The Star Trek television franchise has evolved its storytelling format over several decades. In many ways, one can watch episodes of The Original Series in almost any order whilst doing the same with Discovery would cause mass confusion. But what about those truly stand alone episodes? The ones that are either random farces, a fantasy experiment, or just a moment for one or two characters to go on a singular adventure? The trio look at those episodes in the Trek franchise and ask, if serialization is now the way to tell stories, will we miss those episodes as seasons get shorter and stories get tighter?
Over the centuries, Starfleet has produced a variety of leaders with a different command styles. How distant are you from the crew? How accessible are you to junior officers? The trio looks at how Archer, Kirk, Picard, Sisko, and Janeway differ in their captain abilities. They examine the pros and cons of each leader from the perspective of a young ensign serving under their command. Which captain do you think has the best command style?
Proposed “Star Trek: Picard” Cameos
“Picard” has already teased us the familiar faces: Data, Seven of Nine, and Hugh will be back on television. The trio dives deep into Legacy Trek for other characters who could show up - the more obscure, the better! Do you agree with their “out there” suggestions? Which unlikely character would you love to return?
In Focus: "Star Trek: Beyond"
The trio tackles the third (and final?) installment in the Kelvin-verse film franchise - what is the verdict on "Star Trek: Beyond"?
Kirk and company find themselves without a ship and stranded on a planet (much like this podcast!). How does this Justin Lin-directed feature compare to its two previous installments? How do the character pairings work? And does it help your role when your write your own script? Let us know your thoughts (and beyond) on this less-talked about Trek film.
The Picard Primer.
There’s a lot new and old fans can do to prepare for the 2020 premiere of “Star Trek: Picard.” The trio sip some Earl Grey and put on their too short robes to discuss the pivotal episodes/movies that help establish this new series. From the Borg to Romulans, and from Seven to Data, there’s a weekend’s worth of bingeing to get in the “Picard” mood. Let us know what story best epitomizes the future admiral’s story.