Thursday, December 31, 2015

VEDEK BAREIL (THEY CALL ME!)


As you doubtlessly know from listening to the show it's no great secret that we have a soft spot for tragically short-lived Bajoran spiritual leader, Vedek Bareil Antos. Ever since first popping up in conversation way back during our third episode, he's become a go-to running joke and - some would say - beloved podcast mascot. Well, in honor of the close of our first full year of podcasting we have decided to gift unto all of you a secret project that has been long under construction. The way we figure it, all great heroes deserve an anthem. And now, thanks to Subspace Transmissions, Vedek Bareil has his!

Lyrics:

Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil
Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Vedek Bareil
They Call Me!
Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Vedek Bareil

First son of Bajor/ Arm 'round the major
Prophet chosen playa/ Snuff Cardassian danger
Hot like a bout of the Zanthi fever/ Voices from the temple and I'm the receiver
Let me take your pagh and make you a believer
Vedek to the people, and never a deceiver
Cuz I got flowers in my garden, and my heart'll never harden
Step up on the Springball court/ Guess what? You'll be smartin'!
Startin' to feel my flow (Yeah you know)/ Like watching a Feloran Bromeliad grow
Do I trust Sisko? I dunno/ But cray-cray Kai, batty Winn gotta go!

Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Vedek Bareil
They Call Me!
Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Vedek Bareil

Hey there girl/ Look into my orb
Think about all/ The love you could absorb
I get down, yo/ Like a Gratitude Fest
No life support, don't need no rest
Like Philip Anglim, forever best
Save your positronic implant, me I'm blessed!
Resurrect myself, no stress no mess no jest
Monastery to the mic/ My spiritual quest
Rhymes from the soul to make you all heal
Power in the words, the Opaka ideal
Dukat, you a fool cuz I keep it Ba-real
Spinning records till dawn like a dabo wheel!

Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Vedek Bareil
They Call Me!
Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Vedek Bareil
Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Bareil/ Ba-Ba-Bareil

#71 - THE BEST, WORST, WEIRDEST & WILDEST MOMENTS OF 2015!


No two ways about it, 2015 was a very special year for Subspace Transmissions. Being our first full calendar year of weekly podcasting there was a noticeable evolution in the show, and the creative aims and ambitions behind it. In this special annual retrospective, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton once again call out the most memorable and fun moments that occurred over the last 52 episodes. Throughout this catalogue of greatest hits, featuring appearances by occasional co-host Benjamin Yong, and out of this world guests Tom Ball, David Borys, Carmin Carotenuto, Nick Eagland, Tony Geluch, Scott Hardy & Jarrah Hodge, we flashback to epic tales of decon gel, miserable Klingon children, B4 hijinx and so much more. So pop the bubbly, throw confetti in the air like you just don't care and offer a warm welcome to glorious 2016!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

#70 - STAR TREK TNG: REDEMPTION


Is there any conceivable way to follow up the titanic triumph of "Best of Both Worlds?" That was the issue faced by the creative team behind The Next Generation in the spring of 1991. Their solution? To delve deeply into a previously under-explored fan favorite character, and blow up the series' continued story arcs involving the Klingon empire and shadowy, ever-present Romulan threat. But was their effort good enough to deserve mention in the same breath as their previous Borg-tacular two-parter? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Nick Eagland, take turns sitting in the High Council throne and debating whether "Redemption" belongs in the canon of great feature-length television Trek tales. As the trio discuss all of the Gowron vs. Duras drama, Worf's eternal quest for honor and Data's command challenges, they also strive to determine how well the parts form a whole and whether or not this Klingon-centric saga warranted two heavily hyped hours to tell.
  
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

BONUS EPISODE - STAR TREK BEYOND TEASER REACTIONS


Our first glimpse at Star Trek Beyond is here at last! But is it promising? In this short bonus emergency episode, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Nick Eagland, offer their own thoughts on the Justin Lin-directed film's teaser trailer, and debate how indicative it is of the final product we'll be seeing in theatres come summer 2016.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#69 - STAR TREK VS STAR WARS


Since the summer of 1977 it's been the most tumultuous debate in geek culture. Which franchise is superior: Gene Roddenberry's optimistic idea-driven utopia or George Lucas's scruffy, swashbuckling ode to the adventure serials of yore? Well, with The Force Awakens mere days away, and Star Trek Beyond soaring into theatres this summer, it's high time to settle this fiery argument. Hence, this week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest David Borys, are throwing down the gauntlet and pitting these two titans against each other in 12 grueling competitive categories. Which franchise boasts the best heroes and villains? Aliens? Philosophy? Expanded Universe? Storytelling? Two will enter, but only one can emerge victorious. So don't miss out on this high spirited conversation that's guaranteed to inspire passion no matter which side you come down on!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

#68 - STAR TREK'S BEST RECURRING CHARACTERS


In Star Trek the main crew may be the heart of the show, but it's the supporting players that really give it its dynamic punch. Having already picked out the Most Annoying Recurring Guest Characters, this week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton instead shine the spotlight on the recurring scene stealers who truly energize the show every time they show up. From one seriously badass Andorian, to a certain no-nonsense Bajoran Enterprise-D ensign and Starfleet's unlikely first Ferengi officer, we celebrate all those fantastic figures who may not get mentioned in the title credits, but are indispensable all the same.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#67 - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GEORDI LA FORGE


One of the key themes that unites all of the various Star Trek shows and movies is the notion of the crew being a makeshift family unit. And, just as with real families, there's always an oddball in the bunch. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton examine the franchise's most unusually enigmatic hero, the Enterprise-D's engineer extraordinaire Geordi La Forge. Considerably less fleshed out than fellow Next Gen crewmates Riker, Data, Worf, Troi and so on, LeVar Burton's Geordi is in many ways a mystery, with few well-defined traits and very little emotional growth or internal life. What are we to make of his preference for close friendships with mechanical beings? Or his undeniably strange love life and aloof workplace disposition? By examining spotlight episodes, such as "Booby Trap," "The Mind's Eye," "Aquiel" and "Relics," this episode seeks to reveal some of the crucial concepts and ideas that inform the man, the myth and the legend that is Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

#66 - STAR TREK TNG: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS


In the spring of 1990 The Next Generation, at the end of its series redefining third season, dropped a metaphorical isoton bomb on viewers with the brilliantly conceived cliffhanger finale "The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1." Now viewed as one of the show's most legendary moments, the episode held audiences captive in wait for the season four premiere resolution, instantly entered the pantheon of all-time Trek iconography, and transformed the Borg from a weird, yet cool, idea to full-fledged series Big Bads. So how, 25 years later, does this all-timer two-part saga hold up? Find out this week as hosts Cam Smith, Tyler Orton and Benjamin Yong relive Picard and crew's shining moment and weigh in on the lasting impact of the two episodes, how seamlessly they fit together and whether the bracing excitement of yesterday can still be tapped into after countless revisits. Plus, as a bonus, the trio also discuss where the franchise's future may take the Borg, and express their utter bewilderment as to why Shelby was never brought back. Enjoy!     

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#65 - FRIENDSHIPS IN THE FINAL FRONTIER


Unbreakable bonds are often formed under great pressure. But does that adage hold true in Starfleet? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take the classic Zack Attack hit "Friends Forever" to heart as they recount Star Trek's most famous BFFs, and debate how realistic their relationships would be in the real world. From the iconic Kirk/Spock bromance, to Crusher and Troi's private advice sessions and Bashir and Garak's friendly lunchtime interrogations, this fun-filled hour is your ticket to play third wheel to the franchise's most inseparable dynamic duos.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

#64 - DISSECTING STAR TREK'S RETURN TO TV


November 2nd was a day like any other... Until, that is, a gargantuan news bombshell dropped announcing that CBS is relaunching Trek on the small screen in early 2017! In this emergency episode - recorded mere hours after this revelation came to light - breathless hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton strive to unpack their own thoughts on the shocking development and the many complications surrounding it. Over the course of their discussion, they debate the viability of the CBS All Access streaming business model, ponder the creative roads executive producer Alex Kurtzman may take the franchise down, and offer up their own suggestions as to what they'd like to see come January 2017. People, start your speculating engines and enjoy!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

#63 - CHARACTERS IN COSTUME!


While last Halloween was solely focused on the scary and fiendish, this year is all about enjoying the fun, colorful and theatrical aspects of the season! In this second spook-tacular holiday special, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton grade Star Trek's many memorable examples of characters donning elaborate makeup and/or attire in order to complete a crucial mission. From Janeway's campy descent into serial-inspired silliness, to Kirk's hammy gangster act and Troi's badass Romulan make-over, we weigh in on each participant's commitment to transformation, as well as debate whether said disguise would bring home any awards at a rocking Halloween party costume contest. If ever there was a way to guarantee a fantastic thriller night, this is it!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

#62 - STAR TREK TNG: ENCOUNTER AT FARPOINT


Star Trek, bless its heart, doesn't have a spectacular track record when it comes to extended premieres. But does this hold true for what many consider the very best series? For this month's Two-Parter Throwback hosts Cam Smith, Tyler Orton and Benjamin Yong, along with returning guest Julia Dilworth, are travelling back to 1987 in order to take another exploratory spin around Farpoint on the inaugural journey of the ultra-slick Enterprise-D. Does the episode - which features not only the introduction of the new crew, but also the iconic Q - hold up as a solid sci-fi adventure? And how successful an introduction is it? For the answers to these burning these questions, as well as so many others, join in on this madcap audio journey filled with giant jellyfish romance, awkward Wesley hijinx, feelings of great joy and gratitude and, of course, bad Picard impressions!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

#61 - CHARACTERS WHO MUST SUFFER


While there are certainly always risks associated with being a member of Starfleet, it sure does seem like a key handful of individuals pay for their daring lifestyle of adventure and exploration far more than others. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton examine four crucial franchise favorites who the creative team appeared to take boundless pleasure in running through the metaphorical ringer again and again. From falling victim to psychic assaults, cloning, unexpected alien impregnation and falling barrels, these unlucky four have been run through the gamut far more than most - raising the question as to whether their torture was part of a larger character goal or just plain old mean.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

#60 - BEST & WORST HANGOUTS


Starfleet personnel may work hard, but do they really play hard? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton max and relax with the best of them as they debate which popular crew hangout locations are the most and least enticing. From the dark, starlit interiors of Ten Forward, to French dive bars and noisy movie-viewing rooms, the duo highlight which well-known Trek recharge hot spots would be worth flocking to, and which are just black holes of fun.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

#59 - THE STAR TREK SPIN-OFF SHOWCASE SPECTACULAR


From almost it's very inception, television has been in the business of spin-offs. After all, what better way to guarantee ratings than by offering loyal audiences an opportunity to explore new facets of a beloved character? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton put on their prospective show-runner hats and test the viability for potential new series based on Trek's brightest and boldest past stars. Over the course of this hour-long think-tank session, the two ponder the potential for further adventures featuring Riker, Worf, Seven of Nine and Kira, as well as accidentally stumble upon what may just be the franchise's very unlikely answer to Game of Thrones. Seriously.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

#58 - TREK DOES TIME TRAVEL


Since the groovy 19th century glory days of Mark Twain and H.G. Wells, popular fiction has thrived on stories in which protagonists journey to alternate time periods in search of romance, adventure and discovery. Given it's mission statement, how could Star Trek ever resist such an irresistible fount of creative inspiration? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton channel their inner-Marty McFly and take a fast-paced tour through the franchise's many explorations of this classic sci-fi concept, and break down the six types of  time travel tales. From Kirk's tragic Depression-era romance, to Tasha Yar's tour aboard the Enterprise-C and Quark and company's madcap tour of Area 51, we uncover the many highs and lows that have occurred in the past fifty years of Trek temporal hijinx.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

#57 - STAR TREK: THE MENAGERIE


Now that we've completed our bold mission to revisit the Trek film series, it's time to embark on our next thrilling voyage: charting and analyzing the franchise's many very special two-part episode extravaganzas! For the first entry in this exciting endeavor, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest Jamie Davies, strive to evaluate the first ever double-length adventure, "The Menagerie" and determine how well the extended format works in its favor. Is it better than "The Cage?" Does the creative team pull off their 50% recycled footage gimmick? Are we poorer for never again being treated to a super-sized TOS small-screen adventure? Blink once for 'yes' and join the fun as we blast off on another critical survey expedition of Star Trek's fascinating past.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

#56 - STRANGEST STAR TREK TRIVIA II


One of the purest joys of being a Trek fan is playing pop-culture archaeologist and digging into the franchise's dense history for cool and/or odd-ball factoids. Well, this week's episode once again sees hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton diving into the nerdy abyss in order to outdo one another in a madcap contest to unveil the craziest behind-the-scenes trivia possible. Among the countless revelations contained within this aural cornucopia of buried gems, we reveal which early Enterprise episode was initially planned as a Gorn vehicle, several bizarre scrapped titles for classic Trek films, Voyager's alternate original premise and how close Ensign Ro came to being a far larger presence post-TNG. And, as an added value bonus, we close out the show by dropping some major bombshells about a much-discussed podcast-fave character. No joke.      

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#55 - STAR TREK: RENEGADES & FAN FILMS


Due to the accessible nature of crowd-funding, online streaming and affordable film production tools we now live in an age where any fan with the right crew and resources can make a Star Trek movie of their very own. But are the final products worth watching? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a deep dive into this strange new world, and offer their thoughts on the latest highly-publicized effort, Star Trek: Renegades, as well as engage in a broader discussion on the merits, limitations and common flaws that frequently pop up in these creative endeavors. Over the course of an in-depth journey of discovery and occasional appreciation, they also touch upon AxanarOf Gods and Men and Star Trek Continues, and strive to make peace with the concept of non-canon entertainment.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#54 - HOLODECK HOOKUPS


While the holodeck doubtlessly has no shortage of critical and invaluable uses, it's hard to ignore the number of times the franchise's creative teams have highlighted its more, um, saucy potential. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton attempt to wrap their heads around several of Trek's most infamous examples of holographic lovin', and debate the ramifications and moral quandaries raised by these scenarios. So join us as we examine the finer points of Riker's seductive trombone party with Minuet, Harry Kim's bovine romance and Barclay's infatuation with a certain Goddess of Empathy, among several other classic moments. Oh my!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

#53 - STARFLEET VS. SUPER-POWERED BEINGS


If Trek has taught us anything, it's that if you're going to explore the deepest recesses of space, it's only a matter of time until you run into a alien capable of squashing you like a bug. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Scott Hardy, stand in awe before some of the franchise's most supremely powerful creations. From impish immortal tricksters, to unstoppable God-like machines and floating space heads, we check the necessary boxes on a pathway to better understanding those capable of utterly obliterating us all.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

#52 - STAR TREK LAS VEGAS CON 2015 MEMORIES


Another summer, another glorious, exhilarating and thoroughly exhausting Creation Las Vegas Star Trek Convention away mission completed! Coming to you from their decadent Rio hotel suite, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Stefan Estonilo, recount the many spectacular happenings that helped make the four day event so much unbelievable fun. From Patrick Stewart's triumphant appearance, to the latest Shatner vs. Takei dust up, Voyager's 20th reunion and the very emotional Leonard Nimoy memorial, we bid farewell to the con in characteristically irreverent (and sleep-deprived) style.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

#51 - CARDASSIANS: TREK'S GREATEST ALIENS?


One of Star Trek's greatest triumphs has always been its penchant for creating complex and authentic alien races, with countless wonderful hours dedicated to well-explored favorites like the Klingons, Romulans, Andorians and Vulcans. But who among them is the franchise's most brilliant creation?
This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, inspired by a fantastic TrekNews article by Will Nguyen, place the Cardassians under the microscope in order to determine whether they are indeed the most compelling and well-drawn denizens of the Trek-verse. Over the course of the episode, we examine the key figures, such as Gul Dukat, Gul Madred and Elim Garak, events and characteristics that constitute the rich tapestry of Cardassia, and attempt to forecast where the future may take this articulate, crafty and frequently antagonistic species.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#50 - HIDDEN GEMS OF STAR TREK


"Best of Both Worlds." "The Inner Light." "The Visitor." "City on the Edge of Forever." It can't be argued Star Trek is short on episodes that represent the very best science-fiction possible. But what about those mid-tier television hours that are just really, really solid? The ones you may not recommend to friends, but are genuinely gratifying and smart entertainment? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest Jarrah Hodge of Trekkie Feminist and Women at Warp, name their favorite less-loved minor hits that nonetheless had a genuine impact on them. From Neelix and Tuvok's tragic amalgamation, to zenite-mining revolutionaries and the only on-screen adventure of Commodore Robert April, we cover all the series bases and find new appreciation for mid-level victories!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#49 - THE SUBBIES STAR TREK FILM AWARDS


Well, now that we've ranked all of the films, it must be about time to move on, right?! Wrong! This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton roll out the red carpet and throw the first (and only) Subbies Awards Show, honoring (and dishonoring) the best and worst in cinematic Trek. Villains, Lead Performances, Special Effects Sequences, Make-up, Direction, Musical Scores, Dialogue, Comedy, Enterprise Moments... We hit all the hot categories in this big, splashy wrap-up to our longtime exploration of the franchise's big screen adventures. This is one episode you don't want to miss, and definitely one we'd love to hear your feedback on. So enjoy and rest easy; this is one awards program that won't take up three or four hours of your life to wade through! You have our solemn vow.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#48 - RANKING THE STAR TREK FILMS


It's been a long road, getting from there to here. It's been a long time, but our time is finally here! This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton wrap up their year-long Film Flashback series with the first installment in a two-part celebration of the Trek cinematic universe. Their assignment in this episode? To each provide their own personal rankings for the film canon, and justify their occasionally controversial decisions. There's a lot of debate fodder here, so have fun listening and don't be afraid to respond with your own opinions and numbered lists!

If you'd like to spoil yourself, you can read both Cam and Tyler's lists on Letterboxd.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

EPISODE 47 - "HOW TO SURVIVE A STAR TREK CON!"


Psyched up for the rapidly approaching Vegas Creation celebration, or another Trek fan event, this season? That's what we wanna hear! But are you totally prepared? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, accompanied by veteran con-going guest Tom Ball, hammer out all the logistics you need to keep in mind before dashing through those metaphorical gates into sci-fi nirvana. From merch room skills to party tips, photo-op advice to proper Q&A panel conduct, we hit all the bases in an effort to help make your con the ultimate experience possible. As an added bonus, we also name our "Must-see" Trek celebrities and answer some great fan mail! It's another embarrassment of riches, people. Hope you enjoy!

 *Terry Farrell photo courtesy of Shelly Ross.

Read Roger Sanderson's Star Trek into Darkness review.
 
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BONUS EPISODE 12 - STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS


When last we left the new crew at the end of J.J. Abram's 2009 reboot the pieces were firmly in place for a thrilling, adventurous and innovative sequel. But did the director and his team deliver? In our final Film Flashback installment, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest David Borys, dive into darkness with a critical re-examination of 2013's Khan-tastic follow-up. Is the picture, as fans at that summer's Vegas Con ruled, truly the worst Trek film of all time? Or are there enough redeeming qualities to push it into the 'good' column? And what do we make of its heavy use of homages, explosive action set-pieces and grim, timely themes? Find out as we hitch another ride on the Enterprise's cinematic warp trail and take on this highly controversial franchise entry!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

EPISODE 46 - "REBOOTING TNG AND BEYOND!"


Rebooting the original series worked out pretty well, but what's next? This week hosts Cam SmithTyler Orton and Benjamin Yong have a candid discussion about the potential for resurrecting one of the other great Trek series. While the majority of the conversation centers, obviously, on The Next Generation, each of the subsequent incarnations are mulled over, and theories given as to the most probable forms these re-dos could take and when they'll most likely transpire. Come for the fun speculation, but stay for our patented irreverent silliness and frenzied fanboy brainstorming! Enjoy!
  
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

EPISODE 45 - "BEST ONE-OFF CHARACTERS"


Thanks to its episodic format, Star Trek has offered up a veritable smorgasbord of unforgettable single episode guest characters over its lengthy run. But who, among the countless, rank the highest? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton dig through the hundreds of contenders to call out their favorite one-and-done greats. Want a taste of who made their lists? How about a few high profile Romulans, a certain scaly arena denizen and a New Jersey jackass con-man? If you want to hear specifics, as well as some fun surprises and bizarre tangents, you'll have to download away! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

EPISODE 44 - "THE CURRENT STATE OF TREK"


Looking forward, we have Star Trek Beyond and all of the festivities surrounding the fiftieth anniversary on the horizon! But is the franchise really in a good place? This week, in a candid dialogue, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton check in with our beloved property and question how adequately the current status quo is paving the way for a bright future. Over the course of the discussion, the duo debate the difficulties and requirements of bringing Trek back to television, as well as weigh in on how the convention circuit will evolve and how the lack of HD Deep Space Nine and Voyager impacts their potential for gaining new fans. There's plenty of food for thought here, so join us and dig in!  

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BONUS EPISODE 11 - "STAR TREK 2009"


After five miserable years lying dormant, the Trek franchise was jolted back into pop culture relevancy with the launch of J.J. Abram's flashy and stylish reboot in May of 2009. The highest grossing series installment at the time of its release (not taking inflation into account), the picture brought many new fans into the fold and instantly made the property's future seem oh so bright. The question is, then, does it still hold up six years later? Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with guests Julia Dilworth and Jamie Davies, are on hand to find out, as they examine the popular entry from both a fan's perspective as well as a non-fan's. Does the flick still work as popcorn entertainment? Was Abrams the right man for the job? How efficiently does it re-establish the characters and world we love so dear? Find out on this very special podcast deep dive into the controversial lens flare-happy box-office hit.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

EPISODE 43 - "PERILS OF THE TRANSPORTER"


The transporter may be the fastest and easiest way to travel, but man alive does it ever go bananas sometimes. Beaming in with a full damage report, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton contemplate the most horrific accidents that have ever occurred during one of Trek's famous ill-fated quick trip operations. Tackling fan fave moments involving Riker replicas, arm-chomping microbes and beyond, the duo also strive to pin down exactly what happens when your molecules are broken down and reassembled, and debate the moral decisions involved in solving some of these particularly sticky situations. There's plenty of food for thought here, so don't miss out on yet another energizing listen!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

EPISODE 42 - "WHEN STAR TREK DOES COMEDY"


As a franchise, Star Trek does many things brilliantly, but is comedy one of them? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Nick Eagland, celebrate the most hilarious moments to ever grace the screen, from tribbles to Mirror Universe hijinx, and everything in between. In addition to the varied assortment of chuckles, guffaws and chortles, the trio also strive to determine whether Worf or Data is the superior TNG comic relief, which series is the funniest and exactly why the writers often inspired groans (helloooo Insurrection!") while grasping for laughs. Plus, just because we appreciate your listenership, Tyler fan-casts the Ferengi heroes of "The Magnificent Ferengi" as Avengers. And that's no joke!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EPISODE 41 - "SPACE MADNESS!"


According to one of cinema's greatest icons, "we all go a little mad sometimes..." Well, on Star Trek "sometimes" sure does seem to roll around at regular intervals! Thus, in this week's ultra-loco installment, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton bust out of their Starfleet issue straight-jackets and indulge in the franchise's most memorable moments of deep space insanity. Over the course of the hour-long asylum therapy session we discuss patients such as smiley-face drawing Jean-Luc Picard, hallucinating Dukat, a particularly bonkers Betazoid and those pon farr-ing Vulcan notables Spock and T'Pol. So hop on this galaxy-hopping podcast crazy train because madness this fun can only be infectious!  

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

EPISODE 40 - "STARS ON TREK"


During its five decades Trek has been a welcome home for both high wattage celebrity guests as well as the up-and-coming Tinseltown treasures of tomorrow.  This week, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton bask in the golden glory of the franchise's most legendary casting coups, and debate the individual merits of the episodes boosted by their presence. Among the many, many shout-outs included in this packed name-dropping podcast hour, we shine the spotlight on a certain eye-brow lifting Pendari Champion, a rock and roll icon making a fishy stealth appearance and a poker-playing holographic Nobel prize-winning physicist. The stars are definitely out in full force, so join us as we decide which ones burn brightest, and which ones just plain old flame out.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

BONUS EPISODE 10 - "STAR TREK: NEMESIS"


When it was released on December 13, 2002, the TNG crew's fourth and final cinematic endeavor, Nemesis, was pretty much an insta-flop, both critically and commercially, and killed the franchise's big screen aspirations for several years. However, in this week's special Film Flashback episode, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest Tony Geluch, place the Enterprise E's climactic voyage under the movie microscope, and strive to determine the project's redeeming qualities and whether it deserves all of the hate so often hurled it's sorry way. Where does Tom Hardy's Shinzon rank in the realm of Starfleet-loathing villains? How does Stuart Baird fare as a series newbie director? Are the actors given intriguing and fresh material to play? And how satisfyingly does the flick bid adieu to this beloved cast? We answer all of these questions, and so many more, in this, our swan song spin across the silver screen with Picard, Riker, B-4 and all of your beloved Trek faves!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

EPISODE 39 - "TRIPPIEST MOMENTS IN STAR TREK"


Wait, when is 4/20 in Stardate years? Anyone? In this week's mind-bending episode straight-edge hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton attempt to celebrate April's greenest unofficial holiday the only way they know how; by soberly highlighting the most surreal and bizarro Trek moments that could potentially induce a pretty gnarly head-trip. From gargantuan psychedelic amoeba and Riker-brain milkshakes, to imaginary cave monsters and a bucking, whinnying Captain Kirk, there's no shortage of freaky and fantastical sights to groove to. So while we here at Subspace Transmissions have a firm "Hugs, not drugs!" stance, we'll leave it to your discretion to determine how best to experience these wild, weird and wonderful recommendations.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

EPISODE 38 - "STRANGEST STAR TREK TRIVIA"


Thanks to half a century's worth of productivity, there's no shortage of fascinating minutiae regarding the characters and world of Star Trek just begging to be analyzed and obsessed over. In this gloriously nerd-tastic episode hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton do just that, embarking on an archaeological expedition in search of some of the franchise's most wild and weird factoids and behind-the-scenes secrets. Among their treasure trove of uncovered gems are juicy details about discarded early visions of Geordi La Forge and Captain Janeway, alternate takes on Mr. Spock's digestive system and several glimpses into the evolution of Deep Space Nine. And, as an added bonus to show our appreciation to all of you, we engage in some serious Kai Opaka discussion. You can all rest easy now! 

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Monday, April 6, 2015

BONUS EPISODE - "VANCOUVER FAN EXPO 2015 MEMORIES"


In this special Easter weekend away team report, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton breathlessly recount the many thrilling and unforgettable happenings that transpired at Vancouver Fan Expo 2015. How did William Shatner and Brent Spiner perform at their panels? Was there any cool Trek merch? And who, among such genre luminaries as Carrie Fisher and Lance Henriksen, brought the goods for the packed crowd? Only one way to find out, and that's by downloading this ultra exclusive mission log y'all!

*Due to the complications of recording in a busy venue, there are some slight issues in terms of voice levels. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

EPISODE 37 - "MOST MEMORABLE TRANSFORMATIONS"


Out of all of the many astonishing phenomena in deep space, none seem quite as recurrent on Star Trek as metamorphosis. In this week's mega-morphin' episode hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a gander at some of the franchise's most amazing instances of characters undergoing terrifying, comedic or strategic body modifications. Whether it's Geordi La Forge being turned against his will into a mute day-glo alien, Riker devolving into a caveman or Kirk covertly strapping on a pair of Romulan ears, we make it our bold, brave mission to place all of the best transformative moments under the microscope! Hope you enjoy our findings!

Monday, March 23, 2015

BONUS EPISODE 9 - "STAR TREK: INSURRECTION"


After the huge critical and commercial success of 1996's First Contact, it was only logical that the TNG crew's next cinematic away mission would be twice as good, right?! In this latest Film Flashback bonus episode, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Tom Ball, return to the Ba'ku homeworld in an attempt to determine how Insurrection holds up almost twenty years later. Is it as cringe-inducingly bad as many fans frequently claim, or are there nuggets of a good movie visible on screen? From mamboing Picard, to weird cave collapses and F. Murray Abraham's high-pitched squeal, we hit all the highlights and lowlights on a grand journey of understanding and discovery. So saddle up, lock and load, and, uh, enjoy!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

EPISODE 36 - "IRISH STEREOTYPES IN STAR TREK"


Star Trek has long fought the good fight for multiculturalism on television, but it's also always had a weird stance on those with Irish blood pumping through their veins. In this special St. Patrick's Day-themed episode, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Ortonalong with special guest Carmin Carotenuto, dig deep into this bizarre phenomenon in search of nebulous answers. From Kirk's deranged Starfleet Academy tormentor Finnegan to the folksy denizens of Fair Haven, we hit all the cartoonish bases, as well as honor the franchise's most respectful and beloved Irish series regular. Forget the green beer and cheap plastic hats, this episode alone offers more than enough merriment to make for a fitting March 17th celebration!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

EPISODE 35 - "THE WEIRDEST & WILDEST TREK SPIN-OFFS THAT NEVER WERE"


As polarizing as series like Enterprise, Voyager and Deep Space 9 can be with fans, it's fair to say that overall Star Trek has a pretty proud and successful legacy worth celebrating. But you don't stumble onto great show and movie ideas without briefly entertaining some truly terrible ones. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Ortonalong with special guest Tony Geluch, dig into What Culture's fantastic recent list of the franchise's most bizarre and outlandish scrapped spin-off concepts. From the ongoing adventures of Gary Seven to Riker-rific Star Trek: Titan, we weigh in with our own thoughts and debate whether these abandoned efforts ever could have worked, and what elements - if any - were worth salvaging. 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EPISODE 34 - "A FAREWELL TO LEONARD NIMOY"


One of Trek's very brightest stars sadly dimmed last week with the passing of Mr. Leonard Nimoy, the unforgettable talent who brought magical life to our much beloved Vulcan science officer Spock. In this special episode hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton attempt to unpack their own very messy human emotions about this momentous loss, and pay tribute to the man, his work and the rich enduring legacy he left behind.     

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Monday, February 23, 2015

EPISODE 33 - "STAR TREK UNDER THE INFLUENCE"


Sure, Trek loves to sell a straight and narrow future! But sometimes, just sometimes, Starfleet members - intentionally or unintentionally - reveal that they are totally down to party (if you get my drift). This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Ortonalong with returning guest Tony Geluch, chug beverages and celebrate those wonderfully slurry and/or trippy moments when characters found themselves utterly blitzed. From the intoxicating radiation of "The Naked Now," to mind-altering Risa video games, Ketracel White and those happy-happy plant spores that had Spock swinging from tree branches, there's no shortage of fun hazy memories to bliss out on. So chill out and live in the moment with us, dudes and dudettes!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BONUS EPISODE 8 - "STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT"


When it was released in 1996, First Contact - unlike Generations - delivered what fans wanted: a fun time travel plot, plenty of series call-backs and the dreaded Borg. Grossing  a stellar $146-million dollars worldwide, it instantly became a top fan favorite. But how does the picture hold up almost 20 years later? In this month's bonus movie review episode, hosts Cam Smith, Tyler Orton and Benjamin Yong, along with special guest Adrian MacNair, toss on their metaphorical EV suits and steadfastly travel back into space, dodging deadly drones all the way, in a bold effort to assess the durability and skill of Jonathan Frakes' first big screen adventure. What they find may just surprise you. So crank up the Steppenwolf, toss back a few and blast off on another fun-filled Film Flashback! 

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Monday, February 9, 2015

EPISODE 32 - "WHEN STAR TREK... GETS SEXY!"


While it may be famed for it's rich philosophy, cerebral concepts and socially conscious messages, it's no secret that Trek  likes to take an occasional walk on the wild side. In this extra special Valentine's Day episode, hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton  embark on an amused expedition through the franchise's rich pantheon of titillating moments, and weigh in on how many of them manage to avoid being unintentionally comedic, or worse. From Ferengi ear massages and decontamination gel rubdowns, to Gothic candle erotica and soft core Vulcan massages, we cover all of the bases (pun intended)! So grab that special person in your life, click download, and make this a sexy holiday affair to remember.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

EPISODE 31 - "BEST & WORST CHILD CHARACTERS"


From Chaplin's the Kid, Shirley Temple, Opie and the Bowery Boys, to Cole Sear, Arya Stark and Harry Potter, Hollywood has a long, proud tradition of producing child characters who take the world by lovable storm. But how does Star Trek fare in this regard? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest Jarrah Hodge of Trekkie Feminist, dive into the franchise's long, storied past and separate the greats from the brats! Whether examining the troubles with Borg teens, or the merits of precocious Ferengi, we leave no stone unturned in a bold attempt to celebrate the most endearing pint-sized scene-stealers, and shudder at the little monsters who had us frantically clicking the 'mute' button on our remote control.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

EPISODE 30 - "LIFE AFTER TREK"


Being a science-fiction icon is awesome and all, but what is an actor to do when their beloved show goes off the air? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a whirlwind trip through the collective filmographies of each series' main cast and nail down exactly who among them have had the most interesting and varied post-Trek careers. Whether in front of the camera or behind, big screen or small, these actors have produced an abundance of creative endeavors, and this episode is all about evaluating the work, and maybe even pointing you in the direction of some cool lesser known efforts along the way.

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