This week we look at the next to episodes of the Xindi arc, Rajin and Impulse. We found them over all to be a major improvement, and a sign at least that Enterprise was starting to finally coalesce in season three, even if it still had a long way to go. Of course, they weren’t doing any favors with the “I’d love to hear your language” but between Hoshi and the alien femme fatale, but that’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Also, as Grace pointed out, the ending of Impulse has a lot in common with the ending of Carrie, so there’s that.
This week we are joined by Dr. Trek himself, Larry Nemecek. Talking to him was an absolute joy, both because of his unique view on Star Trek and because we got to hear about all the amazing projects he is currently working on. Rather than blab on here, I’ll just let you listen and point in the direction of some of those projects. Let’s see, we’ve got…
Geek Nation Tours: Ever wanted to join a bunch of other trekkies and be shown around Vasquez Rocks by Bobby Clark, one of the men who wore the Gorn suit? Now you can!
The Con of Wrath: A documentary of what was possibly the most spectacular failure in Star Trek Convention history.
The Trekland Trunk: Larry occasionally decides he can live without parts of his extensive collection, and he’s more than happy to hand them over in exchange for dollars. Gold pressed latinum pending.
Star Trek Continues: Even though Larry will no longer be playing Dr. McCoy, this is still an amazing series where he has a lot of creative input. Go watch it!
This week we are joined once again by Kathy Ferguson, the professor who teaches Political Theory In Star Trek at the University of Hawaii. If you ever wanted to take that class, then this is the episode for you, because we spend nearly two hours discussing the ways in which Trek has channeled the philosophies of one Niccolo Machiavelli; politician, diplomat, soldier, and philosopher. You’ve probably heard of him as the man who said “the ends justify the means.” Turns out he said lots of other stuff, and his ideas played a role in some of our favorite episodes of Star Trek.
Join us again this coming Saturday for an interview with that great sage of Star Trek, Larry Nemecek.
Taking a break from our long running chain of guest, we take a look at Anomaly, the third episode of the Xindi War. Archer is a jerk, T’Pol is stupid(er), and an alien exists only to taunt the people who capture him. In defense of this episode, it does have a cool fight with pirates, and Hoshi get’s to be useful, so there’s that. We also get yet another case of people not changing their access codes when one of their people gets captured. If I ever make my Star Trek drinking game, that’s gonna be on there.
In other news, Star Trek Continues has a second episode out, and you should go watch it because it’s awesome! Here at All Things Trek, we’re a sucker for episodes with complex moral implications, and Lolani does that with bells on. Go watch it!
Finally, next week we shall once again be joined by political science professor Kathy Ferguson, for a discussion of how the philosophy of Machiavelli fits into Star Trek.
In this episode of All Things Trek, we are joined by the First Time Trekker, @FirstTimeTrek on Twitter. This fantastic lady is a huge nerd and fan of franchises like Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and many others. What she wasn’t, until recently, was a Star Trek fan. That’s right, she had never seen an episode of Star Trek. When she finally embarked on her quest to see Gene Roddenberry’s correction, she decided to do it in style by live tweeting her reaction to every episode. As of this post, she has finished The Next Generation and is making her way through The Original Series.
We were lucky enough to get her on the show to talk about her experience so far, and it was a lot of fun. So many of the people we speak with have been fans for a long time, so it’s really cool to get a fresh reaction. Rest assured, we shall get her back on the show once she finishes TOS, and we can see how she enjoys Trek of the 1960s.
The next Tales from the DMZ episode is here, and oh boy am I excited to say that. This episode would not have been possible without the expert assistance of Umberto Lenzi. He’s credited below of course, but I just wanted to emphasize how vital he was to the process. He did all the amazing sound editing, worked on the music, and helped me pick out the actual recording equipment that made the episode possible. Now, on with the episode!
Glin Ecmin and her crew are pulled away from their investigation into the Yuxia Maqui attack, only to find out that their fellow cardassians are launching similar attacks. When a Federation Starship arrives, the situation grows only more complicated.
Cast by order of appearance.
Sara Cunningham as Theresa Bell.
Serena Subitch as Esin Lemmel.
Dave Mimura as Armon Vaul.
Kelsey Sorge-Toomey as Glin Ecmin.
William Pitts as Lan Tarish.
Chloe Wandler as Beisan Lamor.
Graham Swanson as Gul Padar.
Matt Renton as Usoth.
Deyvid Holqin as Bactong.
Cody Ellis as Captain Telev.
Grace Moore as Commander Kara Tren.
Christine Winckler as Tactical Officer.
Michael J. Medeiros as Ensign Peterson.
Alicia Hotovec-Ellis as Lieutenant Kelborn.
Terry Lynn Shull as Lieutenant Oko Chen.
Bob Collins, Brandon Kier and Dash Buck as the angry mob.
Matt Renton as Joran Aelis.
Elio “Elijah” Lleo as Viros Toden.
Umberto Lenzi and Oren Ashkenazi as various extras.
Written by Oren Ashkenazi.
Sound Engineering by Umberto Lenzi.
Music by Mike and Umberto Lenzi.
Script Editing by Michael J. Medeiros.
We can’t seem to get enough of the good old Prime Directive here on this show, and this week it’s back. We invited Data Logan, long time contributor of Direct From the Database, joins us as a special guest this week to share his views, and we end up going for a full two hours because there was no end of things for us to talk about. I especially loved how Deyvid brought up the of the Prime Directive applying to alien ecosystems, with or without sentient life present. It made me think, which is the whole point really. I hope you’ll enjoy the long episode and join us again next week when our series of guest stars continues with the First Time Trekker.
It’s been a while since we discussed Star Trek in relation to the pencil and paper roleplaying games that are my other passion in life, so I decided to do it again! To help ATT out with this topic, I invited special guests Bob and Damon Lang on for this week, and we had a grand old time. You all know Bob, and Damon is an old friend of mine, the man who taught me a lot of what I know about roleplaying games. We discuss the unique problems and opportunities of running a game in the Star Trek universe, combining two of the nerdiest things in the universe. I hope you enjoy.
What do you get if you cross Brannon Braga, Rick Berman, and a decent idea to revitalize a dying show? The Xindi arc from Star Trek: Enterprise, that’s what! Is it good? Is it bad? Is it really bad? You’ll find out as ATT goes through each episode in the arc (not counting ones that were complete side stories like Cowboy Planet) and puts them under a critical lens. This week we talk about The Expanse, and get part way into The Xindi before Grace’s schedule mandates us to end early.
We’ll be returning to the Xindi arc in a few weeks, but this coming Saturday we will be joined by an old friend of mine to discuss Star Trek roleplaying games. I hope you’ll join us then! (no, not THAT kind of roleplaying game).
OK, so I lied about being gone for three weeks, but I think you’ll be all right with it. Grace gives us a daring topic this week, the discussion of what Gene Roddenberry meant for Star Trek and what it means for the franchise today. We go back and fourth on this, trying to recognize that Roddenberry created something great while at the same time not putting him up on a pedestal. Also, I drop a mad truth bomb about Zephram Cochrane.