Trekabout Episode 53: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, we learn that Kirk fears obsolescence, Khan fears embarrassment, and Spock fears nothing. Which, you know, is a benefit and a curse, because he ends up dying. Plus! Kirstie Alley. Do we need to say anything else?

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Trekabout Episode 52: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The late Seventies were a depressing time. Economic malaise. Oil embargo. Iran hostage crisis. Star Trek: The Motion Picture will make us all feel better, right? Well, no, not really–it’s a rather somber affair, full of drab colors, violent death, and characters who barely acknowledge one another’s presence. It’s not all bad, though, because it comes to an end. Eventually.

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Trekabout Episode 51: How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth/The Counter-Clock Incident

We bid a fond if not entirely unwelcome farewell to The Animated Series this week, the show that proved that The Original Series was not just a flash in the pan. “How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth” is basically a retread of “Who Mourns for Adonais?” but with 100% less sexual harassment and 100% more flying snake dragons. “The Counter-Clock Incident” closes out the series, and it’s a fine episode that possibly points the way forward for Kirk and crew. Also! Richard is way more into scientific inaccuracies in Star Trek than Eric. Who’s the Trekkie here again?

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Trekabout Episode 50: The Practical Joker/Albatross

Well, after a lackluster start, the second season of The Animated Series roars back. “The Practical Joker” is notable for featuring the precursor to the holodeck. It’s also notable for being insane. Meanwhile, “Albatross” (winner of the 1998 Most Obtuse Star Trek Episode Title Award) is a quiet character study and a cautionary tale about the dangers of vaccines. Wait, Jenny McCarthy wrote for this show? Plus! Scotty hates fruit.

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Trekabout Episode 49: The Pirates of Orion/Bem

Okay folks. The second season of The Animated Series. They’ve worked out the kinks. The actors have gotten more comfortable with voice acting. We’re ready for some great episodes! So why the hell did they give us “The Pirates of Orion” and “Bem”? Did they think we wouldn’t notice?

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Trekabout Episode 48: The Jihad/The Time Trap

We vacillate over whether it was daring to name an episode of a 1974 children’s cartoon “The Jihad”, but we both agree that it’s not a great episode. “The Time Trap” is a bit better, with some interesting shades of “The Side of Paradise”, but ultimately it doesn’t add up to much. Also! Richard really wants a Star Trek role-playing game.

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Trekabout Episode 47: The Slaver Weapon/The Eye of the Beholder

Wildly inconsistent, is The Animated Series. “The Slaver Weapon” is one of the finest episodes of the show yet, with an interesting if admittedly cliche premise and a strong statement about the rights of cat women. “The Eye of the Beholder” is so bad that Eric rants about the episode until Richard adopts a kitten to try and placate him. It doesn’t work. Plus! A bonus discussion about historicity. What a podcast, folks.

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Trekabout Episode 46: The Terratin Incident/The Ambergris Element

Star Trek has always had a relatively loose relationship with scientific rigor, and this week we have some of the shoddiest understandings of evolution this side of The Creation Museum. In “The Terratin Incident” everyone on board the Enterprise starts shrinking, for unknown reasons, and in “The Ambergris Element” Kirk and Spock get turned into mermen. Animated Series, folks.

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Trekabout Episode 45: Once Upon a Planet/Mudd’s Passion

The Animated Series is sequel-heavy this week. In “Once Upon a Planet”, we revisit the shore leave planet from, uh, “Shore Leave”, and discover that they probably should have left well enough alone. In “Mudd’s Passion”, an animated Harry Mudd talks Nurse Chapel into slipping Spock some ecstasy. Plus! Richard is very interested in exploring the tender relationship between Scotty and M’Ress.

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Trekabout Episode 44: The Infinite Vulcan/The Magicks of Megas-Tu

Seeing as how they couldn’t afford to include Walter Koenig in the cast of The Animated Series, it was super nice to buy the script to “The Infinite Vulcan” from him, even thought the episode is kind of pants. Later, in “The Magicks of Megas-Tu”, the crew of the Enterprise are menaced by a guy who isn’t wearing any pants. Also! Richard still thinks Sulu is gay.

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