Star Trek: The Rewatch
By Grant Miller & Robert Simpson
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Join as we rewatch one our favourite TV shows: Star Trek The Next Generation. Watch along with us and after each episode we’ll deliver our own analysis of the episode, with all the ridiculously in-depth trivia and horrifyingly geeky jokes that you can imagine from two astrophysicists who are also massive Star Trek fans.
||CleanS0E09 The Vengeance Factor||The Enterprise tries to negotiate an end to raids launched by a group called the “Gatherers,” but a murder threatens to prevent peace. First Broadcast: 20th November 1989. Quote: “Your ambushes would be more successful if you bathed mo||3 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E08 The Price||The Enterprise hosts negotiations for possession of the only known stable wormhole. First Broadcast: 13th November 1989. Quote: “People have been doing that for thousands of years!” Score: 6 MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on I||27 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E07 The Enemy||La Forge and a Romulan are trapped on a planet ravaged by electromagnetic storms; Worf turns out to be the only viable donor to save the life of an injured Romulan aboard the Enterprise. First Broadcast: 6th November 1989. Quote: “It would appear||20 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E06 Booby Trap||While investigating a 1,000-year-old alien derelict, the Enterprise gets caught in the same energy trap which doomed that vessel a millennium ago. First Broadcast: 30th October 1989. Quote: “Now the machines are flying us.” Score: 7 MP3 can||13 3 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E05 The Bonding||Worf decides to take into his house the child of a slain subordinate, but the child is having trouble accepting his mother’s death, especially when she mysteriously reappears. First Broadcast: 23rd October 1989. Quote: “Jeremy, on the starsh||11 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E04 Who Watches the Watchers||The Enterprise must undo the damage when a primitive civilization discovers a Federation observation team and concludes that the Starfleet personnel are gods. First Broadcast: 16th October 1989. Quote: “Perhaps one day, my people will travel above||4 1 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E03 The Survivors||The Enterprise investigates two survivors living on the only undamaged patch of land on a devastated planet. First Broadcast: 9th October 1989. Quote: “Number One, I think you had better see who’s at home.” Score: 8 MP3 can be download||28 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E02 The Ensigns of Command||Data must convince a colony of 15,000 people to evacuate before the aliens who own the planet arrive. First Broadcast: 2nd October 1989. Quote: “Splendid. Splendid. Carry on.” Score: 7 MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on IMDB, M||21 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03E01 Evolution||An obsessed scientist arrives on the Enterprise-D to perform a once-in-a-lifetime experiment. Accidentally released nanites, however, threaten both it and the ship. First Broadcast: 25th September 1989. Quote: “I’ve missed about 2 inches of him.&#||14 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Review||Rob and Grant discuss the ups and downs of Season Two of TNG. There were a couple of great episodes, but the general rating was very low. We cover the best and worst episodes, and characters – and we respond to some comments that people have posted||7 12 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E22 Shades of Gray||Commander Riker fights for his life in sickbay after he is infected by an alien parasite while on an away-mission. Dr. Pulaski soon discovers that the only way to save Riker’s life is to force his mind to relive painful memories. First Broadcast: 1||30 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E21 Peak Performance||With the Borg threat in mind, Starfleet stages a war-game simulation pitting Captain Picard and the Enterprise against Commander Riker and the eighty-year-old starship Hathaway. However, when the Ferengi suddenly attack, the Enterprise is crippled forcing||23 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E20 The Emissary||The Enterprise is ordered to proceed to an emergency rendezvous to collect a special envoy who is traveling from Starbase 153 to meet them. First Broadcast: 24th June 1989. Quote: “Computer, level 2” Score: 6 MP3 can be downloaded here. More||16 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E19 Manhunt||Lwaxana Troi arrives on the Enterprise, intent on finding a husband. First Broadcast: 19th June 1989. Quote: “Last time I saw something like that, it was being severed on a plate!” Score: 4 MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on IM||9 11 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E18 Up the Long Ladder||The Enterprise discovers two threatened colonies which must cooperate to survive. First Broadcast: 22nd May 1989. Quote: “William Riker, you’re a mess!” Score: 5 MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on IMDB, Memory Alpha, and||27 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E17 Samaritan Snare||Picard must undergo a serious medical procedure while the Enterprise-D deals with a Pakled ship, which lures the Enterprise away in hopes of stealing its technology. First Broadcast: 15th May 1989. Quote: “I stood toe-to-toe with the worst||20 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E16 Q Who||Q throws the Enterprise into uncharted space where it encounters and is engaged by a vessel of a previously unknown species: the Borg. When the vessel instantly and effortlessly overwhelms the Enterprise, Picard realizes that the Federation may not be as||13 7 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E15 Pen Pals||Data makes contact with a young girl from a pre-warp civilization on a planet facing imminent annihilation. The Enterprise must wrestle with the moral dilemma of violating the Prime Directive or standing by while Data’s friend dies. &#||27 4 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E14 The Icarus Factor||When Commander Riker is offered command of the starship Aries, his estranged father, Kyle Riker, is sent by Starfleet to brief him on the mission. Meanwhile, Data, La Forge, Dr. Pulaski, Wesley, and O’Brien help Worf celebrate the anniversary||30 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E13 Time Squared||The Enterprise discovers a duplicate of Picard from six hours in the future. First Broadcast: 3rd Apr 1989. Quote: “A lot of questions, Number One. Damn few answers.” Score: 4 MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on IMDB, Memory Alph||23 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E12 The Royale||The Enterprise investigates the wreckage of a 21st century Earth spaceship orbiting a distant planet and the appearance of a casino with inhabitants based on a rather poorly written paperback novel. First Broadcast: 27th Mar 1989. Quote: “The Royal||16 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E11 Contagion||The Enterprise and a Romulan warbird are attacked by the same computer virus that has already destroyed one Federation starship of the same class as the Enterprise. First Broadcast: 20th Mar 1989. Quote: “Didn’t you order tea, sir?” Score: 8 MP||9 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E10 The Dauphin||Wesley falls in love with the new leader of a war-torn planet. First Broadcast: 20th Feb 1989. Quote: “Shut up, kid.” Score: 4 MP3 can be downloaded here. More episode info on IMDB, Memory Alpha, and WikipediaFiled under: Season 2, TNG||2 3 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E09 The Measure of a Man||Picard must prove Data is legally a sentient being with rights and freedoms under Federation law when transfer orders demand Data’s reassignment for study and disassembly. First Broadcast: 13th Feb 1989. Quote: “You are imparting Human qualities||23 2 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E08 A Matter of Honor||Riker serves as an exchange officer on a Klingon warship. It’s our first indepth look at the Klingons in TNG. Rob is thoroughly unimpressed by this episode, but Grant likes it – along with most other reviewers. First Broadcast: 6th Feb 1989.||2 2 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E07 Unnatural Selection||The Enterprise investigates the deaths of the crew of the USS Lantree, who all died of old age. Grant and Rob have not succumbed yet, but this episode does a good job of killing itself off. Much discussion of eugenics, rapid-ageing, and Pulaski. First Bro||26 1 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E06 The Schizoid Man||An away team discovers the dying Doctor Ira Graves, who claims to be Data’s “grandfather. Another ‘Forbidden Planet’ episode, only this one results in a death, but no without a catch. There is discussion of the singularity, the nat||19 1 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E05 Loud As A Whisper||The Enterprise brings a deaf negotiator to mediate the end of a planetary civil war. In a long line of peace-negotiation episodes, this one has a cool twist. There’s some love for this episode in this podcast, hopefully you liked it too. Episode syn||13 1 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E04 The Outrageous Okona||In this thinly-written episode, the Enterprise crew rescue a “roguish” freighter captain whose ship is malfunctioning, but his presence drags them into an interplanetary feud. Grant and Rob aren’t too impressed, and keep going off topic||7 1 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E03 Elementary Dear Data||In many ways this is a defining episode of TNG. The Enterprise is threatened when a character in Data and La Forge’s holodeck simulation becomes sentient. Grant and Rob are joined by guests David Hogg, Arfon Smith, Meredith Rawls and Erin Braswell &||1 1 2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E02 Where Silence Has Lease||When an alien traps the Enterprise and threatens to kill half the crew purely out of curiosity, Captain Picard is faced with a grim decision. Rob and Grant have to watch them come to terms with that grim decision in questionable ways. Episode synopsis:||26 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02E01 The Child||Rob and Grant talk about gestation periods and creepy TV kids. Counsellor Troi is shocked to find out she is pregnant; Wesley Crusher is weighing his options for the future, with the help of the proprietor of the ship’s lounge, Ten Forward, which su||21 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One Review||Rob, Grant and Brooke review Season One. We talk about how the show was shaped by its time in 1987, and whether or not it would have survived as a TV show today. Soaring highs and crush(er)ing lowers are also discussed. MP3 can be downloaded here.File||16 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E26 The Neutral Zone||Rob and Grant talk about cryogenics and Romulans in this finale episode of TNG. There’s a lot of content here, in an episode deeply affected by a writers’ strike in the US at the the time. Episode synopsis: 16th May 1988. Quote: “Your prese||4 12 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E25 Conspiracy||Time to get out the popcorn worms and watch this iconic tale from TNG’s ‘Starfleet politics’ department. Some of the special effects have stood the test of time, and the plot and characterisation mostly hold up too. Grant and Rob have be||29 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E24 We’ll Always Have Paris||As time stutters on the Enterprise, Picard recalls a moment from his English-accented youth in Paris (which is definitely not in England). Grant and Rob had their own temporal fault in recording this podcast about an episode that may have a more memorabl||24 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E23 Skin of Evil||We’re joined by Brooke Simmons to talk about the first episode of TNG that she ever saw: Tasha Yar’s swan song: ‘Skin of Evil’. What kind of creature is Armus? Is this Troi’s finest hour? How bad can a monologue be? Find out||19 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E22 Symbiosis||Don’t do drugs, m’kay? That’s the moral of this rather pleasingly straightforward TNG episode. There’s a strong 80s moral, hammered home by Wesley and Tasha – but it doesn’t matter overall. Grant and Rob discuss whether||5 11 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E21 The Arsenal of Freedom||The Arsenal of Freedom has a very ‘classic’ Trek feel, and this episode is a great ensemble piece for TNG. There’s more will-they-won’t-they for Picard and Beverly, Geordi is in charge of the Enterprise, and perhaps most worrying o||31 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E20 Heart of Glory||We get our first real look at the Next Generation’s Klingons in this episode – and our first look at Worf, really. We also get to see through Geordi’s eyes and experience at 24th Century fog machine at it’s finest. Episode synopsis||26 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E19 Coming of Age||As Picard’s crew are grilled by Dexter Remmick, Wesley undertakes the entrance exam for Starfleet Academy. We meet our first Benzite, and get a glimpse at the curious way that the Federation recruits for its military. This episode was recorded in th||21 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E18 Home Soil||“Ugly bags of mostly water” is a memorable line from an early TNG episode that hits some great science fiction notes, whilst also giving us a solid ensemble piece for the series. Astronomer and TV presenter Chris Lintott joins us for this podc||1 10 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E17 When The Bough Breaks||Wesley Crusher anchors an interesting episode that Grant and Rob enjoy – in a very season one sort of way. Can you cloak an entire planet – is kidnapping children a good way of restarting your society? It’s all discussed on this podcast:||26 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E16 Too Short A Season||Like the ageing admiral on his mobility scooter, this episode plods along with little to recommend it. Grant and Rob are less than impressed as they talk about anti-ageing and the awfulness of the young-is-old TV cliche. Episode synopsis: An elderly Star||21 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E15 11001001||Rob and Grant review one of the highlights of Season 1 TNG: 11001001. The Starbase, the Holodeck, and the Bynars make this a good episode with some complex sci-fi plot and a dash of old-fashioned auto-destruct built right in. Episode synopsis: While a g||16 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E14 Angel One||Grant and Rob do their very best to not give too much time to Angel One, a frankly sexist episode that rolls out every cliché from the first season of TNG. But there’s much more to discuss in terms of the production of Star Trek, and the progress th||11 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E13 Datalore||Grant and Rob dissect this ‘evil twin’ episode, and the back story to the androids of Dr. Noonien Soong. Data’s character is really fleshed out, and we get to meet the evil Lore – who will return later on. There is talk of positron||6 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E12 The Big Goodbye||Rob and Grant discuss ‘The Big Goodbye’, Star Trek’s first ever episode in which the holodeck malfunctions and the crew are trapped within. Picard, Data, Beverly and Whalen(?!) are stuck in the world of Dixon Hill, and we finally get to||1 9 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E11 Haven||Grant and Rob take a visit to the completely unarmed paradise that is Haven, only to find a plague ship is on its way. Typical. We discuss the episode ‘Haven’, which weaves the topics of destiny, arranged marriage, and the ethics of sacrificin||27 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01E10 Hide and Q||Grant and Rob talk about the wonderful Q and his first real ‘Q episode’. TNG is still very much finding its feet at this stage, but this episode pulls out some Shakespeare, and includes some nice philosophical points, as well as Q’s usua||22 8 2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Really good podcast, very funny guys. Adds a great new demention to watching TNG
Sci-fact into Sci-fi
Great podcast, backed up with scientific knowledge. It is genuinely interesting listening to the science of Star Trek put through wash on the cosmic treadmill of modern science. Brutally honest, funny and just ace..Keep up the great work...
My new favourite podcast
For starters, what a great idea. I've been re-watching a few old series recently and TNG was one of them so this is perfect.
It has a great blend of facts and trivia but also gently mocks some of the less than stellar moments in Star Trek history.
All in all a brilliant podcast with likeable hosts.
Thank you Grant and Rob!
P.s. Any change of different shows? X-files would be great!