The Federation’s Field of Dreams.
“Death to the opposition!” Starfleet officers are expected to be good sports and, for many of them, the lessons they’ve learned while playing their favorite games—tennis, fencing, even water polo—are ones they’ve brought with them onto the bridges of their starships. But no Star Trek character is as closely identified with his personal sporting passion than Captain Benjamin Sisko, whose deep love of baseball shines through all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine.
In this episode of Primitive Culture, host Duncan Barrett—who doesn’t know a bunt from a fancy dan—is joined by major-league baseball enthusiasts Mike Schindler and Zach Moore for a lesson on what makes this quintessentially American sport so meaningful to its fans. Along the way, they puzzle over why baseball is such a good fit for Star Trek’s storytelling, and what it means to be a good loser when you’re fighting a seemingly unwinnable war.
Inside Baseball (00:04:25)
The In-Field Fly Rule (00:25:13)
The Ball of the Emissary (00:41:15)
Sisko the Jerk (00:52:00)
Buck Bokai (00:56:20)
Final Thoughts (01:01:40)
Mike Schindler and Zach Moore
Tony Black (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Odysseus, Craft, and Calypso. We look at the connection between Michael Chabon’s acclaimed Star Trek: Short Treks episode and Homer’s Odyssey, and how an ancient culture continues to resonate centuries after its death.
In-Jokes and Easter Eggs in Star Trek. In honor of our 47th episode, we look at some of the franchises recurring comedy motifs, now-famous patterns, and internal references.
The Attica Prison Uprising and DS9’s “Past Tense.” We look at the influence the 1971 prison uprising had on this unusually bleak installment of Star Trek.
Star Trek and Repertory Theatre. We discuss the parallels between Star Trek’s varied storytelling and traditional weekly rep in this special roundtable, recorded during the Destination Star Trek convention in Birmingham, UK.
Live from Destination Star Trek. In two panels presented at Destination Star Trek in Birmingham, UK, we present the History of the Future as we explore influences such as World War II, Horatio Hornblower, and Moby-Dick.
Looking back on DS9 at Destination Star Trek 2018. We are joined by stars of the show—Nana Visitor, Alexander Siddig, Nicole de Boer, Jeffrey Combs, and Chase Masterson—as well as showrunner Ira Steven Behr to look back on Deep Space Nine’s legacy after a quarter century. We also attend the red-carpet premiere of the new documentary What We Left Behind.
Mental Health, Part II: From The Next Generation to Enterprise. We conclude our discussion of mental health in Star Trek with a look at The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Mental Health, Part I: Discovery and TOS. We look at mental health in The Original Series and Discovery, and open their hailing frequencies to listeners who share how Star Trek has helped them through difficult times.
2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. We look at the ties that bind these two mystical, complex, and sometimes problematic films, as well as how 2001 influenced Trek’s reinvention for cinema.
Hawkeye Pierce, Milo Minderbinder, and Nog. We look at how a pair of MASH episodes and the novel Catch-22 inspired the writers of Deep Space Nine.