Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Discovery, Season 1: Choose Your Pain

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDiscovery, Season 1
"Choose Your Pain"
Airdate: October 15, 2017
5 of 15 produced
5 of 15 aired


When Captain Lorca is abducted by the Klingons, Burnham must decide whether to go to bat for the tardigrade, which may be sentient, and is certainly in pain in its new role as ship navigator/supercomputer.

Burnham looked around uncomfortably, wondering if anyone else was having trouble reading the inexplicably transparent display screen.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Voyager, Season 5: Timeless

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlVoyager, Season 5
Airdate: November 18, 1998
100 of 168 produced
99 of 168 aired


It's Voyager 100th episode, and it's a doozy. The episode opens to find Voyager buried under a sheet of ice and a much older Chakotay and Harry Kim executed a daring plan to save it.

If there were an organ responsible for fandom, it would be visibly erect right now.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Exciting podcasts news!

I have been working diligently to get the archive of episodes to our new host at podbean. At the moment, all of Discovery, all of DS9, and everything we have recorded through season 5 of Voyager is now up. Just refresh whatever service you get your podcasts from and you should see them.

I've also updated the Podcasts page at the top with links to our Podbean, Stitcher, and iTunes pages. It's been really great seeing all the downloads for Discovery. More people downloaded the last Discovery episode than the premiere, so that must mean we're getting new listeners, right? And people seem to be downloading the older stuff as it loads, so that's super fun, too. If your listening and have an opinion, comment, disagreement, or just feel like discussing the minutiae of Star Trek like we do, feel free to leave a comment or his us up on twitter at @treknobabblers or our Facebook page.

Stay tuned as after I have consumed another cubic meter of coffee (otherwise known as 1 Janeway), I will start polishing up and uploading the TNG podcasts next.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Discovery, Season 1: The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDiscovery, Season 1
"The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry"
Airdate: October 8, 2017
4 of 15 produced
4 of 15 aired


An attack on a vital mining operation moves up the Discovery's timeline for getting its experimental engines working. Burnham is tasked with learning what she can from the ships newest acquisition that can help their war effort.
 Saru hates shopping, because it's so hard to find pants that fit stilt legs.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Discovery, Season 1: Context is for Kings

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDiscovery, Season 1
"Context is for Kings"
Airdate: October 1, 2017

3of 15 produced
3of 15 aired


Six months after her ignoble performance at the preliminary battle  of the now raging Klingon war, Michael Burnham has been effectively kidnapped and pressed into service on a new ship, USS Discovery, by its enigmatic captain.

IS this the point right before he gets impaled by a space harpoon?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Discovery, Season 1: The Battle at the Binary Stars

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDiscovery, Season 1
"Battle at the Binary Stars"
Airdate: September 24, 2017
2 of 15 produced
2 of 15 aired


Michael Burnham's attempt to take over the ship has failed, and things with the Klingons have hit the fan. Now, she must try to convince her captain to give her another chance, in an attempt to redeem herself.

Now stepping out of the Fabulous Retcon Machine... Sarek of Vulcan!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Discovery, Season 1: The Vulcan Hello

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDiscovery, Season 1
"The Vulcan Hello"
Airdate: September 24, 2017
1 of 15 produced
1 of 15 aired


Up and coming Starfleet officer Michael Burnham begins to chafe against her Captain's orders and advice when an old nemesis, the Klingons, rear their heads again after a long absence.

 Fingerless gloves: cool in any century

Monday, September 25, 2017

Voyager, Season 5: Once Upon A Time

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlVoyager, Season 5
"Once Upon A Time"
Airdate: November 11, 1998
98 of 168 produced
98 of 168 aired


Neelix is called upon to care for Naomi Wildman when her mother leaves on an away mission. Things become fraught when that mission runs into potentially fatal complications. 

Once upon a time, in the sweetly-scented land of CARNAGE AND DESTRUCTION...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Voyager, Season 5: "In the Flesh"

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlVoyager, Season 5
"In the Flesh"
Airdate: November 4, 1998
97 of 168 produced
97 of 168 aired


Voyager finds an eerily accurate simulation of Starfleet Command, right down to Bootby tending the gardens. Chakotay and Tuvok go undercover to find out who or what is behind it.

Of note: the "Selfie" has apparently fallen out of favor by the 24th century.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Voyager, Season 5: Extreme Risk

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlVoyager, Season 5
"Extreme Risk"
Airdate: October 28, 1998
96 of 163 produced
96 of 163 aired


While the crew works to recover a stolen probe, B'Elanna seems disinterested and emotionally distant. But when her friends discover a propensity to self-harm, things get more serious.

B'Elanna shows a distinctly uncomfortable look while wearing James T. Kirk's skydiving hand-me-downs. Who knows where this has been?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Voyager, Season 5: Drone

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlVoyager, Season 5
Airdate: October 21, 1998
95 of 163 produced
95 of 163 aired


A transporter accident fuses some of Seven's nanoprobes with the Doctor's holoemitter. The result is a hybrid Borg drone built with 29th century technology. Can the crew integrate this drone into their collective? And what happens when the Borg find out?

 Insert Witty Caption Here

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Voyager, Season 5: Night

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlVoyager, Season 5
Airdate: October 14, 1998
94 of 168 produced
94 of 168 aired


Voyager is mired in a vast, empty space devoid of visible stars, and looks to be stuck there for another two years. The psychological effect this has on the crew, especially the Captain, is pronounced. A chance encounter with a new species breaks the tedium and presents new challenges.

Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Deep Space Nine Season 7 Recap

Deep Space Nine Season 7 Recap


Deep Space Nine has come to a close. Did it go out with a bang? A whimper? Some gurgling sound somewhere in between? How will we get our Garak fix now?

This photo feels odd to me. Quark is up top (and possibly on a footstool), which makes sense given his stature. But then shorties Kira and Ezri are down below, while towering hulk Work is at the very top? Awkward.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: What You Leave Behind

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"What You Leave Behind"
Airdate: June 2, 1999
173 of 173 produced
173 of 173 aired


Here we are. The end of another Trek franchise. The Dominion War will end, one way or the other. Dukat and Winn's enter the final stage of the plan to release the Pah Wraiths. Will the crew survive? Will the Federation?

 Kira and Odo end their romance much as they began it - surrounded by an unconvincing puddle of goo.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: The Dogs of War

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"The Dogs of War"
Airdate: May 26, 1999
171 of 173 produced
171 of 173 aired


Kira, Garak, and Damar arrive on Cardassia to spearhead the resistance. Quark learns that he will become the next Grand Nagus from a garbled subspace transmission. Bashir and Ezri annoy both viewers and fellow characters with their budding romance. Kasidy Yates discovers that she is pregnant. The show runners realize they have to shoehorn in every possible remaining plot line before the finale.

 That guy up there beaming away is me, in hopes of escaping the Bashir/Ezri storyline.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Extreme Measures

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2cSzwLTVCmw/WOce4MGfjuI/AAAAAAAAFuY/kDBT3qHE0twlitR-EET847oFP35ocqjJACLcB/s1600/7.pngDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"Extreme Measures"
Airdate: May 19, 1999
171 of 173 produced
171 of 173 aired


Bashir and O'Brien risk everything for a chance to save Odo from the Changeling virus.

Director Sloan surrounded by documentation of all the outlandish conspiracies his organization has engineered. Rigged Elections, Russian moles, obstruction of justice... you know, that kind of stuff.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Tacking Into The Wind

Deep Space Nine, Season 7

Airdate: May 12, 1999
170 of 173 produced
170 of 173 aired


While Kira and Odo struggle to collaborate with the Cardassian insurgents, tensions between Martok and Gowron come to a head.

Worf finds the Chancellor getup to be an ill-fitting and quickly dated 90s look.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: When It Rains...

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
Airdate: May 5, 1999
169 of 173 produced
169 of 173 aired


After their defeat, the alliance regroups. The Klingons see leadership changes at the top, while Kira finds herself in the odd position of helping the Cardassians wage a successful guerilla war.

And Dukat learns that looking at naughty books really can make you go blind.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: The Changing Face of Evil

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"The Changing Face of Evil"
Airdate: April 28, 1999
168 of 173 produced
168 of 173 aired

IntroductionThings come to a head all over the Alpha Quadrant, as the Breen attack Earth, the Federation launches a counterattack, Dukat is revealed to Kai Winn, and Damar begins his rebellion against the Dominion. Exciting!

 Poor Solbor is unexpectedly penetrated.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kid's Guide: TOS Episodes 1-5

Welcome to the first of many posts detailing recommendations for when and if Star Trek episodes are appropriate for kids. I have 5 year-old and 2 year-old sons, and I am very keen on introducing them to Star Trek. I also want to do it before other lesser forms of popular entertainment make inroads that are too deep. With that said, I don't think a sequential watch-through is called for at this point. For one thing, it's too much screen time. But for another, which episodes are appropriate? Which ones are entertaining enough to hold the attention of a youngster?

So I'm going to rate these episodes on a few axes and then spit-ball an age that I think is appropriate for each. The axes will be: Violence and Scariness, Sexual Content, Big Ideas, and Entertainment Value.

So, here goes!

TOS Season 1 Episode 1: The Man Trap

 HI KIDS!!! Want to watch some Star Trek?!?!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Strange Bedfellows

Deep Space Nine, Season 7
"Strange Bedfellows"
Airdate: April 21, 1999
167 of 173 produced
167 of 173 aired


Damar is pushed to his breaking point by the manipulations of Weyoun. Kai Winn discovers just how far her lust for power will push her to go. Also, some stuff happens to Worf, Dax, Sisko, and Kasidy.

Mirror, mirror on the wall... who's the most reminiscent of congressional Republicans circa 2017 of them all?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: 'Til Death Do Us Part

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"'Til Death Do Us Part"
Airdate: April 14, 1999
166 of 173 produced
166 of 173 aired


Dukat begins his seduction of Kai Winn, pretending to be a humble Bajoran farmer, while he really advances the mysterious purposes of the Pah Wraiths. Also, Sisko decides to defy the Prophets for love, and Worf keeps being a tool to Ezri.

Is it me you're looking for?
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You're all I've ever wanted
And my arms are open wide
'cause you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much
I love you

Friday, February 10, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Penumbra

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
Airdate: April 7, 1999
165 of 173 produced
165 of 173 aired


As Deep Space Nine enters its final stretch, our crew finds itself in a bit of upheaval. Worf is lost in the badlands when his ship is destroyed and Ezri decides to go after him. Captain Sisko makes an important decision about his relationship with Kasidy. Meanwhile on Cardassia, the Founder is suffering the effects of the disease afflicting her people.

During this proposal, snippets of classical music passed through Kasidy's mind: "My milkshake may perhaps bring the boys to the yard, but thenceforth they are obligated to put a ring on it."

Monday, January 30, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges"
Airdate: March 3, 1999
163 of 173 produced
164 of 173 aired


Doctor Bashir is recruited by Director Sloan to engage in intelligence work on Romulan soil.

 My research into Ancient Earth tells me that I should now say "Excellent."

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Deep Space Nine: Season 7: Badda Bing, Badda Bang

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang"
Airdate: February 22, 1999
164 of 173 produced
163 of 173 aired


Vic Fontaine's program undergoes a sudden change for the worse, with his club now under the control of the mob. The only technical options would require wiping Vic's memory. To save Vic and his lounge, the crew has to find a way to defeat the mobsters using only the period specific options the program makes available to them. Plus, there is a ton of fun costume work.

Look, out, Gowron! She's going to slip you a mickey!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Chimera

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
Airdate: February 17, 1999
162 of 173 produced
162 of 173 aired


When he finds another of his kind roaming the Alpha Quadrant, Odo is faced with the dilemma of staying on DS9 to live like a humanoid or leaving his beloved in order to live as he was "meant to."

 Oh, yeah, baby... give me that big, beautiful golden light shower like only you can...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Deep Space Nine, Season 7: Field of Fire

http://www.treknobabble.net/p/rating-system.htmlDeep Space Nine, Season 7
"Field of Fire"
Airdate: February 10, 1999
161 of 173 produced
161 of 173 aired


A series of gruesome and inexplicable homicides plague the station. The killer manages to leave no physical evidence at the scene, so Sisko to turns to Ezri to try use psychology to find him. Doing so requires confronting another killer, the one who lives in her memories, her former host Joran.

It picks up the rifle and puts on the eyepiece...