Matthew Rushing is host of The 602 Club, a general geek show and co-hosts of Literary Treks and The Orb: A Star Trek Deep Space Nine Podcast.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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