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Tears of the Prophets - Ft. Clay

Tears of the Prophets - Ft. Clay

September 16, 2019

With one stone, a Pah-Wraith possessed Dukat kills two birds: he manages to close the Bajoran Wormhole and he literally kills Jadzia Dax. "Tears of the Prophets" is the sixth season finale and works hard to both send off a major character and set the show up for the next season.

It jumps headlong into the Bajoran Religion and foreshadows Dax's demise so heavily it might as well be an episode of The Walking Dead! Wes and Clay discuss the end to a very up and down season of DS9 and give their own personal eulogies to the up and down character of Jadzia Dax.

Plus! The guys discuss making the Dominion War feel even smaller, the plot mechanics of murder, and needing time to grieve!

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The Sound of Her Voice - Ft. Clay

The Sound of Her Voice - Ft. Clay

September 12, 2019

The crew of DS9 receives a distress call from a distant planet - a Starfleet captain has been marooned on a deadly planet and her only chance of survival is the Defiant. Guided (literally and figuratively) by "The Sound of Her Voice", Sisko, Bashir and O'Brien take stock of themselves as they try to rescue the voice on the other end of the line.

Back on DS9, Quark teaches Jake about the finer points of being a black market smuggler when he realizes that Odo being smitten with Kira is opening some very profitable doors.

Wes and Clay discuss the penultimate episode of the sixth season of DS9. Plus! The guys wonder about yet another strange time travel situation, debate the nature of Odo at this point in the series, and wonder why no one checked the computer!

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Time’s Orphan - Ft. Clay

Time’s Orphan - Ft. Clay

September 9, 2019

While picnicking on an alien world, Molly O'Brien falls into a time portal. She is rescued but has spent the past decade of her life alone on an alien planet and has become feral and unfortunately stabby!

Meanwhile, Worf tries to prove to Dax that he can be a successful father and that Alexander was just a one-off mistake.

Wes and Clay discuss "Time's Orphan" and try to determine if it's worse than "Profit and Lace"! Plus! The guys discuss the fine line between a good and bad setup, the hatred that festers within the O'Brien family, and Odo abandoning his principles!

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Profit and Lace - Ft. Clay

Profit and Lace - Ft. Clay

September 5, 2019

After he promotes equal rights for female Ferengi, Grand Nagus Zek is deposed and replaced by (acting) Grand Nagus Brunt (of the F.C.A.). To restore order, Quark undergoes a sex change operation to convince a Ferengi cola merchant that Zek's radical plan has merit. Yes, this really happens.

"Profit and Lace" is frequently derided as not only one of the worst DS9 episodes of all time but of the entire Star Trek franchise! Wes and Clay discuss the attempt at a "golden age" homage and why it doesn't work in the Star Trek universe.

Plus! The guys discuss sexual harassment in the workplace, the inability for the series to take the Ferengi seriously, and making a "truly" Ferengi episode!

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Ranking Star Trek with Bill from Trek Live

Ranking Star Trek with Bill from Trek Live

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day! We're busy celebrating the holiday weekend so here's an off-topic podcast for you.

In this episode, Wes talks to Bill from Trek Live on YouTube and the man behind the Trekfan4387 Twitter handle. Bill has been watching and rewatching Star Trek for decades, and enjoys ranking and rating the episodes and everything else that comes along with Star Trek. The two discuss the utility of grading and ranking art, and why Wes gets so bothered by polling Trek fans on the internet.

Plus! They rank their "desert island" seasons of TOS, TNG and DS9, they rank the characters of TNG, and give their top 5 DS9 episodes. They also discuss the return of Discovery and the new Picard series.

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Valiant - Ft. Clay

Valiant - Ft. Clay

August 29, 2019

While on a trip to Ferenginar, Jake and Nog are attacked by the Jem'Hadar. They are saved by the USS Valiant, which is apparently commanded by a crew of Red Squad cadets - an elite group from Starfleet Academy that we last saw in Paradise Lost. The Valiant is on a dangerous mission to locate a Dominion warship behind enemy lines, but the biggest danger might be the cadets themselves.

DS9 pays homage to "Lord of the Flies" with a story about the collapse of values in the face of authoritarianism. Or at least... that's what it seems like they were doing. But hey, the destruction of the Valiant is pretty great, huh?

Wes and Clay also discuss

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The Reckoning - Ft. Clay

The Reckoning - Ft. Clay

August 26, 2019

After an ancient Bajoran tablet is discovered, Sisko finds himself embroiled in a battle between good and evil. The battle is known as "the Reckoning", and the result will determine the fate of Bajor. Unfortunately, the ultimate battle is between Jake and Kira.

The Reckoning is the annual "Bajor" episode, so we get another Kai Winn appearance, some vague statements from the Prophets, and a lot of questions about the need to continue this storyline.

In this podcast, Wes and Clay discuss their frustrations with the Prophets and the confounding actions of Kai Winn! Plus! They discuss the problem with important stories happening once every 26 episodes, Sisko as Abraham, and accepting the Prophets as the "good guys"!

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