Episode 70

Friday, 23 June 2023

A painting or a comic book panel depicts a deadly space war. Phaser beams cross the frame, one of them striking a large hunk of rock in the middle. On the ground below are people and the strange elongated bodies of robots bristling with weapons. On a cliff high above is the silhouette of another of these robots. And in the sky are strange patterns. A clock? A blueprint? It's like the cover of the most stylish and action-packed Nebula Award-winning book of the 1960s.

Star Trek: Prodigy

Series 1, Episode 16

Stardate: Unknown (2384)

First broadcast on Thursday, 1 December 2022

In the Neutral Zone, the USS Protostar faces off against the USS Dauntless, unable to leave and unable to contact them to explain their friendly intentions. And so they stop for a moment and tell each other sad, funny and beautiful stories from their pasts. Meanwhile, on the Dauntless, we hear a different story, a story of war and revenge, and a plot whose aim is the destruction of the Federation itself.

Duration: 0:43:01 · Recorded on Tuesday, 13 June 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Prodigy


Episode 69

Friday, 16 June 2023

It's sunset. Two people are sitting in a dinghy facing one another. On the left, and orange lizard lady in a shiny jumpsuit: on the right is Trip in his Starfleet uniform. There is a bowl of white crystals between them.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Series 1, Episode 5

Stardate: Unknown (2151)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 17 October 2001

This week, Enterprise Chief Engineer Charles Tucker III is pregnant, and Nathan and Joe expect to be embarrassed and offended by the result. Instead, they are delighted to find themselves merely bored. (In fact, Nathan thinks the first half of the episode is rather sweet and charming, but he’s an incurable romantic where lizard people are concerned.)

Duration: 1:09:16 · Recorded on Monday, 5 June 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Enterprise


Episode 68

Friday, 9 June 2023

We are outside: there is a sunny forest in the background. In the foreground, Picard is hugging a man. We can just glimpse his face. It's Q. Picard has his face pressed against Q's chest. He is smiling.

Star Trek: Picard

Series 2, Episode 10

Stardate: Unknown (2024, 2401)

First broadcast on Thursday, 5 May 2022

In one episode’s time, Star Trek: Picard will become, for the first time, a television event, but for now, we’ve got some plot to wrap up, some sad farewells to make and a new relationship to start. And a point, however muted, about living an extraordinary life.

Duration: 1:19:07 · Recorded on Tuesday, 30 May 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Picard

In Purgatory’s Shadow / By Inferno’s Light

Episode 67

Friday, 2 June 2023

Garak is standing in the darkness in a narrow space inside a bulkhead. His face is lit by some bare optical cables. He is looking very stressed.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 5, Episodes 14–15

Stardate: 50564.2

First broadcast on Monday, 10 February 1997
and Monday, 17 February 1997

It’s a soap-opera extravaganza on Deep Space Nine this week, as Garak reconciles with his long-lost father, Dukat abandons his long-lost daughter, and Julian discovers a scheming lookalike that he never knew he had. Meanwhile, there is a shift in the balance of power in the Quadrant, as the show rewrites its own premise in the way that we have come to admire and enjoy.

Duration: 1:58:48 · Recorded on Tuesday, 23 May 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Masterpiece Society

Episode 66

Friday, 26 May 2023

Deanna and a young man are standing in a garden in front of a window looking out onto a hostile alien landscape. They are kissing.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 5, Episode 13

Stardate: 45470.1

First broadcast on Monday, 10 February 1992

This week, the Enterprise crew worry unnecessarily about upending the lives of people living under a weird-ass conservative regime, only to find that those people are desperate to get out and there is no good reason at all to prevent them. Also, Deanna has sex, with unfortunate results.

Duration: 1:08:07 · Recorded on Tuesday, 16 May 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Wolf in the Fold

Episode 65

Friday, 19 May 2023

A dazed Scotty looks in horror at the knife which is being held out in front of him.

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 2, Episode 14

Stardate: 3614.9

First broadcast on Friday, 22 December 1967

When simple, mild-mannered lackwit Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) stabs three women to death in the space of a couple of hours, the crew of the Enterprise become suspicious enough to start an investigation, which mostly consists of getting Majel Barrett to read them a bunch of Wikipedia articles. But just as we’re all about to nod off, someone claims responsibility for the murders — beloved childhood plaything Piglet (John Fielder), who immediately inputs himself into the ship’s computer and attempts to generate terror by making a series of increasingly unimaginative violent threats. Understandably, the crew respond to all this by taking a bunch of drugs and waiting for the closing credits to kick in. Which is how we recommend that you respond to this episode as well.

Duration: 1:10:46 · Recorded on Tuesday, 9 May 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Scorpion / Scorpion, Part II

Episode 64

Friday, 12 May 2023

Seven of Nine stands in Voyager's cargo bay. None of her implants have been removed yet: her skin is mottled, tubes come from her bare skull, and her left eye has been replaced by a spiky Borg sensor.

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 3, Episode 26 / Series 4, Episode 1

Stardate: 50984.3

First broadcast on Wednesday, 21 May 1997
and Wednesday, 3 September 1997

As Voyager approaches the end of its third year, it’s time for its very own version of The Best of Both Worlds. And here it is, complete with a massive encounter with the Borg, clouds of débris, a terrifying new enemy, dissension among the commanding officers, and the unveiling of an entirely new kind of human—Borg hybrid. But because it’s Voyager, there’s also people doing things for no reason and a central conflict disposed of in an unsatisfying way. But (again) because it’s Voyager, there’s some great weird visuals, a cool new holodeck program, and yet another arresting performance from the Queen of Star Trek, Her Royal Highness, Captain Kathryn Janeway.

Duration: 2:00:37 · Recorded on Tuesday, 2 May 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager


Episode 63

Friday, 5 May 2023

A closeup of Kira, her mouth rigid with determination, standing in front of a burning cottage.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 1, Episode 15

Stardate: 46844.3

First broadcast on Sunday, 9 May 1993

This week, Kira moves a few steps forward on her long and problematic journey from terrorist to bureaucrat as she struggles with a decision to evict Brian Keith from a hastily re-dressed Standard Cave Set 1. In the meantime, Jake and Nog do some adorable capitalism, foreshadowing just how much we’re going to grow to love them by the end of the show.

Duration: 1:05:48 · Recorded on Tuesday, 25 April 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Elysian Kingdom

Episode 62

Friday, 28 April 2023

In an Enterprise corridor full of foliage, Dr M'Benge is dressed in a crown and royal robes. He is talking to someone off camera. Behind him is Ortegas dressed as a knight, Chapel dressed as a hippie witch woman, and La'an in a big princess frock carrying a small fluffy dog.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Series 1, Episode 8

Stardate: 2341.6

First broadcast on Thursday, 23 June 2022

A long time ago in a land far, far away, a beneficent king called Alex ruled over the kingdom of Trek, deciding which provinces would prosper and what each province would be known for. And so it came to pass that in the Province of Strange New Worlds, fun and entertainment would hold sway, and that from time to time even a heartwarming ending would be welcomed. And they all lived happily ever after, even the ones who had died.

(Warning, some spoilers here for Picard Series 3.)

Duration: 1:24:30 · Recorded on Saturday, 22 April 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds


Episode 61

Friday, 10 February 2023

One of the Edo, a scantily-clad man with an exposed belly-button and a completely tucked dick, is standing between Yar and Troi. Yar appears to  be looking off camera at her agent, wordlessly pleading with him to get her out of this stupid show. Troi is looking disdainfully at him.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 1, Episode 8

Stardate: 41255.6

First broadcast on Monday, 9 November 1987

Together at last for the first time, Joe and Nathan find themselves on Planet of the Horny but Unattractive White People, faced with a moral dilemmma that wouldn’t challenge a slow-witted five-year-old. Ah, we have fun, don’t we?

Duration: 1:10:16 · Recorded on Friday, 10 February 2023 · Download · Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation