Peak Performance

Episode 20 – Peak Performance

Peak Performance

Andy and Jessica talk:
  • Games! Strategema, role playing, real time, war games, etc.
  • Wesley Crusher is sneaky, but thank god he was given horrible guard
  • Captain Riker
  • The Ferengi
  • Shoulda roped off the war games… and other plot holes
  • Starfleet and military-ness
  • Polaski, Data and Kolrami
  • Wil Wheaton, Geek and Sundry and other nerdliness

And because we said we’d show the awkward bend at the waist so that everyone could fit into the shot…
Worf sits next to Riker while a woman bends awkwardly to fit her face into the frame


Jessica’s Rating

4 of 5 Strategema Finger Nubs
4 out of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

For Wesley Crusher (or really Wil Wheaton) fans, let’s watch him do the things in Final Mission, season 4 episode 9, and pair with Ashley Judd in season 5, episode 6, The Game.

Yesterday'd Enterprise

Next Up: Yesterday’s Enterprise

Jessica’s Prediction

The Enterprise is going to go through a series of backwards forced time jumps through history, picking up an old friend along the way.

Measure of a Man

Episode 18 – The Measure of a Man

Measure of a Man

Andy and Jessica talk about AI and twisting your brain around rights of robots, after Jessica backpedals on a previous statement:
  • Data in love makes Jessica misty
  • Captain Picard and Phillipa Louvois’ relationship
  • Louvois decision and what it means to the federation
  • Riker’s heartbreak moments
  • Human attachments to … everything!
  • Data and emotions
  • Gainan and all that she is, plus Whoopi Goldberg (she’s so popular!)
  • Melinda M. Snodgrass

Links that were mentioned:
Whoopi Goldberg Panel at STLV50 and Whoopi and Nichelle Nichols together.


Jessica’s Rating

5 of 5 Data Poker Visors
5 of 5 Poker Visors


Andy’s Suggestions

From TOS, Season 1, Ep 20: Court Martial. (More courtroom drama and how can you resist Kirk on trial?) TNG, Season 2, Ep 15: Pen Pals (Also written by Melinda Snodgrass) and TNG, Season 3, Ep 24: Menage A Troi (Also Also)

Q-Who Preview

Next Up: Q-Who

Jessica’s Prediction

Q is going to show up in disguise and cause trouble as someone who they already know.

Encounter at Farpoint

Episode 15 – Encounter at Farpoint

Encounter at Farpoint

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • All the changes from the Original Series to this new crew
  • Who is Data?
  • Fan service of having McCoy and Data enteract
  • The new transporter sounds
  • Q – Jessica thinks he’s a pbbbbbbt
  • All the new characters!

Jessica’s Rating

2 of 5 fuzzy semi-sexual tentacles
2 of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

The Squire of Gothos is an Original Series episode (season 1, ep 17) that also deals with a character much like Q, who believes he is like a god and has god-like abilities.

Symbiosis preview

Next Up: Symbiosis

Jessica’s Prediction

Data is going to be split into two and the crew is going to have to come up with a way of making him come together again.

Undiscovered Country

Bonus – Undiscovered Country with John Champion

An extra, extra special bonus not just because we talk about Undiscovered Country, but also because we were joined with John Champion from Mission Log Podcast!

Buckle up, it’s a long one as John Champion, Andy Goldberg and Jessica Ray talk a lot of movie and a little bit of Trek.

Mirror, Mirror

Episode 11 – Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

In this episode of Beginning the Trek Andy and Jessica discuss:
  • Classic Star Trek!
  • Sexy, evil clothes are more flattering
  • Evil Sulu’s scar and his interest in Uhura
  • Evil Spock is really Regular Spock
  • Spock and Kirk’s relationship. Soulmates?
  • Mirror Universes, parallel, dimensions in sci-fi shows
  • Technology in the 60s. Turns out computers didn’t have voice recognition. Or keyboards.
  • Andy knows A LOT about original punch card style old computers. A. LOT.
  • Marlena Mareau as a character and love interests for Kirk
  • Reverse the polarity!
  • The disappearing machine and we have no idea what happens to Other Kirk and other others
  • Uhura’s shining moments
  • The mind meld
  • Kirk’s word jiu jitsu

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Evil Spock Goatees
5 out of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you would like to see more mind melding, check out Specter of the Gun in season 3 of The Original Series. Or if you'd like to see more Kirk word jiu jitsu, The Ultimate Computer (season 2, episode 24) and Return of the Archons (season 1, episode 21).

City on the Edge of Forever Preview

Next Up

City on the Edge of Forever

Jessica's Prediction

It's going to be about a meeting with a civilization right on the cusp of evolutionary change. The Enterprise is going to witness or be involved in some kind of transformation.

Episode 09 – The Enterprise Incident

The Enterprise Incident

Andy and Jessica talk Enterprise Incident, which includes:
    • Was the romance between Lady Romulan Commander and Mr. Spock real?
    • Lady Romulan Commander's agenda (part 1)
    • This episodes special effects
    • Captain Kirk was the bad guy! Did you know?
    • Captain Kirk's glammin' it up as a Romulan
    • How naive was the Romulan Commander? 10.
    • The Federation are bad guys.
    • Costuming. Lots of it.
    • Lady Romulan Commander's agenda (part 2)
    • Captain Kirk and the dumbest Romulan guard ever.
    • Are Vulcans incapable of lying? Hells. No.
    • Kirk dead? Nope.

The Youtube CG effects showing side-by-side that Andy mentions are here for Corbomite Maneuver, here for Tomorrow if Yesterday, and here for Amok Time.

And if you're needing it, Achmed the Dead Terrorist doing Kirk threatening Spock.


Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 Glittery Gold Fake Romulan Eyebrows

4 out of 5 rating

 


Andy’s Suggestions

Things they took apart and made into a cloaking device are the inspiration for this week's suggestions: Nomad was in the Changeling and the ball is from Return to Tomorrow.

Let the be your last battlefield screenshot

Next Up

Let That be Your Last Battlefield

Jessica's Prediction

It's going to be about the Enterprise getting in over their heads in a war, where they lose a battle or fight and regret it.

Journey to Babel

Episode 08 – Journey to Babel

Journey to Babel

In this episode of Beginning the Trek Andy and Jessica discuss:
  • A check-in with Andy about this journey, and what we like and dislike and where we're going from here
  • Wardrobe loves their unitards and shiny, shiny outfits
  • All the alien races and extreme alien-ness
  • Jessica doesn't care about whatever vote was happening that they spent time on. FOCUS Star Trek!
  • Slow burn stories over full seasons and how that wasn't a thing in the 70s
  • Why doesn't everyone beam? Because transporter issues, McCoy says.
  • We can't forgive McCoy for not knowing Vulcan anatomy
  • The transmitter is in--wait for it--the antenna.
  • The Kirk fight. Impressive? Clunky? We're split on it.
  • The history of the Vulcan Salute
  • Exploring humanity through the eyes of Spock
  • Classic family discord via Vulcan drama
  • Vulcan history, emotion and yes, even prejudice
  • Jessica's issues with Spock's mom
  • Sarek & Romulans
  • Captain Kirk grew on Jessica. Finally.
  • Star Trek resolution scenes
  • Warp 10 is a lot of warps!

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Andorian Antennas


Andy’s Suggestions

If your thing transporter issues, Andy suggests The Enemy Within. You'll also see the first time Spock does the nerve pinch.

We only get two Romulan episodes. So if you want to get introduced to the Romulans (and see the actor who plays Sarek, Spock's dad, again) before we meet them with next week's episode, watch Balance of Terror.

Enterprise Incident

Next Up

We meet Romulans for the first time in The Enterprise Incident.

 

Trouble with Tribbles

Episode 07 – Trouble with Tribbles

Trouble with Tribbles

Wherein Andy and Jessica talk:
  • The snappiness of the episode—it’s fun!
  • Jessica’s absolute favorite moment of Star Trek so far: watching Shatner get bombarded with Tribbles!
  • Spock and McCoy insulting each other and that whole relationship
  • The joy of Scotty and his accent and character and starting the fight
  • The bar fight
  • Jessica believes the captain is in fact, a overbearing, swaggering dictator with delusions of godhood leading to Andy’s childhood hero drama
  • Passionate engineers in sci-fi shows
  • The scenes that drag on
  • The Klingon appearance changes
  • The new Star Trek show, Discovery
  • Fans acceptance of canon changes over time - Kirk isn’t actually real!
  • The Klingon attitudes last episode vs this episode
  • Characters we'll be meeting in the future
  • Nichelle Nichol's talent
  • The nonsense Priority 1 for Ambassador Ninny-face
  • What's the proper term for a creature that can reproduce asexually? Because that's not what bisexual means...
  • Chekov's accent

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Multiplying Tribbles
5 of 5 Tribbles Rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you'd like to see more of the lighter side of Star Trek there are super fun comedic episodes we aren't going to be able to watch, but are definitely worth checking out, including Squire of Gothos. Go watch it. Highly recommended. Want even with MORE fun? Go stream A Piece of the Action.

Next Up

Meeting with a whole bunches of new aliens in Journey to Babel.

Jessica's Prediction

It's tough getting all these aliens speaking the same language. Clearly something is going to get lost in translation in this next episode.

Errand of Mercy

Episode 06 – Errand of Mercy

Errand of Mercy

I lovedie-loved-loved this episode. Listen as Andy and I talk mostly actors and spot-on acting in this one. Also:

  • The hand gestures of the Organians
  • Captain Kirk’s reaction to the Organians and moment of shame in Errand of Mercy
  • Commander Kor and Kirk's relationship - are they basically the same character?
  • The Klingon commander actor-John Colicos-is a sci-fi staple and other things about Commander Kor
  • The Klingon makeup and appearance throughout the Star Trek universe
  • The organians being exactly spot on
  • Would the Organians have shared who they were in any other circumstance?
  • The perspective of Earth from an astronauts point of view
  • The propaganda of war
  • How Star Trek affected later sci-fi, in particular connecting this show to a very similar one in Stargate SG-1
  • 6 degrees of sci-fi fandom
  • Shatner. Pauses. Happened.
  • Single story television arcs
  • The future of Klingons in Star Trek
  • You never see the mind scanner!
  • The evolution of humans - from Captain Kirk’s shameful moment to the Organians higher level power

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Spock Blue Tights with Ren-Faire Uggs
5 of 5 Errand of Mercy Rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you liked the Klingons, we're going to see much, much more of them. And if you'd like to see the propaganda a Klingon encoutners, I suggest searching out the episode titled Day of the Dove.

Next Up

Just to lighten things up, we'll be watching The Trouble with Tribbles next.

Jessica's Prediction

Tribbles are monsters that multiply when shot at.

The Cage

Episode 05 – The Cage

The Cage

This one was a long one! Lots and lots for Jessica and Andy to talk about, such as:

  • Spock’s skin color
  • How challenging it is to accept the old technology and lack of sophistication in effects
  • The new Star Trek Discovery show and how Trekkies handle every version of Star Trek that comes out
  • Captain Pike is a jerk
  • Changes from the pilot and TOS, how they made it more iconic in so many ways
  • My opinions on Number 1, which are very strong
  • The Menagerie
  • My opinions on simpering, saccharine female characters (also strong)
  • How I think this really would work better as a book and I agree that it’s too cerebral as a television show
  • So. Many. Plot. Holes. From tech to motivation.
  • Jessica’s determination to get through things she doesn’t like
  • The slave girl scene
  • How other shows of the time handled empowered women characters
  • How Star Trek grows over time to be not so misogynistic
  • The unbelievability of the show because of the culture of the 60’s (the most strong opinions)

Jessica's Rating

1 of 5 Throbbing Alien Head Veins
1 of 5


Andy’s Suggestions

This was a bit of an odd duck episode, so we didn't really get Andy's recommendations for The Original Series. However, he did recommend a listen of Inside Star Trek - Roddenberry's interview on YouTube.

Next Up

We'll be watching Errand of Mercy next, in which we will be meeting the Klingons for the first time!