This week Hillary and Nic navigate the tension between two different pairs on Deep Space Nine. They carefully chart the romantic gravity between Bashir and Melora, the new wheelchair bound ensign. Then they steer around the death threats emanating from one of Quark's old friends coming to settle an old debt. Finally they crash land straight into a character's name that's impossible not to make fun of...a lot.
Deep Space Nine Episode covered: Melora
This week Hillary and Nic take a break from discussing Deep Space Nine to discuss the potential repercussions of one of the Star Trek Mad Libs.
This week Hillary and Nic find themselves in the midst of some tricky issues when a Cardassian boy raised by Bajorans becomes the subject of a custody struggle. They untangle through the webs of O'Brien's fairly open racism, the delightful threads of Garak's charm, and the grim realities of the episode's ending. All this and more on this weeks Deep Space Now!
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered - Cardassians
Hillary and Nic take a break from Deep Space Nine this week to discuss Discovery, the first new Star Trek show in quite a while.
The first half of the conversation was recorded shortly after the first two episodes premiered, and the second half was recorded shortly after the season finale.
This week Hillary and Nic have to survive some rather invasive procedures along with the crew of the Deep Space Nine when intruders come on board. They scan the performances of the guests, probe the disturbing timeliness of the villains justification, and diagnose Quark's horrible whines of pains. All that and more on this week's Deep Space Now.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episode Covered - Invasive Procedures
In this Runabout we welcome Veronica Garcia to the show to play a game where she provides strange facts and we do our best to transform them into a Star Trek episode pitch! In this case, a pitch that involves more digestion based drama and space dolphins than the typical Deep Space Nine episode.
You can purchase some of Veronica's art on her Redbubble shop
This week Hillary and Nic brave a bumbling evil Bajoran Steven Weber, embrace the thrill of a Dax/Kira adventure, and risk the dietary nightmare that is spider sandwiches as the crew of Deep Space Nine tries to stop a coup in it's tracks.
Deep Space Nine episode covered: The Siege
This week Hillary and Nic take a break from Deep Space Nine to look into the Black Mirror at the Star Trek inspired episode "USS Callister."
This week Hillary and Nic stumble upon a conspiracy within Bajor and watch as the crew struggles to deal with the absence of everyone's favorite Bajoran Major. In this episode we fall over ourselves trying to keep up with Kira's ever expanding unplanned farewell party, bump into the ethics of exposing someone to an unexpectedly steamy hallucinogenic vision, and crash into the question of whether merely being a part of a trilogy of this sort makes it more difficult for the episode to work on its own.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered - The Circle
Hillary and Nic take a break from Deep Space 9 for a week to talk about the Star Trek influenced TV show The Orville. Half of this episode was recorded after we watched the first episode and half after the first season ended.
Hillary and Nic return from their hiatus to investigate the whereabouts of a famous Bajoran freedom fighter with the crew. They reconnect with the crew, discuss using Bugs Bunny tactics in warfare, and thrill to the introduction of Skeletor Nixon. All this and more this week in Deep Space Now!
Star Trek:Deep Space Nine episode covered - The Homecoming
Having completed the entire first season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hillary and Nic take this episode to look back on it as a whole and reflect on the things they liked, didn't like, and look forward to seeing in season 2.
This week Hillary and Nic find themselves in the middle of a major debate over religion in schools! In order to navigate through it they'll discuss O'Brien's jumja stick, Vedek Winn's amazing outfit and even more amazing performance, and discover how a man went from ensign to frisbee in record time. All this and more on this week's Deep Space Now!
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered - In the Hands of the Prophets
Hillary and Nic have spent over 20 episodes talking to you, but my oh my have we forgotten our manners. We never bothered to introduce ourselves. We correct that right here.
This week Hillary and Nic find themselves confronted with one of the heaviest episodes in season one shortly after learning of the events of Charlottesville. We look at the episode Duet and discuss both why it is so effective, and why it is still so relevant.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered - Duet
Hillary and Nic take a break from talking about episodes this week to talk about Hillary's trip to the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention!
This week Hillary and Nic find themselves in the midst of an alien play with a potentially lethal curtain call. In order to exit stage right, we'll applaud the cast's twists on the characters we know and love, gasp at Kira's questionably effective seduction techniques, and take the intermission to honor stuntman number nine. All this and more on this episode of Deep Space Now!
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered: Dramatis Personae
This week Hillary and Nic find themselves in the cross hairs of the most dedicated of stalkers in all the Star Trek universe: Lwaxana Troi. In order to escape her literal grasp they will need to discuss Odo's reluctance to be vulnerable, O'Brien's willingness to dive deep into the technobabble, and Bashir's worst assignment yet. All this and more on this episode of Deep Space Now!
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered - The Forsaken
This week on Deep Space Now, Hillary and Nic face a station where wishes have become reality! To escape this waking dream we ponder the effects of having Bashir's fantasy version of Dax made flesh, question how quickly Kira agrees to an extremely risky course of action, and keep a running and lengthy tally of the many horndogs within this episode!
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode covered: If Wishes Were Horses
In this episode Hillary and Nic find themselves in the way of Progress! In order to avoid getting steamrolled over they'll debate Mullibok's character, protest over whether or not Kira is acting in character, petition for more hijinks with Jake and Nog. and hold a hearing over how to say Self Sealing Stem Bolts five times fast. All this and more in this episode of Deep Space Now!
The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episode Covered in this episode is "Progress"
In this episode Hillary and Nic talk to production illustrator Jim Martin who, in addition to working on Deep Space Nine has worked on Starship Troopers, Alien:Ressurection, The Matrix Reloaded, Princess and the Frog, Oblivion, Big Hero 6 and more! We talk with him about what it was like to jump into Deep Space Nine as his first art job, the many things he worked on as a part of that team such as the Defiant and the Bajoran Solar Sailing ship, and how he has kept the passion and the enthusiasm for art alive throughout his career!
You can check out some of Jim's work at these two links:
In this episode Hillary and Nic gather around to hear a story which, if told poorly, could destroy an entire village! We'll set up a compelling hook looking at the intriguing premise of the B plot. We'll raise the stakes by discussing Bashir and O'Brien's awkward flight to Bajor. We'll reach our climactic third act by discussing the three awkwardly long sequences in the episode, and we will resolve with plenty of wicked cool chariot stats, because that's what all the cool people are talking about these days, right? All this and more in this episode of Deep Space Now!
Episode Covered: The Storyteller
In this episode Hillary and Nic find themselves marooned on a planet of endless war with the Kai and a hefty heap of war trauma. To win this battle we strategize accounting for a fantastic performance by Nana Visitor, charge into sudden and seemingly meaningless death, then to slow and clearly meaningless technobabble, and even meet on the field of combat over the success or failure of Kira's character arc. All this while saying a sad farewell to an important recurring character.
DS9 Episode Covered: Battle Lines
In this episode, Hillary and Nic continue talking to Academy Award winner Doug Drexler. In this part we get to hear him discuss his time working in makeup on The Next Generation, the transition to CG, and of course the incredible effort gone into recreating original series sets and models for the episode Trials and Tribble-ations.
In this episode Hillary and Nic take a break from talking about specific episodes to talk to Academy Award winner Doug Drexler who has worked on the franchise in makeup, scenic art, vfx and so much more. In this first part of a two part interview he talks about his youth spent watching Star Trek, how he started working in makeup and of course, how he came to work on The Next Generation and eventually Deep Space Nine. Make sure to tune in next week for the second half!