Sunday, August 2, 2020

Second Contact Aliens We Want on Lower Decks (#306)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton frantically dodge Mugatu claws while exploring the classic aliens they'd like to see the crew of the USS Ceritos encounter on Star Trek: Lower Decks. From sentient plants with a penchant for cloning, to the game-obsessed Wati people and the Kelpian's unsettling enemies the Ba-ul, the duo dig through the canon for potentially amusing ideas. Plus, the hosts also name their most memorable lame missions!


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Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Evolution of Odo (#305)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton climb into buckets while delving into the evolution of Deep Space Nine's consistently fascinating Changeling security chief, Odo. From his early days, awkwardly adjusting to the daily realities of a Starfleet-run station, to his ultimate role in ending the Dominion War, the duo track the key moments in his iconic seven-season journey. Plus, the hosts break down the big franchise news coming out of the Comic-Con@Home virtual event.



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Sunday, July 19, 2020

You're Not the Captain! (#304)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton resist the lure of the Lorelei signal while reviewing lower-ranking crew members who assumed command during crucial and significant moments. From the ECH's power struggle with Harry Kim, to Jadzia's intense tours of duty aboard the Defiant and Uhura's animated rescue mission, the duo debate each individual's leadership style, and determine which famed captain they most evoked.



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Monday, July 13, 2020

How to Fix Star Trek (#303)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton flee from the Red Hour festival in order to brainstorm repairs for some of the franchise's more maddening missteps. From Discovery's clunky Lorca twist, to Data's abandoned emotion chip and Into Darkness's ill-conceived use of Khan, the duo strive to transform bungled opportunities into satisfying entertainment.



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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Our Genius Plan to Reunite the Trek Casts! (#302)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton hop on Zoom in order to debate which famous Star Trek episodes would inspire the most engaging virtual cast reunion table reads. From Picard and crew's madcap hijinx in Sherwood Forest, to Kirk's Romulan cosplay and a trip to the forbidden Mirror Universe, the duo mastermind the ultimate pitches for fan-pleasing pandemic entertainment.



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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Current State of Trek 2020 (#301)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton abandon their second contact strategy guides in order to hold their annual forum gauging the current strength of the franchise. From Lower Decks and Discovery season 3, to future film projects and STLV 2020 uncertainty, the duo determine just how bright Star Trek's future is looking.


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Monday, June 22, 2020

Best & Worst Star Trek Rivalries (#300)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton merrily break out the Romulan ale as they celebrate their momentous 300th episode with a deep dive into the franchise's most unforgettable rivalries. From Spock and McCoy's playful sparring sessions, to snarky bickerers Quark and Odo and all the convoluted House of Mogh vs Duras chaos, the duo examine the root of each conflict and determine who walked away the winner.



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Monday, June 15, 2020

Tracing the Star Trek Eras (#299)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton make like the Traveler and embark on a time-hopping journey through the history of the franchise in order to examine the five distinct eras that make up the Star Trek universe. From the early days of Roddenberry and crew, to Alex Kurtzman's increasingly prolific run on CBS All-Access, the duo weigh in on each time period's enduring strengths and frustrating weaknesses.



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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Things That Don't Make Sense in Star Trek (#298)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton turn down their vintage jazz recordings in order to ponder the many elements of the Star Trek universe that just don't quite add up. From the limited variety of entertainment options, to the very curious economy and the ever-lingering threat of invasion by God-powered aliens, the duo strive to make sense of Roddenberry's utopia's biggest headscratchers.


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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Best Star Trek Comfort Food Episodes (#297)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton put their daring holosuite casino heist on hold in order to highlight their favorite feel good Trek episodes to turn to when times are rough. But which one is truly the best, among wonderful entries like Conundrum, The Trouble with Tribbles or Badda-Bing Badda-Bang? Find out as the duo pit their chosen episodes against each other  in order to crown the definitive comfort food champion!


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Monday, May 25, 2020

Strange New Worlds: Why We Can't Wait to Visit! (#296)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton celebrate with habanero sauce while breaking down the thrilling return of Captain Pike and the Enterprise crew in the newly greenlit Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. From potential classic guest stars and crossovers, to new cast members and storytelling preferences, the duo ponder what the 1701's next deep space tour could look like!



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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Voyager at 25: What is the Show's Legacy? (#295)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a break from belting out "You are My Sunshine" in order to celebrate Voyager's 25th anniversary, and explore the series' fascinating pop-culture footprint. The duo also reveal their favorite episodes from each season, and dig up some curious vintage promotional articles.



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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Star Trek: Picard: Did Jean-Luc's Return Deliver? (#294)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton excuse themselves from Rios's pick-up soccer game in order to look back on the inaugural season of Star Trek: Picard. The duo analyze the show's cast of characters, debate the strongest and weakest elements, rank the episodes and more!



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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Star Trek Villains Who Fizzled Out (#293)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton put down the poisonous fruit just in time to publicly call out the many big bads who arrived on the scene bursting with potential, only to disappoint. From high profile Romulans, to dysfunctional Delta Quadrant aliens and even a biblical figure or two, the duo have no shortage of lame wannabe Khans and Borg Queens to choose from!



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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Why ENT Deserves Another Chance & Ranking the Two-Parters (#292)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a break from Vulcan neuro-pressure class in order to rank Enterprise's six memorable feature-length adventures. The duo also look back on the show as a whole, shining a spotlight on its characters and lasting contributions to the franchise, as well as its greatest stories.



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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Best Character Showcase Episodes (#291)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a break from ranking Lt. Joe Carey moments in order to determine which episodes best showcase the strengths of every classic main character in the Star Trek franchise. Is Riker's finest hour The Pegasus or Best of Both Worlds: Part I? Does Neelix shine brighter in Fair Trade or Jetrel? And is there a better Kira story than Duet? Tune in and find out where the duo stand!



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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Exploring Star Trek's Origin Stories (#290)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton revisit their childhoods while re-experiencing Trek's most significant character origin story episodes. From Picard's violent tussle with a notorious Nausicaan, to the NX-Beta's perilous test flight and the grim fate of Seven's parents, the duo flashback to all the most important milestones. 



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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Ranking Trek's Series Finales (#289)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton try their best to ignore the Riker in the room while delivering the definitive ranked list of Star Trek series finales, from TOS to Enterprise. They also debate whether Picard and Discovery's recent season closers would work as hypothetical farewell episodes.



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Sunday, March 29, 2020

"Et in Arcadia Ego: Part 2" - Star Trek: Picard (#288)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton are reborn in identical bodies while completing the first season of Star Trek: Picard with the eventful season finale, Et in Arcadia Ego: Part 2. From Jean-Luc's life-changing metamorphosis, to robotic tentacle monsters and Data's final (?) farewell, the duo put a bow on the show's inaugural run in high style.



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Sunday, March 22, 2020

"Et in Arcadia Ego: Part 1" - Star Trek: Picard (#287)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton con their way out of their prison cells in order to break down Star Trek: Picard's penultimate first season episode, Et in Arcadia Ego: Part 1. From Dr. Noonian Soong's secret lookalike son, to Soji's peculiar home planet and Picard's possible game-changing destiny, the duo tackle all the most fascinating bullet points.



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

"Broken Pieces" - Star Trek: Picard (#286)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a one-way trip out the airlock while delving into Picard's eighth episode, Broken Pieces. From Seven's return and Rios' traumatic backstory, to Soji's touching heart-to-heart with Jean-Luc, the duo explore all the big moments.



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Sunday, March 8, 2020

"Nepenthe" - Star Trek: Picard (#285)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Vicki Siu, serve up homemade pizza while reuniting with Riker and Troi in the latest episode of Picard, Nepenthe. From the current status of the two beloved TNG icons, to Dr. Jurati revelations and another shocking surprise exit, the trio have you covered.


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Sunday, March 1, 2020

"The Impossible Box" - Star Trek: Picard (#284)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Waylon Snedker, experience 90s flashbacks after finally docking with a certain Borg cube in Picard's latest episode, The Impossible Box. From a Jean-Luc & Hugh reunion, to Raffi's best moment to date and more toxic Narek skeeviness, the trio break it all down.



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Sunday, February 23, 2020

"Stardust City Rag" - Star Trek: Picard (#283)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton stick feathers in their hats during a rollicking trip to Freecloud with Picard, Seven of Nine, and the rest of the gang. Along the way they debate the handling of a significant character's exit, Seven's current journey and the much-anticipated return of Bruce Maddox!



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Sunday, February 16, 2020

"Absolute Candor" - Star Trek: Picard (#282)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Barry Link, glide across the floor to old time rock and roll while breaking down Star Trek: Picard's fourth episode, Absolute Candor. From Seven of Nine's return and Romulan warrior nuns, to a slip and slide date with Soji and Narek, the trio cover all the latest crucial happenings.



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Monday, February 10, 2020

"The End is the Beginning" - Star Trek: Picard (#281)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Carmin Carotenuto of the Adventure.exe podcast, slap on some shades and get down to business with Picard's third episode, The Beginning is the End. From the introduction of roguish new pilot Rios, to a return to Vasquez Rocks and plenty more Romulan mystery, there's much to discuss indeed!



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Sunday, February 2, 2020

"Maps and Legends" - Star Trek: Picard (#280)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton reveal themselves to be secret siblings while breaking down the latest Picard episode, Maps and Legends. From strange Borg experiments, to embedded Romulans and Starfleet corruption, the duo tackle all the attention-grabbing highlights!



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Sunday, January 26, 2020

"Remembrance" - Star Trek: Picard (#279)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton duck acidic loogies while welcoming back good 'ol Jean-Luc with the momentous premiere episode of Star Trek: Picard, Remembrance. From the current state of Starfleet, to intrigue involving androids, Romulans and more, the duo tackle all the hot topics that seem poised to fuel the most anticipated Trek season in forever!


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Monday, January 20, 2020

"Demons," "Terra Prime" & "These Are the Voyages..." - Enterprise (#278)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton hover awkwardly in the background while wrapping up their fast-paced journey through Enterprise. First up, the dramatic two-part tale Demons/Terra Prime, featuring Peter Weller as a xenophobic industrialist with a sinister plan. Then, the duo break down one of the most notorious Trek episodes of all time with the show's series finale, These Are the Voyages... 


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Short Treks: "Children of Mars" & Picard Primer (#277)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton party down to acoustic David Bowie covers while digging into the new Picard preview episode, Children of Mars, for clues as to what surprises the impending series premiere might bring. Plus, the duo ponder where the show will take fan-fave characters Seven, Riker, Troi and Hugh, and voice their biggest concerns.



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Monday, January 6, 2020

"In a Mirror, Darkly" - Enterprise (#276)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton tangle with deadly CG reptiles while revisiting the now classic Enterprise fourth season two-parter, In a Mirror, Darkly. Why exactly does this story's approach to fan service still work like gangbusters all these years later? And what might the future have held for follow-ups if the show hadn't been cancelled? Plus, as an added bonus, the duo evaluate The Mandalorian's season finale, Redemption, and Tyler chimes in with his two cents on The Rise of Skywalker.   

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