This Side of Paradise

 

The Enterprise visits a colony where indigenous flower spores provide the settlers with peaceful contentment.

What started off as a regular review of a classic Star Trek episode turns into quite the revelation regarding the nature of Spock, what it’s like to be an outsider and how people live their own self-made purgatories.

Plus we manage not to make too much fun of the plant spores…

A Taste of Armageddon

 

The Enterprise arrives at a planet to establish diplomatic relations and finds itself in the middle of a “peaceful” war that threatens to destroy the ship.

So what’s a brand new Star Trek episode like with a couple of glasses of wine under your belt?  Heath commits himself to discovering all in the name of science!

Admittedly it gets a little thinky in this podcast but we promise there’s enough silliness in here to keep most of you happy!

Space Seed

 

Kirk meets Khan, a leader of Earth’s Eugenics War.

Heath is in a strange situation in that he didn’t see the original Khan having seen the Kelvin Universe Star Trek films before this episode.  So what will he think of the original Khan?

Also ashamedly we didn’t mention the wonder that is cube food.

The Return of the Archons

 

The Enterprise encounters a seemingly peaceful civilization run by a “benevolent” being named Landru…who intends for them to join his people.

The golden age of Star Trek episodes is upon us and Lee cannot be happier.  In this podcast we discuss how little regard Kirk has for the “government” and the prime directive.

We also discuss Landru’s awesome hair.

Be of the body and listen to the podcast!

Court Martial

 

Captain Kirk’s career is at stake when he is put on trial for the loss of a crewman during an ion storm.

Seriously this episode should be titled Ion Pods Away, because the Ion Pod is the single best story device we’ve ever encountered on Star Trek.

That's where the Ion Pod USED to be...
That’s where the Ion Pod USED to be…

We dedicate a sizeable chunk of time to the Ion Pod, some may claim a little too much time but to those people I remind them that the space wrench gets equal if not more airtime.

I'll keeeell you wit this handy space wrench
I’ll keeeell you wit this handy space wrench

We also discuss how Spock has a P-Touch label maker and how integral to everything that the Ion Pod is that Captain Kirk is only ever a button away from ejecting it… for ummmm reasons.

Which one is the make ship go button?
Which one is the make ship go button?

So did you enjoy our take on Court Martial or are we too quick to judge the books and the lawyers and the space wrenches?!?!

Let us know on Facebook or Twitter (Lee or Heath)

Tomorrow is Yesterday

 

The Enterprise is thrown back to 20th century earth.

So this week we promised happiness and positivity, did this episode allow us to deliver these good vibes or was it a jumbled mess of time travel problems and forced humour?

Listen and be the judge yourself!

Also let us know what you think on Twitter or Facebook! (or even here!!!)

Arena

 

Kirk is pitted in a barehanded duel with a Gorn.

Possibly one of the most iconic episodes of Star Trek, the episode that features Kirk fighting the Gorn at the Vasquez Rocks.

Lee also goes off on a rant about how Paramount and CBS completely let the fans of Star Trek down for the 50th anniversary.

The Squire of Gothos

 

A powerful entity known as Trelane torments the crew of the Enterprise.

Another day another god-like being threatens the Enterprise and her crew!  Heath is introduced to the character that inspired Q (and he doesn’t even know what Q is!).  We also talk about the importance of Star Trek and the early days of the internet when Heath and Lee were young!

The Galileo Seven

 

Spock commands a stranded away team when their shuttlecraft is stranded on a planet with hostile natives.

In this week’s podcast, it’s Spock’s first crack at command and not everything is hunky dory on the Galileo.  Giant apemen are throwing giant spears and rocks at the ship and Kirk is battling a “jobs worth” up on the Enterprise.

Heath also thinks he’s a better manager than Spock…

As always let us know what you think!

Shore Leave

 

On shore leave, the crew’s thoughts come to life.

It’s a weird episode for this podcast, ambitious in many ways but maybe too ambitious for its own good?  This episode features giant rabbits, a gun-toting Sulu and the most hideously annoying character from Kirk’s past.

Lee and Heath also question the morality around conjuring up “people” from your past just so you can go ummmm “picnic” with them…

Let us know what you think!

Also just an FYI, I don’t write the synopsis, they come from Stan and some of them are amazingly underwhelming!