Star Trek: Lower Decks has debuted, and Transporter Lock returns to the air to review this new animated series! This half-hour comedy is faithful to Star Trek lore, but Ken and Bri find its humor falls flat. Lt. Commander Joe Strosnider of Joe’s Computer Museum joins the podcast crew as a special guest, lending his engineering insights into the premiere episode as we debate our favorite characters, most believable moments, unique applications of the holodeck, similarity to The Orville and A.C. Spahn’s The Endurance novels, and what it would look like to produce a Star Trek version of the Star Wars Minute podcast.
Susan Arendt of the Continue Podcast returns to the show to join Ken and Bri in reviewing the first season of Picard. We loved some of the new characters and were meh about others. Familiar faces were welcome, though is there such a thing as too much Seven of Nine? And was the season finale poetic, or cowardly? Tune in to find out!
Ken & Bri jump right to the heartwrenching end of Picard’s first season finale, as familiar characters say their goodbyes — we didn’t want the game to end! Some of our predictions from part one were correct, but most were not, leaving us utterly unprepared for these gut punches.
Ambassador Josh of the Federation Diplomatic Corps joins Ken and Bri to review the penultimate episode of Picard‘s first season. We finally arrive on the synth homeworld, where we find Data’s look-alike, Lore’s spiritual successor, a deteriorating admiral, and a blank android ready to host one lucky recipient. We have suspicions about who’s really who — and who must die!
Charlynn Schmiedt of the Star Trek podcasts To the Journey and and Punch It joins Bri and Ken to discuss the antepenultimate episode of Picard‘s first season. The origin of the Zhat Vash is revealed, Seven of Nine takes on a new role, and Raffi tries to put Rios back together again as all the plots start to weave together. We also review Char’s favorite Trek series, Voyager, with a bonus recommendation of the Kirsten Beyer novel Full Circle.
Picard, Soji, and Hugh finally cross paths in what Ken and Bri consider the best episode of the season so far. But the closer we get to the synth homeworld, the more questions and more theories we have! We sit down in person to connect the dots from TNG episodes “Descent”, “I, Borg”, and even “Encounter at Farpoint”, marveling that some Picard fans can enjoy the series without having the background of these characters and contexts.
Seven of Nine returns in an episode that should’ve opened with a content warning. Ken and Bri debate Seven’s motivations, what’s happened to her since Voyager returned to the Alpha Quadrant, and whether we’ve seen the last of this character. Meanwhile, two different characters bid adieu to their sons this episode, and Agnes is all too briefly reunited with her lover. We have a theory about why she does what she does — a Transporter Lock original!
Even those whom Jean-Luc Picard has wronged recognize a worthy, if lost, cause when they see it. Our beloved captain continues to assemble his party as Ken, Bri, and Amanda — appearing together for the first time! — admire Romulan warrior nuns, roll their eyes at ancient Borg rituals, and get hyped for a reunion of liberated Borg, old and new.