Monday, November 13, 2017

#167 - INTO THE FOREST I GO: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY


If you're going to subject fans to a two month break the mid-season finale sure as heck better go out with fireworks and fanfare! But did Discovery's creative team achieve this thrilling feat? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a dangerous journey into Klingon territory in order to break down the action, the drama, and the Kol of it all, in the momentous, and ominously titled, Into the Forest I Go. From Burnham's badass slow-mo hero shots, to Stamets' spore drive brain-scrambling and L'Rell's ambiguous connection to Ash Tyler, the duo leave no stone unturned in dissecting what is arguably the series' most high octane instalment yet! Plus, as always, the sturdy ol' ship Ortonville returns on a mission to ponder the ninth episode of The Orville, Cupid's Dagger.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

#166 - SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY


Hallelujah! Eight episodes in and our favorite spore-driven starship is finally visiting a strange new world! But was the wait worth the payoff? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Dale Deruiter of the Outrage Factory podcast, watch Saru flip his lid during a fateful away mission and ponder how helpful this fit of temporary insanity is in better understanding Doug Jones's overly buttoned up XO. Also, the trio struggle to decipher L'Rell's increasingly convoluted game of deception and debate whether or not trout-fishing is officially Ash Tyler's most exciting character trait. Plus, Cam reviews the first DSC novel Desperate Hours and the trusty ship Ortonville sums up The Orville's eighth episode, Into the Fold.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

#165 - MAGIC TO MAKE THE SANEST MAN GO MAD: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY


Who'd have guessed a little Wyclef Jean was all the frequently uptight crew of the Discovery needed to lighten up a little?! Would that have worked for the NX-01 gang? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Andy Chan, take a break from playing beer pong to tackle DSC's most wacky and fun-loving episode yet, Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad! Does the Cause and Effect/Groundhog Day formula yield another winner for the franchise, or does it go down in spectacular flames? In addition, the trio debate whether this new show is officially the hardest partying in the Trek-verse, as well as determine whether Harry Mudd's unexpectedly speedy return is welcome or not. Plus, as always, the reliable ship Ortonville returns to transmit his thoughts on The Orville's seventh episode, Majority Rule

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Monday, October 23, 2017

#164 - LETHE: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY


To quote the great Monty Python: And now for something completely different! After a trio of episodes dedicated to spore drives and the Klingon war hijinx, Discovery's latest chapter, Lethe, takes a breather in order to focus on adding depth and complexity to its characters. But is it a welcome diversion? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Carmin Carotenuto of the Adventure.exe podcast, discuss Michael Burnham's troubled relationship with the famed Sarek, and debate whether or not the latter is in the running for the title of Trek's worst father. The trio also tackle Lorca's PTSD, celebrate the episode's much appreciated hangout scenes and pay loving tribute to Ash Tyler's hometown Issaquah, Washington. Plus, the Ortonville coasts in with his thoughts on The Orville's sixth installment, Krill.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

#163 - CHOOSE YOUR PAIN: STAR TREK DISCOVERY


Anticipation has been building for a long time, but finally Harry Mudd has arrived on Discovery! But was he at all worth waiting for? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Jesse Oquendo, weigh in on Rainn Wilson's fresh take on the highly problematic fan fave, as well as examine the many characters who undergo physical and/or psychological torment in the latest episode. In addition, the trio greet series regular Ash Tyler, debate Choose Your Pain's captain-centric fan service, get their Klingons confused and, as an added bonus, offer up their highlights from Creation's Continuing Voyage San Francisco convention.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

#162 - THE BUTCHER'S KNIFE CARES NOT FOR THE LAMB'S CRY: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY


War is raging, tensions are high and the Lorca-led USS Discovery is on a fateful course to potentially turn the tide of the Federation/Klingon conflict. But is this story still holding steady? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton tackle what could very well be the show's most polarizing episode yet! From the increasingly tragic tale of poor Ripper, to layered Klingon intrigue and a shocking early departure, the duo break down all the highs and lows making up this week's intense chapter of DSC drama. In addition to a thorough analysis of The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry, your feedback is addressed, Blade Runner 2049 is reviewed and the groovy ship Ortonville transmits his thoughts on The Orville's Charlize Theron-tastic fifth episode, Pria.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

#161 - CONTEXT IS FOR KINGS: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY


There was a lot to unpack after the one-two punch of Discovery's slam-bang premiere, and many questions left unanswered. But thankfully Captain Lorca has arrived to give us some context. Or has he? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Vicki Siu, dive into the series' first post-Shenzou episode which introduces viewers to the titular ship and its alternately quirky and mysterious crew. Over the course of a lively discussion, the trio offer their first impressions on Jason Isaac's ominous captain, as well as major players Cadet Tilly and Commander Landry, and debate what impact the addition of spores and ravenous space-beasts will have on Michael Burnham's increasingly complicated journey. Plus, as usual, the reliable ship Ortonville docks in order to unload his thoughts regarding episode four of The Orville, If the Stars Should Appear.

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