Past Tense, Part I.
A growing gap between the haves and have-nots leads to a fractured society. In Star Trek’s 2024, America has tucked away undesirables in Sanctuary Districts. Sisko explains that social problems had to reach a breaking point before the US began to address them. “Past Tense” was prophetic in its time, and it remains so today—just seven years from Gabriel Bell’s famous stand.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing dive into the first part of this glimpse at the difficult road humanity had to travel to get from our present day to Gene Roddenberry’s future.
Initial Thoughts (00:03:25)
The Original Concept (00:07:49)
Giving Up? (00:14:52)
The Haves and Have-Nots (00:24:31)
The Sanctity of Human Life (00:31:46)
Path Through Hell (00:34:18)
Teching the Tech (00:36:57)
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
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The Mirror Universe, Part 4: Resurrection. We explore DS9’s fourth trip to the Mirror Universe, including how the reversal of the mirror reflects on our own struggles and why this Kira story isn’t really about Kira.
The Mirror Universe, Part 3: Shattered Mirror. We explore DS9's third trip to the Mirror Universe, including the Sisko family connection and whether these are simply playful jaunts or chances to further develop the DS9 story.
The Mirror Universe, Part 2: Through the Looking Glass. We explore DS9's second trip to the Mirror Universe, including parallels with Discovery, character differences, and why this could be called Star Trek: A Star Wars Story.
The Mirror Universe, Part 1: Crossover. We explore how DS9 took a seed planted by TOS and breathed life into the Mirror Universe, a place that we now consider an integral part of Star Trek.
DS9 25th Anniversary. We look back at the series we love in a casual chat about why it has come to be our favorite Star Trek, how it opened up the full world of Gene’s vision, and why it has stood the test of time.
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.