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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

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????

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

Latest release on Apr 15, 2020

All 133 episodes from oldest to newest

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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