5/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Ultimate Omega Name"

We had a time getting sobered up, but we did, and we put together a pretty damn good show, so let's do this! Here's a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I produced our penultimate show for season 2 of The Original Series, watching "By An Other Name", "The Omega Glory", and "The Ultimate Computer". You can head over here to find the crispy bits.

Don't forget to go back and check out Steve's write-ups from this past week's episodes. Plus, join us this Thursday for a slightly shorter live show as we close out season 2. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN - call us with your questions or comments at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475). Until then... get to listening! There's a show tomorrow!

5/29/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Ultimate Computer"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E24
Air Date: Mar 8, 1968
Written by: D.C. Fontana and Laurence N. Wolfe
Directed by: John Meredyth Lucas

Premise
Dr. Daystrom puts the Enterprise on cruise control. Kirk battles an inferiority complex.

Review
So the Enterprise is called in to a station to talk to Commodore Wesley. Once they get there, Wesley says they're going to be taking on Dr. Daystrom who will hook up his newfangled M-5 computer to the Enterprise to test it as a crew replacement. The M-5 should be able to handle all the functions of a starship without the help of any human officer. As the one who created all the computers currently used on Federation vessels, Daystrom is singularly qualified to make such a claim. So, while there is a bit of resistance, Kirk finally agrees to testing his new device in some war games.

5/28/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Omega Glory"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E23
Air Date: March 1, 1968
Written by: Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Vincent McEveety

Premise
The Enterprise finds the U.S.S. Exeter orbiting the planet Omega IV, but abandoned. The ship's captain violates the Prime Directive. And this time it's not OK because it's not Kirk.

Review
When the Enterprise comes to Omega IV, they find the Exeter in orbit, but when they beam over they find that the entire crew has been reduced to a sort of crystalline substance. And then they find a message left by the ship's medical officer warning about the disease that reduced the crew to their condition. He said that if they're on board they're already infected. There is no hope except, maybe, to beam down to the planet. Why? Well, he tries to say, but then he dies. He only says that Captain Tracey is already down there...

5/27/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "By Any Other Name"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E22
Air Date: February 23, 1968
Written by: D.C. Fontana and Jerome Bixby
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
The Enterprise is captured by the Kelvans who want to go back to their home in another galaxy, a trip that will take 300 years. Scotty gets one of them drunk.

Review
It starts off like most episodes: with a distress call. They beam down to a planet to see if there are any survivors to help out and it turns out there were some survivors. But they're going to help themselves. To the Enterprise. They demand that the Enterprise be given to them so that they can bring it back to their home galaxy. So why does anyone care to listen to their ridiculous plea? Because they have devices that can paralyze people.

5/26/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Ultimate Omega Name"

*slurring* Hey.

Hey you guys.

We did a podcast, where we watch Star Trek and stuff. It's called Star Trek: Asterisk. I bet... I bet you'll like it.

So it's Steve and I... *hiccup* ...and we're watching The Original Series. Three episodes, even: "By Any Other Name", "The Omega Glory", and "The Ultimate Computer". You should- you should go listen to it over here.

*takes another shot of whiskey*

Hey. Steve's gonna write reviews of the episodes. They're gonna be really funny. So you should read those. Then, we're gonna do another part of the podcast after we sober up some, and post it, too. And you should call us. You can ask us Star Trek questions or comments about the show. Oh, and you can listen to it live! It's great! Alright, I think that's it for now. I'm gonna go take this to...

*falls over and passes out*

5/22/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - A Private Little Return to Force"

*beams back up to the bridge, humming "The Joker"* Ah, here we are... As promised, I have returned quickly with a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk - this time, the Aftermath!

Yes, it was a gloriously silly week as Steve and I watched The Original Series. More specifically, the episodes "A Private Little War", "Return to Tomorrow", and "Patterns of Force". If you dare to go here, you'll find our silliest show yet.

Once again, please go back and read Steve's written reviews. For your sanity's sake. And call us! HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475) for any of your questions or comments about Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk. Plus, remember the live show this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern. And, uh... *looks around at various consoles* I guess that about covers it. I think I'll take the scenic route back to Engineering...

*wanders toward turbolift, singing* Some people call me the space cowboy... Some call me the gangster of love...

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - A Private Little Return to Force"

*beams up to the bridge* Hey guys! Sorry I'm behind this week. I've been tinkering with a few things down in Engineering as usual, and time just kept on slippin' slippin' slippin'... into the future... *clears throat* Anywho... Hey, check it out! A new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I had the pleasure (well, not ALL of it was pleasing) of watching the three The Original Series episodes "A Private Little War", "Return to Tomorrow", and "Patterns of Force". Let us regale you with our tales of woe here.

Also, be sure to check out Steve's written reviews, and remember - HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN! Call us at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475) with any comments or questions you have about Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk. Finally, stay tuned for the Aftermath coming up... well, in just a few minutes! *beams out, singing to himself* I want to fly like an eagle...

Star Trek: Asterisk "Patterns of Force"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E21
Air Date: February 16, 1968
Written by: John Meredyth Lucas
Directed by: Vincent McEveety

Premise
Spock and Kirk investigate a planet that seems to have adopted a Nazi philosophy of government. Grampa refuses to take his pills.

Review
The Enterprise is on its way to pick up Dr. John Gill who has been out of contact with Starfleet for a few months now and it's getting concerning. The good doctor was a historian and a cultural observer sent to the planet Ekos to check out a pre-warp civilization and study their society. But when they get to the Ekos they find themselves under attack from a thermonuclear warhead, something that this planet should not have been able to produce yet.

5/21/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Return to Tomorrow"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E20
Air Date: February 9, 1968
Written by: John Kingsbridge
Directed by: Ralph Senensky

Premise
A group of beings who learned to exist outside of body need to use Spock, Kirk and Lt. Commander Mulhall's bodies to build new robot bodies. Sargon uses Bluff. It's super effective.

Review
So, the Enterprise is traveling hundreds of lightyears farther than anyone has gone before, normal day at work, and whatnot. When suddenly they get a distress call. From a dead planet. And then they get audio transmission from some guy named Sargon. Apparently, he's dead, too. Somehow? It's all very creepy, but they are Starfleet personnel, right? It's their mission to explore new things. So they go down to investigate. Spock starts to come with, but Kirk tells him to stay. And then Sargon tells Spock to come by turning off the power until he does. It's like a little kid holding his breath.

5/20/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Private Little War"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E19
Air Date: February 2, 1968
Written by: Gene Roddenberry and Jud Crucis
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
Bones and Kirk attempt to balance the score on a planet that is being "helped" by the Klingons. Spock gets slapped by a substitute doctor.

Review
While Bones, Kirk and Spock are taking a look around on a primitive planet, they find that the natives, who are not yet old enough to have first contact, suddenly have advanced weaponry that they shouldn't have for another few decades. Of course, because of the Prime Directive, they can't make themselves known, so they're hiding around while spying on the curious goings on. Unfortunately, don't hide well enough because they eventually get caught. Some of the natives find them and start to shoot at them. Spock is shot with a primitive shot gun, so Kirk and Bones are forced to fight back with phasers, despite this breaking the Prime Directive. When the natives are out of sight, they beam back to the ship and take Spock to sick bay.

5/15/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Immunity Syndrome"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E18
Air Date: January 19, 1968
Written by: Robert Sabaroff
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
The Enterprise and its crew starts losing energy. The culprit: A gigantic single celled amoeba.

Review
We start off with Kirk and the crew being ready for some shore leave. On their way to Starbase 6, Kirk logs that he is ready for some rest and relaxation on some lovely... planet. But we can't rest yet, can we? Oh, no, sir. Not when Spock suddenly shows emotion. After Uhura gets a message from Starbase 6 about the USS Intrepid, a ship entirely manned with Vulcans, Spock suddenly appears stricken and reports that he felt the entire crew of the Intrepid suddenly die. When they go to check it out at the Intrepid's last known coordinates, they find that not only the ship, but the entire system, with its billions of inhabitants, has been lost.

5/14/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Piece of the Action"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E17
Air Date: January 12, 1968
Written by: David P. Harmon and Gene L. Coon
Directed by: James Komack

Premise
The Enterprise checks up on an imitative race that based their entire society on a book left behind by the USS Horizon, "Chicago Gangsters of the Twenties."

Review
A long time ago, before the creation of the Prime Directive, the USS Horizon stopped by Sigma Iotia II and left behind a book entitled "Chicago Gangsters of the Twenties". They sent notification back to Earth, but because they were using old style communications, it took a hundred years to reach back. As soon as they got the transmission, however, Enterprise rushed on their way to fix the contamination. And when Kirk, Spock and Bones beam down they find a great reconstruction of 1920s Chicago. And they are greeted by gangsters with Tommy guns.

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Gamesters of Triskelion"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E17
Air Date: January 5th, 1968
Written by: Margaret Armen
Directed by: Gene Nelson

Premise
Kirk, Uhura and Chekov are forced to fight for the amusement of the Providers who bet on the outcomes. Bones and Scotty briefly consider mutiny.

Review
So, the idea was to beam down to an uninhabited planet that had an automatic communications station and give it a routine check, but as soon as Kirk, Uhura and Chekov step onto the transporter pad, they disappear! That is... they disappear in a manner inconsistent with the normal function of the transporter. They just blink out of existence and reappear on a planet far, far away with three suns. This planet is Triskelion and as soon as they get there, they have to fight for their lives.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Immunity from the Action of Triskelion"

The last couple of days, I've felt seriously drained. It's almost as if there was some kind of incident with a giant spaceborne amoeba that sucked all my energy dry... But I've got just enough left to bring you guys a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, the Captain and I trudged through three more episodes from The Original Series: "The Gamesters of Triskelion", "A Piece of the Action", and "The Immunity Syndrome". Discover the delicious bits here.

Don't forget to stay tuned for Steve's written reviews later this week, and be sure to join us next week for the live show. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN - call us at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) and leave us a message with your Star Trek questions or comments. Until then... I think I'm gonna go take a nap and recharge.

5/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Immunity from the Action of Triskelion"

SHAZBOT! After dealing a technical glitch during yesterday's live show (and by technical glitch, I mean I hit the wrong button), I was able to fully recover so we could bring you guys another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Steve and I continue our meandering this week with three more episodes from season 2 of The Original Series: "The Gamesters of Triskelion", "A Piece of the Action", and "The Immunity Syndrome". Tales of our journey will be regaled upon clicking here.

Be sure to stay tuned later this weekend for the Aftermath, plus Steve's written reviews. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475), so call us and leave us wonderfully Trekky messages that we may just play on next week's show! Until then, remember:

NANU NANU!

5/8/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Trouble With Tribbles"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E15
Air Date: December 29, 1967
Written by: David Gerrold
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
Called upon to protect the development of Sherman's planet, the Enterprise encounters a rapidly reproducing species of cute fuzzballs. Kirk gets a headache.

Review
So, according to the peace treaty made with the Organians between Humans and Klingons, Sherman's Planet is supposed to go to the party that is most successful in developing it. So, the Federation's claim is being headed up on Deep Space Station K-7 and the Enterprise has been called in to help. Just a routine mission, right? And then K-7 calls in a Priority One distress call which could mean one of two things: Either they're under attack, or a tightly wound Federation official is abusing his power in order to get a platoon of guards to cover his storage compartments.

5/7/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Wolf In the Fold"

Vital information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E14
Air Date: December 22, 1967
Written by: Robert Bloch
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
Scotty stands accused of the murders of at least three different women who wall died mysteriously in the same manner as Jack the Ripper's M.O.

Review
What we didn't see happen in this episode is Scotty receiving a bump to the head that ended up being the fault of some female officer. Bones seems to be worried that this incident would give him a resentment toward women in general, so he prescribes some shore leave on a planet full of loose women. Honestly, I think it was just a ploy by Bones to go there himself.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Obsession"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E13
Air Date: December 15, 1968
Written by: Art Wallace
Directed by: Ralph Senensky

Premise
The spirit of Captain Ahab inhabits Kirk's body and mistakes a blood-sucking cloud for his infamous whale. At least that's what I prefer to believe.

Review
I'll be honest, I'm not gonna spend a lot of time on this one. It doesn't merit time. But it did happen, so it will be mentioned. The biggest mistake the creators of Star Trek made in this episode was mistaking Kirk for the kind of captain that would be obsessed of his own free agency. Not only is it not in his character to dwell on the perceived mistakes of the past, it also seems to be a bit beyond Shatner's acting ability. Or, if not, beyond what his understanding of the character had become. Perhaps the only redeeming part of this episode is the redshirt body count.

5/6/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Trouble With Obsessed Wolves"

So... Since the Captain made me beam all the Tribbles down to a planet where they could at least have a couple of natural predators... *grumbles to himself* ...I figured I'd go ahead and put together the Aftermath for you guys.

*sad sigh*

This week, join us as we review three more episodes from The Original Series: "Obsession", "Wolf in the Fold", and "The Trouble With Tribbles". Listen to me squee here.

Don't forget to stay tuned for Steve's written reviews, and go back and listen to this week's Officer's Lounge. Also, remember that Hailing Frequencies Are Open at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475), so call us with any of your questions. Finally, be sure to join us next Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Until then...

*sigh* I miss my Tribbles. :(

5/5/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Trouble With Obsessed Wolves"

Hey, you guys. Sorry about being a little late-

TRIBBLE!!!

...um, late posting the live show this week, but I've been a little-

LOOK! THERE'S ANOTHER ONE!!! TRIBBLE!!!!

...uh, a little distracted, because no matter where I turn on the ship, I seem to always find a-

TRIBBLE!!! OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT IT!!! IT'S SOOOO CUTE!!! *SQUEEEEEE*

*deep breaths* Alright. I think I'm ok for now. I just need to get you guys a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week the Captain and I continue with three new episodes- TRIBBLE!! -of The Original Series. Join us as we have some fun with "Obsession", "Wolf in the Fold", and "The Trouble With Tribbles". You might wanna go ahead and head over here to get the bits before I- WOW, LOOK AT THAT ONE!!! AHHH!!

...

*clears throat* Alright then. Look, just remember to stay tuned for the Aftermath tomorrow and Steve's written reviews later this week. And remember that Hailing Frequencies Are Open at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your questions about Star Trek, no matter how big or small. Until then, just remember that-

TRIBBLE!!!!!!! *runs after it*

5/1/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Deadly Years"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E12
Air Date: December 8, 1967
Written by: David P. Harmon
Directed by: Joseph Pevney

Premise
Kirk and a landing party get infected by a disease that makes them age rapidly. Bones gives us a sneak peek at "Encounter at Farpoint".

Review
So the Enterprise is out on a routine mission to resupply an experimental colony when they find out what happens when people mess around with experiments: PEOPLE DIE. Chekov wanders away from the group for a while to find any of the colonists and is scared stupid when he finds one of them has died of old age. He runs screaming out of the hut and calls for the rest of the team. And that's when the other colonists come. They are all similarly extremely old. But they claim to be no more than in their late 20's.