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!
Hillary and Nic enter the Vortex this week and watch from a safe distance as Odo's capacity to trust is tested to the limits by a mysterious newcomer. We navigate through some spectacular visuals, orbit some fantastic performances and probe whether or not Croden works as a character. All this and more in this weeks Deep Space Now.
Episode covered: The Vortex
Hillary and Nic do a cost benefit analysis on being the Nagus in this episode of Deep Space Now. We bargain for more time with best buds Jake and Nog, appraise the Ferengi stylings of Wallace Shawn, and buy up all the family drama we can obtain. Will we find ourselves in a bull or a bear market? Will all the columns add up, or will our audit find us spaced out an airlock? Find out in this brand new episode of Deep Space Now!
Episode Covered: The Nagus
Hillary and Nic find themselves inside the most nightmarish Cheesecake Factory ever built in this episode of Deep Space Now. To escape they'll have to solve the riddle of Jake's questionable knowledge about dating, look for clues in some fantastic dialogue deliveries and character moments, and compose a winning strategy for how to handle diplomatic relations between two vastly different cultures. Yeah, we're goners. I thought we had a shot till that last one. The difficulty really ramps up suddenly at the end of this game it seems. Well we'll still give it our best shot!
Deep Space Nine episode being covered: Move Along Home
In this slightly gassy episode Hillary and Nic discuss the horrifying nature of the conceit of this plot, the jaw dropping amount of technobabble and a cat fight between security officers, one of whom could turn into a literal cat if he wished just to get those free 8 extra lives. Oh, and it wouldn't be complete without a look at one of the more bizarre acting choices we've seen so far on this show. All this and more!
Episode covered this week: The Passenger
Hillary and Nic join the DS9 crew in a legal argument for Dax's very life! We look at the evidence of what makes a person a person, cross examine the selection of secondary characters in this episode, and hold Julian in contempt. Not of court, but just in general. Dudes got boundary issues something awful. What's the verdict? You'll have to listen to find out!
Episode of the week: "Dax"
Q snaps his way onto Deep Space Nine in the episode Q-Less, and Hillary and Nic counter with their discussion about the most memorable banker in all of Star Trek, Q's abusive relationship with Vash, Julian's smooth moves and some how we end up talking about nipples. I blame Q. He's a tricksy one he is.
In this episode Hillary and Nic discuss the episode Captive Pursuit, where we meet a brand new alien that can be, and frequently is summed up in one word: Tosk. We talk about the amazing makeup, the difficulty of forming a friendship between two very different cultures, and wonder just how O'Brien isn't in a cell by the end of his escapades in this.
As an aphasia virus runs rampant on Deep Space Now, Hillary and Nic run rampant all over this episode! We discuss Quark and Odo's epic frenemy status, the misery of keeping a space station that seems to hate you maintained, quarantines, bioterrorism and lots of other upbeat topics that terrify us to our very cores! Oh, and for the love of all that is holy can we get the chief to fix the printer? It keeps screaming bloody murder.
Hillary and Nic try to digest a very stuffed episode with A Man Alone. We've got Julian's unsettling flirtations, Starfleet's unsettling bioethics, Keiko settling in by starting a school, a Odo possibly violently settling a score with an old enemy, a lynch mob unwilling to settle for anything less than Odo's death, and the weirdest bedbugs in all the Alpha quadrant which thanks to the power of friendship are now settling in on the station. Whew! I'm exhausted just typing all that, but boy oh boy did we have a lot to say about it all.
Hillary and Nic dig into a very Bajoran episode of Deep Space Nine. We talk about the loss of identity in rebel factions when the rebellion is over, Kira's difficult choice when faced with an old ally who has become a Bajor First activist, and of course the introduction of Garak and what may be the best pickup line ever.
Hillary and Nic close out their discussion of the climactic second part of the pilot! We talk about the importance of perception in this episode, how Star Trek treats deities, try to wrap our head around non-linear time and spend a larger than expected amount of the running time talking like pirates.
P.S. Yes, at the end we do list the wrong episode as being next in line. We know, we caught it after recording the outro. Don't worry, Past Prologue is coming at ya next Wednesday!
Hillary and Nic dive into the very first part of the very first episode of the classic Sci-Fi show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine! What wonders and weirdness await in Emissary: Part 1? We talk about the introductions of the characters, the set up of the series premise, and possibly the strangest beach scene ever filmed.
Hi Everybody! I'm very excited to be able to announce that this podcast will soon be available to the public at large.
I know what you're thinking though. You have questions.
"What is this podcast about and who the hell are you?"
"Why should I care?"
"Is cake or pie the superior desert?"
Hold onto your hats because I'm about to answer off a few of those for you.
"What is this show about and who the hell are you?"
This podcast is about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The show was special and touched upon themes and ideas in a way that no other Trek show really has before or since. But it doesn't just stand as something special when looked at against other Treks. The show stands out amongst all the shows of it's day, Sci-Fi or otherwise. That said, it was a different time. Fourteen years ago to be precise. Has it's message become dated and irrelevant as progress outpaced our dreams, and understanding sped past our speculation? Or has it become even more relevant as the issues we face shift and change, the old abstractions and stories revealing more truth and cause for debate than we could have possibly expected back in 1993?
The fact is, there's only one way to find out. Re-watch the whole dang thing, from the start, to the very end. Thus, my co-host Hillary Bradfield, and I, Nic Rudy, proudly unveil this podcast.
Join us in our mission, to boldy go where a ton of people went back in 1993. To explore decades old episodes and one of the most celebrated fictional universes ever to have been created. Join us for Deep Space Now.
"Why should I care?"
Wow, harshly spoken. Getting just a hint of passive aggressiveness there. But to answer your question, speculative fiction allows us to see the world and the issues we face in a new way, an abstracted way. It allows us to contemplate and anticipate problems decades or even centuries before they actually have to be addressed. It allows us to look at the world through a different lens. But beyond that, I think we all benefit by looking back at what we once dreamed the future might be like, and seeing how that differs from how we now dream it. What has changed tells us a lot about ourselves and our culture as much as it does the state of the world in general.
Also, come on dude, it'll be fun.
We're watching freaking Star Trek!
"Is cake or pie the superior desert?"
Whoah. I try not to get involved in religious debates of this sort. People have died over this sort of thing. I'm not going to enter the ring on this lightly. Ask your spiritual leader or philosopher of choice. I'm sticking to fake space station politics for now.
Well that's all folks, I'll be updating again when I have an exact date for the premier of the first episode.
See you next time space cowboys