The Raven

Episode 19

Friday, 11 March 2022

A raven, its wings outstretched, flies towards us  along the corridor of a ruined spaceship

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 4, Episode 6

Stardate: Unknown (2374)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 8 October 1997

In this week’s meeting of the Jeri Ryan Appreciation Society, we watch the most aggressively average Star Trek episode the Randomiser can find, only to discover that there’s still a lot of fun to be had — hilariously sluggish action scenes, a shockingly low-effort Intransigent Alien Race, and some wonderfully subtle and nuanced performances from Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ and Jeri Ryan.

Recorded on Thursday, 10 March 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

All Good Things…

Episode 18

Friday, 4 March 2022

A shot from above — the bridge crew of the Enterprise-D are all sitting  around the poker table. Picard is dealing

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 7, Episodes 25–26

Stardate: 47988.0

First broadcast on Monday, 23 May 1994

After seven years of thorny space problems and some of the most ingenious space solutions in Starfleet history, what do we have left to learn? Something about tachyon scans and anti-time, inevitably, but also something about the enduring power of love and friendship. Let’s see what’s in here.

Recorded on Tuesday, 1 March 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

That Hope Is You, Part 2

Episode 17

Friday, 25 February 2022

Michael sitting in the captain's chair, about to give the order, Let's fly

Star Trek: Discovery

Series 3, Episode 13

Stardate: Unknown (3189)

First broadcast on Thursday, 7 January 2021

Previously, on Star Trek: Discovery: it’s the distant future, the Federation is broken, and isolationism runs rampant. Then, of course, lots of things happen, we make new connections, and find a new purpose. And now, the very noisy conclusion. Explosions! Gunfights! Space battles! There’s plenty of action, but do we find ourselves missing the days when Star Trek was a lot of people talking urgently in rooms?

Recorded on Tuesday, 22 February 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Discovery

In the Pale Moonlight

Episode 16

Friday, 18 February 2022

A very angry Romulan holds up a data rod. He is shouting.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 6, Episode 19

Stardate: 51721.3

First broadcast on Wednesday, 15 April 1998

This week, we discuss one of Star Trek’s most sacred texts — a forty-five minute Ben Sisko soliloquy, in which he saves the galaxy in a trolley problem of Garak’s devising, killing in the process a Romulan Senator, an obnoxious blue guy and at least one really hot Romulan bodyguard. Is this a great episode, a truly great episode, or something else altogether?

Recorded on Thursday, 3 February 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Nepenthe

Episode 15

Friday, 11 February 2022

Picard, Riker and Troi all hug outside of the Troi-Rikers' house on Nepenthe.

Star Trek: Picard

Series 1, Episode 7

Stardate: Unknown (2399)

First broadcast on Thursday, 5 March 2020

Picard and Soji arrive on the planet Nepenthe, where their confusion and self-doubt are assuaged by the planet’s atmophere, by the love of trustworthy old friends, and by some really good wood-fired pizza. Meanwhile, Agnes vomits two or three times, a beloved secondary character is horribly murdered, and a pretty young Romulan is trapped on a Borg cube with little hope of escape. On balance, we think it’s a win.

Recorded on Monday, 10 January 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Picard

Children of Mars

Episode 14

Friday, 4 February 2022

Two hands clasped together in closeup; they belong two girls in school uniform.

Star Trek: Short Treks

Series 2, Episode 6

Stardate: Unknown (5 April 2385)

First broadcast on Thursday, 9 January 2020

An inexplicable terrorist attack on Mars claims tens of thousands of lives. But how to react to it? Do we succumb to panic and fear? Or do we forget our differences and re-commit to our shared values?

Recorded on Monday, 10 January 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Short Treks

Cogenitor

Episode 13

Friday, 28 January 2022

Trip looks abashed; the Cogenitor is standing next to him, much shorter

Star Trek: Enterprise

Series 2, Episode 22

Stardate: Unknown (2153)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 30 April 2003

The crew of Enterprise encounter the Vissians, a genial and technologically advanced species who enslave three percent of their population and force them to have sex with married couples who wish to conceive their horrible latex-faced children. Surprisingly, we’re generally fine with this. Apart from Trip, who is a good person.

Recorded on Wednesday, 5 January 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Enterprise

Descent / Descent, Part II

Episode 12

Friday, 21 January 2022

Picard is facing us, flanked by Deanna and Geordi: they are surrounded by Borg

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 6, Episode 26 / Series 7, Episode 1

Stardate: 46982.1

First broadcast on Monday, 21 June 1993
and Monday, 20 September 1993

After their critically acclaimed attack on Earth on Stardate 44001.4, the Borg are back with a terrifying new plan — to pad out the the running time of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Series 6 finale and Series 7 opener. Meanwhile, Deanna is amused by Data’s porn consumption, Nathan is impressed by Beverly’s approach to command, and Joe is distracted by the memory of much more enjoyable Star Trek episodes.

Recorded on Saturday, 1 January 2022 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Spock’s Brain

Episode 11

Friday, 14 January 2022

Luma points a gun at Kirk, while Scotty looks on gormlessly

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 3, Episode 1

Stardate: 5431.4

First broadcast on Friday, 20 September 1968

A young woman wearing fabulous boots materialises on the Enterprise, renders the crew unconscious, and then removes Spock’s brain. And soon we discover — to our horror — that everyone else involved in making this episode has had their brain removed as well.

Recorded on Monday, 27 December 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Starstruck

Episode 10

Friday, 7 January 2022

Dal sits on the bridge looking up at Captain Janeway with a smile on his face

Star Trek: Prodigy

Series 1, Episode 3

Stardate: Unknown (2383)

First broadcast on Thursday, 4 November 2021

Star Trek welcomes a whole new generation into its ranks, as Dal, Rok-Tahk, Zero, Pog, Murf and their prisoner Gwyn become the new crew of the USS Protostar. Their first mission: to accidentally set course for a black hole, to learn to work together as a crew, and to come to appreciate the value of good advice. And, of course, to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Recorded on Wednesday, 22 December 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Prodigy