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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 each week with hosts Christopher 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.

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 each week with hosts Christopher 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 each week with hosts Christopher 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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Episodes

117: A Flashpan Love Affair

8/9/2017
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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,...

Duration: 00:41:17


116: Untitled Bashir

7/26/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:16:53


115: Kind of Like a Jazzcat

6/14/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:01:11


114: Life Is Way Bigger Than 140 Characters

5/17/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:56:20


113: Path through Hell

5/10/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:49:35


112: The Goodmiral

8/24/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:43:57


111: Temporal Bluetooth

8/17/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:42:47


110: Sleeping with the Enemy

8/10/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:42:48


108: Never Turn Your Back on Boushh

6/1/2016
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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...

Duration: 01:07:01


107: A Merit-Based System

5/26/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:46:29


106: Removable Sideburns are Kind of Awesome

5/11/2016
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Defiant Commentary. What happens when William Riker drops by to check out Sisko’s new toy? We don’t know, because that didn’t happen. But when his transporter-created twin Tom drops by, that toy goes missing. In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you a commentary for the third-season episode “Defiant,” which provides a sequel or sorts for TNG’s “Second Chances.” Airing just 18 months after we first met Thomas Riker and just three days after Generations...

Duration: 01:01:43


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

5/4/2016
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Feedback Show. In each episode of The Orb we delve into the minutiae of Deep Space Nine, which generates a lot of feedback from you, our loyal listeners. When the messages start piling up, it’s time to gaze into the Orb of Mail. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes. Join us as we discuss the value of Vic Fontaine, Worf’s ramming knowledge, that art of balancing special effects budgets, the importance of baseball, and the possibility...

Duration: 00:51:13


The Orb 105: Playing Ouija Board with Troi

4/7/2016
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Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 4: Nemesis. When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there? In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their four-part...

The Orb 104: While Running an Errand for DS9...

3/23/2016
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Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 3: Insurrection. When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there? In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their...

The Orb 103: A Different Kind of Honor

3/6/2016
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Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 2: First Contact. When it was announced that Michael Dorn would join the cast of DS9 with the show’s fourth-season premier, fan reaction was mixed. Was this just a gimmick to win over the TNG crowd and boost the show? Well, maybe. But as it turned out, DS9 was where Worf really belonged, and the character blossomed as part of the Station’s ensemble. But how did he get there? In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their...

The Orb 102: An Emotional Malaise

2/17/2016
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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...

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

2/6/2016
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Essential DS9, Season One. The episodic television format has its strengths and weaknesses. The advantage is that the viewer can tune into just about any episode, any time, and enjoy it without having to know what happened in previous installments. The downside is that it’s harder to build momentum with self-contained episodes. That means that some episodes will shine, while others will fall into the shadows. In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing join our...

Duration: 00:42:34


The Orb 100: Mistrust in a Microcosm

1/23/2016
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The Ship. As we reach our 100th episode, we mark the occasion with a quiet moment from Deep Space Nine—one that put our characters under pressure, tested their resolve, and highlighted the rift between the Federation and the Dominion. And like this installment of The Orb, it’s also the centennial moment for DS9 (depending on how you count your episodes). Join hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing as they discuss how this unassuming story plays a pivotal role later on in the Dominion War,...

The Orb 99: Admiral Denorios and His Ginormous Belt Buckle

12/23/2015
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Emissary, Part 2 of 2. When Deep Space Nine premiered, the idea of a show set on a space station didn’t sit well with all fans. But with a season and a half still to go on The Next Generation, the producers couldn’t simply fire off another show about a crew flying around on a starship. They had to do something different. But the stationary aspect of DS9 was far from the only thing unique about the show. “Emissary” set into motion a different form of storytelling and put many threads into...

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

12/12/2015
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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...
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