Jun 21, 2018

Meridian - Ft. Brad

Dax falls in love with an alien who has trouble sticking around, and Quark plots to create a hologram version of Kira that people can bone. And who says romance is dead? Star Trek tends to fumble the ball when it comes to guest star romances (with a few notable exceptions), and Meridian is a prime example. We've got one story that's incredibly boring, and another that potentially causes offense. What a combo! Brad stops by to discuss getting consent, the inconsistency of Dax, and the magic of Jeff Combs!

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Jun 19, 2018

Civil Defense - Ft. Brad

Sisko, Jake, and O'Brien accidentally trigger an old Cardassian security system that believes the Occupation is still going on and the station has been taken in a Bajoran workers' rebellion.

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Jun 14, 2018

The Abandoned - Ft. Clay

A young Jem'Hadar is found on a wrecked ship, and the only person who can control him is Odo. Continuing with the exploration of identity that has been the bedrock of season three, The Abandoned examines the conflict within Odo, and the raging conflict within the pants of young Jake Sisko. The episode also features a lot of details about the Jem'Hadar, so just forget about everything you learned in the last episode of the second season: this is where it gets real. Clay joins me to discuss older women dating children, concerns about racism, and DS9 doing a take on "I, Borg"!

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Jun 11, 2018

Second Skin - Ft. Clay

Kira is kidnapped by Cardassians and informed that she is a memory-wiped Cardassian spy. In an episode filled with thematic symbolism, the real star turns out to be the father-daughter relationship between Kira and her Cardassian father. Does that mean that the episode is a misfire? Or just a clever misdirect? Clay joins me to discuss not choosing the right ending, the Orwellian society of Cardassia, and Garak as a crutch!

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Jun 7, 2018

Equilibrium - Ft. Amy

Dax begins to suffer from hallucinations, so the crew makes a trip to the Trill homeworld to see what's troubling her. It's an episode that feels like it would inspire both Eyes Wide Shut and Minority Report! We've got masked figures running around, and pools of goo serving as home to some electric eels. The Trill have proven annoyingly difficult for the show to nail down, and their culture remains as mysterious and oxymoronic as ever, but does Equilibrium shed some light on this bizarre society? Or does it simply produce more questions? Amy joins me to discuss plots with no momentum, the perks of being joined, and the timeline of being stabbed!

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Jun 4, 2018

The House of Quark

After Quark accidentally kills a Klingon patron, the dead man's wife kidnaps Quark and brings him to the Klingon Homeworld to save her house. The Klingons and the Ferengi have little in common, so an episode that compares and contrasts the two has a lot of material to mine. After many years on TNG, Ron D. Moore must be licking his chops to poke fun at the honor culture of the Klingons. These topics and more combine in The House of Quark, which has a lot of fun with its subject matter. Quark gets to be a hero, the Klingons learn a little accounting, and Keiko gets sent away for no good reason!

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May 31, 2018

The Search. I & II - Ft. Clay

The Dominion threat sends the crew into the Gamma Quadrant on a search for the elusive Founders. Once there, Odo finds his people and Sisko finds that the price for peace might be too damned high. The Search is a season-opening two-parter, with two distinctly separate episodes comprising the whole. We are introduced to the USS Defiant, we meet the Founders, and we learn that Sisko seems to not have a very high regard for the Federation's testicular fortitude. Clay joins me to discuss not giving the show enough credit, machine gun phasers, and understanding the enemy!

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May 28, 2018

DS9 Season Two Wrap Up

In this podcast, Wes gives his final thoughts about the second season of DS9. While being an improvement over the first season, the second year still featured a somewhat schizophrenic tone as the series settled into itself. Some new DS9 themes appeared, some bad TNG knockoffs failed to impress us, and the series ended the year on a run that seemed to indicate the way forward. We also got introduced to the Dominion, delved into Bajoran politics, and learned some "truths" about mysterious side characters. Listen as Wes discusses the season, makes up some fake awards to hand out, and lists his best and worst episodes! 

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May 24, 2018

The Jem’Hadar - Ft. Clay

Sisko, Jake, Nog, and Quark are confronted by the Jem'Hadar while camping in the Gamma Quadrant. The Dominion is finally introduced, and the second season of Deep Space 9 comes to a close. It's been a somewhat slow and ponderous journey to this point, but The Jem'Hadar represents a new direction for the series. The showrunners are changing, the threats are looming, and the answers are lacking. The last 8 episodes of season two were a strong course correction for the show, and we'll have to see how it changes from here on out. Clay joins me to discuss the downsides of camping, the racism of the Federation, and the correct way to destroy a starship!

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May 21, 2018

Tribunal - Ft. Modi

The O'Brien's vacation plans go awry when Chief O'Brien is arrested and interrogated by the Cardassians. He's accused of providing weapons to the Maquis, and his Cardassian trial is a mixture of Orwell and Kafka's worst nightmares. the penultimate episode of the second season is a bit of an odd duck: it's a darkly comic story that feels both of the DS9 universe and totally separate from it. We gain some insight into the judicial system that Gul Dukat described in "The Maquis": does it work within our current understanding of the Cardassian society? Modi joins me to discuss viewing something incorrectly, the mystery of Boone and O'Brien, and believing in your job!

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