Episode 114

Friday 14 June 2024

We're looking at the bridge of the _Phoenix_, the first warp capable Earth ship — or at least an amusement park recreation of it. In the captain's chair is Zefram Cochrane, and seated behind him are Boimler, Mariner, Tendi and Rutherford. They all look excited to be on their way.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Series 3, Episode 1

Stardate: Unknown (2380)

First broadcast on Thursday 25 August 2022

While we wait for the final season of Lower Decks to drop, we head back into the show’s distant past to see how it reintroduces itself to the world at the start of its third season. As you might expect, it’s with love, loyalty, extreme cartoon violence and a few affectionate digs at one of our favourite Star Trek films. And, inevitably, gallons and gallons of alien seminal fluid.

Duration: 0:53:13 · Recorded on Tuesday 4 June 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Far Beyond the Stars

Episode 113

Friday 7 June 2024

Benny Russell and Cassie are dressed in their best clothes and enjoying a night out. They are standing on a street corner, holding one another and smiling at someone off camera.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 6, Episode 13

Stardate: September 1953

First broadcast on Monday 2 November 1998

Some time in 2374, Ben Sisko, tired of helming Deep Space Nine in wartime, considers handing the job over to someone else. At the same time but in 1953, Benny Russell dreams of a version of himself living beyond the daily indignities of existing as a Black man in America. And meanwhile in 1998, people tuning in for this week’s episode of White People Living on the Moon find themselves watching something far better than they had a right to expect.

Duration: 1:10:28 · Recorded on Tuesday 14 May 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Chosen Realm

Episode 112

Friday 31 May 2024

A middle-aged man with a grey ponytail stands with his back to us, looking out over the grey landscape of a ruined city.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Series 3, Episode 12

Stardate: Unknown (2153)

First broadcast on Wednesday 14 January 2004

This week, untrustworthy foreigners attack and terrorise Enterprise for literally no reason other than the arbitrary tenets of their weird and incorrect religion. There’s a lesson to be learned here, but only if you don’t think too hard about it.

Duration: 1:03:02 · Recorded on Tuesday 14 May 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Enterprise

Heart of Glory

Episode 111

Friday 24 May 2024

We're in an Enterprise corridor. There are three Klingons here. The two on the left are in traditional Klingon armor, but on the right is Worf, with his short Season 1 hair, looking concerned at something off camera.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 1, Episode 20

Stardate: 41503.7

First broadcast on Monday 21 March 1988

Long before the invention of Ronald D Moore, the Klingons were simple souls who enjoyed brownface, poisoning grain, making lists of rules, and planting a bomb on the bridge of the Enterprise. But by 2364, the next generation of Klingons had embraced the wave of liberalism sweeping across the galaxy, all except for a few holdouts who refused to read the series bible and decided they would pass their time yelling and pointing guns at the warp core instead.

Duration: 1:09:42 · Recorded on Tuesday 7 May 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation


Episode 110

Friday 17 May 2024

Worf is standing in Ten Forward. He is holding out his tricorder, which he is using to monitor how dilated Keiko is as she is giving birth. Keiko's spread legs are visible in the foreground, covered decorously  with a shimmering space bedsheet.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 5, Episode 5

Stardate: 45156.1

First broadcast on Monday 21 October 1991

In this week’s outstanding instalment of Competent People Solving Space Problems, the Enterprise is hit by an unexpected and dangerous premise which separates the crew into five distinct subplots and forces each of them to confront their greatest fears. Deanna contends with yet another fibriform space anomaly, Geordi faces the horrors of a Gilbert and Sullivan patter song, Worf takes on the unlikely and challenging role of midwife, Data finds himself having to leave his genitals in another room, and Picard is trapped in a confined space and compelled to be nice to people for a while.

Duration: 1:19:26 · Recorded on Tuesday 30 April 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Barge of the Dead

Episode 109

Friday 10 May 2024

Under a sky full of red clouds, B'Elanna is standing on board a ship, looking out. The ship is old, made of wood, and its figurehead is a bronze griffin.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 6, Episode 3

Stardate: Unknown (2376)

First broadcast on Wednesday 6 October 1999

A quick trip to the afterlife this week, as B’Elanna discovers the importance of faith and family, and as Voyager itself discovers (too late, perhaps) the importance of the same things. We also learn that hell is the Voyager sets only lit slightly differently, which is something that we had hitherto only suspected.

Duration: 1:04:14 · Recorded on Tuesday 23 April 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

The Survivors

Episode 108

Friday 3 May 2024

An elderly couple are standing in a sunny garden, in front of a white  house. They are looking at someone off camera, concerned.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 3, Episode 3

Stardate: 43152.4

First broadcast on Monday 9 October 1989

On the ravaged surface of the Federation colony planet Rana IV, the crew of the USS Enterprise are surprised to discover an excitingly modernist Malibu home set in a lush, quadrilateral garden; after landing on the planet with an away team, Will Riker is surprised to find himself dangling upside down by his ankles; soon after that Deanna Troi is surprised to find herself suffering from an unpleasant and potentially fatal earworm. Meanwhile, back in 1990, Nathan Bottomley and a very young Joe Ford are increasingly surprised to discover a new season of Star Trek: The Next Generation which surpasses both its predecessors in both competence and interest.

Duration: 1:08:00 · Recorded on Tuesday 16 April 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

All Those Who Wander

Episode 107

Friday 26 April 2024

Hemmer is standing with his back to us. He is wearing a black leather jacket and his hair and antennae are white. In front of him is a snowy landscape of jagged black mountains that reminds him of Andoria.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Series 1, Episode 9

Stardate: 2510.6

First broadcast on Thursday 30 June 2022

Of course the people you care about are going to cause you pain. It will hurt, but the love it yields will far outweigh the sorrow. Now, hand me the electron coupler.

In this week’s Strange New Worlds, we watch standard space genre things happen to relaxed and likeable characters. Which, turns out, works incredibly well.

Duration: 1:13:44 · Recorded on Tuesday 9 April 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Course: Oblivion

Episode 106

Friday 19 April 2024

Kate Mulgrew valiantly tries to act after some dipshit has covered her face in a horrific latex crust.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 5, Episode 18

Stardate: 52586.3

First broadcast on Wednesday 3 March 1999

For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9:5)

This week, like every week, we continue to experience our gradual, humiliating dissolution, to dread our own inevitable deaths, and to consider with dismay the deaths of everyone we have ever known or loved. And so, to cheer ourselves up, we decide to watch an episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

Duration: 1:10:12 · Recorded on Tuesday 2 April 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

These Are the Voyages…

Episode 105

Friday 12 April 2024

For the last time, the NX-01 turns around and heads off into unknown space.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Series 4, Episode 22

Stardate: Unknown (2161)

First broadcast on Friday 13 May 2005

This week Enterprise fans get the chance to watch their favourite show with Jonathan and Marina sitting next to them on the couch, which only raises enraging and bewildering questions like Is any of this even real? and Does any of this actually matter? (to which the answers are of course not and if you like, respectively). Meanwhile, Trip is forced to sacrifice himself to ensure that Archer gets the chance to participate in the foundation of the Federation, without which, to be honest, none of us would even be here. Probably.

Duration: 1:23:41 · Recorded on Tuesday 26 March 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Enterprise