Discovery is trapped in a giant video game, where they must acquire an item at one red pulse to solve the puzzle at the next! Can they recruit Kratos to defeat Ares, who helped World War III survivors start a new religion on a distant planet? Director Jonathan Frakes directs this latest iteration of a classic Star Trek trope that leaves us curious about Earth’s religions, what’s on Tilly’s to-do list, and her connection to the mycelium network. All this and more in this week’s Transporter Lock!
Season 2 of Discovery debuts! Captain Pike assumes control of the ship to investigate a new interstellar threat — but where’s his damn red thing? And where is Spock, who was a terrible foster brother to Burnham? Can Tilly convince Stamets to stay aboard the ship? Will we see comedian Tig Notaro again? And will the red shirt die?? The most humorous and action-packed season premiere of Star Trek ever sets us up for a new adventure, and Captain Sabriel and Chief Engineer Ken are here are your guides!
After escaping Discovery in Season 1, Harry Mudd is back! While en route to be handed over to Starfleet authorities by a Tellarite bounty hunter, Mudd tries every con in the book and experiences a few flashbacks that give us insight into this devious miscreant. It’s the funniest Short Treks of them all — but is that what we wanted? And being the final Short Treks, how well has this experiment in short-form storytelling worked? Bri and Ken reflect on and rank the four vignettes in anticipation of Discovery‘s second season later this month!
A young Saru makes his way off his pre-warp home planet in this uneventful, nondescript Short Treks. It’s not that it left us wanting more so much as it felt incomplete. But Captain Sabriel and Chief Engineer Ken have plenty of news of the Picard series, and we fondly revisit Patrick Stewart’s appearance on Frasier and Kelsey Grammer’s appearance on Star Trek.
Star Trek Discovery offers a 33rd-century retelling of the Greek myth of Odysseus and Calypso in this serving of Short Treks. In this week’s podcast, Ken and Sabriel confuse Funny Face with Funny Girl, discuss the history of science-fiction popcorn, question whether the V’Draysh are human, and ponder the ultimate fate of the starship Discovery.
Tilly and Po are runaways in the debut of Short Treks! This episode features the Discovery‘s ensign encountering a teenage alien from the planet Xahea. They meet, bond, and part as efficiently as the 15-minute episode will allow. Transporter Lock co-host Sabriel warmed up to the story after a second viewing, while it left Ken cold. Was this episode a bridge to season 2, or a prequel to season 1? Will we see more Xaheans in the future? And what does it mean to recrystalize dilithium? Find out in this week’s podcast!
Star Trek: Discovery returns to CBS All Access this week with Short Treks, a series of four monthly mini-episodes! What characters will star in these short films, with what new writers making their scripting debuts? Sabriel and Ken anticipate the return of familiar characters while also catching up on the news of Jean-Luc Picard’s return and reminiscing about their favorite TNG episodes and commiserating the cancellation of the Stage 9 virtual re-creation of the NCC-1701-D. Why can’t we have nice things??
We got our first look at season 2 of Discovery at last month’s San Diego Comic Con, and we can’t wait for more! With four short episodes coming out this fall, followed by the return of Christopher Pike and Number One, as well as a Discovery-themed Star Trek Online expansion and the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, it’s a good time to be a Trekkie. Ken and Bri share their hope for the future of Trek, reflect back on season 1 of Discovery and season 4 of Enterprise, review the movie Sunshine, and excitedly look forward to having breakfast cereal and doing our taxes.
Al Rivera, aka Captain Geko, is the Principal Lead Designer at Cryptic Studios, developer of Star Trek Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set 30 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. The debut of Star Trek: Discovery marks the first time in the MMO’s eight-year history that it has a current television show to work off, and we chatted with Al about all the opportunities and challenges that presents. Does Rivera get to see the show’s script in advance, or work with the show’s actors for original voice acting? How do characters and ships from the year 2255 show up in a game set in 2409? What unique gameplay mechanics do the spore drive and Crossfire-class ships present? Will next month’s DS9-themed expansion, Victory Is Life, include any Discovery content?
Rivera has been in the games industry since the Sega Dreamcast and a Star Trek fan longer than that; it was great to chat with him about this dream merging of his two worlds!
The first season of Star Trek: Discovery has concluded. Having already reviewed the season finale, this week we take a step back and consider the entire 15-episode season as a whole. What was our favorite episode? Why isn’t Discovery set post-Voyager? Why couldn’t Sarek have been just another Vulcan, and what will his role be in Season 2? Do we wish the Klingon War had gone on longer? Is Discovery "Star Trek" enough? And how long-lasting will the consequences of the Enterprise‘s appearance be? All these theories and more in this week’s Transporter Lock!