May 20, 2019

In the Cards

May 16, 2019

Empok Nor

May 13, 2019

Blaze of Glory - Ft. Darren

Sisko is forced to recruit the treasonous Michael Eddington to stop the Maquis from bombing Cardassia Prime. The old foes square off in verbal gymnastics and against the J’em Hadar as they try to prevent a war that could destroy the Alpha Quadrant. But can Eddington be trusted? Or will he push Sisko to the brink?

Blaze of Glory is the farewell to Eddington and the Maquis (in DS9) and it wraps up yet another plot thread as the series moves towards the end of season five. Eddington’s characterization and motivations have been a problem for us in the past, but does Blaze of Glory rectify and clarify, or muddy and confuse?

Darren joins the show to discuss the conception of the Maquis, the confusing nature of the Sisko-Eddington relationship, and the liberation one finds in growing tomatoes!

May 6, 2019

Children of Time - Ft. Clay

While exploring the Gamma Quadrant, the USS Defiant discovers a planet inhabited by humans. The crew discovers that the inhabitants of this previously undiscovered world are their descendants, and that the Defiant, when trying to return home, will crash land two hundred years in the past.

Now the crew is faced with a dilemma – do they return home and erase this alternate timeline, or do they stay on this world and accept their fate as time has determined it to be? We get lots of great character moments, from the silly to the profound, and it’s all done via a throwback episode that reminds one strongly of The Next Generation and The Original Series.

Clay and Wes discuss Worf creating his own Klingon lore, the selfish nature of Odo’s ultimate decision, and the ice-cold heart of Miles O’Brien!

May 3, 2019

Soldiers of the Empire - Ft. Clay

General Martok is given a ship and a mission: he is to find a Klingon vessel that was lost near Cardassian space to the J’em Hadar. He recruits Worf as his first officer (who also brings along Dax) and heads out into space with a disjointed Klingon crew. Unfortunately, Martok’s time in a Dominion prison camp might have affected him in ways that might be unbecoming of a Klingon commander.

The Dominion subtext returns with a Klingon focused episode that highlights the flexibility of Worf and the muddy browns of Klingon decor! Clay joins the show to discuss Worf versus Kira, where we would rank Worf against all other Star Trek characters, and being embarrassed by your hobbies!

Apr 29, 2019

Ferengi Love Songs - Ft. Clay

Quark is feeling stressed about his business, so he heads back home to Ferengenar to visit his radical (for a Ferengi) mother. He is surprised to learn that she has fallen in love with the Grand Negus, Zek! Brunt, of the FCA, informs Quark that if he were to sabotage the relationship, his business permits with the Ferengi home world would be restored. Meanwhile, Rom and Leeta try to hammer out the details of their impending nuptials.

Clay and Wes discuss yet another Ferengi episode (seriously, didn't we just cover one?) and try to make sense of the most peculiar of DS9 cultures. They attempt to modernize the Ferengi for the modern TV audience, and they discuss everyone trying their best, the speedy relationship of Rom and Leeta, and doing a lot of work for middling results!

Apr 19, 2019

Such Sweet Sorrow, Part II

n the final, climatic episode of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season, the crews of the Discovery and Enterprise must battle a fleet of Section 31 ships, Burnham discovers the truth behind the red signals, and the series positions itself to be completely different next season. The future might be saved, but what exactly will it look like?

It’s been a twisty season full of red herrings, abandoned plot lines, and substandard villainy but is the end worth the means? Is the episode a bold new direction for the franchise? Is it the ultimate example of being cowed by fan criticism? Is it… enough?

Clay and Wes sit down to discuss the problem with plotting out your entire season, the admiral sacrificing herself needlessly, and reaching that point where you’re not sure you’re being fair!

Apr 16, 2019

Ties of Blood and Water - Ft. Clay

Tekeny Ghemor, a Cardassian from Kira’s past, comes to DS9 with the news that he is dying. With no other family remaining, Ghemor asks Kira to help him during his final days and he promises her a wealth of information about the Cardassian Empire. Gul Dukat and a new version of Weyoun arrive at the station to demand Ghemor’s extradition.

We take yet another look at Kira’s days during the Bajoran Resistance and we learn a good deal of information about her relationship with her father. Plus, we get a short window into the current relationship between Cardassia and the Dominion. Clay joins the show to discuss Kira’s endless arc, Avery Brooks directing Jeffrey Combs, and the utility of flashbacks!

Apr 12, 2019

Such Sweet Sorrow

Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when you have approximately 3,654 good-byes to get through! In the penultimate episode of Discovery’s second season, the crew learn that the USS Discovery cannot be destroyed via explosion and must instead be sent, with the Sphere data onboard, into the future. It is the only way to prevent Control from becoming… even more sentient?

It’s an episode of tearful farewells, redesigned bridge sets, and a set up for a potentially game-changing season finale! Clay and Wes discuss the show having the balls to do what it must do, trying to critique a series that loves to bait ‘n switch, and Leland as a Bond villain!

Apr 10, 2019

Through the Valley of Shadows

While tracking the latest mysterious signal to the Klingon world of Boreth, Captain Pike must choose between duty and self-preservation. Meanwhile, Burnham and Spock investigate a Section 31 ship, and what they discover is no less than a cyborg nightmare.

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