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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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#203 - STAR TREK VOY: DARK FRONTIER


In 1997 Voyager scored one of its all time great highpoints ever with the Borg-centric two-parter Scorpion. But did lightning strike twice when the show's creative forces decided to return to the well during February sweeps a couple years later? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton hop in their time-travelling diamond ship and head back to 1999 in order to revisit the popular feature-length epic tale Dark Frontier, which transported First Contact's Borg Queen into the television realm. Over the course of this energetic review the duo ponder the cybernetic species' dubious philosophy, Seven and her dueling symbolic mother figures and whether Caucasian male underwear models best represent the entire spectrum of humanity.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

#202 - STAR TREK: CAPTAIN PICARD AND OTHER SPIN-OFFS


As unlikely as the prospect once seemed, a Captain Picard spin-off starring Patrick Stewart is now a very real possibility in the near future. But is it a good idea? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Carmin Carotenuto of the Adventure.exe podcast, debate the creative and financial reasons why the return of Jean-Luc Picard makes sense, as well as confess their concerns about the potential end result. In addition to predicting which TNG castmates may pop in for cameos, the trio also ponder other rumored CBS All Access projects featuring Starfleet Academy and Khan, as well as a second kid-oriented animated venture. Plus, as an added bonus, the gang reviews Discovery's season two Comic-Con trailer

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

#201 - SECTION 31: THE SPY WHO PHASED ME


Ever since Discovery teased looming possibilities for the franchise's favorite controversial covert spy agency Section 31, debate has begun anew regarding whether or not this element of canon suits the Roddenberry philosophy. As cool as these stories can be, do they belong in a utopia? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton dust off their best fedoras and trenchcoats in order to delve into Trek's surprisingly long history of cloak and dagger tactics. From the Romulan-headed Tal Shiar, to Cardassia's Obsidian Order all the way down to 31, the duo do their darndest to track the evolution of these often twisty tales and consider the potential pitfalls future series may want to watch out for before shining up their black badges.  

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#200 - THE BEST STAR TREK EPISODES


When you're celebrating a podcast anniversary you have to go big! And what better (and more suitably controversial) way to mark a momentous 200th episode than with the hottest topic in all of Trekdom? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton don party hats and toss confetti while counting down their picks of the ten greatest stories in the history of the franchise. From Kirk and Spock's tragic trip through the Guardian of Forever, to the creepy debut of Locutus and Jake Sisko's tear-inducing alternate future, the duo sing the praises of the unforgettable sci-fi hours that made Roddenberry's universe as popular and powerful as it is. Plus, as an added milestone-worthy bonus, the two fondly recall their favorite Subspace Transmissions installments from the past couple years. 

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

#199 - FIXING THE PON FARR PROBLEM


Ever since being introduced in TOS's iconic second season premiere Amok Time, the mating ritual of pon farr has become both a key component of Vulcan mythology as well as an ultra-popular source of humor among fans. But does the franchise's approach to this oft-referenced biological event need to change with the times? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton throw their soup against the wall as they examine several key episodes involving the dreaded seven-year spell and break down what works and what doesn't for current-day audiences. From Spock's legendary duel for T'Pring's hand, to B'Elanna Torres's highly problematic blood fever experience, the duo debate how future storytellers might best navigate this tricky go-to Star Trek trope.

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