Episode 50 – Bound

Andy and Jessica talk a lot, but this kind of sums it up.


Jessica's Rating

1 of 5 things. The things don't even matter.


Andy’s Suggestions

  • The Forge, Awakening, Kir’Shara (season 4, episodes 7-9) - Opens with an act of terrorism at an embassy on Vulcan and we see Vulcan Terrorists, a Savior’s soul, and a lot happens with T’Pol
  • The Tholian Web (TOS season 3, episode 9) - For next week, find out about who they are referring to when they say the Defiant and who are the Tholians?
  • Arena (TOS season 1, episode 19) - What is a Gorn?

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Next Up: In a Mirror Darkly

Imagine YOU lived in the Mirror Universe and you wanted to watch Enterprise. It might look like this.

Episode 49 – Similitude

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Really good old fashioned Star Trek story
  • Trip has died!
  • The acting has gotten much better. Thanks, LeVar!
  • What could they have explored?!
  • Archer dealing with the order to make him and kill him
  • Designer babies and My Sister's Keeper.
  • Phlox. Awwww.
  • The 3rd season's aggressiveness and willingness to play the bad guy
  • What the Xindi storyline means

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 T'Pol pajama crop shirts
4 out of 5 rating


Andy’s Extra Helping of Episodes

  • Home (season 4, episode 03) - The Enterprise returns to Earth (with a quick drop off of T’Pol and Tripp on Vulcan) and Archer deals with his mission not being what he was hoping for and his anger. Also Phlox deals with xenophobic humans.
  • Borderland / Cold Station 12 / The Augments (season 4, episode 4-6) - Remember Khan? These guys are part of that bygone era of genetic augments. Oh, and they have a father, Dr. Arik Soong, played by Brent Spiner (Data)
  • Whom Gods Destroy (TOS throwback! season 3, episode 16) - You can meet Marta, the Orion Girl played by Yvonne Craig. Maybe not the best version of Orion, considering she is criminally insane...

Bound

Next Up: Bound

Andy's gone crazy and has decided to get to the 17th episode of the 4th season where they retcon the Orion slave girls.

Jessica's prediction is Enterprise is going to run into the (twist!) madames who actually own the slave girls. Archer's definitely going to get kissed.

Xindi

Episode 48 – The Xindi

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Enterprise is starting to be serialized!
  • The Xindi - all 5 of them, weird
  • The militaristic vibe and dealing with 9/11
  • Malcolm v unchecked aggression
  • Trip's trips to planets
  • The foreman is gross
  • Those uncomfortable scenes with Trip in T'Pol
  • Phlox
  • How to call the different Xindi
  • We get the right captains at the right time

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 insectoid heads
3 of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Anomaly (season 3, episode 2) - Our first adventure in learning how to live in the Delphic Expanse
  • Impulse (season 3, episode 5) - Enterprise responds to a distress call from a Vulcan ship lost in the Delphic Expanse
  • Hatchery (season 3, episode 17) - Enterprise finds a crashed Xindi Insectoid ship, leaving behind some rather precious cargo

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Next Up: Similitude

Some good old-fashioned Star Trekkiness. Jessica's prediction: Trip ends up with a clone and start to question whether the other Trip has a soul.

Andorian Incident

Episode 47 – The Andorian Incident

Andy and Jessica get all 47:

  • Help us out, donate!
  • All this time on the hostage, zero wrap up!
  • Transporters and tech is getting better
  • Where's Hoshi?!
  • T'Pol (and all of us) recognizing the ugly of her people
  • What exactly is this curtained off spy equipment FOR?
  • Andorian antennae
  • Archer's decision to hand over the info at the end

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 ancient dead vulcans
3 out of 5 vulcan dead


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Carbon Creek (season 2, episode 2) - Jolene Blalock in a dual role as T’Pol and her Great Grandmother
  • Horizon (season 2, episode 20 ) - Features Travis Mayweather (Because Andy knows Jessica likes him)
  • The Expanse (season 2, episode 26) - You're going to need to watch this because next week it's a two-parter and we're watching the second part. So watch them together.

The Xindi preview

Next Up: The Xindi

Jessica's Prediction
We're going to meet the Xindi in real time and they won't know what actually happened with the Xindi from the future, but in our anger we're going to take them out and Archer will have to deal with the morals of that.

Broken Bow

Episode 46 – Broken Bow

Andy and Jessica go on about Enterprise's pilot:

  • We don't talk, we SING!
  • Sacagawea, not Pocahontas! Sorry about that.
  • All the characters
  • Filling in the history
  • Regression in the story AND the show
  • The pissed off Vulcan thing
  • Seasons of Enterprise
  • AND SINGING! (We're sorry)

Jessica's Rating

2 of 5 NX-01s
2 out of 5 ships


Andy’s Suggestions

Have a watch of Fight or Flight, the very next episode. Malcolm gets to target practice with some new torpedos.

Next Up: The Andorian Incident

Jessica's prediction is that we're going to meet the Andorians and have a bunch misunderstandings and a death ritual. When the dead Andorian wakes up we're going to think we're awesome and the aliens will facepalm.

Bonus Episode

Bonus – Convention Spectacular

A spectacular bonus episode for Jessica’s first time at Star Trek: Las Vegas! Some first impressions there and some interviews with other fans who were gracious enough to talk with us about how they happened to start their trek.

Stay tuned for next time when we’ll start on Enterprise’s Broken Bow.

Episode 45 – Equinox

The last episode we watch from Voyager, Andy and Jessica get into:

  • Jekyll and Hyde episode!
  • Big epic, stuff Jessica didn't like
  • The EMH switch
  • Janeway has broken Prime Directive
  • Ransom's motivation
  • BLT and Turkey Platter
  • What makes Janeway bring the crazy?

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Voyager Plaques
5 of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Barge of the Dead (Season 6, episode 3) - We meet B'Elanna's mom
  • Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy (Season 6, episode 4) - The Doctor's daydreams are intercepted by aliens
  • Virtuoso (Season 6, episode 3) - The Doctor sings some opera and becomes a bit of a rock star

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Next Up: Convention Spectacular

We're going to wrap up our trip through Voyager AND get some stories from the Las Vegas convention in 2018. Couldn't make it? Tell us your story in an email. We may use it in the future when we talk more Trek.

Extreme Risk

Episode 44 – Extreme Risk

In this emotional episode Andy and Jessica discussing:

  • May not be suitable for kids - we talk about depression in this one
  • The A plot is a little forgettable, especially compared to Roxanne Dawson's performance
  • These all-important probes
  • B'Elanna is the most brilliant of all engineers
  • Andy's moment of connection to this episode
  • Jessica's moment of connection to the episode
  • B'Elanna's moment of getting better
  • Get better people. Connect to other Star Trek fans. We're here.
  • B'Elanna's episode arc can be found here.

Andy's Rating

4 of 5 HALO jumpsuits
4 out of 5 jumpsuits


Andy AND Jessica’s Suggestions

Let's see some stars! A few notable guest stars can be found on:

  • Think Tank (season 5, episode 20) - Jason Alexander plays a character offering a lot, but the price is high
  • Tsunkatse (season 6, episode 15) - The Rock faces off against Seven of Nine
  • And as Jessica mentioned, Faces (season 1, episode 14) - No guest stars, she just really loved this episode

Equinox preview

Next Up: Equinox

Jessica predicts that we're going to run into a Federation ship. We're so excited and then it's going to turn out they are bad guys!

Bride of Chaotica

Episode 43 – Bride of Chaotica

Begin podcast! (trumpets)

  • Light & fluffy but we can get deep with these themes
  • 7 of 9 and Satan's Robot
  • Everything is mimicked so beautifully
  • Janeway chewing scenery
  • Retrosexism
  • First contact and technobabble
  • We glossed over all those photonic life forms!
  • Threshold. WOW. Too far and yet fun and yet so gross.
  • Nostalgia, Trek hysteristalgia (TM!), and retrofuturism

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Satan Robots
5 of 5 robots


Andy’s Suggestions

A 3 episode Voyager binge, all in a row with good stuff to know for next week.

  • Message in a Bottle (Season 4, episode 14) - funny Doctor episode where we get communication with the Federation
  • Hunters (Season 4, episode 15) - We meet the Hirogen, a big bad.
  • Prey (Season 4, episode 16) - The Hirogen are hunting 8472.

Extreme risk preview

Next Up: Extreme Risk

No prediction as Jessica is taking the helm and given the choice, picked B'Elanna's stories. She picked Extreme Risk. It's probably going to get personal.

Year of Hell

Episode 42 – Year of Hell (1&2)

In Andy's favorite Voyager episode, he and Jessica discuss:

  • Andy's favorite because he loves timey-wimey, but Janeway does not
  • This is an epic adventure where nothing happens
  • Character moments from Tuvok, 7 of 9 and crew
  • 47!
  • Paris being the voice of reason and Chakotay going off the rails
  • Annorax's problem is himself
  • The reset. *Sigh*
  • The series in their time
  • Going back to old-style sci-fi!

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 beat up Voyager ships
4 out of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Dreadnaught (Season 2, episode 17) - we encounter a probe that B'Elanna programmed that made it's way into the Delta quadrant. She argues with herself as a weapon.
  • Day of honor (Season 4, episode 3) - B'Elanna is confronted with the Day of Honor and she is not interested in her Klingon heritage. Also, she's dating Tom Paris.
  • Extreme Risk (Season 5, episode 3) - Tom Paris builds the Delta Flyer in a space race while B'Elanna is hurting herself and dealing with depression.

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Next Up: Bride of Chaotica

Jessica's Prediction

Tom Paris is going to be the monster's bride, sacrificed to a volcano. Harry Kim is going to have him from the bad volcano monster.