Michael Dorn Talks Worf, Star Trek, and Internity.
When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered, one sign that times had changed for the Federation was the presence of a Klingon officer on the bridge of the Enterprise. The role of Worf was not intended to be as integral as it became. And certainly, in those early episodes of TNG, no one would have guessed that this would be the character that would log the most hours in the franchise, spanning two series for a combined 11 seasons plus four films.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing are joined by the man who made that happen, Michael Dorn. It was Michael’s mastery of the role that elevated Worf from token Klingon crewmember on TNG to one of most important players in the Dominion War on DS9. Michael talks to us about how his transition to Deep Space Nine came about, the differences between his character on TNG and DS9, what opportunities life on the Station provided, working with Terry Ferrell, what it was like to say goodbye to Worf, and more. He also shares his thoughts on Nemesis and Worf’s surprise visits to the big-screen Enterprise, and we discuss his new TV project Internity, which he is doing together with Marina Sirtis.
If you’d like to find out more about Internity and support the Indiegogo campaign, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/internity-a-newbie-series#/
Moving to DS9 (00:02:17)
Character Differences (00:11:31)
Evolving the Character of Worf (00:16:49)
Michael’s Favorite Worf Moments on DS9 (00:20:17)
A Difference in Sets (00:24:00)
Missed Opportunities for Worf (00:28:13)
Nemesis + Worf’s Surprise Visits (00:32:11)
Goodbye to Worf: Feelings When DS9 Ended (00:39:28)
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) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
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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.
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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.
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Rapture. When Benjamin Sisko arrived at Bajor, he was told right away that he was the Emissary. He didn’t believe it. By the end of the series he did. We discuss the key turning point.
By Inferno’s Light. We delve deep into the second half of the fifth-season duology in which Worf defeats the Jem’Hadar, Garak becomes a hero, and the Klingons set up shop on Deep Space 9.
In Purgatory’s Shadow. We delve deep into the first half of the fifth-season duology in which Bashir gets replaced, Dukat switches sides (sort of), and Worf worries about opera.
Defiant Commentary. What happens when Riker visits DS9? Sisko’s new toy goes missing. We discussion Tom’s motives, Kira’s needs, and Dukat’s self-absorption.
Feedback Show. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes, including Worf’s ship design knowledge, the value of Vic Fontaine, and the origins of Sisko.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 4: Nemesis. We conclude our four-part series by discussing why Worf is back on the Enterprise and why you really can’t go back home again.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 3: Insurrection. We figure out where on the timeline Insurrection falls, and discuss how Worf’s relationship with Jadzia and Dominion War experience tie into the film.
Worf’s Journey to DS9, Part 2: First Contact. We discuss Worf’s role in the second TNG film, Sisko’s influence on Worf’s character, how his view of honor has changed, and much more.
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Essential DS9, Season One. One by one, we discuss each episode to determine if it’s truly essential to the DS9 storyline or something you can skip without worry.
The Ship. As we reach our 100th episode, we mark the occasion with a quiet moment from DS9—one that put our characters under pressure, tested their resolve, and highlighted the rift between the Federation and the Dominion.
Emissary, Part 2 of 2. We conclude our look at the DS9 pilot by discussing the events inside the wormhole, moving the Station, the nature of Orbs, the Prophets retroactively tampering with the timeline, and much more.
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Feedback Show. In this special show we share our thoughts on your thoughts and questions about past episodes, including the origins of our theme music, a new take on Sisko’s penance, the most important DS9 episode, and the DS9 novels.