285 - Holographic Intelligences
Star Trek is often at its best when exploring philosophical debates about the very nature of existance. Holograms, especially the Doctor from "Voyager", litter the franchise - but what rights should they have? Are they "people" (whatever the means)? Are they more than they appear? Or does their very appearance make us believe they are more than these computer programs are?
The trio goes through the holographic panthoeon of Trek and other artificial lifeforms, exploring how our organic characters treat holograms and what that says about them. How should we treat holograms? Let's under the holodeck and learn more about what this "sentience" thing is all about.
284 - The Voyager 7
Season 7 - Voyager
"Star Trek: Voyager" was the third (and, to date, last) Trek series to enter its seventh and final season. The previous series had taken different approaches to "wrapping up" their time on television screens -"The Next Generation" continued its more episodic approach, with a finale that left our cast still exploring the final frontier; "Deep Space Nine" continued its more serialised approach, with a final few episodes that was dedicated to wrapping up the story of the Dominion War and give each character (more or less) a proper narrative ending.
"Voyager" entered its seventh season with a question hanging over it - would the crew finally get home? If so, how? And when? Would we see the aftermath of this mixed crew finally reintegrating back to "normal" life in the Federation? Or would we see a season of "consequences" from their time in the Delta Quadrant? The trio look at the final season, both what we might have liked to see and what we actually got. We look at which character arcs dominated the last season, where our characters ended up, and wonder if the writers remembered there was a ticking countdown clock to the end of the series.
283 - Command Signature Authorization
Trek Celebrity Autographs/Pictures/Etc.
If you've been to a Trek/sci-fi convention, you know the options: You can wait in a long line for a quick photo with your favourite actor/director/writer/etc., you can attend a panel, or you can get an autograph, along with a few seconds of interaction. The trio discusses their past encouters with Trek (and other franchise) celebrities in the autograph line. Who would you like to spend a few moments of coversation with, while leaving with a signed piece of memorabilia? Is there a better system? Let us know about your con experiences!
282 - Klingon Time Crystal Dealers
Trek Time Travel
Star Trek, like most sci-fi franchises, has been known to dip into the well of time travels stories, on occasion. It's almost expected for every television series to travel back to the viewers' "present day" at least once in its life. But, on the whole, how successful have time travel stories been? Do they "make sense"? Do they need to? Does introducing the knowledge of time travel "break" the Star Trek universe? Join the trio as we step into the TARDIS, er, slingshot around the sun on an adventure in time and space ... um, the final frontier.
281 - Enterprise Rewatch
Live-action "Star Trek" has been successful in all its incarnations ... except for "Star Trek: Enterprise." Fans do enjoy the series, so it maintains success there - but it is the only Trek series to be cancelled prematurely since The Original Series. During its four season, there were many shows - the exploration and strange, new worlds of seasons one and two, the Xindi War thread of season three, and the celebration of Trek of season four. This series remains a jewel in the Trek franchise crown, but what will the trio look forward to upon rewatch? They discuss the good, bad, and ugly of "Enterprise" and why they all want to rewatch it next.