2/26/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Dauphin"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E10
Air Date: February 20, 1989
Written by: Scott Rubenstein and Leonard Mlodinow
Directed by: Robert Bowman

Premise
Wesley falls in love with a girl who happens to also be a giant, furry beast. Riker has taught him well.

Review
The Enterprise is given the task of transporting Salia, the young ruler of Daled IV, back to her homeworld after being exiled to Klavdia III with her guardian, Anya. When they arrive at this gas giant planet, they wonder how anything could survive on it, but they figure stranger things have happened and open hailing frequencies. Anya answers their call and asks what species they are. Without paying any attention to Worf, Picard says they're human, and then they transport up two very human-looking female Daledians. One an old grump, and the other a young, beautiful teenager. And then they bump into Wesley on their way to their quarters. And you know where this is going.

2/25/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Measure of a Man"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E09
Air Date: February 13, 1989
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Directed by: Robert Scheerer

Premise
Data's personhood is put to the test after another douche-bag scientist wants to strip him for parts and study his insides.

Review
It starts off with Data dealing in a poker game among the senior staff and O'Brien. Turns out Data has done a lot of studying on the game and is confident that he will play it well. But Riker beats him with a bluff and he's confused. He totally wasn't expecting that. Meanwhile, the Enterprise pulls up to the newly built Starbase 173 where Captain Picard meets Captain Phillipa Louvois who he had known from that one time she prosecuted against him for the loss of the Stargazer. While they reminisce  Commander Maddox comes up and says "Hey, here's a wacky idea. Let's disassemble Data since he's not a sentient life form."

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Matter of Honor"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E08
Air Date: February 6, 1989
Written by: Wanda M Haight, Gregory Amos and Burton Armus
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
Riker serves as an exchange officer aboard a Klingon ship and doesn't fit in very well when he's told to destroy the Enterprise.

Review
So the Enterprise has a crew transfer at Starbase 179 and on comes another Benzite. The first Benzite we met was when Wesley was taking his Starfleet entrance exam, and, in fact, Wesley believes this Benzite to be the same Benzite, but then he says he's not and it's all embarrassing and accidentally racist and stuff. Meanwhile, in the phaser range, Picard and Riker are testing out their skills and the idea of an officer transfer comes up. No human has ever served on board a Klingon vessel, but through the officer exchange program, it's possible. So Riker says he'll do it just 'cause no one has ever done it before. You go, Riker.

2/21/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Loud as an Unnatural Schizoid Man"

This week we're gonna talk about a couple of great episodes. And I don't use the word "couple" lightly. Yes, we watched three episodes. Two of them were great. Join us as we discuss Star Trek: The Next Generation's season two episodes "Loud as a Whisper", "Schizoid Man", and "Unnatural Selection".

You can listen to this revelation of an audio show right here.

Or, if you like, double your pleasure with some video!

You can also go back and read my written reviews on these topics and don't forget to join us every Friday at 6:00 pm for more Star Trek: Asterisk.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Loud as an Unnatural Schizoid Man"

Once more into the breach, lads! Take a dive into some more riffing of Star Trek: The Next Generation with the season two episodes "Loud as a Whisper", "Schizoid Man", and coughcough"Unnatural Selection". I'm sure you'll enjoy these episodes if for no other reason than you have us to talk over them.

Fill your ear holes with this glorious audio here.

If you're looking for an in-depth review of these episodes, check out the written reviews I've posted or hold on for the upcoming audio reviews. And as always, live long and prosper.

2/19/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Unnatural Selection"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E07
Air Date: January 30, 1989
Written by: John Mason and Mike Gray
Directed by: Paul Lynch

Premise
In some crazy alternate reality where genetic engineering isn't banned in the Federation and Khan was no big deal, Pulaski finds out why it's not a great idea.

Review
Let me just start by saying that there is nothing right about this episode. It's like a bad fan fiction written by someone who had only seen season one of The Next Generation and had no previous writing experience. It starts with Picard doing an evaluation of Dr. Pulaski who has demonstrated more than adequate competency so far and would never even have made it aboard the Enterprise if Picard didn't feel like she was a good replacement for Beverly. It goes on to find the USS Lantree with all hands dead of old age. Picard calls the captain Esi Telaka, and then in her final log entry she calls herself L. I. Telaka. The crew of the Lantree may have died of old age, but it looks like Picard is getting the senility.

2/18/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Schizoid Man"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E06
Air Date: January 23, 1989
Written by: Tracy Tormé, Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
Data starts acting strange after a crazy old man told him he was able to transfer himself into a computer. What could it possibly be??

Review
Dr. Ira Graves is a specialist in cybernetic technology. He was once the mentor of one Dr. Noonian Soong, creator of Data, and, as such, claims to be a "grandfather" to Data, which makes him the only male in the Soong "family" not played by Brent Spiner. In any case, his assistant sent out a distress call which the Enterprise picked up, but they also picked up a call from the USS Constantinople. In order to assist both parties, they drop off an away team at near warp on Gravesworld (that's right, he named it after himself) and the ship moves on to the Constantinople. So now Data, Troi, Worf and Dr. Selar are stuck on Gravesworld to help him while they wait for the Enterprise to come back. Stuck on a planet with a schizoid man; what could possibly go wrong?

2/17/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Loud as a Whisper"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E05
Air Date: January 9, 1989
Written by: Jacqueline Zambrano
Directed by: Larry Shaw

Premise
Riva the Mediator, a deaf person who communicates telepathically through a "chorus", learns how to communicate without a "chorus".

Review
Solias V wants peace after fighting among themselves for decades and they request Riva to help them achieve it. Riva is a very famous mediator and Worf says that before he mediated treaties between Klingons and the Federation, there was no Klingon word for "peacemaker". What makes him especially unique is that he is deaf and communicates exclusively telepathically through the use of a chorus. When Picard, Riker and Troi beam down to his planet, they find that the chorus of three people act as his voice, representing aspects of his personality, while Riva just stares meaningfully at people.

2/15/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Where Data's Silence is Outrageous"

With a quick push of a button we're all ready for the Aftermath. We've got a couple of great episodes to talk about today... and one meh episode. I present for your approval, the Aftermath in which we sit down and discuss the frog face of "Where Silence Has Lease", the deerstalker of "Elementary, Dear Data", and the desperate housewife of "The Outrageous Okona"! Enjoy this week's podcast... because it will never come again. ...I mean, this particular podcast. The one in this post. There will be others, don't worry. And you can find it right here!

Be sure to join us live every Friday at 6:00pm for more Star Trek: Asterisk goodness and always keep an eye on TheGreenAsterisk.com for more Star Trek reviews as we watch them. It's fun!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Where Data's Silence is Outrageous"

After a long break from missions, we're suddenly slammed with more missions than we can handle, so I'll be taking over the audio portions of Star Trek: Asterisk this time around. This week, fill your ear holes with our voices as we riff on the season 2 episodes, "Where Silence Has Lease", "Elementary, Dear Data", and "The Outrageous Okona". If you haven't already checked out the written reviews, well they're around here somewhere. I'm sure you'll have a good time reading through those. And now, without further adieu... WE'VE GOT EPISODE SIGN!

2/8/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Outrageous Okona"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E04
Air Date: December 12, 1988
Written by: Burton Armus, Les Menchen, Lance Dickson, David Landsberg, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Directed by: Robert Becker

Premise
The Enterprise rescues a swarthy space pirate who ends up being in the center of a two-sided scandal.

Review
IN THIS CORNER: Weighing in at Class M, floating in the Omega Sagitta system, Altec! AND IN THIS CORNER: Also weighing in at Class M, and also floating in the Omega Sagitta system, Altec's mortal enemy, Straleb! Well, okay, so they are seeing some modicum of peace lately after having signed a peace treaty, but they still don't like each other very much. But we'll get to that later because right now, the Enterprise is encountering a ship with a faulty guidance system and a captain that has no idea what he's doing.

2/6/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Elementary, Dear Data"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E03
Air Date: December 5, 1988
Written by: Brian Alan Lane
Directed by: Rob Bowman

Premise
Geordi helps Data bring Professor Moriarty to life in hologram form.

Review
So the Enterprise is waiting for the Victory to show up, so in the meantime, Geordi calls Data down to engineering because he's got something to show him. A scale model of the HMS Victory, the 18th century ocean ship. Since Geordi served as an ensign on the USS Victory, he thought the HMS would be a good memorial gift to give them. But Geordi has something even better in mind for Data. While they wait for their comrades, he has set up for his good buddy time in the holodeck for a Sherlock Holmes mystery in which Data plays Sherlock and Geordi is Watson. What could possibly go wrong!?

2/4/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Where Silence Has Lease"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S02E02
Air Date: November 28, 1988
Written by: Jack B. Sowards
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe

Premise
The Enterprise investigates a hole in space in which an intelligence runs lab tests on them.

Review
You see that description in the Premise up there? That's pretty much the whole show right there. If I really wanted to be lazy, I could end the review right there. But... there is one more thing. First, however, there's what little there is of a B story. Worf and Riker battle it out in the holodeck during Worf's daily calisthenics. This includes punching and slashing and killing Ninja Turtles and Skeletor. For a moment Worf, in his bloodlust, considers going after Riker, but then Riker asserts his command and Worf's Starfleet training kicks in. They take a breather and then head to the bridge. And that's all for that.

2/1/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Neutral Child Conspiracy"

It might be just hours away from another one of our awesome live shows, but that doesn't discount the fact that we had one just this past week. In fact, I think it reinforces its awesomeness. So what do you say? Let's have another episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I were able to wrap up season 1 of The Next Generation and happily continue into season 2 with another set of episodes: "Conspiracy", "The Neutral Zone", and "The Child". Help us celebrate a new beginning right here.

Go have a chuckle at the franchise's expense by going back to read Steve's reviews of the episodes. Also, be sure to spend some time in the Officer's Lounge - you'll be glad you did. Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (513-278-7475). Finally, be sure to meet back here this and every Friday at 6PM Eastern for the live show!

NOTE: Because I'll be away next week (2/8/13), we won't have a show that night. But be sure to join us the FOLLOWING week as we trek on!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Neutral Child Conspiracy"

Better late than never, right? Sorry folks. It's been a busy week for me as I prepare for an away mission next week (more on that later), but before it's too late, it's time for a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, Steve and I completed season 1 and continued into season 2 of The Next Generation with a fresh batch of new episodes: "Conspiracy", "The Neutral Zone", and "The Child". Come into our kitchen and see what's cookin' right here.

Steve's written reviews are up, and ready for your reading. Also, the Aftermath will be seen here almost immediately. Plus, remember that 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!

NOTE: Because I'll be away next week (2/8/13), we won't have a show that night. But be sure to join us the FOLLOWING week as we trek on!