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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Trekabout Episode 43: More Tribbles, More Troubles/The Survivor

This week, on Trekabout: Episode 23, Eric and Richard discuss “The Trouble… wait, what? That can’t be right. Everything is animated! Oh, this episode is called “More Tribbles, More Troubles”, and it’s… adequate? Then, on “The Survivor”, we’re faced with a member of the 1% who is actually a monster. Not that different from the 21st Century, eh?

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Trekabout Episode 42: One of Our Planets Is Missing/The Lorelai Signal

The Animated Series is hungry this week. In “One of Our Planets Is Missing”, a giant intelligent space cloud is eating planets–and the people too! In “The Lorelei Signal”,¬†Amazon vampire ladies are luring men to their deaths because the women are infertile, or something. Look, Uhura and Nurse Chapel shoot people in this episode, so it’s not all bad. Also! Richard hates children and wants them to suffer.

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Trekabout Episode 41: Beyond the Farthest Star/Yesteryear

You can’t tell, since this is an audio podcast, but in honor of our move into The Animated Series, we’ve replaced ourselves with cartoon facsimiles. And just in time, too, as “Beyond the Farthest Star” and “Yesteryear” assuage Richard’s fears about an animated Trek. The former provides a possible template for the show–trippy visuals with Star Trek action surrounding it, while “Yesteryear” is perhaps one of the finest episodes of Star Trek ever produced. Yep, it’s that good. Also! Young Spock dresses like He-Man.

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Trekabout Episode 40: All Our Yesterdays/Turnabout Intruder

Spock and McCoy share a moment.

Our 9-month mission is over, as we reach the end of The Original Series with “All Our Yesterdays” and “Turnabout Intruder”. If only we could go back in time to the first or second seasons–but no women, please, they’re nuts! Plus! Eric lays out a roadmap for the future of Trekabout.

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Trekabout Episode 39: The Cloud Minders/The Savage Curtain

Spock has a concern.

As we inch closer to the end of The Original Series, we’ve hit the brakes with “The Cloud Minders” and “The Savage Curtain”, two more episodes with intriguing premises that get bored with themselves halfway through. Plus! Abraham Lincoln dies again.

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Trekabout Episode 38: Requiem for Methuselah/The Way to Eden

Captain Kirk is looking at you.

It seems that Spock is getting restless. In “Requiem for Methuselah”, he surprises everyone by expressing a desire to get drunk while listening to some sick Brahms’ sonatas. Later, in “The Way to Eden”, he drops out, turns on, and tunes in with the cast of a 23rd Century traveling production of Hair. Plus! Richard is very worried about Abraham Lincoln.

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