What makes a Star Trek episode a guilty pleasure?
We all have them but some are easier to admit than others. Are we convinced that an episode is bad because of peer pressure? Or deep down do we know it's bad but we just don't care? Is it the premise, the writing, the story, the acting, the directing, or all of the above? In this week's episode we try to find out what it takes to be considered a guilty pleasure Star Trek episode.
We tackle rewriting Star Trek: Enterprise's series finale: These are the Voyages
This is not a beloved episode of Trek. Some say it's hated on too much but you'll never hear "I love this! What a great ending!" Enterprise was robbed of further seasons and Rick Berman once described the episode as a "valentine to the fans". This was the end of 18 years of consecutive Star Trek on television and the showrunners felt the need to incorporate Trek outside of Enterprise to give the franchise a send off instead of just the show. This resulted in a situation where Riker and Troi have more focus than Archer and company.
Your Punch It crew has the gift of hindsight and boy do they use it. Listen to hear what we change because whatever it is, it's an improvement.
We take a fan suggestion and rewrite Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Attached" on-the-fly
We often take fan suggestions and we got a lot of them via Twitter just a few days before this recording. There were so many great ones but one stood out because it was a challenge. Rewrite TNG's "Attached". This episode is a solid episode with a lot of good parts so what could we make better?
Listen and find out what we kept and what we didn't.
Hoshi Sato didn't get enough love on Star Trek: Enterprise. So we talk about what happened to her after the show.
There were more than a few underused characters on Star Trek: Enterprise. Much like with Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation; great character, just not a lot to go on. When we sat down to do an episode on-the-fly, we had no idea it would result in a Hoshi episode but then again we never know. There's so little we know about Hoshi and even less about her after the show, for obvious reason.
In this week's episode, we try to do Hoshi Sato justice and play to her strengths. It's said that she was promoted three times in 5 years and then left starfleet. Why? Well, we answer that question.
Can you rewrite Neelix from Star Trek: Voyager to be more beloved by the fans?
No matter how you feel about the adorable hedgehog, he was not a big hit in the fandom. People were annoyed and irritated by him right out of the gate. Even though he came before, he is now referred to as the "Jar Jar" of Star Trek. Tristan of Punch It thinks that's unfair but Char wants to explore it.
In this episode, your Punch It crew takes a look at the writing of Neelix and tries to figure out what could have been done back in the 90s to make Neelix more palatable.