333 episodes

Darren, Daniel, and Phillip are marooned on Ceti Alpha 3 with only their expansive knowledge of Star Trek, and a sense of humor, to keep them alive. Join the trio as they discuss 50 years of Trek TV series and feature films.

Ceti Alpha 3: A Star Trek Podcast The Nerd Party

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

Darren, Daniel, and Phillip are marooned on Ceti Alpha 3 with only their expansive knowledge of Star Trek, and a sense of humor, to keep them alive. Join the trio as they discuss 50 years of Trek TV series and feature films.

    332 - Ten Ep DS9 Season 4

    332 - Ten Ep DS9 Season 4

    Whittling Down Season Four (DS9) to 10 episodes

    Love it or hate it, today's Trek means less episodes than the 20th Century series. For some, it's a sign of tighter storytelling, focusing on quality plot and themes. For others, it means missing episodes that are more "day in the life," outside of one season's particular villain/mystery. Or maybe it's just show business wanting to spend less money!

    Whatever the reason, the trio is going back in time and translating old series of Trek into today's franchise format. What if season four of Deep Space Nine were made today? They look at the initial 25(!) episodes and chop it down to a 10-episode season. Will it be one coherent theme or random episodes? Will it be all about the Klingon-Cardassan war or the rise of the Dominion threat? Or will it just be a series of character-focused stories? Take a listen and find out what episodes made the cut!

    • 50 min
    331 - Auto Pilots?

    331 - Auto Pilots?

    What If? Features in Pilot Episodes Never Changed

    In most Trek series created in the 20th century, the pilot episodes often have obvious differences from the rest of the series. From a character's make-up to their voice to their actions, change is inevitable. Even the music or look of the show itself can alter from the very beginning. Most of the times, these changes are seen as improvements. But what if they never changed?

    The trio look at how first episodes of shows, even from current Trek series, were different in tone, style, and specifics from what came later. How different would the shows be if those improvements were never made?

    • 1 hr 2 min
    330 - Enterprise Season Five

    330 - Enterprise Season Five

    A New Series of Star Trek: Enterprise

    Star Trek: Enterprise was the first TV series of the franchise to be unexpectedly cancelled since the 1960s. With the resurrection of the TNG story in "Star Trek: Picard", the trio open up their pitch meeting to map out a new season for the NX-01 crew in the 22nd Century.

    Twenty years have passed since we last saw the voyage of Enterprise in "Terra Prime." The United Federation of Planets has survived its first few formative years. As for retired Admiral Jonathan Archer, for whatever reasons, he allowed the leadership of the future of the Federation to pass him by. However, he still remains active to the cause as one of Earth's representatives to the Federation Council. As the time to decide about re-election comes, Archer finds himself caught in a brand new adventure, with past friends as foes, and the lingering question of "has Archer's time gone by?"

    Join the trio as we revisit what happened to the NX-01 crew, featuring Captain Reed of a refit Enterprise, Starfleet Academy Commandant Sato, last of the cargo fleet Captain Mayweather, Ambassador T'Pol of Vulcan, and proud father Phlox whose son is challenging Archer in the election. And will a long-dead familiar face from the past show up...in another form?

    • 52 min
    329 - Ten Ep TNG Season 4

    329 - Ten Ep TNG Season 4

    Whittling Down Season Four (TNG) to 10 episodes

    Love it or hate it, today's Trek means less episodes than the 20th Century series. For some, it's a sign of tighter storytelling, focusing on quality plot and themes. For others, it means missing episodes that are more "day in the life," outside of one season's particular villain/mystery. Or maybe it's just show business wanting to spend less money!

    Whatever the reason, the trio is going back in time and translating old series of Trek into today's franchise format. What if season four of The Next Generation were made today? They look at the initial 26(!) episodes and chop it down to a 10-episode season. Will it be one coherent theme or random episodes? Will it be all about the Borg or Klingon politics? Will there be a focus on characters or "just vibes"? Take a listen and find out what episodes made the cut!

    • 48 min
    328 - Untold Stories

    328 - Untold Stories

    Character Codas

    With the ending of "Star Trek: Discovery" upon us, it's time to look back at the untold endings of our favorite Trek characters. From TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, and (arguably) Picard, there are still futures for the main characters that have never been explored. While fans have gotten a few "post-series" peeks at characters, such as Tom Paris and Tuvok, we still don't know what their lives looked like once their series finale ended.

    The trio hit the random number generator and create codas for main Trek characters from the 20th and 21st century TV shows. What happened to Commander Chekov? Where did Travis Mayweather end up? What does Captain Tuvok do now? Join us in this round of untold stories in Trek.

    • 53 min
    327 - Enterprise C Series

    327 - Enterprise C Series

    Pitching a New Trek Series: Enterprise-C

    There are "gaps" in Trek history, mostly between the launch of the Enterprise-B and the start of the continuing voyages of the Enterprise-D on "The Next Generation." The trio dives into creating a new series based during the earlier part of the 24th Century with the crew of the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-C.

    Just like Captain Christopher Pike, fans already know the tragic ending for Captain Rachel Garrett, Lieutenant Richard Castillo, and the Ambassador-class ship (and alternate universe Tasha Yar!). But even though the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" tells us the end of the story, what were the missions and untold stories of this crew?

    In this proposed new series, Captain Garret leads a senior crew of commanders from various alien worlds, along with some familiar faces along the way. A young, wild, and close-to-losing-his-job junior diplomat Curzon Dax helps the Enterprise-C in its mission of patroling Klingon and Romulan space, with a new class of starship that seems more equipped for combat than diplomacy. Will the ship's communications officer be the last one in Starfleet? What lower deck shenanigans are occuring? And why does the Ambassador-class ships become less common in the later part of the 24th Century?

    All these questions and more are explored in the pitching of a Enterprise-C TV series!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Jmt Kal El ,

WOW

I have been listening to Philip, Darren, and Daniel for a few years on Trek FM and have literally been saving Earl Grey because it’s one of my favorite Podcasts. For Star Trek, that and the Orb were my go to Podcasts. But I just discovered this show and couldn’t be more thrilled as I continue my Trek journey into the franchise’s new era. God speed gentlemen and straight ahead until morning!

Andrew Swearingen ,

Great Trek Talk

Darren, Phillip, and Daniel have been doing this a while and it shows. Their chemistry together is great. Each host had his own particular interest and opinion when it comes to Trek which makes for a fun discussion.

The discussions span the high minded ideals of Star Trek to silliest and most preposterous of fan musings (Snake Bot, the Great Librarian!).

Have enjoyed listened by to these guys for a long while and looking forward to many episodes to come.

Live Long and Prosper.

kingdave31 ,

Pleasant but often inaccurate

A good-natured, frequently funny podcast. Darren, Phillip, and Daniel have a pleasant and easygoing chemistry. My only complaint is that they obviously don’t do any research on their episode topics and frequently get things wrong as a result.

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