Phage

Episode 38 – Phage

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Phage. Faj-uh. Phhhhhaaaayzzzz.
  • Vidiians are creepy, gross, super interesting and really awful
  • If you pull the strings, this episode just falls apart
  • The transporters are magical immortal machines that we don’t use
  • The Dr. is the last to know anything!
  • Kes is a child. So Neelix is… EW.
  • Janeway’s decision to let them go
  • The Vidiians are serial killing zombies
  • Are we going to address the Maquis/Starfleet mix?
  • Dilithium crystals
  • The very cool video of comparing max warp speeds

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 vVidiian medical scanners/organ thievers
3 out of 5 Vidiian tricorders


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Tattoo (Season 2, episode 9): For Chakotay's backstory
  • Dreadnaught (Season 2, episode 17): One of Andy’s faves, B’ellana is haunted by her past
  • Death Wish (Season 2,  episode 18): An immortal Q wants the right to stop living.
  • Tuvix (Season 2, episode 24): Those darn transporters merge Tuvok and Neelix together.

preview of alliances

Next Up: Alliances

Jessica's Prediction

Seska is going to have information on Voyager so the Nistrim is going to catch up with us, start a battle and then we’re going to be able to take over that ship! Don't mess with Voyager!

Let that be your last battlefield

Episode 10 – Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

For this slow moving episode, Andy and Jessica discuss:
  • Just how subtle can Star Trek be
  • Super powerful aliens who don't make sense
  • Feels like batman from the 70s
  • Art directors, producers and hollywood 101
  • When you make avatars of your war
  • Jessica realizing that Star Trek looking all old and 80s is actually really impressive
  • The ship design
  • The Trekkie community

Jessica's Rating

2 of 5 Flashing Alarms
2 of 5 Rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you'd like to see racism handled a little differently, Day of the Dove might be up your alley. If you want to see more of escalating war, A Private Little War is suggested.

Mirror Mirror Preview

Next Up

Mirror, Mirror

Jessica's Prediction

Pretty obvious to anyone who has ever seen any sci-fi at all that this one is going to be about alternate timelines or a parallel universe. Bring on the other us!

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.