Tom F and Marsh are joined and gently corralled by expert telly-brain Jamie Brittain to discuss the beloved Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Is it the greatest of all Treks? (Yes.) And why? And has the art that made it great been lost?

  • Let’s begin these show notes as the series itself does: with its iconic theme tune. Sing along everyone! Doop-a-dee-do, bee doop-a-dee. Doop-a-dee-do, be doople-oo doo be-dee. Doop-a-dee-do, bee doop-a-diiii, be doople-oo-do-do do-do be-dee.
  • If you want to refresh your memory in advance of this pod, the main episodes to watch are
  • 1.1 – Emissary
  • 1.18 – Duet
  • 2.14 – Whispers
  • 6.19 – In the Pale Moonlight
  • Other episodes are listed below in the order we mention them, alongside mini-synopses.
  • And here are the actors, characters and their roles, which we mention:
  • Avery Brooks – Capt. Benjamin Sisko – bereaved starfleet bossman and top bollocker on the station, accidentally finds himself “emissary” to some godlike beings who live in a nearby wormhole
  • Rene Auberjonois – Odo – shapeshifting “gel-weirdo” and head of non-Starfleet station security, of a species that is worshipped as gods by enemies of the Dominion, the enemies of the Federation
  • Alexander Siddig – Doctor Julian Bashir – genetically modified top doc and, briefly, lothario
  • Colm Meaney – Chief Miles O’Brien – head of engineering, good at darts, less so acting
  • Rosalind Chao – Keiko O’Brien – school teacher. Not a fan of amorous clones
  • Nana Visitor – Major Kira – top Bajoran on the station, former militia-member of a people who until recently were under brutal Cardassian occupation
  • Armin Shimerman – Quark – Ferengi barman and comedy character, somehow not awful
  • Terry Farrell – Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax – science officer, sort of, who has a symbiote in her which carries the memories of its previous hosts
  • Michael Dorn – Lt. Cmdr. Worf – very un-Klingon Klingon, prune-juice enthusiast and oddly prudish sex-symbol
  • Tony Todd – Kurn – Worf’s brother, shamed and ostracised by Worf’s Starfleet allegiance
  • Tony Todd, again – Old Jake Sisko – Benjamin Sisko’s son, but old now because time
  • Andrew Robinson – Garak – ship tailor and slippery Cardassian spy
  • Marc Alaimo – Gul Dukat – former station boss under Cardassian occupation and brilliantly realised bellend
  • Louise Fletcher – Kai Winn Adami – Bajoran spiritual leader and power-hungry monster who oozes sanctimony
  • Jeffrey Combs – Weyoun – silky Dominion diplomat, cloned across multiple generations
  • The West Wing, political drama with a similar serialised/syndicated blend and doop-a-dee-do bee doop-a-dee theme tune
  • 6.02 – Rocks and Shoals – the gang offer medical assistance to their enemy and (shock!) get betrayed
  • 7.21 – When it Rains – the gang discover something about Odo (among other things!)
    Babylon 5 – contemporary space station drama with heavy serialisation
  • The horrifying flying jellyfish feature in Operation: Annihilate (episode 1.29) of the original Star Trek
  • 1.18 – Duet – a Cardassian arrives on the station with a disease he could only have contracted while
  • 3.24 – Shakaar – Kira must talk down former fellow resistance fighters from starting a civil conflict (while O’Brien plays darts)
  • The great behind-the-scenes books on Trek that Tom mentions are: The Fifty Year Mission and, more relevant to this podcast, its follow-up
  • 3.07 – Civil Defense – the gang accidentally trigger old Cardassian security protocols designed to deal with an armed rebellion
  • 2.14 – Whispers – O’Brien finds himself at the centre of a conspiracy when everyone begins to act weirdly towards him
  • 4.09 Our Man Bashir – silly but fun holodeck episode in which everyone takes on the roles of Bond characters
  • 6.13 Far Beyond the Stars – Sisko imagines his crew as 50s sci-fi writers, for reasons?
  • 4.14 Sons of Mogh – Sons of Mogh – Worf’s brother turns up on the station, distraught after being ostracised by Klingon society for Worf’s actions
  • 6.19 – In the Pale Moonlight – Sisko explores underhand ways to bring the Romulans into the war on the Federation’s side
  • Section 31 are the Federation… but evil!
  • Star Trek: The Lower Decks – cheeky cartoon Trek courtesy of at least one alumnus of Rick and Morty
  • Star Trek: Discovery – characters acting in heavingly stupid ways with no greater purpose than to fill airtime with passingly exciting events
  • Murder One and Twin Peaks were anomolies at the time for dealing with one ongoing story-line across a season
  • Star Trek: Picard – a voyage into nothingness saved by its lead actor
  • X-files – failed to tread the line between monster of the week and serialised story
  • The phrase “Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra” is from the brilliant Darmok (episode 5.02) of Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • 6.01 – A Time to Stand – an episode in which Odo, Weyoun and Ducat are locked in an “authority triangle”
  • 5.16 – Doctor Bashir, I Presume – the episode in which Dr Bashir discovers he is genetically engineered
  • Star Trek: Voyager – best captain in Kate Mulgrew’s Janeway, and best doctor in Robert Picardo
  • Star Trek: Enterprise – best left unmentioned
  • 6.12 – Who SPOILER for Morn? – Quark gets embroiled in Morn’s business, with film noirish consequence
  • That’s it! Goodbye.

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