Season 6, Episode 15 “Profit and Loss” (DS9) with Gooey Fame

There’s vultures, vultures everywhere this week as we calculate “Profit and Loss”!

Musician and podcaster Gooey Fame returns to the show to discuss an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that bears more than a passing resemblance to the classic 1942 film “Casablanca”. When Quark’s old flame arrives on the station, he wants nothing more than to rekindle their love. But when a Cardassian agent arrives to take her into custody, Quark will have to decide between his selfish desires and her freedom . . . if Garak doesn’t kill her first!

Trek often finds inspiration in stories from other media and “Casablanca” is a tale of war and loss that feels right at home in the universe of DS9. On BackTrekking, we look for the inspirations behind classic episodes of Trek and compare them with the works that inspired them. On this episode, we talk about the human heart in conflict with itself, the flexible morality of the characters on DS9 and in Casablanca, how Trek can be a setting, why Trek characters are never corrupted by convenience, pushing characters outside of the box they were created in, patriotism in Trek, and the complications of seeing yourself as the hero.

We also discuss Gears of Trek, kissing Squiggy goodbye, scaring motorists, making Woody Allen into a Bogart, Tasha Yar’s aunt, letting your female leads down, mansplaining WWII, Garak icing guys, the “Marseillaise moment”, warp trains and squid ships, trading lipstick, and a Cloak and Dagger reference!

Let’s let the weird little bald guys get some!

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