The Swarm

Episode 9

Friday, 31 December 2021

B’Elanna, Dr Zimmerman and the Doctor lean over a console

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 3, Episode 4

Stardate: 50252.3

First broadcast on Wednesday, 25 September 1996

When the Doctor’s hard drive starts to fill up with opera, romantic relationships and all the complex glories of being human, he finds himself increasingly unable to fulfil his function as Voyager’s Chief Medical Officer — instead becoming a heartbreaking analogue of your dad suffering from dementia. Also, a bunch of space things happen that we couldn’t possibly care about.

Recorded on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

I, Excretus

Episode 8

Friday, 24 December 2021

Marriner and Freeman sit at the bar on the Cerritos

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Series 2, Episode 8

Stardate: Unknown (2381)

First broadcast on Thursday, 30 September 2021

It’s Star Trek’s most terrifying crew evaluation since Coming of Age: the crew of the USS Cerritos confront a ridiculous alien from Star Trek: The Animated Series, the Terran Empire, medical ethics, an unconvincing Old West set on the Paramount lot, the plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Borg, complex strings of water molecules which acquire carbon from the body and act on the brain like alcohol, hexagonal crates in the cargo bay, and the plot of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. But more than anything, they confront the need to work together and respect each other. Because this is — and of course it is — Star Trek.

Recorded on Monday, 6 December 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Take Me Out to the Holosuite

Episode 7

Friday, 17 December 2021

In Quark's bar, Rom smiles at the camera  while Leeta smiles at him

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 7, Episode 4

Stardate: Unknown (2375)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 21 October 1998

When passive-aggressive Vulcan racist Captain Solok arrives on Deep Space Nine and challenges Sisko to some kind of sportsball game, a series of hilarious training montages ensues, followed by a Very Important Lesson about how utterly adorable Rom is. Bless.

Recorded on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Strange New World

Episode 6

Friday, 10 December 2021

Enterprise NX-01 orbits an Earthlike planet

Star Trek: Enterprise

Series 1, Episode 4

Stardate: Unknown (2151)

First broadcast on Wednesday, 10 October 2001

After the crew of Enterprise decide to ignore the advice of their only competent crewmember, they find themselves on a very routine away mission on a very unremarkable planet, exhibiting behaviour that would embarass the most racist of your racist uncles. Turns out that at the end of the day, it hasn’t been such a long road getting from there to here.

Recorded on Friday, 12 November 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Enterprise

The Corbomite Maneuver

Episode 5

Friday, 3 December 2021

Kirk smiles enigmatically

Star Trek: The Original Series

Series 1, Episode 10

Stardate: 1512.2

First broadcast on Thursday, 10 November 1966

Tensions are running high this week, as the Enterprise is attacked by a series of regular geometric solids and the bridge crew’s morale starts to crack under the pressure. Is this a ropey and glacially paced moment of disposable 60s TV, or the beginning of something indescribably magical?

Recorded on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Original Series

Forget Me Not

Episode 4

Friday, 26 November 2021

Gray and Adira smile as they bow on the cello together

Star Trek: Discovery

Series 3, Episode 4

Stardate: Unknown (3189)

First broadcast on Thursday, 5 November 2020

It’s been 1,183 years since Rick Berman left Star Trek, and so it’s time for two new queer characters to join the Discovery family — Trill host Adira Tal and their adorable boyfriend and former host Gray Tal — in an episode all about the importance of connection and belonging.

Recorded on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Discovery

Lineage

Episode 3

Friday, 19 November 2021

B'Elanna on the holodeck looking at her horrific CGI baby

Star Trek: Voyager

Series 7, Episode 12

Stardate: 54452.6

First broadcast on Wednesday, 24 January 2001

It’s our first trip to the Delta Quadrant, and we have questions that need answering. Is B’Elanna’s father a massive racist or just a regular-sized racist? Which is more convincing: Tom and B’Elanna’s baby or an 8472 in a well-lit room? And can we maintain focus all the way through a 45-minute episode of Voyager without a single space anomaly?

Recorded on Wednesday, 6 October 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: Voyager

The House of Quark

Episode 2

Friday, 12 November 2021

Quark's new Klingon wife Grilka smiles  warmly at him

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Series 3, Episode 3

Stardate: Unknown (2371)

First broadcast on Monday, 10 October 1994

In this week’s episode of Family Ties, when Quark (Michael J Fox) lies about his involvement in the death of a belligerent Klingon customer, he finds himself threatened, hauled off to Qo’nos, forcibly married, and required to defend the honour of his house before the High Council with a combination of Excel spreadsheets and extreme physical cowardice. Will he learn a Very Important lesson about the dangers of greed? (Spoilers: no.)

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

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Yesterday’s Enterprise

Episode 1

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Lt. Yar and Lt. Castillo go in for a kiss  on the transporter pad

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Series 3, Episode 15

Stardate: 43625.2

First broadcast on Monday, 19 February 1990

After the Enterprise-C emerges from a mysteriously swirly space anomaly, Joe and Nathan find themselves in an alternate timeline where Star Trek: The Next Generation is dramatically and impractically lit, full of incident, and sceptical about the 1990s belief in the End of History. Star Trek: Discovery Series 1 arrives nearly 30 years too early, in Yesterday’s Enterprise.

Recorded on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 | Download | Open in new window

Star Trek: The Next Generation