The Orb 90: Inspirational Embellishment / by Trek fm

The Circle Trilogy, Part 1 of 3: The Homecoming.

Running Time: 54 minutes 48 seconds
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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.


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)


C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing


C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Ruth Ward (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)