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.

Episode 31 – Rules of Acquisition

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Brian Thompson
  • The Ferengi
  • Armin Shimerman
  • Dosi face paint
  • More Brian Thompson
  • Sexism. Yea. How could we not?
  • Rule 33
  • Ear hair combing. Ew.
  • What's your Ferengi rule to live by?
  • His name is Morn
  • What is the Federation doing out here?

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Dosi helmets

Andy’s Suggestions

  • Explorers (Season 3, episode 22) Hold off for now, but in a couple weeks we should definitely watch the boys create original Bajoran space flight.
  • Nagus (Season 1, episode 11) Meet the Grand Nagus!
  • Profit Motive (Season 3, episode 16) Zek returns with fresh rules of acquisition.
  • Family Business (Season 3, epsiode 23) Meet moogie in the family business.
  • The House of Quark (Season 3, episode 3) Quark takes credit for a death until Klingons show up.
  • Little Green Men (Season 4, episode 8) The Ferengi end up time traveling to Roswell, NM

Next Up: Blood Oath

Jessica's Prediction

Klingons are pissed at Curzon and Jadzia is going to have to avoid/hide from them taking vengeance. Bloody and oathy.

Episode 30 – Duet

Andy and Jessica talk about Duet, including:

  • This one isn't all that funny
  • There's the magical mix of Star Trek in this episode
  • Marritza’s journey
  • Cardassians are dramatic
  • Should Marritza have gone to jail anyway? At what point would you say “I’m willing to die to not let you do this."
  • Odo, Odo, Odo. Beef up your security man!
  • Was Marritza’s plan right? Should he have been martyred? We don’t have an answer.
  • Bottle episodes
  • Impressions of extra episodes watched

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 assassin knives
4 out of 5 assasin knives

Andy’s Suggestions

Bottle episodes like this one tend to be well-liked. Here are a couple others from Star Trek.

  • The Naked Time (Season 1, episode 4 of TOS) - We watched this one, but it's worth a rewatch.
  • Disaster (Season 5, episode 5 of TNG) - Mentioned before, worth the watch!

Rules of Acquisition preview

Next Up: Rules of Acquisition

Jessica's Prediction

Quark is going to make a deal with a guest star purchasing some sex slaves and the ladies are going to use the Rules of Acquisition against him to get their freedom.

Episode 29 – Progress

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • Apologies for some podcast mess ups
  • 1st impressions are never right
  • Styles of captainship
  • Kira, Andy's new Spock
  • Mullibok, the actor who plays him (Brian Kieth), and the character himself
  • Real life comparison vs the hope of Star Trek vs DS9
  • Where is Kira’s line? What won’t she do?
  • Jake and Nog got EW, but it was funny
  • Some extra episodes that Jessica got to watch

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 honeycomb kiln tiles

Andy’s Suggestions

To go with next week, we’re only 4 episodes away from our next episode. Andy mentions all the episodes in between but the recommended is:

  • The Forsaken (Season 1, episode 17) - Lwaxana Troi comes to visit. Through her attraction and developing a (sort of!) relationship with Odo, we learn more about him.
  • Past Prologue (Season 1, episode 3) - The next episode aired after Emissary. Introduces a character, Garak, we might want to be familiar with later on.

Duet preview

Next Up: Duet

Jessica's Prediction

The wormhole is going to spit out a military figure from Bajor history and Kira is going to have to deal with her view of Bajoran history compared to that actual person.

Episode 28 – Emissary (Parts 1 & 2)

Andy and Jessica talk:

  • This is a whole new thing and we aren't moving on every week
  • Long story arcs
  • All the new characters. And O'Brien.
  • The command structure on the station
  • The way Star Trek actors know how to bump and shake
  • Sisko's a lot darker than the previous captains
  • We're not sure about what's going on with the wormhole aliens
  • Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's voice is beloved universe-wide
  • We might get things wrong because we're more new to this space station and more familiar with TNG and TOS

Jessica's Rating

1 of 5 White Tea Pitchers
1 out of 5 white pitchers

Andy’s Suggestions

We want to learn more about these new characters! These are Andy's best of season 1 picks:

  • Captive Pursuit (Season 1, episode 6) - the first time we encounter an alien from the wormhole and O'Brien develops a relationship with it.
  • Q Less (Season 1, episode 7) - Q joins the team for just this one episode and gets punched right in the face.
  • Battle Lines (Season 1, episode 13) - Kai Opaka joins a mission to the gamma quadrant and we discover factions at war, but they do not die.


Next Up: Progress

Jessica's Prediction

Kira is going to have to learn diplomacy with a series of encounters with shop owners and others on the station.

Bonus Episode

Bonus Episode – TNG Wrap Up

A bonus episode for one of the most watched Star Trek series of all time. Next week we’ll start in on Deep Space Nine, but until then, enjoy the episodes we watched, what we have yet to see and … what’s that one robots name … the silver-skinned one … you know.

Episode 27 – Unification (Parts 1 & 2)

In our final exploration of TNG, Andy and Jessica talk:

  • The last of our TNG trek!
  • The virtual-ality and entertainment in Star Trek
  • All the characters feeling a bit off
  • Sarek and Picard moments
  • The plot just doesn't feel genuine
  • Spock's hope and grassroot movements and revolutions
  • That guy who is in everything
  • Practical effects vs. CG

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Romulan Shoulder Pads
3 out of 5 rating

Andy's Recommendation

Who doesn't love some good fan service? For episodes from TNG that include familiar TOS faces, check out:

  • Relics (season 6, episode 4) - Scotty makes an appearance
  • Encounter at Farpoint (season 1, episodes 1 & 2) - McCoy passes the torch to a new show
  • Star Trek: Generations (VII)

Next Up: Emissary

After a short recap for The Next Generation, we'll be going into Deep Space Nine. No prediction from Jessica for the new series, just sit back and enjoy some new faces.

Episode 26 – The Inner Light

Andy and Jessica talk, or gush, about: 
  • how this was an ok episode, I guess
  • the moment when you lose it and just start crying
  • the moment when Picard isn't Picard
  • love for Picard, his hair, his flute, and his costumes
  • the many mind trips of Picard
  • hey, where is Troi?
  • oh, and we heart Picard

Stay tuned for extra, extra cheese when Andy and Jessica read the poem at the end.

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Ressikan flutes
5 out of 5 Ressikan flutes

Andy’s Suggestions

If you couldn't tell from every mention of love every time Patrick Stewart was anywhere in our thoughts, here are some recommendations for Picard heavy episodes:

  • Captain’s Holiday (season 3, episode 19) - Picard goes to a pleasure planet and meets Vosh, a shady archeologist.
  • Follow up Captain's Holiday with Q-Pid (season 4, 20) - Where Q turns the Enterprise into Robin Hood!
  • Tapestry (season 6, episode 15) - Picard goes back in time to relive a moment where he is stabbed in the heart.
  • Starship Mine (season 6, episode 18) - Picard in Die Hard.
  • Gambit (season 7, episodes 4 & 5) - Picard is dead and vaporized and when we catch up with him, he’s infiltrated a group of potentially dubious people.
  • Darmok (season 5, episode 2) - Picard and another alien end up together, unable to communicate with each other, and must learn from each other to defeat a monster that is attacking them.

Jessica’s Suggestions

For the first time, Jessica has a recommendation! Since this episode was a lot like poetry, go read Walt Whitman’s 'Of the terrible doubt of appearances'. If you don't see the connection, well, at least you got some culture.

Next Up: Unification - Parts 1 & 2

Jessica's Prediction

Oh we're going to be all over the place, with stories intertwining and Spock making an appearance. Alright, that isn't a prediction so much as Andy already said it.