Trekabout Episode 62: The Battle/Hide and Q

This week’s Trekabout finds us learning new things about our intrepid adventurers. In “The Battle”, we learn that Picard might be going senile because he doesn’t remember inventing a starship maneuver so famous it’s taught in Starfleet Academy. Later, in “Hide and Q”, we get to discover that Geordi is attracted to Wesley Crusher. Plus! The Ferengi still suck.

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Trekabout Episode 61: Lonely Among Us/Justice

Hi everyone, Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher here! Well gee, Eric Brasure and Richard Goodness let me write the recap for this week’s episode of Trekabout and I’m so goshdarn excited! Let’s see… in “Lonely Among Us”, some mean alien thing takes over Captain’s Picard’s body while some other mean alien things try to eat each other! That was such a scary week. Then, in “Justice”, I get arrested on an alien planet full of… girls. I think I was sentenced to death or something like that too. Boy, I’m sure glad that Eric and Richard let me write this… oh, no. Why is that console flashing? I think I just… I’ve got to go. See you later, Trekaboutians!

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Trekabout Episode 60: The Last Outpost/Where No One Has Gone Before

Eric Brasure and Richard Goodness are not having a good week. “The Last Outpost” reveals the new Star Trek threat, and it’s… the Ferengi. So they talk about the Prime Directive instead. Later, in “Where No One Has Gone Before”, Picard’s past as a momma’s boy, and Wesley’s future as an asshole, are revealed. Plus! Richard wants a replicator. He hates doing laundry.

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Trekabout Episode 59: The Naked Now/Code of Honor

Star Trek: The Next Generation continues to get off to a rocky start by basically remaking two Original Series episodes. “The Naked Now” reveals what the crew of the Enterprise-D secretly desires, and most of it is so boring and/or horrible that it’s never brought up again. Meanwhile, in “Code of Honor”, director Russ Mayberry works out his fear of black people.

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Trekabout Episode 58: Encounter at Farpoint

This week, Eric Brasure and Richard Goodness leap ahead into the 24th Century by covering the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint”. How is Picard different from Kirk? How is Data different from Spock? Why are there so many men walking around in miniskirts? Also! How annoying is Q?

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Trekabout Episode 57: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Well, we’ve come to the end of our journey with The Original Series crew with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The last adventure for Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov features them coming to terms with Russian Perestroika… I mean, Klingon… Perestroika. I mean, the Klingons are in trouble and the Federation is trying to negotiate the terms of a peace treaty. Anyway, it’s a good movie and a fine send-off for our crew.

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Trekabout Episode 56: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Oh boy. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. While it’s not the worst of the Trek movies, it’s decidedly the roughest ride we’ve had in quite a while. Eric tries to defend the movie a bit, and Richard tries to find some deep Buddhist resonances in the film, but overall it’s just a poorly put-together movie that either doesn’t understand Star Trek or refuses to understand Star Trek. Plus! Richard doesn’t know about Romulans or Klingons.

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Trekabout Episode 55: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

We close out the trilogy of Trek movies with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which just so happens to be Eric’s favorite. The film combines humor, action, and Trekkian optimism in true Original Series fashion, and it’s just spectacular. Richard likes it too, I guess. But don’t worry! Just because the trilogy is over doesn’t mean we’re done with The Original Series crew just yet. We continue the movie discussions next week with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Oh god.

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Trekabout Episode 54: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

After the unbelievable high of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Original Series movies come back to Earth this week (literally.) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock inverts the traditional Trek plot by placing our heroes on the run from Starfleet, in a desperate attempt to find Spock. Spoiler: they find him. Plus! Richard doesn’t know which decade was the “Me Decade.” Spoiler: it wasn’t the ’80s.

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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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