Sunday, September 19, 2021

"The Spy Humongous" - Lower Decks (#365)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton visit the Ceritos gift shop while analyzing the latest episode of Lower Decks, The Spy Humongous. From Pakled espionage, to Boimler's career-minded new gang and Ransom's finest (half) hour, the duo break it all down. Plus, the hosts reflect on the 2021 summer movie season, and reveal which upcoming fall releases they're most anticipating.


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Sunday, September 12, 2021

"An Embarrassment of Dooplers" - Lower Decks & Star Trek Day Recap (#364)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton crash through an aviary while delving into the latest episode of Lower Decks, An Embarrassment of Dooplers. From Richard Kind's nervous new alien, to emotional moments and the return of Shelby, the duo have you covered.  Plus, they break down all the biggest news coming out of Star Trek Day, including Strange New Worlds character reveals and Picard and Prodigy trailers.



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Monday, September 6, 2021

"Mugato, Gumato" - Lower Decks (#363)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton engage in a nail-biting game of Diplomath while diving into this week's Mugato-heavy episode of Lower Decks. From the return of TOS's deadly white apes, to the Boimler/Rutherford dynamic and Last Outpost Ferengi, the duo have you covered. Plus, the hosts discuss the recently released Prodigy opening titles, Picard casting and Star Trek Day anticipation.



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Sunday, August 29, 2021

"Kayshon, His Eyes Open" & "We'll Always Have Tom Paris" - Lower Decks (#362)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton compare decorative plate collections while breaking down the latest two episodes of Lower Decks. From the Ceritos's new Tamarian security chief, to the resurrection of Shaxs and the return of VOY's Tom Paris, the duo cover all the latest animated happenings.



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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Ranking the Worst of the Worst Star Trek Episodes (#361)

Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton crawl out of crushed flower beds in order to rank the worst Star Trek episodes as graded by IMDB users. From embarrassingly offensive misfires, to confusing head-scratchers and clueless character portrayals, the duo attempt to separate the daft from the disastrous.


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Sunday, August 15, 2021

"Strange Energies" - Lower Decks (#360)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton chow down on delicious pears while welcoming back Lower Decks with its second season premiere, Strange Energies. From Ransom's enormous God-like head, to Mariner's ongoing mommy issues and Boimler's chaotic Titan gig, the duo tackle all of the animated comedy's latest talking points.



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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Ranking the Greatest of the Great Star Trek Episodes (#359)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton valiantly brave a no-win scenario this week as they attempt to rank the all time best Star Trek episodes as scored by IMDB. From rich existential character journeys, to astonishing high-concept homeruns and epic two-parters, the duo draft their most definitive list yet!



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Sunday, August 1, 2021

"The Galileo Seven": TOS's First Great Spock Story? (#358)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton dodge over-sized spears while delving into the classic TOS episode The Galileo Seven. Just how important is this story to the evolution of Spock? Should Boma have become a series regular? And does snooty Commissioner Ferris contribute any value? Plus, the duo discuss Creation's upcoming 55-Year Mission convention is Las Vegas.



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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Are They Really Senior Officer Material? (#357)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton brush up on their people skills while pondering the theoretical future career prospects for Trek's iconic senior officers. From notoriously aloof Enterprise-D engineer Geordi La Forge, to dearly departed Commander Airiam and brash new kid on the block Jack Ransom, the duo decide which characters are worthy candidates for the captain's chair.



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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Give These Aliens a Spin-off! (#356)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a scenic trip to the Caves of Mak'ala while pitching their ideas for alien-centric franchise spin-offs. From a multi-generational Trill saga, to a Ferengi mockumentary and an Andorian Imperial Guard showcase, the duo delve into what makes each species special and how they could support their own ongoing series. Plus, the duo break down the latest Trek movie and 4K news.



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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Why Does Star Trek Remake Itself? (#355)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton cake on old age makeup while delving into Star Trek's rocky history of ripping itself off. From Pulaski's Deadly Years redux, to Into Darkness' recycled Wrath of Khan highlights and Endgame's over-reliance on All Good Things... copycatting, the duo debate why, in a franchise well known for revisiting tropes, these glaring examples stand out. 


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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Ranking the Enterprise Seasons (#354)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton are going where their hearts will take them this week as they revisit and rank Enterprise's four seasons! From the promising launch of the NX-01, to the Xindi War and mini-arc filled final year, the show seemed to be in a constant state of evolution. So tune in, grab a bag of movie night popcorn, and discover precisely when Archer, T'Pol and crew reached their pinnacle.


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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Second Contact with Lower Decks S1... on Blu-ray! (#353)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Waylon Snedker, game developer of Odd Realm, don giant chess piece costumes and explore what worked and what didn't in the inaugural season of Trek's first animated comedy. In addition to tackling characters, in-jokes and S2 teases, they also review the special features on the new Blu-ray release.



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Sunday, June 20, 2021

"Darmok": The Perfect TNG Episode? (#352)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Patrick Johnston, sail down the river Temarc in order to engage with one of TNG's most popular and acclaimed episodes, Darmok. What makes this hour of television so special? Does it still hold up? And how do we feel about the Picardigan? Plus, the trio discuss Prodigy news and the latest Star Trek: Picard teaser!


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Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Current State of Trek 2021 (#351)

 
Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton demand jazz music on the bridge while gauging the current health level of the Star Trek franchise. From second seasons of Lower Decks and Picard, to new upcoming shows and the rebirth of the fan convention scene, the duo gaze into their crystal balls and ponder what the future may hold.



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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Is Jonathan Frakes Star Trek's New Ambassador? (#350)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton stage an impromptu trombone recital in honour of Mr. Jonathan Frakes as they debate whether he's become Trek's top representative! From his iconic work as William T. Riker, to film and series directing gigs and memorable convention appearances, the duo analyze all the wonderful contributions Frakes has made to the franchise and determine why he's a worthy candidate for the job.



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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Ranking the Voyager Seasons (#349)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton set their sights on home while attempting the impossible task of compiling the definitive ranked list of Voyager seasons. From the early days of Kes and the medical bay-confined Doctor, to the arrival of the Borg and controversial journey's end, there's no shortage of milestones to consider. So set your holodecks to Chez Sandrine, relax and enjoy!


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Biggest Debates in Star Trek (#348)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton push their positronic brains to the max while tackling some of the franchise's most enduring philosophical conundrums. From the constitution of Golem Picard, to Lore's android rights and the moral complexities of holodeck fantasies, the duo attempt to resolve the many questions that have kept them up at night.  



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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Star Trek's Unsung Heroes (#347)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton yearn for the spotlight as they reveal their favourite under-used Trek players. From TNG season 2 pop-in doctor Katherine Pulaski, to Saurian scientist Linus and botanist, teacher and wife Keiko O'Brien, the duo both highlight why these characters deserved more screen-time and brainstorm the perfect showcase episodes for them.



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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Star Trek's Ultimate Baddies Draft (#346)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton plot the untimely destruction of Starfleet while compiling their definitive ranked list of Star Trek antagonists. From legendary adversaries like Khan, Dukat and the Borg Queen, to underrated trouble-makers such as Silik, Seska and Inspector Kashyk, the duo strive to pick only the best bad apples from the bunch.  



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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Hidden Gems of Star Trek Part II (#345)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton consider alien monster hunting careers while celebrating some of Trek's best underrated episodes. From telepathic pitcher plants, to deadly Deep Space Nine lockdowns and cantankerous de-evolving Vulcans, the duo shine a light on what makes these stories special, as well as debate how successfully the concepts could be reused on different series.


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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Ranking the DS9 Seasons (#344)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton kick up their feet at Quark's bar while examining the course of Deep Space Nine, and ordering the seasons from worst to first. From the series' ambitious, if uneven, beginnings, to its much-hyped Klingon arc and Dominion War saga, there's a lot to dig into and much debate to be had in tackling such a serialized show. So grab some Aldebaran whiskey and join the party!


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Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Strange State of the Star Trek Film Franchise (#343)

                                 

Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton pine for Pine and crew while analyzing Paramount's bizarre mishandling of the film franchise since Star Trek Beyond. From Tarantino's much-hyped pitch, to the stalled return of Chris Hemsworth to the Kelvinverse and a mysterious script by Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez, the duo examine each of the studio's recent attempts and debate their creative potential and odds of ever beaming onto the silver screen.  



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Sunday, April 11, 2021

When Star Trek Follows Up on Greatness (#342)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton hit the wedding afterparty with Mirror Bareil this week as they explore Trek's inconsistent track record for properly following up its greatest episodes. From the high drama of Measure of a Man leading into the monster-packed Wesley romance The Dauphin, to Kirk and crew heading out on Shore Leave after the events of Balance of Terror, the duo determine which tonal shifts work and which ones just cause whiplash. Plus, the hosts break down all the exciting news and sneak previews coming out of First Contact Day. 



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Sunday, April 4, 2021

DS9's "In the Pale Moonlight": Trek's Most Challenging Episode? (#341)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton wearily delete their personal logs while breaking down Deep Space Nine's classic sixth season episode In the Pale Moonlight. From Sisko's moral compromises, to Garak's necessary evils and the grim fate of catchphrase-spawning Senator Vreenak, the duo examine the enduring legacy of this richly complex story.


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Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Evolution of the Maquis (#340)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton champion a lost cause while breaking down the arc of Trek's ill-fated freedom fighters, the Maquis. From Ro Laren's defection, to Sisko's pursuit of Eddington and Chakotay and B'Elanna's former life, the duo ponder the strengths and weaknesses of Starfleet's perpetually unlucky vest-wearing adversaries.



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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Ranking the TNG Seasons (#339)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton pull on their dusty spandex uniforms while revisiting the journey of Next Gen, and crafting the definitive worst-to-best season rankings list. From the show's frequently bizarre early days (Skin of Evil, anyone?), to its much-heralded hot streak beginning in season 3, there's plenty of room for movement and perhaps even some controversial decisions. So tune in and find out precisely when the duo think the show hit peak performance.



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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Star Trek's Top 47 Recurring Characters (#338)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton practice their scenery chewing while compiling the ultimate ranked list of all-star Trek recurring characters. From fan faves like Q, Guinan and Garak to newcomers such as Georgiou, Jet Reno and Picard's vineyard staff, the duo dare to determine which pop-in players most deserve their place in the pantheon.  



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Sunday, March 7, 2021

What's in a Name? (#337)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton frantically flip through their font guides while determining Trek's most impactful and memorable episode and film titles. From classic sci-fi pulp homages (Corbomite Maneuver), to flashy exercises in Latin (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum) and pop-culture references (In the Pale Moonlight), the duo break down exactly what separates a homerun title from an awkward and forgettable one.
 

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Crafting the Worst Season of Star Trek Ever! (#336)

Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Scott Hardy of the SpyHards Podcast, embrace the very worst of Star Trek as they draft the most punishingly terrible season imaginable. From a spirited game of Allamaraine, to weeping super-powered children and Picard pushing a French accent past the warp 10 barrier, the trio make countless tough calls on the path to potentially decimating the franchise forever.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

No, We Are Not Starfleet! (#335)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton deeply disappoint Captain Picard while discussing the major Trek players who refused the call of Starfleet. From Wesley's change of heart in TNG's final season, to Seven's stint with the Fenris Rangers and Jake Sisko's preference for journalism, the duo explore the character-driven reasons for why a Starfleet career may not be for everybody.



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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Ranking Star Trek's Early Seasons (#334)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton construct rudimentary cannons while revisiting both the original Star Trek and The Animated Series and then ranking the five seasons in worst-to-best order. With countless classic episodes, including Arena, The Enterprise Incident and Yesteryear, popping up throughout both shows' runs, crowning a winner will be no easy task. Then, as an added bonus, Tyler sits down with his girlfriend Rose to hear about her recent experience watching TOS for the first time.

     
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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Why the Stakes in Star Trek Matter (#333)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton roll around in the mud while underlining why apocalyptic events aren't required to establish compelling stakes in Trek. From Picard's fraught reunion with his brother, to Jake and Nog's baseball card hunt and Carbon Creek's Vulcan visitors, the duo reveal the smaller character-driven stories and moments that earned their emotional investment.   
 


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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Is Star Trek: Picard Meant to Be Binge-watched? (#332)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton admire their new golem bodies while determining whether Picard is a show that improves with rapid viewing, or depends on weekly consumption for full effect. Over the course of a spirited hour, the duo reveal their updated thoughts on the new series, break down each individual episode and rank this inaugural run against Discovery's first three seasons. Enjoy!

Also, make sure to watch Ché Fox's response to Subspace's character rankings!



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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Crafting the Perfect Season of Star Trek (#331)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with special guest Scott Hardy of the SpyHards Podcast, embark on a daring mission to draft the ideal season of Trek. With 700+ hours of content to choose from, and only 27 episode slots, it is certainly no easy task! So tune in as the trio battle to make the right calls while facing down a barrage of extraordinarily grueling choices.  



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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Ranking Trek's Main Characters (#330)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton angrily veto one another while compiling their definitive ranked list of every single main character from Trek's many TV incarnations. From all-time titans like Kirk, Janeway and Picard, to fresh-faced newcomers such as Burnham, Soji and Boimler, the duo embark on perhaps their most challenging podcast mission yet!



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Sunday, January 10, 2021

"That Hope Is You, Part 2" - Star Trek: Discovery (#329)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a wild and wacky turbolift ride while wrapping up Discovery's third season with the eventful finale, That Hope Is You, Part 2! From Burnham's big career move, to the Emerald Chain's fate and those brand new uniforms, the duo delve into all the answers and lingering questions packed into this story arc's action-filled conclusion. 



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Sunday, January 3, 2021

"Su'Kal" & "There Is a Tide..." - Star Trek: Discovery (#328)


Hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton toss their apples in the garbage while breaking down the two latest episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, Su'Kal and There Is a Tide... From the unlikely source of the Burn, to Osyraa's scheme and Tilly's first stint in the big chair, the duo explore all the major 32nd century happenings.    



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