One of Deep Space Nine’s most loved episodes is an enigma in and of itself. Focusing on just one main character, played by someone other than the normal actor, “The Visitor” highlights the power of DS9’s concept to tell character-driven stories that transcend the usual Star Trek formula. This tale of Jake Sisko’s life after losing his father in a freak accident tugs at the heartstrings for so many viewers—and the intensity of this effect depends on your own life experiences.
In this episode of The Ready Room, we’re joined by Will Nguyen, Phillip Gilfus, and Jeremy Reed to discuss the unusual concept, the performances of Tony Todd and Rachel Robinson, the father-son relationship between Benjamin and Jake Sisko, how Star Trek uses the future time frame, and much more.
In our news segment, we discuss the VFX fixes found only in the Netflix version of TNG, and share our thoughts on the diverse and Star Wars-like aliens found in the Abramsverse.
Running Time: 1 hour 59 minutes 42 seconds
C Bryan Jones and Nguyen
Phillip Gilfus and Jeremy Reed
Editor and Producer
C Bryan Jones
Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao
Renee Roberts and Zachary Fruhling
TNG Visual Fixes for Netflix (00:06:57)
The Aliens of the Abramsverse: Good or Bad? (00:17:03)
Feature: The Visitor
Synopsis and Initial Thoughts (00:26:34)
The Concept (00:38:40)
Tony Todd as Jake Sisko (00:46:49)
Mental Health in the Future (00:54:22)
Jake’s Path (01:08:11)
Father and Son (01:12:49)
Rachel Robinson (01:17:24)
The Future Time Frame (01:22:46)
Star Trek’s Best? (01:32:24)
Final Thoughts (01:39:28)
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