6/26/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Tholian Web"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E09
Air Date: November 15, 1968
Written by: Judy Burns and Chet Richards
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein

Premise
Just as Kirk disappears into the void between universes, the Tholians show up and start holding the Enterprise in a web!

Review
Investigating the disappearance of the U.S.S. Defiant, the crew of the Enterprise finds the lost ship phasing in and out of existence and donning a beautiful new glowy green coloring. They try to contact them, but there's no answer, so they put on their fancy space suits and beam over. To their shock and horror, they find that the crew has likely killed each other in fits of insanity. And now this area of space is probably going to do the same to them.

6/25/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky!"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E08
Air Date: November 8, 1968
Written by: Rik Vollaerts
Directed by: Tony Leader

Premise
Bones discovers that he has a year to live and decides he wants to live it out in a planet-shaped spaceship.

Review
We start off with a cluster of missiles headed toward the Enterprise. Fortunately, they are easily dispatched with the phasers, but now we have to figure out where they came from. Sulu sets a course, they're on their way. Meanwhile, Kirk stops by sick bay to catch up on Bones' physical examinations of the crew. Bones says that the whole crew is in peak condition except for one officer. He has a fatal disease called xenopolycythemia which gives him only one more year to live. And that one officer is the chief medical officer. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN!

6/24/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Day of the Dove"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E07
Air Date: November 1, 1968
Written by: Jerome Bixby
Directed by: Marvin Chomsky

Premise
It's Klingons vs Federation in a battle on board the Enterprise brought on by a mysterious, sneaky hate-eater.

Review
So the Enterprise is called to a planet to check up on a Federation base. They get there and... nothing's there. No sign of any station from anyone, least of all Federation. And then SUDDENLY KLINGONS! They show up in orbit, beam down and claim that the Enterprise has damaged their ship. But Chekov can't find any damage to their ship. Doesn't matter, 'cause the Klingons still believe it's damaged. And they want the Enterprise. Meanwhile, some kind of energy being follows along.

6/23/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Day of the Hollow Tholian"

*walks out of holodeck and shakes umbrella*

Man, it is STORMY in there! I go to have ONE rainy day, and it just bottoms out. I probably shifted some varaible around somewhere. I'll fix it later. In the meantime, let's have a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I blew through three more episodes of season 3 of The Original Series: "Day of the Dove", "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", and "The Tholian Web". Slosh through the audio data here.

Have you checked out this week's live show? No? What's wrong with you?! Go over there now! Also, be sure to check out Steve's written reviews later this week. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475), so call us with any questions or comments about Star Trek or our show. Finally, be sure to tune in next and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for our live show! Alright, let me go reconfigure this program. It's like damn hurricane season in there...

6/22/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Day of the Hollow Tholian"

Oh hey, guys. Just sittin' here by the pool, gettin' my feet wet, tryin' to cool off after working on the engines. Apparently I did some serious tweaking to the them, too, because I've already got you a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, we dove right into more of season 3 of The Original Series with three new episodes: "Day of the Dove", "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky", and "The Tholian Web". Go off the deep end with us here.

Be sure to tune in right here tomorrow for the Aftermath, and keep it locked here later in the week for Steve's written reviews of each episode. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, tune in next and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now get to the Holodeck - you've got a show to listen to!

6/21/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Is There in Enterprise No Brain?"

*brushes hands* Alright. I think I finally got everything back in tip-top condition down here. So without further ado, how about a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk already?!

This week, the Captain and I ventured into new territory by way of three more episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Spock's Brain", "The Enterprise Incident", and "Is There In Truth No Beauty?". Journey along with us here.

Remember to go back and read Steve's written reviews, and be sure to hang out in the Officer's Lounge if you haven't already done so. Plus, keep in mind that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek questions and comments. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now let's warp out of here - we got a show to do tomorrow!

6/20/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Is There In Truth No Beauty?"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E05
Air Date: October 18, 1968
Written by: Jean Lissette Aroeste
Directed by: Ralph Senensky

Premise
Ambassador Kollos is a member of a species that is so ugly you'll go insane if you look at him. But he still has to do his job as an ambassador, so he brings along with him Dr. Miranda Jones who is so beautiful you'll go insane if you look at her.

Review
The Enterprise picks up Kollos because he wants to go home. Kollos is a Medusan. Medusans are so different from humans physically that if a human looks at them they'll go insane. Vulcans, on the other hand, are able to look at them through the use of a special visor. So it's kind of surprising that when he beams aboard inside of his protective box, he's not escorted by a Vulcan, but rather a human: Dr. Miranda Jones. Also along with them is Larry Mavik. He was one of the designers of the Enterprise's engines. He's not important. No one cares about Larry.

6/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Enterprise Incident"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E02
Air Date: September 27, 1968
Written by: D. C. Fontana
Directed by: John Meredyth Lucas

Premise
Kirk goes crazy and enters the Romulan Neutral Zone without provocation!

Review
We open this episode with a log from Bones instead of Kirk, which should be our first clue that something strange is up. Bones says that Kirk has been acting strange and restless. He's barking out orders and being generally a big meanie head. WHEN SUDDENLY: Kirk orders Sulu to set a course straight into the Romulan Neutral Zone. Which is totally against the treaty! WTF, Kirk!? Despite his illogical order, the crew is forced to follow. And once they're in the Neutral Zone, they are overtaken by several Romulan ships. Now he's gone and done it.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Is There in Enterprise No Brain?"

Well, after last week's issue with the warp core, we've fixed the breach and have gotten everything in peak condition, so how about a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk, eh?

This week, we continue our adventures in season 3 of The Original Series with three new episodes: "Spock's Brain", "The Enterprise Incident", and "Is There In Truth No Beauty?". Recount the tales of our journey here.

Remember to read Steve's written reviews, plus stay tuned tomorrow for the Aftermath. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your questions and comments about our show or Star Trek in general. Finally, make sure to tune in next and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now to tweak the engines a bit so I can get the Aftermath ready...

6/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Spock's Brain"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E01
Air Date: September 20, 1968
Written by: Lee Cronin (Gene L. Coon)
Directed by: Marc Daniels

Premise
Some chick steals Spock's brain, so now they have to go lug it back home. Lame.

Review
Let's start with how preposterous it is that a single woman can beam onto the Enterprise and knock out the entire crew with the touch of a button. Not all in one fell swoop, mind you, as though she's at the epicenter of a radiating reaction, but one deck at a time, as if her mechanism is integrated into the ship's systems. If that kind of technology exists in the galaxy and is being controlled by people who, as we'll see, don't know how to use it, then we might as well all just give up and go home.

6/13/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Paradise Children of the Gun"

*hits a few buttons on a console* Alright, I think I've got this... *scrolling through screens* Ah-HA! Here it is! This week's episode of the Aftermath on Star Trek: Asterisk!

Steve and I have gone through (and again) a trio of episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Spectre of the Gun", "And The Children Shall Lead", and "The Paradise Syndrome". Join us for round two here.

Once again, be sure to go back and read Steve's written reviews. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475). And finally, join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now let me get going to fix our warp core before the show tomorrow!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Paradise Children of the Gun"

*alarms blaring* Hold on! I've got it!! *hits a few buttons on a console and looks around as if he's waiting*

*alarms stop*

Sorry, you guys. During the post-show last Thursday, we discovered an antimatter leak. ...which led to a warp core breach. ...which caused Steve's mic cable to not work properly. Either way, we lost some of his audio during the live show, but that won't stop us from posting it!

This week, Steve and I got started with season 3 of The Original Series and a new triad of episodes: "Spectre of the Gun", "And The Children Shall Lead", and "The Paradise Syndrome". Review the surveillance data here.

Don't forget to read Steve's written reviews and stick around for the Aftermath, coming shortly. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to catch the live show this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern. Now, let me go through the rest of this data... I'll be right back.

6/12/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Paradise Syndrome"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E03
Air Date: October 4, 1968
Written by: Margaret Armen
Directed by: Jud Taylor

Premise
Kirk forgets who he is and falls in love with a Native American woman for some reason.

Review
An asteroid is about to crash into this planet, so Kirk, Bones and Spock go to check the planet out before they decide what to do about it. They look around and find the planet to be idyllic. It would be a shame to lose it just because of how beautiful it is. And then they find a huge obelisk obviously made by an advanced race that isn't around anymore. The last thing they find there is the oddest. Tribes of Native American people just chillin', doin' their thing... HUNDREDS OF LIGHTYEARS AWAY FROM EARTH.

6/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "And the Children Shall Lead"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E04
Air Date: October 11, 1968
Written by: Edward J. Lasko
Directed by: Marvin Chomsky

Premise
A group of annoying kids uses their creepy uncle's powers to steal the Enterprise. Nurse Chapel serves ice cream.

Review
The Enterprise goes to answer a distress call from a Federation outpost at Triacus. But when they get there, they find bodies scattered around on the ground, all dead. But perhaps the most unusual part of all of this, the children of the people who had died come out and play as though nothing had happened. Their parents are laying dead on the ground and they're playing ring-around-the-rosey with Captain Kirk. The frak is wrong with these children?

6/10/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Spectre of the Gun"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E06
Air Date: October 25, 1968
Written by: Lee Cronin (Gene L. Coon)
Directed by: Vincent McEveety

Premise
As a punishment for trespassing, Kirk and friends are forced to relive a violent moment from Kirk's ancestry: the shootout at O.K. Corral.

Review
So the Enterprise is putzing around in space when they come across a strange psychedelic satellite that warns them not to continue on and, in fact, to turn back... OR ELSE. Not one to take orders from strange satellites, Kirk assures the disembodied voice that the Enterprise is on a peaceful mission to establish friendly relations with new races, a descriptor that happens to apply to this guy. They hail, but get no answer, so in a desperate attempt to fulfill their orders of establishing contact with the Melkotians, Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty and Chekov beam down to the planet. And materialize in a dense fog. Before them, the demonic glowing eyes of a Melkotian.

6/5/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Concerning Preservers"

In all of Star Trek, there has always been the question of why all the aliens just look like humans with some makeup on. The real answer was, of course, a limited effects budget. But that's not good enough. There always has to be a reason behind an on-screen limitation. If an actor can't work on the series anymore, kill her off; if Klingons suddenly have ridges, create an augment virus; if everyone speaks the same language, create a universal translator. The best storytellers cover their tails and close up their plot holes, no matter how long it takes. And this was one of the earliest questions to be answered in Star Trek lore.

6/4/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Assignment: Earth"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E26
Air Date: March 29, 1968
Written by: D.C. Fontana and Laurence N. Wolfe
Directed by: John Meredyth Lucas

Premise
When the Enterprise goes back in time to study 20th century Earth, they find a mysterious man claiming to want to help humanity through a crisis. HE HAS A KITTY!

Review
This will be the first time when the crew of the Enterprise purposely went back in time presumably on Starfleet's orders. It may not be the last, but it certainly won't be a regular thing in Starfleet. By the time Deep Space Nine rolls around we'll find that the Department of Temporal Investigations has formed, time travel is frowned upon and a Temporal Prime Directive has been put into place. But in this episode, none of those rules apply. So let's go study a nuclear warhead launch in 1968, shall we?? But first... STRANGER DANGER IN THE TRANSPORTER ROOM!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Assignment: Bread Preservers"

*walks out of large refrigerator doors*

Oh. Hey, you guys. I didn't know you'd be here. What's that? A new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk? Of course I've got one of those for ya! *pulls mechanical pencil out of his pocket and clicks it* Here we go!

This week, Steve and I cover the final two episodes of season 2 of The Original Series: "Bread and Circuses" and "Assignment: Earth". Also, Steve includes a special segment on the history of the Preserver alien race. Come through the other side of the vortex and find the audio here.

Don't forget to stay tuned for Steve's written reviews (including a write-up on the Preservers), and remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN! Call us with any of your questions or comments about Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us on Thursday for the live show. Until then... *walks back into the fridge and it disappears*

6/3/12

Star Trek Asterisk: "Bread and Circuses"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S02E25
Air Date: March 15, 1968
Written by: Gene Roddenberry and Gene L. Coon
Directed by: Ralph Senensky

Premise
The Enterprise comes upon a planet that has evolved a human culture resembling Rome, except with cars and machine guns.

Review
So the Enterprise is on their way to 892-IV, presumably to find a more suitable name for the planet, when they come across the ruins of the SS Beagle. This merchant ship had been missing for six years, and they discover that the captain was a friend of Kirk's, R. M. Merik. But what's really interesting is when they pick up video transmissions from the planet of a broadcast gladiator match. It would seem that they are Romans with 21th century technology! But wait! There's more! The guy who dies in the gladiatorial match is named and Spock reads his name off of the SS Beagle's manifest. So now they have to go down and investigate a possible violation of the Prime Directive

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Assignment: Bread Preservers"

Well hello there! I was just getting a nice loaf of bread ready for the Captain, per his latest assignment. Something about elephants and clowns, I think? *looks around* Wait, what am I doing?! It's time for a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

We had a slightly shorter week than usual this week as we watch the final two episodes from season 2 of The Original Series: "Bread and Circuses" and "Assignment: Earth". Join us here to send season 2 off in style.

Stay tuned later in the week for the Aftermath, along with his written reviews (with a special bonus segment on the Preservers). Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at (513) ASTRISK (278-7475). You can call us with any questions or comments about Star Trek or our show. Finally, remember to join us next and every Thursday for the live show. Until then, I'm gonna slice this bad boy up and make us some sammiches.