Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

June 8, 2017

You knew he wouldn't stay dead, right? In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk and company hijack the Enterprise in order to return to the Genesis planet and reunite Spock's soul with his body. The middle film in the trilogy that spans from Khan to The Voyage Home, The Search for Spock is also Leonard Nimoy's directorial debut! Clay and I discuss bad action scenes, whatever happened to McCoy, and the new version of Saavik!


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

June 1, 2017

KHHHAAAAAAAAAANNNN!! When Kirk's old nemesis returns with vengeance in his heart, the aging admiral must confront his fear of aging and death in order to save the Federation from the genetically engineered mad man! Clay joins me to discuss The Wrath of Khan, which is frequently said to be the best Star Trek film. Does it hold up? Does it honor the sublime memory of The Motion Picture? Are the space battles really that bad? We also discuss reboots that remake, the new naval aesthetic, and underselling important scenes. 


Star Trek: The Motion Picture

May 25, 2017

Clay and Wes discuss Star Trek: The Motion Picture! When an hostile cloud creature enters Federation territory, Admiral James T. Kirk takes back command of the Enterprise in order to save the day. A polarizing film, The Motion Picture is long, beige, and surreal. But it's also fascinating and sometimes incredible! Clay and Wes discuss scope in film, transporter accidents, and pans for days! 


TOS Series Wrap Up

May 22, 2017

We made it to the end of our TOS podcasts! TOS has had some ups and downs, and Wes details his thoughts about how he feels about the first Star Trek series in this podcast. Which season was the best? Which characters shine, and which fade away? Does TOS hold up? All this, and more!


Turnabout Intruder - Ft. Clay

May 15, 2017

"This is a man's world... but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl." Turnabout Intruder is the last episode of TOS, and thus the last TOS episode that this podcast will be covering! Clay joins me to discuss and episode that features body swapping and gender politics, with a healthy dose of people not doing the obvious thing. We also cover women as captains, pointless doctors, and where we stand on TOS!


The Empath - Ft. Modi Operandus

May 11, 2017

When Kirk and crew are threatened with torture by their alien captors, a mute empath might be the key to their escape. But will the empath be able to lead them out of their darkened room? The Empath features yet another alien judgement, but this time it's not humans who need to defend themselves! Modi stops by to discuss the many types of bad episodes, memorable torture, and saviors with limited capabilities!


Plato’s Stepchildren - Ft. Modi Operandus

May 7, 2017

The ancient Greeks: philosophers, artists, and... space aliens? When the Enterprise discovers a planet of immortal telepaths who have based their lifestyle on the teaching of Plato, Kirk must figure out a way to not kiss a woman! Modi stops by to discuss the infamous Plato's Stepchildren, which is an episode known for a kiss but should be known for so much more. We discuss actors going whole hog, special effects limitations, and "little surprises"!


Spectre of the Gun - Ft. Clay

May 4, 2017

Skin that smokewagon! When Kirk and company are thrown into an alien version of the Wild West, they have to figure out how to survive a gunfight against some legendary gunslingers. Clay joins me to discuss the surreal Spectre of the Gun, an episode that features the (temporary) death of Chekov! We also discuss The Prisoner, writing without an outline, and needless drop kicks!


Spock’s Brain - Ft. Clay & Sean

May 1, 2017

When an alien steals Spock's brain, it's up to Kirk, Bones, and RC Spock to get it back! Considered to be one of the worst TOS episodes, Spock's Brain is a facinating episode that doesn't do anything well. But is it as bad as everyone says? Clay and Sean join me to discuss gender roles in alien societies, why certain concepts seem goofy, and melodramatic surgery!


A Private Little War - Ft. Modi Operandus

April 27, 2017

The Garden of Eden is no place for an arms race! When Kirk returns to a planet that he visited long ago, he discovers that things are not how he remembers them. Klingons have created an arms race amongst different tribes! Will this planet have its own Vietnam War? Or will the crazy monkey creatures kill everyone first? Modi stops by to discuss serpents in the garden, the only gang bang attempted rape scene in Trek history (sorry, Tasha), and episodes that end abruptly!