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An Animated Series (Lower Decks S1E1-3)

Scott and Jason finally get a chance to check in about the first three episodes of the newest Trek animated series, “Lower Decks.” They discuss the challenges of finding a balance between comedy and canon, between character drama and reference humor. How did they react to the first out-and-out Trek comedy? Humor may be subjective, but let’s analyze some jokes anyway, people!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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“Star Trek: Picard” season 1 wrap-up

The “Star Trek: Picard” season is over, and we’ve split our thought up into two separate panels. Jason’s will be over on The Incomparable, but Scott’s is right here! Scott is joined by five special guests to discuss the ups and downs of this season.

Scott McNulty with Joe Rosensteel, Mois├ęs Chiullan, Glenn Fleishman, Aleen Simms and David J. Loehr


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Picard S1E10: “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2”

The first season of “Star Trek: Picard” is in the books! Did the show stick the landing? Did the plot resolve properly, and how about the thematic and emotional character arcs? How about that six-minute long tearjerker of a scene in that quantum simulation? And what’s Narek up to now? Scott and Jason break it all down. Join us back here next week for a panel discussion wrapping up the season as a whole.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Picard S1E9: “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1”

The two-part finale is here! Jason and Scott find it hard to judge part one of a two-part episode, but they’ll run down what they can. Scott can’t decide what his favorite scene is! Jason has studied his paintings and his latin and can’t figure out what will happen next! Seven and Elnor are… present? And the great Guest Actor Prophesy is fulfilled! Join us as we get ready for next week’s big conclusion.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Picard S1E8: “Broken Pieces”

This week we’re once again joined by a special guest, as Jean MacDonald brings her Voyager know-how along to discuss Seven of Nine’s artifact takeover. While this episode was exciting, the more we thought about it, the more questions we had. At least some of us can remember Narissa’s name and understand more about her motivations! The secret of the Admonishment is revealed! Rios reveals the remarkable coincidence in his dark back story! And who is Beautiful Flower? We have theories. You knew we would.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald


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Picard S1E7: “Nepenthe”

A lot of emotion, both expected and unexpected, comes out of this first true “Next Generation” reunion episode of “Star Trek: Picard.” David J. Loehr joins us as we talk about our feelings, make pizza, eat tomatoes, skin bunnicorns, eat cake with chocolate milk, and don’t even throw up once.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell with David J. Loehr


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Picard S1E6: “The Impossible Box”

There are a lot of mystery boxes in this episode, full of people, androids, secrets, murder, and surprise figurines! The crew arrives at the Artifact at last. Picard is overwhelmed by his status as the OG XB. Is Narek as straightforward as he seems, or is there room for some interesting betrayal? Why is Narek’s sister so boring? Why do the Borg have a Stargate? Also, Agnes is deeply upset and seeks solace in the arms of a spaceship captain, as so often happens. And Raffi shows just how high functioning an alcoholic (and snake plant addict) she really is.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Picard S1E5: “Stardust City Rag”

Now the curtain is going up, the entertainer is taking a bow! It’s time for some space ragtime on the popup-ad-infested planet of Freecloud. In the aftermath of this truly remarkable episode of “Star Trek: Picard,” Scott and Jason are here to discuss shocking plot twists, equally shocking moments of gruesome violence, how Rios stuck a feather in his cap (but probably didn’t call it ‘macaroni’), cartoonish French accents, and various bones.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Picard S1E4: “Absolute Candor”

Funny holograms, angry Romulans, a ninja elf swordsman, a Bird of Prey on the loose, and a surprise ending made less surprising by the marketing of the show. It’s all in this week’s “Star Trek: Picard.” Jason and Scott are here to break it all down.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Picard S1E3: “The End is the Beginning”

Engage! Scott and Jason break down episode three of “Star Trek: Picard,” which finally gets Picard out of Earth orbit with a ragtag crew. We learn why Raffi feels Picard let her down, but ol’ J.L. knows she can’t resist some good Romulan Research. Captain Rios talks tough, but between his immaculate logs and fussy holograms, he’s Starfleet through and through. And then there’s Dr. Durati, who would really like you to look at her C.V. and consider her for a position on the crew. Meanwhile, at the Borg Artifact, Hugh makes jokes, there’s an intense game of Triangle Tarot, and we learn a lot of things that we already learned last time. Plus: Why do Vulcans need sunglasses? We break it all down!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Picard S1E2: “Maps and Legends”

From the halls of Starfleet Command to the creepy gray zone of the Borg Artifact, it’s time to reconvene to discuss the latest episode of “Star Trek: Picard” with Scott, Jason, and special guest Brianna Wu. We accumulate more lore about secretive Romulans! We learn a bit more back story about Dahj and Soji! Picard expresses a dislike of Science Fiction and then rides in a taxi! This podcast has gone 5843 days without an assimilation, but the night is still young!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell with Brianna Wu


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Star Trek: Picard S1E1: “Remembrance”

Jean-Luc Picard is back! Your Vulcan Hello crew will be here every week to talk through all ten episodes of “Star Trek: Picard” right away. This week, we ponder the twists and turns of Data’s story, admire Picard’s need to always be surrounded by people he can give orders to, question the use of the canine Number One as a way to decide if drifters are welcome at Chateau Picard, and a whole lot more.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Short Treks #10: “Children of Mars”

The Short Treks pivot from “Star Trek: Discovery” to “Star Trek: Picard” as we get our clearest view yet of the future of Star Trek: Libraries, schools, dour Vulcan headmasters, David Bowie covers, and scary terrorism. “Picard” begins in two weeks and we’re excited!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Short Treks #8-9: The Animated Ones

Two animated “Short Trek” installments arrive, and we liked one more than the other. In “Ephraim and Dot”, a mama tardigrade loses her eggs and fights a cute robot. In “The Girl Who Made the Stars”, young Michael Burnham is afraid of the dark and her dad tells her a story.

Onward to 2020, The Year of Star Trek! We’ll have one more “Short Trek” and then it’s time for “Star Trek: Picard.”

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


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Short Treks #7: “Ask Not”

Same old Scott and Jason, new numbering system. Are we living in a Star Trek golden age, and how long can it last? Vulcan Hello returns to ponder the big questions of TV’s platinum age and also to discuss November’s Short Trek, “Ask Not”, in which a young cadet is gaslit by a Starfleet captain.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell