New York Times bestselling author David R. George III returns to the show to talk about one of Deep Space Nine’s (and Trek’s) finest and most brutal episodes. Kira thinks she’s captured a monster, but she learns that war and cruelty make victims of everyone. The discussion touches upon the genius of Harris Yulin, the reality of history being edited by the victors, the importance of victim accounts, the practice of sin-eating, and the banality of evil. They also shift gears and talk about less somber topics, like Prussian valves and “proficient service,” the drawbacks of acting like a jerk to your neighbors, the “Cardassian Monologue,” Death and the Maiden, and Stabby Otis from Mayberry! Okay...slightly less somber.
Plus, Kal contemplates a career as a Trek fact researcher, David talks about some of his favorite films, the Benjamin Buttoning properties of volcanic vapors are discussed, there’s a shout-out to Robert Shaw, and an update on a possible sighting of The Most Interesting Man in the World!
Everybody’s pulling for you, Clint Howard! One day at a time!