Monday, November 19, 2018

Short Treks: Calypso Short Trek
Airdate: November 8, 2018
2 of 4 produced
2 of 4 aired


A man in an escape pod is saved by the computer of the long abandoned Discovery.

Craft and Zora share a lovely, whimsical dance, until he kicks the conn and destroys the ship, which ends up validating initial complaints about putting a movie system on the bridge.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Short Treks: Runaway Short Treks
Airdate: February 11, 2018
1 of 4 produced
1 of 4 aired


Tilly, while drinking a quadruple espresso in the mess hall, happens upon a stowaway with strange abilities and and even stranger backstory.

And the food slot spewed stuff for some reason.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Star Trek: Insurrection Trek: Insurrection
Release Date: December 11, 1998


After their encounter with the Borg, the crew of the Enterprise hopes to settle down with some diplomatic escort functions. Those plans are dashed, however, when Data goes berserk on a small backwater planet while observing a tiny tribe of backward people - who may just have discovered the fountain of youth.

In other news, they also try out their saucy new "Maitre d'" ensembles.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Equinox, Season 5
Airdate: May 26, 1999
118 of 168 produced
118 of 168 aired


Voyager comes across another starship stranded in the Delta Quadrant - one whose crew made vastly different decisions than their own.

Don't worry, Max. Where we're going you can sleep on a pile of naked macaroni and cheese.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Warhead, Season 5
Airdate: May 19, 1999
117 of 168 produced
117 of 168 aired


The crew finds a bomb. And so did we. Eesh.

It has been brought to my attention that a number of you are stroking warheads. Therefore, I will step aside and open up the floor.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Relativity, Season 5
Airdate: May 12, 1999
116 of 168 produced
116 of 168 aired


Seven of Nine must think on her feet when she is abducted by time travelers and charged with saving Voyager from destruction.

Joe Kerry strikes out with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, but will not remember three years down the road for some reason.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Some Thoughts About "The Orville..."

So my wife and I have watched the first five episodes of "The Orville," by Seth MacFarlane. I have thoughts. Here they are.

It's Highly Derivative

"The Orville" is a show about the adventures of a starship's crew. The ship belongs to a Union of Planets, which is administered by a series of admirals and has a naval command structure. Their mission is to explore the galaxy and render aid when needed. They have a stoic second officer whose culture is vastly different than most of the people on board, as well as an android who struggles to comprehend human peculiarities. The ship travels at faster than light velocities, and features a holographic entertainment room and a matter replication system.

Sound familiar?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: 11:59, Season 5
Airdate: May 5, 1999
115 of 168 produced
115 of 168 aired


While exploring her family's history, Janeway discovers a new story regarding a relative she has looked up to her whole life.

One of the many scintillating scenes in this episode. Newspapers! Messy book shops!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Someone To Watch Over Me, Season 5
"Someone To Watch Over Me"
Airdate: April 28, 1999
114 of 168 produced
114 of 168 aired
Seven of Nine seeks out the Doctor's assistance as she explores the notions of dating and romance.

Oh, look! All they had to do was take down her hair and remove her glasses, and now she's Homecoming Queen!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Juggernaut, Season 5
Airdate: April 26, 1999
113 of 168 produced
113 of 168 aired


When Voyager runs into a Malon freighter that could contaminate the entire sector in a runaway explosion, she must put her anger in check for the sake of the mission.
Hey, look! Enterprise didn't do the "gratuitous shower scene" first after all!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Think Tank, Season 5
"Think Tank"
Airdate: March 31, 1999
112 of 168 produced
112 of 168 aired

IntroductionA wandering group of problem solvers offers Seven of Nine a position within their ranks. Their unwillingness to take "no" for an answer creates a raft of new problems for Voyager.

"Your generous donation to The Human Fund will be rewarded with this delightful brain-teaser, Lights Out 24th Century Edition."

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: The Fight, Season 5
"The Fight"
Airdate: March 24, 1999
107 of 168 produced
111 of 168 aired


Um...there is some really heavy handed boxing imagery. The end.

Kevin's synopsis doesn't do this episode justice. There are plenty of meme-worthy screenshots of Chakotay screaming while other crew members are uncomfortably close to him.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Red Alert: Podcast Crossover Episode

Matthew from Treknobabble and Kelly from Two Broads Talking Politics talked to Jess Phoenix, volcanologist, Trekkie, and Congressional candidate in the California 25th district, about running for Congress, the politics of the 25th District, money in politics, what's going on in Hawaii, whether we should be afraid of a Yellowstone eruption, climate change, science education.

They also discuss her long list of endorsements by Star Trek actors, her husband's crush on Marina Sirtis, whether the science in Pen Pals is accurate, and Jess's favorite Star Trek series. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Course: Oblivion, Season 5
"Course: Oblivion"
Airdate: March 3, 1999
111 of 168 produced
110 of 168 aired

Tom and B'Elanna enjoy the wedding and the crew uses an enhanced warp drive to get home faster than ever - until everything starts literally to fall apart.

Brace yourself: That's not rice!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: The Disease, Season 5
"The Disease"
Airdate: February 24, 1999
109 of 168 produced
109 of 168 aired

Ensign Kim runs afoul of two cultures' prohibitions when he falls for one of the residents of a generational colony ship.

You can just feel the chemistry, can't you?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Dark Frontier, Season 5
"Dark Frontier"
Airdate: February 17, 1999
110 of 168 produced
108 of 168 aired


Captain Janeway decides to take the fight directly to the Borg instead of cutting and running at each confrontation. In the crew's preparation for this operation, Seven of Nine confronts her past and her repressed feelings over it.

"We are the Borg. You will wear briefs. Junk support will be total."

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Is Star Trek Dead?

Is Star Trek Dead?

A season of Discovery is in the books. Three post-TNG movies are in the can. For me, it's time to ask - is this all that there is? Is there nothing more? Is Star Trek dead?

 "The Ritual involved opening and staring into the eyes of the dying individual, then bellowing loudly at the sky. The latter served as a warning to the dead (presumably in Sto-vo-kor): "Beware, a Klingon warrior is about to [come]."

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Discovery Season 1 Recap

Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1

The first new Star Trek television series in what seems like forever was... divisive. From its paid online distribution model (Netflix for the rest of the world, a la carte CBS service no one demanded in the US), to its radical shift in tone (nipples! disembowelings! F-words!), this show rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, but at the same time won some fervent fans and a fair amount of internet buzz. So what's the story?

 Hmm, communicator? Vulcan salute? I guess this checks out!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Discovery, Season 1: Will You Take My Hand?, Season 1
"Will You Take My Hand?"
Airdate: February 11, 2018
15 of 15 produced
15 of 15 aired

Discovery careens towards its baffling ending as the non-corporeal entities from beyond the Fourth Wall realize that they have to wind everything up in 46 minutes, logic bedamned.

Hey, it's the Star Trek Enterprise! Wheee! I love the Enterprise! (Claps like seal)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Discovery, Season 1: The War Without, The War Within, Season 1
"The War Without, The War Within"
Airdate: February 4, 2018
14 of 15 produced
14 of 15 aired

The crew slows down to process the last ten SHOCKING TWISTS in their lives. Starfleet hatches a plan to win the war with the Klingons that might test their core values, whatever those are.

Look, fans! Someone doing "Star Trek" things! Remember "Star Trek?"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Discovery, Season 1: What's Past is Prologue, Season 1
"What's Past is Prologue"
Airdate: January 28, 2018
13 of 15 produced
13 of 15 aired


Discovery exits the Mirror Universe by flying down the Death Star trench and launching a proton torpedo. That shot was one in a million, kid!

"Are you not entertained?!" Come to think of it, no, Maximus, we're not.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Discovery, Season 1: Vaulting Ambition, Season 1
"Vaulting Ambition"
Airdate: January 21, 2018
12 of 16 produced
12 of 16 aired


Burnham confronts Emperor Georgiou and reveals her true origins. Lorca is revealed as a denizen of the Mirror Universe as well. Voq and Tyler come to a breaking point.

Ah, my beloved daughter. You trust me, right? I've given you reason to trust me, right? Like with the whole cannibalism thing?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Discovery, Season 1: The Wolf Inside, Season 1
"The Wolf Inside"
Airdate: January 14, 2018
11 of 16 produced
11 of 16 aired


Burnham remains on the mirror Shenzhou trying to find a way home. Saru and Tilly work to save Stamets. And Tyler's identity crisis comes to a head.

Please, I must know, for the sake of my universe... how many licks does it take to get the the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Voyager, Season 5: Bliss, Season 5
Airdate: February 10, 1999
108 of 168 produced
107 of 168 aired


Voyager finds itself trapped by a space creature that can lure travelers with their fondest wishes.


Seven's fondest wish? Finally having an excuse to shoot things with the comically oversized phaser rifle.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Discovery, Season 1: Despite Yourself, Season 1
"Despite Yourself"
Airdate: January 7, 2018
10 of 15 produced
10 of 15 aired

Discovery finds itself stranded in the Mirror Universe, and the crew must improvise to survive. Tyler, however, is coming apart at the seams, mentally.

Hello, Doctor. Let's have a really interesting conversation, because surely it won't be time wasted in the overall plot line of our lives.