Obsession

Episode 101

Friday 15 March 2024

A cursed away team, consisting of Captain Kirk and three redshirts, stand on the surface of a TOS-era alien planet. One of them, a striking young man, is brandishing his tricorder.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 2, Episode 13

Stardate: 3619.2

First broadcast on Friday 15 December 1967

A few tense moments this week, as a fragrant dikironium vampire kills a bunch of redshirts before threatening some characters with names and ultimately the Enterprise itself. But the real suspense comes from an entirely different direction: Will this episode teeter over the edge of camp into baffling semicompetence? Will Kirk’s obsession turn him from a jovial and beloved authority figure into a massive idiot? Will any cue from the Star Trek music library go unused? (No, no and no, fortunately.)

Duration: 1:06:55 · Recorded on Tuesday 5 March 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Tacking into the Wind

Episode 100

Friday 8 March 2024

We're on the bridge of a Jem'Hadar spaceship. Three Cardassians — Damar, Garak and Rusot are here, along with Colonel Kira in a Starfleet uniform. Garak has just started to fire his gun at someone offscreen.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 7, Episode 2

Stardate: Unknown (2375)

First broadcast on Wednesday 12 May 1999

It’s four weeks until the Deep Space Nine finale, and so it’s time for a momentous and operatic episode, an episode full of subtext and thoughtful performances, and an episode that deals a killing blow to two crumbling empires and changes the status quo forever. In short: an episode that exemplifies everything that makes us love Deep Space Nine.

Duration: 1:07:17 · Recorded on Tuesday 27 February 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Trouble with Edward

Episode 99

Friday 1 March 2024

We're looking down a corridor in a starship: at the end stands a schlubby,  bearded white guy wearing a top and underpants.

Star Trek: Short Treks

Series 2, Episode 2

Stardate: 1421.9

First broadcast on Thursday 10 October 2019

Captain Lynne Lucero (Rosa Salazar) can’t wait to take command of the USS Cabot as it heads off to the Klingon border to save some settlers from a planetary famine. But that’s before she meets walking HR disaster Edward Larkin (H. Jon Benjamin) and his viviparous and prolific sidekick (Tribleustes ventricosus). Hijinks, as usual, ensue.

Duration: 0:32:31 · Recorded on Tuesday 27 February 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Short Treks

All In

Episode 98

Friday 16 February 2024

Book is a tall and beautiful man, so serious and so resolute. He looks sad, like a man who has just sacrificed his true love in order so save the galaxy from an incomprehensible threat.

Star Trek: Discovery

Series 4, Episode 8

Stardate: Unknown (3190)

First broadcast on Thursday 10 February 2022

This week, but in the thirty-second century, two people face each other across a poker table. The man’s unbearable loss has made him resolute, and the woman remains resolute despite the loss she is about to suffer. And somewhere far away, in a distant, isolated, unreasonable space at the very edge of the Galaxy, Something — implacable? incomprehensible? — is waiting to judge what they do next.

Duration: 1:17:45 · Recorded on Tuesday 13 February 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Discovery

A Matter of Time

Episode 97

Friday 9 February 2024

We are in a small shuttle, made to look futuristic with rainbow-coloured holographic wallpaer. A balding man with a big chin is pointing a phaser at Commander Data, who is completely unperturbed.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 5, Episode 9

Stardate: 45349.1

First broadcast on Monday 18 November 1991

The absence of Robin Williams and the presence of Rick Berman are both keenly felt this week, as a normal day at the office for the Enterprise-D becomes merely a mildly diverting day at the office. The cause: an elegantly named time-travelling confidence trickster, who nicks a bunch of stuff so he can put it on eBay and pretends that everything here is much more thrilling than it actually is. Let’s say three-and-a-half stars, but two of those stars are for Marina Sirtis’s performance.

Duration: 1:03:54 · Recorded on Tuesday 6 February 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Muse

Episode 96

Friday 2 February 2024

Odo is sitting against the wall of his quarters and Lwaxana is resting her head against his shoulder, her eyes closed in contentment. Odo's expression is unreadable.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 4, Episode 21

Stardate: Unknown (2372)

First broadcast on Monday 29 April 1996

This week, we discover to our surprise that there’s a lot to enjoy in a flawed and ultimately unsuccessful episode episode of Deep Space Nine — two wonderful guest actresses, some (largely) cringe-free sexiness, and a mature and gentle romance. Meanwhile, some TV writers imagine a just reward for their life of constant backbreaking labour.

Duration: 1:14:16 · Recorded on Tuesday 30 January 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Faces

Episode 95

Friday 26 January 2024

On the transporter pad, Klingon B'Elanna is lying with her head in human B'Elanna's lap, about to die from a phaser wound. They are holding hands.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 1, Episode 14

Stardate: 48784.2

First broadcast on Monday 8 May 1995

As a result of a horrific medical experiment, this week’s episode of Untitled Star Trek Project finds itself split into two irreconcilable parts — one convinced that this Voyager episode is extremely dull, and the other one certain that there’s nothing very interesting going on here. Apart from that, there’s a bit of a scary moment at one point, and Roxann gets to do some acting, which is nice.

Duration: 1:08:25 · Recorded on Tuesday 23 January 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

Treachery, Faith and the Great River

Episode 94

Friday 19 January 2024

In a control room on Cardassia, Weyoun is looking off into the distance, as if contemplating a terrible thing he's just been persuaded to do. Damar is behind him, smiling.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 7, Episode 6

Stardate: Unknown (2375)

First broadcast on Wednesday 4 November 1998

It’s all about faith this week on Deep Space Nine — Weyoun’s faith in Odo and the Founders, Nog’s faith that the genre rules of the comedy B-plot will lead inevitably to a happy ending, and the writers’ faith that wonderful, charming actors like Aron and René can make it all land from underneath a kilogram of latex.

Duration: 1:09:13 · Recorded on Tuesday 16 January 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Reunion

Episode 93

Friday 12 January 2024

In the Enterprise day care centre, a talk Klingon woman with long dark hair is kneeling down to say goodbye to her son, a little Klingon boy. Her face is close to his, and she has her hand on his chest.  She's saying goodbye.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 4, Episode 7

Stardate: 44246.3

First broadcast on Monday 5 November 1990

After just over a season of reliable and competent, this week, Star Trek: The Next Generation goes for dramatic and surprising — with amazing results: a memorable epsiode full of good performances and the sort of direction that lets those performances shine. One of the best.

Duration: 1:05:03 · Recorded on Wednesday 10 January 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

No Win Scenario

Episode 92

Friday 5 January 2024

Jean-Luc Picard is standing behind the bar of 10 Forward Avenue in Los Angeles, recreated on the holodeck of the USS Titan. He and his son Jack  Crusher are toasting each other with glasses of whiskey.

Star Trek: Picard

Series 3, Episode 4

Stardate: 78183.1

First broadcast on Thursday 9 March 2023

This week, an episode of Star Trek: Picard makes a compelling case for the existence of 21st century Trek, as familiar and well-loved characters find themselves in a show with dramatic lighting, beautiful special effects and witty and clever dialogue. But even more than that, they learn that no matter how bleak or unwinnable a situation, as long as you and your crew remain steadfast in your dedication, one to another, you are never ever without hope. Or giant squid.

Duration: 1:16:50 · Recorded on Tuesday 2 January 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Picard