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Transporter Lock - A Star Trek: Discovery podcast


Weekly reviews of the continuing mission of the USS Discovery

Weekly reviews of the continuing mission of the USS Discovery


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Weekly reviews of the continuing mission of the USS Discovery






Picard Season 1 review

Susan Arendt of the Continue Podcast returns to the show to join Ken and Bri in reviewing the first season of Picard. We loved some of the new characters and were meh about others. Familiar faces were welcome, though is there such a thing as too much Seven of Nine? And was the season finale …


Picard S1E10: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part II

Ken & Bri jump right to the heartwrenching end of Picard’s first season finale, as familiar characters say their goodbyes — we didn’t want the game to end! Some of our predictions from part one were correct, but most were not, leaving us utterly unprepared for these gut punches. We remain hopeful of seeing more …


Picard S1E09: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part I

Ambassador Josh of the Federation Diplomatic Corps joins Ken and Bri to review the penultimate episode of Picard‘s first season. We finally arrive on the synth homeworld, where we find Data’s look-alike, Lore’s spiritual successor, a deteriorating admiral, and a blank android ready to host one lucky recipient. We have suspicions about who’s really who …


Picard S1E08: Broken Pieces

Charlynn Schmiedt of the Star Trek podcasts To the Journey and and Punch It joins Bri and Ken to discuss the antepenultimate episode of Picard‘s first season. The origin of the Zhat Vash is revealed, Seven of Nine takes on a new role, and Raffi tries to put Rios back together again as all the …


Picard S1E07: Nepenthe

So many feels! Jean-Luc is reunited with some of his old crew, providing a temporary safe haven as he and Soji plot their next move. This family has seen its share of pain, but they’re stronger together, bringing Bri and Ken to tears — we didn’t want this episode to end. ❤️ Stream the audio …


Picard S1E06: The Impossible Box

Picard, Soji, and Hugh finally cross paths in what Ken and Bri consider the best episode of the season so far. But the closer we get to the synth homeworld, the more questions and more theories we have! We sit down in person to connect the dots from TNG episodes “Descent”, “I, Borg”, and even …


Picard S1E05: Stardust City Rag

Seven of Nine returns in an episode that should’ve opened with a content warning. Ken and Bri debate Seven’s motivations, what’s happened to her since Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant, and whether we’ve seen the last of this character. Meanwhile, two different characters bid adieu to their sons this episode, and Agnes is all …


Picard S1E04: Absolute Candor

Even those whom Jean-Luc Picard has wronged recognize a worthy, if lost, cause when they see it. Our beloved captain continues to assemble his party as Ken, Bri, and Amanda — appearing together for the first time! — admire Romulan warrior nuns, roll their eyes at ancient Borg rituals, and get hyped for a reunion of liberated Borg, …


Picard S1E03: The End Is the Beginning

Captain Sabriel returns, as does Chief Archivist Amanda, to review the third-ever episode of Picard. As things heat up at the château, Jean-Luc assembles a crew to help him track down Soji and Maddox. Engage! Stream the audio edition of Transporter Lock above or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Mixcloud, Spoke, Overcast, acast, …


Picard S1E02: Maps and Legends

The second episode of Picard introduces new characters and intrigue, rapidly advancing the plot while still not putting Jean-Luc on a starship. Ken and guest co-host Amanda are okay with this as we pull apart the threads of the Romulan’s Tal Shiar and Zhat Vash, our empathy (or lack thereof) for synthetic lifeforms, the integration …


Picard S1E01: Remembrance

Patrick Stewart returns as Jean-Luc Picard in “Remembrance”, the pilot episode of Star Trek: Picard. Bri and Ken react to the return of this iconic character, how he’s changed over the last twenty years, and his ability to be the action star of this new series. We also puzzle over the connection between synthetics, Borg, …


Short Treks: Children of Mars

The second season of Short Treks ends with "Children of Mars", giving Ken and Bri plenty to talk about! We examine the Starfleet educational system; the prevalence of shuttlecraft, bullying, and physical books; how labor laws and vacation time work; and how First Contact Day is observed. More important, we piece together how this episode …


Short Treks: Ephraim and Dot & The Girl Who Made the Stars

For the first time in 45 years, Star Trek ventures into the frontier of animation! "Ephraim and Dot" is a comedic documentary about a tardigrade’s reproductive cycle, and "The Girl Who Made the Stars" is a tale of conquering one’s fear of the unknown. Ken and Bri review these two animated Short Treks, their place …


Short Treks: Ask Not

When a decorated but dishonored Starfleet captain puts Cadet Thira Sidhu in an impossible situation, she must choose a side with lives on the line. To be or not to be? That is the question Sabriel and Ken pose to our guest, Dori Robinson, Boston theatre director and co-host of Shakespearean podcast The Mousetrap. Was …


Short Treks: The Trouble with Edward

What would Star Trek look like if it were a comedy series? We don’t need to wait for the debut of Lower Decks, as the Short Treks episode "The Trouble with Edward" features both tribbles and the comedic talents of H. Jon Benjamin (Archer) and Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel). Ken and Bri ponder the …


Short Treks: Q&A

New York Comic-Con featured the surprise debut of "Q&A", the first in a new season of Short Treks. The premiere episode does not in fact feature the return of John de Lancie’s recurring villain; instead, it’s a blast from the past as Ensign Spock arrives for his first day of duty aboard the USS Enterprise. …


What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

On the cusp of the new Picard series and a third season of Discovery, Ken and Sabriel pause to reflect on the best Star Trek series ever, as seen in Ira Steven Behr’s documentary, What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This new film was released on home video this …


Season 2 Recap

Susan Arendt of the Continue podcast joins us to review the second season of Star Trek: Discovery! We swoon over Anson Mount, relate to the Spock/Burnham dynamic, consider Tilly’s character development, grow nostalgic for the Enterprise, lament the inevitable malice of Control, theorize the future of the show, review the Spider-Man musical, and smash the …


S2E14: Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

The second season finale of Discovery has finally landed, offering plenty of space battles and fisticuffs that didn’t live up to their potential. The episode also tied up plenty of loose threads, but it left few hanging for us to get an idea of what to expect in the next season. But we loved the …


S2E13: Such Sweet Sorrow

The second season’s penultimate episode is a long, drawn-out affair with many ponderous, redundant speeches and reflections — making it one of Ken’s favorite of the season! Bri was less receptive, perhaps due to time travel giving her a headache. We swoon over the Enterprise and reflect on the characters’ inner monologues and heartfelt goodbyes …