Episode 25 – The Wounded

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • BDSM helmets and Cardassian makeup
  • Action vs. meetings
  • Clunkiness between O’Brien and Keiko
  • Singing in Star Trek
  • Everyman characters
  • Proving you are right being more important than taking lives
  • Specism. Or xenophobia. Or something.
  • War. It messes soldiers up.
  • Maxwell did it all wrong. Would Picard have done it better?
  • Iconic episodes (and hardcore fans) can be intimidating
  • Deep Space 9 prep

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Cardassian Headgear Helmets


Andy’s Suggestions

For background on Deep Space 9:

  • Chain of Command, parts 1 and 2. (Season 6, episode 11) Wherein we believe the Cardassians are building weapons and Picard goes on a special mission and Riker deals with a new captain.
  • Ensign Ro. (Season 5, episode 3) We learn about the Bajorans through, you guessed it, Ensign Ro.

Next Up: Inner Light

Jessica's Prediction

Predictions are not made for this episode. Just go, watch, enjoy. Cry a little.

Episode 24 – Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)

In this second parter, Andy and Jessica talk:

  • The deaths and destruction of the other ships may not have been given the weight they deserve
  • The silly borg arm that Locutus wears
  • Annnnd we’re back to Riker. And sexism. And emotional laziness.
  • Shelby didn’t die!
  • Why was Shelby chosen, instead of Worf as #1? Or Data?
  • Random characters of history showing up in sci-fi
  • Rewatching changes your mind about all kinds of things
  • Picard’s tears and Riker’s strategies.

Jessica’s Rating

3 of 5 Locutus Borg Face Implants
3 of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

Chain of Command (Season 6, episodes 10 & 11) – Ronny Cox comes in as a new captain (Edward Jellico) and eventually relieves Riker of command.
Time’s Arrow (Season 5, episode 26) – It’s been recommended before but called out again to explain the line, “beyond friends, beyond family” from Guinan.
I Borg (Season 5 Episode 23) – Literally just recommended this, but HEY JESSICA, we meet and nurse back to health an injured Borg, but discover doing the right thing may be harder than we thought.

The Wounded

Next Up: The Wounded

Jessica’s Prediction

O’Brien is going to be wounded and taken by the Cardassians. The Enterprise goes to find him while he’s discovering the badness of the Cardassians and having a flirty awkward scene or two.

Episode 23 – Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)

Best of Both Worlds – Part 1

This week, Andy and Jessica discuss…

  • Lt Commander Shelby, Jessica’s new favorite Guest Star and her relationship to Riker
  • How poorly Riker acts toward Shelby
  • Why Riker acts like a total butt-faced, crabby-pants jerk to Shelby
  • We talk about those pesky Borg too!
  • Jessica has a theory: The Borg aren’t space zombies, they are…
  • Television’s evolution – Story Telling from 1966 to 1990 to today
  • Andy’s obsession with Spoiler Alerts (Warning: this section contains SPOILER ALERTS for The Empire Strikes Back and MASH)

And much more…


Jessica’s Rating

4 of 5 Locutus Borg Face Implants
4 of 5 locutus face implants


Andy Recommends

I Borg (Season 5 Episode 23) We meet and nurse back to health an injured Borg, but discover doing the right thing may be harder than we thought.

Andy HIGHLY Recommends

Family (Season 4, Episode 2, the next episode). Picard returns to Earth and his home as he deals with life after his assimilation by the Borg. Also follows Worf and Wesley on personal journeys of family and resolution.

Next Up: Best of Both Worlds – Part 2

Jessica’s Prediction

This one is a little different because I just got to see part 1! But here’s what I think happens:
Firing doesn’t do anything. The Borg basically ignore everything thrown at them and leave the Enterprise as a mess in space while they head off. Riker becomes captain of the limping ship and we try to follow the borg. Mostly we just come across some serious destruction as we get closer and closer to earth. We’ll take on a bunch of refugees from other ships and planets. On the borg side, we’re going to get a look into Picard and how he influences the Borg. Because resistance is never futile! By the time we get to earth, there’s going to be a showdown and we’re going to tech our way to destroying them—right after we beam Picard on board!

Episode 22 – Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father

In this Worf centric episode, Andy and Jessica talk:
  • Face prosthetics make aliens extra hard to relate to
  • Finding out who Worf is
  • Finding out who Klingons are
  • Jessica’s hatred of bureaucratic bad guys
  • Worf’s shame – is it really going to change him?
  • The storylines that are sparked from this episode
  • Klingon Commander Kurn

Jessica’s Rating

2 of 5 Worf Baldrics 3 of 5 Worf Baldrics
3 out of 5 baldrics


Andy’s Suggestions

Recommended for Worf enthusiasts…

  • The Heart of Glory tests Worf’s loyalties when 3 Klingons board the Enterprise and tempt him to join their group.
  • The Emissary lets Worf take center stage when an old Klingon sleeper ship threatens Federation territory, featuring a romantic interlude, Klingon Style.
  • Redemption 1 & 2 brings a Klingon Civil War to the table and gives Worf a chance to serve on a Klingon Warship.
  • And for fun, A Fist Full Of Datas pits Worf and his son, Alexander (did we mention him yet?) against a plethora of holographic Datas. Also, Councilor Troi shines as the Mysterious Gunfighter, Durango.

Next Up: Best of Both Worlds – Part 1

Jessica’s Prediction

The Borg are here and we are not ready. So we’re going to meet a queen bee who infects all of the crew but she’s going to find them too human to become Borg.

Episode 21 – Yesterday’s Enterprise

Yesterday's Enterprise

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Tasha Yar’s decision to die: meaningful or no?
  • Believing in Guinan
  • Confusion from the ships and new timeline
  • Real and actual relationships on the Enterprise
  • We dig Other Picard
  • Where is Worf?
  • Guinan and her brain
  • More Tasha Yar spoilers
  • All of the mind-bending time travel

Jessica’s Rating

4 of 5 Warrior Prune Juice Drinks


Andy’s Suggestions

Recommended for Time Travel Aficionados!
Cause and Effect: A temporal causality loop and half a dozen exploding Enterprises are fun enough, but a Cameo by Kelsey Grammar tops off a fun and exciting episode.
Tapestry: Q Provides Picard with a chance to go back and re-live a pivotal moment in his life, but he may not like the man he becomes.
And Time’s Arrow 1&2: Data’s head is found in a cave under San Fransisco, hidden for centuries and the crew travels back to try to avert his death. Plus, Guinean meets Picard for the first time.

Next Up: Sins of the Father

Jessica’s Prediction

Much like meeting Spock’s father, we’re going to see Worf confront his father in a traditional conflict and prove his loyalty to Starfleet.

Episode 19 – Q-Who

Q-Who

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • The Borg! Best bad guys ever?
  • The development of Q
  • Yes, for the love of God, Q is an ass and we’re changing our rating.
  • Relationship between Picard and Q
  • Q and Guinan
  • Finding the great ladies in Star Trek

Jessica’s Rating

3 of 5 Borg Cube Ships
3 out of 5 borg ships


Andy’s Suggestions

For the sake of seeing a male behave a little needy and klutzy just like Sonya Gomez, give a watch to Lower Decks, season 7, episode 15. Also, if you want to see a great female character that is not on our list, watch Wesley Crusher save the day with guest star Ashley Judd in The Game, season 5, episode 6.

peak performance preview

Next Up: Peak Performance

Jessica’s Prediction

Starfleet has developed a pill called Vitamin Craziness that will bring out the super soldiers in the cast, but will also cause a Naked Time effect.

Episode 17 – Elementary, Dear Data

Elementary, Dear Data

Your hosts Jessica Ray and Andy M. Goldberg discuss many things, including:

  • Being new to Star Trek and what BTT is all about
  • Costumes from Durinda Wood! So good!
  • Friendships and non-friendships aboard the Enterprise
  • Andy’s bald shiny head
  • Data, AI and the ship
  • Moriarty as a sentient being and a character
  • Gates McFadden
  • Picard giving the “bad guy” exactly what he wants? Let’s do more of that.

Jessica’s Rating

4 of 5 Deerstalker Caps
4 of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you want to find out more about Moriarty, 4 years later we’ll bust him out again in Ship in a Bottle, Season 6, Episode 12.

Measure of a Man Preview

Next Up: The Measure of a Man

Jessica’s Prediction

Data deals with a birthday party that goes wrong and that leads to expectations of emotions: courage from Riker, love from Natasha Yar, etc.

Symbiosis

Episode 16 – Symbiosys

Symbiosis

In our 2nd episode of the Next Generation, Andy and Jessica talk:

  • The Prime Directive
  • More Prime Directive
  • Even more Prime Directive
  • Solar flares
  • 8 minutes of not rescuing the ship
  • The Prime Directive
  • Learning all about Picard and other characters. Some of whom are awesome and some Jessica thinks suck.
  • Medicine vs. drugs. Is there a lesson here? Or are we just spouting drug dealers are bad?

Jessica’s Rating

2 of 5 Eletcric Hands
2 of 5 electric hands


Andy’s Suggestions

Based on what Jessica originally thought was going to happen in this episode (Data will get duplicated), if that storyline interests you, check out Datalore. Season 1, episode 13.

Elementary, Dear Data

Next Up: Elementary, Dear Data

Jessica’s Prediction

Data is going to the holodeck and becoming Sherlock Holmes, so of course the holodeck is going to become Moriarty. Or possibly Sherlock’s brother–whose name we just can’t remember. (It’s Mycroft, guys.)

Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode – Wrath of Khan

An extra bonus episode for one of the greatest Star Trek movies of all time (definitely for those of us who have only seen the one so far!), Wrath of Khan. We’ll begin The Next Generation saga in the new year. In the meantime, Andy and Jessica will talk Khan, getting old and how we clearly need to watch more Star Trek movies than the two bonus ones on this list.

Episode 14 – The Animated Series

The Animated Series

Let's talk Spoilers

Not much except the actual episodes. These two are short and sweet and easy to follow.


Let's Talk Episode

In this cartoon filled episode of Star Trek, Andy and Jessica go over both Yesteryear:

  • The time travel doesn't really make sense, but oh well
  • End of life discussions for both kids and adults
  • Spock's advice to his younger self, and what Andy and Jessica would tell themselves as kids
  • Spock's replacement (Thalen) - does he give up too easily?

and The Lorelei Signal:

  • The Enterprise is stupid and the men in this episode are stupid... in Jessica's opinion
  • Redskirts--Uhura's awesome but still has to wait for permission from the men in charge
  • Sexism and woman empowerment in Andy's life

Jessica's Rating

Yesteryear

4 of 5 heroic sehlats

The Lorelei Signal

2 of 5 life-draining headbands

2 of 5 headband rating


Let's talk Trek

  • What people find offensive changes: LGBTQIA and how Star Trek misses the mark with Lorelei Signal
  • Today's disconnected society needs Star Trek

Andy’s Suggestions

All of the Animated Series! It's just easy. Sit down and binge to your heart's content.

Wrath of Khan preview

Next Up:

Bonus Episodes! We're going to be watching the Wrath of Khan. After that, another bonus movie, The Undiscovered Country.
Alright, this is just Andy's way of sneaking more Star Trek into the 52 without having to count it. If you'd like to skip, of course, you can to The Next Generation. But we highly recommend watching these movies!