Children of Time.
In the Deep Space Nine episode "Children of Time," Captain Sisko and company discover a planet with a colony of 8,000 descendants of the Defiant crew, the Defiant having been marooned 200 years in the past as a result of the attempt to escape the quantum bubble surrounding the planet. Forced to choose between saving the life of Major Kira and preserving the timeline and lives of their 8,000 descendants (dashing any hope of returning home to their lives and families on Deep Space Nine), Captain Sisko must weigh the lives of 8,000 colonists and descendants, the life of Major Kira, and the individual rights of the Defiant crew members to determine their own destiny.
In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison discuss the many philosophical themes and issues in "Children of Time." From phenomenological reflection on genealogy and legacy, to the competing rights at play in this episode's principle ethical dilemma, Zachary and Mike share their perspectives on "Children of Time" and the impact of multi-generational thinking on morality and ethics in the Star Trek universe.
Welcome to Episode 53 (00:01:06)
Comparison with Enterprise "E2" (00:02:00)
Synopsis of "Children of Time" (00:05:09)
The Phenomenology of Genealogy (00:08:53)
Legacy and Legend - Multi-Generational Virtues (00:13:25)
Worf's Mek'leth and the Things We Leave Behind (00:21:07)
The Importance of Telling Our Stories (00:29:52)
A Multilayered Ethical Dilemma - The Defiant Problem (00:33:06)
The Episode's End - Resolving the Dilemma (00:38:28)
Comparison with Judith Jarvis Thomson's Violinist Argument (00:41:54)
A Change of Heart and Getting to Know People (00:49:28)
Sacrificing the Duplicate Defiant Crew Members (00:55:34)
Did Alt-Odo Do the Right Thing? (00:59:38)
Temporal Time Lag (01:08:15)
Final Thoughts - Quantum Duplicates and the Reset Button (01:12:23)
Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison
Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
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