3/31/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Alternative Factor"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E27
Air Date: March 30, 1967
Written by: Don Ingalls
Directed by: Gerd Oswald

Premise
After the whole universe blinks out for a second, the Enterprise meets Lazarus who claims to be the reason. And then he goes crazy.

Review
While trekking along in space and examining an uncharted planet with nothing on it, the Enterprise suddenly experiences a moment of "non-existence." And then suddenly there are things on the planet. Well, before they can check out the things, they report to Starfleet and Starfleet says that the non-existence was felt throughout all of known space. The admiral says that the uncharted planet the Enterprise was over was the epicenter of the event, so he is, therefore, ordering all ships to evacuate the system. Except for the Enterprise. Just because they're there, it is now their task to examine the event and prevent it from happening again. It's just another case of them being at the wrong place at the right time.

3/28/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - This Side of the Devil's Mercy"

*runs in, slides under the closing security door and jumps up* HERE! I've got it! *inserts disk into console and hits a few keys* "Override accepted..." YES! I did it!

I've finally gotten this week's Aftermath online!

Yeah, I know, I'm getting bad about this. I'll be better next week, I promise! But until then, how about a new episode?! This week, Steve and I went over another trio of episodes from The Original Series: "This Side Of Paradise", "The Devil in the Dark", and "Errand of Mercy". Fill your earholes with the awesomeness here.

Also, don't forget to check out Steve's written reviews, and join us Thursday at 6PM EST for the live show. Now hurry, before they find me!

3/27/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Errand of Mercy"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E26
Air Date: March 23, 1967
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: John Newland

Premise
After starting a war with the Klingons, Kirk tries to take the Organians out of the line of fire, but they say "HARRUMPH" and try to shoo them away.

Review
When last we saw the Organians, they were studying the crew of the Enterprise NX-01. They were non-corporeal beings who inhabited the bodies of the crew in order to get a better look at how they interacted with each other. Now they have apparently acquired permanent bodies and settled down on a planet of their own. And had we not watched Star Trek: Enterprise first, we would have no clue that they were actually super-powerful energy people.

3/26/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Devil in the Dark"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E25
Air Date: March 9, 1967
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
After a series of attacks down in a mine, the Enterprise is called in to solve the mystery of why they're happening and from what.

Review
Answering a distress call, the Enterprise goes to Janus VI and talks to the mining chief engineer there, Vanderburg. He explains that the miners at Janus VI were mining pergium, they opened up a new section of the mine and suddenly they were attacked by some kind of monster that burns them to bits. And for some reason he doesn't think it has anything to do with the unnaturally round orbs that they found down there and keep as souvenirs.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - This Side of the Devil's Mercy"

Alright. Do you wanna take what's behind door number 1... door number 2... or door number 3? What's that, you say? Well it doesn't matter, because they're ALL a winner this week!

That's right, kids. It's that time again - time for new Star Trek: Asterisk! This week, hang out with us in the Officer's Lounge as we blather on during a fresh set of episodes from The Original Series - "This Side of Paradise", "The Devil in the Dark", and "Errand of Mercy". Ramble on over here to find the cure for the common commentary.

Also, check out Steve's written review for "This Side of Paradise" after the show, and keep it tuned here at TheGreenAsterisk.com, or @GreenAsterisk and #StarTrekAsterisk on Twitter so that you'll be the first to know about new stuff you'll find right here! Be sure to check back in the next couple of days for the other written reviews, as well as the Weekly Aftermath for this week. Until next time... have fun!

3/25/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "This Side of Paradise"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E24
Air Date: March 2, 1967
Written by: D.C. Fontana
Directed by: Ralph Senensky

Premise
Checking up on a colony that should be dead, the Enterprise finds that the colony has stayed alive by use of a pollen that gives them perfect health and tears down all their inhibitions.

Review
"Emotions run deeply within our race," said Sarek in Star Trek (2009), "In some ways deeper than humans." A lot of people don't realize that Vulcans actually are capable of emotion, they just suppress it. This episode answers the question: "What if Spock's suppression mechanisms were broken down?"

3/22/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Return of the Archonian Space Seed of Armageddon"

And here... we... GO! *spins the wheel* Big money, big money... And we landed on an episode of the Star Trek: Asterisk Weekly Aftermath! A prize worth over 20 minutes of awesome Star Trek commentary and review!

That's right, I may be a little (or a lot) late, but I've got this week's Aftermath ready! This week, the Captain and I went over a batch of lovely episodes from The Original Series - "The Return of the Archons", "Space Seed", and "A Taste of Armageddon". Find our delicious bits here.

Be sure to go back and check out Steve's written reviews for these three, and join us for the live show on Thursday at 6PM EST. Enjoy!

3/20/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Taste of Armageddon"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E23
Air Date: February 23, 1967
Written by: Robert Hamner and Gene L Coon
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
The Enterprise visits a world at virtual war and while they're in orbit they are declared a casualty of war. Now Kirk has to stop the war before this entire crew is forced to disintegrate themselves.

Review
If you hadn't noticed before, probably the most annoying thing for starship crews is for a diplomat to join them on a mission. And that's pretty much what happened here. The insufferable Ambassador Fox insists that the Enterprise continue on its diplomatic mission despite the fact that Eminiar VII is in the middle of all-out war. The planet's leaders even sent out a warning for no one to come! Kirk insists that they honor the warning, but Ambassador Fox seems to think that he's in charge for whatever reason. So they go.

3/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Space Seed"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E22
Air Date: February 16, 1967
Written by: Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilber
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
The Enterprise stumbles across the SS Botany Bay and, along with it, the seed of era long past, and of an epic battle yet to come.

Review
In the middle of nowhere, the Enterprise discovers a derelict vessel that Spock says couldn't possibly be from Earth because no one's ever been out this far... Well, it is... In any case, it couldn't possibly be manned by humans because the life signs are so faint, right? Wrong again... they're in cryogenic stasis. Well, all things being equal, this vessel is so old it's probably from World War III, right? Nope! Brush up on your Earth history, Spock. As Bones is so eager to correct you, the DY-100 vessel is from the Eugenics Wars. Is there any way the crew of the Enterprise could prove to be less competent? Next thing you know, they'll be underestimating the leader of the SS Botany Bay's crew.

3/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Return of the Archonian Space Seed of Armageddon"

Big money, no Whammy... Big money, no Whammy... STOP. On a Star Trek: Asterisk live show!! A prize valued at over 2 hours of hilarious commentary!

That's right, all you folks out there in TV Land, it's time for another live episode of Star Trek: Asterisk. This week, join us as we continue in our next round (see what I did there?) of episodes from The Original Series: "The Return of the Archons", "Space Seed", and "A Taste of Armageddon". We've fried up the crispy bits and served them up here.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Aftermath, followed by Steve's written reviews (the first of which is already up). Plus, be sure to keep your set tuned to @GreenAsterisk and #StarTrekAsterisk on Twitter, and set that fancy picture-in-picture right here for more Star Trek: Asterisk goodness!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Return of the Archons"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E21
Air Date: February 9, 1967
Written by: Boris Sobelman
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
After Sulu falls under a strange kind of hypnosis, Kirk and the gang explore a civilization run by Landru and the Lawgivers, which is the name of my Star Trek parody band.

Review
So normally the Enterprise wouldn't get involved with the civilization on Beta III because it's a post-warp civilization and there's that little thing called the Prime Directive. I imagine that's what kept Starfleet away for the hundred years following the disappearance of the USS Archon over Beta III, but they finally decided that there's someone who can go investigate. And as soon as Sulu takes the time to look around, he gets chased down by a robed creeper who shakes a stick at him and turns him into a smiling idiot. This probably isn't the first time this has happened to Sulu.

3/13/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Court Martial"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E20
Air Date: February 2, 1967
Written by: Don M. Mankiewicz and Stephen W. Carabatsos
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
Foreshadowing his ground-breaking work in The Practice, Kirk stands trial for the death of a friend who hated him.

Review
We start on Starbase 11, a place with which we are by now familiar. This time, we're investigating the death of Lt. Com. Ben Finney who apparently died while taking readings in an ion storm because somebody jettisoned the pod he was in. The contention, however, was whether or not Finney was properly warned of the situation. And when Spock beams down with the visual logs from the ship, it looks like Kirk never gave him a red alert.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Tomorrow's Arena is Yesterday's Court Martial"

Now that I've successfully been tripped up by the time change and had to update the ship's chronometer, how about a podcast?!

Join us this week as we venture into The Original Series with three more episodes: "Arena", "Tomorrow is Yesterday", and "Court Martial". Be sure to take a listen in the background as we have a visitor (or stowaway) on the bridge. You can find the evidence here.

Also, check the rest of the blog to find Steve's written reviews, keep your eyes on @GreenAsterisk and the #StarTrekAsterisk hashtag on Twitter, and be sure to be here on Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Until then... Enjoy!

3/12/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Tomorrow is Yesterday"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E19
Air Date: January 26, 1967
Written by: D.C. Fontana
Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy

Premise
The Enterprise accidentally goes to the past and completely demolishes the Temporal Prime Directive by accidentally destroying a fighter plane.

Review
It starts off in 1969 and the Enterprise is flying through the clouds of 20th century Earth. Which, ya know, is odd since... they're not supposed to be there. And the American Air Force agrees. They send a couple fighter pilots up to check out the UFO and Kirk kinda freaks out because it's possible the fighters are armed with nuclear warheads. He orders a tractor beam on the fighter plane, but the plane isn't strong enough to handle the tractor beam, so it... kinda... explodes. But not before they're able to save the life of the pilot. And thus, Captain John Christopher is the first 20th century human to board the Enterprise.

3/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Arena"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E18
Air Date: January 19, 1967
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
Another meddling advanced race decides to pit Kirk against a Gorn commander to find out which of the warring races deserves to live. Because they love peace so much.

Review
It's worth noting that the Gorn are a very territorial race. If you set up a colony in their space, they'll assume you're attacking and retaliate. So, when the Enterprise went to check on a colony on Cestus III and found it demolished, they risked a few redshirts to figure out what happened and then beamed up to give chase to the Gorn ship. And that's when things get interesting.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Tomorrow's Arena is Yesterday's Court Martial"

Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah! That means I love you guys! So much so, that I've got this week's live broadcast portion ready for you to hear!

This week, Steve and I continue our adventures in Federation space with a handful of episodes from The Original Series - "Arena", "Tomorrow is Yesterday", and "Court Martial". Point your LCARS console here to access the hilarity.

Also, be sure to stick around for the Aftermath later this weekend, along with Steve's written reviews, all of which you can find by following @GreenAsterisk on Twitter, and keeping an eye on the #StarTrekAsterisk hashtag. Plus, we'll be broadcasting again next Thursday, 6PM Eastern - same bat time, same bat channel. Now cue up your Netflix app and ENGAGE!

3/6/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Squire of Gothos"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E17
Air Date: January 12, 1967
Written by: Paul Schneider
Directed by: Don McDougall

Premise
On a rogue planet in the middle of nowhere, the Enterprise encounters Trelane, the equivalent in Q terms of a toddler playing with toys.

Review
Let me start by saying that nowhere in actual canon does it really say that Trelane is a Q. In the book Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation) it states that the Q we all know and love was assigned as Trelane's godfather and that in Picard's era he was relatively adolescent. Which means in this episode, in Kirk's era, he would be not much more than a toddler, as far as Q aging goes. I like to accept the idea that Trelane is a Q because he is basically everything that we eventually see Q to be except even more frightfully immature. Powerful enough to make a planet and see 500 lightyears away, yet, for some reason, interested in humans.

3/5/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Galileo Seven"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E16
Air Date: January 5, 1967
Written by: Oliver Crawford
Directed by: Robert Gist

Premise
The Galileo 7 shuttle craft crash lands on a hostile planet, Spock takes command and proves he's a better Vulcan commander than T'Pol.

Review
So the Enterprise is on its way to deliver medicine to a colony on Makus III, like a boy distracted by a penny, they find a weird anomaly and decide they must investigate. The only problem is the fact that High Commissioner Ferris is on board and he is none too pleased at the detour. Makus III needs their medicine! People are dying! Well... throwing up, anyway. Experiencing nausea. Ya know what, this medicine is basically just overpriced vitamins; there's no rush.

3/4/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Shore Leave"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E15
Air Date: December 29, 1966
Written by: Theodore Sturgeon
Directed by: Robert Sparr

Premise
While on shore leave, the crew starts seeing the things that they're thinking... even if what they're thinking is Alice in Wonderland... Oh, and then Bones dies.

Review
In the beginning, Kirk suffers from a kink in the back. And then he thinks that Spock is massaging his back, but is heavily disappointed to find it was just his hot yeoman. There are definitely no homosexual undertones in that moment. Regardless, the ship comes upon what appears to be a very beautiful Earth-like planet and they decide to take some much-needed shore leave. While Bones and Sulu take a walk along where the fish lives, that's when Bones sees Alice and the White Rabbit. The first sign that Bones ever has that something may be wrong with him.

3/3/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Squire of Galileo on Shore Leave"

Today, I've already been running around, trying to get some things done both on and off the ship, but there's something very important that I HAVE done - edit this week's podcast!

Join Steve and I as we go on an adventure into this week's episodes from The Original Series - "Shore Leave," "The Galileo Seven," and "The Squire of Gothos." And we know that we've been a little longwinded lately in the Aftermath, so we've actually cut it down a little this week. ...that's been mostly my bad. Sorry guys. I just get so excited about this podcast! This week's episode of which you can find right here.

Also, make sure you stay tuned here and to the #StarTrekAsterisk hashtag on Twitter for Steve's written reviews, which will be coming over the next couple of days, then come join us next Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show! We'd love to have you. Until then, enjoy the podcast!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Squire of Galileo on Shore Leave"

As someone who is apparently in need of some shore leave myself (or maybe just sleep, since I'm saying all kinds of silly things), I thought I'd go ahead and give you folks something nice - this week's live show!

This week, our episodes from The Original Series are "Shore Leave," "The Galileo Seven," and "The Squire of Gothos." Come along for the ride as we join the crew of the Enterprise for some exceptional hijinks. Access the data stream here.

Stay tuned later this week for the Aftermath, along with Steve's written reviews. And hey, you should be watching along with us LIVE every Thursday at 6PM Eastern! Until then... go watch Star Trek, already!