Tag Archive for Bones

Episode 24: This Side of Paradise

This Side of Paradise

Peace, love and happiness flow through Spock’s green veins after being assaulted by a molesting spore plant. He smiles, hangs from a tree like a monkey, and gets to make out with a hot blonde. You go, Spock!

Of course, party-pooper Kirk can’t let anyone have any fun, so he throws a fit and calls Spock a dog-faced boy. How rude!

In one of our shortest podcasts to date, we burned through the plot and spent more time talking about the incredible capabilities of the spore plants. Logic score be damned.

Have you ever been spored? How could a plant fly through space? Why does Spock get so much love from the ladies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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A Taste of Armageddon Review

Episode 23: Space Seed

Space Seed

KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A super-being from an alternate past sleeps his way into Kirk’s universe, seduces his historian, and decompresses him into a near-vacuum.

The TrekQuesters had a fun time discussing Bones’ insane courage in the face of having his arteries sliced open, super women performing yoga, and that weird plastic thing that Kirk beats Khan with at the episode’s end.

Did we all miss a huge war in the ’90s? Are all historians potential traitors? Is Khan stronger than Spock? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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A Taste of Armageddon Review

Episode 21: Return of the Archons

Return of the Archons

So, you’re standing on a street corner with a friend, minding your own business, when suddenly three dudes in cloaks carrying long, hollow tubes approach you from multiple directions. Do you call for help? Run away? Convert to a new religion? The Star Trek answer: all of the above!

LANDRU!!! Part Kramer-haired holographic cult leader, part schizophrenic computer! Join the body! Become filled with peace, and joy, and experience glorious pre-planned acts of violence! What a lovely planet we have to visit this week.

Unfortunately, our own L-Andrew wasn’t able to make this, but we had plenty of fun both at his expense and in his absence.

Can you destroy a computer — with a logical loop? Can a sparkler shoot from a hollow tube? Was George Takei completely high for this show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Return of the Archons Review

Episode 20: Tomorrow is Yesterday

Tomorrow is Yesterday

A Viet Nam era jet is scrambled over U.S. airspace to check out a time-travelling UFO, leading to the TrekQuesters’ highest rated episode to date.

Combining one of the best Kirk fights ever with a big dose of geeky Trek humor, Tomorrow is Yesterday is a great example of the things we love most about ST:TOS (with the notable exception of attractive female yeomen and/or aliens).

With this first plot focused on time travel, Star Trek makes a big leap into one of science fiction’s great “final frontiers.” Is time travel actually possible? We’ll leave that to future physicists to figure out. But is a time-travelling Kirk neck-flipping a 1960s security guard hilarious? Yes, yes it is.

Will you be part of the first Saturn mission? Is Spock capable of making a mistake? Do you believe in little green men? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Episode 16: Shore Leave

Star Trek Shore Leave

If you could visit a planet where all of your most intimate thoughts would be immediately made real, would that be a good thing?

In what is currently (and perhaps shockingly) our highest rated episode to date, the Enterprise crew experiences just such a place, for better or worse. Kirk struggles with a literal inner demon from his past, while Bones chases a white rabbit and Sulu fights a samurai. Zeroes and flocks of seagulls fly above, and a chained tiger wonders why his once glorious run at Ringling Brothers has taken such a s dramatic turn for the worse.

Is this the single best episode of the Original Series? Probably not. But after two shows discussing futuristic courtroom dramas, it was great to see the lighter side of Trek so beautifully and blatantly on display.

Do doctors ever peak? Do Vulcans have any imaginations at all? Could you defeat a mounted wax knight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Shore Leave Review

Episode 15: The Menagerie Parts 1 & 2

Star Trek The Menagerie

In our longest show to date, The TrekQuesters take on the mega-sized two-part episode, “The Menagerie.” Between swigs of tequila, Jack Daniels, and Soco & Coke, we managed to cover the Original Series only two-parter, the first ever Star Trek pilot, “The Cage,” AND the second J.J. Abrams Trek film, “Into Darkness.” We had some good laughs about Commodore Mendez’s possible illicit relationship with his secretary, Captain Pike’s blinking chair, green-skinned women, and pulsating alien heads. We also had a serious discussion about the relative merits of the new Trek films compared to the classic originals we (obviously) know and love so much.

If you’re up for over an hour of TrekQuesting goodness (1:16:50 to be exact), you’ll be rewarded with a roller coaster of deep thoughts. Example: When Captain Pike’s chair blinks again and again, is he trying to say “NO!”, or “Yes!” much more slowly? It’s hard to replicate that kind of entertaining banter, folks.

Apologies in advance to Mr. Stephen Hawkings. If you regularly listen to our show, we do reference your name without your permission. We hope you agree with our assessment that your 21st wheelchair kicks Pike’s 23rd century wheelchair in the ass. Hard.

Which version of Veena do you like best? Does no really mean no, even if it’s just one blink? Does J.J. Abrams have a freaking clue about what Star Trek is all about? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Court Martial Review

Episode 14: Court Martial

Star Trek Court Martial

Kirk is falsely accused by a former friend, prosecuted by a former girlfriend, ridiculed by his fellow officers, and defended by a Luddite lawyer. Just another day at the office.

An interesting episode, this show is a classic mashup of sci-fi and a traditional courtroom drama. With the interesting character of Sam Cogley entering the Star Trek universe as Captain Kirk’s defending attorney, we find Kirk fighting for his professional career under the stress of losing one of his own crewmen. We also get to meet one of Kirk’s ex-flames (who apparently pushes Andy’s buttons).

With a classic Trek fight scene at the end, and perhaps the lamest prop in Trek history (the “white sound device”/microphone), this show gave us some great fodder for our discussion, which we hope you’ll enjoy half as much as we did.

Can you isolate a heart beat? Have you ever jettisoned your pod prematurely? Could you sabotage a starship with garden hoses? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Court Martial Review

Episode 12: Conscience of the King

Star Trek Conscience of the King

A bloody knife, an iron mask, and a man with half a face make for an interesting start to this most literary of episodes. Actors acting about being actors always makes for an interesting plot, and this show does not disappoint.

Although profoundly illogical in many ways, The Conscience of the King remains a great example of why we love original Star Trek. At it’s best, ST:TOS is both great science fiction and good story telling in general. With belief firmly suspended, we see one man obsessed with revenge, another cursed by his past sins, and a daughter driven to madness to protect her father from harm. This episode doesn’t just quote Shakespeare, it brings some of his most tragic concepts emotionally to life. Add in some groovy 60s lounge music and a classically twisted Kirk romance, and you’ve got one of our favorite episodes so far.

Can you tell Hamlet from Macbeth? Have you ever drank poisoned milk? Do you know what Double Red Alert means? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Conscience of the King Review

Episode 11: Miri

Star Trek Miri

Recorded on the summer solstice, this was definitely one of our stranger podcasts to date. The episode itself, centered around a pseudo-romantic relationship between Kirk and a supposed thirteen year-old, left the TrekQuesters feeling all queasy inside. Combined with possibly the worst sound quality ever recorded over the internet (thanks to Dad’s horrid audio setup), this show started bad and got progressively worse.

The only upside? A great blooper reel. In fact, I was tempted to delete the actual episode discussion and leave ONLY the bloopers. Yes, this show is that bad. But for anyone willing to push through the crackling microphones and the discussion of Yoeman Rand’s purple scab-ridden legs, you’ll be rewarded with our funniest moments yet. At least, we think we’re funny — so much so all four of us were literally in tears.

Have you ever lost your tricycle? Would you date a 300-year-old-thirteen-year-old? Will Kirk ever stop his BLAH-BLAH-BLAH? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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Miri Review

Episode 8: Balance of Terror

Star Trek Balance of Terror

It’s a classic World War 2 tale of a destroyer hunting an enemy sub…IN SPACE!!!

Discussing perhaps the best episode to date, the TrekQuesters dive deep into the murky celestial waters of space combat while celebrating the arrival of the Romulans into the Star Trek universe. Yes, the Romulans must have had warp drive, and yes, it’s darn strange that a plasma bolt can travel at warp 10, but even these Spock-defying bouts of illogic can’t ruin this action-filled sci-fi tale.

With an intense cat-and-mouse pursuit as the background, an over-arching theme exploring bigotry, and the death of a groom-to-be on his would-be wedding day, this is Star Trek at its most serious level. Still, The TrekQuesters found plenty of opportunities to cite some of the funnier aspects of the show, whether the writers meant them to be or not.

Have you ever built a model of the Bird of Prey? Do you wear a helmet to hide your lack of pointed ears? Have you ever fought a war with an enemy that no one’s ever seen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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The Naked Time Star Trek Episode Review