The Magicks of Megas-Tu

Episode 118

Friday 19 July 2024

Standing in front of the viewscreen on the bridge of the Enterprise, swathed in otherworldly light, is a crudely-drawn satyr, upsettingly ripped and shredded, with his arms in the air and a cheery smile on his face.

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Series 1, Episode 8

Stardate: 1254.4

First broadcast on Saturday 27 October 1973

This week, with a budget of dozens of crisp American dollars at their disposal, Joe and Nathan pull out their smocks, palettes, easels and oils in order to bring you a lavishly illustrated story of human creativity and achievement in a 25-minute episode you won’t be embarassed to show your kids. Or not terminally embarrassed, anyway.

Duration: 0:37:24 · Recorded on Tuesday 16 July 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Animated Series

The Void

Episode 117

Friday 5 July 2024

In the Transporter Bay, Janeway is grinning at this week’s Nice Alien  Who Would Look Quite Attractive If Not For All the Latex, while  the medium Robert and a surprisingly helpful Malon look on gormlessly.  It’s all a bit embarrassing.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 7, Episode 15

Stardate: 54553.4

First broadcast on Wednesday 14 February 2001

This week we drop into a parallel universe where Voyager’s situation is desperate, resources are constrained, and the crew has no alternative but to live by its principles — helping, making friends, reaching out, forming alliances, working together to solve problems, seeking out new life and new civilisations, that sort of thing. Turns out, it would have made quite a good premise for a Star Trek series.

Duration: 0:58:45 · Recorded on Wednesday 26 June 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

Angel One

Episode 116

Friday 28 June 2024

Troi is trying not very hard not to laugh at Riker, who is wearing a skimpy silk lamé outfit open to the waist, revealing one nipple and a generously hairy chest.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 1, Episode 14

Stardate: 41636.9

First broadcast on Monday 25 January 1988

Nothing to learn about gender politics this week as we visit Angel One, where large aggressive women lord it over their twinky male consorts, and Star Trek: The Next Generation finds plenty of exciting new ways to be as offensively sexist as possible. Could someone pass Gene a napkin, please?

Duration: 1:05:14 · Recorded on Tuesday 18 June 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Devil in the Dark

Episode 115

Friday 21 June 2024

In a dark blue cave, a concerned Spock is touching a surface  that might be organic or might be rock. Is he mind melding with a silicon based lifeform?

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 1, Episode 25

Stardate: 3196.1

First broadcast on Thursday 9 March 1967

A terrifying cave monster attacks a bunch of miners in pastel jumpsuits and burns them alive: it must be killed to ensure a continuing supply of raw materials for the engines of capitalism. But then, of course, we reach out, learn that the monster is a person, and thereby discover a terrifying truth about ourselves. A triumph: literally the thing that Star Trek is for.

Duration: 1:07:35 · Recorded on Tuesday 4 June 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Grounded

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

Disaster

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