11/23/13

The Day After the Doctor

You know how after a fangirl sees something awesome in her fandom she'll often squeal, wave her arms frantically, and rattle off various incoherent syllables from thoughts that are moving more quickly than her brain can process into speech? This post is basically my attempt to capture those thoughts, slow them down and turn them into text. They may not have a coherent structure, but they just have to be shared!

Located after the cut is a multitude of Doctor Who spoilers, so if you haven't watched "The Day of the Doctor" yet, first of all, how dare you? Second of all, skip this article. You will regret reading it. Go watch Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special and then come back to this. Also, feel free to tell me all of your feels and theories regarding this special and Doctor Who in general in the comments! I need to feed my brain with more Doctor Who!

10/16/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "First Contact"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E15
Air Date: February 18, 1991
Written by: Dennis Russell Bailey, David Bischoff, Joe Menosky, Ronald D. Moore and Michael Piller; and Marc Scott Zicree
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
The Malcorians discover an alien in their midst! Riker was injured while undercover and now Picard has to get him back using his superpower of diplomacy.

Recap
Captain Picard looks into a mirror and what he sees is not himself. It's his face, but as he looks harder, a Borg implant emerges from his chee--... wait, hold on... *shuffles papers* I'm sorry, that was the movie First Contact. This is the episode... Let's start over.... A man is rushed into a hospital room unconscious. The Malcorian doctors an nurses work him over and find that he is not like them. His heart is in the wrong place, some of his ribs are missing... and his has fingers and toes! We finally get a good look at this strange alien being and find him to be familiar: it's First Officer Commander William T. Riker... with bumps on his forehead.

10/5/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Clues"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04S14
Air Date: Feb 11, 1991
Written By: Bruce D Arthurs and Joe Menosky
Directed By: Les Landau

Premise
After falling unconscious for what Data claims was thirty seconds, Picard finds all the clues that they were out for much longer without the help of Blue.

Recap
We start on the holodeck where Picard has a date with Guinan to show her around the Dixon Hill program. They unwittingly get involved in a holo-murder and Guinan says "this is what you call fun??" Picard insists that the hunt for clues is the fun part. Who killed him? Where's the money he was talking about? But then Data calls in with a 24th century mystery: an M-class planet in a system where it shouldn't be. When they go to investigate, the Enterprise falls into a wormhole and everyone passes out just in time for the commercial break.

9/28/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "REBOOT"

So, one of the reasons I went on hiatus with Star Trek: Asterisk I didn't write about in the post announcing the hiatus. And that reason is this: I think I suck at reviews. Every time I call one of my episode recaps a review I kinda feel bad about it. It's not really a "review" so much as... well, as I said, a "recap". So, I've decided to reboot Star Trek: Asterisk, therefore, with a major change in format. Here's the changelog:

9/27/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Devil's Due"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E13
Air Date: February 4, 1991
Written by: Philip LaZebnik and William Douglas Lansford
Directed by: Tom Benko

Premise
The Devil went down to Ventax II, she was lookin' for a planet to steal. Picard was in a bind because a lawyer signed a nearly 1000 year-old deal.

Recap
We start off in 19th century England... or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Data's working on his acting skills and is playing a scene from A Christmas Carol with him in the role of Scrooge. I'm not sure how convincing his acting is, but at least he has Sir Patrick Stewart there to guide him. The scene he happens to be acting out is the one where Scrooge, struck by fear, insists to the ghost of Marley that his senses are not to be trusted and can play tricks on him. And it seems we'll have an opportunity to put that assumption to the test, because the Devil has just landed on Ventax II.

9/26/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Wounded"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E12
Air Date: January 28, 1991
Written by: Jeri Taylor, Stuart Charno, Sara Charno and Cy Chermak
Directed by: Chip Chalmers

Premise
Mere days after getting married, Miles O'Brien has to make nice with one of his sworn enemies; the Spoonheads.

Recap
What does the Enterprise do on off days? Does it have off days? Well, no, not really, but when it anticipates off days, it goes and does mapping surveys along enemy borders. This particular enemy is the Cardassians. The Federation was at war with the Cardassians for a while, but they're in a peace treaty at the moment. Although, you wouldn't know it from the Cardassian ship that fires upon the Enterprise out of nowhere... The captain of the Cardassian ship says that he's firing in retaliation for another Federation ship that's been going around killing off Cardassians! The U.S.S. Phoenix destroyed one of their scientific bases! This is preposterous because everyone knows the Federation is good buddies with the people they form treaties with... right?

9/24/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Data's Day"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E11
Air Date: January 7, 1991
Written by: Harold Apter and Ronald D Moore
Directed by: Ronald Wiemer

Premise
Data goes through a single one of his days on the Enterprise. Ya know, just a normal day with a wedding, dancing lessons, and interstellar espionage.

Recap
It's wedding day aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise! You may or may not know that Keiko is engaged to be married to Chief O'Brien. And O'Brien believes that deep space is a great place to raise a family, so they plan to get married and settle down on the Enterprise. Later, he'll decide it's not quite Deep Space enough, but we'll get to that later. For now, Keiko is getting cold feet. And Data, who is basically her maid of honor, is confused. See, this episode is all through his perspective. He's narrating the events as a letter to Commander Maddox, who, you will remember, tried to disassemble him to find out what's going on in his head. Well, now Maddox is getting to know what's going on in his head the same way he would with anyone else's head: through their writing. And Data is writing about... a wedding.

7/14/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Indefinite Hiatus"

It's come to this.

Part of the appeal of the future Earth utopian ideal of Star Trek is that you don't need money in order to survive in Federation territory. Unfortunately, we're not there yet.

When I started Star Trek: Asterisk I was in a good place, starting a good job, had money in the bank (as it were), and an active social life. Recent events, however, have lead what I consider to be an important display of my talents to becoming financially unsustainable. My hours have been cut back at the job that pays me, and being stuck to within a three mile radius of my home because my only mode of transport is a bicycle is no longer acceptable. In short: the latinum bank has run dry. I need to make more money.

7/13/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Wounded Devil Data"

You're just seconds away from listening to another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk in which I break down three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation's season 4. This week, those episodes are "Data's Day," "The Wounded," and "Devil's Due".

So, sit back, relax and if you think you're getting a message from the devil, just remember the Cardassians are your friends, and they would never allow you to believe one of your ambassadors (who was actually a spy) had died in a transporter accident. (Or would they?)

After you're done here, go pick up my short story, "Dark Matter". It's just 99 cents and it's a romping good read, according to the credible source in my head.

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7/12/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Wounded Devil Data" Officer's Lounge

And it's another episode of the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge! Today we'll riff on "Data's Day," "The Wounded," and "Devil's Due".

In "Dada's Day," we'll follow Data around while he learns about love and dancing.

In "The Wounded," we'll follow a Starfleet captain out for revenge against the Cardassians.

In "Devil's Due," we'll follow due process on a planet claimed by the Devil.

Press Play and enjoy!

7/9/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Loss"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E10
Air Date: December 31, 1990
Written by: Hilary J Bader, Alan J Alder and Vanessa Greene
Directed by: Chip Chalmers

Premise
The Enterprise encounters two-dimensional beings and Troi loses all empathy for them.

Review
It starts with Troi in a session with Janet. Janet recently lost her husband and she believes she's taking it rather well. She's just been keeping busy and facing death as a natural part of life. But then she breaks down when Troi gives her a memento from her husband and suggests that she's not actually facing it at all. Then the Enterprise senses some kind of "ghost" image in the sensors, so they drop out of warp to investigate. At the same time, Troi gets the worst headache ever. Turns out a lot of people are also getting headaches, so Beverly can't get to her for a while, but as soon as she does, the senior officers are called to the observation lounge. The Enterprise is being held in place by some unknown force. When Picard asks Troi if that force has an intelligence, she reveals that she has lost her empathic powers.

7/8/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Final Mission"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E09
Air Date: November 19, 1990
Written by: Kacey Arnold-Ince and Jeri Taylor
Directed by: Corey Allen

Premise
After being informed that he's going to Starfleet Academy, Wesley decides the last thing he needs to do before leaving is save Picard's life. Riker takes out the trash.

Review
Wesley huffs and puffs onto the bridge and apologizes for being late when Picard called for him ten minutes ago. Picard tells him that kind of tardiness will not go over well in the academy. It takes a few seconds for Wesley to process that that means he's going to the academy! At last! All of Wesley's dreams are coming true! But first, Picard has one final mission for him: accompany his captain on a trip to Pentarus III where Picard will arbitrate a mining dispute. Before they can leave, however, a distress signal comes in from Gamelan V. Radiation is being pumped into their atmosphere from a space barge. Picard assigns Riker to take care of that while he and Wesley meet Captain Dirgo and take his shuttle to Pentarus III. His shuttle is a rust bucket... absolutely nothing could go wrong!

7/7/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Future Imperfect"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E08
Air Date: November 12, 1990
Written by: J. Larry Carroll and David Bennett Carren
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
Riker is told that he's woken up in the future and forgotten sixteen years of his past, goes through the five stages of grief backwards.

Review
It starts off with Riker celebrating his birthday. He attempts to entertain his guests with a trombone solo, but, as Troi puts it, some things get better with age, maybe his trombone playing will be one of them. In the middle of enjoying cake, he's called to the bridge. The Enterprise is on her way through an area of space that's near the Romulan Neutral Zone when they pick up some strange readings from a nearby planet. Following these readings, Riker leads Worf and Geordi on an away team to check them out. They could be a hidden Romulan base. When they get down to the planet, all they get is poisonous gas. It knocks the team out, and Riker awakens in sick bay... sixteen years in the future.

7/6/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Future Mission Loss"

Here we are again, paying homage to Star Trek in the only way we know how: talking about it. In today's Star Trek: Asterisk I'll be discussing "Future Imperfect," "Final Mission," and "The Loss" from Star Trek: The Next Generation's season 4.

If you've ever woken up with amnesia to discover you've lost your telepathic abilities and are about to lose your captain if you don't find water for him, then you're going to totally relate to these episodes.

After you enjoy this podcast, do me a favor and hop on over to the Dark Matter page. I think you might get a kick out of my short story and it's only 99 cents. You can throw a buck at me, right?

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7/5/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Future Mission Loss" Officer's Lounge

Welcome back to the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge. Today we'll be watching "Future Imperfect," "Final Mission," and "The Loss."

In "Future Imperfect," we'll watch Riker face his daddy issues by becoming one.

In "Final Mission," we'll see Wesley admitting to his daddy issues by accepting Picard as one.

In "The Loss," we'll see Troi face her empathic abilities by losing them! (Nothing about daddies in this one *shrug* sorry.)

Press Play and enjoy!

7/2/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Reunion"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E07
Air Date: November 5, 1990
Written by: Thomas Perry, Jo Perry, Ronald D Moore and Brannon Braga and Drew Deighan 12 Lords A-Leaping
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes (RIKER!)

Premise
Ambassador K'Ehleyr comes back with a little surprise for Worf and a little surprise for Picard. Picard has to mediate the selection of a new Klingon Chancellor... and Worf has the difficult one.

Review
So the Enterprise is on a routine mission. Just checkin' out some space stuff... when along comes a Klingon ship. And upon that ship... Ambassador K'Ehleyr! You'll recognize her from the first season when she had a "thing" with Worf. But Worf wanted to get married, so she ran away. Well, now she's back and she says she has a task for Picard. Picard tells Worf to go and greet her in the transporter room, but he's reluctant. Ever since his discommendation he doesn't want to be seen by Klingons because of his dishonor. But Picard reminds him he has Starfleet responsibilities, so he swallows his pride and goes as though nothing could shake him! With Worf watching, K'Ehleyr beams aboard along with someone else... their son.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Legacy"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E06
Air Date: October 29, 1990
Written by: Joe Menosky
Directed by: Robert Scheerer

Premise
The crew works with Tasha Yar's sister to save a Starfleet officer from a faction on her home planet where there is an unending supply of hairspray.

Review
The episode starts with Data, Riker and other crewmates playing a game of poker. Ya know, as you do on the starship Enterprise. After Data wins the round, Riker plays a card trick on him. After going through many steps to discover Data's choice of card, Riker amazes everyone... except Data. Data points out that Riker was able to hold the card he wanted and, thus, attempt to deceive the viewer at every step. With Riker's magic trick ruined, Data takes all the chips on the table and the crew is called to the bridge. A Starfleet ship has exploded and sent an emergency escape shuttle to Turkana IV where the human colonists promised death to any Starfleet officer that drops in. This was Tasha Yar's home.

7/1/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Remember Me"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E05
Air Date: October 22, 1990
Written by: Lee Sheldon
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Beverly makes all her friends disappear through the power of imagination!

Review
Dr. Crusher welcomes her good friend, Dr. Dalen Quaice, on board to give him a ride home. As is natural in a good friendly conversation, they start talking about people who have died. The implication is that Dalen's wife had died and now, with nothing left to live for, he's going back to his home planet. A really uplifting episode, right? Well, hold on to your horses, 'cause Beverly's about to check on his son. Wesley's doing an experiment on the warp field and while he's there, Bev shows up in the background and tells Wesley not to pay any attention. Which is easy when he screws something up in the experiment, turns around and finds Beverly has gone.

6/29/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Remember My Reunion Legacy"

Here we are again at the Star Trek: Asterisk podcast. Today I'll be talking about "Remember Me," "Legacy," and "Reunion". Three episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation's fourth season.

If you've ever lost a battle for control of an empire after trusting your dead friend's sister to make all your friends disappear, then you'll really have a lot in common with these episodes.

Please enjoy this podcast, and, while you're at it, check out Dark Matter from the Google Play Store, why not?

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6/28/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Remember My Reunion Legacy" Officer's Lounge

Welcome back to the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge. Today we'll be riffing through season 4's episodes "Remember Me," "Legacy," and "Reunion."

In "Remember Me," we'll see what kind of universe Beverly can make for herself.

In "Legacy," we'll see what family members Tasha Yar left behind when she died and why she may have wanted to get away.

In "Reunion," Worf will face his most challenging opponent yet: a three year old boy.

Press Play and enjoy!

6/25/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Suddenly Human"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E04
Air Date: October 15, 1990
Written by: John Whelpley & Jeri Taylor and Ralph Phillips
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont

Premise
The Enterprise finds a human boy aboard an alien craft and try to figure out who is family should be.

Review
So it starts out as a normal rescue mission. The Enterprise heads out to help a Talarian observation craft and when they beam down they find a bunch of young Talarians... and one human. It's interesting to note that the Talarians used to be enemies of the Federation. They thought the Federation was encroaching on their property, so they attacked a Federation outpost. Since then, they've made up, but it would seem that this young human, who goes by the name Jono, is actually Jeremiah Rossa. He's from the same family that was killed by a Talarian attack on their outpost. The same family that includes Admiral Connaught Rossa in its survivors. The Admiral will be very pleased to know that her grandson, the last in the Rossa line, is alive and well.

6/24/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Brothers"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E03
Air Date: October 8, 1990
Written by: Rick Berman
Directed by: Robert Bowman

Premise
Data hijacks the Enterprise when he's called home by his daddy.

Review
We start on a boy being reprimanded by Riker for playing a prank on his brother by letting him think the boy was dead. He then proceeded to run away and eat a cove palm to survive while he was hiding. What he didn't know is that this cove palm was infected with parasites that could kill him and, if not quarantined, the rest of the ship. Luckily, Beverly got him into quarantine in time, but they have to get to a starbase medical facility fast before he succumbs to the parasites. Except Data, who suddenly received a silent command and is operating single-mindedly, has other plans.

6/23/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Family"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S04E02
Air Date: October 1, 1990
Written by: Ronald D. Moore
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
Picard visits his brother, Worf visits with his parents, and Wesley gets a message from his dead father.

Review
As the episode opens, the Enterprise is docked at McKinley Station undergoing some repairs and refits after the incident with the Borg. Worf reports that these procedures are going very efficiently, and Riker tells the Klingon that he's excited to meet his adopted parents. Oh, you didn't know, Worf? Yeah, apparently while everyone is on leave, your parents will be visiting. They're aware of his discommendation from the Klingon Empire. No doubt they want to see if their boy is okay after that. Meanwhile, Picard discusses his plans to visit his brother with Troi who seems a bit reluctant to let him go to that particular area of Earth. But he needs the rest and relaxation, so, after a kiss on the cheek, Picard is off to France.

6/22/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Family of Human Brothers"

On this episode of Star Trek: Asterisk I'll be reviewing Star Trek: The Next Generation's season four episodes, "Family," "Brothers," and "Suddenly Human." A fine trio of episodes with a through-line of family that allows Picard to rest after the trauma of being assimilated.

If you've ever landed in France and encountered an evil twin that was adopted by the dude who killed your parents, well, you might have some other issues... but you'll at least relate to some aspect of these episodes.

When you're done, you can check out the rest of the website and read all the reviews that have come before and maybe check out "Dark Matter" while you're at it? It's up to you. Until then...

Press Play and enjoy!

6/21/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Family of Human Brothers" Officer's Lounge

Welcome to another edition of the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge. Today we'll be adventuring through the episodes "Family," "Brothers," and "Suddenly Human."

In "Family," we'll learn what France became after it was apparently conquered by England.

In "Brothers," we'll find out what happened to Lore and what Data's father has in common with Yoda.

Finally, in "Suddenly Human," we'll find a Human living among aliens whom he has come to know as his family; his brothers. Coincidence? I think not.

Press Play and enjoy!

6/17/13

Star Trek: "The Best of Both Worlds"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episodes: S03E26 & S04E01
Air Dates: June 18 & September 24, 1990
Written by: Michael Piller
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
As the Borg advance into Federation space, Riker faces decisions about his future while Picard becomes the first assimilated human.

Review
Investigating a distress call from a distant Federation colony, the Enterprise discovers that it's completely destroyed with only a crater left behind. They suspect the Borg, so they bring in the Federation's foremost expert on the Borg, the ambitious Lt. Comm. Shelby. You see, as Picard will find out through Admiral Hanson, she's gunning for Riker's job because the rumor is that Riker is on his way out to captain his own ship. When Shelby takes it upon herself to start investigation, Riker is annoyed by her initiative. But she gets the job done, and confirms that the attack was, in fact, of Borg origin.

6/16/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Transfigurations"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E25
Air Date: June 4, 1990
Written by: René Echevarria
Directed by: Tom Benko

Premise
Beverly brings a man who was fatally wounded in a shuttle crash back to life and he undergoes a strange transformation by the power of lemon-scented Pine-Sol.

Review
So the Enterprise is on a routine charting mission and Geordi has nothing to do but worry about how he can't talk to women. Worf tries to give him some pointers, but when a woman approaches him in 10-Forward, he locks up. Which is just as well, because just then, the Enterprise finds a crashed shuttle and calls Geordi along to check it out. They find the pilot under a pile of rubble and, for the most part, dead. Beverly hooks up some kind of brain scanner thinggie to him and connects it to Geordi so that Geordi's brain can help keep the alien's brain alive. But then something unexpected happens... a burst of light transfers to Geordi from the alien. And suddenly Geordi's got swag.

6/15/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Best of Both Episodes"

In this day of marathon television, it strikes me that cliffhangers are kind of irrelevant unless there's one at the end of every single episode. With that in mind, I began wondering what it would be like if "The Best of Both Worlds" was exhibited as a single episode. It doesn't take a whole lot of work to mash the two parts together, so here you go!

Granted, it's only my audio commentary, but if you really want the visuals along with it you can fiddle around with Netflix.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "The Best Transfiguration"

Have you ever wanted to evolve to another plane of existence? Has your own species ever gotten you down? Has other species tried to assimilate you into your collective? Well, I don't have any answers, but I've got some people with whom you can relate right here on Star Trek: Asterisk.

Check out my reviews of "Transfigurations" and "The Best of Both Worlds" parts one and two as I finish up season three and move smoothly into season four of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm sure it'll be very... enlightening.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "The Best Transfiguration" Officer's Lounge

On this episode of the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge, we finish off the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation and move on into the fourth season with "Transfigurations" and "The Best of Both Worlds" parts one and two! Two amazing episodes and one okay one.

In "Transfigurations," we meet a guy who heals WITH THE POWER OF PINESOL. And then evolves into some kind of energy being and goes off to frolic with Q in the the next dimension or some crap like that.

And then, some of the best Trek that's ever graced the small screen. In "The Best of Both Worlds," we watch Picard get caught by the Borg and Riker being emasculated by an ambitious young commander chick.

Press Play and enjoy!

6/12/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Ménage à Troi"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E24
Air Date: May 28, 1990
Written by: Fred Bronson and Susan Sackett
Directed by: Rob Legato

Premise
Riker, Deanna and Lwaxana are taken by a Ferengi and have to outwit him in order to escape. Which shouldn't be too hard.

Review
So, there's a trade agreements conference on Betazed and Picard has opened up the Enterprise for the closing ceremonies which includes letting Ferengi on board. That was the first mistake. During the festivities, Riker beats one Ferengi at a game of 3-D chess, Lwaxana tries to convince Deanna to find a man and settle down, another Ferengi tries to hit on Lwaxana, and Lwaxana tries to hit on Picard. All the while, Algolian ceremonial rhythms are playing in the background to the delight and annoyance of the entire party. At the end of the conference, the Enterprise is charged to check out a nebula, but Deanna and Riker take some shore leave. While they enjoy a walk on Betazed, they run into Lwaxana, and that's when they're captured by the Ferengi.

6/11/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Sarek"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E23
Air Date: May 14,1990
Written by: Peter S. Beagle
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
Ambassador Sarek has a sick, sick mind, and it's affecting the crew of the Enterprise.

Review
Sarek has been working on a diplomatic mission with the Legarans for a very long time and on this final, crucial step of the process, he has been brought aboard the USS Enterprise to negotiate a treaty. Before he beams aboard, however, his aids come first and warn Picard that Sarek is growing ill in his old age and won't be able to attend any of the social functions he might normally take part in as an ambassador. Picard is disappointed, but understands, and then Sarek beams aboard with his wife, Perrin. He wants to get to work immediately preparing the ship for the Legarans' arrival. And the aids just roll their eyes.

6/10/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Most Toys"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E22
Air Date: May 7, 1990
Written by: Shari Goodhartz
Directed by: Timothy Bond

Premise
Artie from Warehouse 13 bags and tags Data after faking the android's death.

Review
So Data is taking shuttle trips back and forth to and from Kivas Fajo's ship to pick up hytritium, a rare, volatile element needed to treat a tricyanate-poisoned water supply on Beta Agni II. All seems to be going as planned right up until Data's shuttle EXPLODES.The crew assumes Data to be dead and contacts Fajo about it, but all he can do is send his condolences. So the Enterprise warps off to Beta Agni II and Worf takes another dead officer's place. Except he's not dead. Later, Data wakes up inside Fajo's ship and he is informed that he is to be a part of Fajo's collection of rare, one-of-a-kind artifacts. Welcome to Warehouse 42.

6/9/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Sarek's Ménage à Toys"

And now some review action where I break down "The Most Toys," "Sarek," and "Ménage à Troi."

Have you ever found yourself wanting something for yourself so badly after having beaten a Ferengi at chess to get it that you faked a Starfleet officer's death to secure it, but then beat it in a fit of senile rage after passing 200 years old? Then you'll totally relate to these three episodes!

We're nearing the end of season 3. Come back on Friday and we'll watch the last two episodes and follow it up with the premiere of season 4!

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Sarek's Ménage à Toys" Officer's Lounge

Welcome to the Officer's Lounge. Straight ahead we've got commentary on "The Most Toys," "Sarek," and "Ménage à Troi". We're rapidly approaching the end of Season 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation. But before that, we've got three excellent episodes to talk about with ya.

In "The Most Toys," listen to Data battle it out with Artie from Warehouse 13 to avoid becoming just another artifact.

In "Sarek" watch and cry as Spock's dad breaks down in his old age.

In "Ménage à Troi" gawk over Deanna and her mother getting naked in front of Ferengi... audibly.

Press Play and enjoy!

6/4/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Hollow Pursuits"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E21
Air Date: April 30, 1990
Written by: Sally Caves
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Star Trek writer, Sally Caves, predicts the effects of tech addiction coupled with social anxiety with scary accuracy by introducing Lt. Barclay.

Review
Presume for a moment that you are a nerd; socially anxious, reclusive stutterer with a genius level IQ and creative tendencies. Presume also that, instead of sleep, you enjoy a rousing 20 hour game of The Sims in which the people you know in everyday life are recreated for your amusement. You are Lt. Barclay, who, in the first five minutes of this episode, we see kicking both Geordi's and Riker's butts and wooing Dianna Troi in a holodeck fantasy version of 10-Forward. Then he's called to the cargo bay where he meets the real versions of them and promptly turns into a scared puppy. But a scared puppy with a job to do: find out why the anti-grav sled isn't working.

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Star Trek: Asterisk "Tin Man"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E20
Air Date: April 23, 1990
Written by: Dennis Putman Bailey and David Bischoff
Directed by: Robert Scheerer

Premise
All Tam Elbrun wants to do is make first contact with a living starship on behalf of the Federation. But the Romulans and an exploding star get in the way.

Review
While on a routine mission, the Enterprise picks up a transmission from Captain DeSoto saying that they've got more important things to do than routine missions. DeSoto informs Picard that Tam Elbrun is on his way over and he'll explain the mission details because they're afraid Romulans might be listening in. Tam is a Betazoid and he's a very gifted telepath even by Betazoid standards. While most Betazoids come into their powers in puberty, he was born with it and has heard the thoughts of billions since he was a child. His specialty is in making first contact with alien species, and his mission on the Enterprise is to do so with a being they've nicknamed "Tin Man."