Podcast: 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!

STSNWTT 008 – The Elysian Kingdom (S1E8)

Brian and LT are joined by Trey as they talk through Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1E8 titled The Elysian Kingdom. We all enjoyed this episode a lot, and it’s Trey’s favorite!

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 008 - The Elysian Kingdom (S1E8)
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STSNWTT 007 – The Serene Squall (S1E7)

Brian and LT are finally back with an episode recorded in June, covering Strange New Worlds S1E7 The Serene Squall. Although we both considered it a good episode, we also found it our least favorite episode in an outstanding season.

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 007 - The Serene Squall (S1E7)
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STSNWTT 006 – Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach (S1E6)

Brian and LT are joined by Rebinge Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Prodigy by RebingeIt co-host James Rowan, as they talk through S1E6 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, titled Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach. Brian and LT didn’t like this one as much as the last five episodes but it still got a high rating (9.5). James loved it.

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 006 - Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach (S1E6)
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STSNWTT 005 – Spock Amok (S1E5)

Brian & LT are joined by Wes Huntington, co-host of the Twin Cities Trekkies Podcast as they talk through Star Trek: Strange New Worlds S1E5 titled Spock Amok. This episode was written by co-executive producer Henry Alonso Myers & Robin Wasserman, and Rachel Leiterman directed it. This episode had a great homage to Amok Time, while also being a good character-based romantic comedy. They all loved it, but Brian a little less, he thought probably due to a poor viewing experience.

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 005 - Spock Amok (S1E5)
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STSNWTT 004 – Memento Mori (S1E4)

Brian & LT are joined by James the Augmented Sailor as they talk through Strange New Worlds S1E4, titled Memento Mori. This episode was written by Davy Perez & Beau DeMayo and Dan Liu directed it. In this episode, the Enterprise gets ambushed by a new enemy that we only see a little of in TOS. This was a great episode, definitely one of the best so far!!!

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 004 - Memento Mori (S1E4)
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STPC 022 – Watcher (S2E4)

Brian and Kim talk through Season 2 Episode 4 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Watcher. This episode was written by Juliana James and Jane Maggs and was directed by Lea Thompson. With time running out to save the future, Picard takes matters into his own hands.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 022 - Watcher (S2E4)
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STSNWTT 003 – Ghosts of Illyria (S1E3) – Repost

Brian, LT, and Kim from Rebinge Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Prodigy by RebingeIt talk through Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, S1E3 titled Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This episode was written by co-executive producer Akela Cooper & Bill Wolkoff, and it was directed by Leslie Hope. We get to see more of Number One in this episode, as a light contagion affects the crew. We all LOVED this episode. Kim enjoyed it more than the first two, while LT and I enjoyed it less, but only by a fraction.

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 003 - Ghosts of Illyria (S1E3) - Repost
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STSNWTT 002 – Children of the Comet (S1E2)

Brian & LT talk through Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, S1E2 titled Children of the Comet. This episode was written by co-showrunner Henry Alonso Myers & Sarah Tarkoff, and it was directed by Maja Vrvilo. We get to see Cadet Uhura in action in this episode. We LOVED this episode even more than the first one!

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 002 - Children of the Comet (S1E2)
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STSNWTT 001 – Strange New Worlds (S1E1)

For the inaugural episode of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through, LT and I talk through Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Season 1 Episode 1, simply titled Strange New Worlds. This episode’s teleplay was by Akiva Goldsman, the story was by Akiva Goldsman & Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet, and it was directed by Akiva Goldsman. Overall, we LOVED this first episode and have high hopes for this show. Brian and LT will be two of the three hosts doing this podcast. We’re still looking for a third co-host. If you’re interested in being a guest or a full-time co-host, please let us know.

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Star Trek Strange New Worlds Talk Through
STSNWTT 001 - Strange New Worlds (S1E1)
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STPC 021 – Assimilation (S2E3)

Ruthie and Brian talk through Season 2 Episode 3 of Star Trek: Picard, titled Assimilation. This episode was written by Kiley Rossetter & Christopher Monfette and was directed by Lea Thompson. Picard and group time travel back to 2024 to fix the timeline.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 021 - Assimilation (S2E3)
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STPC 020 – Penance (S2E2)

We are finally back to covering episodes of Star Trek: Picard, and on this episode of The Star Trek Picard Cast, Ruthie and I talk through Star Trek: Picard, Season 2 Episode 2, titled Penance. This episode’s teleplay is by Akiva Goldsman & Terry Matalas and Christopher Monfette (in other words, Akiva and Terry wrote as a team, and handed it off to Christopher who finished it), based on a story by Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman & Terry Matalas and Christopher Monfette, and it was directed by Doug Aarniokoski. Picard and the gang end up in a very dark alternate 2400, thanks to Picard’s old nemesis Q.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 020 - Penance (S2E2)
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STPC 019 – The Star Gazer (S2E1)

Ruthie & Brian are back and they discuss Star Trek: Picard S2E1, titled The Star Gazer. This episode was written by Akiva Goldsman & Terry Matalas and it was directed by Doug Aarniokoski. Picard is summoned by a species he knows too well, only to be greeted by another foe from his past.

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Star Trek Picard Cast
STPC 019 - The Star Gazer (S2E1)
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STPR 009 – A Moral Star, Part 2 (S1E10)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E10: A Moral Star, Part 2. In this episode the crew tries to take back their ship while the Diviner divides Gwyn’s loyalties.

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 009 - A Moral Star, Part 2 (S1E10)
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STPR 008 – A Moral Star, Part 1 (S1E9)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E9: A Moral Star. In this episode the crew heads to Tars Lamora to make a deal with the devil (or the diviner).

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 008 - A Moral Star, Part 1 (S1E9)
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STPR 007 – Time Amok (S1E8)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E8: Time Amok. In this episode the crew is torn apart and must find a way to trust each other across oscillating time!

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 007 - Time Amok (S1E8)
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STPR 006 – First Con-tact (S1E7)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E7: First Con-tact. Dal and crew make first contact with an alien species and they run into Dal’s “mom.”

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 006 - First Con-tact (S1E7)
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STPR 005 – Kobayashi (S1E6)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E6: Kobayashi. We knew we were in for a treat with that title, but we had no idea how much of a treat!

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 005 - Kobayashi (S1E6)
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STPR 004 – Terror Firma (S1E5)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E5: Terror Firma! The crew battles its way to the crashed Protostar with an injured Gwyn and the Diviner in pursuit!

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 004 - Terror Firma (S1E5)
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STPR 003 – Dreamcatcher (S1E4)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E4: Dreamcatcher where the crew is excited about having an away mission! But this planet has some dark secrets and our crew does not stick together!

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 003 - Dreamcatcher (S1E4)
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STPR 002 – Starstruck (S1E3)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E3: Starstruck where Dal tries to play captain (badly) while Janeway schools us all on the Federation and Starfleet.

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 002 - Starstruck (S1E3)
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STPR 001 – Lost & Found Parts 1 and 2 (S1E1)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy S1E1: Lost & Found Parts 1 and 2! In this ep we meet all of our young characters and get a glimpse of Janeway!

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 001 - Lost & Found Parts 1 and 2 (S1E1)
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STPR 000 – Prodigy Season 1 Trailer (S1E0)

Welcome to Star Trek Prodigy a RebingeIt Podcast! Join us each week for a recap and review of the new Star Trek animated series.

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Star Trek Prodigy - A Rebingeit Podcast
STPR 000 - Prodigy Season 1 Trailer (S1E0)
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STLDP 020 – First First Contact (S2E10)

Brian, Kyle, and LT talk through the Lower Decks season finale, S2E10 titled First First Contact. Like last season, the last three episodes ended up being the best of the season, and these were even better than last season. We see an old acquaintance from the Enterprise-D now make it to captain, and the Cerritos saves the day, but not without some twists and turns and an unexpected ending. We can’t wait for Season 3!

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 020 - First First Contact (S2E10)
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STLDP 019 – wej Duj (S2E9)

Brian and LT talk through Lower Decks S2E9 titled wej Duj. Showing the Lower Decks of some of the other ships, this was one of the best episodes of the series. The crew gets some downtime before the biomatter hits the plasma manifolds.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 019 - wej Duj (S2E9)
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STLDP 018 – I, Excretus (S2E8)

Brian, Kyle, and LT talk through Lower Decks S2E8, titled I, Excretus. This may be the best episode yet of Lower Decks, as the Cerritos Lower Decks and senior officers switch roles and go through the situations of the past!

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 018 - I, Excretus (S2E8)
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STLDP 017 – Where Pleasant Fountains Lie (S2E7)

Brian, Kyle, and LT talk through Lower Decks S2E7, titled Where Pleasant Fountains Lie. Boimler and Mariner have to take an evil computer voiced by Star Trek legend Jeffrey Combs to the Daystrom Institute but crash land on a planet, while Chief Engineer Billups is tricked into a good time by his mom, the Queen. We’re not going to explain that one.

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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 017 - Where Pleasant Fountains Lie (S2E7)
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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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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 016 - The Spy Humongous (S2E6)
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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
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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Star Trek Lower Decks Podcast
STLDP 014 - Mugato, Gumato (S2E4)
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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
STLDP 013 - We'll Always Have Tom Paris (S2E3)
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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
STLDP 012 - Kayshon, His Eyes Open (S2E2)
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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
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
STLDP 010 - No Small Parts (S1E10)
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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
STLDP 009 - Crisis Point (S1E9)
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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
STLDP 008 - Veritas (S1E8)
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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
STLDP 007 - Much Ado About Boimler (S1E7)
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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
STLDP 006 - Terminal Provocations (S1E6)
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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
STLDP 005 - Cupid's Errant Arrow (S1E5)
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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
STLDP 004 - Moist Vessel (S1E4)
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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
STLDP 003 - Temporal Edict (S1E3)
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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
STLDP 002 - Envoys (S1E2)
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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
STLDP 001 - Second Contact (S1E1)
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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
STPC 018 - Patreon Call-in 8/1/2020
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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
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
STPC 015 - Patreon Call-in Show - 04/18/2020
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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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Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through
LTT 001 - Galaxy Quest and 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
RBDS9 001 - Emissary (S1E1)
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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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RBDS9 000 - Intro to Rebinge DS9 Podcast (S1E0)
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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
STPC 014 - Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2 (S1E10)
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