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The Passenger

A sinister criminal sneaks aboard DS9 in the mind of Dr. Bashir! While “The Passenger” features excellent character work and further establishes the DS9 universe, it also features some horrible acting and an anti-climactic ending. The show continues to struggle melding its new characters with new story lines, and The Passenger is an unfortunate example […]

Duration: 00:26:06


Was Curzon Dax a murderer? And if he was, is Jadzia Dax responsible for his crimes? It’s the question at the heart of “Dax”, an episode that examines the ethics of the Trill while also giving our new crew a chance to interact. A court room drama with a sci-fi heart, “Dax” is also peculiar […]

Duration: 00:24:54

Q-Less – Ft. Clay

Q makes his first (and only) appearance on DS9 in an episode that involves graviton particles and a woman who once had sex with Picard! When Vash and Q appear on DS9, strange happenings start to threaten the station. Is Q behind the chaos? Or is it something else, totally unrelated? Clay joins me to […]

Duration: 00:48:30

Babel – Ft. Trekspertise

When a mysterious virus strikes the station, it’s only a matter of time before everyone will be speaking gibberish! And then they’ll die! “Babel” is a story that reminds the audience of “The Naked Time” and “The Naked Now”, but instead of losing inhibitions our characters lose the ability to speak… and tell a good […]

Duration: 00:29:59

A Man Alone – Ft. Modi

Now that we’ve spent a couple episodes learning about the station and Bajoran politics, let’s settle into some character development! While “A Man Alone” is technically an Odo focused murder mystery, it spends a lot of time giving us insight into the rest of the cast. And Keiko! Modi joins me to discuss the economics of […]

Duration: 00:41:19

Past Prologue – Ft. Modi

We know that Bajor is in disarray, but what does that actually mean? In “Past Prologue”, a Bajoran terrorist boards DS9 and Kira is forced to decide whose side she’s on: the Federation or Bajor? In an episode filled with secrets and lies, we are also meet the character of Garak, who may or may […]

Duration: 00:35:33

Emissary – Ft. Clay & Zack

After losing his wife in the Borg attack at Wolf 359, Ben Sisko accepts the command of Deep Space 9. A former Cardassian mining station in orbit around Bajor, DS9 is seen as a vital part of allowing Bajor to join the Federation. With son Jake in tow, Sisko arrives to find a station in ruins […]

Duration: 01:02:51

DS9 Introduction

Let’s abandon our starships, and set up home base at a (mostly) stationary… station! The podcast is moving onto our next Star Trek series, Deep Space 9. Featuring what Wikipedia calls, “well developed characters, original and complex plots, and religious themes”, Deep Space 9 was not a super popular series but it has a special […]

Duration: 00:15:49

A Taste of Patreon: Event Horizon

With the podcast moving into DS9, we thought we’d give everyone a sampling of the kind of content you can get by supporting the show on Patreon! Patreon is a website that allows you to easily support content creators you enjoy, and one of the perks of backing The Pensky Podcast is that you get […]

Duration: 01:02:35

A Taste of Patreon: The 10 Essential TNG Episodes

With the podcast moving into DS9, we thought we’d give everyone a sampling of the kind of content you can get by supporting the show on Patreon! Patreon is a website that allows you to easily support content creators you enjoy, and one of the perks of backing The Pensky Podcast is that you get […]

Duration: 00:33:27

Star Trek X: Nemesis

The final film in the TNG franchise goes dark, both literally and figuratively! When a Reman warrior named Shinzon successfully coups the Romulan Empire, it’s up to Jean-Luc Picard to stop him before he unleashes a terrible weapon. But Shinzon carries a terrible secret: will Picard be able to overcome his own inner darkness to save […]

Duration: 01:10:24

Star Trek IX: Insurrection

After the frantic, action packed First Contact, Insurrection came along and decided to slow things down. Literally. When Picard discovers a plot to evict 600 Ba’ku from their planet in order to steal a “fountain of youth” technology, the crew disobeys their orders and mounts an insurrection. Clay joins me to discuss alien face lifts, […]

Duration: 01:11:35

Star Trek VIII: First Contact

The Borg have returned, and this time they’re trying to destroy our past! When the Borg use time travel to try to avert First Contact, Picard and crew must follow them back in time and make sure that Zephram Cochrane survives to complete his warp drive experiment. Unfortunately, the Borg capture the Enterprise and Cochrane […]

Duration: 01:35:57

Star Trek VII: Generations

It’s time to move into the TNG movies, and we start with the polarizing “Generations”. A film that’s been disowned by its creators, “Generations” mixes TOS and TNG into one package while doing neither series the service it deserves. Kirk and Picard find the Nexus, Data gets emotions, and everyone else is mostly ignored! But, […]

Duration: 01:13:25

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

We bid a fond farewell to the Original Series crew! In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, a Klingon moon explodes and the Empire is forced to make peace with the Federation. This seems to be a pretty good thing, until the Klingon leader is assassinated! Kirk and company must race against the clock to […]

Duration: 01:30:10

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Like Dinosaur Jr said, Sybok feels the pain of everyone and then he feels nothing! The Final Frontier is the directorial debut of William Shatner and a movie that is not highly regarded by neither fans nor critics. Featuring tubby actors, odd tonal shifts, and gods at the center of the galaxy, it’s a movie […]

Duration: 01:22:17

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: A Whale of a Time! The final part of the film trilogy that started back in The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home certainly feels different from what has come before. Featuring no real villain, our heroes instead go back in time to find an extinct species of whale that will be […]

Duration: 01:17:44

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Clay and Wes discuss Star Trek: The Motion Picture! When an hostile cloud creature enters Federation territory, Admiral James T. Kirk takes back command of the Enterprise in order to save the day. A polarizing film, The Motion Picture is long, beige, and surreal. But it’s also fascinating and sometimes incredible! Clay and Wes discuss […]

Duration: 01:15:39

TOS Series Wrap Up

We made it to the end of our TOS podcasts! TOS has had some ups and downs, and Wes details his thoughts about how he feels about the first Star Trek series in this podcast. Which season was the best? Which characters shine, and which fade away? Does TOS hold up? All this, and more! […]

Duration: 00:27:30

Turnabout Intruder – Ft. Clay

“This is a man’s world… but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Turnabout Intruder is the last episode of TOS, and thus the last TOS episode that this podcast will be covering! Clay joins me to discuss and episode that features body swapping and gender politics, with a healthy dose of […]

Duration: 00:50:35

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