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

Prophet Motive

Episode 104

Friday 5 April 2024

Quark, Rom and Grand Nagus Zek are standing in Quark's quarters. Quark has an elaborately bound book in his hand: he seems to be looking up from it in horror. Rom looks at him concerned. Behind them Zek is grinning happily, unaware of the consternation he is causing.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 3, Episode 16

Stardate: Unknown (2371)

First broadcast on Monday 20 February 1995

Basically nothing happens on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine this week, as Nathan undergoes a religious experience which inspires him to be terribly nice to people for a change, while Joe anticipates failing to win a major podcasting award. Still, sometimes it’s just nice to hang out with the people you love, isn’t it?

Duration: 1:01:19 · Recorded on Tuesday 19 March 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Counter-Clock Incident

Episode 103

Friday 29 March 2024

On the bridge of the Enterprise an elegant woman is looking down at a group of toddlers, including Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Sulu and Arex.

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Series 2, Episode 6

Stardate: 6770.3

First broadcast on Saturday 12 October 1974

A return to the realm of cheap Saturday-morning-cartoon Trek, where the only person apparently putting in any effort is Master of Dialect, Jimmy Doohan. This week, we find ourselves in a universe where space is white, stars are black, people age backwards, women give birth to large old men, and the Enterprise crew are listless, lifeless and dull.

Duration: 0:41:05 · Recorded on Tuesday 19 March 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Animated Series

Skin of Evil

Episode 102

Friday 22 March 2024

Tasha Yar is standing on the surface of an unconvincing alien planet. She looks concerned as a glistening black figure rises up in front of her.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 1, Episode 23

Stardate: 41601.3

First broadcast on Monday 25 April 1988

This week, we watch an dreadful hour of Star Trek — cheap, mawkish and absolutely absurd — but we end up enjoying ourselves enormously. Have we found a fatal flaw at the entire heart of the Untitled Star Trek Project?

Duration: 1:13:28 · Recorded on Tuesday 12 March 2024 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation


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