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!

Naked Time

Episode 04 – The Naked Time

The Naked Time

Wherein we discuss:
  • Gold glittery hazmat suits
  • My first introduction to Mr. Sulu and the immediate love
  • The Redshirt trope
  • The never-ending scorpion noise of infection
  • How I called the plot on this one
  • The confusion that came from how the virus affected people
  • Spock’s emotions
  • Lack of security measures on the Enterprise
  • Kirk’s apology to Uhura
  • Kirk’s reaction to the virus
  • The original cast’s age and who has passed away
  • More of Spock’s emotions...
  • Spock’s family and their emotions...
  • The awful horrible ending that is the time travel throw in (and my emotions!)
  • The bowling alley

Jessica's Rating

2 of 5 Ripped Captain's Shirts

2 of 5


Andy’s Suggestions

The fun thing about this episode was some of the guest stars. So if you liked Kevin Riley and want to see him not infected, he is also in Conscience of the King, and Nurse Chapel in What Little Girls are Made Of.

The Cage Screenshot

Next Up

We'll be watching the ultimate Star Trek original original, The Original Series Pilot: The Cage

Taste of Armageddon

Episode 03 – A Taste of Armageddon

A Taste of Armageddon

Wherein we discuss:

  • How Jessica just doesn’t believe that anyone would voluntarily walk into a disintegration chamber
  • How this may be the most peaceful and moral of all wars (and the guards are just the worst)
  • Comparing Eminiar 7's war with our food processes
  • Ranking on the Enterprise
  • Redshirts and Spock's nerve pinch and mind melding abilities
  • The new actors vs the old actors—are they older or do they just seem more mature?
  • Shatner’s halting speech--love it or hate it?
  • Maya 3’s character— she’s a pretty face, but did she bring anything to the story?
  • The lack of sexual tension in the show
  • How Anon7 spams the Enterprise
  • The ambassador characters
  • The what ifs of the other planet

Andy's Recommendations

It’s all about the Kirk Speech. That magic moment what William Shatner dramatically delivers the moral or message of the episode. A Taste of Armageddon has one of my all time favorites, but he’s got plenty more.

Check out these episodes:

  1. The Omega Glory - Dealing with two warring tribes and a renegade officer, the story is a little over the top, but the Kirk Speech is fantastic!
  2. Return to Tomorrow - Great episode, great speech! "What is the mission of this ship?”

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Disintegration Chambers

4 of 5

Next Up

The next episode I'll be watching is The Naked Time. Stream it on your fave device by searching The Original Series, Season 1, Episode 24.

Corbomite Maneuver

Episode 02 – The Corbomite Maneuver

 

The First Time

Jessica and Andy dive into an actual episode. It's about time! I'm only, what, 50 years late to the party?

On this podcast we talk:

  • the complete surprise that is Balok
  • how tv has changed the perception of Star Trek, especially in regards to airing on tv vs streaming
  • body types from 60s to today and Kirk with shirt off (meow?)
  • lack of female representation in this episode and how far we’ve come in that area AND in production
  • Kirk's decision to render aid at the end
  • how the enterprise is like a submarine
  • problems with creating technology when our current tech goes beyond those ideas

Next Up

The next episode I'll be watching is A Taste of Armageddon. Stream it on your fave device by searching The Original Series, Season 1, Episode 24. Watch with me!

Rating

4 of 5 Yeoman Beehives

4 of 5

Beginning the Trek

Episode 01 – Beginning the Trek

Meet the Podcasters

You may have listened to the snippets for Beginning the Trek, but now meet Andy and Jessica for real!

We’ll be getting into conversations about Star Trek episodes next week, but in this first one we talk about all the things us. Such as Andy’s deep love for Star Trek and how I’ve managed to go without ever watching an episode of Star Trek. How intense Trekkies can be. The word crazy does get used. Andy expresses how hard it was to cut down Star Trek into a bite-sized introduction and we both go over the vision for Beginning the Trek as a podcast.

And most importantly, we set a date for watching my first episode! The first episode we’ll be seeing is *drumroll* The Corbomite Maneuver. And you can hear me as my tongue gets extra tied trying to say that title. If you stick around to the end you’ll also hear me giving up on trying to figure out time zones.

Forgive the Mess

We’re still getting our podcasting bearings, so please forgive any sound issues.

Also forgive me in particular because Shatner is the spokesman for Priceline. Not Travelocity. Heh heh heh. *shuffles away*


As of this posting, you can watch the episode we’ll be talking about next on your fave streaming channel: If you have CBS all access, Netflix, or Amazon Prime. Or just search for it on your device like a good millennial.