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The Orb is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not an episode review show, The Orb explores specific elements with hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing. We dive deep into this unique chapter in the Star Trek story to examine how it tackles the shades of grey that we find in real life, and how it uses characters over technology to tell timeless stories that connect with the audience.

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The Orb is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not an episode review show, The Orb explores specific elements with hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing. We dive deep into this unique chapter in the Star Trek story to examine how it tackles the shades of grey that we find in real life, and how it uses characters over technology to tell timeless stories that connect with the audience.

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The Best

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Great Treck talk. Easily the best.

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no new episodes? No goodbye? NOTHING????

iTunes Ratings

129 Ratings
Average Ratings
120
4
1
1
3

The Best

By Mr.Gromley - Apr 16 2020
Read more
Great Treck talk. Easily the best.

Nothing new?

By omoo22 - Feb 22 2020
Read more
no new episodes? No goodbye? NOTHING????
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The Orb: A Star Trek Deep Space Nine Podcast

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The Orb is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated entirely to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Not an episode review show, The Orb explores specific elements with hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing. We dive deep into this unique chapter in the Star Trek story to examine how it tackles the shades of grey that we find in real life, and how it uses characters over technology to tell timeless stories that connect with the audience.

Rank #1: The Orb 60: A Repetitive Cycle of Resistance

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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.

Jun 04 2014

57mins

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Rank #2: The Orb 65: Song, Ritual, and Unbridled Passions

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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.

Jul 10 2014

1hr

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Rank #3: The Orb 68: Doomed from the Beginning

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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)

Aug 14 2014

49mins

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Rank #4: The Orb 18: Quick, Nimble, and Armed to the Teeth

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The Defiant.

After the disastrous first encounter with the Jem’Hadar left the Galaxy-Class USS Odyssey in ruins, it became clear to Sisko that they would need something more than runabouts to protect the station and to venture into the Gamma Quadrant. So he returned to an old project he had worked on and asked Starfleet to pull a unique warship out of storage—the USS Defiant. It’s a little ship, as Riker would call it, but also one that—as Sisko pointed out—has teeth. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a close look at the Defiant, the key role it played in both general storytelling and the Dominion War, and whether its introduction to the show was a natural evolution of the DS9 storyline or an admission that the stationary nature of the show wasn’t working. 

Jun 03 2013

52mins

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Rank #5: The Orb 52: But It's Captain Kirk!

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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.

Apr 02 2014

1hr 4mins

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Rank #6: The Orb 45: Big City, Small Town Feel

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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.

Jan 29 2014

56mins

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Rank #7: The Orb 42: Unpredictable Variables

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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.

Dec 21 2013

50mins

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Rank #8: The Orb 39: The Puppet Masters

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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.”

Nov 20 2013

1hr

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Rank #9: The Orb 26: Signing a Deal with the Devil

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The Dominion War.

By the second season it became clear that Deep Space Nine was going to be more about characters and real life than any previous Star Trek series. And the pursuit of this led DS9 across a line that no one had dared cross before. The introduction of the Dominion set up one of television’s greatest story arcs, but one that has been criticized by fans, by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, and even by Rick Berman himself. For many, open warfare has no place in Star Trek. But is that so? In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a first look at the Dominion War, focusing on the setup, how it changed our characters, how Cardassia paid the heaviest price of all, and why the Dominion War was good for the core mission of Star Trek.

Aug 05 2013

58mins

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Rank #10: 108: Never Turn Your Back on Boushh

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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)

Jun 01 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #11: The Orb 56: The John McClane of Deep Space Nine

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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. 

May 02 2014

50mins

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Rank #12: 102: An Emotional Malaise

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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)

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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)

Feb 17 2016

57mins

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Rank #13: The Orb 98: We’re Gonna Do ALL the Consequences

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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.”

ChaptersSetting 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)

HostsC Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

ProductionC 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)

Dec 12 2015

1hr 19mins

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Rank #14: The Orb 41: Leeta’s Assets, I Presume

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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.

Dec 11 2013

58mins

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Rank #15: The Orb 69: Gentleness Missed

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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)

Aug 23 2014

44mins

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Rank #16: 119: The Other Side of the Glass

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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)

Jan 15 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #17: The Orb 53: Destroy the World to Win the Game

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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.

Apr 09 2014

1hr 7mins

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Rank #18: The Orb 71: They’re More Elite Than You Are

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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)

Sep 06 2014

50mins

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Rank #19: The Orb 72: It's a Trap!

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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)

Sep 14 2014

41mins

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Rank #20: The Orb 57: Keiko Fell Into a Lens Flare

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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.

May 08 2014

1hr 12mins

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126: Thrown Back into the Mythology

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DS9 Documentary: Season 8 Premiere.

As the camera pulled back from Deep Space 9, and we watched Kira and Jake stare out at the wormhole, what we left behind were many unanswered questions. When Ira Steven Behr and the writers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine gathered for the documentary, they put together a rough outline for the premiere episode of a hypothetical eighth season.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing dip into the documentary What We Left Behind to discuss the story of Captain Nog calling his former crewmates to the station 20 years after they went their own ways, the mystery of Kira’s behavior, Julian Bashir as the leader of Section 31, and, of course, the return on the Emissary: Benjamin Sisko.

Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Cold Open (00:04:16) Act I (00:08:55) Act II (00:19:01) Act III (00:26:43) Act IV (00:40:41) Act V (00:47:17) Closing (00:54:16)

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)

Apr 15 2020

1hr 10mins

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125: Create Your Own Truth

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Mob Mentality and “A Man Alone.”

Justice requires facts, facts require information, and information can only be obtained when one is willing to listen. In “A Man Alone,” an accusation against Odo—one based on few details and driven by preconceived notions—almost cost DS9’s resident shapeshifter his life. It was a 24-century situation that mirrors the present day all too well. A perceived misstep gave a few people with a vendetta a chance to take down someone they didn’t like, and misinformation coupled with disinterest in facts drew a mob around the cause.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss Deep Space Nine’s “A Man Alone” within the context of social media and the troubling state of discourse in today’s world. Looking at mob mentality, we explore whether we are information-poor individuals in an information-rich world, how preconceptions and impatience drive division, and why only by listening to and working together with those who hold differing opinions from our own can we reach the future that Gene Roddenberry envisioned.

Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Mob Mentality (00:03:46) Information Rich, Information Poor (00:11:24) Redemption Lost (00:16:49) Social Media As a Weapon (00:22:50) Preconceptions and Impatience (00:27:51) Feel Comfortable with Your Discomfort (00:31:42) Learn to Listen (00:37:20) Education Is Key: Keiko’s B-Plot (00:42:12) Working Together, Solve Problems (00:46:20) Closing (00:50:25)

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)

May 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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124: Ferengi for the Win

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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)

Feb 02 2019

51mins

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123: In a Mirror, Reversed

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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)

Jan 21 2019

49mins

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122: An Evilish Tint

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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)

Aug 01 2018

1hr

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121: A Totally Different Type of Normal

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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)

Apr 29 2018

1hr 6mins

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120: The Ultimate in Narcissism

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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)

Apr 11 2018

1hr 2mins

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119: The Other Side of the Glass

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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)

Jan 15 2018

1hr 1min

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118: Devilishly Smart

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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)

Dec 10 2017

56mins

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117: A Flashpan Love Affair

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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)

Aug 09 2017

41mins

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116: Untitled Bashir

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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)

Jul 26 2017

1hr 16mins

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115: Kind of Like a Jazzcat

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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)

Jun 14 2017

1hr 1min

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114: Life Is Way Bigger Than 140 Characters

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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)

May 17 2017

56mins

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113: Path through Hell

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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)

May 10 2017

49mins

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112: The Goodmiral

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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)

Aug 25 2016

43mins

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111: Temporal Bluetooth

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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)

Aug 17 2016

42mins

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110: Sleeping with the Enemy

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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)

Aug 10 2016

42mins

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109: A Spiritual Hat Trick

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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)

Jul 11 2016

1hr 6mins

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108: Never Turn Your Back on Boushh

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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)

Jun 01 2016

1hr 7mins

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107: A Merit-Based System

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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)

May 26 2016

46mins

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The Best

By Mr.Gromley - Apr 16 2020
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Great Treck talk. Easily the best.

Nothing new?

By omoo22 - Feb 22 2020
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no new episodes? No goodbye? NOTHING????