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 CBS All Access 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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STDP 048 – That Hope Is You, Part 1 (S3E1)

Brian, and Ruthie talk through the season premiere of Star Trek: Discovery S3E1, titled That Hope Is You, Part 1. Burnham arrives in the future, and everything has changed.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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STDP 047 – Ephraim and Dot/The Girl Who Made the Stars (Short Treks S2E4/S2E5)

Ruthie and Brian discuss the fourth and fifth of six Season 2 Short Treks, this time covering the animated shorts: Ephraim and Dot, written by Chris Silvestri & Anthony Maranville and directed by veteran composer Michael Giacchino; and The Girl Who Made the Stars, written by Brandon Schultz and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

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STDP 046 – Ask Not (Short Treks S2E3)

Ruthie and Brian discuss the third of six Season 2 Short Treks, this time covering Ask Not, written by Kalinda Vazquez and directed by Sanji Senaka. A cadet has been ordered to guard Pike, who has been arrested for treasonThis one’s a tense story, but a short one, even for a Short Trek.

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STDP 045 – The Trouble with Edward (Short Treks S2E2)

We’re back! Ruthie and Brian are back with the second of six Season 2 Short Treks, this time covering The Trouble with Edward. This one’s part Tribble origin story, part farce, and all funny. Despite it being a Short Trek, we had a LOT to say!!! We both loved it but Brian let his new alter-ego character onto the podcast again, Nitpicking Brian, to speak about all the things the nitpicking side of him had issues with. He fights with Ruthie and regular Brian about why they think it was a great episode but he doesn’t.

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STDP 044 – Q&A (Short Treks S2E1)

We’re finally back! Ruthie and Brian are back with The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, with the first of six mini-episodes, covering the Short Treks. We discuss the Season 3 trailer that was released at New York Comic Con, and the first Short Trek of Season 2, with a focus on Ensign Spock and his first day on board the USS Enterprise, titled Q&A. We both loved it but Brian felt like it had a few minor issues, as he unleashes a new character onto the podcast. We also talk about the issues that we are currently having with Facebook.

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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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STDP 043 – Season 2 Roundtable

it’s finally time for our Post-Season 2 roundtable! We hope you will enjoy this Season 2 Roundtable episode, which was recorded on Saturday, June 22, 2019. We are joined by our man with the screen captures and voicemails, Fred from The Netherlands, as well as James (The Augmented Sailor) Robbins and Laurence Todd (LT from NC), who have all been contributing their feedback all through the season!

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