Counterpoint

Episode 34

Friday, 24 June 2022

Captain Janeway is sitting next to Inspector Kashyk, a handsome man in a tight short-sleeved shirt. She is looking into his eyes and touching his upper arm.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 5, Episode 10

Stardate: Unknown (2375)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 16 December 1998

This week: a clever script, a complete absence of banter, a frog alien that scores zero on the B’omar Scale, astonishingly good incidental music by Mahler and Tchaikovsky, and two outstanding performances from Mark Harelik and Kate Mulgrew — all working together perfectly to create one of Voyager’s Best Episodes Ever. Enjoy. (You will.)

Recorded on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

Looking for par’Mach in All the Wrong Places

Episode 33

Friday, 17 June 2022

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 5, Episode 3

Stardate: Unknown (2373)

First broadcast on Monday, 14 October 1996

This week, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Quark wants Grilka, Dax wants Worf, Nerys wants Miles, Worf wants Grilka, Miles wants Nerys, Worf wants Dax, Odo wants Nerys (probably), and Julian wants not to know any details about any of this. Meanwhile, Joe wants more of this sort of thing, while Nathan just wants some special effects and reflective surfaces, but will settle for a turbolift that goes up and down without jerking.

Recorded on Tuesday, 7 June 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Changeling

Episode 32

Friday, 10 June 2022

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Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 2, Episode 8

Stardate: 3541.9

First broadcast on Friday, 29 September 1967

When the Enterprise takes on board an inexplicably touchy and unreasonable box of flashing lights dangling from a fishing line, hilarity ensues. Also, racism.

Recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Dramatis Personae

Episode 31

Friday, 3 June 2022

O'Brien looks over Sisko's shoulder but Sisko is weirdly fixated on the weird alien clock that he's been building.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 1, Episode 18

Stardate: 46922.3

First broadcast on Sunday, 30 May 1993

You know how it is: it’s your first spinoff — a cast of delightfully high-concept characters set against a colourful backdrop, with story possibilities around every corner. But then you find yourself limping towards the end of your first season. You’ve done the plague one, the weird alien fugitive one, the buddy comedy one with the CGI shaving cream, and the terrible boardgame one that everyone will have such fond memories of. So what’s left? How about a story where all of your beloved regulars play people no one cares about, embroiled in a conflict that no one has any interest in? We can do that, can’t we?

Recorded on Monday, 23 May 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Strange New Worlds

Episode 30

Friday, 27 May 2022

Captain Pike, relaxed as hell, leans back in the captain's chair  on the Enterprise.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Series 1, Episode 1

Stardate: 1739.12

First broadcast on Thursday, 5 May 2022

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s five-year mission: To explore Strange New Worlds. To remind us of our love the Original Series. To have a fun adventure every week. To look like nothing else on television. To boldly attempt —  for a world exhausted by impending catastrophes — to be the most authentic expression of Star Trek since the 1960s.

Recorded on Sunday, 15 May 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Episode 29

Friday, 20 May 2022

Michael and Stamets are standing in a corridor on Discovery. Michael is giving him a sceptical look.

Star Trek: Discovery

Series 1, Episode 7

Stardate: 2136.8

First broadcast on Sunday, 29 October 2017

meanwhile, Michael tries to work through her feelings for the tall and handsome new security officer Lieutenant Ash Tyler. After a catastrophic explosion destroys the ship, Harry Mudd sneaks on board Discovery, kills the captain, and searches for a way to sell the spore drive to the Klingons; meanwhile, Michael tries to work through her feelings for the tall and handsome new security officer Lieutenant Ash Tyler. After a catastrophic explosion destroys the ship, Harry Mudd sneaks on board Discovery, kills the captain, and searches for a way to sell the spore drive to the Klingons;

Recorded on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Discovery

Assimilation

Episode 28

Friday, 13 May 2022

Our new Borg Queen gives a sarcastic look to Jurati, who's currently offscreen

Star Trek: Picard

Series 2, Episode 3

Stardate: Unknown (2401 and 12 April 2024)

First broadcast on Thursday, 17 March 2022

This week, Joe and Nathan are on the edge of our seats, wondering what insignificant event will tip the twenty-first century over the edge — turning it from a punishing ordeal into a shrieking hellscape of fascism and climatic disaster. Fortunately we’re able to distract ourselves from all this with a really enjoyable episode of Star Trek: Picard.

Recorded on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Picard

The Time Trap

Episode 27

Friday, 6 May 2022

Sitting at the conference table are members of the ruling council of this pocket dimension, including an insectoid,  a Phylosian, a lady with no nose, a Vulcan and  a Tellarite.

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Series 1, Episode 12

Stardate: 5267.2

First broadcast on Saturday, 24 November 1973

Exhausted from last week’s astonishingly brilliant performance, this week Bill Shatner is literally phoning it in — so bored with Star Trek that he can’t even be bothered to say all five digits of this week’s stardate. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is trapped in a thing, unable to escape until they do another thing. Or something. Whatever.

Recorded on Thursday, 21 April 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Animated Series

The Doomsday Machine

Episode 26

Friday, 29 April 2022

Captain Kirk stands in a corridor on a ruined space ship. He is talking into his communicator: he looks concerned.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 2, Episode 6

Stardate: 4202.1

First broadcast on Friday, 20 October 1967

A nameless and unknowable monster which has destroyed whole star systems and wiped out an entire Starfleet crew is now heading towards the most populated part of the galaxy. The only things standing in its way: a dramatic soundtrack, a memorable guest actor, an incredibly confident production, and William Alan Shatner. It doesn’t stand a chance.

Recorded on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Power Play

Episode 25

Friday, 22 April 2022

Evil possessed Deanna Troi stands in Ten Forward, firing a phaser.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 5, Episode 15

Stardate: 45571.2

First broadcast on Monday, 24 February 1992

This week, on Untitled Star Trek Project, Joe and Nathan sit down to watch a sentimental sci-fi favourite from their youth, only to discover that it’s really just a police procedural where some of the regular cast get to do funny voices. Still, they get to see Marina menacing people with a gun, so there’s that, I guess.

Recorded on Sunday, 10 April 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation