Mugato, Gumato

Episode 56

Friday, 30 December 2022

A mugato — a white, horned gorilla — sits at the edge of a cliff  in an alien forest. He seems to be rubbing the horn on  top of his head for some reason.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Series 2, Episode 4

Stardate: 58036.4

First broadcast on Thursday, 2 September 2021

This week, Star Trek: Lower Decks does what it does best: plumbing the depths of the franchise’s weirdest moments to produce something fun, entertaining, and sympathetic to its ideals. Which is why we get to root for some underappreciated and frequently mispronounced alien monsters, and why those two beautiful nerdy men, Boimler and Rutherford, get to save the day not with violence, but with a PowerPoint presentation and some maths.

Duration: 0:43:36 · Recorded on Monday, 19 December 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Star Trek: Generations

Episode 55

Friday, 23 December 2022

Picard and Soran stand facing each other, lit by sunlight streaming in through the windows of Ten Forward.

Star Trek Movie #7

Stardate: 48632.4

Release date: 1994

Star Trek: Generations is a Christmas movie, but more than that, it’s the moment when Star Trek: The Next Generation makes its first tentative and ultimately unsuccessful step into the venerable movie franchise. Julian Bashir’s crazy uncle has a horrific plan to get to heaven by killing a bunch of people we don’t see and don’t care about, and can only be stopped by two middle-aged white guys clambering over some gantries or something. Oh, and the Enterprise crashes and the whole crew is killed. Happy holidays, everyone!

Duration: 2:19:57 · Recorded on Monday, 12 December 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek movies


Episode 54

Friday, 16 December 2022

Lwaxana is sitting at the dinner table in her quarters, staring fixedly at Data, who is talking to her very boringly. Picard is sitting with them. In the background, Mr Homn  yawns ostentatiously.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 2, Episode 19

Stardate: 42859.2

First broadcast on Monday, 19 June 1989

Our writers are on strike this week, and so we’re just going to mark time until we reach the end of this blurb. When an uncomfortably horny Lwaxana Troi beams aboard the Enterprise, a series of events happen, culminating at last in the episode’s closing credits. Mick Fleetwood guest stars as a fish.

Duration: 1:13:43 · Recorded on Monday, 5 December 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Trouble with Tribbles

Episode 53

Friday, 9 December 2022

That famous shot of Kirk standing under the overhead doors  of the storage compartment, up to his chest in a pile of  tribbles. He looks annoyed.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 2, Episode 15

Stardate: 4523.3

First broadcast on Friday, 29 December 1967

In one of the best episodes in Star Trek history, our show learns very early on that it can shoot for ridiculous and hit funny and entertaining. What more can we say? It’s brilliant.

Duration: 1:15:04 · Recorded on Tuesday, 29 November 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Second Skin

Episode 52

Friday, 2 December 2022

We see the reflection of Kira staring into the mirror in disbelief: she's a Cardassian

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 3, Episode 5

Stardate: Unknown (2371)

First broadcast on Saturday, 24 December 1994

Stardate 46519.1: Surgically altered to appear Romulan, Marina Sirtis wakes up on board the Romulan Warbird Khazara looking as fabulous as she has ever looked and starts threatening an increasingly cowed Carolyn Seymour. The result — one hell of an enjoyable episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Eighteen months later: Surgically altered to appear Cardassian, Nana Visitor wakes up on Cardassia Prime looking incredibly striking, but her rich backstory, the show’s increasingly involved premise, and her willingness to just go for it as an actor — all of these combine to make one hell of an enjoyable and satisfying episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Duration: 1:07:00 · Recorded on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Siege of AR-558

Episode 51

Friday, 25 November 2022

In an extremely dark picture, you can just about make out Avery Brooks peering over a rock with a massive plastic  phaser rifle in his hand.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 7, Episode 8

Stardate: Unknown (2375)

First broadcast on Monday, 16 November 1998

This week, it’s time to ruin everyone’s fun, as Nathan declares that a Deep Space Nine fan favourite is an artistic failure, and compares it unfavourably to Take Me Out to the Holosuite. Is he crazy, or is it the whole damn system that’s crazy?

Duration: 1:02:10 · Recorded on Monday, 21 November 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Examples

Episode 50

Friday, 28 October 2022

A middle-aged man with long grey hair stands facing us, strong and upright.  Behind him is the alien landscape of a strange asteroid  and an incomprehensibly strange building.

Star Trek: Discovery

Series 4, Episode 5

Stardate: Unknown (3190)

First broadcast on Thursday, 16 December 2021

This week on Star Trek: Discovery: Paul collaborates with the most obnoxious scientist in the Federation, Hugh is counselled by the the most brutal psychologist in Starfleet, and Michael receives emotional support from the most unlikely source on the ship. And a man who committed a terrible crime in his youth is given the chance to somehow, in some small way, make amends.

Duration: 1:15:51 · Recorded on Tuesday, 18 October 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Discovery


Episode 49

Friday, 21 October 2022

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 5, Episode 2

Stardate: 45047.2

First broadcast on Monday, 30 September 1991

They were victorious. But Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods. And Gilgamesh wept bitter tears, saying, “He who was my companion, through adventure and hardship, is gone forever.”

Now this is what Star Trek is about — kind, competent people solving a space problem, while learning about the importance of storytelling, connection and understanding. Magnificent.

Duration: 1:04:27 · Recorded on Friday, 14 October 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

A Night in Sickbay

Episode 48

Friday, 14 October 2022

Porthos is alone in a big, empty, blue-lit decontamination room. He is sitting quietly, because he is a very good boy.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Series 2, Episode 5

Stardate: Unknown (2152)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 16 October 2002

Our mission this week — to boldly rehabilitate an unjustly maligned episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. After more than a season of being aggrieved and obnoxious, Jonathan Archer is suddenly confronted by the need to apologise to people, sometimes with his shirt off. Meanwhile, Porthos is a very good boy, even when he’s just a fluffy puppet.

Duration: 1:00:53 · Recorded on Thursday, 6 October 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Enterprise


Episode 47

Friday, 7 October 2022

Flanked by a few less interesting Starfleet ships, Voyager finally approaches the planet Earth.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 7, Episodes 25–26

Stardate: 54973.4 (and 2404)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 23 May 2001

A difference of opinion on Untitled Star Trek Project this week: Joe is cross and disappointed that things ended this way, and Nathan is enjoying the satisfaction that only low expectations can provide. Meanwhile, the crew of the USS Voyager enjoy a long-delayed reunion (in latex), re-examine a costly command decision, and experience an upsetting new heterosexual romance. And then, finally, after all these years, they find their way home.

Duration: 1:51:32 · Recorded on Monday, 3 October 2022 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager