Meta Treks 80: The Pros and the Khans / by Trek fm

Deep Space Nine Season 5 - Essential Trek Philosophy.


Running Time: 1 hour 32 minutes 4 seconds
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When people think of ethics in Star Trek, they often think primarily of ethical dilemmas, such as balancing the greater good of one group of people with the greater good of another group of people, or juxtaposing the rights of particular individuals with the common good. But season 5 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine takes a different approach to its exploration of ethics, using dramatic situations to explore not merely ethical dilemmas, but also ethically praiseworthy or blameworthy character traits of various Starfleet and non-Starfleet characters.

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling compare their choices for Essential Trek Philosophy from season 5 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. From the virtuous character traits of loyalty and fortitude in "The Ascent" to the ethics of genetic engineering in "Dr. Bashir, I Presume?", season 5 of Deep Space Nine uses conflict with the Dominion, the Klingons, and the Maquis, to explore the ethical status of various character traits while under pressure, and in a state of political and military conflict.


Intro and Initial Thoughts on DS9 Season 5 (00:01:20)
Children of Time (00:09:26)
...Nor the Battle to the Strong (00:14:27)
Let He Who Is Without Sin (00:28:41)
The Ascent (00:39:10)
The Ship (00:44:29)
The Begotten (00:53:41)
Dr. Bashir, I Presume? (01:00:05)
Honorable Mentions (01:16:38)
Recap and Final Thoughts (01:21:18)
Closing (01:24:50)


Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling


Mike Morrison (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Mark Walker (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)