Archive for the 'Star Trek' Category

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Happy First Contact Day! April 5, 2017 marked the -46th pre-anniversary of Earth's "official" First Contact with beings from another world (although we all know aliens visited Earth many times before then) and Mike and Barry are here to celebrate this auspicious occasion. What would happen if beings actually did land on Earth and give the old Vulcan salute? Would we welcome them, shoot them, or elect them president? Would they bring a cure for cancer, special affection for a little boy, or a great big laser straight down the Empire State Building? These questions and many others will be answered, plus and introduction to a great new "bracket" competition between two Star Trek seasons, this week on Episode 85, "First Contact Day."

 

NOTES

  1. Episode rankings come from the SOS (Spoiler-free Opinion Survey). http://www.joereiss.net/sos/
  2. Two middle TOS episodes dropped are: Elaan of Troius, Turnabout Intruder because TOS Season 3 had 24 episodes and TNG Season 2 only had 22.

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For centuries, man has provided special areas set aside as a refuge, a safe harbor, a shelter to those seeking safety, justice or rest. Star Trek, especially Deep Space Nine, has always provided many examples of sanctuary and asylum. This week, Mike and Barry discuss several examples from DS9 where the station and Starfleet seek to give protection to those in need, plus numerous other examples throughout Trek. In today's troubled times of of prejudice and persecution, it's often useful to look to our artistic endeavours to provide insight and perspective on caring for those different than ourselves. Episode 84 is online: "Sanctuary".

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This week, Mike and Barry discuss Deep Space Nine's various religious practices, focusing specifically on the Bajorans and the Prophets, the Dominion and the Founders, and the Ferengi and their actual worship of greed and profit. We'll talk about how this series more than any of the others contentrated heavily on questions of faith and how it affected the characters, the plots and themes. We'll also compare them to other religions and faith practices throughout Star Trek, and see how they can help us learn about spiritual beliefs here back home. Episode 83 is online, "Prophets, Founders, and the Divine Treasury."

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As a follow-up to last episode's "Seasons to Skip" discussion, this week Mike and Barry concentrate on TOS Season 3. Much-aligned, controversial, with its shares of gems and duds, the final season of the original Star Trek also carries its share of opinions. Is it worth spending your time on, and if so what interesting nuggets can be gleaned from the series' final trip to the Final Frontier? More Discovery news, tiki glasses, and other items of interest make up Episode 82, "TOS Season 3 - What Is It Good For?"

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If you were introducing a friend to Trek for the first time, and they had a limited amount of time to watch a particular series, would you recommend they skip certain seasons? Should they? Would it be considered a court martial offense? This week Mike and Barry discuss whether certain entire seasons of Trek series are "expendable" in the interests of time, space, and on occasion, good taste. Also news about a new DS9 documentary, possible new Blu-Ray releases and much more on the All Good Things Star Trek Podcast, Episode 81, "Season Skips."

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Hear ye, hear ye, court is now in session! This week Mike and Barry put on trial one of Star Trek's most famous/infamous characters, Acting Ensign/Cadet/Traveler Wesley Crusher. to determine his ultimate guilt or innocence of being a valued member of the Trek team. They also have (hopefully) the final update on the ongoing Ananar crisis and a quick discussion on the state of Trek fandom. Break out your Usenet "alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die" T-shirts, because Episode 80 is online, "The Trial of Wesley Crusher."

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This week, Mike and Barry take a look at "For the Love of Spock," the new documentary on the life of Leonard Nimoy produced by his son, Adam Nimoy. A loving tribute to a Star Trek icon with a lot of hidden gems and some flaws as well. Also, a Trek gift item you won't care beans about, more non-news about the Axanar lawsuit and a story about a lost starship that's gone vewy vewy quiet. All this week on Episode 79, "Spockumentary."

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Ever wanted to have the ability to move objects just with your mind? Alter reality at a whim? Be thought of as a god? Well, this week Mike and Barry discuss several individuals throughout Star Trek who acquired those abilities, and how they dealt with them. Did they choose the right paths, or let their ambitions and emotions sweep them away? Find out this week in Episode 78, "God-Like Powers."

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This week, Mike and Barry wrap up their Top 50/Bottom 10 of all Trek with #5-1. Did your lists match theirs? Tune in and find out on Episode 77, "Top 50 and Bottom 10 Trek Episodes Of All Time (Part 3)"

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This week, we pick up with the Episode 5-10 of Star Trek's Top 50 Episodes of All Time. Mike and Barry discuss such great Trek episodes as.....wait, that would be spoiling it! (Let's just say tribbles and supermen might be mentioned a time or two...) You'll have to tune in and hear Episode 76, "Top 50 and Bottom 10 Trek Episodes of All Time (Part 2)" to find out for sure.

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