Context is for Kings

October 1, 2017

Burnham gets a new ship, and Discovery gets a new start! When mutineer Michael Burnham is transported to the USS Discovery, she finds a ship full of suspicious and mysterious characters, led by the extremely suspicious and mysterious Captain Gabriel Lorca. Clay and I discuss the second "pilot" of Star Trek: Discovery, including vigorous debates about monsters from Doom, getting to know the crew, and travelling via spores!


The Nagus - Ft. Clay

September 28, 2017

We've been clamoring for a deep dive into Ferengi culture, and finally our wishes have been answered! When The Grand Nagus visits DS9, Quark is pushed into a position of power in the Ferengi Alliance. But will those who would wish him harm win out in the end? Clay joins me to discuss DS9 as a whole, turning the Ferengi into mobsters, and how to find the best holosuite in your town.


The Vulcan Hello / Battle at the Binary Stars

September 25, 2017

After twelve long years, Star Trek is finally back on the small screen! The first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery lay the foundation for an entirely new series, with new characters and new relationships, and adds a dimension to a long time Federation frenemy by introducing a charismatic new leader. And then... it wipes all that away and starts over again. Clay joins me to discuss the first two episodes of Discovery, "The Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars". What'd we think of Michael Burnham? What'd we think of the new uniforms? Boy, all this concussion talk sure feels zeitgeisty! Star Trek is back, and we hope you enjoy the podcast as we boldly go where we've never gone before... into a review of a show that isn't 20 years old.


Move Along Home - Ft. Clay

September 21, 2017

When an alien delegation from the Gamma Quadrant visits DS9, some of the senior officers are trapped in a game where Quark controls the outcome! Widely regarded as one of the worst episodes of the first season, Move Along Home is also one of Avery Brooks' least favorite episodes. Clay joins me to discuss games without rules, improv acting, and how to make a story completely pointless.


The Passenger

September 18, 2017

A sinister criminal sneaks aboard DS9 in the mind of Dr. Bashir! While "The Passenger" features excellent character work and universe establishment, it also features some horrible acting and an anti-climactic ending. DS9 continues to struggle merging its new characters with new storylines, and The Passenger is an unfortunate example of that issue. Join Wes as he discusses slow talking, using the transporter in surgery, and stroking Odo's ego!


Dax - No Guest!

September 14, 2017

Was Curzon Dax a murderer? And if he was, is Jadzia Dax responsible for his crimes? It's the question at the heart of "Dax", an episode that examines the ethics of the Trill while also giving our new crew a chance to interact. A court room drama with a sci-fi heart, "Dax" is also peculiar in that it features very little... Dax? Join Wes as he discusses an episode that feels like a DS9 episode, and relive the excitement of banging a sphere on a table, Dax's decorating style, and the scars that never go away!


Q-Less - Ft. Clay

September 7, 2017

Q makes his first (and only) appearance on DS9 in an episode that involves graviton particles and a woman who once had sex with Picard! When Vash and Q appear on DS9, strange happenings start to threaten the station. Is Q behind the chaos? Or is it something else, totally unrelated? Clay joins me to discuss DS9 in the shadow of TNG, the Quark and Odo relationship, and space jellyfish!


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!


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!


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!