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Season 4 Supplemental

6/10/2019
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We’ve come so far, and got so far, but in the end…it was really, really far. I don’t have a head for lyrics. We look forward, I talk a bit about ruts versus grooves and Derek speculates on Season Five. We’re considering a number of changes for when we get back from the hiatus. I’m […]

Duration:01:05:59

In Theory

5/5/2019
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I wanted to go deeper on impostor syndrome in relationships, but we covered it well enough. What I can’t get over is the B-plot here. I’m sorry, “the bullshit plot here.” On the one hand, I’m angry the space/time bubbles aren’t explained better, on the other I’d be furious if they wasted time on doing […]

Duration:00:45:26

The Mind’s Eye

4/29/2019
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“The Mind’s Eye” is a pretty straightforward episode. There’s not a big idea and or real character moment. Things happen in it, but they’re good things that drive a clear, well-developed plot. It turns out that triangulation is really complicated. To the point that there’s also a thing called trilateration, which I don’t have time […]

Duration:00:55:13

The Host

4/22/2019
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We’re back after a little break with a classic episode. There’s a lot to unpack with this one, and even if the lesson seems lost on some of the production staff, we try to stay focused on the most culturally relevant takeaway. Also, it was Tiresias. He was apparently a dick to some mating snakes […]

Duration:00:59:53

The Drumhead

4/15/2019
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We lost the tape. We’ve got so many twists and turns in the reasoning behind this one. Ironically, this was recorded at the height of the fervor over the Mueller Investigation and so there’s a lot to uncover in terms of “what makes an investigation legitimate”? We could have gotten deeper into it, but like […]

Duration:00:52:37

Solo Session: USS Callister

4/7/2019
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Unedited, slightly incoherent, and mostly redundant, The Beige and The Bold Solo Sessions are episodes where I run through a show without Derek. Solo Sessions are published when production difficulties prevent the posting of a new, original episode on Mondays. To break tradition somewhat I’m going to be watching the much-touted episode of Black Mirror, […]

Duration:01:24:05

Qpid

3/31/2019
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This one got me thinking about Star Trek and fanfiction. I don’t judge Star Trek fanfiction, mainly because I make improvisational Star Trek fanfiction every week with my friend Derek under the presumption it will amuse other people. Also because Star Trek’s ability to inspire people is part of its strength. And yet…I feel like […]

Duration:00:55:14

The Nth Degree

3/25/2019
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It’s another Barclay episode. It’s great to see the range of Dwight Schultz, even if our leads get warped a bit to make it work. Is it necessary for shows to have bad guys and good guys? Is it necessary just for episodic shows like The Next Generation?

Duration:00:59:43

Identity Crisis

3/18/2019
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Honestly, “Identity Crisis” is so solid it’s hard to talk about. In retrospect, we spend a lot of time nitpicking here, but at least we didn’t talk about using Troi more. The thing about “Identity Crisis” is that it’s an episode which has some of the series’ most intriguing unanswered questions. I don’t mean that […]

Duration:00:46:45

Night Terrors

3/11/2019
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There are so many thing this episode does almost right. I mean, I love it. It’s the kind of ensemble show Star Trek: the Next Generation can be and that is when it’s at its best. Maybe it’s just me, but as I get older I see a more paternalistic/authoritarian ideology behind the love of […]

Duration:00:53:49

Galaxy’s Child

3/4/2019
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A 'Do Not' video from HR cleverly disguised as an episode of Star Trek, "Galaxy's Child" should inspire a little more shame in us than it does.

Duration:00:54:26

First Contact

2/24/2019
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Oh, hey, it's a weird sex thing in an episode of Star Trek.

Duration:00:54:55

Clues

2/18/2019
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It’s a solid episode and we’re being mean. It’s not “about” anything in the Star Trek sense. We don’t have a debate about whether Data’s loyalty to Picard is based on its own merits or obedience to the chain of command. We don’t discuss the ramifications of keeping the existence of a dangerous planet hidden, […]

Duration:00:55:33

Devil’s Due

2/10/2019
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No surprise this one was a reworked Phase II story, which I’m surprised that I–having read the Phase II scripts–didn’t catch. It makes a lot of sense when you view this through the lens of The Original Series. Or maybe just through the lens of TOS’ lowered expectations. Making legal quibbles might be criticizing deck […]

Duration:00:54:04

Brother

2/3/2019
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We’re finally out of the war and Star Trek: Discovery has set a completely different tone with Science Officer Douchenozzle, Engineer Barzan Lady, and Captain Cool Dad. Derek and I both were hoping for a season with a little more focus than the last, but it looks like Captain Cool Dad was right, “if you […]

Duration:01:14:53

The Loss

1/27/2019
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I kinda forgot to do this one two weeks ago, but we’re up to speed now. Derek and I talk about the trinity of wasted potential in this episode, say a few words about its merits, remind everyone that Guinan has a Schlorblax in psychology, and pitch the greatest episode of Star Trek: The Next […]

Duration:00:53:53

The Wounded

1/21/2019
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It’s a Chief O’Brien episode about passion and reason and pain and understanding. It cuts to the quick because the pain from Bob Gunton as Captain Maxwell is very grounded. It’s a weighty episode and it works. While TNG has flirted with continuity before, “The Wounded” feels like a moment where it really begins to […]

Duration:00:53:26

Data’s Day

1/14/2019
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I watch "Data's Day" with guest co-host Sandra from the Bunny Trails Podcast.

Duration:00:44:23

Final Mission

12/23/2018
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I know a lot of these episodes are just delivery mechanisms for Patrick Stewart to give a speech, but we need to aim a little higher than “Final Mission.” We deserved– Wil Wheaton deserved more than a flimsy B-plot separating him from the Enterprise while he went through the motions of an A-plot until Patrick […]

Duration:00:47:20

Future Imperfect

12/16/2018
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Man, Riker’s head is kind of terrifying. Or maybe I should say that the way the writers picture us picturing the inside of Riker’s head is terrifying. In talking with Derek, he says that nothing happens in this episode. Given the multi-tiered nature of this story and its fiction-within-fiction, is it fair to mention that […]

Duration:00:45:28