The Circle Trilogy, Part 1 of 3: The Homecoming.
Enterprise gets much praise for its unique three-episode storytelling style that defined the fourth season. But a decade earlier, DS9 took the format for a trial run with what has come to be known as “The Circle Trilogy.” Comprising “The Homecoming,” “The Circle,” and “The Siege,” the three-part story remained unique within Star Trek until the NX-01 entered the Borderland.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing begin a new miniseries that will take you through the arc, beginning with the return of Bajoran legend Li Nalas. We discuss how the show established a new feel for the series, how tragedy can fuel xenophobia, the evolving relationships between our main characters, whether a legend is more important than the truth, and much more.
New Season, New Tone (00:06:46)
Ben and Jake’s First Date (00:12:26)
Post-tragedy Xenophobia and Fractured Unity (00:14:27)
Violent Tendencies (00:20:16)
Evolving Relationships (00:25:09)
The Reluctance of Li Nalas (00:33:55)
Truth vs. Legend (00:40:35)
Final Thoughts (00:46:40)
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)
Rom. When we first met him in “Emissary,” Rom was just another Ferengi; but that quickly changed. We explore how he became one of DS9’s unexpected standouts and key characters.
Natima Lang. We focus on the Cardassian professor and dissident who appeared in the second-season episode “Profit and Loss,” and how she influenced Quark and Garak.
Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges Commentary. We discuss what happens to the rule of law when nations go to war, as Bashir is once again tapped by Section 31.
Music and DS9. We take a look at the show’s music, why Star Trek rarely uses pop, why jazz fits the series so well, and what it could be like if today’s artists replaced the jazz.
Past Tense, Part II. We conclude our look at this two-part story, discussing how B.C., Vin, and Sisko reflect the realities of our society, anger vs. reason, and more.
Past Tense, Part I. In Star Trek’s 2024, America has tucked away undesirables in Sanctuary Districts. We dive into the first part of this glimpse at the humanity’s difficult road to Gene’s future.
Remembering Barry Jenner. In only 12 episodes, Admiral William Ross turned the tide of the war through firm yet thoughtful interactions. We remember the man who brought the character to life.
The Orb of Time. This mystical object offered DS9’s writers a unique way to facilitate time travel; yet they only used it twice. We explore the reasons, how it works, and imagine new stories.
Kira Meru. When her mother was ripped away to serve as a comfort woman aboard Terok Nor, Nerys’s life changed forever. We discuss the shocking truth revealed in “Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night.”
Rapture. When Benjamin Sisko arrived at Bajor, he was told right away that he was the Emissary. He didn’t believe it. By the end of the series he did. We discuss the key turning point.
By Inferno’s Light. We delve deep into the second half of the fifth-season duology in which Worf defeats the Jem’Hadar, Garak becomes a hero, and the Klingons set up shop on Deep Space 9.
In Purgatory’s Shadow. We delve deep into the first half of the fifth-season duology in which Bashir gets replaced, Dukat switches sides (sort of), and Worf worries about opera.
Defiant Commentary. What happens when Riker visits DS9? Sisko’s new toy goes missing. We discussion Tom’s motives, Kira’s needs, and Dukat’s self-absorption.
Feedback Show. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes, including Worf’s ship design knowledge, the value of Vic Fontaine, and the origins of Sisko.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 4: Nemesis. We conclude our four-part series by discussing why Worf is back on the Enterprise and why you really can’t go back home again.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 3: Insurrection. We figure out where on the timeline Insurrection falls, and discuss how Worf’s relationship with Jadzia and Dominion War experience tie into the film.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 2: First Contact. We discuss Worf’s role in the second TNG film, Sisko’s influence on Worf’s character, how his view of honor has changed, and much more.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 1: TNG and Generations. We begin a new four-part series focused on Worf’s journey from TNG to DS9. Connecting the dots that were never meant to be connected, we find moments that were key to preparing Worf for his assignment to DS9.
Essential DS9, Season One. One by one, we discuss each episode to determine if it’s truly essential to the DS9 storyline or something you can skip without worry.
The Ship. As we reach our 100th episode, we mark the occasion with a quiet moment from DS9—one that put our characters under pressure, tested their resolve, and highlighted the rift between the Federation and the Dominion.
Emissary, Part 2 of 2. We conclude our look at the DS9 pilot by discussing the events inside the wormhole, moving the Station, the nature of Orbs, the Prophets retroactively tampering with the timeline, and much more.
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Feedback Show. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes, including the origins of our theme music, a new take on Sisko’s penance, the most important DS9 episode, and the DS9 novels.
The Dominion Invasion, Part 7 of 7: Sacrifice of Angels. Odo wakes, Quark bakes, Ziyal betrays Dukat … and he falls apart, and Sisko takes control. Oh, and there’s a spaceship battle! All as we conclude the Season Six opening arc.
Michael Dorn Talks Worf, Star Trek, and Internity. We’re joined by the man who turned Worf from token Klingon into one of Star Trek’s most interesting and richest characters.
Aron Eisenberg Talks Nog and Star Trek. We’re joined by the actor who brought Nog to life on screen to talk about how he landed the role, his experience on the show, and much more.
The Dominion Invasion, Part 6 of 7: Favor the Bold. Sisko quits his desk job, Quark helps his brother, Odo shacks up with the Female Changeling, and Kira takes down Darmar—literally—as we tackle the penultimate episode episode of the arc.
The Circle Trilogy, Part 3 of 3: The Siege. We discuss the character interactions and humor set against a coup d’état (it’s French), along with the resolution of Li Nalas’s arc and how the story ultimately supports the Federation’s mission.
In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes, including fan ratings of DS9 episodes, a new appreciation for The Circle Trilogy, cherry-picking Orbs, and Dr. Bashir as an instant superman.
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