Miles O’Brien just can’t seem to get a break on DS9, and this seems to be most evident in season 4′s episode, “Hard Time”. This “O’Brien must suffer” episode of the season brings with it many excellent moral questions that the Trekosophy hosts attempt to tackle. No spoilers, just check out this week’s podcast.
Order in the court of Trekosophy! Yes, we investigate the courtroom drama that is Deep Space 9′s Rules of Engagement. Along with its parallels to the original series’ Mark of Gideon, the Trekosophers try to determine if Ch’pok is a Kantian. Did he lie to Sisko about the importance of the facts? Was the Vulcan judge a utilitarian and what would have happened if she was of a different race with a different ethical system? Give this week’s episode a listen, or we’ll have to convict you of… Something. Maybe some sort of negligence. We’ll figure it out and get back to you.
Kirby’s published his book! To celebrate, we “interview” B.T. Kirby about it, covering everything from the deep philosophical issues brought up in the book to what it’s like to self-publish in this brave new world of ebooks.
This week’s topic is on race relations in the 1960s. Yep, we went there. Specifically, we discuss the original series’ 3rd season episode entitled “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”. Is Kirk really as racist as Bill Allen claims? How has the racial tension climate changed in the ensuing 45 years? And how does the Israel/Palestine conflict factor in? Enjoy listening this racially-charged episode and find out!
In this long-awaited conclusion to our discussion of DS9′s “In the Pale Moonlight”, we finally get to hear Bill’s defense for Sisko’s actions during the episode. Will the rest of the crew buy it, though?
Today on Trekosophy, we take the wraps off of a major announcement that we’ve been holding back. It cannot possibly be written about—it must be heard. Listen to our special episode here to find out what it is!
I’m afraid that there is no new Trekosophy this week, nor will there be one for a few more weeks. I’ll be going on a sort of vacation at the end of this month, so there will be no new Trekosophy episodes until mid-April.
We’ve put it off long enough. Finally, the ethical granddaddy episode of all Star Trek is under the microscope in this week’s Trekosophy. Was Sisko right or wrong in the various ethical choices he made? What would our “top four” ethical systems say about his decisions? This is just the beginning of what will be—at the very least—a two-part episode on “In the Pale Moonlight”.
Although we’ve discussed the Bajoran religion before on Trekosophy, we chose to focus on the Kais in particular this week. Discussion topics include the Kai’s relationship to the Emissary, Kai Winn vs. Kai Opaka, and we even mention Vedek Bareil!