4/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Friday's Child"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E11
Air Date: December 1, 1967
Written by: D. C. Fontana
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
While trying to negotiate a mining treaty with a clearly underdeveloped planet, Kirk and the crew discover that the Klingons have laid claim to the planet as well.

Review
This one is a political drama for the ages almost like something out of Game of Thrones. And that would be awesome if it weren't completely against the Prime Directive. You see, it opens with Bones talking about his trip to Capella IV and how he met with the tribal natives to open negotiations for a Federation mining operation. Well, if Admiral Archer would have caught wind of this, he would have blown a gasket. This civilization clearly has not been to the stars yet, and it's not even clear if they understand about the existence of life on other planets. The Prime Directive is, at this point, down the drain.

Star Trek: Asterisk - "Weekly Aftermath - The Deadly Journey to Friday"

Well, after a nasty warp core breach that I had to fix, along with an antimatter leak I had to contain, I FINALLY got you guys a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, the Captain and I journeyed on with three more episodes from The Original Series: "Journey to Babel", "Friday's Child", and "The Deadly Years". Stroll on down to Engineering and get the decontaminated bits here.

Also, stay tuned for the remainder of Steve's written reviews, along with the live show this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN! Call us at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) and ask us ANYTHING about Star Trek. Your question may even get played on next week's show! Until then, just... watch out for that antimatter field over there. And please don't ask.

4/29/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Journey to Babel"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E10
Air Date: November 17, 1967
Written by: D. C. Fontana
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
The Enterprise takes on a ship full of delegates for the Babel Conference, including Sarek, Spock's sickly father, who eventually stands accused of murder.

Review
The Enterprise takes orbit over Vulcan to take on the last bunch of ambassadors on their way to the Babel conference and all Bones can say is how uncomfortable his formal uniform is. To be fair, they look all kinds of uncomfortable. But before you know it, the shuttle from Vulcan flies its way into the shuttle bay and a bunch of red shirts line up to greet the Vulcan delegates. When suddenly... A wild Sarek appears! He uses IGNORE SON. IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE! He uses VULCAN SALUTE. Bones has been stunned!

4/27/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Deadly Journey to Friday"

Chief Engineer's log, stardate 2012.118. Today, the captain and I reviewed three more episodes of The Original Series, I've edited the live show, and am... oh, hey guys! Check it out - it's a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, we venture on with three fresh episodes from The Original Series: "Journey to Babel", "Friday's Child", and "The Deadly Years". Access the log of our journey here.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Aftermath, later in the weekend for Steve's written reviews, and the live show again next Thursday at 6PM Eastern. Plus, don't forget that Hailing Frequencies Are Open - call us with any of your Star Trek questions at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Until then... Live long and prosper! \\//_

4/24/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Metamorphosis"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E09
Air Date: November 10, 1967
Written by: Gene L. Coon
Directed by: Ralph Senensky

Premise
In an effort to save the life of Commissioner Nancy Hedford, Kirk and some of the crew take the Galileo shuttlecraft and are pulled down to a planet by an energy force where they find one Mr. Zephram Cochrane!

Review
Kirk, Spock and McCoy are transporting Commissioner Hedford back to the Enterprise while Hedford whines and moans about not being properly prepared for the illness she contracted while delegating a war at Epsillon Canaris III. Frankly, I don't know how she was delegating a war. Seems to me, the only way she could stop a war is to unite the two factions against her.

4/23/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "I, Mudd"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E08
Air Date: November 3, 1967
Written by: Stephen Kandel
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
The Enterprise is hijacked and brought to a planet where their old friend, Harry Mudd, is in charge of a planet full of androids.

Review
It's not often when you see Bones turn around to investigate a guy who passed him in the hallway, but when he does, you can bet that guy is up to no good. Bones eyes Norman and comments on how there's something wrong with a man who doesn't talk about anything aside from the job at hand, never smiles and rarely goes into sickbay for a physical. Well, then Norman all but confirms there's something wrong when he goes down to engineering, knocks everyone out and sets Enterprise on a course toward Mudd Planet.

4/22/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Catspaw"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E07
Air Date:  October 27, 1967
Written by: Robert Bloch
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
The crew go to the land of witches and warlocks in a special Halloween episode.

Review
When a landing party is late for a check-in, Kirk tries to contact them and gets only one crew member, Crewman Jackson, who, when he beams up onto the ship, falls down to the floor dead. From his lifeless lips, he murmurs something about the ship being cursed. That they all so go back from where they came. But Scotty and Sulu are still on the planet. So Kirk defies the curse of the dead man and beams down. Because Goonies never say die!

4/21/12

The Dead Phone Chronicles: Part 4

[Previously on The Dead Phone Chronicles]
And now the exciting conclusion...

After my previous writing, I was a little bummed that I had to continue waiting for my tax refund. I didn't think it'd be enough to cover the whole cost of my phone, but it would at least take care of a good chunk of it. And then halfway through the week I learned that what I thought would be a $300 purchase was actually going to be more than double that. See, what I hadn't be counting on was the fact that I was looking at the new or renewed contract pricing when I came up with the $300 figure. The full price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was actually $650. Which would put my 6 week journey closer to 13 weeks. Unless I could find a benefactor.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Metamorphosis of Mudd's Catspaw"

I know we're speeding along at warp 9 this week, but there's something I want to try... *talking to himself* Now if Scotty's right - which he always is - in order to transwarp beam, I'll have to... *scribbles and mumbles to himself* ...alright, let's give this a shot. *activates transporter*

LOOK AT THAT! IT'S ANOTHER EPISODE OF STAR TREK: ASTERISK!

That's right, kids, we're getting the Aftermath out to you early this week. Join us as we serve up another trio of tasty treats from The Original Series: "Catspaw", "I, Mudd", and "Metamorphosis". Scoop up a sweet dollop of the fun right here.

Also, remember to stay tuned here, or on Twitter at @GreenAsterisk and the #StarTrekAsterisk hashtag for Steve's written reviews coming later this week. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek questions. Apart from that, be sure to join us next week for the live show, Thursday at 6PM Eastern. Until then, eat up - there are starving outcasts on Ceti Alpha V, y'know!

4/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Metamorphosis of Mudd's Catspaw"

Ladies and gentlemen, due to some miraculous engineering on my part, we've upgraded our warp engines and can crank this baby up to warp 9 - so we have this week's Officer's Lounge ready NOW!

This week, the Captain and I come across some old acquaintances in three episodes from The Original Series - "Catspaw", "I, Mudd", and "Metamorphosis". Fire up your transporter beams and lock them on here.

Stay tuned later this week for the Aftermath, along with Steve's written reviews. Plus, don't forget that Hailing Frequencies Are Open! Call us at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) with all of your Star Trek questions, and we'll answer them on the show! Finally, don't forget to join us next (and every) Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now beam those bits aboard and get to listening!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Doomsday Apple in the Mirror"

*walks up to replicator* Let's see here... Computer, how about a nice new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk?

*error beep* "CANNOT REPLICATE AWESOME OF THAT MAGNITUDE.

Well, that sucks. Good thing I've got all the ingredients to make a fresh one! So HERE WE GO!

This week, the Captain and I continue with season 2 of The Original Series, serving up three new episodes: "Mirror, Mirror", "The Apple", and "The Doomsday Machine". Take a slice of the piping hot goodness here.

Remember to go back and read Steve's written reviews if you haven't done so already. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN! Be sure to give us a ring with all of your Star Trek questions - 513-ASTRISK(278-7475). Finally, join us again this and every Thursday for the live show. Until then, enjoy!

4/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Doomsday Apple in the Mirror"

*runs in, stumbling over the couch, and jumping up* Hey, you guys, look! *holds up a disk* A new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I have a bit of fun with three more episodes from season 2 of The Original Series - "Mirror, Mirror", "The Apple", and "The Doomsday Machine". Open your barrel of laughs here.

After you have a listen along with us, go check out Steve's written reviews. Also, stay tuned for the Aftermath, then join us on Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Until then, have some fun with us!

4/17/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Doomsday Machine"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E06
Air Date: October 20, 1967
Written by: Norman Spinrad
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
The Enterprise investigates the destruction of a long line of planetary systems to find the culprit: an intergalactic planet-eating cornucopia of doom.

Review
So the Enterprise is going along in space, doing its thing, exploring, when suddenly a planetary system that was supposed to be there isn't. There's just a bunch of debris, but the star is still completely in tact. Upon further investigation, they get to the source of a distress signal and find the USS Constellation adrift and terribly damaged. And the worst part is that subspace interference is making it impossible for them to report all of this back to Starfleet. The logical thing to do: move closer to the fire.

4/16/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Apple"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E05
Air Date: October 13, 1967
Written by: Max Ehrlich
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
Kirk and the crew find a planet that, at first blush, appears to be an idyllic paradise. And then they come across dart-shooting flowers, exploding rocks and a serpentine cavern that controls an innocent, yet naive tribe.

Review
Although I don't particularly imagine paradise to have a red sky, that's exactly what strikes one first upon beaming down to Gamma Trianguli VI. And comparisons to paradise were exactly what were made by the landing party. It doesn't take long, however, to find something wrong. Leave it to a redshirt to find the only plant species in paradise that shoots poisonous darts. Luckily it's not the same plant that Chekov picks up for his girlie, Yeoman Landon. It does, however, keep a few people distracted when Spock finds rocks that can blow up on impact.  And then another redshirt dies from a stray lightening bolt. You'd think that'd be their cue to leave... but no.

4/15/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Mirror, Mirror"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E04
Air Date: October 6, 1967
Written by: Jerome Bixby
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
After a transporter accident, Kirk, Bones, Uhura and Scotty find themselves in an alternate universe. One where everyone is evil... EVIL!

Review
It begins with the landing party trying to pick up some dilithium. There's an ion storm on the way, so they need an answer soon. Then suddenly, the leader in control of the dilithium says "THERE WILL BE NO DILITHIUM, NO TREATY AND NO LIEUTENANT YAR!" ...Wait... wrong series. He says he doesn't trust the Federation enough to give over his dilithium since it is so powerful and could be used for evil means. Well, then Kirk decides not to force his hand, and leaves gracefully before the ion storm rolls in. And for his efforts, he is rewarded with a transporter malfunction.

4/14/12

The Dead Phone Chronicles: Part 3

[Previously, on The Dead Phone Chronicles]

Last week while we were at Downtown Disney I had my laptop stowed away for most of the time. Without a phone, it was odd not getting a constant stream of information. But at the same time, I was having fun and hanging out with two of the best friends I have. I sometimes think about the "old days" when phones were tethered to a line and associated with a single location. They were sometimes used as a means to signal friends to meet up at another place to talk and hang out there. Now more than ever, however, phones are used as the method of hang-out. As I'm sure Google is all-too-aware.

4/12/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Changeling Mourns Amok Time"

Thunder... THUNDER... THUNDERCATS! HOOO-ooold on a minute! It's time for a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Come along with us as we discuss this week's episodes of The Original Series, beginning season 2 with "Amok Time", "Who Mourns For Adonais?", and "The Changeling". Pop this in your audio playing unit to join in the fun.

Don't forget to go back and read the Captain's written reviews, and hang out for a while in the Officer's Lounge if you haven't already. Plus, Hailing Frequencies are OPEN! Call us at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) and ask us anything your little heart desires. But keep it Star Trek related, and we may just play it on air next week! And finally, make sure you join us for the live show this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern. Now get off my porch!

4/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Changeling Mourns Amok Time"

Form... VOLTRON! ...wait, no... FORM A NEW EPISODE OF STAR TREK: ASTERISK!

Hello, you crazy kids. How would you like to join myself and Steve as we kick off season 2 of The Original Series? This week, we watch "Amok Time", "Who Mourns For Adonais?", and "The Changeling". Join the party by tuning in here.

Don't forget to read Steve's written reviews, and to stay locked in here for the Aftermath, coming tomorrow. Plus, Hailing Frequencies are OPEN! Call us with any Star Trek question, and you just may appear on next week's show! Just dial 513-ASTRISK(278-7475). Finally, remember to join us on Thursday for the live show. See ya then!

4/10/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Changeling"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E03
Air Date: September 29, 1967
Written by: John Meredyth Lucas
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
The Enterprise is sent to investigate the destruction of a star system with four billion inhabitants and, on their way, they meet the probe, Nomad, who mistakes Kirk for his creator.

Review
So Enterprise is on their way to the Malurian star system because they sent out a distress call, but the problem is that on their way, Uhura can't reach them on communications. And then they get close enough to scan the system and... no one's there. The entire population of four billion lifeforms cannot be detected. So now their mission is find out how all the life forms in the entire system have died. Could it have anything to do with the big green blob of laser goo speeding toward them faster than warp speed?

4/9/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Who Mourns for Adonais?"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E02
Air Date: September 22, 1967
Written by: Gilbert Ralston
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
Just when you thought Earth had abolished all the ancient Greek gods, Kirk runs into the last surviving member of the race that originated the myth.

Review
While Kirk and Bones tease Scotty for flirting with Lt. Carolyn Palamas, a huge green hand floats out into space from a nearby planet and grabs the Enterprise by the saucer section. This, as you might imagine, was quite unexpected. They scan it and find it to be made of energy - not biological matter. So it's not a real hand. So then, what's this face that appears on the screen moments later? He claims to know about humans from eons past and is proud of his "children" for venturing out into the stars. And I bet this shtick never gets old for him.

4/8/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Amok Time"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E01
Air Date: September 15, 1967
Written by: Theodore Sturgeon
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
It's Spock's mating season! And he has to go back to Vulcan and sex up his mate or fight for her before he dies. And Starfleet just wants him to go on some other crap mission.

Review
We open with Kirk sneaking through a Jeffery's Tube to avoid Spock. And then Bones comes up and asks him about Spock. And then Nurse Chapel comes along with some soup for Spock. He just can't seem to get away from Spock. Anyway, when Nurse Chapel brings in her soup Spock gets angry and throws the soup out of his door. Nurse Chapel is distraught and walks away crying... so Kirk has to pick up the pieces.

4/7/12

The Dead Phone Chronicles: Part 2

[Last week on The Dead Phone Chronicles.]

This week I wanted to take a picture of something, but couldn't. It was a sticker on a box indicating that the box was ready for shipment. It said "Ok to Ship," and I thought my friends on Tumblr would get a kick out of it. Alas, I instinctively put my hand to my pocket and realized it was empty. Things like this, however, happened less and less often throughout the week. After around fifteen years of carrying some kind of cellular device, it took only a little over a week to learn that I don't have it anymore. And I'm still okay with that.

4/4/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Operation: Alternative City!"

Autobots, ASSEMBLE! ...in the living room! FOR STAR TREK: ASTERISK!

Here we are, at the end of season 1 of The Original Series. It's been quite a trek (see what I did there?), but we finally made it through the full 30-episode season, and closed on a high note with "The Alternative Factor", "The City on the Edge of Forever", and "Operation: Annihilate!" Join us here as we close out an awesome season of Trekdom.

If you haven't already (which you SHOULD have), make sure to read Steve's written reviews. Also, join us Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the LIVE show! And don't forget - Hailing Frequencies are OPEN! Call us at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) and ask us ANYTHING about Star Trek. Your question may even be played on-air next week! Until then... \\//_ Live long and prosper.

4/3/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Operation: Alternative City!"

*holds up Greyskull's Sword of Power* I have the POWER!!!! ...to bring you a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

That's right, folks, it's time for another edition of the Officer's Lounge, where the Captain and I take you on an amazingly hilarious journey through Trek lore (no, not THAT Lore). We finally come to the end of season 1 of The Original Series with "The Alternative Factor", "The City on the Edge of Forever", and "Operation: Annihilate!" Join us in taking it out with a bang here.

Also, go back and read Steve's written reviews (there's a trollface in there somewhere), and stay tuned tomorrow for the Aftermath. Plus, be sure to join us LIVE on Thursday at 6PM Eastern when we begin season 2!

ALSO: Remember that Hailing Frequencies are OPEN! Feel free to call us with your Star Trek questions at 513-ASTRISK. You may just get your question played on air next week! Now be gone with you!

4/2/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Operation -- Annihilate!"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E29
Air Date: April 13, 1967
Written by: Steven W. Carabatsos
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty

Premise
The crew encounters plastic puke monsters that threaten civilization as they know it.

Review
Following a string of planets that have gone mad and died, the Enterprise gets to the last one on the list - the one where Kirk's brother lives. When they arrive they find that a ship is on a crash course toward the sun! They try to save it, but whoever's inside is intent on following through. Over the communication channel, he says "I'M FREE!" and dives into the massive star.

4/1/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The City on the Edge of Forever"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S01E28
Air Date: April 6, 1967
Written by: Harlan Ellison
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
Bones goes on a drugged rampage through time and Kirk and Spock go to find him and fix history.

Review
While traveling over the planet Gateway (which is not named in the episode), the Enterprise experiences turbulence while passing through time distortions. The turbulence knocks out Sulu, so Bones comes in with some cordrazine and wakes him right up with just a couple drops. Unfortunately, the turbulence pushes Bones to accidentally inject the entire hypo into himself. The high dose of the "tricky" drug makes him go insane and run off the bridge, overtake the transporter technician and beam down to Gateway. So Kirk, Spock and the whole team is forced to follow.

The Dead Phone Chronicles: Part 1

Exactly one week ago today I left my Droid X in the pocket of my favorite jeans and threw them in the wash. The standard reaction to this is panic, but if you know me, you know better than to think I panicked. Upon realizing what I did, I swiftly and calmly opened the washer mid-fill and sloshed around for my pants. I took the phone out, took the battery out of the phone and dunked it in a bowl of dry rice. If you're unfamiliar with this maneuver, it is supposed to be the quickest way to draw moisture out of your phone. Two days later I was in Tunisia killing a man. That's not true. But I was mourning a death. The death of my phone.