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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 in Canada and Netflix everywhere else. We'll also cover Star Trek: Picard when it comes out. 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!

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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 in Canada and Netflix everywhere else. We'll also cover Star Trek: Picard when it comes out. 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!

    STPC 004 – Picard Pre-Season 1 Roundtable

    STPC 004 – Picard Pre-Season 1 Roundtable

    Picard Pre-Season 1 Roundtable: What Makes Picard Such a Compelling Character?



    We’re back with a Star Trek: Picard pre-season 1 roundtable episode! This time out, we are joined by esteemed Trek historian, author, podcaster, and Portal 47 purveyor, Larry Nemecek; Mark Kirkman, my friend, and co-host on The Walking Dead Talk Through and Fear the Walking Dead Talk Through; and Patrons Fred from The Netherlands, James (The Augmented Sailor) Robbins, and Laurence Todd (LT from NC). We begin the roundtable discussion with a compelling question submitted to us by LT, “What makes Picard such a compelling character?” We then round out the discussion with our thoughts of Star Trek: Picard prior to its debut on Thursday, January 23, 2020.



    That’s it for this Pre-Season Picard Roundtable!



    So, that’s it for this episode! Our next episode, we’ll be discussing the series premiere of Star Trek: Picard! Like on The Star Trek Discovery Podcast, your feedback is SO important to us!!! Share your thoughts about the first episode with us, and our listeners! Most importantly, remember to subscribe to The Star Trek Picard Cast!



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    STPC 003 – Children of Mars (Short Treks S2E6)

    STPC 003 – Children of Mars (Short Treks S2E6)

    Star Trek: Short Treks, Season 2 Episode 6: Children of Mars



    We’re back with not just another episode of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast! Wait, no it isn’t! This time, it’s an episode of The Star Trek Picard Cast! That’s because this Short Trek deals with events that precede Star Trek: Picard!!! This time, Ruthie and I cover the sixth and final Short Trek of Season 2: Children of Mars, which was written by Chris Silvestri & Anthony Maranville, and directed by Michael Giacchino; and The Girl Who Made the Stars, which was written by Brandon Schultz and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Both of these animated Short Treks were released Thursday, January 9, 2020.



    Some housekeeping…



    Our last episode was originally released on The Star Trek Picard Cast feed exclusively. Unfortunately, we noticed a sharp decline in downloads from the previous Picard episode that was very evident upon its release. We realized by making the content exclusive to the Picard feed, we unintentionally made it difficult for our existing listeners to find us. We decided to reverse our decision. Going forward, all Picard episodes will be found on the Discovery feed AND the Picard feed. If you want both podcasts, you only need to subscribe to the Discovery feed only. If you only want Picard episodes, subscribe to the Picard feed. Of course, if you want all of the episodes in



    Fred’s Pics!



    Fred from The Netherlands was kind enough to send us images for this Short Trek, and we used many of them here!



    First of all, we have some feedback on the last episode…



    We had feedback for the last episode about the other characters in Picard. More of that below.



    Errata!



    I made three mistakes in this episode, all in the same section of the episode. When I read over feedback from previous episodes, I said it was from STDP 047, but that was incorrect. In fact, I missed that feedback altogether. The feedback I read was from STPC 002, which I didn’t even mention that I was going to read! We will have to cover episode 47 feedback for our next regular episode. Also, I said that Ship in a Bottle was TNG S6E13. I was off by one. It’s S6E12. OK OK… It’s a pretty small thing, but there were mistakes and I’m calling myself out on them! I also neglected to mention an error I made last episode. Icheb, the Star Trek: Voyager ex-Borg adolescent, DID NOT die. His character lived.



    Kima’s mom – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (00:07)



    The haters and nitpickers went nuts when they saw this Magee class starship at a Utopia Planitia space dock. – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (00:10)



    Kima misses the school shuttle. – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (01:14)



    Kima gives Lil the side-eye. – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (02:57)



    The fight. – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (04:04)



    Picard Spoilers Ahead!!!



    ROGUE SYNTHS ATTACK MARS – 3000 ESTIMATED DEAD. – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (05:39)



    “DEVASTATING”: ADMIRAL PICARD REACTS TO MARS ATTACK. – STPC 003 – Short Treks S2E6 – Children of Mars (06:15)



    That’s it for Children of Mars!



    So, that’s it for this episode! In conclusion, Ruthie didn’t like either episode and thought they were a waste of time. However, I loved one and liked the other, but were disappointed with aspects of both. Next time, we will be back with news and the final Short Trek, Children of Mars. Most importantly, remember to subscribe to The Star Trek Picard Cast! We plan to record a Picard episode next!



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    STPC 002 – Other Characters Returning in Star Trek: Picard

    STPC 002 – Other Characters Returning in Star Trek: Picard

    Other characters we’re going to see again, besides Picard!



    We’re back with another episode of The Star Trek Picard Cast! This time, this episode is exclusive to the Picard feed. In this episode, Ruthie and I discuss the other characters that are returning in Star Trek: Picard, besides Jean-Luc Picard himself. Thanks to Fred from the Netherlands for providing most of our pics!



    Who we know is returning in Star Trek: Picard



    At this point, we know of five other characters returning in Star Trek: Picard.



    Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan)



    The first we’ll discuss is someone who doesn’t have a relationship with Picard, Seven of Nine, the ex-Borg from Star Trek: Voyager, played by Jeri Ryan. She was always a compelling character, and well-played, and we are both looking forward to seeing her most of all the characters announced.



    Jeri Ryan returning as Seven of Nine.



    Hugh (Jonathan Del Arco)



    Hugh was first seen in the TNG episode, “I, Borg”. He was a Borg drone who develops his own identity after being separated from the collective. We later see him in the episode Descent. If they are planning to feature the Borg in this series, bringing his character back is a good choice.



    Jonathan Del Arco returns as Hugh.



    William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes)



    Riker was Picard’s First Officer on the Enterprise-D and E. He later became Captain on the USS Titan. This was one character that I thought they had to have back if they are going to do a show on Picard. They were a great team and it only makes sense for him to return.



    Jonathan Frakes reprises his role as William T. Riker.



    Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis)



    If you bring back Riker, you definitely need to bring back Counselor Deanna Troi. As you may recall, they were married in Star Trek: Nemesis, but that’s not the only reason why she is back. Troi was always a great advisor to Picard, as was Riker, and he’s going to need all the help he can get.



    Marina Sirtis returns as Deanna Troi.



    Data/B-4 (Brent Spiner)



    One of the most popular characters of Star Trek: The Next Generation was Data. Data died in Nemesis, so bringing him back is a little trickier than some of the other characters. We do not think he will be returning in the flesh, no pun intended, but will return in dream sequences, flashbacks, and possibly holodeck programs. I am definitely looking forward to his character’s return, but still wondering how that will happen.



    Data, played by Brent Spiner.



    Who else do we think might be returning in Star Trek: Picard?



    We both agree that our first choice would be Dr. Beverly Crusher. It was suggested in the series finale, All Good Things, that she married and later divorced Picard. We hope that it’s just a big secret and that she will be returning.



    Ruthie would like to see Worf. I am skeptical though, after how they changed the Klingons in Discovery.



    Q would be another character I would like to show up in Picard, although I don’t have a clue how they would do that in this story. How they would handle Q’s aging? John de Lancie has aged a lot since last playing the role, though they all have. but he’s immortal, so that’s harder to explain. I also would like to see Guinan return, played by Whoopi Goldberg, and she would be another logical character to return. Beyond that, we don’t have a clue.



    Got any feedback for us?



    What do you think about the other characters that are going to be featured in Star Trek: Picard? Do you have any characters you’re hoping to see? It’s going to be another two and a half weeks until we have the first episode, although the sixth and final Short Trek of this season is supposed to be a tie-in to this show. Until then, we may have more trailers, and we’ll probably discuss some of the relevant Star Trek films and, of course, Star Trek: The Next Generation. What do you think about the

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

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

    Star Trek: Discovery – Short Treks, Season 2 Episodes 4 & 5: Ephraim and Dot/The Girl Who Made the Stars



    We’re back with not just another episode of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast! No, not at all! That’s because this is episode 47!!! This time, Ruthie and I cover the fourth and fifth Short Trek of Season 2: Ephraim and Dot, which was written by Chris Silvestri & Anthony Maranville, and directed by Michael Giacchino; and The Girl Who Made the Stars, which was written by Brandon Schultz and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Both of these animated Short Treks were released Thursday, December 12, 2019.



    We aren’t separating these…



    We decided not to release these as separate episodes because we didn’t get a lot of feedback on them, especially The Girl Who Made the Stars. Therefore, we’re releasing them as a single episode.



    Fred’s Pics!



    Fred from The Netherlands was kind enough to collect a LOT of images for these Short Treks. Therefore, we use them to tell most of the story!



    First of all, we have some feedback on the last two Short Treks…



    We had feedback for the last two Short Treks and the episodes in which we covered them, The Trouble with Edward and Ask Not, so we start off with that.



    Short Treks Season 2 Episode 4 – Ephraim and Dot



    This one used two “characters” that were introduced on Star Trek: Discovery: The tardigrade from Season 1 (assuming it’s the same one), and the DOT-7 that we saw in the season finale of Season 2, Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2. It’s told in a Tom & Jerry style. We didn’t really agree about this episode. Ruthie didn’t care for it at all. I loved it, but I had one major continuity problem with the Short Trek. More on that in a bit.



    We start with black and white images…



    To start, we get an old film to start with. Would they have this in the 23rd Century? I don’t think so because that’s not even a thing today, but that’s a minor point. We begin…



    Starfleet Science – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (00:18)



    The Tardigrade in Space. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (00:21)



    I missed a reference…



    I totally missed this one! Thanks, Fred! It’s the salt creature from The Man Trap, which was the first episode of Star Trek aired in the U.S., September 8, 1966.



    First, we see the salt creature from The Man Trap. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (00:32)



    The tardigrade in black and white. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (00:36)



    The tardigrade in the mycelial network. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (00:42)



    Most precious cargo. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (00:49)



    Could it be a predator? – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:06)



    Oh no! – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:06)



    Then, we get color, and it’s the Enterprise!



    Look!!! It’s the Enterprise, TOS style (mostly)! Continuity gaffe? It’s got the struts of the Enterprise from Star Trek: Discovery, but I’m going to let that slide. Considering the look of the Enterprise in Discovery, I think it’s a minor point but it can also be considered a retcon.



    NCC-1701 – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:07)



    USS Enterprise on Tardigrade collision course – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 – Ephraim and Dot (01:16)



    The USS Enterprise, on a collision course with the tardigrade (Ephraim). – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:17)



    The tardigrade narrowly avoids the USS Enterprise. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:18)



    Ephraim coasting by the USS Enterprise. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:24)



    Ephraim checking out the Enterprise. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01:25)



    It’s Kirk and Khan!



    Kirk and Khan, with Ephraim watching outside. – STDP 047 – Short Treks S2E4 (01

    • 1 hr 10 min
    STDP 046 – Ask Not (Short Treks S2E3)

    STDP 046 – Ask Not (Short Treks S2E3)

    Star Trek: Discovery – Short Treks, Season 2 Episode 3: Ask Not



    We’re back! Ruthie and I are back with an episode of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast! This time, we’re covering the third of six Short Treks before Star Trek: Picard premieres in January. This time, we talk through Ask Not, which was written by Kalinda Vazquez, and directed by Sanji Senaka.



    We can’t get to the brig. – STDP 046 – Ask Not – Short Treks S2E3 (00:49)



    Fred’s Pics, mixed with our own!



    We are using some pics collected by Fred from The Netherlands, but we are also using some pics I grabbed, including the cover image. We let the pics do a lot of the talking for us!



    Cadet Thira Sidhu. – STDP 046 – Ask Not – Short Treks S2E3 (00:52)



    Taking the mask off. – STDP 046 – Ask Not – Short Treks S2E3 (01:08)



    Pike: “We’re in the middle of a situation.” – STDP 046 – Ask Not – Short Treks S2E3 (01:48)



    A coming of age?



    This reminded us both of the first season TNG episode, Coming of Age, where Wesley is being tested to enter Starfleet Academy. It also reminded me of the story of a young Ensign Riker who defended his Captain Pressman on the Pegasus, choosing very differently than the cadet does here.



    Now, sit down, sir. – STDP 046 – Ask Not – Short Treks S2E3 (04:53)



    No post-credits scene this time…



    The credits started with a couple of minutes left, so I thought we’d get an announcement of a Pike show at the end. I was disappointed.



    That’s not the Enterprise engineering room that I remember! – STDP 046 – Short Treks S2E3 (07:04)



    That’s it for Ask Not!



    So, that’s it for this episode! The next two Short Treks will be released on the same day. We’re not sure if we will be releasing individual episodes or as a single episode. Stay tuned for that coming soon.



    Number One and Spock greet Pike and Cadet Sidhu aboard. – STDP 046 – Short Treks S2E3 (06:46)



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    No mercy from Number One. – STDP 046 – Short Treks S2E3 (06:49)



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

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

    Star Trek: Discovery – Short Treks, Season 2 Episode 2: The Trouble with Edward



    We’re back! Ruthie and I are back with an episode of The Star Trek Discovery Podcast! This time, we’re covering the second of six Short Treks before Star Trek: Picard premieres in January. This time, we talk through The Trouble with Edward, which was written by Graham Wagner, and directed by Daniel Gray Longino. It may have been a Short Trek, but we had a LOT to say about it!



    Fred’s Pics!



    We are using pics collected by Fred from The Netherlands, including the cover image. We let Fred’s pics do a lot of the talking for us! Thanks again, Fred! We didn’t use as many as we did for the Discovery season finale, but we’ve got a few good ones this time!



    Captain Lynne Lucero and her new crew – STDP 045 – Short Treks S2E2 (02:07)



    A Tribble origin story?



    This one’s part Tribble origin story, part farce, and all funny. There are great performances from Rosa Salazar and H. Jon Benjamin in a crazy episode. This one was probably funnier than last season’s contender for funniest Short Trek, The Escape Artist, although this also had some issues that episode didn’t have.



    But it worked. Feel the meet on it. – STDP 045 – Short Treks S2E2 (08:08)



    A post-credits scene!



    In a hilarious turn of events, this one had a post-credits scene from something out of the ’80s or ’90s. As funny as the rest of the Short Trek was, this was just hysterical! I thought the disclaimers, just like you’d see in a drug commercial, were incredible.



    Tribbles commercial – STDP 045 – Short Treks S2E2 (13:53)



    The return of Nickpicking Brian…



    We both loved it, Ruthie in particular, 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. In particular, he brought up some of the things that many people have brought up about the episode – how this might not fit with what we know about Tribbles, questions about Captain Lucero, how some people compare Larkin to Barclay (Brian and Ruthie think unfairly), timeline issues… things you’ve heard before.



    Who’s DNA? – I think we are getting off track here. – STDP 045 – Short Treks S2E2 (09:33)



    That’s it for The Trouble with Edward!



    So, that’s it for this mini-episode! We recorded our next episode for the third Short Trek, Ask Not, immediately following this episode, so you won’t be able to submit feedback for the next episode, but you can send in your feedback and we’ll cover it in the episode after that one.



    I’m not helping. – STDP 045 – Short Treks S2E2 (09:54)



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    We talk about our recent problems with Facebook last time. Thankfully, those have been resolved and we’re able to post to Facebook again!



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    • 1 hr 25 min

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Overproduced nightmare

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I am being honest in my review! There are times that I enjoy the podcast, but most times I don’t! Hence the reason for my rating. The hosts are ok but they go way off topic and that’s ok, but way too much in my opinion! There was one instance also where someone else gave them an average review, and the hosts did not take it well! Instead of taking the constructive Reviews they went off on a rant about it! They said that why would people leave a bad review? And who does that? Really? Isn’t that the point of reviews? to get either good, average or bad reviews! I understand that you’re not gonna please everyone. But when someone puts out a product they should expect to get all sorts of feedback from their listeners! People have opinions about them, just like they have their opinions about Star Trek Discovery!

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