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Blood and Chrome 4 of 10

10/15/2018
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Raaaaaaaaampage!!! When you have a character who is a badass killing machine, you want to set up a scenario when they’re allowed to go all-out. Maybe not on the cogs in the wheel of an unjust system. The cogs Kovachs just gunned down in the corridors. What’s interesting about media is that characters are rarely […]

Duration:00:49:16

Blood and Chrome 3 of 10

10/8/2018
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Two people fight to the death and I’m still fighting a hardcore case of yawns here. This episode’s central theme is that the wealthy are corrupt, but it can’t even draw a clear bead on that point and fire. It’s allegory that fails to link its allegory–the long life of the Methuselahs–with what it represents–obscene […]

Duration:01:02:34

Blood and Chrome 2 of 10

10/1/2018
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Man, does this title even work? In that everyone in this setting is pretty damn fallen, it’s not really–oooh, it’s probably about the girl who fell into the lake from the cloud layer and died. I’m doing these solo now and I’m doing my best. I have a lot of questions and a lot of […]

Duration:00:54:18

Blood and Chrome 1 of 10

9/24/2018
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During our break, The Beige and The Bold is going to watch Netflix’s Altered Carbon, a ten part series which explores a future world in which human consciousness can be reduced to an electronic signal and stored in devices called a stack. In an inversion of our usual roles, Derek has seen Altered Carbon and I have not. […]

Duration:00:58:45

Season 3 Supplemental

9/18/2018
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We get right into it in this season’s supplemental, rolling from the season three finale right into: -The Question -Season 3 versus Seasons 1 and 2. -What we’re doing during the interregnum. -YouTube, sound quality, iTunes, and listener feedback. -Characters and characterization. I’m serious about podcast recommendations. Maybe I’m a bad participant in the podcasting […]

Duration:00:52:48

The Best of Both Worlds part 1

9/17/2018
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It’s done. It’s hard to say anything about what might be–as a Deep Space Nine fan–the greatest multi-part Star Trek story ever told. Star Trek: The Next Generation was under restrictions neither you nor I fully understand, but they still managed to push the serialized network television format to its limits. I try to end […]

Duration:00:42:24

Transfigurations

9/3/2018
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We’re three years in and we’ve already established that Worf is a romantic. I’m glad that’s something that’s kept as part of his character. I think that Star Trek has telegraphed ascension several times, with the Traveler, with Q, and with the Metrons back in The Original Series. And then this guy does it because […]

Duration:00:56:44

Menage a Troi

8/20/2018
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Planetary security, diplomatic incidents, and transporter protocols are just a few things that utterly baffle us about this episode. Like…are there not telepaths on Space E-Lance? I know it’s a ‘fun’ episode, but it’s nonsense. Is there a difference between the words “nice” and “good”? Is Daimon Tog a bad person who is nice? Can […]

Duration:00:48:31

Sarek

8/13/2018
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Derek’s 80/40/40 joke was really good and I missed it. I’m not sure what else there is to say here. Was there another way to slip some elements of TOS into the series? I feel like this series quickly forgets the lessons of this episode later, but it is a good one. The Beige and […]

Duration:01:05:59

The Most Toys

8/6/2018
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This is another one of Season 3’s signature solid episodes. I think it’s a bit underrated by the fan base, honestly. Maybe because the stylistic choices are so bold it gets cringey for some folks. This thing gets high marks for me for conflict, villain, universe building, continuity, and characterization. It tells us so many […]

Duration:00:50:07

Hollow Pursuits

7/30/2018
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My main complaint with Barclay is that he’s overrated. But that only comes because he’s vulnerable in a way that no main character could be. My main complaint isn’t with the fandom, but with the cultural limitations of the 1990’s. I guess that’s a recurring theme. “Look behind you,” stretches back at least to Cu […]

Duration:00:49:21

Tin Man

7/23/2018
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Y’know, when I say an episode is boring, I don’t mean “it’s so boring, I’d edit it and then totally forget to post it,” but that’s what happened. I’d apologize for our weird digression into class structure but honestly, what else is happening in this episode? What’s your favorite class, listener? The humble proletariat? The […]

Duration:00:45:40

Captain’s Holiday

7/16/2018
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We compare Riker vacations to Picard vacations, gush about Vash, and also there some time travel there…just because? Vash seems like such an outside-of-the box perfect fit for Picard. I’d be curious about other such fits for members of the crew. I would not put K’Ehylar in that place for Worf. They have dynamite chemistry, but […]

Duration:00:48:27

Allegiance

7/8/2018
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This one’s got Libertarian jokes and pacifist jokes in it because we are both fair and balanced and neither Libertarians nor pacifists. “Allegiance” isn’t bad; it just fails to be inspiring and is another in a long line of episodes that are about Picard, but don’t need to be. I also have to apologize because it […]

Duration:00:48:51

Sins of the Father

6/24/2018
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Weeeeeeeaaaaaabbbbb. It’s good to see Worf successfully engaging with his heritage in a way that his progenitor character, Spock, never did. It’s weird that, in retrospect, Worf is the number three or number four character for development and storylines in this series. I approve. Also, Riker should have been the cha’DIch. The Beige and The […]

Duration:00:47:39

The Offspring

6/18/2018
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That Andorian looks like The Great friggin’ Gazoo. Data is a great dad. Beverly in grade school was whatever Mean Girls look like in the 24th Century. Where are we on Worf needing a permission slip to give birth to Klingon Jesus? Also, I swear we recorded this over a month before any actual famous […]

Duration:00:49:08

Yesterday’s Enterprise

6/4/2018
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I miss Yar as much as the next guy. I don’t know if we had to jump up and down on the space/time continuum to get her back. Still, it’s a good, high-concept episode with plenty of action and drama. Not the Yar/McGavin relationship. I don’t hate it, but I see how it’s the strongest […]

Duration:00:50:56

A Matter of Perspective

5/28/2018
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So we’re a bit offended here and maybe just bored enough to make up a B-plot where Worf and Geordi are trying to complete space’s most insane scavenger hunt. Roshamon was directed by Kurosawa, but I was only correct because I was an idiot. It’s a classic example of answer by accident. I am a […]

Duration:00:57:30

Deja Q

5/21/2018
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I can’t believe this episode has a moral after all. The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Sunday nights at 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 PM CT.

Duration:00:47:37

The High Ground

5/14/2018
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Unspoken emotions in a relationship we don’t ship, a stock villain with one quirk and a paper-thin idea behind him, relevant technology we’ll never see again, and a sociopolitical conflict that gets The Federation’s fingers slick with blood just by touching it that we never see or hear from again. This episode has everything. I […]

Duration:00:47:24