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!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Whalers on the Moon"

"We're whalers on the moon... we carry a harpoon... but there..." Wait, there ARE whales! In the cargo bay, of all places. And guess what else there is - a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I travel through time to the year 1986 so we could watch Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Join us for a barrel of laughs here.

I hope you've read Steve's written review of the film, because the Aftermath is coming soon. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this coming Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now let's go - we've got a future to save!

9/24/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: MovieIV
Release Date: November 26, 1986
Written by: Steve Meerson & Peter Krikes and Harve Bennett & Nicholas Meyer
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Premise
Kirk is prepared to face the charges against him for breaking the rules in the last movie, but before he can get home, he has to go back in time to save Earth from a giant space probe.

Review
Deep in the outer reaches of space, a monstrous space probe passes by the USS Saratoga and knocks its power out on the way to Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, a Klingon ambassador accuses Kirk of murdering a ship full of Klingons in his quest to exterminate the Klingon race with the Genesis probe (that thing will just not go away). The Federation president says that Kirk will face nine violations of Starfleet regulations, the crew of the Enterprise has been stuck on Vulcan for three months, and on top of all that, a computer is trying to find out how Spock feels. There's nowhere to go from here but up.

9/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - BECAUSE YOU WISH IT"

This week, we were charged with a great task! So before we begin our journey home, we have to undertake that task. No, not finding Spock - we've already done that. This task is giving YOU a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Come along with me and the Captain as we take an in-depth look at the film Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. There's laughter, there's tears, and there's a show. In fact, it's right here.

You had BETTER have read Steve's review of the movie. And I really hope you've been into the Officer's Lounge this week. Plus, it'd be really nice of you to leave us a message, because HAILING FREQUENICES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). But most of all, we'd love you forever if you joined us this and every Thursday for the live show.

NOTE: After we finish The Original Series motion pictures, we'll be on hiatus. But never fear, for we shall return! That's right - starting November 9th, we're moving to Friday nights! So mark your calendars and make it so - we're engaging with The Next Generation in November!

9/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - BECAUSE YOU WISH IT"

Last week was a sad time for all Starfleet officers and cadets. Not only those aboard the Enterprise, but those serving all across the Alpha Quadrant. For we lost one of our own, the esteemed Mr. Spock. However, good news! We found him on this week's episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Join Steve and I as we continue our journey through the motion pictures with the second in a series of excellent films, The Search For Spock. Our tale of joyous exaltation can be found here.

Be sure to check out Steve's write-up of the film here, and stay tuned later for the Aftermath. Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek or STA questions and comments. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now get ahold of yourself and get to it!

9/15/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Search for Spock"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: MovieIII
Release Date: June 1, 1984
Written by: Harve Bennett
Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Premise
After Spock's death, Kirk and the crew are forced to break Starfleet regulations to find him alive on the Genesis planet, a planet of interest to the Klingons.

Review
Limping back home after their fierce battle with Khan, the crew of the Enterprise speeds up repairs and arrives just in time to find out that they aren't allowed to go back. Scotty is dejected to be told he will be transferred to the Excelsior, Kirk is devastated to find that the Enterprise is scheduled for decommission, and Bones is going crazy because Spock's katra is in his head. All-around bad times for all.

9/12/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Invoking the Wrath"

This was a grand week in the history of Star Trek: Asterisk. This week, we had the privilege of partaking in one of the greatest motion pictures of all time: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In doing so, there was one VERY desired side-effect - a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk! Join Steve and I as we take an objective look at this fine film. Our in-depth analysis can be found here.

Make sure you've read Steve's written review of the film, and go back and check out the Officer's Lounge if you haven't already. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday for the live show. Get going - we've got to search for Spock soon!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Invoking the Wrath"

For months, I've been waiting. For months, I've been hoping that time would pass a little faster. And finally, the time has come.

KHAAAAAAAAAN!!

That's right, Steve and I finally watched the amazing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and it was AWESOME! And to share in that awesome, we've made you an all new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk! Join us as we enjoy one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. You can share our joy here.

Don't forget to go back and check out Steve's written review, and stay tuned for the Aftermath. Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us next Thursday for the live show as we continue with Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. Enjoy!

9/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Sailing On the Arc"

When Star Trek started out, it followed the same basic format as the rest of the shows of its era. One episode was one story compartmentalized in a single hour timeframe that never affected any other episode. TV was this way in that time because it was still pretty much a novelty. A popular novelty, to be sure, but the only time anyone took it seriously was when the news was on. As TV grew and matured and as people began to see it as a proper artform, stories began to take a broader shape. The continuity of story that one might have only previously found in a book or movie series started to find its way into the craft of television. Characters began to evolve, stories began to stretch the resolution between several episodes - even whole seasons! Story arcs became not just popular, but expected. And for Star Trek, it all started in the movies.

9/9/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: MovieII
Release Date: June 4, 1982
Written by: Harve Bennett and Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Premise
After a planetary shift causes the death of his wife, the great Khan Noonien Singh seeks revenge on Admiral James T. Kirk.

Review
The movie starts off with the famous Kobayashi Maru test being taken by Lt. Saavik. The test is probably the most annoying video game ever. You're called in to help the Kobayashi Maru, who is badly damaged inside the Neutral Zone, and then get attacked by three Klingon ships. There is no way win. You either cross into the Neutral Zone and die, or stay out of the Neutral Zone and let the Kobayashi Maru die. Bonus points if you do it while eating an apple. Kirk is the only one who ever beat the test by destroying the Klingons and saving the Kobayashi Maru. So you can imagine Saavik's embarrassment when Kirk walks in after she loses and gives an assessment.

9/5/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Setting Things In Motion"

And here we are, finally done with our tour. We hope you really like the new ship. ...because it won't last long. Hey, these things come and go. Literally. But before this particular one goes, we've got one more thing to hand over to you - a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, we began our trek through the movies, starting with the first one - The Motion Picture. Join us as we discuss... wait, no. Join us as we lament the movie and beg for something better. Our tale of woe can be found right here.

In case you haven't done so already, go check out Steve's review here. Oh, and the piece he did on the Enterprise? Solid gold. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, join us this and every Thursday for the live show. Now I must attend to some business with the Captain.

He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Setting Things In Motion"

It's new! It's improved! It's... all the same people as before, but older! Welcome to our updated Officer's Lounge! We're glad you could stop by during your tour of our refit. Have a seat, stay a while, and relax with a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I boldly went where we haven't gone before - into the first of the movies! That's right, we dove head first into The Motion Picture. Amazingly, we survived with only tribbial brain dabblage. Come read the medical report here.

Be sure to go back and read Steve's written review of the film, plus his awesome special on the Enterprise herself. Also, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Plus, stick around for the Aftermath, coming quite quickly. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. You better get to it, before you invoke someone's wrath...

9/2/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Many Faces of Enterprise"

When The Motion Picture came out, viewers were presented with a completely new design for their favorite space ship and it was given a plausible explanation: an eighteen month refit process. Well, it didn't take long until that ship was destroyed and producers invented the multi-ship registry. With the original (though refit) ship given an A, it lent credence to naming further Enterprises down the line with other letters. This was specifically invented so that The Next Generation could fly on the Enterprise without causing too much confusion. But what about all the Enterprises of the past and those we rarely hear about in our future?

9/1/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Motion Picture"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: MovieI
Release Date: December 7, 1979
Written by: Harold Livingston & Alan Dean Foster
Directed by: Robert Wise

Premise
An enormous killer cloud is passing through space on a direct course toward Earth and the Enterprise is the only ship close enough to stop it.

Review
We start the movie off traveling at warp speed through a field of stars. Though "warp speed" may be a little misleading. Sure, in order to see stars pass at such a rate, we would have to be at warp speed. But after a while, there's nothing speedy about it. After about a minute of watching stars pass under an orchestral fanfare, one begins to wonder if this isn't a movie, but rather a concert. A little while longer and one falls asleep. And then SUDDENLY KLINGONS.