45 episodes

Charlie is a lifelong X-Men fan.
Miles is a lifelong Doctor Who fan.
If ANYONE can objectively rank every single episode of Star Trek on a big list, it’s gotta be the people who think that Star Trek’s ‘Pretty Decent.’
(Citation Needed.)

Casual Trek - A Star Trek Recap & Ranking Podcast Charlie and Miles

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Charlie is a lifelong X-Men fan.
Miles is a lifelong Doctor Who fan.
If ANYONE can objectively rank every single episode of Star Trek on a big list, it’s gotta be the people who think that Star Trek’s ‘Pretty Decent.’
(Citation Needed.)

    No Starfleet, Just Have a Jelly Baby

    No Starfleet, Just Have a Jelly Baby

    SHOW NOTES: Because Miles’ schedule sometimes means he has to prioritise other shows, even shows that aren’t ours, we decide to do something quick and off the cuff and we end up with one of our longest episodes, go figure. Of course, we got Miles to talk about Doctor Who, what did we think would happen because that boy goes feral pretty quickly! Mainly talking about the four recent Doctor Who specials put on in the last few months, the boys talk toot about Star Beast’s, body horror and Ncuti Gatwa’s energy before Charlie asks Miles a lot of strange and stupid questions about Doctor Who and we lose the plot and our remaining sanity really damn quickly! The Star Beast (08:19) Wild Blue Yonder (25:57) The Giggle (45:00) The Church on Ruby Road (53:10) Silly and Insane Questions (1:15:11)

    The music for the opening and closing is ‘Who is the Doctor’ by Jon Pertwee. Yes. Him.



    TALKING POINTS INCLUDE: Why Miles doesn’t want to host a Doctor Who podcast. Miles’ application of ‘Get it done and go to the pub’ theory of how to deal with any job as applied to TV Production. The struggle of ongoing media to maintain a schedule. The theatrical camp charm of Classic Who. The number of actors from the era of Television we’re talking about whose Wiki articles usually end with ‘Death from complications due to Alcoholism’ is incredibly large and no joke. The curse of Doctor Who being that Modern Doctor Who can never look cheap ever again.Drinking Game Rules for this episode: Take a shot every time Charlie says Disney Money. Two shots if he sounds vaguely contemptuous. Watching the BBC have to learn how to do effects heavy shows. Red Dwarf. Differences between ‘Doctor Who and the Star Beast’ (Doctor Who Weekly) and ‘The Star Beast’ the TV Special. The different looks about the Meep, Miles’ wife’s massive Pokemon Plushie collection (which Miles doesn’t have a problem with). Traditional 2005-2009 Who. Miles doesn’t like the 10th Doctor (SHOCK), the alien-ness of the Doctor, Capaldi and the guitar, Charlie’s inability to watch the 90s X-Men cartoon, Miles’ issues with the Whittaker-era and what they could have done, Wild Blue Yonder, Event Horizon, Sunshine, Honestly, another drinking game rule at this point, if we mention Video Box and the 90s, take a shot, what parts of Doctor Who Miles finds scary, Silent Hill 2 (a game Miles wants to play) Body Horror for Kids. Miles compliments David Tennant’s acting. Mean Monsters, Neil Gaiman-y ways of looking at the world. Miles admits Logopolis’ hard SF and entropy is silly to him. Is magic real in Doctor Who? Magic being turned into a skill tree, Brandon Sanderson, Miles goes on FAR TOO LONG about Dragonball Z Power Levels. The Giggle and how Neil Patrick Harris has ruined the name AH-MEE POND for Miles and Reanna. The Bi-Generation as a way of tying up all our baggage before new baggage, Ncuti Gatwa’s incredible energy from the word GO, The Church on Ruby Road, the Doctor’s mental health, RTD taking notes from Moffat’s beats, Charlie always has time for The Leftovers, Christopher Eccleston’s American accent game is strong both here and in Night Country, Miles’ generally aparthy towards Star Wars: Ahsoka made him start crawling back to Doctor Who, Planet of the Daleks isn’t great, but it’s fun, Charlie’s old rewatch and Morris Men ARE Evil, Miles’ own rewatch and where he’s at (FUTURE MILES here, The Myth Makers… not great) Miles and Charlie will never escape Blackface, Series 3 follies and the shows stumbling blocks that’ll never really go away until Troughton, the show’s changes for better and worse, Charlie was asked to provide insane, stupid questions and HE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT. Miles loves ‘The Mutants’ (although it turns out Charlie was actually going to be watching ‘The Sea Devils.’ Biggs Darklighter sans Porn Stache.

    PEDANT CORNER: The video Miles mentions that posits 50 years of American Doctor Who is here:

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Saying ‘Borg Babies’ Again and Again Until it Loses All Meaning

    Saying ‘Borg Babies’ Again and Again Until it Loses All Meaning

    We’ve been Borged! Oh no!

    Specifically, we’ve been I, Borged as each of today’s Borg-themed episodes are based in some way around Hugh Borg. I don’t think Borg’s his surname, but I don’t recall hearing any other name for him.

    First up is I, Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Crusher and LaForge have a new pet and it’s a deadly Borg! A traumatised Picard’s eager to use him to do a genocide and Guinan’s with him. Oh no!

    Second we have Star Trek: Lower Decks’ I, Excretus where attempts to perfect a Holodeck trial lead to Boimler getting a bit too close to the Borg and some fun, awful scenarios which happen when Upper and Lower Decks have to swap.

    Finally there’s Picard’s Impossible Box, which turns out to be both a Borg Cube used for rehab and a puzzle box that a weird hot Romulan uses for meditation when he’s not getting way too close to his sister. Picard has a nice reunion with Hugh and there’s a Lord of the Rings Elf who’s there for some reason.

    09:28 Star Trek: The Next Generation “I, Borg”
    37:38 Star Trek: Lower Decks “I, Excretus”
    59:44 Picard “The Impossible Box”

    Pedant’s Corner:
    Charlie is going to have to recap Star Trek: Nemesis
    Alice Krige’s surname is pronounced “Kree-Guh”

    Talking points include: Battle Angel Alita, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Reanna being cancer free, Berserk, Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Elric, Picard would make a great Number Two in The Prisoner, Visionaries, X-Men: Fatal Attraction, Batman hologram trading cards, Matlock Bath’s Hologram Museum, Star Wars: Dark Droids, Whoopi Goldberg would make a great Doctor Who, a poop joke, Nemesis of the Pod Ed Sheeran, Funny Games, James VanDerBeek, not forgiving people for reminding us that Young Sheldon exists, mocking Geoff Johns’ career again, crowbarring The Legion of Super-Heroes into a recap, pesto, Grant Morrison, The X-Men’s Sentient Danger Room, being tired old men, Bond themes, Miles’ issues with James Bond, Alan Partridge, Orbital’s The Box, Evil Goth Merlin from the TV Show Merlin, Elnor is an elf ranger, Elnor has taken a level in rogue, Elnor has only seen the Lord of the Rings movies (probably not even the extended versions), Elnor saw the 90’s Three Musketeers or the Paul Anderson one, Rifts (Charlie will never run Rifts), JJ Abrams naming, weird incest siblings, Penny Dreadful, a weird The Cube room. Oh, and occasionally Star Trek.

    Casual Trek is by Charlie Etheridge-Nunn and Miles Reid-Lobatto
    Music by Alfred Etheridge-Nunn
    Casual Trek is a part of the Nerd & Tie Network

    https://ko-fi.com/casualtrek
    Miles’ blog: http://www.mareidlobatto.wordpress.com
    Charlie’s blog: http://www.fakedtales.com

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Trill Talk (guest-starring Celeste!)

    Trill Talk (guest-starring Celeste!)

    We’ve got a guest star!
    Celeste of the Nerd & Tie Podcast and Celeste is Best joins the casual crew this episode to talk about the Trill. The species has always been a fascinating one and science fiction stand-in for conversations about gender and identity, so the three of us are going to delve into that in three different shows.
    Star Trek: The Nest Generation’s “The Host” is the introduction to the Trill who look a little strange compared to what we’re used to. There’s a romance, a death and Riker volunteers to get a slug put in him. We also spend time in the Enterprise salon with our hands in some green goo.
    In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “Rejoined” Jazdia Dax meets her wife from a former life and the pair hit it off, even though they’re not supposed to in Trill lore. Kira’s a good comrade, Bashir’s a fifth wheel and we get a touching love story in this episode.
    Finally in Star Trek: Discovery’s “Forget Me Not”, new arrival Adira is having problems being a human host to a Trill symbiont, so we journey through memories and buck traditions while Saru’s having to learn how to get his crew of overachieving nerds to chill out a bit.

    This was a really fun episode to make, even though there are some audio issues we’ve hopefully ironed out and one of us didn’t do the right homework.

    00:05:30 Trill
    00:07:55 Celeste’s history with Star Trek
    00:10:29 What Non-Star Trek Thing Have People Been Enjoying?
    00:21:51 TNG: The Host
    00:52:30 DS9: Rejoined
    01:22:05 DISCO: Forget Me Not

    Pedant’s Corner:
    The governor was Leka Trion, not Leka Tyrion. Damn you, autocorrect!
    Eastenders had a brief flash-forward to build suspense for their Christmas 2023 episode
    Burnham’s Captain Catchphrase is, “Let’s Fly”

    Talking points include: Venom, Maggott, Mr Mind, 52, Doctor Who, apparently Americans don’t know when an American’s putting on an English accent, Transformers/Star Trek crossovers, yuri anime, I’m in Love with the Villainess, Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Gundam, Dark Shadows, Degrassi’s zombie and Terminator webseries which genuinely happened, Grange Hill, EastEnders, Arthurian Mythology, Fantastic Four, The Curse, Nathan Fielder in general, Lynch, Wandavision, The Bear, Miles watches Zardos so much he was probably watching it while we were recording, Meatloaf, The Enterprise has a salon?, Game of Thrones’ approach to siblings, what sad loser YouTube channels would have been doing in the 80’s, Avatar, homosexuality in the very early 90’s, Northstar, Pasíon de las Pasiones, slightly less psychic damage from Mariah Carey, the Tom Tom Club, Weird Al, Weird Science, Revenge of the Nerds, untrustworthy practitioners of close-up magic, New BSG, Helix, Dawson’s Creek is better in the original Klingon, Michael Scott is so devoted to profit, appropriating ‘not my cup of tea’, Quinton Reviews also giving us psychic damage, The Orville, Jessie Gender, X-Men, pointed sticks, Buster Keaton. Oh, and occasionally Star Trek.

    Casual Trek is by Charlie Etheridge-Nunn and Miles Reid-Lobatto
    Music by Alfred Etheridge-Nunn
    Casual Trek is a part of the Nerd & Tie Network

    https://ko-fi.com/casualtrek

    Celeste is Best YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/@NickIzumi?si=zn9n9co5XTbM3d-P
    The Nerd & Tie Podcast: http://www.nerdandtie.com/our-shows/the-nerd-tie-podcast/
    Miles’ blog: http://www.mareidlobatto.wordpress.com
    Charlie’s blog: http://www.fakedtales.com

    The sound effect “Landline phone pick up angry” is by FilmCow

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Playing in the Time Hole

    Playing in the Time Hole

    SHOW NOTES: We’re throwing ourselves through The Time Tunnel as Casual Trek decides to travel back to the past and to the future in a discussion about Time Travel. Kirk, Spock and Erickson (who is THE worst) break history and Spock have to fix it in ‘Yesteryear’, Janeway and Paris have to dress up in Burger King Uniforms when they travel back in time a day in ‘Time and Again’ and La’an and A Kirk try out poutine and Chess hustle in Toronto in Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Episodes include TAS: Yesteryear (14:38) VOY: Time and Again, (37:17) and SNW: Tomorrow And Tomorrow And Tomorrow (1:07:10)


    Talking Points include: We never know anything about The Time Tunnel, David McCallum’s The Invisible Man Fleshsuit, Roger Corman’s ‘The Terror,’ The Monkees’ movie- Head, 90s Direct to Video Movies, Shin Kamen Rider and all the excitement that entailed, Miles’ Mum’s past as a teeny bopper, Stevem Segal, Sarek is still the worst father in all of Trek, He-Man fashion and Godzilla’s sound effects, the cavalier use of the Guardian of Forever, no-one cares about Erickson, how the shorter run time of The Animated Series means we have to rush through some pacing issues, the Grandfather Paradox, what to do when you meet your younger self, Charlie tried to make both Long Hair and Fetch happen, giving our younger self some good music, Miles thought Cotton Eyed Joe was a meme only, 4Chan, the podcast Inform, Educate, Entertain, the terrible outfits that look like Burger King uniforms, the Prime Directive, does travelling back a day count as time travel? How protesters are seen in pop culture in the 90s, child death and endangerment, why isn’t time travel a course in Starfleet Academy, how double-dating with siblings is weird and neither of us like the idea, how Voyager completely didn’t go in a way Miles found potentially interest way back in episode 1 of the show. Tom Paris, Leave that Child Bride Alone! Time travel episodes of Red Dwarf. How Mornington Crescent made one of Miles’ university tutors unfriend him on Facebook. The best Shakespeare quotes for future episodes of Star Trek, how Canada has been used for everything, sliding timescales both in Star Trek and the Marvel Comics and how the Time War in Doctor Who ended up causing it’s own problem, how Strange New Worlds reacts to Time Travel much differently from TOS.
    PEDANTS CORNER: Nothing to be Pedantic about this week, if you see something we missed, let us know!


    NEXT WEEK: We get a Guest-Star in Celeste as we talk about the Trills.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Wild Wild West

    Wild Wild West

    It’s the wicki wicki wild Wild West! We’re putting on our worst cowboy voices and donning some coconuts so it sounds like we’re on horseback as we go into the Holodeck or to worlds where things are suspiciously like The Ancient West.

    A Fistful of Datas has Worf resentfully taking his son to the Holodeck during downtime only for things to go awry after Data gets plugged into the ship. We also get Troi living her best life as a Western LARPer.

    The Spectre of the Gun puts the away team into a weird half-built Wild West set where they’re the villains in a no-win scenario and Chekhov gets to romance an alien dream construct that looks like a woman.

    North Star is a good episode of Enterprise, where Archer, T’Pol and Trip have to deal with the descendents of Ancient West folks who were abducted by aliens centuries ago and are now oppressing the descendents of their captors.

    00:06:32 - Westerns
    00:16:28 - Star Trek TNG: “A Fistful of Datas”
    00:37:16 - Star Trek TOS: “The Spectre of the Gun”
    01:00:54 - Enterprise: “North Star”

    Somehow Charlie forgot to mention that instead of playing “Cowboys and Indians” as a kid, his father made him play “Christians and Heathens”.

    Also there was a moment where Charlie spent too long talking about the Legion of Super-Heroes and we cut that. If you want Charlie to annoy Miles with pointless Legion of Super-Heroes trivia, tell us and we’ll do an episode on the Star Trek/Legion comic!

    Talking points include: Deadwood, Westworld, Red Dead Redemption, The Between: Ghosts of El Paso, the Quick and the Dead, Star Wars, Firefly, Blake’s 7, The Prisoner, Red Dwarf, Worf doesn’t get Worfed, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Doomlord, Dogville, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Hayes Code, specifically NOT the Legion of Super-Heroes after Charlie explained Ultra Boy’s origin to Miles, Unforgiven, 24, Quantum Leap, Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who. Oh, and occasionally Star Trek.

    Pedant’s Corner: Emily Bergl who played the teacher here and Francie in Gilmore Girls played the roles about 10 months apart.

    Casual Trek is by Charlie Etheridge-Nunn and Miles Reid-Lobatto
    Music by Alfred Etheridge-Nunn
    Casual Trek is a part of the Nerd & Tie Network

    https://ko-fi.com/casualtrek
    Miles’ blog: http://www.mareidlobatto.wordpress.com
    Charlie’s blog: http://www.fakedtales.com

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Another Casual Christmas

    Another Casual Christmas

    It’s Christmas Day and we’re giving you the gift of a new episode of Casual Trek and we’re now, as is traditional, gifting each-other an episode of Star Trek each to cover for the holiday season. There must be something in the air because both Miles and Charlie decide to go with a nice present instead of any potential lumps of coal. Miles desire to make reperations for Tek War results in us getting a good example of film noir in Deep Space 9’s Necessary Evil while Charlie gifts Miles a chance to talk about both racism and post-war SF with Far Beyond the Stars, another Deep Space 9 classic, thank goodness there’s seven season of Deep Space 9 or we might be in trouble! Episodes include DS9: Necessary Evil (13:49) and DS9: Far Beyond the Stars (41:44)

    Talking Points include: Christmas Traditions with the family, The Goes Wrong Show and Fawlty Towers, Is there a bad episode of DS9? The strange Mandela Effect of the Meat Loaf song ‘I Would Do Anything For Love.’ Thanks to the court case, we are now no longer allowed to say that Sean Orange pays for Twitter while then going on to probably offend all our US listeners, while Charlie makes some small attempt to curb his unreasoning hatred of Blake’s 7 (Miles wrote these notes BTW) Yes, we’re doing Threshold when we hit the 100th episode of Star Trek covered for the show. Miles’ Most Passive Aggressive Handover at Starbucks. Prequels needlessly making big introductions of everything, including Hercules Poirot’s mustaches. Quark’s Code-switching. Hiding stuff in walls. Miles has been a dick at many a job. The closest character we could compare Odo to is Judge Dredd… not great. Claude Raines in Casablance. How long can a collaborator remain on the sidelines? One more ALLAMARAINE for the season. We’ll see how long it takes Charlie to hate Blake’s 7 again. SF Writers of the Post-War Age, Golden Age vs. New Wave, Policy Brutality, The Harlem Renaissance, LET’S GET POLITICAL AT CHRISTMAS TIMES, don’t trust Centrists, Police Brutality in Riverdale, the ideas of Science-Fiction that can change the world, THE CURRENT EDITOR IN CHIEF OF MARVEL PRETENDED TO BE JAPANESE IN ORDER TO GET WRITING GIGS, the problems with our Big List, what is a ‘Unit of Star Trek,’ Top Trumps, the NPR Star Wars Radio Dramas


    PEDANT NOTES: Miles refers to Kira as a Collaborator instead of a resistance fighter as I meant to. Claude Reins doesn’t shoot the Nazi in Casablanca, but helps cover up Rick’s role.

    NEXT WEEK: Saddle up partner as we head to the Wild West… in Space!

    • 1 hr 23 min

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Just listened to the pilot episode. Absolutely marvellous show! Two funny Brits speaking in Anglo- American tongues, bridging a gap between reality and their cosmic addiction to an iconic TV series which began long before their Mothers were even old enough to think about giving birth to a next generation. Happily, the fellers delve into TV history rather than wasting time trying to compete with everyone else on social media platforms. I have never watched an episode of Star Trek, so hopefully I will learn about its virtues from these nutters. I do have, however, an intimate knowledge of Dr Who, thanks to a veteran follower in my Family.

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