Scott McNulty discusses a randomly selected episode of “Star Trek” — all series, all seasons — with a non-random guest.
"Hero Worship" (TNG) with Anne Zander
Anne Zander, performer, writer, and producer, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s Hero Worship (S5E11). Topics include oddities of the pandemic, android haircare, how being a real boy isn’t all it is cracked up to be, and the promising career of this young director “Patrick Stewart.”...
"Fight or Flight" (ENT) with Dave Bradley
Dave Bradley, journalist, editor, and podcaster, joins Scott to discuss ENT’s “Fight or Flight” (S1E3). Topics include why this episode is the second episode in a new Star Trek series, slugs, and how this first contact doesn’t go as well as it might have....
"Too Short a Season" (TNG) with Helene Wecker
Helene Wecker, author, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s “Too Short a Season” (S1E16). Topics include book hoarding, indie bookstore websites, The Hidden Palace (it is good, you should buy it and then read it), and bad old age makeup....
"Masks" (TNG) with Gerry Canavan
Gerry Canavan, Professor of 20th- and 21st-Century Literature at Marquette University, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s “Masks” (S7E17). Topics include Brent Spiner’s relishing of his various roles, Capt. Picard’s leap of faith, and the fact that Star Trek writers really don’t know how computers work. Plus, this episode includes the return of everyone’s favorite segment: Pope Talk!...
"Battle Lines" (DS9) with Guy English
Guy English, the best Biff! co-host, joins Scott to discuss DS9’s “Battle Lines” (S1E13). Topics include introduction of our brand new segment, “Pope Talk,” exiling fight-y people, and how we will never speak of Kai Opaka again....
"The Defector" (TNG) with Moisés Chiullán
Moisés Chiullán, a man of many talents with an Electric Shadow, joins Scott to discuss TNG’s “The Defector” (S3E10). Topics include: our favorite Trek movies, Romulans in vineyards, and surprise Klingons. You can also listen to Scott and Moisés discuss Star Trek VI, if you dare!...
Makes my day
Love the format, the guests, and especially the host. Thank you.
I love the interplay between Scott and his guests. Makes even bad episodes of Star Trek (of which there are many) fun to listen to.
Great and interesting show
I enjoy when background information is brought in and there ad hoc discussions about other issues from Star Trek.
Two small items that annoy me is Scott’s laughing at his own jokes and the “spoiler alert” warning. I think it is safe to say that your listeners have viewed the episode being discussed and if they haven’t watched it, then they should not be listening to that particular episode.
Otherwise I try not to miss an episode.
Something I never realized is how rude Kirk was to his fellow crew members early on in TOS.