Thursday, March 30, 2017

#134 - STAR TREK DS9: IMPROBABLE CAUSE/THE DIE IS CAST


After a fantastic premiere, Deep Space Nine's third season continued to exhibit new confidence as the show boldly embraced its dense, clever and gripping mythology. Nowhere is that more clear than in the franchise's very first double-length installment without Part I and II subtitles, Improbable Cause and The Die is Cast. This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton channel their deep, enduring adoration for sly tailor Elim Garak as they tackle one of the crafty Cardassian's most insightful and morally complex showcase stories. In addition to plenty of Garak, Odo and Dominion talk, the duo also continue to debate the shady tactics of Starfleet admirals, rank the franchise's three shadowy intelligence agencies and stumble onto an intriguing, albeit extremely dubious, link to Batman Begins.

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Related Podcast Episodes:
DS9: Emissary
DS9: The Maquis
DS9: The Search
DS9: Past Tense
Why Do Starfleet Admirals Suck?

Join us next week as we take a second amused look at Trek's best worst episodes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#133 - TALKIN' ABOUT TELLARITES!


Sure, everyone loves the Vulcans and Andorians. But what about the oft-ignored fourth original charter Federation members the Tellarites?! Since appearing in the classic episode Journey to Babel, they've mostly been relegated to forgettable background status. Until now! This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton throw on snazzy silver and blue dress uniforms in order to delve into this fascinating and underappreciated alien race, and ponder why they play such a minor role in the larger Trek conversation. From the species' iconic debut, through glorious, albeit brief, resurrection on Enterprise, the duo explore what might have been, and would should be as Discovery slowly edges closer to reality.

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Related Podcast Episodes:
Aliens We Want to See on Discovery
The Evolution of the Borg
Cardassians: Trek's Greatest Aliens?

Join us next week for the Garak-tastic DS9 two-parter Improbable Cause/The Die is Cast!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

#132 - EARLY DEPARTURES IN STAR TREK


"Parting is such sweet sorrow," as the Bard put it in Romeo & Juliet. But does that adage hold true to Star Trek, or are words like 'infuriating,' 'underwhelming' or 'frustrating' more appropriate? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a gander at a number of crucial episodes where beloved characters bid adieu and rate how successfully each of the respective series pulled off this challenging and unenviable feat. From the early days of Janice Rand, all the way down to Jadzia and Kes, the duo strive to determine which of the franchise's premature exits hit the emotional bullseye, and which ones missed the mark completely.
  
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Related Podcast Episodes:
Janice Rand: What Could Have Been?
For the Love of Wesley!
Best & Worst Deaths

Join us next week for a glorious Tellarite parade!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

#131 - THE EVOLUTION OF Q


The pilot episode of TNG did very few things superbly, but its one invaluable contribution was introducing the world to the franchise's supreme super-powered omnipotent trickster. An icon from day one, John de Lancie's top-ranking Trek antagonist stands second to none in the 24th century, with only the Borg as potential competition. In celebration of this mysterious, dangerous and frequently funny foe, this week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning guest Patrick Johnson, delve into the rich history of Q, from Farpoint to Q2, and offer their own unique takes on the character's fascinating changes over time as well as his significance in reflecting the themes of the franchise. From his proudest moments to his most groan-inducing (penalty boxes???), no stone is left unturned on the trio's profound and amusing reality-bending podcasting journey.
  
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The Evolution of the Borg
Encounter at Farpoint
All Good Things...
All Time Antagonists

Join us next week as we debate how appropriately Trek bid early adieu to some of its gone-too-soon leads.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

#130 - STAR TREK VOY: CARETAKER


We've been to Farpoint, and encountered the Emissary, now it's time to leap through the hallowed arches of the Guardian of Forever back to the bright and exciting days of January 1995, when the good ship Voyager warmed up her warp nacelles! Join hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with boldly courageous returning guest Vicki Siu, this week as they celebrate the first unforgettable Delta Quadrant journey of UPN's flagship series. Over the course of a lively discussion, they seek to resolve whether the respected pilot episode still holds up and just how successful it is at introducing its colorful cast of enduring characters. So join the trio as they meet beloved figures like Janeway, Chakotay and Neelix again for the very first time, and size up whether Caretaker suitably maps out the adventure to come.

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Related Podcast Episodes:
Star Trek DS9 - Emissary
Star Trek TNG - Encounter at Farpoint
The Bad Boys of Star Trek

Join us next week as we cover the A to Zs of Q...