Rank #1: The Orb 3: Emissary, Ambassador, or Apostle?
Shortly after Benjamin Sisko arrived at Bajor, he was informed by Kai Opaka that he was the more than just a Starfleet Commander. Apart from being an ambassador of sorts whose mission was to prepare Bajor for Federation membership, Sisko was a long-awaited spiritual figure whose arrival was foretold in Bajoran prophecies. What played out over the next seven years was a story of incredible transformation of a kind never before seen in Star Trek.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a closer look at the man the Prophets came to refer to as The Sisko, how a Starfleet officer initially fought again his destiny, and how he came to accept that he had a very special purpose to fulfil that went beyond the uniform.
Jan 28 2013
Rank #2: The Orb 23: The Finer Points of Morality
In the Pale Moonlight Commentary.
It’s widely held as the darkest moment of not only Deep Space Nine but all of Star Trek. Captain Sisko’s decision to trick the Romulans into entering the Dominion War rocked the foundation of Roddenberry’s world and the principles of the Federation. Despite this—or perhaps because of it—“In the Pale Moonlight” is one of Star Trek’s finest pieces of storytelling. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take you through the episode with a full commentary. Because we felt that, maybe if we just laid it all out in our logs, it would finally make sense.
Jul 15 2013
Rank #3: The Orb 4: The Smartest Man In the Room
He arrived on Deep Space 9 as a young, eager, and arrogant doctor ready to bring Federation medical knowledge to the wilderness. He said goodbye to his crewmates as a thougtful and mature man, loyal to his friends, his work, and his ideals. In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take a closer look at Doctor Julian Bashir, his inner search for acceptance, his relationships, and the arc of incredible growth that we say over the course of seven years.
Feb 04 2013
Rank #4: The Orb 26: Signing a Deal with the Devil
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
Rank #5: The Orb 11: It's All True... Especially the Lies
He’s one of the most beloved characters on Deep Space Nine and one of the most complex in all of Star Trek. Garak appears in just 33 of DS9’s 173 episodes, yet it feels like he’s always there. His character arc can stand up to that of any of the “main cast” and—as a study of the psychological motivations for one’s actions—there is no better puzzle to unravel than the one called Elim. In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by Dr. Una McCormack, Star Trek author and lecturer at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, to discuss what makes Garak tick, how his interactions with others on the station changed him, and his path from exiled agent of the Obsidian Order led to life as a simple tailor and ultimately to redemption as a savior of Cardassia.
Apr 01 2013
Rank #6: The Orb 24: It's Not All Puppies and Bunnies with Horns
DS9 Season Two.
The first season of Deep Space Nine took a while to find its footing as it established a new kind of Star Trek, and it wasn’t until the end of the season that we saw those seeds truly planted. But when the show returned for its sophomore outing it had clearly grown up a bit. The Circle Trilogy—with its Bajoran political intrigue—set the tone for storytelling that was deeper and more character-driven than what had come before. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing go for a walk and talk through the Promenade to examine Season Two, how writing mandates and set changes influenced the direction of the show, and what we see as the highs and lows of the season.
Jul 22 2013
Rank #7: The Orb 32: A Nausicaan Musical
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.
Sep 18 2013
Rank #8: The Orb 20: A Dark and Stormy Night
The only episode of Deep Space Nine to be nominated for the Hugo Award, “The Visitor” is a moving story that works with or without the Star Trek elements. This account of Jake Sisko’s life following the apparent death of his father tugs on the heartstrings and effectively conveys an enormous sense of loss, anguish, and guilt. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by sociology professor John Tenuto to discuss this unique and powerful episode, what it says about the importance of fathers, and why it is quietly one of the greatest Star Trek episodes of all time.
Jun 17 2013
Rank #9: The Orb 12: Ten Strips of Latinum
With 173 episodes to choose from, it’s difficult to pick just five favorites. But in this episode of The Orb we do just that as hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing each toss five episodes onto the table for discussion and explore why these stories highlight some of the best moments from Deep Space Nine.
Apr 08 2013
Rank #10: 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.
Oct 23 2013
Rank #11: 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.
Apr 02 2014
Rank #12: The Orb 95: Putting In the Teeth
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.
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ChaptersLanding 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)
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)
Oct 21 2015
Rank #13: The Orb 9: Atlas With a Smile
One of the longest-running characters in Star Trek, we first met Miles O’Brien in the TNG pilot episode “Encounter at Farpoint” in which he was the conn officer on the Battle Bridge. He went on to appear in 51 more episodes of The Next Generation before moving over to Deep Space Nine as Chief of Operations. By the time we got to DS9 his character had a full background, yet there is still a lot to be found in how his upbringing and 20+ years of service made him a stabilising factor for the DS9 crew and the calm in the eye of the storm. In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing look at Miles, his hands-on approach to life, his loyalty to friends and family, and why if there is anyone who could hold the world on his shoulders it’s Miles O’Brien—and he’d do it with a smile.
Mar 18 2013
Rank #14: 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.
Dec 04 2013
Rank #15: The Orb 27: It's Easy To Be a Saint In Paradise
They were created for Voyager, but it was DS9 that really fleshed out the story of this group of settlers caught in the middle of a conflict between the Federation and Cardassia. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing examine how governments forget the little people when making concessions to enemies, how the blind eye of the Federation Council led to an insurgency that cost the lives of many innocent people, and how the Maquis found themselves in a position of real life that was beyond the imagination of the decision makers sitting comfortably back on Earth.
Aug 12 2013
Rank #16: The Orb 13: One Bat'leth to Rule Them All
He began as the token Klingon in “Encounter at Farpoint” and evolved into one of the longest-running characters on television. As a critical part of the crew on two Star Trek series, Worf was transformed from a two-dimensional representation of Federation-Klingon progress into a three-dimensional representation of the Human-Klingon balancing act. In this episode of The Orb, hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing look at Worf, how he struggled to reconcile his human upbringing with his desire to be truly Klingon, how he is often a warrior of contradiction, how his relationships with Miles, Jadzia, and Martok shaped him, and his ultimate goal of bringing his two very different sides together to create one honourable man.
Apr 15 2013
Rank #17: 119: The Other Side of the Glass
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
Rank #18: The Orb 94: Here’s to Retaking the Castle
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)
Oct 17 2015
Rank #19: 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)
Aug 25 2016
Rank #20: The Orb 15: Some Sort of Weird Cage
The Visual Design of Deep Space Nine.
The mandate going into DS9 was to create something very different from previous incarnations of Star Trek. Setting the show in a non-Federation environment at the junction of interstellar traffic meant that the station would be a strange and busy place. What was needed was something a bit darker, a bit sinister—and completely alien. Picking up on the threads first laid out in TNG’s “The Wounded,” Herman Zimmerman, Marvin Rush, and the rest of the creative team fleshed out Cardassian design and architecture to create an incredibly real environment and some of the most elaborate sets every built for television. In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing discuss various elements of Deep Space Nine’s visual design including the interiors, the lighting, Cardassian technology, the meshing of Cardassian and Bajoran aesthetics, the Defiant, and of course the uniforms.
Apr 29 2013