Kickers of Elves
Playing God (DS9 S2E17)

Playing God (DS9 S2E17)

October 13, 2021

Stick around til the end when Hugh revisits what we knew and didn't know about Terry Ferrel.  

Initiate Arjin visits DS9 to whine! A baby universe. Voles! Jadzia gets an intern, or a trill up for joining who is surprised by the unorthodox Dax. Finally the "Is Jadzia Kurzon?" question is settled. Wade makes the argument this episode can serve as a meta-commentary on the character herself. OH, and there's a proto universe that gets batted around by muppet skinless cats. Are the moral implications of stepping on a universe of ants more deserving of an A plot than Jadzia's sex wrestling? Listen and decide for yourself!

Shadowplay (DS9 S2E16)

Shadowplay (DS9 S2E16)

October 1, 2021

It's another Remix of The ROA.  Stick around til the end when Hugh talks bout Bolians.

Welcome to Space Mayberry! It's NOT a next generation rewrite? Go figure. Odo and Dax land on a planet that is NOT a TNG script. Quark is running shenanigans while Odo is gone. Will Kira get her swerve on? Yes she will. We love this writer, we... well, this ain't a bad episode.

Paradise (DS9 S2E15)

Paradise (DS9 S2E15)

September 24, 2021

We revisit a pretty good episode, and -because we're old now- Hugh reminds some listeners who  Ted Kaczynski was.

Cool Hand Benjamin. Sisko and O’Brien crash land on a planet of space Luddites. More Space Amish? Nope. Space hippy cultists. But did this episode have a point that could have been explored more? Classic trek, where a Captain- er commander- is tortured to see what he is made of. But it’s not Cardassian torture this time- for once! We discuss how other captains might have dealt with the situation. And some O’Brien backstory! RambO’Brien Jason Bour’ien?

Whispers (DS9 S2E14)

Whispers (DS9 S2E14)

September 8, 2021

Things aren't what they seem for O'Brien. Is this a M. Night Sham, or is it like that Rick and Morty episode? Maybe Parallax View, or a certain most famous of scifi noirs? Just how would this plot play out as an episode of The Americans? Oh it's a mystery! Or is it? We slide stealthily into a nerd corner conversation on teleporters and cloning. Can Hugh get over his dislike for Colm Meaney's furrowed brow?

In the "remix" portion of the pod, Hugh looks back at the episodes of the other shows we talk about on the podcast.

Armageddon Game (DS9 S2E13)

Armageddon Game (DS9 S2E13)

August 13, 2021

Hugh revisits Armageddon Game, and also revisits A Stitch in Time, which came up in this episode.

More O'Brien and Bashir bromancing. Two races with ridiculous hair are the worsts hosts ever. How do they repay a favor? Kill the guys doing you a solid. Not cool, bro. After getting rid of what we're told is the ultimate doomsday weapon -but that appears a run of the mill biological weapon, with a name that doesn't describe what it does at all- Miles and Julian hide out in a bunker. Surprisingly NOT a rehashed TNG script. We talk Seuss, Babylon 5, and some redeeming qualities of this episode.

The Alternate (DS9 S2E12)

The Alternate (DS9 S2E12)

July 28, 2021

The ROA remixed!  

Yeah, we're still doing these. The Rules of Acquisition may be over, but we'll still be looking back at it from time to time.

Hugh revisits The Alternate, and tries to see just what Wade was talking about here...  

Odo's Dad! (kinda) Is this a horror movie? Father issues, the stuff popular filmed entertainment is made of! What happens when the DS9 crew goes to an abandoned planet, brings back an obelisk, and then tries to give every cast member a defining line while trying to recreate The Thing, or Alien? Does that screw up the third act? Wade does his damnedest to defend this episode.

UNLOCKED from the KOE Patreon:  Worf Talk

UNLOCKED from the KOE Patreon: Worf Talk

July 23, 2021

We may have moved on from DS9, but Star Trek does still sometimes come up from time to time. Tired of waiting for episodes of the podcast?  We talk a variety of subjects and update regularly for patrons.
Here's a short conversation we had about Worf.  Also for free on the patreon this week: you can hear some of our thoughts on the Loki Disney + show. 

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Mulholland Drive/Inland Empire

Mulholland Drive/Inland Empire

June 17, 2021

Two podcasts mirror each other.  One maybe died.

The Straight Story

The Straight Story

June 17, 2021

You don't think we can be nice? We can be nice.

Lost Highway

Lost Highway

June 17, 2021

Get lost in the edgy 90s.  Don't murder your wife.  

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

June 17, 2021

This is a special podcast! And for us it's a symbol of our individuality, and our belief... in personal freedom. 

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

June 17, 2021

Heineken? F- Heineken! Drink in the episode art. Don't you look at me. Listen to the podcast.  

Dune!

Dune!

June 17, 2021

This podcast about David Lynch's Dune [or is it Alan Smithee's?] is from our 2018 Patreon bonus series "Much A-Dune About Nothing" but it pretty well covers our thoughts on the film.

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

June 17, 2021

We are not an animal. We are a podcast.

David Lynch: The Art Life/ Eraserhead

David Lynch: The Art Life/ Eraserhead

June 17, 2021

We get into David Lynch’s work, starting at the beginning.  We watched the 2016 documentary David Lynch: The Art Life  and Eraserhead. James has some “textured” audio in this one. 

A Note Regarding What’s to Come

A Note Regarding What’s to Come

June 9, 2021

Faces smudged with pod, your hosts explain what is going on with the future of this podcast and Kickers of Elves.

 

Get ready for some renovations.  We're changing the name of the podcast and moving to a new format.  What will we be covering first?  We're delving deep into David Lynch: first with an exploration of all of the films, then we'll cover that other prequel to modern tv, Twin Peaks.

Rivals (DS9 S2E11)

Rivals (DS9 S2E11)

June 1, 2021

Prince Humperdink is a grifter! Wade is embarrassed to like this one. O’Brien and Bashir: Mango Habanero sauce. We do a lot of talking about Julian Bashir as an “unlikeable character” in the pre-Soprano’s era There’s a Bella Union to Quark’s Swearengen’s Saloon… cept no part of this slush pile script is exactly on par with Deadwood, sorry Star Trek Discovery writer Joe Menosky. SPACE RACQUETBALL.

Stick around to the end to hear Wade talk trash at other podcasts and then just talk what may be gibberish.

Sanctuary (DS9 S2E10)

Sanctuary (DS9 S2E10)

May 5, 2021

Hugh looks back on this Season 2 episode with some extra research.

Oatmeal faced reverse space Mormons! And that's not even meant as a pejorative. Exploration of the universal translator is appreciated, but does it clutter up the rest of this episode where a matriarchal society lands on DS9 and pulls a Battlestar Galactica on Bajor? Just what is Boner from Growing Pains doing? What could have been a great exploration of responses to a refugee crisis turns into a wonky episode of Star Trek. Some "fun" scenes, but unrelated to the central theme of the episode. Would a two parter be better? Is this description making any sense? Our computer voice is a little perplexed...

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Leftists and Butthead

Leftists and Butthead

December 7, 2020

Hugh and James talk up top on a pamphlet for the left.  Also we talk about Beavis and Butthead and class.  

Trigger warning: No Star Trek content contained within!

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Second Sight (DS9 S2E09)

Second Sight (DS9 S2E09)

October 2, 2020

This DS9 episode could have used a second pass... Hugh gives the podcast a second pass and has to mention Kanye, Colm with John Huston, and ... Dune?

What starts with a great father/son scene about that time Picard blew up Ben Sisko's wife devolves into mooning over a woman with no personality and a penchant for disappearing. A man reignites a dead sun with science we are dubious about. But the episode is almost worth watching just for Chief O'Brien's eye rolls alone.

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Necessary Evil (DS9 S2E08)

Necessary Evil (DS9 S2E08)

September 5, 2020

Terok Nor? More like Terok NOIRE! How did Odo go from doing the “Cardassian Neck Trick” in parlours to being a constable on board a Bajoran space station? A flashback episode will answer that. Kira is pretty great. We spend a lot of this episode gushing over how we think Peter Allan Field is the best thing to happen to Star Trek Deep Space Nine. But is there something missing from this episode?

Wade rambles about this episode and embarrasses himself again.

 

Status Reporting: Giving Glen the Business
Booger Convention?

Booger Convention?

August 6, 2020

Here's just a smidge from the latest content at https://patreon.com/kickersofelves

Go ahead and ignore if you're mad at the lack of Trek. 

 

Here's that WaPo Article

Kickers of Elves bonus: This is Not My Star Trek Podcast!

Kickers of Elves bonus: This is Not My Star Trek Podcast!

July 28, 2020

Another teaser where these jerks don't even talk Star Trek.
James and Hugh talk about The Punisher's computer guy, America's Chernobyl, and mostly Richard Power's The Overstory.  

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The Rules of Acquisition (DS9 S2E07)

The Rules of Acquisition (DS9 S2E07)

July 21, 2020

Title track!  

24th Century Buttslap! 

Hugh looks back on this episode and provides some Mark Singer Facts at the end.

Does this Deep Space Nine episode live up to the hype? Maybe not. There are a lot of rules in this episode, and we get the first mention of the Dominion. Plus a lot of rehashed Shakespeare plot from a play two of us performed way back in our high school days. Plus some good old fashioned 90's Gay Panic!

Melora (DS9 S2E06)

Melora (DS9 S2E06)

June 18, 2020

More like "Meh, Lora", huh?  Wade Looks back on this episode and tries not to embarrass himself.

DS9's resident pickup artist, Julian Bashir "falls in love" and has some zero g space sex. We really lay into Julian in this one. We debate some more alien physiology, including turkey wattles and mouth handles in addition to what a lady who grew up flying might look like. How bout that David Foster Wallace reference? Let us know if that alienated you; we love you regardless. Aw, sorry to make it weird again...

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