Gimme That Star Trek Ep.33: The Nature of the Prophets

Siskoid goes it alone on this one to defend Deep Space Nine's portrayal of the Bajoran Prophets, showing how non-linear beings can sometimes seem to act linearly, and discussing their greatest hits under one unified theory. Put your thinking caps on, this one gets both timey AND wimey.

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"Star Trek Theme" by Alexander Courage, with the Irredeemable Shagg on vocals. End theme: "Deep Space Nine Theme" by Dennis McCarthy.

Bonus clips from: Star Trek Deep Space Nine's "Emissary", starring Avery Brooks and Cirroc Lofton; "Accession", starring Avery Brooks, Terry Farrell, and Camille Saviola; "Rapture", starring Nana Visitor and Avery Brooks; "Far Beyond the Stars", starring Avery Brooks and Brock Peters; "Tears of the Prophets", starring Marc Alaimo and Casey Biggs; "Shadows and Symbols", starring Deborah Lacey and Avery Brooks; and "What You Leave Behind", starring Avery Brooks and Penny Johnson.

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5 responses to “Gimme That Star Trek Ep.33: The Nature of the Prophets

  1. I am totally on board with your theory regarding the nature of the prophets. It’s similar to my own thoughts regarding the nature of beings that exist outside of space-time, but I’ve never thought to apply that theory to the Prophets. Sounds like a great excuse for me to rewatch DS9, as if one needs an excuse.

    I particularly enjoyed your analogy of space-time as a room you can walk into and view in its entirety. I often use the analogy of space-time being like a tapestry, say, for example, like the Bayeux Tapestry. A being outside of space-time could see all of the events of the Norman conquest of England, and perceive how they all flow together, one after the other, but still see all of those events as happening simultaneously from their point of view. A person with the proper tools and skill in embroidery could even alter those events. For example, embroidering a comet in the sky as an omen to William. As far as the people in the tapestry are concerned, there was never a time when that comet didn’t appear in the sky at that point in time. What I often wonder about is the experience of the observer/embroiderer outside of the tapestry. Do they remember what the tapestry looked like before they added the comet? Do they even have memories if they exist outside of space-time? I like your speculation on those sorts of issues.

    Overall, a very cool, very thought provoking episode. Please, keep them coming.

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