Captive Pursuit - Ft. Trekspertise

September 4, 2017

When the first alien visitor from the Gamma Quadrant appears in the Wormhole, Chief O'Brien learns that sometimes you have to change the rules of the game. After meeting Tosk, an alien with a mysterious past who is being chased by the subtly named "Hunters", O'Brien is forced to decide if he should follow Starfleet regulations or his heart. Kyle from "Trekspertise" joins me to discuss the moral relativism of Star Trek, chase scenes that go on too long, and the slow walk of Odo!

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Babel - Ft. Trekspertise

August 31, 2017

When a mysterious virus strikes the station, it's only a matter of time before everyone will be speaking gibberish! And then they'll die! "Babel" is a story that reminds the audience of "The Naked Time" and "The Naked Now", but instead of losing inhibitions our characters lose the ability to speak... and tell a good story. Kyle from "Trekspertise" joins me to discuss plot versus story, diseases you should take seriously, and characters as McGuffans!

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A Man Alone - Ft. Modi

August 28, 2017

Now that we've spent a couple episodes learning about the station and Bajoran politics, let's settle into some character development! While "A Man Alone" is technically an Odo focused murder mystery, it spends a lot of time giving us insight into the rest of the cast. And Keiko! Modi joins me to discuss the economics of the Federation, a Trill centric menage a trois, and a Scooby Doo reveal!

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Past Prologue - Ft. Modi

August 24, 2017

We know that Bajor is in disarray, but what does that actually mean? In "Past Prologue", a Bajoran terrorist boards DS9 and Kira is forced to decide whose side she's on: the Federation or Bajor? In an episode filled with secrets and lies, we are also meet the character of Garak, who may or may not have a thing for young Dr. Bashir. Modi joins me to discuss character conflict, the nuance of Garak, and Bashir embarassing himself!

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Emissary - Ft. Clay & Zack

August 21, 2017

After losing his wife in the Borg attack at Wolf 359, Ben Sisko accepts the command of Deep Space 9. A former Cardassian mining station in orbit around Bajor, DS9 is seen as a vital part of allowing Bajor to join the Federation. With son Jake in tow, Sisko arrives to find a station in ruins and his subordinates at each others throats. Does Sisko have what it takes to bring his house in order, or will he decide to leave Starfleet for civilian life? Clay and Zack Handlen join me to break down the pilot episode for DS9, "Emissary"! We discuss the acting choices of Avery Brooks, orbs in the shape of a peanut, and using baseball as a metaphor for life!

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DS9 Introduction

August 17, 2017

Let's abandon our starships, and set up home base at a (mostly) stationary... station! The podcast is moving onto our next Star Trek series, Deep Space 9. Featuring what Wikipedia calls, "well developed characters, original and complex plots, and religious themes", Deep Space 9 was not a super popular series but it has a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans everywhere. In this introductory episode, Wes explains changes to the podcast (nothing major), the upside of DIY music, and why supporting the show on Patreon might be something worth considering!

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Star Trek Films: Wrap Up

August 14, 2017

We've made our way through the 6 TOS films, and the 4 TNG films. We've seen the highs and the lows, the comedy and the drama, the Klingons and the time travel. Do we all feel a little bit older? like time is passing us by? Clay joins me to give a brief overview of the entire gauntlet of Star Trek films, and we both detail our ranking of the movies from best to worst. The films are over, let's move onto Deep Space 9!

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Star Trek X: Nemesis

August 10, 2017

The final film in the TNG franchise goes dark, both literally and figuratively! When a Reman warrior named Shinzon coups the Romulan Senate, it's up to Picard to find a way to stop him before he unleashes a terrible weapon. But Shinzon carries a terrible secret: will Picard be able to overcome himself to save the Federation? Clay joins me to discuss underwhelming themes, the utility of the B4 storyline, and saying goodbye to the TNG crew!

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Star Trek IX: Insurrection

August 3, 2017

After the frantic, action packed First Contact, Insurrection came along and decided to slow things down. Literally. When Picard discovers a plot to evict 600 Ba'ku from their planet in order to steal a "fountain of youth" technology, the crew disobeys their orders and mounts an insurrection. Clay joins me to discuss alien face lifts, the TNG crew telling jokes, and why the best Trek movies are the ones that are not very Trek-like.

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Star Trek VIII: First Contact

July 27, 2017

The Borg have returned, and this time they're trying to destroy our past! When the Borg use time travel to try to avert First Contact, Picard and crew must follow them back in time and make sure that Zephram Cochrane survives to complete his warp drive experiment. Unfortunately, the Borg capture the Enterprise and Cochrane isn't the man that everyone thinks he is! Clay joins me to discuss making films look like films, the seduction techniques of the Borg Queen, and yet another allegory to Ahab and his white whale!

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