The Star Trek Discovery Podcast

Hosted ByBrian Meloche & Ruthie Rink

The Star Trek: Discovery Podcast is an in-depth discussion about Star Trek: Discovery, shown weekly on CBS All Access in the U.S., Space in Canada and Netflix everywhere else. We're Brian Meloche and Ruthie Rink, two long-time Star Trek fans, and each episode we analyze the story, characters, and the show’s placement in the Star Trek universe. Our listeners are very important to us, and your feedback is an essential part of this podcast. Thanks for listening!

STDP 034 – Project Daedalus (S2E9)

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2, Episode 9: Project Daedalus

For a supersized episode 34 of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, Ruthie and I discuss Season 2 Episode 9 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is titled, Project Daedalus. This episode was written by the newly announced co-showrunner of Season 3, Michelle Paradise, who is currently a co-executive producer on the show, and it was directed by Jonathan Frakes, who you should all know played Commander William T. Riker on TNG and the movies that followed, and has been a longtime director of Trek, including Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. This is his third time directing Discovery.

Discussion on Project Daedalus begins at 13:00…

We begin the podcast with feedback from the previous episode. We get into this episode at 13 minutes exactly.

Fred’s Pics!

We have been blessed yet again with pics chosen by Fred from The Netherlands, including the cover image. We are going to do something different this week, and feature JUST the pictures this week. We’ll go back to a more traditional blog post next week.

Before you look at the Project Daedalus pics…

We did a flip of last week’s ratings. Ruthie gave this one a 10, whereas I gave it a 9. Without details, I will just say that the episode reminded me a lot of what happened to T-Dog from The Walking Dead. Airiam was a character we finally got to know and then she’s gone. We’ll be back in (hopefully less than) a week with our next episode.

Get in your feedback

As always, your feedback is essential to this podcast! We’ll be having a short feedback deadline most weeks this season, due to scheduling issues. We’ll cover more feedback from S2E9 Project Daedalus, so do not hesitate to send in your feedback if you miss the deadline. For Star Trek: Discovery S2E10, which is titled The Red Angel, the deadline to get in your feedback is Friday, March 22, 2019, at 6 PM Eastern/5 PM Central or 11 PM UTC. You can submit feedback via the GSM Feedback page, Facebook Group, Twitter, you can email startrekgsm at gmail dot com, or call the voicemail at (216) 236-5449 and leave us a message there. Make sure to mention you’re calling The Star Trek Discovery Podcast when you call. I’m also podcasting on The Walking Dead. Because of this schedule, we are trying to get our episodes down to a more reasonable podcast length. To help with this, we’d like you to focus on a few key points from the episode, rather than discussing everything about the episode. If submitting a voicemail, please try to keep your calls to 4 minutes or less, with an absolute maximum of 5 minutes. We would like to keep our episodes under 2 hours! Please help with that! We failed MISERABLY this week.

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And now, here’s a visual look at Project Daedalus!

Cold Open

Cornwell's shuttle approaches the USS Discovery. - STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (01:54)
Cornwell’s shuttle approaches the USS Discovery. – STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (01:54)
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (03:00) - Spock's brain.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (03:00) – Spock’s brain.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (03:12) - Brain scan 'drones'.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (03:12) – Brain scan ‘drones’.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (03:56) - Non-deceptive Spock.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (03:56) – Non-deceptive Spock.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (06:09) - Cornwell shows Saru & Pike the Spock murders.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (06:09) – Cornwell shows Saru & Pike the Spock murders.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (06:16) - Spock kills three people… or not.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (06:16) – Spock kills three people… or not.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (07:47) - Tilly & colleague.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (07:47) – Tilly & colleague.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (07:50) - Admiral, Admiral, hello, hi, lovely to see you.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (07:50) – Admiral, Admiral, hello, hi, lovely to see you.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (08:39) - USS Discovery powering up.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (08:39) – USS Discovery powering up.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (10:28) - Airiam's previous life.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (10:28) – Airiam’s previous life.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (11:15) - Airiam's fun memories of Tilly, Owo & Detmer.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (11:15) – Airiam’s fun memories of Tilly, Owo & Detmer.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (12:44) - Airiam talking to Tilly.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (12:44) – Airiam talking to Tilly.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (12:56) - My memories are not going anywhere.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (12:56) – My memories are not going anywhere.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (13:20) - Think louder.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (13:20) – Think louder.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (14:22) - Spock and Michael bickering in the Engineering lab.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (14:22) – Spock and Michael bickering in the Engineering lab.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (14:58) - Now I understand why this was so difficult for you.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (14:58) – Now I understand why this was so difficult for you.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (15:03) - Fortunately you're half robot (which she pronounces 'half robit').
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (15:03) – Fortunately you’re half robot (which she pronounces ‘half robit’).
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (15:13) - Look at Airiam's results, three cheers for cybernetics!
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (15:13) – Look at Airiam’s results, three cheers for cybernetics!
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (15:24) - You think you're pretty smart, huh?
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (15:24) – You think you’re pretty smart, huh?
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (20:12) - Nhan observing Airiam.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (20:12) – Nhan observing Airiam.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (21:39) - Perhaps… you're trying to lose.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (21:39) – Perhaps… you’re trying to lose.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (21:59) - Strategies that our father, in his single-mindedness, chooses to ignore.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (21:59) – Strategies that our father, in his single-mindedness, chooses to ignore.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (22:03) - Spock making a chess move.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (22:03) – Spock making a chess move.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (22:15 & 22:25) - Chess playing faces.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (22:15 & 22:25) – Chess playing faces.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (23:05) - Michael & Spock arguing.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (23:05) – Michael & Spock arguing.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (23:40) - Yet here you are, full of self-importance!
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (23:40) – Yet here you are, full of self-importance!
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (24:44) - It is easier for you to shoulder burden than to face unimaginable grief?
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (24:44) – It is easier for you to shoulder burden than to face unimaginable grief?
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (25:20) - You feel like you failed as a Vulcan or as a human.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (25:20) – You feel like you failed as a Vulcan or as a human.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (25:27) - For the first time, I enjoy expressing emotion.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (25:27) – For the first time, I enjoy expressing emotion.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (25:44) - Michael left by Spock in devastation.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (25:44) – Michael left by Spock in devastation.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (27:26) - Cornwell & Pike trying to survive the minefield.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (27:26) – Cornwell & Pike trying to survive the minefield.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (31:41) - What the hell are you doing?
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (31:41) – What the hell are you doing?
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (32:00) - My order to attack came directly from Starfleet Command.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (32:00) – My order to attack came directly from Starfleet Command.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (33:13) - What is it about the look on my face that suggests I've changed my mind?
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (33:13) – What is it about the look on my face that suggests I’ve changed my mind?
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (34:50) - So, did Burnham's idea help.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (34:50) – So, did Burnham’s idea help.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (39:22) - Airiam getting instructions.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (39:22) – Airiam getting instructions.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (39:32) - Floating frozen Tellarite admiral.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (39:32) – Floating frozen Tellarite admiral.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (39:54) - Restoring power and gravity now, commander.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (39:54) – Restoring power and gravity now, commander.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (40:16) - Burnham in a space suit.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (40:16) – Burnham in a space suit.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (40:55) - It's Admiral Patar.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (40:55) – It’s Admiral Patar.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (43:55) - Hostile Airiam.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (43:55) – Hostile Airiam.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (44:18) - Nhan gasping.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (44:18) – Nhan gasping.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (44:21) - Burnham & Airiam fighting.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (44:21) – Burnham & Airiam fighting.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (44:34) - Airiam kicking Burnham away.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (44:34) – Airiam kicking Burnham away.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (45:23) - Burnham fighting back.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (45:23) – Burnham fighting back.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (48:09) - Tilly's emotional plea.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (48:09) – Tilly’s emotional plea.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (48:36) - Michael, you have to open the airlock.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (48:36) – Michael, you have to open the airlock.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (49:19) - Michael stop, open the airlock.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (49:19) – Michael stop, open the airlock.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (50:36) - Devastated Detmer.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (50:36) – Devastated Detmer.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (51:31) - Airiam's last memory.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (51:31) – Airiam’s last memory.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (51:40) - The end of Airiam.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (51:40) – The end of Airiam.
STDP 034 - Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (51:42) - The end of Airiam.
STDP 034 – Star Trek Discovery S2E9 (51:42) – The end of Airiam.

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