November 15, 2017
Obrien. Must. Suffer. The Hardest.
Star Trek tackled some serious issues, in an era before we were all forced to learn the term PTSD.
But, first don’t you want to hear us argue the difference between implanted memories and a simulation on a scifi future show? Have you missed Nerd Corner?
It’s hard to make jokes about such a serious well done episode!
How bout them healthcare plans in the future?
Jake helps O’Brien with his tools.
Did everyone screw up by not sending Miles back to Ireland?
And what of Roddenberry’s vision? Does this preserve Star Trek’s “evolved humanity” or perfect it?
As we get older… do we have less desire to rewatch upsetting media?
Skipping out on voicemails this week. This episode drained us.
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November 8, 2017
These leftovers taste great with a little O’bay on them!
Is this a run of the mill episode? Have we seen this before?
It’s another episode where we get to explore a character by putting them on trial! And another episode about Worf’s conflict with his Klingon and Federation background.
Featuring Ron Canada, the voice of Gold Peak Ice Tea, as Evil Klingon Lawyer.
And a great final Sisko scene we can’t wait to get to.
In voicemails (56:00) we talk religion!
Tom from Cleveland needs to vent about the Bajorans
Greg from North Carolina also has some thoughts on Bajoran religion
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November 1, 2017
Bajoran religion, everyone’s favorite type of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode.
BUT… is this the most consequential episode yet for the arc of the series?
Faith (or lack thereof) is discussed!
Fletch's boss comes out of the the wormhole and does Sisko a favor by taking over as the emissary. Kira is surprisingly ok and doesn't question this, til not-quite-Borat starts bringing back the Bajoran caste system and tells her to quit her job and start making birds. This regression into alt-right ideology sets Sisko down a path where he has to confront what it means to be a religious figure, and even buy into it a little bit more.
No time for voicemails this week, but give us a call and let us know what you think!
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October 25, 2017
Power in a Rom!
Rom starts a union! Lefty Propaganda!
We spend a bit at the top knocking out Worf's B plot before diving into Marx, Sean O'Brien, and Rom's tranformation from exploited worker to strong union leader. Putting politics aside, this is also a pretty good story about Rom finding himself when not under the shadow of his brother. The episode that really sets Rom's story in motion, and sets the stage for relationships to come...
What are some our feelings on unions in the real world? We'll get into some of that and what gets us grabbing for our pitchforks, but mostly this is about Rom. "Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains." Oh, and Jeffrey Combs shows up!
And in the feedback segment:
Franklyn from Jax and just what exactly happened to the robot voice lately?
Music: Billy Bragg, "Power in a Union"
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October 18, 2017
Woo! Worfs brother! Tony Todd!
...Oh wait this one is a bit of a downer
Worf and Jadzia are busy with some foreplay when Worf's brother Kurn shows up destitute and wanting some Mauk-to'Vor. Being the loving brother that he is, Worf readily agrees to do some murder. Yep this one gets heavy! Relations familial and professional are strained as Worf once again has to decide where his Klingon-ness ends and his Federation beliefs begin. Just how problematic is the third act? Let the arguing over moral principles and relativism begin! And you know we can turn this around to reflect on just what kind of doctor Julian Bashir is.
And we bring back an old favorite from the early days of the podcast: How would we fix this?
We're taking a week off from voicemails this week! Check out A Discovery Home Companion to hear from a few regualr callers, and keep telling us what you think about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine!
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October 11, 2017
Another episode of Everybody Loves Kira!
This time the advances are unwanted. Kira has to go to some conference that her boyfriend convinced her to go to, but a shamed and fallen Dukat shows up to take her aboard his junky spaceship. He gets a taste of the terrorist lifestyle, and Kira has to decide if she's left that all behind her or not (spoilers: she mostly has).
But also! We get the first appearance of Damar! Who doesn't actually do a whole lot cept sit on the bridge and maybe talk to Ziyal off screen a few times.
In Voicemails (1:01:27) Greg has some more thoughts about about Our Man Bashir and we talk what "checklist" episodes we could take or leave.
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October 4, 2017
We talk ships, but not starships!
Odo has to confront his feelings when Kira's old friend Shakaar shows up and tries something new. No one goes anywhere, no new aliens are confronted, but we have a lot to say about this one. Is it, as Hugh says, "A pretty great episode of television, but not necessarily the best Star Trek"?
Just how great is René Auberjonois? Pretty great.
Just what does one do with an Odo... when in a relationship?
In voicemails (1:04:20)
Both Warren (@10rant) and Adam P. Newton (@dryvetyme) have more to say about the holodeck and Our Man Bashir
We've moved to a new release day to accomodate A Discovery Home Companion. Look for the ROA on Wednesdays while the newest Star Trek show airs!
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September 25, 2017
We start off with a big announcement!
But in the episode? Red squad did a bad thing. It's not the enemy we have to fear... but ourselves?
In which we learn that, actually, that admiral wasn't to be trusted. An admiral?! In Starfleet?
We learn a lot about maybe how to deal with terrorists and not to let go of our freedoms in exchange for security. Or do we?
Kate has some great feedback on Hippocratic Oath!
And check out the new patreon for the show! Get in on some extra stuff (https://www.patreon.com/kickersofelves)
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September 18, 2017
Welcome to Earth!
After a terrorist attack, Benjamin, Jake, and Odo get recalled to run Earth Security and hang out in a New Orleans restaurant. That's right, Brock Peters as grandpa Joe Sisko!
Changelings have infiltrated the Federation, Starfleet is perhaps comprimised, and President Joe Camel needs convincing. An episode that is strangely prescient for a tv show before the modern War on Terror.
A lot to cover in this first part of a two episode story. How does a society balance freedom with security? Does this further dismantle Roddenberry's dream? Just what living family members does Ben Sisko actually have?
And in Voicemails! (52:30)
It's all about the holodeck.
FAIR WARNING: We earn that explicit tag in this one.
Twiggy and Kristin from Toronto leave messages on Our Man Bashir, and we go into excruciating detail on holosuite hygiene, technology, and sexual ethics of the future.
Have thoughts of your own? Predictions for Star Trek: Discovery? Let us have em!
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September 11, 2017
Bashir, Julian Bashir.
Definitely not James Bond, if it pleases the court, Your Honor.
It's the Bashir episode you've either been waiting for or dreading! Transporter mishaps and holodeck episodes: Star Trek standbys. The Ops crew has their bodies stuck in Quark's holodeck and their minds bit torrented throught the station. It's up to cheesy superspy Julian and his legit-spy companion Garak to save them. Is there some worldbuilding and, daresay, some character work built into this episode? Well, we have opinions. James comes out and admits his feelings on all James Bond, not just Star Trek parody episodes.
Who is Wade's favorite fascist novelist?
We have LOTS of consideration of the ethics of the holodeck and sex work. "For all your teledildonic needs"
but wait! Hugh… compliments Bashir’s acting?!
BuckyWTgoodHair lets us know why he thinks maybe Rejoined has aged the way it has.
Eric calls, and points out how in Rejoined we reversed engineered an alien villain from a series of shows we never actually saw. Though we did all see the Stargate movie.
Give us a call and let us know what you think! And check out A Discovery Home Companion if you haven't yet!
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September 4, 2017
Treasure of the Klingon Sierra Madre.
We love Kor!
Do we love this episode as much as we were expecting to? Maybe not, but there is stuff to like [again, Kor].
Worf gets to go on an adventure with a Dahar master, because we all know how big a deal that is, right? Like the stories Kor tells in Quarks, maybe the story doesn't quite match up to how we remember it later.
Klingon lore explored! Kinda.
Will this episode have any relevance when Star Trek Discovery launches? Will we reference it on A Discovery Home Companion?
We get mention of the Hurq and Kahless and Molor, but then it all devolves into people yelling in a cave about petty bs. Just how valuable is this ancient batleth? Does it have any special powers? Who knows?! Well, we do. Listen to the podcast to find out just what we think
In voicemails (42:00) we go back in time to revisit the Visitor again.
Stefan from the Netherlands talks about soundtracks, and Tim from Northern California defends technobabble.
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August 28, 2017
It's all Ferengi, and very little Sisko in this episode where Quark, Rom, and Nog leave Deep Space Nine and go to Earth where they time travel back to the television tropes of the mid to late 20th century.
Nog has a reverse bar mitzvah, giving away old Star Trek costumes, and Quark recieves a ship from his shifty cousin. Shenanigans ensue and we get to hear some Ferengi as it is spoke.
Wade wrote down a lot of Ferengi.
Do we like this episode? Is it a good episode, but perhaps not to everyones tastes?
47:40 We go back to cover some a voicemail from Kristin. More about Jake Sisko, History's Greatest Monster.
Oh, and maybe check out A Discovery Home Companion
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August 25, 2017
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August 21, 2017
Submarine fight! Farmer Hogget! -er Hanok.
It's a "routine trip" to the gamma quadrant, and we get reminded that it's a dangerous place when the warned of Jem'Hadar finally shows up. James Cromwell guest stars in a bunch of makeup!
It's a pretty good by the books Star Trek episode. The Defiant is under attack, and everybody from DS9 gets paired with a buddy to work on his or her character beats.
@BuckyWTGoodHair calls and talks "Worf NO" and "Hippocratic Oath"
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August 14, 2017
Love isn't confusing, but Trill are.
Dax's ex life's ex-wife shows up and things get heated.
But first some Magnolia subtweeting and a little more business up front.
Other topics discussed:
Quark doesn’t understand magic tricks.
Is this gay, or just aliens being complicated (hint: it's both)
Trill worldbuilding and rules. Why does the Reassociation taboo make sense? And suddenly we have an idea for an amazing villain species
Trek fans, more conservative than twitter would have you believe?
The most on screen chemistry since we last saw Out of Sight.
Why doesn’t history give this episode its due?
History corner on gay representation in television.
“Everybody brings their personal bull$#!t
We go long, but end with big news for the podcast!
We REALLY want to know what folks think of this episode!
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August 7, 2017
Bajorans, love, and Breen!
Kira gets a phone call, Worf is suspicious, and then Dukat and Kira go off to look for a crashed ship and get to know one another better.
OH and Dukat needs to find someone...
A sidebar for our millenial viewers explaining Victor French, Michael Landon, and Highway to Heaven
Tumblr Takedown: Cardies don’t have tails
Dukat’s uncomfortable justification for how the Cardassians helped Bajor. All the uncomfortable things.
Dax and Bashir and the Coen Brothers?
Comedic bits and camraderie
Sisko deploys his weirdness!
Kate helps us with DS9 books. We talk some Nog comics. What do Eastman and Laird have to do with trek comics? Absolutely nothing.
And closing it out, Twiggy calls and makes Wade further ruminate on his feeble mortality.
Sometimes you’re middle aged, sometimes you’re full twelve year old.
All yelling and complaints (and whatever else you want to say):
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July 31, 2017
Jem'Hadar Junkies! Hugh watched Hippocratic Oath. You won’t believe what happened next! Hugh crawford gives a 10/10 to Julian Bashir! (Enough with the clickbait) What happens when couples fight? Julian and Miles crash on a planet and their relationship is tested. Meanwhile, Worf has some moral questioning and learning of his own to do regarding "shades of gray" on DS9. 55:20- Voicemails and Emails! Eric from PA asks a question about The Visitor that we cut from our podcast on that episode.
July 24, 2017
The One Where Everyone Cries. Or: Catcher in the Wormhole.
What can we say? Season 4 is pretty good so far.
It's Benjamin Sisko's turn to come unstuck from time, but not unstuck from Jake. This one is all about fathers and sons.
And Tony Todd, who is amazing as old Jake.
55:20 Time for voicemail
We talk more Worf from Way of the Warrior
July 19, 2017
Did your podcast feed freak out? Here's a quick note and a call with some potential Becker spoilers...
July 17, 2017
Season 4 starts off right.
Is the show about to get Urkel-ed? [nope]
When a bunch of Klingons show up on DS9, shenanigans are afoot. On screen and off. What's going on with Cardassia and all the characters in this "soft reboot" of the series.
James Doohan is still awesome.
What 4 rules does Sisko break or bend for the Federation?
Is Picard the worst captain?
The Root Beer Scene. It has a backstory! It almost didn’t happen.
What was going on when this was made, and why does it feel so timely right now?
We are all Worf
Voicemails, or Whatever We Call This Segment (1:15:00)
A new caller asks about … The Orville
Plutoburns has some preemptive thoughts on this episode
July 13, 2017
Greetings from Season 4! There's a lot of Tetryon emmisions in subspace causing temporal disruptions. Technobabble technobabble. Here's some of your voicemails about Season 3, yet we're recording from a later point in the timeline in which we've watched a few episodes of Season 4. But don't worry, we've gone out our way to follow the temporal prime directive and avoid major spoilers. We receive a PlutoBurns transmission from way back containing his thoughts on “Explorers.” Voyager and Enterprise captains are discussed, along with womens’ hairstyles. Warren Cantrell (@10rant) defends Bashir. Another Austrailian listener, Carla, has some more Bashir thoughts, plus we talk some Enterprise. Adam P Newton gives us his White Album and Wade reveals the history of his pronunciation of “@DryveTyme” Get excited for Season 4 and give us a call! 917 408 3898
July 3, 2017
Happiness is a Warm Phaser. It's that time when we cut out all the filler, and devise our perfect contemporary season of Deep Space Nine from the extended "double album" of classic American Television. No voicemails this week, we're on vacation!
June 26, 2017
CAPTAIN SISKO! Deep Space Nine has a captain, FINALLY! Celebrate with us the greatest captain in Star Trek. Oh, plus: Fun with changelings; Book corner history with Larry Nevin; and commander Red Herring, the worst reality show contestant ever, Michael Eddington shows up again(he’s here to make friends). Hunt for Red October and The Thing are both referenced. Things are happening in the alpha and gamma quadrants, and… Things will never be the same [ominous music]. It's the end of the season and things are looking up! In the Great Link (44:20) we commune with Greg, and talk some facets of Dax and a little Bashir. Dryvetyme reminds us why Sisko is the best dad in Starfleet.
June 22, 2017
Before Peak TV there was... Come to hear your opinions on B5, stay for James' opinion on Suicide Squad. Twin Peaks and Farscape are also discussed. Instead of a deep dive into Deep Space Nine, we dip into the shallow end and ask ourselves: Babylon 5... Should we watch this? All the content from this episode was generated by... you! Give us a call and maybe we'll feature you in a later episode 917 408 3898 Oh. Glynn Nimron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtOiKbxzY9w
June 19, 2017
Everybody Dax! Jadzia undergoes a Trill ritual and all her friends on Deep Space Nine get to try out their best funny voices. Even Leeta, who of course has been a close friend for a long time, is a top choice to take on the memories of past slug hosts. OH, and Curzon Odo is a Humbert Humbert. We're still very confused by Trill logistics. It's like they're just made up as needed or something. But hey, that Nog B plot is pretty great! At around 42:20, we dive into the Great Link and commune with a few of you. Kristin notices an item from Explorers that doesn't really make sense in space. Jeffrey also has a thought and a criticism for Explorers. and Franklyn "goes deep" to chastise James on some Family Business. Give us a call at 917 408 3898 and be featured on the show. We couldn't do it without you!
June 12, 2017
Shaka shaka. Back to Bajor business. Kai Ratched wants grains and Kira's friends just want to farm. With some soil reclamators. But one thing leads to another and suddenly she's off DS9 and fighting an actor from The Wire in the hollywood hills... We get political with Kai Winn/Trump. In the B plot... Stuff happens to O'Brien. Not a lot of stakes... local colour? Hugh can fix it! But hey, we actually liked this Star Trek episode! And somehow for all the joy we get out of saying "Shakaar" we never make a "When the walls fell" reference. And we're sorry. 43:37 Throw Us Your Goo? A call from Tom has us talking diversity and representation. A call from Eric has us still trying to figure out Ferengi. Let us know what you think! 917 408 3898