5/30/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Allegiance"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E18
Air Date: March 26, 1990
Written by: Richard Manning & Hans Beimler
Directed by: Winrich Kolbe

Premise
Picard tries to lead his way out of a paper bag.

Review
It starts off as a normal day with Picard in his quarters reading a book while General Zod's Phantom Zone hovers over him and beams him away. With an energy discharge sensed in his quarters, Riker sense Worf and a security crew to check it out, but a different Picard comes out of his quarters and assures them that everything is okay. So while this doppelganger is hanging around on his ship, the real Picard wakes up in a room with two other people: Mitena Haro, and Kova Tholl. Haro is a Bolian Starfleet Cadet and Tholl is a cowardly Mizarian. The most important thing they introduce to Captain Picard is food... in the form of a pink hockey puck.

Star Trek: Asterisk "Sins of the Father"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E17
Air Date: March 19, 1990
Written by: Ronald D. Moore & W. Reed Moran and Drew Deighan
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
A Klingon comes aboard the Enterprise to act as first officer and drag Worf into a trial for their father's alleged misdeeds.

Review
Klingon Commander Kurn is assigned aboard the USS Enterprise as part of the same officer exchange program that Riker took part in last season. When Kurn takes charge, it takes a lot of getting used to from the crew, especially Wesley who does a lot of complaining about how stringent the Klingon is to everyone except for the one person who probably wouldn't mind it: Worf. It doesn't take too long before we find out why. They're brothers. But that doesn't explain it fully. See, a Klingon is supposed to be under tough command. Kurn being lenient on Worf is a dishonor to Worf. So why would a brother dishonor his brother? As a test to see if he's still Klingon. By babying him, Kurn is basically turning to Worf and saying "COME AT ME, BRO!"

5/29/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Offspring"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E16
Air Date: March 12, 1990
Written by: René Echevarria
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

Premise
Data gets an idea of what it's like to be a dad and Starfleet stops that right in its tracks.

Review
The Captain's Logs are starting to get pretty funny. Or maybe that's just because I'm just now recognizing the fact that the first ones often have nothing to do with the story at all apart from ancillary exposition, for instance, in this case, that Riker is on personal leave. Meanwhile, without anyone else's knowledge, Data is creating another sentient being in his free time. He reveals to Troi, Wesley, and Geordi his creation and they are taken aback and when they bring Picard in on the existence of what Data calls "Lal," he's a little perturbed he wasn't made aware. Of course, now Picard's duty is to figure out what to do with Lal and what it really is. Data says "child," Picard says "machine." I say experiment.

5/25/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Sins of the Offspring Allegiance"

Star Trek: Asterisk hits your earholes again with an exploration of three new episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation season three. Well... new to the podcast... actually pretty old to the Earth. Anyway...

These episodes are "The Offspring," "Sins of the Father," and "Allegiance." Dig through what happened in these stories with me and explore the meaning of fatherhood, sonhood, and leader...hood...ship... leadership...hood...

*cough*

Anyway, here it is!

Press play and enjoy!
 

Star Trek: Asterisk "Sins of the Offspring Allegiance" Officer's Lounge

Look at this! Another edition of the Star Trek: Asterisk Officer's Lounge! Today you lucky little tribbles get to listen to "The Offspring," "Sins of the Father," and "Allegiance." Three marvelous episodes from season three of Star Trek: The Next Generation. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and then you watch the other two episodes that don't feature a father/daughter android relationship.

I hope you you all like what's going on here. I'm just overwhelmed right now with a sense of satisfaction for the way I've situated the site and the podcast and everything. Gimme your comments,  'cause it's not often I get good feedback.

Anyway, we've got some Star Trek to watch...

Press play and enjoy...

5/20/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Star Trek Into Darkness"

Vital Information
Series: The Alternate Universe Series
Episode: MovieXII
Release Date: May 16, 2013
Written by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Premise
After a series of terrorist attacks on Earth, Kirk takes the Enterprise out to find the man responsible and the Enterprise promptly shuts down, not wanting to know.

Review
I'm going to give some general thoughts up front and then move into spoiler territory under the jump. I'd like to start by saying that this movie is awesome and everyone should go see it, Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike. There have been several reviews stating that it's merely another popcorn action film without any artistic merit, but they must have seen a different movie because there are lessons to be learned all over the place here. I have always said that it's easy to glean a lesson from a movie that slows down enough for you to meditate on it, but it takes some skill to learn at the feet of an action movie.

5/19/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Star Trek Into Asterisk"

After four long years of waiting, the new Star Trek movie is out! Is it worth it? Should you spend your hard earned money at the theater for it? Listen to my review and find out. Hint: yes.

Thanks to everyone who has been following Star Trek: Asterisk so far. Come back next Friday at 6pm EST for a continuation of reviews of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 3. They will include "The Offspring," "Sins of the Father," and "Allegiance." So, without further adieu...

Here's the podcast! Click play and enjoy...

5/14/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Yesterday's Enterprise"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E15
Air Date: February 19, 1990
Written by: Ira Steven Behr & Richard Manning & Hans Beimler & Ronald D. Moore, Trent Christopher Ganino & Eric A. Stillwell and a partridge in a pear tree
Directed by: David Carson

Premise
The Enterprise-C inadvertently brings Tasha Yar back from the dead by temporarily fracturing the timeline.

Review
We start in 10-Forward where Worf is enjoying some alone time until Guinan hands him a glass of prune juice. He tastes it and declares it to be a warrior's drink. The two of them chat for a bit about Worf finding companionship, but then an odd phenomenon happens outside the window and Worf is called to the bridge. On the bridge, Picard asks Worf to scan the phenomenon and Worf says that there's a ship inside. When the ship exits the rift, everything on board the Enterprise changes. The lighting is darker, the uniforms are more militaristic, even the bridge itself is more streamlined. And when Picard turns around to ask for more details, it's not Worf, but Tasha Yar who responds to him. And she's not a zombie, either!

5/13/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "A Matter of Perspective"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E14
Air Date: February 12, 1990
Written by: Ed Zuckerman
Directed by: Cliff Bole

Premise
Riker stands accused of both adultery and murder via blown up space station. The life of a pimp is hard one.

Review
We start in the ship's art studio. Here, Picard is painting a naked model along with two other students as Data walks in to inform him that Riker has finished his mission and is about to return. Because he couldn't have done that via communicator. While he's there, Picard invites him to take a look at the other students' works. Data takes a good look at each of them and describes them perfectly, then he gets to Picard's painting and says "...interesting." It just goes to show how different people can see the same thing differently. Eh? Eh?? Yeah? See where I'm goin' with that? I know you do.

5/12/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Déjà Q"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E13
Air Date: February 5, 1990
Written by: Richard Danus
Directed by: Les Landau

Premise
Q becomes human and orders TEN CHOCOLATE SUNDAES.

Review
So, the Enterprise's mission this time is to go to Bre'el IV and move its moon because the moon is about to crash into the planet and kill all its civilization. They get right to the daunting task, but in the middle of figuring things out, they hear a high pitched noise and a bright light and after a few seconds of this, Q appears in all his naked glory floating over the floor of the bridge. "Red Alert!" he says saucily as he looks up from the ground. Apparently, the Q Continuum has punished him for being such a jerk and he chose as his punishment to be made a mortal human. That's his story and he's sticking to it.

5/11/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "Yesterday's Perspective on Q"

Today on the podcast I give a summary of "Déjà Q," "A Matter of Perspective," "Yesterday's Enterprise," three of the best consecutive episodes in Star Trek: The Next Generation which just happen to run in season three.

I don't want to spoil too much for you, but Q turns human, Riker gets accused of both murder and adultery, and Tasha reappears to die a meaningful death. Was that too much? Sorry.

Speaking of spoilers, don't miss next week when the podcast will be all about Star Trek Into Darkness! Don't worry, there will be a clear delineation between general thoughts and spoiler territory. You'll know when to stop listening if you haven't seen it yet. But suffice it to say that I'm excited about seeing this movie!!

Okay, here's the podcast. Press play and enjoy, my friends!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Yesterday's Perspective on Q" Officer's Lounge

Sit back and enjoy a little audio drama, or play the episode on Netflix along with the podcast and listen to me blather on over the audio. It's time for the Officer's Lounge!

Today I'll be providing commentary for "Déjà Q," "A Matter of Perspective," and "Yesterday's Enterprise." Three fine episodes from season three of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And if you don't agree, you can take it up with Henry Spencer, Don Héctor "Tio" Salamanca, and Scooter McGavin. That's right! They're all in there!

Press play and enjoy, my friends...

5/1/13

Star Trek: Asterisk "The High Ground"

Vital Information
Series: The Next Generation
Episode: S03E12
Air Date: January 29, 1990
Written by: Melinda M. Snodgrass
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont

Premise
Dr. Crusher becomes sympathetic to the rebels after suffering a mild case of Stockholm Syndrome.

Review
We learn right from the captain's log that things aren't right on Rutia IV. After a generation of peace, they're suffering from terrorist attacks from rebels who wish to gain autonomy. So it's no big surprise when a bomb goes off in the middle of the town and the rebels start kidnapping, but what's a little more surprising is who they kidnap. Rutia IV is not aligned with the Federation, so it's odd that they would kidnap Dr. Crusher, who has nothing to do with their fight. It's not like they could us a competent doctor or anything, right?