The funniest episode in the franchise. Star Trek is most known as a morality play/drama series with action/adventure and sci-if. But not many people would describe Trek as a comedy. Nevertheless, there are a notable number of episodes that go for full-blown humor. Phillip recently tweeted a question about the funniest episodes and fans responded with their picks. The trio goes thru the list - which is the funniest episode of Trek?
This month, as well as this year, has been a turbulent but significant moment of the 21st Century. We don’t know how it will affect our future. In the third season of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” the writers imagined how a significant moment in the 2020s could lead to the creation of Starfleet and the Federation. The trio look at Sisko, Bashir, and Dax’s unplanned adventure in 2024 in the two-parter “Past Tense.” How did Ben and Julian’s experience in the so-called sanctity district contrast to Jadzia’s time in the sky rise office building? What meaning does this episode have for us today?
In Focus: Harcourt Fenton Mudd
There are a special few characters who have made multiple appearances across the Star Trek franchise. Harry Mudd, con artist, has appeared in three series, as well as being name-checked in "Star Trek into Darkness."
How has the character evolved? Is he consistent? Is he villain or lovable rogue? The trio look at Mudd in the original series of "Star Trek," the animated series, and "Star Trek: Discovery" (including a Short Trek!).
A new Star Trek series will join the franchise! As fans celebrate the announcement of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” the trio reflect on another series being set around The Original Series era. Eric Berry of the podcasts “Ranger Command Power Hour” and “The StarFleet Escape Podcast” joins to compare how the Power Ranger franchise gravitates to the original “Mighty Morphin’” era with how Trek keeps returning to its Kirk/Spock-time origins. Is the TOS-era filled with unexplored facets? Do the fans just want more Spock? How did “Enterprise,” “Discovery,” and the Kelvin universe films renew TOS?
For Star Trek fans, the franchise is about science, optimism, and a future to strive for. But there are antagonistic elements that show a darker path for humanity in the 22nd century and beyond. Section 31 was introduced in DS9 as a faction of Starfleet that put security first, and all other considerations second. Other series probed further into this secretive organization, as well as feature films. The trio each choose an episode or movie that features Section 31 - what is their history? What do they add to the franchise? Reveal your secrets as we plunge into all things Section 31.