Meta Treks 70: The Clothes Make the Cardassian / by Trek fm

Cardassian Virtue Ethics.

Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes 41 seconds
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Throughout the Star Trek universe, the various alien races serve as a mirror for the best and the worst of our own human natures, and the Cardassians are no exception. But which character traits do the Cardassians find most virtuous? And which characters in the Star Trek universe are the best candidates for the ideal or most virtuous Cardassians, based on the unique character traits that Cardassians themselves recognize as virtues?

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling discuss Cardassian virtue ethics and what we can learn about ourselves from a look into Cardassian culture.


Intro (00:01:21)
Cardassian Virtue Ethics (00:04:22)
Next Generation Cardassians vs. DS9 Cardassians (00:12:11)
Body Language and Projecting Values (00:18:14)
The Cardassian Übermensch (00:29:37)
Tribunal and the Ethics of the Cardassian State (00:35:08)
Industrial Design as a Reflection of Cardassian Values (00:48:50)
Self Sacrifice vs. Self Service and The Philosopher-King Paradox (00:57:32)
The Hero of His Own Story (01:07:35)
Final Thoughts (01:08:28) Closing (01:15:20)


Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling


Mike Morrison (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)