12/31/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "When the Bough Breaks"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E17
Air Date: February 15, 1988
Written by: Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by: Kim Manners

Premise
The citizens of a legendary planet steal the Enterprise's children because they've apparently been snipped.

Review
Long ago, there was a planet called Aldea. The Progenitors protected the Aldeans by giving them advanced technology that provided for their every need, allowing them to focus on artistic endeavors. This technology, called The Custodian, also hid their planet from view and defended it so that no one could bother them. For thousands of years the Aldeans lived in peace and legend. And then, on stardate 41509.1, they revealed themselves to the Enterprise. After a brief greeting over hailing frequencies, the Aldeans simply beamed themselves onto the bridge without undergoing decontamination procedures or anything. They said hi, invited Picard down, and left as quickly as they came. Clearly, Picard must investigate.

12/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Too Short a Season"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E16
Air Date: February 8, 1988
Written by: Michael Michaelian and D.C. Fontana
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
An old admiral makes himself young again to face a man who wants to kill him and ends up dying from anti-aging. Welp.

Review
So, this guy named Karnas wants to see Admiral Jameson because Jameson negotiated a hostage release 45 years ago and there happens to be another hostage situation now. The only problem is that Jameson is now, like, a thousand years old. You could breathe on him and he'd break a hip. But Karnas insists that Jameson has the know-how and the fortitude to carry out this negotiation like a pro, so Jameson beams onto the Enterprise with his wife, Anne, and rolls around in his fancy chair like a geriatric, mutant, ninja turtle.

12/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - AngelLore01"

We're getting close to wrapping up 2012. Or the end of the world. Or something. But the point is, SOMETHING is about to come to an end. What ISN'T coming to an end? Our awesome show. That's why we have another episode for you right now - it's time for Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, join me and Steve as we enjoy a trio of season 1 episodes from The Next Generation: "Datalore", "Angel One", "11001001". Join us for the festivities here.

Go back and check out Steve's write-ups of the episodes, and make sure you've spent a little time in the Officer's Lounge. Also, leave us a message! HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM for the Greatest Live Show on Earth. Except for December 28th. We're taking that one off for the holidays. But we'll be back on January 4th, so don't cry for us. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - AngelLore01"

I have to say, this week has a special sort of meaning to me. Two episodes focused on digital storylines? YES. VERY MUCH YES. But that's not the point. The point? Oh! Well, there's a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk for you guys!

This week, the captain and I process data from three new episodes from the first season of The Next Generation: "Datalore", "Angel One", and "11001001". View the library computer output here.

Steve's written reviews for this week are all now available, so check them out. In fact, the last one is still hot off the digital presses. Also, stay tuned for the Aftermath, coming very soon. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (read: an issue with Ustream/Flash), we don't have a video for it this week, so be sure to check out the audio version! Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Oh, and one side note: we'll be off for the holidays on December 28th, but we'll be back at warp 9 on January 4th, Now get to it, cadet!

Star Trek: Asterisk "11001001"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E15
Air Date: February 1, 1988
Written by: Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin
Directed by: Paul Lynch

Premise
A couple of technologically advanced aliens come on board the Enterprise to upgrade capture it.

Review
So, the Enterprise docks at a station for some maintenance and a systems upgrade. While the upgrade is going on, the crew are encouraged to take some R&R on the station which means wearing blue bodysuits and smacking balls in a holodeck. (Ah, Parrises squares!) In the meantime, Picard goes to visit the dudes who will be performing the upgrade: One Zero and Zero One. These guys are Bynars, a race of beings that come in twos that work as a unified pair. A computer runs their world (not an unusual concept in Star Trek) and they are so technological advanced that they have fused with it and communicate in an extremely fast language of bleeps and gurgles similar to a dial-up modem.

12/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Angel One"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E14
Air Date: January 25, 1988
Written by: Patrick Barry
Directed by: Michael Rhodes

Premise
The Enterprise visits a matriarchal planet to find some lost people and Riker makes it with the leader.
 
Review
Seven years ago, the freighter, Odin, disappeared never to be heard from the Federation again. Well, the Enterprise has found it on the planet Angel I and they figure it'll be an easy thing to find the survivors and bring them back home. The inhabitants of Angel I are a matriarchal society who's sexism against men is as bad as it was on Earth for women in the 1960's. So, the logical choice is to let Troi and Yar do most of the talking and bring Riker along for some eye candy. The "elected one", Mistress Beata, is wary of the newcomers and refuses to say whether there are survivors from the Odin. She tells the team she has to consider it and her manservant, Trent, leads them into another room where they wait.

12/16/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Datalore"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E13
Air Date: January 18, 1988
Written by: Robert Lewin, Gene Roddenberry and Maurice Hurley
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
Data goes to his home planet and finds his evil twin who has made friends with a crystalline entity.

Review
So, the Enterprise is passing by Omichron Theta on their way back from another mission and decide to stop by because this is Data's planet of origin. There was a colony on the planet 26 years ago, but they apparently all died after giving an brand new and non-activated Data some of their most important memories. They left him laying out in the open while they disappeared. When Riker assembles an away team to investigate where Data was left, Data explains that the crew that found him tripped a marker beacon that woke him up and he's been with Starfleet ever since.

12/14/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Big Q Haven"

Alright, my semester at school is FINALLY over, so I promise this will be the last time I put out an episode so late. So what are we waiting for? Let's get to it, already!! It's time for another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I unravel the tale of three more episodes from the first season of The Next Generation: "Hide and Q", "Haven", and "The Big Goodbye". See just how much we unravel by taking a listen here.

If you haven't already, be sure to listen to this week's Officer's Lounge, and make sure to check out Steve's reviews of each episode. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN for your questions or comments at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to catch the live show this and every Friday evening at 6PM Eastern. Now get outta here! We've got a new show TONIGHT!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Big Q Haven"

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER! SCHOOL'S OUT FOR... oh, well I guess it's actually just for the next few weeks. But that's OK, because it's time for another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, join us on a magical quest through another triad of episodes from season 1 of The Next Generation: "Hide and Q", "Haven", and "The Big Goodbye". Get ye flask here. Also, I apologize for the sound quality not being great this week. Side effect of our technical difficulties we were having.

Be sure to go back and read Steve's written reviews, and make sure to stay tuned for the Aftermath, coming quite nearly immediately. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Gotta run - always work to be done!

12/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Big Goodbye"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E12
Air Date: January 11, 1988
Written by: Tracy Tormé
Directed by: Joseph L. Scanlan

Premise
Picard and friends get stuck in a 1940's film noir holodeck program on their way to an important diplomatic meeting.

Review
The Enterprise is on her way to meet the Jaradans and this insect-like race is so picky about their diplomacy that Picard has to learn their language of clicks and buzz-sounds perfectly without using the universal translator or risk starting a war with them. Needless to say, the high stakes and the difficult situation mean Picard could use a break from the stress, so, at Troi's suggestion, he plays around in the holodeck, the "Dixon Hill" program.

12/10/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Haven"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E11
Air Date: November 30, 1987
Written by: Tracy Tormé and Lan O'Kun
Directed by: Richard Compton

Premise
Deanna's mother, Lwaxana, shakes things up on the Enterprise when the man to whom Deanna is betrothed comes to marry her.

Review
So the Enterprise shows up at this planet called Haven and plans to have a little R&R there. It, like many other planets in the galaxy, apparently, is rather idyllic and legend says that it holds many rejuvenative and healing properties. But there's no time for that because a box is transporting onto the ship. This box has a face and, apart from having no ears and being silver, looks very Ferengi. Ok, fine, it's Armin Shimerman. He is the face on the box. When he starts speaking, he announces that the Millers are about to come on board and he has brought inside of him some riches to be offered to the Troi family as a dowry for Deanna. And then Riker's heart sank.

12/9/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Hide and Q"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E10
Air Date: November 23, 1987
Written by: C.J. Holland and Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Q decides to play a game involving Riker having Q powers while the Enterprise races off to save an exploded mining colony.

Review
After conveniently dropping Troi off at a starbase, the Enterprise is called on to assist a nearby mining colony that has just suffered an accidental explosion. While on their way there at warp 9.1, they're stopped by the same Q-Ball that they encountered at Farpoint. (Excuse me while I randomly point out my correct usage of "their", "there", and "they're".) The Q-Ball once again turns into a force field that brings the Enterprise to a complete halt, and then Q arrives on the bridge in the form of a sphere with three snakes popping out of it. No one approves of his new style, so it doesn't take long until he flashes back to human form wearing a Starfleet Admiral's uniform.

12/7/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Lonely Justice Battle"

Can you believe the nerve of this guy?! Waiting until the day of a new show to write the post for the previous week! ...oh, I'm that jerk, huh? But that's ok! Because more important than that is the fact that there's a new Star Trek: Asterisk coming your way RIGHT NOW!

Join me and the Captain as we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel that is season 1 of The Next Generation with three new episodes: "Lonely Among Us", "Justice", and "The Battle". Walk with us toward the light here.

If you haven't listened to the Officer's Lounge yet, get on it! And you should definitely read Steve's reviews. Plus, don't forget that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for all of your questions, comments, and random blatherings. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Hurry - there's not much time!

12/6/12

Analyzing the Star Trek Into Darkness Announcement Teaser

Let's dissect this teaser, shall we?

WARNING: Possible speculative spoilers after the jump

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Lonely Justice Battle"

My other assignment is almost done, so I promise we won't be getting these out so late in the week starting in 2013, but for now, let's get to it - we've got a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk just waiting to be released!

This week, Steve and I continue trudging through season 1 of The Next Generation with three more freshly squeezed episodes: "Lonely Among Us", "Justice", and "The Battle". Come drink up some of the goodness here.

Be sure to go back and take a peek at Steve's reviews of each episode, and don't forget to check back soon for the Aftermath. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for all of your questions, comments, and random animal sounds. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday evening at 6PM Eastern for the best live show on Earth (there's a really good one you can catch on Qo'noS, but that's another story for another day). Enjoy!

12/4/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Battle"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E09
Air Date: November 16, 1987
Written by: Herbert J. Wright and Larry Forrester
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
A Ferengi tries to give Picard his old ship back at the price of his sanity.

Review
So DaiMon Bok calls Starfleet and requests to meet up with the Enterprise, but as soon as the Enterprise gets to the meeting place the Ferengi keep them waiting for three days before ever sending any message besides "please stand by". While the ship is waiting, Picard develops a headache and goes to see Crusher about it. Crusher doesn't find anything wrong with him, but does take advantage of the moment to remind him that medical science has charted the whole human brain and should be able to find if anything was wrong. She gives him a painkiller and sends him on his way when the Ferengi finally contact the Enterprise.

12/3/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Justice"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E08
Air Date: November 9, 1987
Written by: Ralph Wills and Worley Thorne
Directed by: James L. Conway

Premise
In the land of partial nudists, Wesley breaks the law. Unfortunately, he lives to tell the tale.

Review
After dropping off some colonists, Picard finds a nearby world with people on it and decides to introduce himself. Because that's not against the Prime Directive or anything. He sent an away team down and they reported back that the planet is lovely and so are the people, so he decides to send some people down to take a break and play with the people who Geordi says "make love at the drop of a hat." Which means it's a perfect place for children like Wesley to check out. So he's quite excited to be included.

12/2/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Lonely Among Us"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E07
Air Date: November 2, 1987
Written by: D.C. Fontana, Michael Halperin
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
While transporting hostile delegates, the crew of the Enterprise is taken over by an energy being who almost kills Picard.

Review
The episode opens up with the Enterprise picking up some snake-like beings that are to be transported along with some Wookiee-like beings to the planet Parliament. These two races consider each other mortal enemies mostly because the Wookiee-like beings regularly eat the snake-like beings. But none of that matters because we've got a nebula to scan.