Episode 28 – Emissary (Parts 1 & 2)

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • This is a whole new thing and we aren't moving on every week
  • Long story arcs
  • All the new characters. And O'Brien.
  • The command structure on the station
  • The way Star Trek actors know how to bump and shake
  • Sisko's a lot darker than the previous captains
  • We're not sure about what's going on with the wormhole aliens
  • Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's voice is beloved universe-wide
  • We might get things wrong because we're more new to this space station and more familiar with TNG and TOS

Jessica's Rating

1 of 5 White Tea Pitchers
1 out of 5 white pitchers

Andy’s Suggestions

We want to learn more about these new characters! These are Andy's best of season 1 picks:

  • Captive Pursuit (Season 1, episode 6) - the first time we encounter an alien from the wormhole and O'Brien develops a relationship with it.
  • Q Less (Season 1, episode 7) - Q joins the team for just this one episode and gets punched right in the face.
  • Battle Lines (Season 1, episode 13) - Kai Opaka joins a mission to the gamma quadrant and we discover factions at war, but they do not die.


Next Up: Progress

Jessica's Prediction

Kira is going to have to learn diplomacy with a series of encounters with shop owners and others on the station.

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Jessica Ray and Andy Goldberg are the duo for Beginning the Trek, leading discussions of a curated first-time Star Trek experience.

One Comment

  1. It’s too bad you didn’t like this first episode. Your reasons make a lot of sense. I just rewatched it for the first time in a long time and I quite enjoyed it. I feel it’s a much better first episode than Encounter at Farpoint. But I suspect, like Andy, that my knowledge of what is to come affects how I see this first episode.

    I’ve rewatched the first 5 episodes of DS9 recently as I follow Mission Log’s journey through Trek. I have to say that I am impressed by the quality so far of the first season. I had it in my mind that it’s a weak season. That might still be true, I’m only a fifth of the way through the season. However, so far it’s been very good. Of the first 5, I would suggest Past Prologue is the best. I just watched Captive Pursuit a couple days ago and while it is a good episode, my wife and I found Past Prologue to be very thought provoking and dramatic. It’s a Kira-centric episode, too.

    Until now, I had seen all the episodes in your trek recently, so I haven’t been watching them along with you. But I haven’t seen Progress in years, so I’m looking forward to watching it again and hopefully I can time it so I can follow along with your twitter reactions.

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