Series: Star Trek Discovery Podcast - Featuring Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks

The Star Trek: Discovery Podcast is an in-depth discussion about Star Trek: Discovery, shown weekly on Paramount Plus in the U.S.; CTV Sci-Fi Channel and Crave TV in Canada; and Netflix everywhere else. We will also have Star Trek Picard Cast and Star Trek: Lower Decks episodes in this feed. We’re Brian Meloche and Ruthie Rink, two long-time Star Trek fans, and in 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!

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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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
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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
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STDP 074 – Coming Home (S4E13)

Ruthie & Brian discuss the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery S4E13, titled Coming Home. The DMA approaches Earth and Ni’Var. Discovery makes a final attempt to stop it. It was written by showrunner Michelle Paradise and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. We both liked this finale. It was probably our second favorite of the four season finales of Discovery, behind Season 2.

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STDP 073 – Species Ten-C (S4E12)

It’s taken a while for us to get back to Disco and to finally get this episode out, but here’s our take on the penultimate episode of Season 4, S4E12 titled Species Ten-C. It was written by Kyle Jarrow and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Discovery makes first contact with the very alien species and needs to find a new way to communicate with them. We both liked this episode.

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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
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STDP 072 – Rosetta (S4E11)

Ruthie & Brian discuss Star Trek: Discovery S4E11, titled Rosetta. This episode was written by Terri Hughes Burton and directed by Jeff Byrd & Jen McGowan. Discovery finds Species 10C’s original planet. Book & Tarka sneak onboard Discovery.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 072 - Rosetta (S4E11)
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STDP 071 – The Galactic Barrier (S4E10)

Ruthie & Brian discuss Discovery S4E10, titled The Galactic Barrier. This episode was written by Anne Cofell Saunders and directed by Deborah Kampmeier. Discovery tries to get through the Galactic Barrier, while Book learns more about Tarka’s past.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 071 - The Galactic Barrier (S4E10)
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STDP 070 – Rubicon (S4E9)

Ruthie and Brian discuss Discovery S4E9, titled Rubicon. This episode was written by Alan B. McElroy and directed by Andi Armaganian. Captain Burnham and the crew of the Discovery try to stop Book and Tarka from destroying the DMA.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 070 - Rubicon (S4E9)
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STDP 069 – All In (S4E8)

Ruthie & Brian discuss Discovery S4E8, titled All In. This episode was written by Sean Cochran and directed by Christopher J. Byrne & Jen McGowan. Captain Burnham tracks Book down and gets drawn into a high-stakes competition for the weapon that will be used to stop the DMA.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 069 - All In (S4E8)
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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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STDP 068 – …But to Connect (S4E7)

Ruthie & Brian discuss Disco S4E7, titled …But to Connect. Burnham and Booker take opposing sides concerning what to do about the DMA. Zora’s new emotions make Starfleet and the Discovery crew raise some difficult questions about her future.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 068 - ...But to Connect (S4E7)
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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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STDP 067 – Stormy Weather (S4E6)

Ruthie & Brian discuss Star Trek: Discovery S4E6, titled Stormy Weather. Discovery goes into a subspace void left by the DMA and must get out before it collapses. Meanwhile, Zora has trouble dealing with her new emotions and Gray helps her deal with them as the ship and crew try to get through this crisis.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 067 - Stormy Weather (S4E6)
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STDP 066 – The Examples (S4E5)

Ruthie & Brian talk through Star Trek: Discovery S4E5, titled The Examples. Stamets collaborates with a brilliant scientist with an even bigger ego than his, and Burnham and Booker attempt to rescue prisoners from an Akaali colony with the DMA approaching.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 066 - The Examples (S4E5)
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STDP 065 – All Is Possible (S4E4)

Ruthie & Brian talk through Star Trek: Discovery S4E4, titled All Is Possible. Tilly and Adira take some cadets out on a mission that goes bad; Burnham and Saru get involved in Ni’Var/Federation negotiations, and Culber helps Book deal with his trauma.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 065 - All Is Possible (S4E4)
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STDP 064 – Choose to Live (S4E3)

Ruthie & Brian talk through Star Trek: Discovery S4E3, titled Choose to Live. We take a bit of a break from the anomaly story to go after a rogue Qowat Milat who has killed a Starfleet officer. It’s up to Burnham, Burnham’s mom, and Tilly to bring her in.

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STDP 064 - Choose to Live (S4E3)
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STDP 063 – Anomaly (S4E2)

Ruthie & Brian talk through Star Trek: Discovery S4E2, titled Anomaly. The crew of Discovery try to figure out this anomaly (a.k.a. space tornado) that could strike anywhere! Book tries to deal with his grief.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 063 - Anomaly (S4E2)
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STDP 062 – Kobayashi Maru (S4E1)

Discovery is back! Ruthie’s back! Ruthie and Brian are here to talk through the season premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, S4E1 titled Kobayashi Maru. They both liked this one a lot! It’s a very good start for this season.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 062 - Kobayashi Maru (S4E1)
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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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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
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
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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
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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
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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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STDP 061 – Patreon Call-in 2/6/2021 – Discovery Season 3

Ruthie & Brian talk through S3E12 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled There Is A Tide… Osyraa arrives at Federation Headquarters and has a surprising deal to offer Vance: Peace. Burnham and Tilly work separately to take back Discovery.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 061 - Patreon Call-in 2/6/2021 – Discovery Season 3
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STDP 060 – That Hope Is You, Part 2 (S3E13)

Ruthie & Brian talk through S3E12 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled There Is A Tide… Osyraa arrives at Federation Headquarters and has a surprising deal to offer Vance: Peace. Burnham and Tilly work separately to take back Discovery.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 060 - That Hope Is You, Part 2 (S3E13)
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STDP 059 – There Is A Tide… (S3E12)

Ruthie & Brian talk through S3E12 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled There Is A Tide… Osyraa arrives at Federation Headquarters and has a surprising deal to offer Vance: Peace. Burnham and Tilly work separately to take back Discovery.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 059 - There Is A Tide... (S3E12)
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STDP 058 – Su’Kal (S3E11)

Ruthie & Brian talk through S3E11 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Su’Kal. Discovery finds the source of The Burn, and Osyraa finds them.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 058 - Su'Kal (S3E11)
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STDP 057 – Terra Firma, Part 2 (S3E10)

Ruthie and Brian talk through S3E10 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Terra Firma, Part 2. Georgiou is back in the Mirror Universe but determined to rule things differently than before, trying to get Mirror Burnham back in the fold, saving herself in the process.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 057 - Terra Firma, Part 2 (S3E10)
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STDP 056 – Terra Firma, Part 1 (S3E9)

Ruthie and Brian talk through S3E9 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Terra Firma, Part 1. Georgiou’s condition worsens and the Discovery computer sends them to a distant planet for a remote chance for a cure. What happens there may surprise you.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 056 - Terra Firma, Part 1 (S3E9)
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STDP 055 – The Sanctuary (S3E8)

Ruthie and Brian talk through S3E8 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled The Sanctuary. The USS Discovery arrives at Kwejian, Booker’s home planet, where they are threatened by Osyraa and the Emerald Chain.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 055 - The Sanctuary (S3E8)
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STDP 054 – Unification III (S3E7)

Ruthie and Brian talk through S3E7 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Unification III. The USS Discovery arrives on Vulcan, but it’s now called Ni’Var, and the Vulcans share the planet with Romulans, who have unified just as Spock had wished for centuries ago. They hold data for The Burn, but getting it from them turns into a process that may begin to tear them apart.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 054 - Unification III (S3E7)
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STDP 053 – Scavengers (S3E6)

Ruthie and Brian talk through S3E6 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Scavengers. Burnham and Georgiou go on an unsanctioned mission to rescue Book and get a Black Box. Burnham and Saru deal with the reprecussions of that decision. We talk A LOT about that.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 053 - Scavengers (S3E6)
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STDP 052 – Die Trying (S3E5)

Ruthie is back, as she and Brian talk through S3E5 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Die Trying. Sorry for the lateness of this episode but it’s a good one!

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 052 - Die Trying (S3E5)
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STDP 051 – Forget Me Not (S3E4)

Ruthie couldn’t join us again this week, so Brian and guest host LT from The Walking Dead Talk Through talk through S3E4 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled Forget Me Not. We enjoyed this expositional Trill episode combined with an old-fashioned dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner. All in all, this was a very enjoyable episode.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 051 - Forget Me Not (S3E4)
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STDP 050 – People of Earth (S3E3)

Ruthie couldn’t join us this week, so Brian had guests LT from The Walking Dead Talk Through and long-time listener James the Augmented Sailor join him to talk through S3E3 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled People of Earth. We enjoyed this expositional episode, but not as much as the first two. Earth has gone through a lot of changes since 2258, but it’s strangely more like modern-day Earth than the one we see in the 23rd Century.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 050 - People of Earth (S3E3)
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STDP 049 – Far From Home (S3E2)

Brian, and Ruthie talk through Star Trek: Discovery S3E2, titled Far From Home. The USS Discovery has arrived in the 32nd Century, and not everything has gone well. They land on a very inhospitable world, nowhere near where they planned, and don’t know when they are. This episode was another good one.

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Star Trek Discovery Podcast, featuring Picard and Lower Decks
STDP 049 - Far From Home (S3E2)
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