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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.

    Not Impossible, Just Highly Improbable

    Not Impossible, Just Highly Improbable

    Rivals Commentary.
    One of the greatest friendships in Star Trek is that of Miles O’Brien and Julian Bashir. And it really started on a racquetball court. Space racquetball, of course.
    In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing get together for a casual discussion about the second-season episode “Rivals” and the genesis of the bromance between Miles and Jules, as well as an attempt to out-con Quark.
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    • 54 min
    True IDIC and Finding Common Ground

    True IDIC and Finding Common Ground

    Why DS9 endures.
    Almost three decades after it first aired, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine continues to be loved by its fans and welcomes first-time viewers every day. What is it about this series that was once cast into the shadows while its sister series basked in the limelight that connects so well with today’s audience?
    In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing get together for a casual discussion about the reasons they love DS9 and why they never tire of rewatching the series. Among the topics we touch on are how the setting challenges the residents of the station to embrace diversity and find common ground in a way that no other Star Trek series does, and why it all works because of the show’s focus on character over plot.
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer)

    • 52 min
    Thrown Back into the Mythology

    Thrown Back into the Mythology

    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)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    125: Create Your Own Truth

    125: Create Your Own Truth

    Mob Mentality and “A Man Alone.”. We discuss mob mentality and “A Man Alone” within the context of social media and the troubling state of discourse in today’s world.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ferengi for the Win

    Ferengi for the Win

    The Mirror Universe, Part 5: The Emperor’s New Cloak. We explore DS9’s final trip to the Mirror Universe, including the choice to center the story on the Ferengi and how the DS9 writers added texture and nuance to the mirror.

    • 51 min
    In a Mirror, Reversed

    In a Mirror, Reversed

    The Mirror Universe, Part 4: Resurrection. We explore DS9’s fourth trip to the Mirror Universe, including how the reversal of the mirror reflects on our own struggles and why this Kira story isn’t really about Kira.

    • 49 min

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