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Scott McNulty discusses a randomly selected episode of “Star Trek” — all series, all seasons — with a non-random guest.

Scott McNulty discusses a randomly selected episode of “Star Trek” — all series, all seasons — with a non-random guest.


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Scott McNulty discusses a randomly selected episode of “Star Trek” — all series, all seasons — with a non-random guest.




212: "Operation -- Annihilate!" (TOS) with Liz Myles

Liz Myles, writer, proper Dr. Who fan, podcaster, and fan of certain Star Trek shows, joins Scott to discuss TOS's Operation -- Annihilate! (S1E29). Topics include the trinity of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Kirk's mysterious family, episodes in which women die, and killer plastic vomit. Host Scott McNulty with Lizbeth Myles.


211: "Alice" (VOY) with Jean MacDonald

Jean MacDonald, podcaster, community manager, and frequent Incomparable panelist, joins Scott to discuss VOY’s Alice (S6E05). We spoil the end of Voyager (they get home. Get over it). Addition topics include if you should watch this episode, the risks of hooking up your brain to a mysterious alien ship, and SPACE RACES! Host Scott McNulty with Jean MacDonald.


210: "Inquisition" (DS9) with Aleen Simms

Aleen Simms, podcaster, writer, and frequent Incomparable panelist, joins Scott to discuss DS9’s Inquisition (S6E18). Spoilers abound in this episode, as usual, but they happen pretty early this time. You’ve been warned! Topics include Scott’s impending babies (who have arrived!), if we like Dr. Bashir, Aleen’s shocking Capt. Kirk opinions, and Section 31. Host Scott McNulty.


209: "Ethics" (TNG) with Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds, the person behind the hit Twitter accounts Swear Trek and Effin Birds (now a book! Buy the book!), joins Scott to discuss TNG’s Ethics (S5E16). A very light barrel falls on Worf with oddly disastrous results! Topics include why this episode could only happen in the 5th season, how much we like Capt. Styles, and the sorry state of Klingon medicine. This episode of TNG, and the podcast, discuss suicide. Remember, you aren’t alone. Please reach out for help if you need it....


208: "Coming of Age" (TNG) and "Picard" trailer with Jason Snell

Scott’s “Vulcan Hello” co-host Jason Snell joins him to discuss the Comic-Con trailer for “Star Trek: Picard”, coming in 2020. And what better episode to pair with that discussion than “Coming of Age” (S1E18), in which Picard’s ability as a Starfleet Captain is questioned while Wesley makes new friends and is punked by the Federation’s answer to Ashton Kutcher. Host Scott McNulty.


207: "Drive" (VOY) with Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton, breakfast lover, joins Scott to chat about VOY’s “Drive” (S7E3). Topics include breakfast, why anyone would leave the holodeck, and last names. Host Scott McNulty with Brian Hamilton.


206: "Deja Q" (TNG) with John Siracusa

John Siracusa, podcaster and man about the Internet, joins Scott to chat about TNG’s “Deja Q” (S3E13). Topics include how much Scott loves this episode, Corbin Bernsen’s little baby face, and whether or not we like Q as a character. Host Scott McNulty with John Siracusa.


205: "Miri" (TOS) with Antony Johnston

Antony Johnston, writer and dapper man, joins Scott to blah blah blah about TOS’s “Miri” (S1E11). Topics include why Antony had never seen this episode before, how effective it is at creeping us out and Scott’s opinions about the supporting actors looks. Host Scott McNulty with Antony Johnston.


204: "Rocks and Shoals" (DS9) with Joe Rosensteel

Joe Rosensteel, Defocused host and man about town, joins Scott to discuss DS9’s “Rock and Shoals” (S6E02). Topics include seeing famous people in ordinary places and what you should do, visual effects, and sneaky Vortas. Host Scott McNulty with Joe Rosensteel.


203: "Worst Case Scenario" (VOY) with Justin Michael

Justin Michael, guy on the internet and 2019 daily poet, joins Scott to discuss VOY’s “Worst Case Scenario” (S3E25). Topics include Scott’s excitement to see the tools one uses to write a holonovel, whether or not holodecks have their own integrated power systems, and the shocking reveal of Seska… which is shocking if you remember who Seska is. Host Scott McNulty with Justin Michael.


202: "Family" (TNG) with Becky Sweger

Becky Sweger, data engineer, Western MA booster, and long time pal of Scott, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s “Family” (S4E2). Topics include Scott nerding out about the Star Trek significance of this episode, Becky making very good points about the episode’s themes, and a discussion about how the heck the Picard’s get to keep all that land on Earth. Can anyone have a vineyard in the future? Host Scott McNulty with Becky Sweger.


201: "Cogenitor" (ENT) with Lisa Schmeiser

Lisa Schmeiser, writer, editor, and Incomparable panelist, joins Scott to discuss ENT’s “Cogenitor” (S2E22). Topics include scouting, westerns, space grandpas, and how good this episode almost ends up being. Host Scott McNulty with Lisa Schmeiser.


200: 200th Episode Listener Question Edition

Scott celebrates the 200th episode by answering some questions from listeners like you. Fire off the party phasers and engage the fun. Host Scott McNulty.


199: "Regeneration" (ENT) with Erika Ensign

Erika Ensign, tireless podcaster, joins Scott to discuss ENT’s “Regeneration” (S2E23). Topics include which captain would make the best Doctor, fake snow, and how Borg implants work (or don’t work). Host Scott McNulty with Erika Ensign.


198: "Body Parts" (DS9) with Marisa McClellan

Marisa McClellan, cookbook author, canner and Scott’s better half, joins Scott to discuss DS9’s “Body Parts” (S4E25). Topics include why you should buy Marisa’s latest book, if doing this podcast has impacted Scott’s enjoyment of Star Trek, Quark’s complicated character, and an announcement is… announced. Also, buy Marisa’s book. You’ll like it! Host Scott McNulty with Marisa McClellan.


197: "Concerning Flight" (VOY) with Dan Moren

Dan Moren, podcaster and novelist, joins Scott to discuss VOY’s “Concerning Flight” (S4E11). Topics include why you should buy Dan’s latest book, how Leonardo DiCaprio is not in this episode, and the surprising lack of tension or stakes in the story. Did we mention that you should buy Dan’s book? Because you should. Host Scott McNulty with Dan Moren.


196: "Shadows of P'Jem" (ENT) with Anne Zander

Anne Zander, performer, writer, and producer, joins Scott to discuss ENT’s “Shadows of P’Jem” (S1E15). Topics include where to find the best doughnuts in Portland, OR, why Archer won’t let T’Pal make her own decisions, and why Archer seems to be a jerk. Host Scott McNulty with Anne Zander.


195: "Final Mission" (TNG) with Guy English

Guy English, Star Trek fan and Incomparable man about podcasting, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s “Final Mission” (S4E9). Topics include how Wesley can be right and yet still annoying, why you should really just listen to Capt. Picard, and Starfleet Academy’s strict admission requirements. Host Scott McNulty with Guy English.


194: "Hollow Pursuits" (TNG) with Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman, journalist and type enthusiast, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s “Hollow Pursuits” (S3E21). Topics include how the Enterprise crew reactions to someone not as confident as they are, troubling HIPAA violations, and the ethics of making holodeck programs featuring your crewmates. Don’t forget to back Glenn’s Tiny Type Museum! Host Scott McNulty with Glenn Fleishman.


193: "Valiant" (DS9) with James Thomson

James Thomson, indie developer of PCalc and occasional Incomparable panelist, joins Scott to discuss DS9’s “Valiant” (S6E22). Topics include the always winning combo of children and Ferengi, where DS9 actors are now, troubling Starfleet HR practices, and whether or not Aron Eisenberg has a podcast (it seems like Scott just made that up. He’s tricky like that). Host Scott McNulty with James Thomson.