A Star Trek story written on-the-fly about Cartwright and Valeris
Star Trek fans love a good continuation. We live for stories of the minutia and that are around the corners from the characters we know and love. That is where we are with Admiral Cartwright and Valeris. What happened to them the moment Undiscovered Country ended? We explore that in this week's episode.
John Mills joins Tristan Riddell this week while Charlynn Schmiedt takes a brief sabbatical.
The many different types of story arcs in Star Trek
Star Trek is known to be heavily episodic by nature. TOS, TNG, VOY and even early DS9 and ENT were all episodic. DS9 and ENT both slowly turned into a serialized show but they definitely didn’t pioneer it within the realm of Trek.
This week Punch It looks at all of the major story arcs of all of the iterations of Trek. With a focus on feature-length episodes, two-parters, and even three-parters.
What are some of your favorites?
Whether you know the technical term or not, you are aware of the concept as a Star Trek fan: Bottle Shows. It's where the production team tries to save some money and has their intrepid crew stay put on the ship. They don't go to a new planet, they don't meet a new alien race (for the most part), and the special effects are minimal.
Some people consider these episodes boring but Char and Tristan think that with constraint comes creativity. Due to this outlook, they examine how you can get a more intimate character driven story without the pew pew.
This is the first episode of the rebranded Punch It! We are now Punch It: Writing in Star Trek. We hope you join us as we take this trek through the stars have more of a focus on the final frontier. Don't worry, we'll have plenty of "Away Missions" to other galaxies. This rebrand just gives us more of a license to talk about what we love and hold dear: Star Trek.
As our opener, we tackle one of the most infamous episodes in all of Trek. You guessed it, "Threshold". Do we keep the lizard babies? Does Tom rip out his own tongue? Listen and find out.
We're four episodes into Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access and boy do people have differing opinions. Regardless of opinion, CBS brought in some heavy hitters when it comes to the writers room. But is the talent that they brought in enough to tell a 2017 paid for story and have it brought to life?
Char and Tristan start the show with a discussion about a possible format change on Punch It. Listen and let your opinion be heard in the comments below or at our website.