurrections Place in Time (00:04:33)
Getting Worf to the Enterprise (00:10:19)
Experience with Ground Wars (00:15:06)
The Singing Klingon (00:22:39)
Doherty’s Belt Buckle (00:26:38)
Worf: Romance Counselor (00:31:40)
Additional Thoughts on Insurrection (00:36:49)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-104.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 5:30am MDT

103: A Different Kind of Honor

Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 2: First Contact.

When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there?

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their four-part series focused on Worf’s journey from The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine. Connecting the dots that were never actually meant to be connected, we find moments that were key to preparing Worf for his assignment to DS9. In Part 2, we discuss Worf’s role in Star Trek: First Contact, how his time with Sisko grew his confidence and influenced his decision making, how his view of honor has changed, and much more.

Chapters
In the Heart of DS9 (00:02:50)
Commanding the Defiant (00:05:31)
Klingon Cues and Worf’s Confidence (00:11:54)
A Different Kind of Honor (00:23:45)
A More Mouthy Worf (00:29:59)
More Thoughts on First Contact (00:34:13)
Creating a Villain (00:36:17)
Music and a Connected Universe (00:40:11)
The Enterprise-E (00:42:58)
Final Thoughts (00:48:20)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-103.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 10:29pm MDT

102: An Emotional Malaise

Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 1: TNG and Generations.

When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there?

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing begin a new four-part series focused on Worf’s journey from The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine. Connecting the dots that were never actually meant to be connected, we find moments that were key to preparing Worf for his assignment to DS9. In Part 1, we discuss stories from TNG’s final season as well as Worf’s role in Generations.

Chapters
Worf’s Background (00:02:44)
TNG Season 7: Deanna (00:04:35)
TNG Season 7: Alexander (00:11:17)
TNG Season 7: Nikolai (00:17:48)
Generations: Promotion (00:20:34)
Generations: Starfleet Duty vs. Klingon Heritage (00:25:44)
Generations: Homeless Worf (00:30:41)
Generations: Other Worf Moments (00:35:34)
Generations and DS9: Connections in Time (00:37:09)
Generations: Final Thoughts (00:42:44)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-102.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:06am MDT

The Orb 101: Oh, We’re Movin’ Along...

Essential DS9, Season One.

The episodic television format has its strengths and weaknesses. The advantage is that the viewer can tune into just about any episode, any time, and enjoy it without having to know what happened in previous installments. The downside is that it’s harder to build momentum with self-contained episodes. That means that some episodes will shine, while others will fall into the shadows.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing join our sister shows Standard Orbit and To The Journey in determining which episodes of Star Trek are required viewing … this time for Deep Space Nine, a series that—more than any other—builds upon itself story after story. One by one, we discuss each episode to determine if it’s truly essential to the DS9 storyline or something you can skip without worry.

Chapters
Choosing the Essentials (00:03:00)
Emissary (00:04:20)
Past Prologue (00:06:25)
A Man Alone (00:08:48)
Babel (00:14:29)
Captive Pursuit (00:15:34)
Q-Less (00:20:48)
Dax (00:24:11)
The Passenger (00:25:57)
Move Along Home (00:26:57)
The Nagus (00:28:11)
Vortex (00:30:33)
Battle Lines (00:34:52)
The Storyteller (00:37:05)
Progress (00:40:46)
If Wishes Were Horses (00:43:05)
The Forsaken (00:44:13)
Dramatis Personae (00:47:08)
Duet (00:48:11)
In the Hands of the Prophets (00:50:10)
Recap (00:54:04)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-101.mp3
Category:Essential DS9 -- posted at: 8:06am MDT

The Orb 100: Mistrust in a Microcosm

The Ship.

As we reach our 100th episode, we mark the occasion with a quiet moment from Deep Space Nine—one that put our characters under pressure, tested their resolve, and highlighted the rift between the Federation and the Dominion. And like this installment of The Orb, it’s also the centennial moment for DS9 (depending on how you count your episodes).

Join hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing as they discuss how this unassuming story plays a pivotal role later on in the Dominion War, the uniqueness of Vorta and Kilana’s miscalculated gameplan for dealing with Sisko, whether or not the Brotherhood of the Engineers storyline works, and more. Plus, we look back at our journey to 100, our love of Deep Space Nine, and ahead to the best that’s yet to come.

Chapters
The Find of the Decade (00:06:08)
Kilana and Sisko (00:17:16)
Mistrust in a Microcosm (00:25:00)
O’Brien and Muñiz (00:29:57)
Final Thoughts (00:40:51)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-100.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:30am MDT

The Orb 99: Admiral Denorios and His Ginormous Belt Buckle

Emissary, Part 2 of 2.

When Deep Space Nine premiered, the idea of a show set on a space station didn’t sit well with all fans. But with a season and a half still to go on The Next Generation, the producers couldn’t simply fire off another show about a crew flying around on a starship. They had to do something different. But the stationary aspect of DS9 was far from the only thing unique about the show. “Emissary” set into motion a different form of storytelling and put many threads into place that would create the rich tapestry of Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you the second of a two-part look at the DS9 pilot as we discuss the events that happen inside the wormhole, how moving the Station affected the direction of the show, the nature of Orbs, whether the DS9 story is the result of the Prophets retroactively tampering with the timeline, and much more.

Chapters
The Prophets and Bajor (00:03:35)
Making Good Use of Shapeshifting (00:10:41)
Inside the Wormhole (00:17:54)
The Essence of Prophet (00:28:04)
Moving the Station (00:33:08)
Setting Up the Dominion Early (00:38:06)
Kira and O’Brien Bond Over Cardassians (00:42:01)
Final Thoughts (00:45:35)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-099.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 6:10am MDT

The Orb 98: We’re Gonna Do ALL the Consequences

Emissary, Part 1 of 2.

When Deep Space Nine premiered, the idea of a show set on a space station didn’t sit well with all fans. But with a season and a half still to go on The Next Generation, the producers couldn’t simply fire off another show about a crew flying around on a starship. They had to do something different. But the stationary aspect of DS9 was far from the only thing unique about the show. “Emissary” set into motion a different form of storytelling and put many threads into place that would create the rich tapestry of Deep Space Nine.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you the first or a two-part look at the DS9 pilot. While we go into some specific scenes, we also talk about the concepts that established the show. From the tension between Sisko and Picard to a bridge called Miles, Orb encounters to a sense of destiny, we break down “Emissary.”


Chapters
Setting the Tone (00:04:55)
Sisko vs. Picard (00:20:54)
Introducing Religion into Star Trek (00:28:18)
Orb Encounters (00:36:52)
A Bridge Called Miles (00:42:12)
Kira the Feisty (00:46:42)
A New Take on Ferengi (00:49:18)
Odo the Interesting? Odo the Gimmick? (00:52:50)
The Old Man of Science (00:54:26)
Unlike Any Doctor We've Experienced Before (00:59:16)
A Sense of Destiny (01:02:21)
The Villain Enters (01:04:36)
Final Thoughts (01:01:17)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-098.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 5:15am MDT

The Orb of Mail: When Owls and Ravens Collide

Feedback Show.

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it’s time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we discuss which episode is DS9’s most important, the possibility that Sisko’s penance came in “The Reckoning,” more about the IMDb fan ratings list, the post-series Deep Space Nine novels, and we explain just what’s really going on in The Orb’s opening music.

Chapters
The Origin of The Orb’s Opening Music (00:04:24)
The DS9 Post-Series Novels (00:08:32)
Revisiting the IMDb Fan Ratings (00:21:56)
Another Take on Sisko’s Penance (00:29:20)
DS9’s Most Important Episode (00:36:53)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Feedback Show. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes, including the origins of our theme music, a new take on Sisko’s penance, the most important DS9 episode, and the DS9 novels.

Direct download: tom-006.mp3
Category:Mailbag Show -- posted at: 8:06am MDT

The Orb 97: The Game Must Not End

The Dominion Invasion, Part 7 of 7: Sacrifice of Angels.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. For our final look at the arc, we geek out about spaceship battles … and then remember that there’s a bunch of character stuff going on. So we put the toys away and take a look at the resolution to Odo’s story, Quark’s unexpected nobility, Dukat’s overconfidence, his final moments with Ziyal, and explain why we want Sisko in charge … of our days … and our nights.

Chapters
Spaceship Battles! (00:04:47)
The Sisko Is In Charge (00:20:34)
Odo’s Change of Heart (00:33:24)
Quark the Noble (00:40:50)
Dukat’s Overconfidence (00:47:51)
Dukat and Ziyal: The Final Chapter (00:53:54)
Final Thoughts (01:01:17)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-097.mp3
Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 6:58am MDT

The Orb 96: Putting the Worf Back On

Michael Dorn Talks Worf, Star Trek, and Internity.

When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered, one sign that times had changed for the Federation was the presence of a Klingon officer on the bridge of the Enterprise. The role of Worf was not intended to be as integral as it became. And certainly, in those early episodes of TNG, no one would have guessed that this would be the character that would log the most hours in the franchise, spanning two series for a combined 11 seasons plus four films.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by the man who made that happen, Michael Dorn. It was Michael’s mastery of the role that elevated Worf from token Klingon crewmember on TNG to one of most important players in the Dominion War on DS9. Michael talks to us about how his transition to Deep Space Nine came about, the differences between his character on TNG and DS9, what opportunities life on the Station provided, working with Terry Ferrell, what it was like to say goodbye to Worf, and more. He also shares his thoughts on Nemesis and Worf’s surprise visits to the big-screen Enterprise, and we discuss his new TV project Internity, which he is doing together with Marina Sirtis.

If you’d like to find out more about Internity and support the Indiegogo campaign, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/internity-a-newbie-series#/

Chapters
Moving to DS9 (00:02:17)
Character Differences (00:11:31)
Evolving the Character of Worf (00:16:49)
Michael’s Favorite Worf Moments on DS9 (00:20:17)
A Difference in Sets (00:24:00)
Missed Opportunities for Worf (00:28:13)
Nemesis + Worf’s Surprise Visits (00:32:11)
Goodbye to Worf: Feelings When DS9 Ended (00:39:28)
Internity (00:41:07)
Closing (00:52:44)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Guest
Michael Dorn

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Michael Dorn Talks Worf, Star Trek, and Internity. We’re joined by the man who turned Worf from token Klingon into one of Star Trek’s most interesting and richest characters.

Direct download: to-096.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 8:42am MDT

Aron Eisenberg Talks Nog and Star Trek.

Deep Space Nine did wonders for the Ferengi, transforming them from campy comic-relief villains into a mirror for ourselves and what we’re like today. Although Quark got the headline role, his brother Rom and nephew Nog made perhaps the biggest strides. Nog in particular went from thieving kid in “Emissary” to a Starfleet officer by the final season, showing a depth of character equal to that of any other member of the crew.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by the man who brought Nog to life: Aron Eisenberg. Aron shares the story of how he landed the role, how he had to rely on “The Last Outpost” for Ferengi guidance, the evolution of the character from Jake’s friend to Starfleet officer, and much more. We also talk about Aron’s upcoming appearance at the 2050 Daytona Beach con in Florida, and his current health situation which includes ongoing kidney dialysis and the search for a donor.

If you’d like to find out more about 2050 Daytona Beach, set for Halloween weekend (Oct 30 - Nov 1), visit http://2050.events.

Chapters
Landing the Role of Nog (00:02:48)
Growing Into the Character (00:06:14)
The Siege of AR-558 and Its Aftermath (00:11:26)
Aron’s Relationship with Cirroc (00:17:26)
Stage Acting and Star Trek (00:21:50)
Creating the Mould of Nog (00:29:00)
Aron’s Favorite DS9 Scripts and Stories (00:32:26)
2050 Daytona Beach (00:38:33)
Aron’s Kidney Dialysis and Donor Search (00:45:15)
Closing (00:53:33)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Guest
Aron Eisenberg

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-095.mp3
Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:38am MDT

The Dominion Invasion, Part 6 of 7: Favor the Bold.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we go bald … we mean bold … and discuss Sisko’s plan to retake the Station, the father-daughter relationship between Dukat and Ziyal, Kira’s perfect streak of shutting down Damar, Odo shacking up with the Female Changeling, Ferengi who care, Morn’s mother, and much more.

Chapters
Odo’s Betrayal and Awakening (00:04:41)
Dukat and Ziyal (00:18:40)
Damar and Kira (00:24:25)
A More Caring Ferengi (00:28:19)
Sisko of Bajor (00:34:03)
The Plan (00:43:41)
Final Thoughts (00:56:59)

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: to-094.mp3
Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 5:41am MDT

The Orb 93: The Navarch Awakens

The Circle Trilogy, Part 3 of 3: The Siege.

Enterprise gets much praise for its unique three-episode storytelling style that defined the fourth season. But a decade earlier, DS9 took the format for a trial run with what has come to be known as “The Circle Trilogy.” Comprising “The Homecoming,” “The Circle,” and “The Siege,” the three-part story remained unique within Star Trek until the NX-01 entered the Borderland.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their miniseries that takes you through the arc. We discuss the many great character interactions and the humor that’s sprinkled amongst a coup d’état (it’s French). We also discuss the resolution of Li Nalas’s arc, how the story ultimately supports the Federation’s mission, and whether or not the trilogy amounts to just a story about “those boring Bajorans.” Oh … and let’s not forget about that Bajoran militia hair. Snazzy!

Hosts
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Production
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Chapters
Intro (00:00:00)
Jazia and Kira: Bosom Buddies (00:06:53)
Odo’s Amazing Transformations (00:13:32)
Of Quarks and Proto-Roms (00:17:15)
A Little Bromance Brewing (00:21:00)
Family Moments (00:23:11)
Brought to You by Vidal Sassoon (00:30:09)
The Navarch Awakens (00:33:51)
Evil Lovin’ and the Provisional Government Room (00:45:57)
Supporting Starfleet’s Mission (00:49:18)
Final Thoughts on The Circle Trilogy (00:52:53)

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Category:The Circle Trilogy -- posted at: 7:32am MDT

The Orb of Mail: Delivered by Owl Post

The Orb Supplemental: The Orb of Mail Feedback Show.

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it’s time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we discuss fan ratings of DS9 episodes on IMDb, find out how one listener gained a new appreciation for The Circle Trilogy, imagine cherry-picking episodes from our back catalog, and watch Dr. Bashir become an instant superman.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

TOS Baby Loves DS9 (00:04:01)

IMDb Fan Deep Space Nine Ratings (00:08:47)

New Appreciation for the Circle Trilogy (00:24:02)

Cherry Picking Orbs (00:30:48)

The Suddenly Amazing Dr. Bashir (00:34:53)

 

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Category:Mailbag Show -- posted at: 6:50am MDT

The Circle Trilogy, Part 2 of 3: The Circle.

Enterprise gets much praise for its unique three-episode storytelling style that defined the fourth season. But a decade earlier, DS9 took the format for a trial run with what has come to be known as “The Circle Trilogy.” Comprising “The Homecoming,” “The Circle,” and “The Siege,” the three-part story remained unique within Star Trek until the NX-01 entered the Borderland.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their miniseries that takes you through the arc. We discuss the Bajoran preparations for a coup, Sisko’s distaste with governmental staffing decisions, and how Vedek Bareil whips out the spiritual pickup lines at just the right moment. We also debate the Federation decision to walk away rather than help the Bajorans, and we check in on Admiral Chakotay.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Jumping Into the Middle (00:05:29)

Odo and Kira (00:11:42)

Family and Trust (00:15:09)

Exploring Useless: Vedek Bareil (00:22:33)

Checking in on Li Nalas (00:34:09)

To Intervene or Not to Intervene (00:43:17)

Bajoran Politics (00:50:18)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm MDT

The Orb 91: Morally Ambiguous

The Dominion Invasion, Part 5 of 7: Behind the Lines.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we go behind the lines to explore the changing nature of character relationships in the face of conflict. Sisko gets a desk job, Quark has a change of heart, Odo commits a sin of omission, and Kira gets angrier than ever as we inch closer to the end of the Dominion Invasion/Station Occupation arc.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Sisko Gets a Desk Job (00:04:28)

Quark’s Change of Heart (00:15:47)

Drinking with Damar (00:26:13)

Odo’s Loyalties in Question (00:29:57)

The Link: An Ocean and a Drop (00:38:43)

Kira Is Majorly Angry (00:46:07)

Jadzia and Final Thoughts (00:52:00)

 

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Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 8:40am MDT

The Orb 90: Inspirational Embellishment

The Circle Trilogy, Part 1 of 3: The Homecoming.

Enterprise gets much praise for its unique three-episode storytelling style that defined the fourth season. But a decade earlier, DS9 took the format for a trial run with what has come to be known as “The Circle Trilogy.” Comprising “The Homecoming,” “The Circle,” and “The Siege,” the three-part story remained unique within Star Trek until the NX-01 entered the Borderland.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing begin a new miniseries that will take you through the arc, beginning with the return of Bajoran legend Li Nalas. We discuss how the show established a new feel for the series, how tragedy can fuel xenophobia, the evolving relationships between our main characters, whether a legend is more important than the truth, and much more.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

New Season, New Tone (00:06:46)

Ben and Jake’s First Date (00:12:26)

Post-tragedy Xenophobia and Fractured Unity (00:14:27)

Violent Tendencies (00:20:16)

Evolving Relationships (00:25:09)

The Reluctance of Li Nalas (00:33:55)

Truth vs. Legend (00:40:35)

Final Thoughts (00:46:40)

 

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Category:The Circle Trilogy -- posted at: 11:26pm MDT

The Orb 89: ‘Nuff Said

DS9 Season One Overview.

When you look back at the whole of Deep Space Nine, the first season feels a bit out-of-place. The tone of the episodes in this freshman outing don’t quite mesh with the persona DS9 took on in later seasons. Yet there are plenty of seeds being planted in these early adventures, and there are even a few moments of sheer brilliance.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing take a trip through every episode from DS9 Season One to see which shine, which don’t, and what elements connect with the overall series arc—either hinting at the greatness to come or falling under the label of Niner Essentials.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Emissary (00:04:15)

Past Prologue(00:06:49)

A Man Alone(00:13:50)

Babel(00:19:13)

Captive Pursuit(00:20:33)

Q-Less (00:27:24)

Dax(00:27:54)

The Passenger(00:30:46)

Move Along Home(00:32:21)

The Nagus(00:33:08)

Vortex (00:36:27)

Battle Lines (00:38:47)

The Storyteller(00:41:41)

Progress (00:43:25)

If Wishes Were Horses (00:46:33)

The Forsaken (00:47:24)

Dramatis Personae (00:49:30)

Duet (00:50:39)

In the Hands of the Prophets (00:54:06)

Closing (00:59:37)

 

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 2:56am MDT

The Orb 88: The Muddiness Of It All

The Dominion Invasion, Part 4 of 7: Sons and Daughters.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we delve into family with the episode that focuses on… well… sons and daughters. We discuss the tension between Worf and Alexander, how Worf struggles to be a father to a son who feels abandoned, and how Martok steps in to mentor them both. We also discuss Dukat’s decision to bring Ziyal back to the Station, the difficulties she faces, and how her separate relationships with both Dukat and Kira almost bring the two enemies together.

 

Hosts

C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Our First Attempt to Start the Discussion (00:04:36)

Father and Son: Worf and Alexander (00:07:38)

Fatherly Influence: Martok and Worf (00:16:05)

Father and Daughter: Dukat and Ziyal (00:29:24)

Like Divorced Parents: Dukat and Kira (00:34:42)

Closing (00:43:54)

 

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Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 10:41pm MDT

The Orb of Mail: Rockin’ Your World Bajoran Style

The Orb Supplemental: The Orb of Mail Feedback Show.

 

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it’s time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we further explore the relationship between Dukat and his daughter Ziyal, debate at what point the show becomes “DS9 proper,” and discuss whether or not you should skip episodes when doing a rewatch—and which Season One episodes might be safely discarded.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Ziyal and Dukat (00:05:21)

DS9 Season One (00:15:39)

Closing (00:48:48)

 

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Category:Mailbag Show -- posted at: 6:31am MDT

The Orb 87: I’m Gonna Need Some Brain Bleach Now

Profit and Lace Commentary.

The sixth season of Deep Space Nine brought us some of Star Trek’s best episodes. In fact, it delivered what is considered by many to be the best hour of DS9—and one of the best in the entire franchise—with “In the Pale Moonlight.” But it also gave us what is widely considered to be DS9’s worst: “Profit and Lace.” 

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing step out of their usual world of serious discussion and into the Bosom Buddies reality, where Quark is a woman and Doctor Bashir performs gender-altering operations in the name of Ferengi politics. Was there merit to the original idea? What happened on the road from paper to screen that made this episode go so wrong? And which world leader does Grand Nagus Brunt remind us of? Grab your Slug-o-Cola and get set to gaze into another side of The Orb.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Commentary (00:07:37)

Final Thoughts (00:55:09)

Closing (01:01:01)

 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:42am MDT

The Orb 86: It Is the Nature of Things

The Dominion Invasion, Part 3 of 7: Rocks and Shoals.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn’t really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we wander out into the sunlight for “Rocks and Shoals” as we discuss the real sense of danger facing our heroes, how loyalties are tested, why we must question the order of things, Kira’s awakening, and more.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

 

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Manager

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Sense of Danger (00:04:43)

Facing Reality (00:016:09)

Loyalties Tested (00:31:01)

Kira’s Awakening (00:43:20)

Questioning the Order of Things (00:50:20)

Closing (00:56:32)

 

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Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 8:32am MDT

The Orb 85: Dukat’s Little Secret

Ziyal.

As the overseer of the Occupation, it isn’t surprising the Dukat would have conceived a child with a Bajoran woman. But that this child would become a driving force in the stories of so many characters is. Through just nine appearances on DS9, Tora Ziyal changed the course of life for not only her father but also Kira, Garak, and others.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a close look at Ziyal, her introduction in “Indiscretion,” the repercussions her existence had on Dukat’s life back home, her sister-like relationship with Kira, romantic feelings for Garak, and more. Plus, we debate the role her death played in Dukat’s actions from “Sacrifice of Angels” forward.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Meeting Ziyal (00:02:32)

Dukat’s Little Secret (00:05:55)

Influencing Kira and Others (00:19:19)

Relationship with Garak (00:26:35)

Bridging Cultures (00:32:45)

The Breaking Point (00:37:30)

Final Thoughts (00:49:41)

Closing (00:49:46)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:55am MDT

The Orb 84: There Are Always Possibilities

Leonard Nimoy’s Influence on DS9.

The passing of Leonard Nimoy marks a shift in Star Trek universe. Perhaps no character from the franchise is better known that Spock. And while this endearing Vulcan never graced the corridors of Terok Nor, his influence—and that of the man who played him—is never far away.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a moment to remember Nimoy, how his interpretation of Spock informed the writing and performances of characters in orbit of Bajor all those years later, and even imagine some scenarios in which Leonard could have made a cameo on Deep Space Nine in a way that would have felt completely natural.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Spock Influences (00:04:52)

Playing with Vulcans (00:09:28)

Disseminating Spock and TOS (00:13:28)

Odo and Spock Connections (00:23:23)

Spock on DS9 (00:28:36)

Nimoy’s Impact on Star Trek (00:34:58)

Closing (00:36:47)

 

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Category:Leonard Nimoy -- posted at: 3:47am MDT

The Orb 83: When You Unzip the Turtleneck…

The Dominion Invasion, Part 2 of 7: A Time to Stand.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn't really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we tackle the actual season premier, “A Time to Stand,” the uneasy alliance aboard the station, Sisko’s unexpected career turn as a master strategist, the ever-adaptable nature of Odo, the new path for a grown-up Jake, and the incredible display of arrogance delivered by one Skrain Dukat, Esq.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

A Feeling of Weariness (00:02:50)

The Minefield Takes Center Stage (00:08:09)

Dukat on Display (00:12:25)

Uneasy Allies (00:15:54)

Odo Adapts… Again (00:22:54)

Why Do We Fight? (00:29:56)

Sisko’s Unexpected Career Turn (00:33:43)

Garak and a Jem’Hadar Come to Dinner… (00:41:49)

Jake Becomes His Own Man (00:48:16)

Closing (00:42:12)

 

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Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 12:56am MDT

The Orb of Mail: Like an Episode of Three’s Company

The Orb Supplemental: The Orb of Mail Feedback Show.

 

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it’s time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we set Jake, Kasidy, and Ezri off on a post-finale adventure, ponder the fate of the Female Changeling, and explore possible medical uses for Founder biology—and the ethical quandaries it would bring with it. We also debate whether the Borg would have made a good addition to DS9, learn why Spock would have said all roads lead to Dukat, and much more.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer 

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Rene Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Charlotte’s Web (00:02:59)

Jake, Kasidy, and Ezri’s Big Adventure (00:08:28)

The Fate of the Female Changeling (00:13:21)

Dominion-Grown Body Parts and Section 31 (00:16:18)

Julian and Ezri Tie the Knot (00:19:51)

The Borg on DS9? (00:22:02)

World War II Parallels (00:29:00)

All Roads Lead to Dukat (00:33:12)

Moving Final Scenes (00:37:24)

Starship Down (00:41:15)

Closing and Feedback (00:45:02)

 

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Category:Mailbag Show -- posted at: 4:46am MDT

The Orb 82: Kai Ben

Deep Space Nine Season Eight.

The finale of DS9 ended with the crew becoming scattered, Sisko in the Celestial Temple, and a feeling of complete and utter change. But what if the plan had been for eight seasons? What if the writers had 26 more episodes to continue the story they had begun? In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing imagine what would have happened with Sisko, Odo, Jake, the O’Briens, the station, the Federation and more.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer 

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Bringing Sisko Back (00:05:37)

Building a New Station (00:14:30)

Odo, Quark, and the Dominion (00:17:31)

New Security Chief, New Number One (00:23:45)

Federation-Klingon-Cardassian Relations (00:26:20)

Ezri and Jake (00:33:48)

The O’Briens (00:37:07)

Red Squad Love Triangle (00:39:45)

Other Threads (00:42:43)

Closing (00:47:19)

 

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Category:Season Overviews -- posted at: 9:48pm MDT

The Orb 81: Losing the Peace

The Dominion Invasion, Part 1 of 7: Call to Arms.

Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn't really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing kick off a new series of episodes that will take you through the Season Six opener. We begin with the finale of Season Five, "Call to Arms," an episode that is not a cliffhanger in the traditional Star Trek sense but certainly leaves fans on the edge of their seats.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Turning Points (00:06:07)

Mining the Wormhole (00:16:31)

Sisko and Symbolism (00:29:37)

WAR! (00:35:24)

Closing (00:42:12)

 

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Category:The Dominion War -- posted at: 6:27am MDT

The Orb 80: You’re Going to Invade Cleveland?

Little Green Men Commentary.

One of the most fascinating incidents in American history is the alleged crash of a flying saucer near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. The supposed cover-up of the event, examination of aliens, and storage of the actual craft has become a thing of legend. What if it came with the added twist of a Star Trek connection?  

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for the fourth-season episode “Little Green Men” as we discuss just such a twist. In one of the more clever tie-ins to real-world history, Deep Space Nine revealed that the aliens recovered from the Roswell crash were actually Ferengi. We pull out the baseball, root beer, darts and atom bombs for a fun romp through Hangar 18.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Commentary (00:04:25)

Closing (00:52:03)

 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 7:16am MDT

The Orb 79: Your Time of Trial Has Ended

The Final Chapter, Part 10 of 9: What We Left Behind.

Wrapping up a series as complex as Deep Space Nine cannot be done with a traditional finale—or a single podcast. In the ninth part of our nine-part series, Chris and Matthew had way too much to say—and thus we bring you an additional 86 minutes of discussion as we look back on DS9.

In the first part of our “What You Leave Behind” Orb we discussed Damar's last stand and the Alpha/Beta Alliance decision to push on and finish the war, the parallels with our own great wars on Earth, the touching last gathering in Vic's, and the showdown between good and evil in the Fire Caves. In this episode of The Orb, we focus on the individual character arcs and relationships, how they were wrapped up by the writers, delve into the end of Sisko’s journey, look back at the road to the Final Chapter and how it was set up, and we explore the legacy of Deep Space Nine and how it changed the Star Trek franchise.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

The Road to the Final Chapter (00:09:17)

Finally Together: Ezri and Julian (00:22:18)

Bosom Buddies: Miles and Julian (00:26:05)

The Inevitable Goodbye: Odo and Kira (00:31:39)

The Great Sorrow: Sisko and Kasidy (00:38:34)

That Man Loves Me: Quark and Odo (00:47:21)

Love On the Rocks: Winn and Dukat (00:49:11)

Missing Dad: Jake (00:53:59)

Becoming a God: The End of Sisko’s Journey (00:56:36)

The Legacy of Deep Space Nine (01:05:50)

Closing and Feedback (01:14:08)

 

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 11:00pm MDT

The Orb 78: The Emissary's Task Is Nearing Completion

The Final Chapter, Part 9 of 9: What You Leave Behind.

Wrapping up a series as complex as Deep Space Nine cannot be done with a traditional finale. To tackle a task so large, the writers needed a grand canvas upon which to paint the final strokes; but even eight episodes left so much still undone. The ninth and final installment—a double-thick bookend to the series opener "Emissary"—had a lot to live up to. Not only were there countless character threads and story arcs to conclude, but, when it came to final episodes, DS9 was still living in the shadow of "All Good Things…" Could the incredible writing team behind DS9 really pull it off?

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude our series of shows that take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the very last piece of the story, "What You Leave Behind." We discuss Damar's last stand and the Alpha/Beta Alliance decision to push on and finish the war, the parallels with our own great wars on Earth, the touching last gathering in Vic's, the showdown between good and evil in the Fire Caves, and more. And as the title of this episode of The Orb implies, we're not quite done yet. With too much to cover in just one hour, this is part one of our own two-part series finale.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor

John W. Mills

 

Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Final Resolution (5:29)

Damar’s Last Stand and the Cardassian Resistance (10:34)

To Fight or Fall Back: Finishing the War (20:05)

World War II Parallels (31:01)

Changing the Founders (37:47)

One Last Night in Vic’s (42:15)

Showdown In the Fire Caves: The Final Battle (51:44)

The Perfect Ending (1:01:12)

Closing (1:03:34)

 

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 1:38am MDT

The Orb of Mail: I’m Gonna Make That Part of My Head Canon

The Orb Supplemental: The Orb of Mail Feedback Show.

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it's time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we expand upon the possible connection between Section 31 and Red Squad, the new Starfleet-designed Deep Space 9 station, Sisko mentoring Worf, the tag-team funnies of Worf and Dax, more thoughts on Keiko, Miles, and Kira, what an eighth season of DS9 night have looked like on television, and much more.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Could Red Squad be a training ground for Section 31? (3:03)

What do you think about the new Deep Space 9? (7:05)

Might Keiko have felt guilty about not carrying the baby? (12:11)

Did Sisko see Worf as a command protege? (20:36)

Were Worf and Jadzia the ultimate funny couple? (24:30)

Could Jadzia Dax have been named Ambassador to Qo’noS? (27:27)

Which DS9 episodes have stuck with you over time? (31:10)

What would a DS9 Season Eight have looked like on TV? (38:52)

What if Section 31 knew about “In the Pale Moonlight”? (42:42)

Closing (45:28)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am MDT

The Orb 77: A Nightmare on Odo Street

Odo on Terok Nor.

Long before he was chief of security for Captain Sisko, Odo served in the same position under Gul Dukat during the Cardassian Occupation of Bajor. It was a time when Odo was just beginning his life amongst solids, and as a result his sense of right and wrong were not well developed. He changed a lot in the years that followed, and that change was shared and contrasted with the audience thanks to unusual circumstances that led to Odo reliving key events from seven years prior in “Things Past.”

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the Odo-specific elements of this story as they delve into Odo’s Cardassian background, the line between order and justice, his role in the executions of the Bajorans Ishan, Jillur, and Timor, and how his take on those events changed over time.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Odo’s Cardassian Background (3:17)

The Line Between Order and Justice (10:06)

Looking Back at Things Past (18:40)

Ishan, Jillur, and Timor (24:45)

Final Thoughts (30:28)

Closing (33:47)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:28am MDT

The Orb 76: The Best Massages Kira’s Ever Had

The Other O'Briens: Miles and Kira.

When an actress becomes pregnant during the run of a television show, the writers often have trouble figuring out how to deal with it. You can try to hide it with camera work and props, as they did with Roxann Dawson, or you can send the character on a trip somewhere. There are many options, but finding one that truly fits with the show can be difficult. Luckily, science fiction opens up some unique doors, so when Nana Visitor became pregnant during DS9 the writers found away to write the pregnancy into the series by tying it to an existing storyline involving the O'Briens.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a look at the effect this unique storyline has on the three characters involved—Kira, Miles, and Keiko, the flirtation often cited by fans, the difficult situation Kira and Miles find themselves in, and why Keiko seems determined to be an unwitting matchmaker.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Dealing with Nana's Pregnancy (3:10)

Keiko the Matchmaker? (11:28)

Final Thoughts (23:45)

Closing and Feedback (26:28)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:10am MDT

The Orb 75: The One Where Earl Grey Talks DS9

Worf with Earl Grey.

Over the course of seven seasons, Worf became a fan favorite on The Next Generation. With Michael Dorn now free from the week-to-week requirements of life aboard the Enterprise-D, he was available to lend a hand on that old Cardassian space station—which those in power felt was just want the young spinoff needed. The idea was praised by some, rejected by many. While it may have initially been viewed as a gimmick, hindsight shows us that not only was the decision to bring Worf to DS9 a good one, the station turned out to be just the environment the character needed to thrive.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by the crew from our TNG show Earl Grey—Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx—for the second half of our two-part crossover look at Worf. The TNG gang give us their perspective on seeing one of their own make DS9 home, how Worf meshed with the station's crew, his relationship with Jadzia and Ezri, where he ended up at the end of his two-series arc, and more.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Guests

Phillip Gilfus, Darren Moser, and Daniel Proulx

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, and Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Countdown to Worf (4:44)

Worf's Arrival on Deep Space Nine (10:59)

Meshing with the DS9 Crew (21:59)

Being Allowed to Fail (30:52)

Worf and Jadzia… and Ezri (35:25)

Where Worf Ended Up (48:26)

Closing (1:00:18)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

The Orb 74: Strategery

The Final Chapter, Part 8 of 9: The Dogs of War.

Through the first seven parts of DS9's final arc, the writers set up an unwieldy number of threads. Some were concluded along the way, but many remained. As a result, a bridge was needed between the bulk of the story and the events of the finale. That bridge came in the form of "The Dogs of War," an episode that spread out the pieces of the puzzle, locked some of them in place, and clarified where the remaining ones would go.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the penultimate episode "The Dogs of War." We discuss the replacement of the Defiant, Odo's reaction to learning of his betrayal by the Federation, the endgame of the Bashir-Ezri dance, why Grand Nagus Rom makes a lot more sense than most people think, and why Bonnie Tyler is ultimately responsible for the defeat of the Dominion.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producers

Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, and Lisa Stevens

 

Chapters

Replacing the Defiant (3:23)

An Odo Betrayed (13:46)

Bashir, Ezri, and the Turbolift (26:02)

Grand Nagus Quark… or Rom (30:43)

Damar's True Source of Inspiration (40:01)

It's a Baby! (51:08)

Closing (53:49)

 

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 1:03am MDT

The Orb 73: Refreshed and Mildly Entertained

In the Cards Commentary.

Just before it all hit the fan, station Deep Space 9 played host to an auction that gave birth to a wild chase for a rare baseball card. It's a unique story within Star Trek that flips the usual format on its head by relegating the serious elements to the B-story whilst focusing primarily on what many might consider the frivilous—a vintage mint-condition 1951 Willie Mays rookie baseball card.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for "In the Cards" as they explore the dynamic between Jake and Nog, the rare glimpse of respect for Sisko shown by Kai Winn, the critical sixth-season story elements that are being set up in the background, and speculate on just what happens when you climb inside Dr. Elias Giger's cellular regeneration and entertainment chamber.

 

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Christopher Jones

 

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Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, and Lisa Stevens

 

Chapters

Commentary Start (4:53)

Closing (52:54)

Direct download: to-073.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:26am MDT

The Orb 72: It's a Trap!

The Battle of the Omarion Nebula.

The build up to the Dominion War was a slow one, with hints about the Founders and skirmishes with the Jem'Hadar setting the stage. But it wasn't a one-sided affair. Fearful of the Dominion, the intelligence services of the Cardassian Union and the Romulan Empire—the Obsidian Order and the Tal Shiar—teamed up for a preemptive strike against the Founders' homeworld. It was a bold plan to annihilate the Changelings before they could invade the Alpha Quadrant. What they didn't know was that they were walking into a trap.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the first major battlefield engagement between the Dominion and the Alpha/Beta Powers, the state of cold war between the Dominion and the Federation, and the motivations on both sides of the conflict that led to the battle.

 

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Chapters

Setting the Scene (5:13)

Preemptive Strike (8:41)

Cold War Machinations (19:49)

Playing Into the Bigger Battle (28:37)

Closing (33:43)

Direct download: to-072.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am MDT

The Orb 71: They’re More Elite Than You Are

Red Squad.

Cadet Training Squadron 47, as it is formally known, is an elite group at Starfleet Academy that receives special treatment, and thus is the object of desire for many Cadets. They played a pivotal role in Admiral Leyton's attempted coup on Earth in "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost," and they operated a Defiant-class starship behind enemy lines in "Valiant." Along the way they raised a number of questions about the wisdom of Starfleet Academy establishing and nurturing a group that saw itself as above the rules. In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Red Squad, its role in education at the Academy, its seductive nature, the dangers it could pose to the stability of Starfleet, and how it was used in storytelling.

 

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Chapters

Cadet Training Squadron 47 (3:00)

Is Red Squad Good for Starfleet? (7:14)

Let's Go On a Joy Ride Around the Federation! (14:57)

Premature Responsibility (19:00)

The Seduction of Red Squad (25:05)

The Arrogance and Ignorance of Office (32:07)

A Great Idea for Storytelling (37:31)

Closing and Feedback (39:47)

Direct download: to-071.mp3
Category:Starfleet -- posted at: 1:58am MDT

The Orb 70: The Reality of the Mind

The Final Chapter, Part 7 of 9: Extreme Measures.

With the end of the DS9 story looming and the Alpha Quadrant swirling with chaos, the writers gave us a chance to catch our breath with a surprisingly positioned bottle show. With so many threads left to tie up, it would have been a shame not to revisit the bromance between Bashir and O'Brien and the shadowy activities of Section 31 for a final time. Essentially a standalone tale, this journey into the mind of Sloan still connects well with the overall arc and provides a turn of events essential to the Federation's victory in the war.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the seventh episode in the story, "Extreme Measures." We discuss the ethics of Bashir's plan to find a cure of the morphogenic virus, the grey nature of Section 31 and their conviction that what they do is for the good of the Federation, the importance of having others in our lives and the regrets of past choices, and why Miles and Jules are the best male friendship in Star Trek.

 

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Chapters

Ethics and The Plan (5:40)

Perspectives: Two Sides, One Federation (19:16)

The Reality of the Mind (27:10)

Miles, Jules, and the Importance of Others (40:43)

Final Thoughts (46:27)

Closing (49:48)

Direct download: to-070.mp3
Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 8:45am MDT

The Orb 69: Gentleness Missed

Kai Opaka.

Religion held a rare position of importance within Star Trek during the seven seasons of Deep Space Nine, and right from the outset Benjamin Sisko was ushered into the world of Bajoran spirituality. Rather than the contentious atmosphere of Kai Winn, however, Sisko was introduced to his role of Emissary by the kinder, gentler hand of Kai Opaka. And while we never truly got to know her, the role that Opaka played in setting up the series is irreplaceable—at least for the DS9 that we came to know.

In this episode of The Orb, Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Opaka, her background and her rise to the position of Kai, her "collaboration" with Cardassians during the final years of the Occupation, and we image a series both with Kai Opaka throughout and with her never existing.

 

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Chapters

Imagining "Emissary" without Opaka (2:44)

Background and The Rise of Opaka (5:24)

Collaborating with Cardassians (12:04)

Setting Up "Emissary" with Winn or Bareil (16:51)

The "Death" of Kai Opaka (24:59)

A Deep Space Nine without Kai Opaka (24:59)

A Deep Space Nine with Kai Opaka (29:05)

Closing (33:32)

Direct download: to-069.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:08am MDT

The Orb 68: Doomed from the Beginning

Time's Orphan Rewrite.

What happens when your reach the end of a season, need another episode, have little money, and dust of a thrice-rejected script? Nothing good, that's for sure. For all the wonderful writing in the sixth-season of Deep Space Nine, not all rises up to the standards of the show. The antepenultimate installment of Season Six is a story about an eight-year-old Molly O'Brien falling through a time portal and returning—almost instantly—at age eighteen. Considered by many to be the worst episode of DS9, the story was doomed from the beginning and salvaged only by the last-minute addition of a B-Story involving Worf and Jadzia. But could this have been a great episode? Are there ways to take the basic premise and turn it into something more fitting of Deep Space Nine?

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing rewrite "Time's Orphan" to make it better serve the characters and arc of the series. At its core the story attempts to address the struggle of feral children and the trauma they experience, the anguish of parents who can't help the child they love so dearly, and provides a glimpse of what could have been for might-be parents. It all sounds like DS9, yet it didn't come together on screen. So how do we make it work? Listen on and find out.

 

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Chapters

Initial Thoughts (2:49)

You've Been Rejected Three Times Already… (7:15)

Things We Like (12:23)

Things We Dislike (17:24)

Quick Fixes (26:00)

Chris's Rewrite (28:26)

Matthew's Rewrites (32:01)

The One Critical Change (38:22)

Final Thoughts (40:25)

Closing (42:03)

Direct download: to-068.mp3
Category:Rewrites -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

The Orb of Mail: Apparently Section 31 Is Batman

The Orb Supplemental: The Orb of Mail Feedback Show.

In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback for you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it's time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we expand upon the Breen attack on Earth, Section 31 and how long they had been working on the morphogenic virus, whether it would have been better for the audience to meet Ezri Tigan a season before she became Dax, and the true nature of the Prophets.

 

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Chapters

World War II and the Breen Attack on Earth (4:20)

Section 31's Wide-Reaching Bioligical Weapons Program (10:30)

Getting to Know Ezri Tigan Before Joining (18:04)

The True Nature of the Prophets (25:17)

How to Send Us Your Feedback and Questions (38:28)

iTunes Reviews (44:22)

Closing (51:26)

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Category:Mailbag Show -- posted at: 3:41am MDT

The Orb 67: The Metanarrative

The Final Chapter, Part 6 of 9: Tacking Into the Wind.

After "When It Rains…" resolved parts of DS9's Final Chapter and set new ones in motion, the second half of the overall story kicks off with what may be the longest cold open in all of Star Trek. There is no "previously on Deep Space Nine," no explanation of why you are seeing an examination of a Jem'Hadar ship; and you won't see any credits for more than eight minutes. No, "Tacking Into the Wind" throws you right into the middle of DS9's endgame. The title is a perfect description of what takes place over the course of the episode. Like a ship making constant course corrections on the open sea, our characters must adjust to the rapidly changing circumstances around them.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the sixth episode in the story, "Tacking Into the Wind." We discuss how Gul Rusot is a temporal mirror for Kira, what finally forces Damar to play his hand, the fall of Gowron, why this story could not be told without Ezri, the plight of Odo, and how it sets up the next part of the story.

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 8:30am MDT

The Orb 66: There. Are. Fourteen. Planets!

The Bajoran Solar System.

Deep Space Nine is first and foremost a story about characters. More so than any other Star Trek series, technology, science, and other worlds take a backseat to how events affect our characters on a personal level. So one easily overlooked part of the DS9 framework is the enormous solar system in which the series is set.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take you on a tour of the fourteen planets and two M-Class moons that make up the Bajoran system, discuss whether these locales should have played a bigger role in the series, speculate on the reality of the spatial relationship between Bajor, the Station, and the wormhole  and debate whether Bajor XII, XIII, and XIV should be demoted to the status of dwarf planet just like poor little Pluto. Oh, and of course we get our plasma charged in the Denorios Belt.

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Category:Science -- posted at: 4:08am MDT

The Orb 65: Song, Ritual, and Unbridled Passions

You Are Cordially Invited Commentary.

From the very moment Worf and Jadzia met in Quark's, it was clear that there was a spark between them. Dax's history with Klingon culture made her a natural for a potential relationship with the new arrival, but that alone can only go so far. The onscreen chemistry between Michael Dorn and Terry Farrell helped lead Ronald D. Moore to revive a plotline he had tried to develop on TNG—the marriage of Worf. On The Next Generation the plan was for him to end up with Troi, but the relationship felt forced and didn't sit well with fans. The relationship between Worf and Jadzia, on the other hand, felt completely authentic and grew naturally over time. So when the Federation finally retook DS9 after the opening arc of the show's sixth season, it was time for a party. And what better way to party than to celebrate a wedding between friends and crewmates?

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for "You Are Cordially Invited." We discuss Martok's influence on Worf, Sisko's influence on Jadzia, and Sirella's influence on everyone. We also play with fire, crash a Klingon bachelor party, drool over a baked potato, and learn the latest dance craze, the Bolian Chest Bump.

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 4:00am MDT

The Orb 64: An Evil Spectacular

The Cult of the Pah-wraiths and the Book of the Kosst Amojan.

From the very start, the Bajoran religion played a key role in the story of Deep Space Nine. As the story grew more complex in the final seasons, the influence of the Prophets got some competition from their evil counterparts, the Pah-wraiths. With the show's shift deeper into mythology, these two sides were critical to the endgame of the Fire Caves.

Following the Occupation, Bajorans unhappy with the Prophets formed the Cult of the Pah-wraiths. At the same time, two power-hungry leaders—Gul Dukat and Kai Winn—turned to a dangerous book not opened for more than seven hundred years. This tome—The Book of the Kosst Amojan—was the key to releasing the Pah-wraiths, and act with serious consquences for the Bajoran people and their Emissary.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing delve into the deep mythology underlying DS9. Despite its importance to many series threads, relatively little is known about the Cult of the Pah-wraiths and the Kosst Amojan. We discuss what we know, how it mirrors our own mythologies and religions, as well as why some Bajorans may have turned to the Dark Side.

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Category:Bajoran Religion -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

The Orb 63: Your Crazy Uncle Gowron

The Final Chapter, Part 5 of 9: When It Rains…

The first four parts of Deep Space Nine's final arc established many threads and challenges the many players both on the Station and beyond. "When It Rains…" firmly plays the role of middle chapter as it jumps straight into the continuation of "The Changing Face of Evil" without so much as a mention of "previously on." As the name suggests, a deluge of new problems beset our heroes (and villains) as the writers position threads for a final push to the end.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the fifth episode in the story, "When It Rains…" We discuss Kira's twist of fate, Odo's plight and Starfleet's role in genocide, Garak's return home, and why Gowron is like your crazy uncle at the family reunion.

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

The Orb 62: Action Barbie

Casting DS9 with Larry Nemecek, Part 2.

Choosing the actors who will bring new characters to life is one of the many creative challenges in launching a new Star Trek series. The process itself can change the nature of the roles, resulting in adjustments to name, the background story of a given character, and their relationship with others. In this episode of The Orb we bring you the second part of our two-part conversation with Larry Nemecek about the casting of Deep Space Nine and the evolution of the characters.

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Category:Casting -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

The Orb 61: Somehow the Goatee Finds You

Casting DS9 with Larry Nemecek, Part 1.

One of the many creative challenges in launching a new Star Trek series is casting. Finding the right actors to bring the characters to life takes time and careful consideration. And the process itself can change the nature of the roles, resulting in adjustments to name, ethnicity, background story, and in some cases requiring a completely new character to be created. In this episode of The Orb we're joined by Larry Nemecek for the first part of a two-part discussion about the casting of Deep Space Nine and the evolution of the characters.

Direct download: to-061.mp3
Category:Casting -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

The Orb 60: A Repetitive Cycle of Resistance

The Cardassian Underground.

Throughout Deep Space Nine we see Cardassian government and society threatened by several different incarnations of resistance. From early dissidents such as Amin Marritza to later leaders like Tekeny Ghemor and Damar, something running deep inside Cardassians seems to cause dissident movements to continually spring up.

In this episode of The Orb we discuss the unique elements of Cardassian society that lead to rebellion. Is it a feature of Cardassian politics or something buried deeper within their psyche? What are some of the characteristics and motivations of the leaders of these movements? How do their actions affect the broader world of DS9? It's a look at the repetitive epic so cherished by Cardassia.

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Category:Cardassians -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

The Orb 59: Don't You Recognize the Face of Your Enemy?

The Final Chapter, Part 4 of 9: The Changing Face of Evil.

The first three parts of Deep Space Nine's final chapter set up key plotlines that set the Dominion War's resolution in motion. It also set our characters on courses that would eventually lead them down separate paths. In the final piece of the initial four-episode block, the Dominion turns to The Breen Factor to break a stalemate in the war while the chasm between Cardassia and the Dominion widens—turning Damar into an unlikely object of viewer admiration. Initial plotlines are wrapped up while new threads are laid out.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the fourth episode in the story, "The Changing Face of Evil." We discuss how the writers sought to contrast everyday life with the stress of war, the fiery end of the Defiant, Ezri and Bashir's love dance, the unmasking of Dukat, and Damar's gambit.

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

Moogie.

Let's be honest. Ferengi episodes are not amongst the fan favorites—even for die-hard Niners. But even in the midst of ludicrous social customs and the grating laugh of Grand Nagus Zek, the writers found a wonderful vehicle for discussion of women's rights in the character of Ishka. She's better known simply as "Moogie," mother of Quark and Rom, and she threw the lives of her children and everyone on Ferenginar into chaos by… wait for it… earning profit. Egads!

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a close look at the woman behind the curtain, the woman with the lobes for business. We discuss how her presence on the show adds depth to Quark and Rom, what her relationship with Zek says about the evolution of societies, and how DS9 was able to deliver comedy with meaning.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:39am MDT

The Orb 57: Keiko Fell Into a Lens Flare

Imagining an Abramsverse DS9.

It's been five years since the reimagined J.J. Abrams Star Trek landed on the big screen. In that time we've only gotten two movies, but the alternate timeline has expanded greatly off-screen through IDW's Star Trek Ongoing comics. A visit by Q to the Abramsverse in The Q Gambit will send James T. Kirk on quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore, beginning with the crew of "a certain space station…" Could this mean DS9? And if so, how would that work?

In this episode of The Orb we're joined by Drew Stewart of Standard Orbit and Daniel Proulx of Earl Grey to imagine what a J.J. reboot of Deep Space Nine might look like. How would the storylines change? How big would the station be? Who would play Captain Sisko? And what does Mall of America have to do with it? Join us for this debate that spans eras, timelines, and every part of the Star Trek franchise.

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Category:Abramsverse -- posted at: 8:15am MDT

The Orb 56: The John McClane of Deep Space Nine

Great O'Brien Episodes.

Miles O'Brien was always a likeable character even when he did little more than man a transporter room on the Enterprise-D. But when the Chief came over to DS9 he took center stage and Starfleet's everyman—and the brilliant acting talents of Colm Meaney—really began to shine. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing pick some of their favorite episodes featuring the man who is second only to Michael Dorn for most appearances in Star Trek episodes. Find out if you agree with our picks or if there are other Miles Moments that top your own list. 

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Category:Miles O'Brien -- posted at: 3:03am MDT

The Orb 55: Like Dead Leaves Before an Angry Wind

The Final Chapter, Part 3 of 9: Strange Bedfellows.

With the outcome of the war uncertain, The Dominion turned to an unlikely ally in the Breen—a move that set into motion a series of events that would turn out to be their undoing. One such event was the changing face of Damar, whose growing disillusion with the Dominion comes to a breaking point. Meanwhile, back on Deep Space 9, Kai Winn continued her unlikely alliance with Gul Dukat.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the third episode in the story, "Strange Bedfellows." We discuss the Breen misstep, trace Damar's change back to actions from long ago, explore the Ezri-Worf resolution, and follow Kai Winn's fall from grace. We also discuss three scenes from the script that didn't make it into the episode, two of which were never even shot. 

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 54: Jake and the Amazing Technicolor Jumpsuit

Jake Sisko.

After tri-divisional phenom Wesley Crusher, the writers of Deep Space Nine wanted to let kids be kids and gave us Jake Sisko. Breaking the stereotype that children of Starfleet officers long to enter the Academy themselves, Jake really was just an average child. Star Trek has never really done well with its younger characters. How do you tell stories about children and family on a show about space exploration, diplomacy, and starship battles? At first glance, the gritty nature of the former Terok Nor doesn't seem like a hopeful place to change that. As it turns out, it was just the right setting.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a close look at one of DS9's most forgotten and least popular characters to find out why he was critical to making Benjamin Sisko the man and leader he was, how he had a positive impact on Nog and others around him, and why the show would be very different if you removed the Jake.

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 53: Destroy the World to Win the Game

Our Man Bashir Commentary.

From the moment he first encountered Garak, Julian Bashir had a fascination with the mysterious Cardassian. But why? Could it have been a secret fascination with James Bond and the spy games of 1960s Earth? During Deep Space Nine's fourth season, Ronald D. Moore and Bob Gillan brought us a delightful holodeck story with life or death stakes for the station's crew. And like almost all DS9 episodes, the laughs were mixed with some meaningful character development—especially between the resident doctor and tailor.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for "Our Man Bashir" and explore the background behind the episode, what it says about Jules, the brilliance of Avery Brooks, and why everyone wants a honey bear.

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 52: But It's Captain Kirk!

Trials and Tribble-ations.

When the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek rolled around in 1996, Deep Space Nine chose to pay homage to The Original Series with an ambitious episode that would push the computer technology of the time to the limit. Inspired by the revolutionary techniques of Forrest Gump, the DS9 writers set out to pen a story that would insert Sisko and his crew into the middle of one of the franchise’s most iconic episodes—“The Trouble with Tribbles.” The result was one of the most memorable moments in Star Trek history.

In this episode of The Orb we join forces with the hosts of Trek.fm's TOS show, Standard Orbit, as Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler sit in with Chris and Matt to discuss "Trials and Tribble-ations" from a TOS perspective. We pick our favorite moments, debate the hot topics it raises (those are Klingons?!), and perhaps talk a bit too much about Dax. But can you blame us? After all, she lived in that time.

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Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 51: To Come As an Angel of Light

The Final Chapter, Part 2 of 9: 'Til Death Do Us Part.

If Sisko had his way, the story of Deep Space Nine would have ended with a happy wedding. Benjamin Lafayette Sisko and Kasidy Danielle Yates would have ridden off into the Bajoran sunset for a life of comfort in their Kendra Province home. But the Prophets had different plans for Ben. So did Dukat. And Winn. And the Pah Wraiths. The list goes on. But in short, the story of the Emissary was not going to come to a peaceful conclusion.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the second episode in the story, "'Til Death Do Us Part." We discuss Kai Winn's budding gig as a wannabe wedding planner, the difficulty Kasidy has in accepting Sisko's role in the Bajoran religion, and the evolving relationship between Worf and Ezri. We also examine the battle between the Pah Wraith's and Prophets, Dukat's surprising concern for Damar, and why no one needs to see (old) villain love.

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 50: New Song or New Verse?

Trill on Trial.

The concept of a joined species is an interesting and mysterious one. Two separate beings—each with their own will and identity—come together to form one. If it were a once-in-a-lifetime event for both, the union might be easy to define. But in the case of Trill, one half of this merging gets to do it over and over again—which raises the question of culpability. Can a current host be held responsible for the actions of a previous host?

In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing delve into what it means to be joined, the extent to which one Trill union is unique compared to a previous one, the potential of tug-o-war between host and symbiont, and why this unique aspect of Trill society was unknown even to other Federation worlds until the late 24th century. Is the existence of a symbiont more like the tracks of an album or the movements of a symphony? We challenge our preconceived notions and follow the evolution of Trill within the DS9 story.

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Category:Dax -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 49: Cirroc Lofton Is Not In This Episode

Remembering Cliff Bole.

Star Trek is known for finding great directors and sticking with them. But few directors had as much influence over modern Star Trek as Cliff Bole. With 42 episodes to his name, Bole is responsible for some of our favorite stories. Seven of those stories were told on Deep Space Nine. Sadly, Bole passed away on February 15. In this episode of The Orb we honor his contributions to the franchise with a look at each DS9 episode that he brought to screen, as well as Bole's overall work on twentieth-century television, which was as prolific as the magic he worked in the 24th century.

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Category:Directors -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 48: From Flagstaff to Carson City in Five Minutes

Runabouts.

On The Original Series and The Next Generation we saw plenty of shuttlecraft moving our heroes around from ship to planet to station. But these craft were really just the space equivalent of a ferry boat. You couldn’t travel large distances in them—at least not in a reasonable amount of time—and they were essentially defenseless. Starfleet needed something beefier that could still be treated as an auxiliary craft, and thus the runabout was born. In this episode of The Orb, Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss these tough little ships that made their debut on Deep Space Nine, from their genesis to their specifications to how they were used as a storytelling device.

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Category:Ships -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 47: Your Greatest Trial Is About to Begin

The Final Chapter, Part 1 of 9: Penumbra

When Sisko arrived at his new post in "Emissary," he had no idea that the journey he would go on would turn him into a god. As viewers, we had no idea that the series that felt much like TNG in stationary form at the start would lead us to one of the most epic finales in television history. In fact, the writers didn't even realize what they were creating. But the Prophets? They saw it all… and they knew that all would be as it should.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing begin a series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale. Beginning with part one, "Penumbra," we look at the concept of what was originally billed as "The Final Chapter," how the complex storylines and character development that built up over the course of seven years is brought together, and why the path was a difficult but rewarding one. So come and join us. There are many tasks still ahead of you. Accept your fate. Your greatest trial is about to begin.

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Category:The Final Chapter -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 46: The Confused Counselor

Ezri Dax.

Normally when an actor decides to leave a show early, it doesn't turn out well. It means either the death of a beloved character or an almost always-failed attempt to continue the role with a different face. When Terry Farrell left DS9, however, the writers seized the moment and used the twist to tell Dax stories that weren't possible with Jadzia. While it took many fans a while to warm up to Ezri (some may still be trying) it all turned out well in the end. In this episode of The Orb, Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones take a close look at the new face—and old worm—in town, and how Nicole deBoer's portrayal of a counselor who was unsure of herself was the perfect fit for DS9.

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Category:Dax -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 45: Big City, Small Town Feel

Raising Children on the Station.

The children we saw on The Next Generation were raised in a very controlled environment. Sure, flying around on a starship is dangerous, but you’re surrounded by Starfleet officers, people who have been brought together for a shared goal, and you have all the resources you need. On DS9, the situation was different. This was much more like the real world. Children on the station found themselves in a place that was part frontier town, part cosmopolitan city. There were a lot of opportunities to get into trouble on the station—the danger was more real—but the opportunity to grow into a well-rounded adult may have been greater, too.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the pros and cons of raising children on the station, compare and contrast life on the Enterprise and life on Deep Space 9, find out how Jake and Nog helped their parents grow, and how exposure to diversity differs between these controlled and uncontrolled environments.

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Category:The Station -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 44: I'm More of an Eelwasser Man

Ferengi Values vs. Federation Values.

The stationary setting of Deep Space Nine was a concern in the beginning and has often been criticized by Star Trek fans. But what the premise lacks in terms of discovering strange new worlds it makes up for in getting to know strange new cultures. Forcing Federation personnel and aliens from many different societies to live together day after day allowed the writers to explore important social issues—and to do so on a long scale.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a look at one of the starkest contrasts on the station—Ferengi values vs. Federation values. As Robert Hewitt Wolfe said, "The Ferengi are us. That's the gag, the Ferengis are humans.” We set out to determine if the Ferengi are in fact the closest analogy in Star Trek to twentieth and twenty-first center humans by examining Ferengi and Federation views of prosperity, labor practices, women’s rights, and education.

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Category:Ferengi -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 43: She’s Really Good with d20s

Move Along Home as a TOS Episode.

One of the most infamous episodes of Deep Space Nine, “Move Along Home” is almost universally hated by Niners. The moment of first official contact with a race from the Gamma Quadrant—a moment that Sisko took very seriously—was turned into a night of games. Nothing could be less DS9 than “Allamaraine!” right? Well, in this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by Standard Orbit’s Drew Stewart to present an angle that might make “Move Along Home” a bit easier to swallow. What if this were not a DS9 episode, but rather a TOS one? It might be considered a classic. There are many similarities between these gaming aliens, the struggles of our crew, and 1960s Star Trek storytelling. Join us as we climb the shaps and see if you agree that cries of “Allamaraine!” could have been TOS gold.

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Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 42: Unpredictable Variables

Implications of Genetic Enhancement.

Ever since “Space Seed” the idea of genetic enhancement has been something that is viewed almost universally as a negative within the Star Trek universe. After the devastation wrought by Khan and his fellow enhanced humans in the Eugenics Wars, genetic enhancement was outlawed by the Federation. But then came Deep Space Nine and Julian Bashir to cast shades of grey on the subject.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing follow up their commentary for “Doctor Bashir, I Presume” with a broader discussion of genetic enhancement and the implications of altering the natural course of evolution. Using the episode “Statistical Probabilities” as a basis for discussion, we delve into both the negative and positive aspects of genetic manipulation, the Asimov-inspired plot that gave us one possible solution to the Dominion War, and whether or not people like Julian Bashir are the likely future of mankind.

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Category:Julian Bashir -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 41: Leeta’s Assets, I Presume

Doctor Bashir, I Presume Commentary.

What would a Star Trek cast be without a doctor? From Bones to Beverly to Bashir, the first three series brought us great human physicians. Then came Voyager and the concept of medicine in the hands of a hologram. The Holographic Doctor was yet another great character, but the EMH was never intended for extended use. Deep Space Nine picked up the concept and extended it to the logical next step—the LMH or Long-term Medical Hologram. The model? Why Julian Bashir, of course!

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for the fifth-season episode “Doctor Bashir, I Presume” and discuss Robert Picardo’s guest appearance, Zimmerman’s fascination with Leeta, Bashir’s friction with his family, his relationship with Miles, and of course the major course change for his character as we learn that he is genetically engineered.

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 40: Commanders Have All the Fun

Sisko: Captain vs. Commander.

When Deep Space Nine premiered there were a number of things that set it apart from earlier series. It was set on a space station instead of a starship. The crew was made up of many non-Starfleet members. And Avery Brooks was cast as Star Trek’s first black captain—only he wasn’t a captain. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing examine the decision to start Sisko off as a commander rather than a captain, how that decision impacted both the audience reception and the creative direction of the series, and how the character himself changed along with the number of pips on his collar.

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Category:Captain Sisko -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 39: The Puppet Masters

Dominion Invasion Tactics.

When it comes to conquering other worlds, the bad guys in Star Trek use many methods. Some use brute force like the Borg. Others scheme like the Romulans. And some play a longer game to quietly suppress unless forced to use violence. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss the invasion tactics of the Dominion, how the Founders use others to do their bidding as they pull the strings from the Great Link, the parallels to the Roman Empire, and what they sought to achieve through their abduction of Sisko and the Defiant crew in the “The Search.”

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Category:The Dominion -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 38: A Nanook of the North Thing

His Way Commentary.

Odo spent much of the series brooding over Kira, and it seemed like he was never going make the move. As it turns out, all he really needed was a little jazz and a push from a well-intentioned lightbulb. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for “His Way” and discuss how Odo went from a square to a cool cat, how easy holograms make practice perfect, and how Vic Fontaine’s premiere on the show was not only the perfect fit for DS9 but also helped the Constable break our of his shell.

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Orb 37: Excellently Vague

Bajoran Prophecies.

Life as a religious figure started for Benjamin Sisko almost the moment he arrived at the station. Coming to terms with that life took a bit longer. One of the elements that made Deep Space Nine so rich and unique was the Bajoran belief system. The writers wove elements of spirituality—or mysticism depending on your perspective—into the series in a way that requires a long view to appreciate. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss six specific Bajoran prophecies that led us from the arrival of the Federation in “Emissary” to the final showdown in the Fire Caves in “What You Leave Behind.” We also explore how these prophecies eased Sisko into his role as Emissary and helped Kira, Winn, and others accept that he was, in fact, of Bajor. 

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Category:Bajoran Religion -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 36: The Two-Aspirin Show

Time Travel and Alternate Realities.

Like all Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine has its fair share of time travel stories. Some, like “Visionary” are your standard trips through time. Others, like “Past Tense,” carry strong social commentary. And still others, like “Children of Time,” create alternate realities and mind-boggling paradoxes that can send you in search of the aspirin bottle if you try to make sense of them. But through it all DS9 does what it always does best—build characters. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss time travel in general and compare and contrast two specific episodes—“Visionary” and “Children of Time”—as we look at how the DS9 writers utilize one of science fiction’s most popular plot devices.

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Category:Time Travel -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 35: The Most Awkward Make Out Scene Ever

Lwaxana Troi on DS9.

During Deep Space Nine's first season, the writers attempted to woo fans of TNG by bringing familiar faces aboard. Picard appeared in "Emissary" while Miles and Keiko joined as regulars transferring over from the Enterprise. So far so good. But then came our beloved Q and Vash. These last two didn't quite work on DS9, and so when Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House of Betazed, the Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed, showed up in "The Forsaken" we braced for the worst. As it turns out, however, the experiment was successful; so much so that she came back two more times.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Mrs. Troi's appearances on DS9, what she added to the show, how she helped Odo become a more well-rounded character, and why—as it turned out—she is a character that is right at home on the station. 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 34: The Bats of Love to Hang By

Looking for par'Mach In All the Wrong Places Commentary.

Love is in the air aboard Deep Space 9, only it isn't between the people you might expect. Quark has eyes for his Klingon ex, Jadzia has eyes for her Klingon colleague, and Miles and Kira have… well… something neither of them really wants. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for the episode that put a Star Trek spin on a classic tale of chivalry and wit—sprinkled with a few of Cupid's misplaced arrows—and planted the seeds for so much to come in the lives of our characters—especially for Worf and Jadzia.

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The Orb 33: Techniques of Neutralization

Waltz.

Sisko and Dukat have one of the most dynamic relationships of any hero/enemy combination in Star Trek. It transcends even the obvious Starfleet-Cardassian conflict and extends into the spiritual realm. It's enough to be men on opposite sides of galactic politics—who have each commanded DS9 (or Terok Nor)—but as emissaries to opposing sides of Bajoran religion they represent the timeless battle between good and evil. Being Deep Space Nine, however, who is on which side is not always entirely clear.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by John Tenuto to discuss this relationship, how it comes to a head in the sixth-season episode "Waltz," and how the writers used the moment to wash away the grey and plant Sisko and Dukat firmly on opposing sides of the ethical, moral, and spiritual plains. 

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Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

The Orb 32: A Nausicaan Musical

Undeveloped Stories.

With Deep Space Nine's complex story arcs and extensive cast of characters it was difficult for the writers to explore every story idea they wanted. Many concepts were left on the table, ranging from a visit to Gre'thor to the return of Sito Jaxa in a follow-up to TNG's "Lower Decks." In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss eight undeveloped episodes from DS9 as well as a few others we'd like to have seen. And along the way we resist the urge to break out in song—something Ronald D. Moore once hoped to see happen aboard the station. 

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Category:Undeveloped Stories -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT