The Orb 67: The Metanarrative / by Trek fm

The Final Chapter, Part 6 of 9: Tacking Into the Wind.

After "When It Rains…" resolved parts of DS9's Final Chapter and set new ones in motion, the second half of the overall story kicks off with what may be the longest cold open in all of Star Trek. There is no "previously on Deep Space Nine," no explanation of why you are seeing an examination of a Jem'Hadar ship; and you won't see any credits for more than eight minutes. No, "Tacking Into the Wind" throws you right into the middle of DS9's endgame. The title is a perfect description of what takes place over the course of the episode. Like a ship making constant course corrections on the open sea, our characters must adjust to the rapidly changing circumstances around them.

In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue our series of shows that will take you through the entire nine-part, ten-hour Deep Space Nine finale with the sixth episode in the story, "Tacking Into the Wind." We discuss how Gul Rusot is a temporal mirror for Kira, what finally forces Damar to play his hand, the fall of Gowron, why this story could not be told without Ezri, the plight of Odo, and how it sets up the next part of the story.

Running Time: 1 hour 6 minutes 41 seconds


Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing



Kira and Gul Rusot (4:40)
Budget Limitations in the Final Chapter (11:46)
Damar Plays His Hand (14:41)
The Fall of Gowron (24:59)
The Plight of Odo (42:14)
Final Thoughts (52:59)
Closing (58:19)



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