1/29/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Child"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E01
Air Date: November 21, 1988
Written by: Jaron Summers, Jon Povill and Maurice Hurley
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
Troi gets impregnated by an alien at the same time as the Enterprise is supposed to transport a deadly plasma plague. Perfect timing.

Review
We start the episode off with the Enterprise picking up a brand new shiny Chief Medical Officer from the USS Repulse, Dr. Katherine Pulaski. But we don't see Pulaski just yet. She's being dropped off by shuttle because apparently she hates transporters. We see the shuttle leave the Enterprise and we see Riker talk to the captain of the Repulse and the two ships go on their way. Meanwhile, the Enterprise's brand new Chief Engineer, Geordi LaForge, is in the ready room explaining to Picard how his containment modules work. They're about to pick up a deadly plasma plague, and this is what's going to keep everyone from catching it and dying. Hopefully...

1/28/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Neutral Zone"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E26
Air Date: May 16, 1988
Written by: Maurice Hurley, Deborah McIntyre & Mona Clee
Directed by: James L. Conway

Premise
In the middle of checking out the Romulan Neutral Zone, Picard has to deal with some dbags from the 20th century.

Review
While Picard is busy on a Starbase, having been summoned to discuss a mission to the Neutral Zone, Riker and the crew have been monitoring a capsule that seems to have been from Earth a looooooong time ago. Riker is about to just let it go, discounting it as space trash, but Data insists on studying it as an intriguing piece of history. So, since they have nothing better to do while waiting for Picard, Data beams over with Worf and they discover some dead and frozen human bodies.

1/27/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Conspiracy"


Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E25
Air Date: May 9, 1988
Written by: Tracy Tormé and Robert Sabaroff
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Synopsis
A conspiracy in the highest ranks of Starfleet brings the Enterprise back home to Earth in an attempt to get to the gut of the situation.

Review
So, remember when Admiral Quinn made Commander Remmick interview people on the Enterprise to see if something was wrong and everyone got really annoyed and Quinn eventually admitted to Picard that he thought there was a conspiracy? Well... there was. So, when Captain Walker Keel calls Picard using a Code 47 emergency to meet him on a distant planet, something rings familiar about the tone. Picard meets him and a couple other captains inside a cave and discusses some weird goings-on, strange orders, deleted records, etc. Picard thinks it's all a bunch of hogwash, though. He only entertained the meeting because Walker is a good friend and he generally trusts him. But once Picard starts to leave and discovers that Walker's ship has been destroyed... he's inclined to believe what Walker had to say.

1/25/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - We'll Always Have Evil Symbiosis"

It's another beautiful Friday afternoon. The sun is out, it's a lovely 70° outside, and I'm still full of food from lunch. Steve's written up some great reviews of this past week's episodes and we're all ready to go for another show tonight... but before we do that - it's time for Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week while in a sick haze, Steve and I butchered three more episodes of the first season of The Next Generation: "Symbiosis", "Skin of Evil", and "We'll Always Have Paris". Hack it up with us right here.

Like I said, Steve's written reviews are up for the appeasement of your eyes. Also, if you haven't checked out this past week's Officer's Lounge yet... ...why not? Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to journey with us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show!

Pardon me while I take a nap until showtime.

1/22/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "We'll Always Have Paris"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E24
Air Date: May 2, 1988
Written by: Deborah Dean Davis and Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by: Robert Becker

Premise
While Picard investigates some time farts, he's forced to confront a woman he stood up long ago. Probably when he had hair.

Review
The crew of the Enterprise is in need of some shore leave, and they're on their way to do this while Picard practices some fencing with Lieutenant Dean. When they finish, they say some crazy, fancy fencing terms and then solute and they say some crazy, fancy fencing terms and then solute. Hm... that was weird. Both Picard and Dean notice the time fart and Picard calls the bridge to make sure that actually happened. They experienced the time fart, too, so Picard goes to investigate. When he gets to the bridge, they receive an automated distress message from Paul Manheim. Picard immediately recognizes this name as a man who was experimenting with time. So, they go after him.

1/21/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Skin of Evil"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E23
Air Date: April 25, 1988
Written by: Joseph Stefano and Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by: Joseph L Scanlon

Premise
An evil tar monster blocks the away teams path to their crashed shuttle with Dianna Troi trapped inside. And then someone dies.

Review
So, after Tasha and Worf have a chat about a martial arts competition that Tasha was going to be in and how Worf bet on her in the ship's pool, Geordi says that Troi, who was coming back on a shuttle from a conference, was having troubles and was falling into the atmosphere of a planet. Unfortunately, the incompetent engineer, Lieutenant Commander Leland T. Lynch, is in the middle of re-aligning the dilithium crystals, so they won't have warp speed until well after Troi's shuttle has crashed. After a while Lieutenant Commander Leland T. Lynch says that they have minimal warp power, but when Picard calls for warp 8, he sasses back saying "I said minimal warp power!" and we never see Lieutenant Commander Leland T. Lynch again.

1/20/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Symbiosis"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E22
Air Date: April 18, 1988
Written by: Robert Lewin, Richard Manning and Hans Beimler
Directed by: Win Phelps

Premise
We run into some drug pushers and drug users and end up not helping them because Prime Directive.

Review
So the Enterprise is investigating some unusual solar flares and magnetic activity in the Delos system and while they're there, they receive a distress signal from a freighter. They go to help them out and find that the crew of the freighter have no idea what they're doing, but they're falling into a planet's atmosphere, so we gotta save them. Tasha does a neat trick where she links the Enterprise transporters to their transporters and attempts to beam them over, but instead of people, she gets their cargo. The weather started getting rough, the tiny freighter was tossed, and Riker said - forget about doing it neatly, just lock on to any life form and beam them aboard. In the process, Tasha lost two people, but the other four that beamed up were more worried about their cargo than their lost men.

1/18/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - We'll Always Have Evil Symbiosis"

Usually, I'm a last minute kind of guy. Whether it's school assignments, that little project for work, or even the occasional (...or frequent) Star Trek: Asterisk post, I have a tendency to wait until the last possible moment. NOT THIS TIME! Let's get into a new episode right now - WHILE WE RECORD THE AFTERMATH!

Steve and I just finished up a lovely triad of episodes from the first season of The Next Generation: "Symbiosis", "Skin of Evil", and "We'll Always Have Paris". Reminisce about those good times right here.

Steve will be getting the written summaries of the episodes out later this weekend, and I'll be posting the Aftermath soon. Don't forget that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). And as always, come spend some time with us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show! You'll be glad you did.

1/17/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Coming to the Glory Arsenal"

After much work this week, we've ironed out all the wrinkles and worked out all of the bugs. Star Trek: Asterisk is back and better than ever! In fact, let's go ahead and have an episode RIGHT NOW!

This week, join Steve and I as we continue our battle with season one of The Next Generation by way of three more episodes: "Coming of Age", "Heart of Glory", and "The Arsenal of Freedom". These can be yours if the price is right.

I took the liberty (or the task, rather) of posting the Officer's Lounge already, so you have plenty of support for your funny bone. Also, Steve's done his duty by posting his reviews of this week's episodes. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, we hope you'll join us this and every Friday night for the LIVE show! Stop by sometime!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Coming to the Glory Arsenal"

After dealing with some technical difficulties at the beginning of the new year, we came back this week better than ever. Happy 2013, fellow officers, and welcome to a new year of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I kick off the new year by watching three more episodes of The Next Generation: "Coming of Age", "Heart of Glory", and "The Arsenal of Freedom". Properly ring in the new year with us right here.

As always, Steve has reviewed the episodes for the pleasure of your eyeholes. Also, be sure to stay tuned for the Aftermath. Plus, 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! Enjoy!

1/15/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Arsenal of Freedom"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E21
Air Date: April 11, 1988
Written by: Richard Manning and Hans Beimler and
Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin and a partridge in a pear tree
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
The most advanced weapons-maker in the galaxy is destroyed by their own weapons and now the Enterprise has to come along and turn them off.

Review
The planet Minos! Long ago, there was a Federation ship that headed over to this planet to check out what had happened to it. It was, apparently, a huge weapons producer during a war, and the U.S.S. Drake was supposed to see why there had been no contact from them. I'll give you two guesses why. In any case, search and rescue is the Enterprise's mission this time. When they arrive at the planet, they find no intelligent life signs, and then they're hailed by a recording of John Lovits trying to sell them weapons. And then when Riker gets down to the planet with a small team of just Data and Yar, the missions seems to be going pretty easily. Seems to be.

1/14/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Heart of Glory"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E20
Air Date: March 21, 1988
Written by: Maurice Hurley, Herbert Wright and D C Fontana
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
Worf's loyalties are challenged when a couple of Klingon troublemakers take refuge on the Enterprise.

Review
So, Starfleet tells the Enterprise to check out signs of a battle near the Romulan Neutral Zone. There are no other Federation ships in the area and, because of its proximity, Riker suggests that the Romulans are involved. When they get there they find a Talarian freighter that's all but destroyed, but there are life signs, so Picard sends Riker over to take a look. Riker brings Geordi along, giving Geordi a chance to bust out his brand new shiny visual acuity transmitter. It connects to his VISOR and transmits what he's seeing to the Enterprise's viewscreen. While Riker, Geordi and Data are walking around the freighter, Picard watches through Geordi's eyes and is astonished by what he sees. For the first fifteen minutes of the episode we're glued to Geordi's VISOR, but I swear this is a Worf episode.

1/13/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Coming of Age"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E19
Air Date: March 4, 1988
Written by: Sandy Fries and Hannah Louise Shearer
Directed by: Mike Vejar

Premise
Wesley undergoes testing to get into Starfleet Academy while Picard undergoes testing to gain the trust of a conspiracy theorist.

Review
The Enterprise pulls up to Relva VII with the intention of dropping off Wesley for his Starfleet Academy entrance exam, but Picard is surprised to find that his friend, Admiral Quinn, is requesting to come on board for a bit. So, after Wesley says good bye to his poor buddy, Jake, and goes down to the planet, Quinn beams up with Lt. Comm. Remmick and asks to speak to Picard in private. Without Riker. Which is highly irregular.

1/9/13

1,000 Miles?



To make up for a lack of this week's Star Trek: Asterisk, I decided to release this earlier than I originally intended. This is the first in a series of videos I plan on making that point out the absurdity of literally interpreted lyrics. Today's victim is Vanessa Carlton. How is it humanly possible to walk 1,000 miles in one night?

Stay tuned for more Asterisk content and be sure to join us this Friday at 6pm for another Star Trek: Asterisk live podcast.

1/4/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - A Short, Soiled Bough"

Greetings, ugly giant bags of mostly water! I promised that the Aftermath would be right behind the Officer's Lounge, and I'm a man of my word, so without further delay or comma interruptions... (see what I did there?) It's a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Right before all of the holiday shenanigans began, Steve and I spent a little time talking about three more episodes from season one of The Next Generation: "Too Short a Season", "When the Bough Breaks", and "Home Soil". We've decided to share that wisdom in the form of a podcast you can find right here.

If you haven't done so already, take some time to enjoy what I think is a particularly fun episode of the Officer's Lounge. Also, Steve's analyses of the episodes are available for your reading pleasure. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). And as always, we'd love for you to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. In fact, come join us tonight!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - A Short, Soiled Bough"

So, remember how I said that I'd get better about posting the show late? Well, I'm gonna go ahead and take a mulligan for the holidays (because they were actually pretty busy this year), and move forward in the new year, focusing on what's truly important in life: friends, food, and new episodes of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Just before the holiday season began, Steve and I had the pleasure of watching three more episodes from the inaugural season of The Next Generation: "Too Short a Season", "When the Bough Breaks", and "Home Soil". Join our wacky hijinks here.

Stick around, because the Aftermath is close behind. While you wait, you can always go back and check out Steve's written reviews of each episode, or you can download the Green Asterisk app for Windows 8 for quick access to all of our stuff. As always, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475) for you to leave us lovely messages. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Alright, I gotta go - an engineer's work is never done!

1/1/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Home Soil"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S01E18
Air Date: February 22, 1988
Written by: Karl Guers, Ralph Sanchez and Robert Sabaroff
Directed by: Corey Allen

Premise
A terraforming operation goes south when the Enterprise discovers what may be a new life form.

Review
So, here's the deal: When the Federation okays a terraforming operation, they make sure the planet is specifically suited for life, without actually having any life on it. If they find life, even the smallest bacteria, terraforming is not allowed. Velara III seemed to be just this kind of planet, but they've been falling behind schedule, so the Federation instructed the Enterprise to go check it out. When they do, the director, Kurt, takes his sweet time responding, says everything's going well, but then Dianna senses that he's hiding something and he's acting really nervous. So Picard sends an away team to investigate.