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Star Trek: Discovery (TV Show)

The Incomparable 549: Future of the Future

Let’s fly! Our panel discusses the just-completed third season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” including new characters, future technologies, turbolifts that are bigger on the inside, and how Saru is very much like Poochie.

Jason Snell with Jean MacDonald, Anže Tomić, Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr and James Thomson


Vulcan Hello 30: "Star Trek: Discovery" season 3 wrap-up

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

Scott McNulty with Cicero Holmes, Dan Moren, Joe Rosensteel, Aleen Simms and Moisés Chiullan


Vulcan Hello 29: Discovery S3E13: "That Hope Is You, Part 2"

“Star Trek: Discovery” season 3 has reached its end. Jason and Scott liked the episode but also have a bunch of complaints. (They start with the complaints, to get them out of the way.) Where does this episode leave us? What’s season 4 going to be like? It’s a momentous episode and we take our time breaking it down.

Want more “Discovery” talk? We’ll be back in about a week for a special season wrap-up panel hosted by Scott, and Jason will host an additional wrap-up panel on The Incomparable.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 28: Discovery S3E12: "There is a Tide..."

It’s the penultimate episode of season three of “Discovery” and a lot is happening! “Die Hard” homages! A jerk who we thought was dead returns! Osyraa… has more depth than we previously thought? We liked this episode, though some of the twists don’t seem set up very well. Also we theorize about what happened to the Ferengi in the last 1000 years, and have some ideas about how season four might play out. Onward to 2021 and the finale! Happy New Year!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 27: Discovery S3E11: "Su'Kal"

On Christmas Eve, Scott and Jason sneak a look at one present under the tree—it’s a new episode of “Star Trek: Discovery!” And does it take a surprising and weird turn. We break down the holo-shenanigans, as well as what transpires back on the ship. Onward to New Year’s Eve!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 25: Discovery S3E9: "Terra Firma, Part 1"

In the first of a two-part episode, it’s all about Georgiou and her relationship with Burnham. And it goes to some very interesting places. Perhaps you all saw this coming, but Scott and Jason were surprised, because they’re suckers. Also, we meet this year’s new break-out Star Trek character! He’s got a bowler hat and will give you cryptic answers to all your questions because he just wants to sit in his comfy Adirondack chair and read tomorrow’s newspaper! Let’s hear it for Carl!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 24: Discovery S3E8: "The Sanctuary"

This week Jason and Scott try to separate what was good about this episode (Saru’s catchphrase shopping, Adira’s journey and Stamets’s support, Culber not taking any crap from Georgiou, Detmer getting her groove back) from what was bad (Book’s planet—all of it). And the Conspiracy Phaser returns so we can speculate about what’s in that nebula! (Probably not coffee.)

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 23: Discovery S3E7: "Unification III"

Vulcans and Romulans, oh my! On Thanksgiving, Discovery dips into the private VHS collection of Admiral Jean-Luc Picard to follow up a TNG two-parter from 29 years ago. Burnham discovers the fate of Spock and finds she’s eligible for a passport from planet Ni’var! People in rooms discuss things at length! And Jason drops some old-school Trek fan fiction knowledge along the way. It’s Star Trek, you turkeys.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 22: Discovery S3E6: "Scavengers"

This week, Burnham fails to follow orders and saves Book from indentured servitude by kicking off a clever prison escape plan that’s… not particularly clever? We’ll admit it, this episode was a letdown compared to the high bar set by previous episodes. What’s up with Georgiou? Is Grudge a better actor than Number One? And for the first time this season, we end the episode with a bunch of season-arc speculation when we fire off the Conspiracy Phaser.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 21: Discovery S3E5: "Die Trying"

This week’s episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” is like a candy treat with a serialized character-driven coating and a crunchy Star Trek center. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. Scott and Jason discuss mystery lullabyes, jerky Admirals who we really want to impress, sad seed-bank dads, and which famous director we’d next like to randomly appear on a sci-fi show.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 20: Discovery S3E4: "Forget Me Not"

What better for a stressful week than an emotional episode of Star Trek? Scott and Jason journey to Trill, where there are men in robes carrying pointy laser spears and goo-filled cave pools with repressed memories. Meanwhile, the Discovery orbits above, letting its newly sentient computer drive while the crew takes the night off for dinner, a movie, and an awkward Thanksgiving dinner.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 19: Discovery S3E3: "People of Earth"

This week, Discovery goes home to Earth to discover an unpleasant truth: Isolationism is bad and Star Trek has always been political. While there’s no sign of UESPA, the United Earth Defense Force will cause enough trouble, while a young genius bugs Tilly and Stamets, an obvious fake alien is unmasked, and Burnham and Book have to team up to see if they can out-Star-Trek Star Trek.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 18: Discovery S3E2: "Far From Home"

We get the flip side of last week’s episode, as the Disco crew adapts to the future. Plus, there’s a fistfight at a space saloon! Because it’s Star Trek. We discuss Saru’s inherent decency, Tilly’s cleverness, Georgiou’s gruff kick-punchiness, Reno’s surly pep talks, and a whole lot more as this season of “Star Trek: Discovery” gets underway.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


Vulcan Hello 17: Discovery S3E1: "That Hope Is You, Part 1"

“Star Trek: Discovery” is back and so are Scott and Jason! But we’ve all been flung far into the future, a strange world full of Trance Worms,Maine Coon Cats, and Orions and Andorians living together! What strange new world has Michael Burnham discovered? Who is Book and why does his forehead glow sometimes? Why is this the perfect show to deal with the ideals of Starfleet and the Federation? We’re happy to be back!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 578: Star Trek: Short Treks #5 Review: "Q&A"

Scott and Jason return to discuss the latest Short Trek, “Q&A”, which features Spock, Number One, and a malfunctioning elevator that may be bigger on the inside. Also we analyze the “Star Trek: Discovery” season three teaser and the third “Star Trek: Picard” trailer. It’s an exciting time to be a Star Trek fan!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


The Incomparable 460: Three and a Half Mothers

Time to boldly go back to the earliest days of the Star Trek canon with our review of the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery”, which mixed in some Doctor Who and Star Wars sensibilities with varying results. We praise the characters, shrug at some of the mystifying plot points, and are left pondering where the series and the franchise go next. Plus there’s an enormous amount of love for Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike. Never forget: #theybuilttheset.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Lizbeth Myles, Anže Tomić, Joe Rosensteel and Aleen Simms


TeeVee 557: Star Trek: Discovery S2E14 Review: "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2"

So it’s come to this. It’s the big finale of season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery”, as the producers’ grand plan is revealed and continuity is changed forever. (Or not changed, as the case may be.) We break down the action-packed episode and ponder just what show this episode expects us to want to see next.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 554: Star Trek: Discovery S2E13 Review: "Such Sweet Sorrow"

Goodnight, Discovery crew! Parting is… well, you know. On the penultimate episode of season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery” there are a lot of goodbyes. They’re beautiful and heartfelt and mostly earned, but what about the impending battle? Don’t you have time suits to built and time crystals to charge? Scott and Jason sing the praises of Anson Mount and the Disco-style Enterprise bridge as they prepare for next week’s fateful finale.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 552: Star Trek: Discovery S2E12 Review: "Through The Valley of Shadows"

Special guest Dan Moren joins Scott and Jason to discuss an action-packed episode, where Reno dispenses relationship advice, Section 31 counts its ships, Spock is a little slow with the magnetizing, and Pike gets a scary vision of his future from a Klingon time monk.

Pike

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell with Dan Moren


TeeVee 550: Star Trek: Discovery S2E11 Review: "Perpetual Infinity"

We’re gearing up as we head toward the season finale: The Red Angel is revealed, and it’s literally been Michael Burnham’s guardian angel across many timelines! An enemy takes the form of a different enemy! Pike’s fate foretold! Foreboding holograms! And Jason has conspiracy theories! There’s much to talk about… so we do. As usual.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 546: Star Trek: Discovery S2E10 Review: "The Red Angel"

This week the Red Angel’s identity is revealed. Jason and Scott feel mixed about this episode, which featured some good character scenes and a very exciting climax, but also some questionable plot points. And while it turns out that “time crystals” are a real and canonical thing, Jason still doesn’t like them.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 543: Star Trek: Discovery S2E9 Review: "Project Daedalus"

Last week’s episode was a hard one to follow, but this week we’ve got a killer half-robutt, Spock ruining Burnham’s 3-D chess set, and a bunch of suspicious space mines. Also, Scott chides Jason for being speciesist, and Jason has more wacky plot theories.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 541: Star Trek: Discovery S2E8 Review: "If Memory Serves"

Previously, on Star Trek… “Discovery” goes where “Star Trek” hasn’t been in more than 50 years, as Burnham returns Spock to Talos IV to cure his insanity and get a sense of what is going on with the Red Angel. We discuss singing plants, creepy telepaths, Vina’s reunion with Pike, the super-awkward second life of Dr. Culber, and the dangers of mind melding with time travelers!

Jason Snell


TeeVee 539: Star Trek: Discovery S2E7 Review: "Light and Shadows"

Vulcan Hello returns, but one of our favorite recurring segments ends when we finally find who we’ve been looking for! Plus, get ready for some frickin’ time rifts, Sarek’s sweet shuttlecraft pad, Michelle Yeoh’s kicks, and a shocking final revelation. Aleen Simms joins us to break down this week’s episode while we sit in the corner and mumble passages from “Alice in Wonderland”.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell with Aleen Simms


TeeVee 537: Star Trek: Discovery S2E6 review: "The Sound of Thunder"

The hovering murder cylinder is on the other foot now, Ba’ul! In this episode we explore Saru’s new perspective on the Prime Directive, Pike’s measured responses to creepy voice-only hails, and the transformation of the Red Murderball into something that’s posthumously useful! Also, we get a closer look at the Red Angel (Jason’s feeling confident), and we have to debate whether the trailer for next week’s episode fits our Spotting Spock criteria.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 535: Star Trek: Discovery S2E5 Review: "Saints of Imperfection"

This week Section 31 collides with the Discovery, and the Discovery collides with the mycelial network. A lost soul is found! Jason does a victory lap at the mention of tachyons! And still no Spock.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 532: Star Trek: Discovery S2E4 Review: "An Obol for Charon"

This week the Discovery is waylaid by a red murderball, Saru learns what his threat ganglia are really for, all of engineering gets high on mushrooms, and Number One orders a hamburger. Scott and Jason break down this (overly?) busy episode.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 529: Star Trek Discovery S2E3: "Point of Light"

A very different kind of episode this week, as “Star Trek: Discovery” beams in three different plots. Do we really need more Klingons? What’s happening in the search for Spock? And is Tilly’s friend a friendly ghost or a dangerous alien spore blob? It’s also time to bring back the conspiracy corner segment, because Jason has some theories about the Red Angel.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 525: Star Trek: Discovery S2E2 Review: "New Eden"

This week the Discovery takes a spore jump to a mysterious human colony deep in the Beta Quadrant, Pike and Burnham joust about science and religion, Tilly drinks too much espresso and tries to replace Stamets with a space rock, and Saru gets a chance to practice his “Glare ‘n’ Care” management philosophy. And on our podcast, Scott introduces a new segment that somehow we didn’t call “The Search for Spock,” even though we probably should have.

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 520: Star Trek: Discovery S2E1 Review: "Brother"

“Star Trek: Discovery” is back and so are Scott and Jason. We discuss Captain Pike and his uniform, Tilly’s chatter, Burnham’s family issues, the decor of Spock’s quarters, and much more!

Scott McNulty and Jason Snell


TeeVee 516: Star Trek: Discovery Short Treks #4 Review: "The Escape Artist"

There are only two weeks until season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery” commences, but in the meantime we’ve got our favorite of the four “Short Trek” films to discuss. Rainn Wilson returns as Harry Mudd(s)! We learn why rich people wear caps, that the path to a Tellarite’s heart is through its tusks, and that you should always remember where you parked.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


TeeVee 513: Star Trek: Discovery Short Treks #3 Review: "The Brightest Star"

Scott and Jason return to discuss the third “Short Trek” preceding the return of “Star Trek: Discovery,” in which we learn Saru’s origin and why Kelpiens are not commonly seen in Starfleet. Along the way we discuss hovering murder cylinders, food courts and gazebos, and the recently released final trailer for season two.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


TeeVee 493: Star Trek: Discovery Short Treks #2 Review: "Calypso"

Is it Taco Tuesday yet? Scott and Jason return to discuss CBS’s plan for endless “Star Trek” and the latest “Short Trek”, a delightful retelling of a part of “The Odyssey”—or is it “Wall-E”?—with an injured spaceman and a lonely artificial intelligence who really loves old movies.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


TeeVee 474: Star Trek: Discovery Short Treks #1 Review: "Runaway"

The Vulcan Hello podcast returns with a dissection of the first of four “short films”—didn’t we used to call these Webisodes?—running up to second season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” In “Runaway,” Tilly—we love Tilly!—discovers a mysterious and dangerous stowaway alien monster that might actually just be a grumpy teenager. Also we share our reactions to the new season 2 “Discovery” trailer, featuring hunky Spock! Deal with it, people.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


Random Trek 183: New Spock, Old Picard (news update with Jason Snell)

Jason Snell joins Scott to discuss the wave of “Star Trek” related news to hit this month, including news of new actors playing Pike and Spock in “Star Trek: Discovery”, the return of Jean-Luc Picard in an entirely new TV project, and more.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


The Incomparable 394: High on Mushrooms

Hop into your spore chamber and prepare for Black Alert — “Star Trek” has returned to television, and we’ve got our overview of the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” Did it meet our expectations? Was it more comfort food or modern TV drama? “Star Trek” shows live or die by their characters, so did Burnham, Saru, Tilly, Stamets, and company find their way into our hearts? Why were there so many plot twists? And what are we hoping for in season two? We break the whole thing down.

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Mikah Sargent, Aleen Simms, Joe Rosensteel and Scott McNulty


TeeVee 392: Star Trek: Discovery S1E15 Review: "Will You Take My Hand"

So we reach the end! We say a Vulcan Goodbye to this first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” with a look at a shocking final scene, a rushed ending, a surprising conversion by Admiral Cornwell, some abrupt goodbyes, and Tilly’s “just say no” moment.

Scott McNulty with Joe Rosensteel and Jason Snell


TeeVee 385: Star Trek: Discovery S1E14 Review: "The War Without, The War Within"

The penultimate episode has arrived, and with it, we discover the fall-out — tactically and emotionally — of the Discovery’s return to the Klingon-Federation War. Ash Tyler grapples with his security wristband and identity crisis! Tilly shows her human decency! Sarek and the Emperor are the universe’s weirdest mom and dad! And Admiral Cornwell returns to assert her authority with a few choices that we have serious questions about.

Scott McNulty with Erika Ensign and Jason Snell


TeeVee 380: Star Trek: Discovery S1E13 Review: "What's Past is Prologue"

This week wave goodbye to the mirror universe and… certain… characters… as we ride a mycelial shockwave back to somewhere near our point of origin. Joining Scott and Jason on the ride this time are two representatives of Scotland. We discuss why Burnham is great, what the motivations of Georgiou are, and parallels between “Game of Thrones” and “Discovery.” Two more episodes to go!

Scott McNulty with Lizbeth Myles, James Thomson and Jason Snell


TeeVee 375: Star Trek: Discovery S1E12 Review: "Vaulting Ambition"

The conspiracy closet has blown wide open! Our wildest speculations come to pass in this episode, which sees a mycelial mind-meld, the most dangerous Golden Snitch ever, some Klingon laser-finger surgery, disturbing Terran Empire cuisine, fast thinking by Burnham, and the revelation of just what the heck is going on inside the mind of Captain Lorca.

Scott McNulty with Aleen Simms and Jason Snell


TeeVee 372: Star Trek: Discovery S1E11 Review: "The Wolf Inside"

The U.S.S. Discovery is still in the Mirror Universe and we meet more counterparts to people we know. Burnham agonizes over major ethical questions while Lorca is agonized. A lot. Plus what happens when a not so secret Klingon meets himself? Nothing good!

Scott McNulty with David J. Loehr


TeeVee 368: Star Trek: Discovery S1E10 Review: "Despite Yourself"

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery has returned to our screens, but they find themselves in a different universe. In this episode we revisit the Vulcan Hello, open the porous door that once separated us from the Conspiracy Closet, express excitement about numerous references to previous Star Trek series, and bid farewell (or do we? it’s “Star Trek”) to a recurring character in a moment with a lot of dramatic impact but some unfortunate resonances to some modern TV tropes.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


TeeVee 344: Star Trek: Discovery S1E9 Review: "Into the Forest I Go"

Grab your phaser — it’s time for the fall finale of “Star Trek: Discovery!” Jason and Scott break down the Klingon action, the drama back on the Discovery, and venture behind the Gorn skeleton once again as we enter Conspiracy Corner. Into the forest we go!

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


TeeVee 338: Star Trek: Discovery S1E8 Review: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"

Brush up on your Latin, put on your running shoes, and scream for the guard outside the door! It’s time for our report on the latest episode of “Star Trek: Discovery”, in which a landing party comes into an unexpected contact with spore aliens, the Klingon plot gets some real forward momentum, and Stamets reveals that all is not well at the heart of the Spore Drive.

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell


TeeVee 329: Star Trek: Discovery S1E7 Review: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"

This week Scott is joined by David Loehr, perhaps not for the first time, to discuss twists in time and in the plot of this week’s episode of “Star Trek: Discovery.” (Yes, we know, there are issues with Scott’s audio. He was caught in a time loop during the recording of this episode and we can’t go back and change it now.)

Scott McNulty with David J. Loehr


TeeVee 325: Star Trek: Discovery S1E6 Review: "Lethe"

This week Sarek returns and gets a Vulcan goodbye from a logic extremist, Burnham learns a surprising secret about her past and how she ended up in Starfleet, Lorca proves himself an adept manager and an unstable sleeping companion, and Tilly has a run-in with a snide food replicator. Scott mispronounces names and we try to correct him. Also, we inaugurate a new segment of the show, the Conspiracy Phaser! (If you don’t want to hear our wild spoilery speculation about where the show is going plot-wise, we will give you full warning so you can bail out.)

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell and Joe Rosensteel


TeeVee 316: Star Trek: Discovery S1E5 Review: "Choose Your Pain"

Harry Mudd appears and hard choices must be made! Breaking down this week’s new episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” is only logical.

Scott McNulty with Jean MacDonald


TeeVee 313: Star Trek: Discovery S1E4 Review: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not For the Lamb's Cry"

Dan Moren joins Scott to discuss an episode featuring a surprise death at the hand of a not-so-monstrous monster, a whole lot more Klingon dialogue, a Special Guest Hologram, and the series’ first successful spore-enabled jump.

Scott McNulty with Dan Moren


TeeVee 306: Star Trek: Discovery S1E3 Review: "Context is for Kings"

This week Scott is joined by two Scots to discuss Michael Burnham’s arrival on the USS Discovery. Vulcan martial arts! Gorn skeletons! The horrors of creepy alien monsters and perky roommates! This episode has it all… even a zipper and a Tribble.

Scott McNulty with Lizbeth Myles and James Thomson


TeeVee 302: Star Trek: Discovery S1E2 Review: "Battle at the Binary Stars"

We’re back to discuss the second episode of “Star Trek: Discovery!” Burnham has to deal with her mutinous actions. We get too many Klingons, including a flashback. Ensign Head Wound meets a confused end. Sarek sends a long-distance mental pep talk. And Captain Georgiou meets the fate of all Special Guest Stars. Onward to the dark Starfleet chamber of justice!

Scott McNulty with Brianna Wu and Jason Snell


TeeVee 301: Star Trek: Discovery S1E1 Review: "The Vulcan Hello"

Hello, humans! A new Star Trek series has appeared and in this episode we review the one hour premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery.” We discuss the comportment of bridge officers, the “Star Trek: Shenzhou” prequel series we never saw, the appearance of the Star Trek Sound Effects pack, why Vulcans are kind of jerks, and the validity of using small caps in your caption font. And much, much more!

(Note: This episode only contains spoilers for the very first hour of “Star Trek: Discovery.” In fact, we made a point of recording it immediately after viewing. In our next episode we’ll discuss the second hour.)

Scott McNulty with Jason Snell and Aleen Simms


The Incomparable 353: Young Sexy Harry Mudd

The first footage from the new Star Trek series, “Star Trek: Discovery” has arrived, and our crew of Trek fans has assembled to break down the details from the trailer and gauge their expectations. New Klingons! Mysterious alien objects! The potentially doomed crew of the USS Shenzhou! A holographic Sarek (and a lousy childhood on Vulcan)! A creepy alien who senses that death is near! In true Incomparable style, we talk for an hour about 143 seconds of trailer.

Jason Snell with Moisés Chiullan, Brianna Wu, Scott McNulty, Tony Sindelar and David J. Loehr


The Incomparable 271: Nostalgia Bomb

This week came the announcement we’ve been waiting for: A new “Star Trek” series is in the works. But with the announcement came a bunch of interesting details (it’s going to be exclusive to CBS’ streaming service, it’s going to be produced by one of the co-writers of the J.J. Abrams “Star Trek” movies) and a lack of specifics (they’re still interviewing writers and didn’t announce even the most basic of premises). Our panel of Star Trek fans analyzes the interesting decisions CBS has made so far, tries to imagine how a “Star Trek” series from 2017 might differ from its predecessors, and discusses the importance of creating a series that can keep the franchise alive by appealing to a new generation of fans.

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Brianna Wu, Dan Moren and David J. Loehr