Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#210 - THE EVOLUTION OF THE FERENGI


From their very first appearance the Ferengi have proved polarizing among Trek fans. While many find them to be amusing lampoons of Capitalist society, plenty of viewers regard them as being the television equivalent of nails on a blackboard. But is there genuine value to their journey, and the creative efforts to expand and explore them, over the past 30+ years? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a break from sharpening their teeth in order to delve into the franchise's long, rocky history with these peculiar large-lobed beings. From their disastrous early positioning as TNG's new big bads, to their high profile evolution throughout Deep Space Nine, the duo leave no latinum strip uncounted while determining how figures like Quark, Zek, Ishka, Rom and Nog have altered our understanding of these aliens, and where the future may take them. 

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Join us next week as we create the ultimate list of greatest Voyager episodes!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

#209 - BATTLE OF THE JUNIOR OFFICERS


After 52 years and six series it's pretty safe to say there isn't a whole lot of mystery left regarding the daily life of a senior Starfleet officer. But what about the lowly ensigns; the newbies whose daily survival and success depends on the seasoned braintrust running the ship or station? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton remove a few pips from their uniforms in order to hang out on the lower decks and determine which beloved junior officers have the right stuff. Beginning with critical breakdowns of TNG's Lower Decks and Voyager's The Good Shepherd, the duo segue into an elimination round extravaganza pitting these eager fresh-faced hopefuls against each other in order to determine who reigns supreme and deserves a major promotion! From iconic faves like Wesley Crusher, Pavel Chekov, Hoshi Sato and Harry Kim to memorable guest stars Sito Jaxa and Taurik, there's no shortage of options and plenty of fun-filled debate to be had!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#208 - STAR TREK VOY: EQUINOX


Although DS9 is generally considered the crown-holder when it comes to dark Trek stories, the good ship Voyager also saw its fare share of morally murky and extreme confrontations. So what happened when, during the fifth season finale/sixth season premiere, the writers pitted Starfleet against Starfleet in the Delta Quadrant? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton battle the urge to break into song while revisiting the memorable Equinox two-parter, which sees Janeway channeling her inner Ahab while pursuing rogue captain Rudy Ransom and his desperate, corrupted crew. Although not as lauded among fans as Scorpion or Year of Hell, there's plenty of fodder for discussion, as the duo grapple with serious Janeway and Chakotay friction, John Savage's intense guest star performance, curious lunch menu-themed nicknames and one particularly nagging question: is the Equinox's dramatic journey a better realization of the show's juicy premise than what Voyager delivered???

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Join us next week as we hang out with Starfleet's lower ranking members!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

#207 - WHY IS PICARD SO IMPORTANT TO STAR TREK?


Okay, so the Jean-Luc Picard spin-off series is official. And Patrick Stewart is on board. But what sources of inspiration beyond the obvious greatest hits should the show's creative team be drawing from? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Penny Daflos of the BTS with CTV News Vancouver podcast, get contemplative as they ponder why exactly the legendary captain of the Enterprises D and E is so incredibly crucial to the enduring spirit of Roddenberry's universe. In addition to debating some fun potential story elements, the trio dig into the character's rich back catalogue for key episodes, both great and underrated, that Alex Kurtzman and his crew may want to take a second look at in order to avoid the second coming of Nemesis' Dune Buggy Picard!  

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

#206 - STAR TREK'S UNDEREXPLORED RELATIONSHIPS


One of the Star Trek franchise's most compelling joys is its knack for forging fun and unforgettable relationships: Kirk and Spock, Jadzia and Worf, Geordi and Data, and so on and so forth. However, with such an immense cast of players more than a couple promising potential pairings were destined to wind up left on the sidelines. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a break from their 3D chess and aerobics classes in order to highlight the most frustrating missed opportunities from each of the six series. From the often under-represented Troi/Crusher friendship, to intriguing brief bonds between T'Pol & Hoshi and Captain Kirk & Janice Rand, the duo champion the great professional and personal connections that never really were, and offer their advice on which dynamics they'd like to see Discovery boost in season 2! 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

#205 - THE 2018 KLINGON BLOODWINE GAMES


Sure, this month's STLV convention was awesomely unforgettable. But it wasn't the only exciting Trek-related event unfolding in Las Vegas recently! This week regale as trusted host with the most Cam Smith, aided by trusty scorekeeper Scott Hardy, thrillingly oversee the third annual Klingon Bloodwine Games, the world's most grueling Star Trek gameshow designed to break all but the most knowledgeable students of Roddenberry's universe. Recorded live in Sin City, this year's competition sees aspiring champions Tyler Orton, Allison Miller & Jay Gammill battling their way through four highly energetic, brain-busting rounds of trivia, geeky improvisation and more! So tune in and find out which player achieves Subspace-sponsored glory and the bountiful prizes that accompany this lofty honor!

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

#204 - PICARD IS BACK & OTHER STLV 2018 CON MEMORIES


As you no doubt heard, Creation's 2018 Star Trek Las Vegas convention made major waves last weekend when surprise guest Patrick Stewart announced the impending return of Jean-Luc Picard to thunderous applause! So what was it like to be in the room for this legendary occurrence, and what other momentous happenings transpired during the five-day event? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Scott Hardy, battle off exhaustion just long enough to fill you in on all the crucial highlights from Trekdom's most celebrated gathering. From STLV's major Discovery presence, to DS9's 25th anniversary and even an Outrageous Okona tribute (?!), the trio wrap up the year's best party with their fondest recollections and plenty of unabashed geek-out moments. 


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Join us next week as we recover from STLV by diving into more classic Trek topics!