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Episode 25: Devil in the Dark

Devil in the Dark

So it starts with an amorphous pizza-shaped blob. That can burrow through rock. And spit acid.

Actually, that’s what the whole plot of this show is about. Slowly learning that the pizza thing may be more human than the humans.

If you were to make an alien costume, what would it look like? Would it be as weird as this thing? Would Spock grok it? 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 22: A Taste of Armageddon

A Taste of Armageddon

Wars being fought by computer really sounded like a great idea until this episode came along and ruined it. Instead of being shot or gassed or nuked, just walk into a spinning closet and you’re painlessly disintegrated! Such a civilized concept could have lasted forever if Kirk hadn’t shown up and started blasting everything is sight.

This episode is actually a pretty smart sci-fi concept, exploring the idea of warfare and its related deaths becoming so technical they become a mundane part of everyday life, neither feared nor avoided. The show also has one of the coolest classic Trek sets, with a computerized scanning station complete with spinning radar viewer. Not too shabby considering the less-than-stellar budgets of the ’60s.

Are you a casualty statistic? Are diplomats completely useless? Have you heard Spock tell Uhura to sit on a scantily-clad alien? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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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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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 17: The Squire of Gothos

Star Trek The Squire of Gothos

On this show, we meet one of the classic characters from the Star Trek universe: General Trelane, AKA The Squire of Gothos, AKA an all-powerful adolescent alien space blob. When the Enterprise crew finds an unknown planet in the middle of the star desert, “Greetings and Felicitations” soon go sour as Trelane gets in touch with his human (i.e. violently irrational) side. Castles, candelabra, harpsichords and swords provide an anachronistic backdrop for a battle of wits between Kirk and and the impish Trelane.

Are you a naughty little boy? Do you wear lime green pants? Would you phaser the last salt vampire remaining in the universe? 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 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 13: The Galileo Seven

Star Trek Galileo Seven

Captain Kirk orders most of his senior staff to fly a tiny shuttle straight into the heart of a quasar-like green cloud. What could possibly go wrong?

Scoring on the far low end of the TrekQuesters’ logic score, this episode nevertheless offers one of the original series most (unintentionally) hilarious moments: a giant spear cracking through a styrofoam space rock and glancing off the head of “dead” crewman. Why is a giant spear being chucked at a dead crewman? Because the giant fur-wearing humanoids who live on the planet make giant folsom-pointed spears. And when giant humanoids with giant spears live on planets in the middle of quasar-like clouds, they tend to be grumpy. And these particular humanoids are probably even grumpier than would be normally expected, seeing that their planet is seemingly otherwise devoid of life — which would tend to make the giant humanoids pretty hungry. Did I mention this show isn’t very logical?

It’s actually kinda funny that the episode that’s most focused on Spock’s dedication to logic surrounds a plot with so many illogical holes. Completely separated from Kirk for the first time, we see that Spock’s insistence on pure logic can really irritate his human colleagues. One of the other officers comes darn close to outright mutiny, and you’re left wondering how Kirk would react once he learned the full details of what happened during the Galileo’s little outing.

Can you recharge a spaceship with a gun? How long would you have waited for Yoeman Mears? Are you afraid of space giants? 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 9: What are Little Girls Made Of?

Star Trek What are Little Girls Made Of

How did this generally ridiculous episode earn multiple five star ratings? One word: Andrea.

Fair warning: This episode contains some adult language. We were tempted to edit out all the questionable bits, but realized that would mean deleting half the show. If you are of a sensitive nature, consider skipping this episode.

That said, we had a blast talking about one of the more, ahem, creative episodes in the Star Trek franchise. Creative plot devices. Creative female costumes. Creative alien make-up. Creative paper mache stalagmites. And creative use of a somewhat humanoid-shaped green blob.

Once again, William Shatner is asked to push his acting skills to the limits by playing both Kirk and Kirk’s android double (you know, the one who doesn’t eat). With an ensemble of interesting cast members — Dr. Corby, the giant alien android Ruk, Cordby’s “assistant” Andrea, and a very sketchy Dr. Brown, there’s a lot to take in. In fact, there are so many laughable moments in this show that it’s hard to remember the show actually has a pretty deep theme — the universal yet unfulfillable quest for perfection and immortality. Of course, Sherry Jackson comes darn close to perfection in her blue and black costume, but I digress…

Does “X” really mark the spot? Could you create a robot from green jello? Have you ever heard someone with a deeper voice than Ruk? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or send us an email at StarTrekQuest@gmail.com.

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What are Little Girls Made Of Review