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.

Press Play and enjoy!

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?

Press Play and enjoy!

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.