97. Hard Time

David and Perry dive into the psychological trauma of doing Hard Time and PTSD. We also are counting down to 100 episodes!

The Fire Caves - A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Podcast
The Fire Caves - A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Podcast
97. Hard Time

What to expect from episode 97: Hard Time?


O’Brien does Hard Time.

We check in on the O’Briens.

Another Entry for “O’Brien must Suffer.”

Returning to the station after 20 years.

Perry and David catch up.

What’s on the horizon for The Fire Caves.

Alien prison systems.

This is a new old story.

O’Brien tries to cope.

Julian Bashir is always so helpful.

Retraining the mind.

Jake Sisko makes an appearance.

Miles has a breakdown.

What we can learn from alien penal codes.

Perry and David disagree.

A Sisko vs Picard moment.

How our favorite leaders would handle things.

Dax is barely there.

Quark nearly loses an arm.

Worf is being….friendly?

How much time is really lost.

What makes one man survive while another falls apart?

Miles loses it at Molly.

Coming to terms with guilt.

How our minds cope.

The struggles of PTSD.

What this episode says about mental health and the treatment of prisoners.

Perry and David count down to 100 episodes.

The joy of The Fire Caves.

Where David is in his watching of Trek.
Book updates.

The world of workouts!

Perry tries to make changes.

Fun with the back half of our show!

What’s up in New Trek.

Perry tries not to be a fanboy.

All things new and nerdy.

The Expanse and Battlestar Galactica.

Perry talks Trek Lore.

How many times has Star Trek done a prison episode?

Mind altering aliens and why Starfleet allows it.

So much for the Prime Directive.

O’Brien can’t take it anymore.

Miles is finally tired of his Hard Time.

Perry recounts the number of times O’Brien is made to suffer.

Miles loses his cool.

The ultimate solution?

Perry and David discuss Suicide.

Episode Credits


  • David Wampler
  • Perry Freeze


  • Perry Freeze

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The Fire Caves - A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Podcast
The Fire Caves - A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Podcast
97. Hard Time