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Game Show 52

How is that Starfleet?

From hell’s heart, five players take a stab at answering “Star Trek” trivia questions from game master and Star Trek expert Scott McNulty. He tasks us, and we shall have him! Or not.

Scott McNulty with Liz Myles, Tony Sindelar, Jason Snell, Justin Michael and David J. Loehr

317

You Broke Your Little Ships

On the occasion of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, we’re talking about one of our very favorite Star Trek movies: 1996’s “Star Trek: First Contact.” (What? We already did a two-parter about TOS!) Featuring zombie-like Borg, a time travel plot, and some great guest stars, it’s the definitive Next Generation movie.

Jason Snell with Brianna Wu, Jamelle Bouie, Joe Rosensteel, Scott McNulty, Dan Moren and David J. Loehr

311

Chekhov with Two H's

We review “Star Trek Beyond,” the latest installment in the J.J. Abrams-produced “Star Trek” movie universe. What are the best cast pairings? Why was Idris Elba’s character in need of simplification? When does the spin-off about Jaylah in Starfleet Academy start filming? And what is this franchise’s best destiny?

Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty and David J. Loehr

Robot or Not? 59

The Doctor from "Star Trek: Voyager"

Please state the nature of the medical emergency. Can a hologram be a robot?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell

Game Show 34

Turns Out: What Am I Doohan Hangin' Round?

In case you thought we were bluffing, Turns Out is back with the unbelievable stories of where some of your favorite science fiction series really came from. Aleen Simms and Glenn Fleishman join host David J. Loehr in trying to pull the Andorian velour over Scott McNulty’s eyes. Also, we play the most obscure lightning round yet, we find out who’s the Shatner in the room, and we try not to get annoyed when our flight gets delayed. You wouldn’t like us when our flight gets delayed.

David J. Loehr with Glenn Fleishman, Aleen Simms and Scott McNulty

292

I Have an Appointment with the Tholian Ambassador

The worst of the Next Generation “Star Trek” movies, “Insurrection” and “Nemesis”, are in our sights. Why don’t they work? What were the producers thinking? How tenuous was Star Trek’s life as a franchise that two bad movies in a row could kill it? You’ve got to laugh to keep from crying.

Jason Snell with Brianna Wu, Erika Ensign, Scott McNulty, Dan Moren and Joe Rosensteel

Defocused 88

Old People Problems

We’re joined by special guest Todd Vaziri to discuss Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Todd is a compositing lead and supervisor at ILM and has worked on the Star Wars and Star Trek film franchises.

Todd Vaziri

Making of The Genesis Effect Narrated by Alvy Ray Smith | YouTube

Really Weird Shot Reverse-Shot From the Pan and Scan Version | YouTube

Netflix Lacks Vulcan Subtitles | Twitter

Defocused #38: How Do You Feel?

Random Trek #78: “Dear Doctor” (ENT) with Dan Sturm

The Incomparable #107: A Little Obsessed With Kirk

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm with Todd Vaziri

287

Hole Farmers

What does God need with a starship? We take a look at the two most (justly) maligned films starring the original “Star Trek” cast, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.” What do these two films have in common? Do they have any redeeming qualities? We watched them so you didn’t have to, because we need our pain!

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, David J. Loehr, Glenn Fleishman, Chip Sudderth, Andy Ihnatko and Monty Ashley

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

Robot or Not? 27

V'ger

V’ger and the Ilia probe, both from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”. Also, John complains about fake skin on androids.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell

Unjustly Maligned 16

"Star Trek: Voyager" with Brianna Wu

Game designer Brianna Wu joins Antony to convince him “Star Trek: Voyager” is unjustly maligned, explain why the world just wasn’t ready for feminist Trek, and why Seven of Nine is actually the best character in the whole franchise.

Antony Johnston with Brianna Wu

242

'B' for Bad Captain

Lay in a course and engage the warp drive! Our “Star Trek” Debate Club returns with spirited discussion of the best and worst captains in the galaxy, along with the best and worst aliens. Plus we get controversial with our choices for the most overrated and underrated things in “Star Trek,” and engage in a bit of lightning philosophy. Live long and prosper!

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

Game Show 4

Counterclockwise: Lost in Stars

It’s time again for Counterclockwise, the panel show where four people discuss four geeky aspects of a single topic, and it’ll all get done in less than 42 minutes.

This week, Jason and Dan are joined by Scott McNulty and David Loehr to discuss “Star Trek.”

Our topics include: “Star Trek” ships, jumping off points for untold stories, future “Trek” TV series, and favorite characters. Plus we all reveal our Starfleet departments and shirt colors!

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

236

Lived Long and Prospered

We celebrate Leonard Nimoy, pondering what made us love Mr. Spock, discussing some of Spock’s finest moments, and even bringing up some lesser known corners of the Nimoy canon.

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Andy Ihnatko and David J. Loehr

215

Someone Is Threatening My Whales

Set your phasers to stun and get ready for another round of our panel’s choices for the best and worst of “Star Trek.” This time, we’re debating the best and worst Trek series and movies. Jason and Brianna’s mirror-universe duplicates are revealed. And Tony spends a lot of time talking about sea life.

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

209

One Gorn Limit

Set your phasers to stun and join us for a celebration of everything we love… and hate… about Star Trek. Our panel of Star Trek fans picks their favorite episodes and characters! But we balance out the niceness by also picking the worst episodes and characters “Star Trek” has brought us over the years across five different TV series.

Want more Star Trek? And don’t forget to listen to our very own Random Trek podcast, hosted by Scott McNulty.

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

143

The Best "Star Wars" Movie In Years

Press down on the warp lever and hide away your out-of-date continuity reference materials. It’s time for us to discuss J.J. Abrams’ reimagined Star Trek, with an emphasis on the new film “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Among our topics: The great casting in both movies, the merits of a Spock-to-Spock Skype call, McCoy’s Tribble-based scientific method, and the themes of self-sacrifice in the new movie. Plus we reference every single classic Star Trek movie along the way! And yes, there are spoilers. Lots and lots of spoilers.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty and David J. Loehr

130

And the Children Shall Lead

Disconnect the intelligent computer that runs your entire planetary society, because it’s time for the second half of our discussion of the original “Star Trek.” What do today’s kids think of this nearly 50-year-old show? We ponder the gender politics of splitting Captain Kirk (and a little dog in a weird costume) into good and evil halves. And what about the low standards of the Enterprise’s Engineering department? Please listen: It will only take 71 of your Earth minutes! (Part 2 of 2.)

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Steve Lutz and Tony Sindelar

129

Prescription Salad

Lay in a course and set your phaser to stun! We discuss our favorite (and least favorite) episodes of the original “Star Trek” series. Was Dr. McCoy promoting vegetarianism? Why did Spock have such a lovely collection of hats? What does Bob Barker have to do with the Guardian of Forever? Join us as we boldly go where so many have gone before. (Part 1 of 2.)

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Steve Lutz and Tony Sindelar

107

A Little Obsessed With Kirk

We take on one of our favorite movies, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” while also acknowledging the flaws that make it all the more lovable. Topics include: How Genesis is the galaxy’s worst Kickstarter project; Why it’s always important to count the planets, especially at Ceti Alpha; The size of the Botany Bay library and why it makes Khan so mad at Kirk; Why Scott’s email is more secure than the Reliant; The real name of Khan’s right-hand man; and how Spock’s death solves Kirk’s mid-life crisis. Also, we scientifically prove that “Wrath of Khan” is better than Star Wars.

Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Steve Lutz and Michael Gartenberg

30

Let Me Show You My Warp Bubble

Make it so, Number One! Star Trek: The Next Generation is on our agenda. We talk favorite episodes, least-favorite episodes, killer snowflakes, why Jean-Luc Picard is catnip to the ladies, why everyone loves Geordi, and why in the future no one needs Wet Wipes.

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser and Scott McNulty