100 episodes

We explore the deeper meaning and hidden layers found in the Star Trek universe, including all TV series and movies, as well as the ancillary media.

Secrets of Star Trek SQPN

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8, 50 Ratings

We explore the deeper meaning and hidden layers found in the Star Trek universe, including all TV series and movies, as well as the ancillary media.

    Emanations (Voyager)

    Emanations (Voyager)

    SST102: What if the afterlife was just another dimension? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss how this Voyager story tackles questions about life, death, assisted suicide, and euthanasia with surprising sensitivity and openness.

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    • 55 min
    Q-Less (DS9)

    Q-Less (DS9)

    SST101: Q was an entertaining thorn in the side for Picard on TNG, but what happens when he shows up on DS9? Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about Sisko’s different approach to Q and why this Q story, while it has its moments, may not work as well as the TNG ones.

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    • 37 min
    Picard: Last Best Hope

    Picard: Last Best Hope

    SST100: To celebrate 100 episodes, Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha take up a detour from Star Trek shows to a book, “Picard: Last Best Hope,” which is a prequel for the events of the Picard series. They discuss how it adds to the show and creates depth for some of the new and old characters.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Last Outpost (TNG)

    The Last Outpost (TNG)

    SST099: When The Next Generation appeared, they were supposed to have an ominous new villain: The Ferengi. But as Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss, their first appearance in The Last Outpost was anything but intimidating. Is there anything about the Ferengi to salvage in this story?

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    • 32 min
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    SST098: STIV was a classic “fish out of water” story (see what we did there?) and is much loved. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the quotable lines, the philosophical questions, and the whale conservation story that may have actually saved some whales.

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Balance of Terror (TOS)

    Balance of Terror (TOS)

    SST097: Balance of Terror is famously a WWII sub hunting story translated to outer space, but as Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss, it’s also more than that, including a poignant faith subplot, a bit of Cold War maneuvering, and some great acting by guest star Mark Lenard.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

cyurasko ,

It’s great.

I’m not really a Star Trek fan, though I enjoyed DS9. I doubt I’ll ever watch Picard. I love this show and never miss an episode.

MachineLanguage ,

I love following along!

I love following along with these pod-casts as I watch the actual episodes!

The S.K.P. Machine ,

Not Worthwhile

I’m a lifelong Trekkie & a fan of S.Q.P.N.’s evangelizing mission, but “Secrets of ‘Star Trek’” is an unhappy & unsuccessful pairing of those two things.

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