If Wishes Were Horses - Ft. Modi

November 16, 2017

When a trio of imaginary characters (Rumpelstiltskin, Buck Bokai, and a horny Dax) appear on DS9, the station suddenly finds itself in danger of being destroyed by a subspace anomaly! Featuring a mysterious alien race of unknown powers, "If Wishes Were Horses" continues the DS9 trend of repackaging TNG episodes with a new cast. Modi joins me to discuss the downfall of baseball, having your sexual fantasies out in the open, and sacrificing your firstborn!

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Into the Forest I Go

November 12, 2017

Lorca decides to use the USS Discovery as bait to lure the Klingons into a trap, Burnham fights a Klingon, and Tyler suffers from PTSD! Discovery is taking a mid season break, so “Into the Forest I Go” functions something like a season finale. But does it work? Do the storylines we’ve been pondering for weeks come together in the end? Or are we left with more questions than answers? Clay joins me to discuss looking ahead to what comes next, finding out that people aren’t dead, and trying to figure out where we end up!

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Progress - Ft. Amy

November 9, 2017

A stubborn farmer living on a Bajoran moon gives Kira a hard time, and Jake and Nog go about trying to turn useless items into gold pressed latinum! In "Progress", Kira is forced to confront how her responsibilities to her people have changed when she's placed into a situation where she has to play the role of the authoritarian. Also, Jake and Nog go into space business and end up extorting the newly formed Bajoran government. Amy joins me to discuss getting older and becoming "the man", the attractiveness of Morn, and what to do with self-sealing stem bolts!

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Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

November 5, 2017

With the war against the Klingons starting to take a turn for the worse, Burnham joins Saru and Tyler on a mission to the planet Pahvos. They seek to use the planets mysterious sound waves to detect cloaked ships, but Saru might have different intentions altogether! Also, we get some Klingon scenes. Clay joins me to discuss being confused, Klingon face paint, and sending the Discovery into battle for no good reason!

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Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

October 29, 2017

Mudd returns to Discovery, and he's got a plan that weaves together some of TNG and TOS' finest episodes! When Harry Mudd reveals that he's using time travel to attempt to steal the USS Discovery, Burnham and crew must look within their own hearts to find a way to stop the devious con man. Clay joins me to discuss "Cause and Effect" and "I, Mudd", grinding in the corridors, and ironically listening to contemporary music! 

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The Storyteller

October 26, 2017

O'Brien and Bashir try to save a Bajoran village from destruction, while Jake and Nog befriend the young leader of a faction involved in a land dispute. The Storyteller kick starts the O'Brien and Bashir relationship, and it also bears a lot of the hallmarks of TNG's first season. I wonder why? Wes is alone to tell this story, and he gives his thoughts about DS9 versus Discovery, the religious implications of the episode, and the pleasant dullness of land disputes in Star Trek!

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Lethe

October 23, 2017

Burnham attempts to rescue Sarek and learns something about their relationship, while Lorca has a relationship and then decides not to rescue someone! "Lethe" doesn't bring up Mirror Stamets or the Tardigrade, but it does attempt to tell a self contained story that establishes some background to a few of our lead characters. Does it succeed? Clay joins me to discuss Burnham the Vulcan, why Lorca sleeps with a phaser, and why placing continuity before a solid story tends to be a mistake.

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Battle Lines - Ft. Modi

October 19, 2017

When Sisko, Kira and Bashir take Kai Opaka on a trip to the Gamma Quadrant, they discover a prison planet where the inmates are forced to endlessly fight each other. "Battle Lines" features Jonathan Banks in a stand out guest spot, and it also does a good job of examining some of the DS9 plots that have been on the back burner for a while. Modi joins me to discuss having good actors in your TV series, the nuance of Ben Sisko, and new information about the Bajoran religion!

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Choose Your Pain

October 15, 2017

When Captain Lorca is captured by Klingons, Saru demands that the Tardigrade be hooked back up to the Spore Drive to enable a rescue attempt. Unfortunately, Burnham's suspicions about the nature of the using the Tardigrade this way are bearing out. We also meet Harry Mudd! Clay and I discuss the fifth episode of the first season, and we break down Saru's use of protocols, lists made of fan service, and escaping from Klingon prison ships.

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Vortex - Ft. Modi

October 12, 2017

When an alien from the Gamma Quadrant shows Odo a shape shifting necklace, the DS9 Chief of Security begins to wonder if he'll ever find another shapeshifter like himself. "Vortex" is an interesting character story built around Odo, and it likely plays very differently for DS9 veterans and newbies! Modi stops by to discuss shapeshifters versus changelings, long character interactions, and Vulcans in the Gamma Quadrant!

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