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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.