The Orb 40: Commanders Have All the Fun / by Trek fm

Sisko: Captain vs. Commander.


Running Time: 53 minutes 5 seconds
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When Deep Space Nine premiered there were a number of things that set it apart from earlier series. It was set on a space station instead of a starship. The crew was made up of many non-Starfleet members. And Avery Brooks was cast as Star Trek’s first black captain—only he wasn’t a captain.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing examine the decision to start Sisko off as a commander rather than a captain, how that decision impacted both the audience reception and the creative direction of the series, and how the character himself changed along with the number of pips on his collar.


C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing


C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)