Episode 32: “Past Tense”

Sisko as Gabriel Bell

In the DS9 two-parter “Past Tense,” Sisko, Bashir and Dax travel to the year 2024, a dark time in our near future. Treknews.net blogger Michelle Toven joins us to discuss the episodes’ socio-political themes, which include homelessness, mental health, race, class, violence, and the power of storytelling.

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Hosts: Jarrah, Grace and Sue

Guest: Michelle Toven

Editor: Jarrah

  1 comment for “Episode 32: “Past Tense”

  1. What a fantastic discussion of this episode! The most important aspect of Star Trek to me is its humanist vision and wrestling with social and economic issues that are relevant to the present time. The economic extremes of our times are tearing apart the fabric of our societies and it needs examination beyond the orthodoxies that dominate official discussion today. I hope the Star Trek series will present some alternative economic systems in and out of the Federation. If we can’t try to imagine a better, sustainable and more just economic approach in science fiction, then we are in serious trouble. Here are some ideas: cooperatives (employee owned and operated businesses), a guaranteed citizen income, government guarantees a job at a living wage, if the private sector cannot.

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