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The Star Trek Picard Cast is an in-depth, long-form, community-driven episode discussion of Star Trek: Picard, the new series shown on CBS All Access in the US, CTV Sci-Fi Channel & Crave TV in Canada and Amazon Prime everywhere else. We’re Brian Meloche and Ruthie Rink; we're two long-time Star Trek fans, especially of Star Trek: The Next Generation. We cover the story, characters, and the show’s placement both within the Trek universe and the continuation of the life of legendary Federation Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Together with our listeners, we rate each episode, discuss the highs, lows, and share other thoughts. Thanks for listening!

Star Trek Picard Cast Brian Meloche & Ruthie Rink

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The Star Trek Picard Cast is an in-depth, long-form, community-driven episode discussion of Star Trek: Picard, the new series shown on CBS All Access in the US, CTV Sci-Fi Channel & Crave TV in Canada and Amazon Prime everywhere else. We’re Brian Meloche and Ruthie Rink; we're two long-time Star Trek fans, especially of Star Trek: The Next Generation. We cover the story, characters, and the show’s placement both within the Trek universe and the continuation of the life of legendary Federation Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Together with our listeners, we rate each episode, discuss the highs, lows, and share other thoughts. Thanks for listening!

    STLDP 010 - No Small Parts

    STLDP 010 - No Small Parts

    Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 10 – No Small Parts



    We’re back with the tenth and final episode of Season 1 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled No Small Parts. This episode was written by creator, executive producer, and showrunner Mike McMahan and directed by Barry J. Kelly, who also directed S1E1 Second Contact, S1E4 Moist Vessel, and S1E7 Much Ado About Boimler.



    SPOILERS AHEAD!!!



    If you haven’t seen the season finale of Lower Decks, stop right now!!! Go watch it, then come back!!! We’ll be here for you!



    Mariner’s secret is out… and it’s now more than just Boimler that knows!



    The cold open starts with Boimler not only telling Mariner that he knows her secret that she is the Captain’s daughter, but everyone else on ship finds out, too! That might have been a little convenient for the secret to be broadcast over a communicator, but it got the job done.



    Sucking up to Mariner…



    We see a lot of people sucking up to Mariner all of the sudden, even senior officers you might not expect to do so. We thought one of the funniest was Lieutenant Levy, who I don’t think we’ve seen before, a conspiracy theorist who thinks that Wolf 359 was an inside job (well, if you think that it was led by Locutus, it WAS an inside job of sorts!!!), that the Dominion War didn’t happen, and that Changelings don’t exist. There were other funny encounters, but that one was among the funniest.



    Ensign Peanut Hamper…



    We encounter the Exocomps, which were first seen in the TNG episode The Quality of Life, and one has even joined Starfleet and is Tendi’s new recruit. It was interesting to think of the Exocomps as Starfleet officers, but since they became sentient, I guess that makes sense. However, unlike when we saw them in The Quality of Life, this Exocomp didn’t want to make the sacrifice. It was more interested in saving itself than saving the crew.



    Peanut Lore…



    Here’s something I didn’t mention on the podcast. It’s funny that the Exocomp was left floating in space, much like Lore was… You may recall that the Pakleds were the ones who found Lore when he showed back up in the TNG episode S4E3 Brothers. I wonder if that will be a story they pick up on in Season 2.



    Spot the References…



    Again, there were a lot of references this week. I used this Den of Geek article to help find them. Obviously, the Titan was not only referenced, but seen, but there were a lot more!



    Did they stick the landing?



    Most of us agreed that they did stick the landing, though we had a couple of dissenters, including last week’s guest host, LT. Kyle gave it his third 10 in a row, and I gave it my second. This had lots of action, heroes, dramatic tension, and a new bad guy from someone you might not expect. It also left the show in a much different position than where it started. Shaxs is dead, Boimler has been promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade and transferred to the Titan, Rutherford no longer has his implant and has suffered memory loss, and Tendi, well, she’s Tendi. It seems like the adversarial relationship between the mother captain and the daughter ensign is over, replaced with a much more collaborative one.



    Chapters



    00:00:00 STLDP 010 – No Small Parts (S1E10)00:00:21 Intro00:02:11 About No Small Parts00:03:40 Ratings00:06:37 Yeses00:23:57 Nos00:27:45 Not Good Enoughs00:40:09 Listener Feedback01:15:20 Spot the References01:21:08 Our Notes01:32:49 Shipwide Announcements01:48:58 Wrap Up



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    For our next episode, we switch over to the Star Trek Discovery Podcast, and Ruthie returns! We will be discussing the Season 3 Episode 1 of Star Trek: Discovery, titled That Hope is You. The deadline will be 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Friday, October 16, 2020, unless announced on the

    • 1 hr 56 min
    STLDP 009 - Crisis Point

    STLDP 009 - Crisis Point

    Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 9 – Crisis Point



    We’re back with the ninth and penultimate episode of Season 1 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Crisis Point. This episode was written by story editor Ben Rodgers and directed by Bob Suarez, who also directed S1E3 Temporal Edict and S1E6 Terminal Provocations. Joining us this week is a special guest, LT from NC!



    Mariner again taking charge when she shouldn’t…



    The cold open starts with a scene where we see Mariner violating the Prime Directive. She takes charge but avoids rules she shouldn’t. It really sets up the end of this episode. However, Freeman offers a compromise that effectively ends the reptiles (Selay?) overthrowing the rats (Anticans?) by offering food replicators. I did get a laugh out of the lizards wanting to bask, and how they taste delicious.



    Boimler’s simulation taken over…



    Boimler goes out of his way to kiss butt. LT made a really good observation during the podcast on how Boimler seems to be able to handle interactions with the other ensigns but clams up whenever someone has a higher rank. Boimler, as usual, tries to come up with the perfect answer for Freeman by studying how she reacts to answers, instead of doing what he should be doing, and answer for himself.



    Mariner really IS messed up…



    Of course, when Mariner discovers this is a “perfect” simulation, she re-programs it to become a movie, with her as the villain. This movie turned out to be better therapy than the food metaphors spouted from Dr. Migleemo. She ends up facing off with herself. This was both interesting and shows how messed up she is. I hope that she worked out things like it seemed she did. She really is the only one that casts herself as the villain. She really is capable of being an exemplary officer if she applies herself and stops taking short cuts.



    The budding Rutherford/Billups bromance…



    The Rutherford/Billups scenes were funny. There was a budding bromance, reminiscent of Laforge and Data, or O’Brien and Bashir, but unrequited at this point. I think they could have explored that a bit more in real life.



    Tendi explains why she’s not part of the Orion Syndicate…



    Some Orions haven’t been thieves for over five years! So I guess Orion is not part of the Federation, but some have left to join Starfleet. Mariner did program her to be the stereotypical Orion, something she didn’t appreciate, but she appreciated Mariner getting into this movie even less.



    So now he knows…



    I thought it was funny when Boimler ran out of the Captain’s Ready Room screaming like a ninny, as Freeman says he came in unprepared. In actuality, he clammed up after discovering the big secret about Mariner, that she is Captain Freeman’s daughter. What he does with that secret is anyone’s guess. It seems like we’ll know in a few days.



    Best episode so far!



    We all agreed that Crisis Point was the best episode of the season. It did go heavy on the references again, almost exclusively from the movies, but they were appropriate both to the story and the situation. This season really seems ready to end on a high note. Will they stick the landing? Tune in next week!



    Chapters



    00:00:00 STLDP 009 – Crisis Point (S1E9)00:00:21 Intro00:02:26 Feedback for Previous Episodes00:07:22 About Crisis Point00:08:39 Ratings00:11:29 Yeses00:28:55 Nos00:33:37 Not Good Enoughs00:35:05 Listener Feedback00:46:25 Spot the References00:53:05 Our Notes01:10:52 Shipwide Announcements01:20:11 Wrap Up



    We should be back to a regular schedule so the deadline for feedback will be on Fridays going forward…



    We did not extend the deadline this week! For our next episode, we’ll be discussing the Season 1 Episode 10 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled No Small Parts. The deadline will be 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Friday, October 9, 2020, unles

    • 1 hr 24 min
    STLDP 008 - Veritas

    STLDP 008 - Veritas

    Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 8 – Veritas



    We’re back with the eighth episode of Lower Decks, titled Veritas. This episode was written by Garrick Bernard and directed by Kim Arndt, who also directed S1E2 Envoys and S1E5 Cupid’s Errant Arrow.



    Scary trial or party?



    We see our four ensigns be raised into a dark room that looks very similar to the courtroom seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. We see the senior officers held above in some kind of beam. It all starts out with what appears to be a trial.



    Mariner’s testimony



    One of the funniest parts of the episode was the flashback to Mariner’s testimony when she and Boimler had bridge duty on 57818.4. Rutherford’s screwing up the red alert system speaker system in the cargo bay, Boimler’s terrible combination of kissing ass, indecisiveness, his inability to read the room, and make bad strategical recommendations, like the “Crazy Ivan” mentioned in The Hunt for Red October”. Mariner’s misinterpretations of Captain Freeman’s “send them a message” that she took to mean fire phasers off as a warning shot (which I thought that’s what she meant, too) went horribly and caused the alien Clicket ship to attack. All of that was fantastic.



    You may not have caught it, but the alien captain in this scene was voiced by Kenneth Mitchell, who played the triumvirate of Klingons on Discovery: Kol, Kol’Sha, and Tenavik. He also played a Romulan and a Federation officer in this episode. Unfortunately, she is placed in contempt and gets sent to the eels, before Boimler corroborates her story that they didn’t know what was going on while on the bridge.



    That’s a pretty bad side effect…



    We then get another flashback to Rutherford, which we find out his full first name is Samanthan. see a really bad side effect of his cybernetic implants: Missing time. I felt bad for the guy, but this was hilarious. From the feather dance from Star Trek V to catching Billups while he goes on oxygen deprivation (and mentions Mark Twain and Tasha Yar) so was he an engineer on the Enterprise?



    Then there’s Tendi!



    Tendi’s a badass! We thought that this covert ops section was also great, and we loved seeing Tendi kick some butt, THEY’RE SCANNING!!! THEY’RE SCANNING!!!



    And who can forget the appearance of Q!!!



    John de Lancie reprised his role of Q for this episode, where he appeared both in a flashback and in the present time. Some argued that he wasn’t used enough, but we thought his use was just right for this time around.



    Best episode so far!



    We both agree. This was the best episode of the season. It did go heavy on the references, but they were appropriate. We only have two episodes left for the season



    Chapters



    00:00:00 STLDP 008 – Veritas (S1E8)00:00:21 Intro00:02:01 Feedback for Previous Episodes00:11:34 About Veritas00:13:51 Ratings00:16:57 Yeses00:32:21 Nos00:39:54 Not Good Enoughs00:45:54 Listener Feedback01:06:35 Spot the References01:19:37 Our Notes01:22:59 Shipwide Announcements01:31:52 Wrap Up



    We should be back to a regular schedule so the deadline for feedback will be on Fridays going forward…



    We did not extend the deadline this week! For our next episode, we’ll be discussing the Season 1 Episode 9 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Crisis Point. The deadline will be 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Friday, October 2, 2020, unless announced on the Facebook group otherwise. Your feedback is SO important to us!!! And don’t forget to sign up for our Patreon to get access to our Patreon episodes.



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    • 1 hr 38 min
    STLDP 007 - Much Ado About Boimler

    STLDP 007 - Much Ado About Boimler

    Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 7 – Much Ado About Boimler



    We’re back with the seventh episode of Lower Decks, titled Much Ado About Boimler. This episode was written by Story Editor M. Willis and directed by Post-Supervising Director Barry J. Kelly, who also directed S1E1 Second Contact and S1E4 Moist Vessel.



    Ensign Beckett Mariner – What’s her deal?



    The Captain, First Officer, and Chief of Security go on a covert mission, similar to the one Picard, Crusher, and Worf go on in the TNG episode Chain of Command. Edward Jellico isn’t the “sub” captain this time. Instead, the Cerritos gets Captain Amina Ramsey, a classmate of Mariner’s. She wants Mariner as her first officer during this mission, which Beckett accepts. Unfortunately, Mariner is bungling at every turn. Ramsey figures out that Mariner is taking a dive, an old boxing term given when a fighter intentionally loses, which is to say that she is intentionally performing badly.



    We still don’t know what Mariner’s deal is. We know she has been demoted and doesn’t want command, but we don’t know why, other than she finds it boring. However, in times of crisis, she excels. I hope we learn the story behind her actions will finally get explained, and that she will finally figure things out once and for all.



    Speaking of Boimler – You hardly notice it!



    OK, that’s not true. Boimler plays a big part in the B plot this week. He undergoes a transporter malfunction that causes him to hum at a high pitch and glow. This sends him to The Farm via a Division 14 ship, the USS Osler. We meet a creepy Edosian officer that we never get a name for, voiced by Fred Tatasciore, who normally voices Shax, but Shax didn’t have any lines this week. Joining him are Tendi, who also created an unusual dog that needed to go to The Farm as well. I didn’t know it at the time, but kudos to Nolan North, who plays the role of the command ensign who is experiencing accelerated growth on one side, and reverse aging on the other. We meet a character in a Pike chair, two characters mixed up in a transporter accident, and Anthony, who may be the offspring from the Janeway and Paris’ jump to Warp 10.



    A really good episode!



    I don’t know if this was the best episode of the season, but it was certainly the best in a while. It didn’t go so heavy on the references this time, which we both appreciated. Instead, they were more subtle.



    Chapters



    00:00:00 STLDP 007 – Much Ado About Boimler00:00:21 Intro00:01:04 Feedback for Previous Episodes00:02:13 About Much Ado About Boimler00:03:41 Ratings00:04:51 Yeses00:13:24 Nos00:27:58 Not Good Enoughs00:31:04 Listener Feedback00:54:33 Spot the References00:59:33 Other Notes01:07:57 Shipwide Announcements01:13:50 Wrap Up



    We should be back to a regular schedule so the deadline for feedback will be on Fridays going forward…



    We did not extend the deadline this week! For our next episode, we’ll be discussing the Season 1 Episode 8 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Veritas. The deadline will be 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Friday, September 25, 2020, unless announced on the Facebook group otherwise. Your feedback is SO important to us!!! And don’t forget to sign up for our Patreon to get access to our Patreon episodes.



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    • 1 hr 18 min
    STLDP 006 - Terminal Provocations

    STLDP 006 - Terminal Provocations

    Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 6 – Terminal Provocations



    We’re back with the sixth episode of Lower Decks, titled Terminal Provocations. This episode was written by Executive Story Editor John Cochran and directed by Bob Suarez, who also directed S1E3 Temporal Edict.



    Ensign Fletcher – Not your exemplary Starfleet Officer



    This episode, we get to see another Ensign on Lower Decks, namely one Ensign Fletcher, who seems to be a bit of a diplomat, but his other skills seem a tad lacking. The longer he went on in the episode, the more annoying he got. He was SO NOT Starfleet.



    One nice thing that he brought to the episode was that Mariner and Boimler got to work together on the same side, and they actually worked really well together. Rather than blaming Fletcher for everything, they gave him the credit for everything, which got him promoted to Lieutenant and transferred to Boimler’s dream assignment aboard the USS Titan, Captain William T. Riker’s ship after the events that occurred in Star Trek: Nemesis that occurred in 2379, the previous year, only to get fired six days later.



    Nice casting of JG Hertzler in this episode



    I thought the casting of JG Hertzler as the Drookmani captain was particularly brilliant in this episode, including drawing the character with an eyepatch, much like his more famous character General/Chancellor Martok from Deep Space Nine. He always puts on a good performance.



    It’s Microsoft Clippy! I mean Badgey!



    Most of the listeners, including Kyle and me, were taken by Clippy, which easily reminded us of the Microsoft Office Assistant, commonly known as Clippy. I was wrong in the episode that it came out with Windows 95. In fact, Clippy was introduced with Microsoft Office in 1997. It was universally hated by users. Tendi & Rutherford used his new holodeck training program that was not quite ready for use in your typical holodeck adventure gone awry that was part Elementary, Dear Data, part The Big Goodbye, and part Fistful of Datas. I enjoyed this part of the story.



    Chapters



    00:00:00 STLDP 006 – Terminal Provocations (S1E6)00:00:21 Intro00:01:05 About Terminal Provocations00:02:13 Ratings00:03:59 Yeses00:11:42 Nos00:16:02 Not Good Enoughs00:18:11 Listener Feedback00:34:07 Spot the References00:39:40 Our Notes00:44:00 Shipwide Announcements01:02:27 Wrap Up



    We should be back to a regular schedule so the deadline for feedback will be on Fridays going forward…



    Except… that we had to extend the deadline again this week. For our next episode, we’ll be discussing the Season 1 Episode 7 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, titled Much Ado About Boimler. The deadline will be 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Friday, September 18, 2020, unless announced on the Facebook group otherwise. Your feedback is SO important to us!!! And don’t forget to sign up for our Patreon to get access to our Patreon episodes.



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    We have now recorded five Patreon calls, the last one you heard here last week, and you got to listen to this episode several days in advance. Our next Patreon call-in show will discuss the novel, Star Trek: Picard – The Last Best Hope, and there WILL be spoilers. Patrons will get the episode a week earlier! If you

    • 1 hr 6 min
    STLDP 005 - Cupid's Errant Arrow

    STLDP 005 - Cupid's Errant Arrow

    Star Trek: Lower Decks – Season 1 Episode 5 – Cupid’s Errant Arrow



    We’re back with the fifth episode of Lower Decks, titled Cupid’s Errant Arrow. This episode was written by Ben Joseph and directed by Kim Arndt. In this one, the crew of the USS Cerritos teams up with the USS Vancouver to manage controlled demolition of an unstable moon of Mixtus III, but the natives are restless and can’t agree on the getting it done.



    Bradward’s got a girlfriend!



    This episode, we get to see more of the Mariner/Boimler dynamic. Boimler’s got a hot girlfriend on the Vancouver, Lieutenant Barbara Brinson, and Mariner thinks something is wrong with her like she’s a shapeshifter, spy, or parasite. Mariner turns herself into a conspiracy theorist and it’s pretty funny, although maybe there were a little TOO many references to past shows, making this one my least favorite episode so far Boimler is definitely a dork.



    Tendi & Rutherford competing to keep a T88, whatever that is, was probably my least favorite part of this episode. I guess the Lieutenant Commander’s antics I didn’t particularly like.



    The mission was something straight out of a Star Trek episode, with the exception of the USS Vancouver. The Enterprise never seemed to need any help. This captain coveting the other’s deeds is a little surprising on this show. I’m not sure I like it, but it’s probably more realistic.



    Chapters



    00:00:00 STLDP 005 – Cupid’s Errant Arrow (S1E5)00:00:21 Intro00:00:58 Feedback for Last Week’s Episode00:08:23 About Cupid’s Errant Arrow00:10:11 Ratings00:11:37 Yeses00:20:08 Nos00:26:22 Not Good Enoughs00:28:32 Feedback Section00:51:22 Spot the References00:56:48 Our Notes01:01:56 Shipwide Announcements01:08:03 Wrap Up



    We should be back to a regular schedule so the deadline for feedback will be on Fridays going forward…



    So, that’s it for this episode! For our next episode, we’ll be discussing the Season 1 Episode 6 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, title TBD. The deadline for S1E6 will be 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central on Friday, September 11, 2020. Your feedback is SO important to us!!! And don’t forget to sign up for our Patreon to get access to our Patreon episodes.



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