12/31/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "When the Bough Breaks"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E17
Air Date: February 15, 1988
Written by: Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by: Kim Manners

Premise
The citizens of a legendary planet steal the Enterprise's children because they've apparently been snipped.

Review
Long ago, there was a planet called Aldea. The Progenitors protected the Aldeans by giving them advanced technology that provided for their every need, allowing them to focus on artistic endeavors. This technology, called The Custodian, also hid their planet from view and defended it so that no one could bother them. For thousands of years the Aldeans lived in peace and legend. And then, on stardate 41509.1, they revealed themselves to the Enterprise. After a brief greeting over hailing frequencies, the Aldeans simply beamed themselves onto the bridge without undergoing decontamination procedures or anything. They said hi, invited Picard down, and left as quickly as they came. Clearly, Picard must investigate.

12/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Too Short a Season"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E16
Air Date: February 8, 1988
Written by: Michael Michaelian and D.C. Fontana
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
An old admiral makes himself young again to face a man who wants to kill him and ends up dying from anti-aging. Welp.

Review
So, this guy named Karnas wants to see Admiral Jameson because Jameson negotiated a hostage release 45 years ago and there happens to be another hostage situation now. The only problem is that Jameson is now, like, a thousand years old. You could breathe on him and he'd break a hip. But Karnas insists that Jameson has the know-how and the fortitude to carry out this negotiation like a pro, so Jameson beams onto the Enterprise with his wife, Anne, and rolls around in his fancy chair like a geriatric, mutant, ninja turtle.

12/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - AngelLore01"

We're getting close to wrapping up 2012. Or the end of the world. Or something. But the point is, SOMETHING is about to come to an end. What ISN'T coming to an end? Our awesome show. That's why we have another episode for you right now - it's time for Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, join me and Steve as we enjoy a trio of season 1 episodes from The Next Generation: "Datalore", "Angel One", "11001001". Join us for the festivities here.

Go back and check out Steve's write-ups of the episodes, and make sure you've spent a little time in the Officer's Lounge. Also, leave us a message! HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM for the Greatest Live Show on Earth. Except for December 28th. We're taking that one off for the holidays. But we'll be back on January 4th, so don't cry for us. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - AngelLore01"

I have to say, this week has a special sort of meaning to me. Two episodes focused on digital storylines? YES. VERY MUCH YES. But that's not the point. The point? Oh! Well, there's a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk for you guys!

This week, the captain and I process data from three new episodes from the first season of The Next Generation: "Datalore", "Angel One", and "11001001". View the library computer output here.

Steve's written reviews for this week are all now available, so check them out. In fact, the last one is still hot off the digital presses. Also, stay tuned for the Aftermath, coming very soon. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (read: an issue with Ustream/Flash), we don't have a video for it this week, so be sure to check out the audio version! Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Oh, and one side note: we'll be off for the holidays on December 28th, but we'll be back at warp 9 on January 4th, Now get to it, cadet!

Star Trek: Asterisk "11001001"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E15
Air Date: February 1, 1988
Written by: Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin
Directed by: Paul Lynch

Premise
A couple of technologically advanced aliens come on board the Enterprise to upgrade capture it.

Review
So, the Enterprise docks at a station for some maintenance and a systems upgrade. While the upgrade is going on, the crew are encouraged to take some R&R on the station which means wearing blue bodysuits and smacking balls in a holodeck. (Ah, Parrises squares!) In the meantime, Picard goes to visit the dudes who will be performing the upgrade: One Zero and Zero One. These guys are Bynars, a race of beings that come in twos that work as a unified pair. A computer runs their world (not an unusual concept in Star Trek) and they are so technological advanced that they have fused with it and communicate in an extremely fast language of bleeps and gurgles similar to a dial-up modem.

12/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Angel One"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E14
Air Date: January 25, 1988
Written by: Patrick Barry
Directed by: Michael Rhodes

Premise
The Enterprise visits a matriarchal planet to find some lost people and Riker makes it with the leader.
 
Review
Seven years ago, the freighter, Odin, disappeared never to be heard from the Federation again. Well, the Enterprise has found it on the planet Angel I and they figure it'll be an easy thing to find the survivors and bring them back home. The inhabitants of Angel I are a matriarchal society who's sexism against men is as bad as it was on Earth for women in the 1960's. So, the logical choice is to let Troi and Yar do most of the talking and bring Riker along for some eye candy. The "elected one", Mistress Beata, is wary of the newcomers and refuses to say whether there are survivors from the Odin. She tells the team she has to consider it and her manservant, Trent, leads them into another room where they wait.

12/16/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Datalore"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E13
Air Date: January 18, 1988
Written by: Robert Lewin, Gene Roddenberry and Maurice Hurley
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
Data goes to his home planet and finds his evil twin who has made friends with a crystalline entity.

Review
So, the Enterprise is passing by Omichron Theta on their way back from another mission and decide to stop by because this is Data's planet of origin. There was a colony on the planet 26 years ago, but they apparently all died after giving an brand new and non-activated Data some of their most important memories. They left him laying out in the open while they disappeared. When Riker assembles an away team to investigate where Data was left, Data explains that the crew that found him tripped a marker beacon that woke him up and he's been with Starfleet ever since.

12/14/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Big Q Haven"

Alright, my semester at school is FINALLY over, so I promise this will be the last time I put out an episode so late. So what are we waiting for? Let's get to it, already!! It's time for another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I unravel the tale of three more episodes from the first season of The Next Generation: "Hide and Q", "Haven", and "The Big Goodbye". See just how much we unravel by taking a listen here.

If you haven't already, be sure to listen to this week's Officer's Lounge, and make sure to check out Steve's reviews of each episode. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN for your questions or comments at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to catch the live show this and every Friday evening at 6PM Eastern. Now get outta here! We've got a new show TONIGHT!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Big Q Haven"

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER! SCHOOL'S OUT FOR... oh, well I guess it's actually just for the next few weeks. But that's OK, because it's time for another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, join us on a magical quest through another triad of episodes from season 1 of The Next Generation: "Hide and Q", "Haven", and "The Big Goodbye". Get ye flask here. Also, I apologize for the sound quality not being great this week. Side effect of our technical difficulties we were having.

Be sure to go back and read Steve's written reviews, and make sure to stay tuned for the Aftermath, coming quite nearly immediately. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Gotta run - always work to be done!

12/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Big Goodbye"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E12
Air Date: January 11, 1988
Written by: Tracy Tormé
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan

Premise
Picard and friends get stuck in a 1940's film noir holodeck program on their way to an important diplomatic meeting.

Review
The Enterprise is on her way to meet the Jaradans and this insect-like race is so picky about their diplomacy that Picard has to learn their language of clicks and buzz-sounds perfectly without using the universal translator or risk starting a war with them. Needless to say, the high stakes and the difficult situation mean Picard could use a break from the stress, so, at Troi's suggestion, he plays around in the holodeck, the "Dixon Hill" program.

12/10/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Haven"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E11
Air Date: November 30, 1987
Written by: Tracy Tormé and Lan O'Kun
Directed by: Richard Compton

Premise
Deanna's mother, Lwaxana, shakes things up on the Enterprise when the man to whom Deanna is betrothed comes to marry her.

Review
So the Enterprise shows up at this planet called Haven and plans to have a little R&R there. It, like many other planets in the galaxy, apparently, is rather idyllic and legend says that it holds many rejuvenative and healing properties. But there's no time for that because a box is transporting onto the ship. This box has a face and, apart from having no ears and being silver, looks very Ferengi. Ok, fine, it's Armin Shimerman. He is the face on the box. When he starts speaking, he announces that the Millers are about to come on board and he has brought inside of him some riches to be offered to the Troi family as a dowry for Deanna. And then Riker's heart sank.

12/9/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Hide and Q"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E10
Air Date: November 23, 1987
Written by: C.J. Holland and Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Q decides to play a game involving Riker having Q powers while the Enterprise races off to save an exploded mining colony.

Review
After conveniently dropping Troi off at a starbase, the Enterprise is called on to assist a nearby mining colony that has just suffered an accidental explosion. While on their way there at warp 9.1, they're stopped by the same Q-Ball that they encountered at Farpoint. (Excuse me while I randomly point out my correct usage of "their", "there", and "they're".) The Q-Ball once again turns into a force field that brings the Enterprise to a complete halt, and then Q arrives on the bridge in the form of a sphere with three snakes popping out of it. No one approves of his new style, so it doesn't take long until he flashes back to human form wearing a Starfleet Admiral's uniform.

12/7/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Lonely Justice Battle"

Can you believe the nerve of this guy?! Waiting until the day of a new show to write the post for the previous week! ...oh, I'm that jerk, huh? But that's ok! Because more important than that is the fact that there's a new Star Trek: Asterisk coming your way RIGHT NOW!

Join me and the Captain as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel that is season 1 of The Next Generation with three new episodes: "Lonely Among Us", "Justice", and "The Battle". Walk with us toward the light here.

If you haven't listened to the Officer's Lounge yet, get on it! And you should definitely read Steve's reviews. Plus, don't forget that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for all of your questions, comments, and random blatherings. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Hurry - there's not much time!

12/6/12

Analyzing the Star Trek Into Darkness Announcement Teaser

Let's dissect this teaser, shall we?

WARNING: Possible speculative spoilers after the jump

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Lonely Justice Battle"

My other assignment is almost done, so I promise we won't be getting these out so late in the week starting in 2013, but for now, let's get to it - we've got a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk just waiting to be released!

This week, Steve and I continue trudging through season 1 of The Next Generation with three more freshly squeezed episodes: "Lonely Among Us", "Justice", and "The Battle". Come drink up some of the goodness here.

Be sure to go back and take a peek at Steve's reviews of each episode, and don't forget to check back soon for the Aftermath. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for all of your questions, comments, and random animal sounds. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday evening at 6PM Eastern for the best live show on Earth (there's a really good one you can catch on Qo'noS, but that's another story for another day). Enjoy!

12/4/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Battle"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E09
Air Date: November 16, 1987
Written by: Herbert J. Wright and Larry Forrester
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
A Ferengi tries to give Picard his old ship back at the price of his sanity.

Review
So DaiMon Bok calls Starfleet and requests to meet up with the Enterprise, but as soon as the Enterprise gets to the meeting place the Ferengi keep them waiting for three days before ever sending any message besides "please stand by". While the ship is waiting, Picard develops a headache and goes to see Crusher about it. Crusher doesn't find anything wrong with him, but does take advantage of the moment to remind him that medical science has charted the whole human brain and should be able to find if anything was wrong. She gives him a painkiller and sends him on his way when the Ferengi finally contact the Enterprise.

12/3/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Justice"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E08
Air Date: November 9, 1987
Written by: Ralph Wills and Worley Thorne
Directed by: James L. Conway

Premise
In the land of partial nudists, Wesley breaks the law. Unfortunately, he lives to tell the tale.

Review
After dropping off some colonists, Picard finds a nearby world with people on it and decides to introduce himself. Because that's not against the Prime Directive or anything. He sent an away team down and they reported back that the planet is lovely and so are the people, so he decides to send some people down to take a break and play with the people who Geordi says "make love at the drop of a hat." Which means it's a perfect place for children like Wesley to check out. So he's quite excited to be included.

12/2/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Lonely Among Us"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E07
Air Date: November 2, 1987
Written by: D.C. Fontana, Michael Halperin
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
While transporting hostile delegates, the crew of the Enterprise is taken over by an energy being who almost kills Picard.

Review
The episode opens up with the Enterprise picking up some snake-like beings that are to be transported along with some Wookiee-like beings to the planet Parliament. These two races consider each other mortal enemies mostly because the Wookiee-like beings regularly eat the snake-like beings. But none of that matters because we've got a nebula to scan.

11/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Outpost Where No One Has Honor"

Alright, I've replicated myself some cranberry sauce... What? Yes, I know that particular holiday was LAST week. But I just really like the stuff, OK? Besides, I need something with that extra bit of sugar in it so that I can get ready for a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Come along with us as we sit around the fire and chat about three more of the first season episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Code of Honor", "The Last Outpost", and "Where No One Has Gone Before". Grab your marshmallow and toast it right here.

Be sure to take a gander at the Officer's Lounge, for there is much funny stuff there. Also, you should have read Steve's written reviews a LONG time ago. ...because he's not as much of a slacker as I am. You've got questions? That's, uh... understandable. So call us and ask them! HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and EVERY Friday at 6PM Eastern for the ever-so-wonderful live show. Now hurry up! There's a new show right around the corner!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Outpost Where No One Has Honor"

After successfully recovering from a turkey-induced coma, we're back! I know, I know, I'm late getting things to you guys, but don't fret - my additional duties will be done soon, and I'll have these out fresh every weekend after the show. Hey, I gotta advance in the ranks somehow, right? But for now, let's get on with it!

This week, Steve and I continue our new journey through The Next Generation with a trio of episodes from season 1: "Code of Honor", "The Last Outpost", and "Where No One Has Gone Before". Float on with us here.

Stay tuned for the Aftermath (soon, I promise!) and make sure you're brushed up on the previous week's episodes via Steve's written synopses. Finally, make sure you join us tonight at 6PM Eastern for the live show! Now be off with you - I've got a warp engine to tinker with!

11/24/12

Starfist Teaser

We interrupt your regularly scheduled posts to bring you this special presentation from 3rd Herd Films. Starfist is a production that I am proud to be a part of as a writer, and its teaser has just been made public. Stay tuned to find out more about it, and, in the meantime, Like it on Facebook!

11/21/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Where No One Has Gone Before"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E06
Air Date: October 26, 2987
Written by: Diane Duane and Michael Reaves
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
An arrogant warp field engineer screws up an engine test and ends up sending the Enterprise to a part of the universe where thought becomes reality.

Review
So, the Enterprise meets up with the Fearless to pick up Jerkface McGee, aka Kosinski. Jerkface has these new equations or something that are supposed to make warp engines go a whole lot faster, but Geordi ran the numbers in a simulator and didn't find any difference, so everyone is skeptical. But they have to let Jerkface test his theory on the Enterprise because reasons. He apparently had success on the Fearless, but no one can account for why. So, when he beams over he asks for the captain when met with Riker and basically jerks up the whole place on his way to engineering.

11/20/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Last Outpost"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E05
Air Date: October 9, 1987
Written by: Herbert Wright and Richard Krzemien
Directed by: Richard Colla

Premise
While chasing down some Ferengi, the Enterprise gets stuck over a dead planet and is forced to interact with the big-eared pirate gerbils.

Review
The Enterprise is playing cops and robbers, chasing down a Ferengi vessel suspected of stealing an energy converter from a UFP world, Gamma Tauri IV. It doesn't take long until the Ferengi get stuck. They drop to sub-light speeds and then turn around and fire on the Enterprise... she suffers minimal damage. Atta girl. Picard doesn't fire back 'cause he's all diplomatic and such, but soon the Enterprise also gets stuck and systems start going offline. Was it the Ferengi weapon that did this or what? Only one way to find out... open hailing frequencies.

11/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Code of Honor"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E04
Air Date: October 12, 1987
Written by: Katharyn Powers & Michael Baron
Directed by: Russ Mayberry; Les Landau

Premise
An alien gang of black men kidnap Tasha Yar and expect for her to fight to the death to win her freedom.

Review
In an attempt to distinguish himself from Captain Kirk who was more of a warrior and tactician, Picard sets out on a sensitive diplomatic mission to negotiate the use of a vaccine that this relatively less advanced culture had and the Enterprise needed to get to a colony that was dying. The Ligonians are a race of people who hold to a strict code of honor. When they beam aboard, they roll out a red carpet for their leader, Lutan. They hand over a sample of the vaccine, but when Tasha insists on inspecting it first, she flips one of the men over on his back and Lutan is impressed.

11/16/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Naked Encounter"

We're starting off this season with a bang, and there's no better way to do that than with new EVERYTHING - a new series, a new captain (no, we haven't replaced Steve), and a new special guest host - Mr. Tom Hall! So stop wasting time - let's go!

This week, Steve, Tom, and I began a NEW trek by exploring the first three episodes of a new series, Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Encounter at Farpoint", parts 1 and 2, and "The Naked Now". We invite you to analyze our initial findings.

Make sure you've spent some time in the Officer's Lounge, and check out Steve's written reviews from this past week. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN for any questions or comments at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to check us out this and every FRIDAY at 6PM Eastern for the always awesome live show. Hurry - this week's show will start before you know it!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Naked Encounter"

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT SEASON 2 OF STAR TREK: ASTERISK. After a much needed hiatus, we're back, baby! This season promises to be bigger and better than ever, and we're starting it right with a new series and a special guest - the ever hilarious Tom Hall! So without further ado, LET'S DO THIS THING.

This week, Steve, Tom, and I set out on a new voyage aboard the starship Asterisk with our foray into the first three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation: "Encounter at Farpoint", parts 1 and 2, and "The Naked Now". Celebrate our illustrious return here.

This past week's Aftermath is forthcoming, and as always, be sure to read Steve's written reviews of the episodes. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for any of your questions or comments. Finally, be sure to join us on our new night - Friday! As before, we'll start at 6PM Eastern and bring you the best live show this side of the Delta Quadrant. Hop to it - we've got another show coming up soon!

11/12/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Naked Now"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E03
Air Date: October 5, 1987
Written by: J. Michael Bingham and John D.F. Black
Directed by: Paul Lynch

Premise
The crew of the Enterprise is infected with a weird disease that makes them all drunk and horny.

Review
Assigned to investigate the loss of contact with the SS Tsiolkovsky, the Enterprise warps out to a dying star and finds the terribly designed starship floating around and they pick up a transmission from a female talking seductively and then blowing out an airlock. Naturally, this is not a normal thing for a ship's crew member to do, so a team beams over to dig deeper. They look around the Tsiolkovsky and find everyone dead. But apart from that, it looks like they were all involved in a party complete with orgies and alcohol. And the orgy room is frozen over.

11/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Encounter at Farpoint"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E01&2
Air Date: September 28, 1987
Written by: D.C. Fontana & Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Corey Allen

Premise
Captain Jean-Luc Picard takes the brand new Enterprise-D on her maiden voyage to check out Farpoint Station and is interrupted by Q.

Review
The newly commissioned USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D is all ready to seek out new life and new civilizations on their first mission: to uncover the mystery of the Farpoint station and try to get its builders to make more of them throughout Federation space. Besides that, they have to pick up some guy without a beard, the doctor and her kid. Turns out, though, that they're being followed. It doesn't take long for a Q-net to trap them and then Q randomly pops onto the bridge in medieval garb and accuses the human race of venturing out into the galaxy too far and being barbaric. Yet he is the one dropping in unannounced!

10/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk's Weekly Aftermath in the Original Klingon

The final page. We're finally there. Thus ends another huge chapter in the story that is Star Trek: Asterisk. But before we sign the final line, there's one last piece of the story that has to be written - a new episode!

This week, Steve and I took our final voyage with The Original Series crew. Come along with us as we discuss the final film in the series, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Take a listen to our journey here.

Be sure to read Steve's review of the film, and make sure to spend some time in the Officer's Lounge. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, enjoy a little time off, as we go on hiatus until Friday, November 9th. That's right, Star Trek: Asterisk will return on a new night with a new series - The Next Generation! Enjoy!

Star Trek: Asterisk's Officer's Lounge in the Original Klingon

It was a long run, full of adventure and action. We all learned a great deal and grew by leaps and bounds. But all good things must come to an end. What? No, I was talking about The Original Series movies, not Star Trek: Asterisk! We've got a new episode of that right now!

This week, the Captain and I finally completed our journey with the sixth and final film with The Original Series crew - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Journey with us as we enjoy this fine film. You'll find our adventure here.

Go check out Steve's written review, and stay tuned for the Aftermath, following almost immediately. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475), so keep those questions and comments coming! Finally, relax for a few weeks as we take some well-deserved shore leave. We'll be back on active duty starting Friday, November 9th at the same time slot (6PM Eastern). Join us as we take on our next big adventure - The Next Generation! Enjoy!

10/10/12

Zombies! RUN!

Raise the gates!

Alright, Runner Five, let me tell you how I plan on getting fit over the next few... however long it takes. But, erm... first... a little background. Y'see, before the world went to hell, I didn't have a car anyway. I was forced to walk to work. Well... from work... I could usually bum a ride off my roommate to get there, but by the time I left, well... not even owls were awake, I suppose. Don't quote me on that. I don't know the sleep cycle of owls... Anyway...

Then... the world went mad. I think I first heard about the Zoms whilst talking with a friend on instant messenger. And then I read about them on Facebook. And before I knew it, everyone I met had somehow come in contact with a zombie. I knew it was only a matter of time before they reached my township, so I prepared. I forwent the rides to work and built up the strength in my legs. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury, I'm not able to full-out run, but you can still outpace a zombie if you're just able to move above a slow shamble.

10/6/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Undiscovered Country"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: MovieVI
Release Date: December 6, 1991
Written by: Nicholas Meyer & Denny Martin Flinn, Leonard Nimoy and Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Premise
On the eve of interstellar peace, Kirk and Bones are charged with the assassination of a Klingon Chancellor for plagiarizing Shakespeare.

Review
Somewhere deep in Klingon space, a moon explodes. And somewhere along the neutral zone, Captain Sulu is enjoying a sip of tea. The subspace shockwave from the explosion of the Praxis moon roll through space and shakes up the Excelsior, causing Captain Sulu to drop his tea and hold on tight while the shields struggle to hold. Tracing the source of the explosion back to Praxis, Sulu offers the Klingons help, but the Klingon High Command on Qo'nos says that everything is under control and not to cross into the neutral zone. So, Sulu, undoubtedly wishing to distinguish himself from the actions of his old commander, obeys the order.

10/3/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - What Does God Need With a Podcast?!"

We've taken yet another step toward the end of this season of our show. With only one more week left before our fall break, there's one thing we have to get done to wrap up from last week - give YOU a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I had the daunting task of watching Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. While we struggled through it, we finally came out at the end, and were able to somewhat objectively look at it. Take a listen to some of the crap we put out here.

If you haven't read Steve's written review of the movie, be sure to. And hang out with us in the Officer's Lounge for a while. Plus, leave us a message on the communicator - HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, join us for our final Thursday evening show at 6PM Eastern. Remember - we'll be back on Friday, November 9th as we engage with The Next Generation. Hurry up and get through this episode - we've only got one more movie to watch!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - What Does God Need With a Podcast?!"

Another chapter of our time together is soon to come to an end. But have faith, dear friends! For before this season is over, we have one final film. And of course, how could we watch the next film before enjoying this one? Let's have a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I... alright, maybe "enjoy" was the wrong word to use. Because we watched Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. And it wasn't terrible. I mean, it could have been The Motion Picture. But it was still... Well, here, just follow along with us and find out.

Make sure to go back and check out Steve's review of the film. And don't fret - the Aftermath will be here, and SOON. Also, HAILING FREQENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for any and all Star Trek/Star Trek: Asterisk questions. Finally, remember to join us for our final Thursday evening together at 6PM Eastern for the live show. We shall return on Friday, November 9th with a special "engage"-ment - the first episode of The Next Generation! But for now... GET MOVING!

9/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: MovieV
Release Date: June 9, 1989
Written by: William Shatner & Harve Bennett & David Loughery
Directed by: William Shatner

Premise
Spock's half-brother hijacks the Enterprise in his quest to find God.

Review
Let's talk about motorbike stunts for a second. Ya know how it's so cool when you see Evel Knievel race toward a ramp and then hit the ramp with all the momentum he could possibly muster? It's gravity defying and for a moment the man is flying with little control over what happens next. This momentum carries him all the way to the end of the stunt where one of two things can happen: he can either stick the landing, or crash horribly. Star Trek V is an example of an occassion when the momentum from one of the most successful stunts ever carried the vehicle into disastrous collision.

9/26/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Whalers on the Moon"

We've been through quite the voyage together, haven't we? The podcast started from the beginning of it all with The Original Series, then we quickly ran through The Animated Series, and finally moved on to The Original Series movies. And after finally making The Voyage Home, we've only got two more films left in this series. But before we close this chapter for good, we have one order of business - a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, the Captain and I have finally completed a journey that started with the great Khan Noonien Singh and has ended with travelling through time to save Earth in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Come along with us as we recount the tale here.

You haven't read Steve's written review? WHAT?! You must rectify this NOW! And you need to make sure to spend some quality time in the Officer's Lounge. Plus, as always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk comments or questions. Finally, join us this and next Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the final two live shows of the season.

But don't fret! We'll be back in November on a new night! That's right, we'll be broadcasting on Friday nights starting November 9th. Be sure to mark your calendars, and join us as we dive into The Next Generation! So get to it - we've only got two more films to go!