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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.

Running Time: 54 minutes 48 seconds


C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing

Editor and Producer

C Bryan Jones

Executive Producers

Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao

Associate Producers

Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

Content Manager

Will Nguyen


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)

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