15 episodes

Join Nic and Mike as we boldly go...through every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! We post every other Thursday, covering one episode of TNG in each episode of the podcast, giving our takes as radical leftists and connecting themes in the show to our personal experiences.

Looking to create a welcoming space for all those in the fandom that are usually kept at the margins; we want our comrades from around the world to laugh and rage along with us as we analyze a show that functioned as dangerous heteronormative neocolonial propaganda, but also as a heartwarming attempt to find humanity, tenderness and curiosity within ourselves. Welcome aboard, comrade!

Redshirt Collective Nic & Mike

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Join Nic and Mike as we boldly go...through every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation! We post every other Thursday, covering one episode of TNG in each episode of the podcast, giving our takes as radical leftists and connecting themes in the show to our personal experiences.

Looking to create a welcoming space for all those in the fandom that are usually kept at the margins; we want our comrades from around the world to laugh and rage along with us as we analyze a show that functioned as dangerous heteronormative neocolonial propaganda, but also as a heartwarming attempt to find humanity, tenderness and curiosity within ourselves. Welcome aboard, comrade!

    S1E15 Too Short a Season: The One in Which Age Ain't Nothing But a Number

    S1E15 Too Short a Season: The One in Which Age Ain't Nothing But a Number

    Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 15 (Too Short a Season)
    We come back from a mini-hiatus to an episode that we had mixed opinions about. Mike enjoyed the exploration of men broken by toxic masculinity, while Nic was bored and missing her sweet baby boys. What we were definitely in agreement on was that the makeup/prosthetics and acting were lacking in this one.
    The show explores several interesting themes (which it sadly never pays off) - feeling useless in old age, internalized ableism, making up for past mistakes, the hubris of white men with authority, and who deserves to live forever (or at least, get a second life).
    Special mention of our composer for the intro/outro music, Trevor Andrew Hamer! Follow Trevor on: https://www.instagram.com/facemeltingsolos/?hl=en (Instagram) | https://l.instagram.com/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fuser%2FTrevorHamerMusicande=ATMi-ORdhpoBagI7KvESCQyHJLYKDI5hzWnkosTfkjlyutLuhdv9wXPHftIIh_45rzmtQZHyptaS_hCfZTHHmNTDiL5jeSJJLlCRD04ands=1 (YouTube)
    Support the Show!Financially support us on Patreon! You'll get access to rad merchandise and bonus content at https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective (https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective)
    Follow us on Instagram to enjoy our juicy episode-related memes at https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective (https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective)
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    S1E14 11001001: The One in Which Riker Falls in Love with a Manic Pixie Dream Hologirl

    S1E14 11001001: The One in Which Riker Falls in Love with a Manic Pixie Dream Hologirl

    Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 14 (11001001)
    11001001 brings us a contradictory episode - on one side, an interesting premise of a nonbinary binary species from a planet where technology and organic beings have fully integrated; on the other side, a misogynistic, weird male fantasy.
    We dig into the analysis, exploring holodeck created Minuet as TNG's version of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Nic mistakenly attributed the creation of this term to Garden State, it was actually Elizabethtown, you can read the origin of it https://www.avclub.com/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-elizabet-1798210595 (here)) and how this perpetuates rape culture and the patriarchy.
    Reference: The Bataan Death March of Whimsy Case File #1: Elizabethtown https://www.avclub.com/the-bataan-death-march-of-whimsy-case-file-1-elizabet-1798210595
    Support the Show!Financially support us on Patreon! You'll get access to rad merchandise and bonus content at https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective (https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective)
    Follow us on Instagram to enjoy our juicy episode-related memes at https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective (https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective)
    Share us with others by leaving us a review on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app, sharing us on social media, and/or recommending us to friends!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    S1E13 Angel One: The One in Which Riker Overcomes Reverse Sexism

    S1E13 Angel One: The One in Which Riker Overcomes Reverse Sexism

    Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 13 (Angel One)
    Hoo boi, this episode was f*****g BORING. Despite that, we managed to have a lot of fun recapping and analyzing this snoozefest.
    We spend most of the analysis portion of the show talking about the irresponsibility and laziness of the "reverse oppression" trope - how it usually serves to excuse hierarchies and abuse of power, obfuscate how and why power structures were created in the first place, and typically reinforce the objectification and dehumanization of those who are actually oppressed.
    We also discuss all the missed opportunities to let the female cast members have center stage - ironic that in an episode about matriarchy, all the women were completely sidelined🙄
    Support the Show!Financially support us on Patreon! You'll get access to rad merchandise and bonus content at https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective (https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective)
    Follow us on Instagram to enjoy our juicy episode-related memes at https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective (https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective)
    Share us with others by leaving us a review on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app, sharing us on social media, and/or recommending us to friends!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    S1E12 Datalore: The One in Which Data Gets a Widdle Brudder

    S1E12 Datalore: The One in Which Data Gets a Widdle Brudder

    Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 12 (Datalore)
    In an episode so wonderful it's as if it was plucked fully formed from Nic's head, today we revel in the pure joy that is Datalore - an episode that is BOTH Data- and Wesley-centric. Whoowee!
    Datalore hits on several deep topics while dancing along a delicious camp edge. We explore the episode's themes of found vs biological family, are we ever really known by the people around us, correct pronoun usage, ageism, neurodivergence, and more!
    Resource: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZW5nv0OJ6Q/ (@startrekmemes_ Instagram post) for Nic's dad joke.
    Support the Show!Financially support us on Patreon! You'll get access to rad merchandise and bonus content at https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective (https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective)
    Follow us on Instagram to enjoy our juicy episode-related memes at https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective (https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective)
    Share us with others by leaving us a review on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app, sharing us on social media, and/or recommending us to friends!

    • 1 hr 49 min
    S1E11 The Big Goodbye: The One in Which Bev Gets Picard-Blocked

    S1E11 The Big Goodbye: The One in Which Bev Gets Picard-Blocked

    Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 11 (The Big Goodbye)
    Oh boy, it's a holodeck episode and we are NOT happy about it! We're stuck with a Dixon Hill theme and 1940s San Francisco, questions about how tf the holodeck works and whether or not the crew is creating and destroying sentient life every time they use it, and poor Bev thinking she's finally getting her some alone time with the Captain only to have their private party crashed by aloof others time and again.
    Though we do not like the setting, we begrudgingly admit that this episode was actually pretty damn good. The writing was tight, the dialogue was funny and snappy, the actors were all at their best and reacting off each other to perfection. We get some great character development as well, even in smaller roles like Deanna coaching Picard on how to properly deliver the Jaraden greeting.
    Fun was had by all, even by us!
    Support the Show!Financially support us on Patreon! You'll get access to rad merchandise and bonus content at https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective (https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective)
    Follow us on Instagram to enjoy our juicy episode-related memes at https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective (https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective)
    Share us with others by leaving us a review on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app, sharing us on social media, and/or recommending us to friends!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    S1E10 Haven: The One in Which Deanna Almost Gets Married

    S1E10 Haven: The One in Which Deanna Almost Gets Married

    Star Trek: The Next Generation analysis of season 1 episode 10 (Haven)
    Two fun episodes in a row, woowee! In this campy romp, Deanna gets a visit from her mother, future in-laws, and future husband (Wyatt) on a surprise arranged marriage visit, and chaos ensues!
    Riker is the poutiest baby in the universe, Lwaxana is a force of nature, and Data loves the mess during all the nuptial celebrations and negotiations. Of course, as Deanna is cursed in love, it doesn't work out but we were shipping Wyanna (Dyatt?) HARD.
    It seems like a good match has been made until the White Snake video girl shows up and steals Deanna's man, so she is stuck with Riker, yet again.
    We do take a few serious beats to explore the themes of ableism and disease brought up in the episode, taking an interesting detour through the way people are treated when sickness is thought to be their own "fault."
    Overall, much fun was had and we look forward to Lwaxana's return in future episodes!
    Support the Show!Financially support us on Patreon! You'll get access to rad merchandise and bonus content at https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective (https://patreon.com/redshirtcollective)
    Follow us on Instagram to enjoy our juicy episode-related memes at https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective (https://instagram.com/redshirtcollective)
    Share us with others by leaving us a review on iTunes or your preferred podcasting app, sharing us on social media, and/or recommending us to friends!

    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Fun!

This is really fun. I’ve been meaning to get into Star Trek for the longest, and I’m glad for this companion podcast

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