Series: Star Trek Picard Cast

The Star Trek Picard Cast is an in-depth, long-form, community-driven episode discussion of Star Trek: Picard, the new series shown on Paramount Plus in the US, CTV Sci-Fi Channel & Crave TV in Canada, and Amazon Prime everywhere else. We’re Brian Meloche and Ruthie Rink; we’re two long-time Star Trek fans, especially of Star Trek: The Next Generation. We cover the story, characters, and the show’s placement both within the Trek universe and the continuation of the life of legendary Federation Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Together with our listeners, we rate each episode, discuss the highs, lows, and share other thoughts. Thanks for listening!

STLDP 016 – The Spy Humongous (S2E6)

Kyle and Brian are joined later in the podcast by LT and the three of them talk through Lower Decks S2E6 The Spy Humongous. This one was good, though it suffers a bit from the issue that is the Pakleds. They are funny, as long as you don’t overthink them. Once you do, they don’t make a lot of sense.

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STLDP 015 – An Embarrassment of Dooplers (S2E5)

Brian and Kyle talk through Star Trek: Lower Decks S2E5, titled An Embarrassment of Dooplers. The Cerritos escorts a diplomat with a very weird quirk to a conference at Starbase 25, Boimler and Mariner try to crash a big Starfleet party, while Tendi and Rutherford play with model starships.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 015 - An Embarrassment of Dooplers (S2E5)
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STLDP 014 – Mugato, Gumato (S2E4)

Brian and LT talk through Star Trek: Lower Decks S2E4, titled Mugato, Gumato. The Mugato are back, maybe too much.

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STLDP 013 – We’ll Always Have Tom Paris (S2E3)

Brian and Kyle talk through Star Trek: Lower Decks S2E3, titled We’ll Always Have Tom Paris. Tendi takes Mariner on a mission, Rutherford is haunted by a mystery, and Boimler’s having security issues. And, oh yeah, Tom Paris shows up on the ship!

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 012 – Kayshon, His Eyes Open (S2E2)

Brian and Kyle talk through Star Trek: Lower Decks S2E2, titled Kayshon, His Eyes Open. Boimler’s got his hands full on the Titan, while Mariner, Rutherford, and Tendi go on an away mission to dispose of dangerous materials belonging to a dead collector.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 011 – Strange Energies (S2E1)

Brian, Kyle, and LT talk through the season premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks S2E1, titled Strange Energies. While Mariner and Freeman work on their working relationship, Ransom gets the Gary Mitchell treatment. Rutherford likes pears and goes on a third date with Barnes, and Tendi thinks he may have a condition and will stop at nothing to prove it.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 011 - Strange Energies (S2E1)
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STLDP 010 – No Small Parts (S1E10)

Brian, and Kyle talk through the season finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E10, titled No Small Parts. Now that Boimler knows Mariner’s secret, it doesn’t take long for the rest of the crew to know, too. With the last several episodes being outstanding, we had some trepidation about this episode. Would Mike McMahan and crew stick the landing? We think YES!!! THEY DID!!!

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 009 – Crisis Point (S1E9)

Brian, Kyle, and special guest LT talk through Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E9, titled Crisis Point. Mariner turns Boimler’s holodeck crew simulation into a movie. We all thought this was the best episode of the series.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 008 – Veritas (S1E8)

Brian & Kyle discuss Star Trek: Lower Decks S1E8, titled Veritas. A departure from previous episodes, we thought it was the best of the season. Our ensigns are caught off guard when aliens force them to testify about a series of seemingly unrelated events.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 007 – Much Ado About Boimler (S1E7)

Brian & Kyle discuss Lower Decks S1E7, titled Much Ado About Boimler. From the title, you may think this was a Boimler episode, but his character was very much a part of the B story this week. Instead, the Cerritos gets a substitute Captain, and it’s an Academy classmate of Mariner’s, Captain Adira Ramsey.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 006 – Terminal Provocations (S1E6)

Brian & Kyle discuss Lower Decks S1E6, titled Terminal Provocations. Lovable but awkward Ensign Fletcher makes it difficult for Mariner & Boimler. Rutherford introduces Tendi to his new holodeck training program and its new assistant, Badgey. The Cerritos & The Drookmani fight over Starfleet salvage.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 005 – Cupid’s Errant Arrow (S1E5)

Brian & Kyle talk through S1E5 of Lower Decks, titled Cupid’s Errant Arrow. The USS Cerritos and the USS Vancouver team up to implode a moon but the natives are not happy. Boimler meets up with his girlfriend on the Vancouver and Mariner thinks she can’t be real. Tendi and Rutherford compete to keep a new device.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 004 – Moist Vessel (S1E4)

Brian & Kyle talk through S1E4 of Lower Decks, titled Moist Vessel. The USS Cerritos and the USS Merced team up to tow a generational ship in when things go awry. Captain Freeman and Mariner team up to get them out of distress. Tendi helps an ascension.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 003 – Temporal Edict (S1E3)

Brian and Kyle talk through the third episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Temporal Edict. The end of Buffer Time on the USS Cerritos brings a frazzled crew; a second contact for Ransom & Mariner goes badly and leads to deadly combat with a new Federation world. We both enjoyed this one, maybe a little less than the last but still good and we’re getting used to the show as a whole.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 002 – Envoys (S1E2)

We are unfortunately several days late this week, but we talk through the second episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Envoys. We both liked this one a lot better than the first episode. It had some real laugh out loud moments and some interesting character development. We’re enjoying the series so far and look forward to the next one.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STLDP 001 – Second Contact (S1E1)

My TWDTT/FTWDTT co-host Kyle McAdams and I bring you this new animated show on CBS All Access. Ruthie will be back for Discovery in October. This episode, we talk through the first episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Second Contact. This one was pretty much a split vote. I loved it and thought it was very respectful to the TNG era of the 1990’s. Kyle had a lot of issues with it, especially the pacing and format.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
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STPC 018 – Patreon Call-in 8/1/2020

This is our August Patreon call-in show, recorded on August 1, 2020. Joining Ruthie and me are Kyle McAdams, who you may know from The Walking Dead Talk Through, Kim Voegle from Rebinge DS9, Lawrence Todd, Arend Mayes, Geoff Gentry, and Jim Matthews.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 017 – Patreon Call-in 5/16/2020 – The Last Best Hope & Strange New Worlds

For Patreon call-in show #5, Brian and Ruthie are joined by Kim Voegele, Laurence Todd, James Robbins, Brian Shiro, and Jim Matthews. We discuss Star Trek: Picard – The Last Best Hope and the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds announcement.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 017 - Patreon Call-in 5/16/2020 - The Last Best Hope & Strange New Worlds
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STPC 016 – Star Trek: Picard – The Last Best Hope – Una McCormack

Ruthie & Brian sit down with Uma McCormack, author of Star Trek: Picard – The Last Best Hope and discuss writing the novel, finding the characters’ voices, and other story details from the novel. If you haven’t read the novel but are planning to, you may want to read it first. There are spoilers in this episode!

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 016 - Star Trek: Picard - The Last Best Hope - Una McCormack
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STPC 015 – Patreon Call-in Show – 04/18/2020

We’re back for Episode 15 with our latest Patreon call-in show, which we are bringing to our regular listeners later than Patreon subscribers got it. This was recorded on April 18, 2020. Joining Brian and Ruthie are Kim Voegele, Laurence Todd (AKA LT from NC), Leigh Radtke (AKA Cybermam), Wes Huntington, Arend Mayes, and Mark Boaldin. We discuss Picard Season 1, Discovery Season 3, and the new Rebinge DS9 and Let’s Talk Through podcasts.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
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LTT 001 – Galaxy Quest and Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

Kyle, Mark, Ruthie and Lara discuss Sci-fi, Cons, Pop Culture influences that the movie Galaxy Quest beautifully portrayed and the behind the scenes shown in Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary.

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RBDS9 001 – Emissary (S1E1)

James and Kim dive into Season 1 Episode 1 of DS9: Emissary. They discuss PTSD and debate rampant ear touching.

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Rebinge Deep Space Nine
Rebinge Deep Space Nine
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RBDS9 000 – Intro to Rebinge DS9 Podcast (S1E0)

James and Kim introduce themselves and kick off their rebinge of Star Trek DS9. Come along for the ride!

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Rebinge Deep Space Nine
Rebinge Deep Space Nine
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STPC 014 – Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 (S1E10)

For episode 14 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 10 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2. This episode’s teleplay was by Michael Chabon, its story was by Michael Chabon & Akiva Goldsman. It was directed by Akiva Goldsman. This was better than the previous episode, though not as good as it could have been.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 013 – Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 (S1E9)

For episode 13 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 9 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1. This episode’s teleplay was by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, its story was by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman & Akiva Goldsman. It was directed by Akiva Goldsman. The short version: We didn’t like this one very much.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 013 - Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1 (S1E9)
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STPC 012 – Broken Pieces (S1E8)

For episode 12 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 8 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Broken Pieces. This written by Michael Chabon, and directed by Maja Vrvilo.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 012 - Broken Pieces (S1E8)
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STPC 011 – Nepenthe (S1E7)

For episode 11 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 7 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Nepenthe. This written by Samantha Humphrey and Michael Chabon, and directed by Doug Aarniokoski.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 011 - Nepenthe (S1E7)
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STPC 010 – The Impossible Box (S1E6)

For episode 10 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 6 of Star Trek: Picard, titled The Impossible Box. This written by Nick Zayas, and directed by Maja Vrvilo.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 010 - The Impossible Box (S1E6)
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STPC 009 – Stardust City Rag (S1E5)

For episode 9 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 5 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Stardust City Rag. This episode was written by Kirsten Beyer, and it was directed again by Jean-Luc Picard’s former Number One, Jonathan Frakes.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 008 – Absolute Candor (S1E4)

For episode 8 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 4 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Absolute Candor. This one has us meet someone we’ve been waiting for, and someone else Picard left behind.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 008 - Absolute Candor (S1E4)
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STPC 007 – The End is the Beginning (S1E3)

For episode 7 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through your feedback on Season 1, Episode 3 of Star Trek: Picard, titled The End is the Beginning. We’re finally in space! It was a decent episode, but Brian took some issue with the cold open. And then, there’s the long-standing issue with the Federation economy… but we got to see Hugh! We also respond to some feedback we have gotten back from our listeners about the acting. And we had to talk about Commodore Oh’s ears, which you’ll see in our blog post!

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Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 006 – Maps and Legends (S1E2)

For episode 6 of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie talk through Season 1, Episode 2 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Maps and Legends. Another great episode, although this one was a lot more exposition than the premiere.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 006 - Maps and Legends (S1E2)
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STPC 005 – Remembrance (S1E1)

Brian and Ruthie are so happy to give you super-sized talk through of S1E1 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Remembrance. As usual, we received have tons of feedback for the episode, and we bring it all to you, along with our reaction to it, and add our own thoughts and reactions. TLDR: We both loved it… a lot!

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Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 004 – Picard Pre-Season 1 Roundtable

Brian and Ruthie are joined by Dr. Trek, Larry Nemecek from The Trek Files podcast on the Roddenberry Podcast Network, Portal47.net, and Trekland Tuesdays Live on Facebook, Mark Kirkman of The Walking Dead Talk Through, Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through, and the Panels to Pixels Podcast, and Patrons Fred Petrij (AKA Fred from The Netherlands), James Robbins (James the Augmented Sailor), and Laurence Todd (LT from NC) as we discuss a topic submitted as a Patreon perk by LT: What makes Picard such a compelling character? After going a couple of rounds around the roundtable on that topic, we give our thoughts about this show just a few days before it debuts! We give our impressions, hopes, and fears for what is the biggest event in Star Trek fandom since Discovery premiered!

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Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 003 – Children of Mars (Short Treks S2E6)

Ruthie and Brian discuss the finale of the Season 2 Short Treks, Children of Mars, written by Kirsten Beyer & Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman, and directed by Mark Pellington. This Short Trek is categorized as an episode of The Star Trek Picard Cast because it has ties to Star Trek: Picard. We both loved it, Brian probably more than Ruthie.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
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STPC 002 – Other Characters Returning in Star Trek: Picard

For the second episode of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Brian and Ruthie focus on the other Star Trek characters that are returning for Picard that aren’t Picard. We speculate on what they might be doing on the show. We also speculate on what other characters we think might also return to Picard, and what other characters we’d like to see return.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 002 - Other Characters Returning in Star Trek: Picard
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STPC 001 – Introduction to The Star Trek Picard Cast

Welcome to the first episode of The Star Trek Picard Cast! We bring you this introduction to us, Brian Meloche and Ruthie Rink, if you don’t know us already from The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, and details everything we know so far about Star Trek: Picard!

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 001 - Introduction to The Star Trek Picard Cast
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