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.

Bride of Chaotica preview

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.

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.


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.


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

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.


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!


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.