The Gift

Episode 41 – The Gift

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • The two storylines in this episode
  • Janeway "allowing" (or not) both situations
  • Who 7 of 9 is and how deep the character can go, even beyond heels and cat suits!
  • 7 of 9 is alone and she is becoming an individual
  • Kes is becoming... everything?
  • Kes' goodbye tour and how cheap it feels
  • Andy tries a Borg voice
  • Go-to holodeck scenarios
  • Jessica will be captaining an episode soon

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 ocular implants.
5 of 5 borg implants
But also 3 of 5 Tuvok meditation flames
3 of 5 meditation lamps


Jessica's Suggestions!

In prepping for captainship of an upcoming episode choice, Jessica delivers her top picks for you to watch this week.

  • Futures End (Season 3, episode 8) -  Voyager gets thrown into the future and we see Sarah Silverman.
  • The Q and the Grey (Season 3, episode 11) - Look for Janeway's terrific line: "What, that's it?!"
  • Darkling (Season 3, episode 18) - We see Kes' adventurous spirit and the Doctor alters his personality. Bad Doctor!

Next Up: Year of Hell (1 and 2)

Jessica's Prediction

Voyager is going to do what it loves to do, which is try to power through a gas cloud and not know that things are getting timey-whimy. They'll live through a year of things and people breaking down and find out on the other side only 3 days have passed.

Scorpion

Episode 40 – Scorpion (1&2)

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Janeway and DaVinci - a fascinating choice of mentor
  • Borg Stampedes and Alliances
  • Species 8472 - The Borg’s Borg
  • The Scorpion parable - Chakotay!
  • Just who is the scorpion here, anyway?
  • Tiptoeing between two giants
  • 7 of 9 - What we think (so far)
  • The Borg Queen and where do The Borg come from?
  • ST: First Contact - Tons of backstory here, and a great movie as well
  • Being cheesy and eating grilled cheese

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 Kes new hairdos


Andy’s Suggestions

Star Trek: First Contact. The movie, not the TNG episode, but that’s good too!

Preview of The Gift

Next Up: The Gift

Jessica's Prediction

We're going to see that 7 of 9 is a gift to Voyager because of the knowledge she brings as a Borg.

Alliances

Episode 39 – Alliances

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Those funny trumpets can be found here
  • Space battle!
  • Janeway's slippery slope
  • Delta Quadrant is the wild west
  • The Prime Directive means nothing?
  • Keeping ourselves kind is Star Trek
  • Math jokes from strippers
  • Remember Jadzia? Jessica has more to say about her.

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 grafted orchids
orchids


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Flashback (season 3, episode 2) - Captain Sulu interacts with Janeway through a mind meld and flashback from Tuvok.
  • The Chute (season 3, episode 3) - Tom Paris and Harry Kim are thrown down a chute and into a brutal alien prison.
  • Warlord (season 3, episode 10) - Kes gets taken over by a warlord.
  • The Q and the Grey (season 3, episode 11) - Q decides he wants Janeway to have a baby with him.
  • Unity (season 3, episode 17) - A definite must watch! A community of disconnected Borg connects with Chakotay.

Preview of Scorpion

Next Up: Scorpion (1&2)

Jessica's Prediction

This is like the allegory where the snake (Borg) gets a ride on a turtle (Voyager) and halfway through the ride gets bit. Why'd you do it, Snake? Because it's in their nature.

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!

Caretaker

Episode 37 – Caretaker (1&2)

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • The moments vs the plots
  • Jeri Taylor
  • Star Trek fostering careers
  • First impressions of Captain Janeway, Tuvok and Chakotay (Chakotay!)
  • Indian? Native? Indigenous?
  • The new doctor and holosuites, holodecks and holoships
  • Neelix & Kes
  • The Caretaker. Oh, that crazy evil Caretaker.
  • Wouldn't be a pilot without the Prime Directive
  • DS9 & Voyager overlap
  • STLV! We'll be going in 2018 and hope to see you all there!

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Caretaker corpses
3 of 5 caretaker corpses


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Parallax (Season 1, episode 3): We assign some crew positions and see B'elanna become Chief Engineer.
  • Time & Again (Season 1, episode 4): What do we do when life simply stops on a planet and we might have the opportunity to save them?
  • Learning Curve (Season 1, episode 16): Tuvok sets up a Maquis training program and gets a lesson in leadership.

Phage preview

Next Up: Phage

Jessica's Prediction

Neelix gets an infection and is going to die but the new holographic doctor will save him!

Trials and Tribbleations

Episode 36 – Trials and Tribble-ations

Andy and Jessica talk:


Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Tricorders
5 tricorders


Andy’s Suggestions

A couple of personal favorite fun DS9 episodes:

  • Looking For Par’Mach In All The Wrong Places (Season 5, episode 3) - Worf plays Cyrano de Bergerac to Quark’s Christian with the Role of Roxane played by Quark’s Klingon Wife, Grilka (did I not mention The House of Quark from 3rd season?)
  • Badda Bing, Badda Bang (Season 7, episode 15) - favorite holo-fiction episode in all of Star Trek!

Next Up: Voyager - Caretaker (1 & 2)

No prediction as we're going to be meeting yet another whole new cast with way different space problems.

The Way of the Warrior

Episode 35 – Way of the Warrior

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Woo hoo DS9!
  • Everything has changed but mostly Odo
  • The Klingon's motivations
  • We have arrived.
  • Worf as a character
  • Dax & Kira's holosuite adventures
  • Space battles!
  • All the extra amazing episodes

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 root beers
4 of 5 root beer glasses

Next Up: Trials & Tribble-ations

Jessica's Prediction

Andy pretty much gave away the plot, which is Sisko is going to be integrated into Captain Kirk-iness.

The Jem'Hadar

Episode 34 – Jem’Hadar

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Watch The Search!
  • The little great moments throughout this episode
  • Runabout. Not Roundabout.
  • Sisko. And Quark. And frustration.
  • Where are the fail-safes for the runabout?!
  • Quark calling out the hewmans.
  • Bigotry. Ours, Sisko’s and even the cast at the time.
  • Jem’Hadar, tech, motives and new things!
  • And everything The Search, everything Odo, everything good stuff

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Campfires


Andy’s Suggestions

  • The Abandoned (Season 3, episode 6) - We find an abandoned Jem’Hadar who only bonds with Odo. I wonder why?
  • The Adversary (Season 3, episode 26) - We learn that when we haven't gone over to the gamma quadrant, they've definitely been infiltrating this side
  • Explorers (Season 3, episode 22) - Sisko builds a perfect replica of an ancient Bajoran ship and takes Jake on a journey to double check history

Next Up: Way of the Warrior (1 & 2)

Jessica's Prediction

Worf is going to be pursuing a changeling who becomes root beer and Worf smacks the root beer with his bat'leth. And in the second part, DS9 is going to deal with what to do with a captured changeling.

Episode 33 – Crossover

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Campiness: TOS and now
  • Letting go of plot holes
  • We're coining the term "DS9'ed that"
  • The MU and the difference in characters
  • It ain’t all we’re good/they’re evil anymore
  • What would your mirror act like?
  • The death of Odo. Watch it over and over here.

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 Kira's earrings


Andy’s Suggestions

Highly recommended (like Family after BOBW): The Search 1&2 - From season 3 episode 1-2.

Next Up: Jem'Hadar

Jessica's Prediction

The prophets/wormhole aliens finally push out and it starts a war. That makes it so that the characters get defined in how they are for the rest of the seasons and starts Sisko on the path to running this big war coming up.

Episode 32 – Blood Oath

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Odo & Quark moments
  • Dahar masters
  • How the old gunslingers made Klingon history
  • Killing the Albino or murdering the Albino?
  • Stage play DRAMA
  • Worf and the bat'leth
  • It's a good day to die
  • Where's the death chant?

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 bat'leths
3 out of 5 bat'leths


Andy’s Suggestions

  • Playing God (Season 2, Episode 17) - Dax interviews a prospective host
  • Equilibrium (Season 3, Episode 4) - Jadzia uncovers memories of a past host that she knew nothing about.
  • Facets (Season 3, Episode 25) - We meet all of Dax’s previous hosts in a special Trill ceremony

preview of Crossover episode

Next Up: Crossover

Jessica's Prediction

Clearly Kira and Bashir are going to cross over to the MU (TM?) 🙂 and try to get back and on the way Bashir is going to kiss himself.