It’s Groundhog Day aboard the USS Discovery and on the Transporter Lock podcast, and we’re stuck in a time loop reviewing this rom-com Star Trek episode. Is this episode repeating not just itself, but also TNG’s "Cause and Effect"? Is the crew’s after-hours party a chance for us to see them as people, or just a painful reminder of the worst aspects of Ken’s college years? Can you spot the Andorian and Tholian technology in this episode as well as Sabriel does? What would Harry Mudd’s Dungeons & Dragons alignment be? And is David Mack’s Desperate Hours novel a worthy prequel to the CBS series? Stay tuned to find out!
Remember the TNG episode "Dark Page", where Deanna Troi projects herself into Lwaxana’s mind to learn a dark secret and relieve her parent’s guilt? Burnham and Sarek are doing their best reenactment in this week’s episode, "Lethe". Meanwhile, Lorca whips out the vodka and the sleaze to distract Admiral Cornwell, who’s all too receptive. Will Lorca pull a "In the Pale Moonlight" to keep her quiet? Or are Vulcan extremists conspiring with the Klingons to do Lorca’s dirty work? And why are Vulcans so incredibly racist?! The only person who doesn’t care about any of this: Stamets, who’s high as a kite after powering the spore drive. Groovy!
The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery has trust issues. Acting Captain Saru doesn’t trust Burnham; the kidnapped Captain Lorca doesn’t trust Harry Mudd; and the poor tardigrade doesn’t know who to trust. Can everyone put aside their differences long enough to escape the Klingons and use the spore warp drive for a rescue mission? Sabriel and Ken take some detours to Rura Penthe, Iowa, and the Grand Ole Opry as we weave our way through the fifth episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
The USS Discovery must perfect its mycelium warp drive if the crew is to save the mining facility at Corvan II — and Michael Burnham may hold the key. Will she pull an Equinox and help Captain Lorca weaponize an organism? Will Landry pull a Tasha Yar and leave a vacancy in security? And will Kol pull a Foodler and deliver dinner to the Klingons in under thirty minutes? Find out in this week’s Transporter Lock!
Six months after the Battle at the Binary Stars, Michael Burnham arrives on the USS Discovery, where Captain Lorca is engaged in "Black Alert" field tests. Is the NCC-1031 a scientific vessel — or a Section 31 outpost? Why does the crew hate Burnham for a war with the Klingons we don’t think she started? Did Star Trek introduce a character on the spectrum with Cadet Sylvia Tilly? And can Paul Stamets’ mushrooms save the world? Find out on this week’s episode of Transporter Lock!
The second episode of Star Trek: Discovery and the first to be exclusive to CBS All Access finds a united Klingon Empire facing off against a squadron of Starfleet vessels. With plenty of callbacks to Star Trek lore, "Battle at the Binary Stars" cements itself in the franchise’s history while making some important deviations in battle tactics and Vulcan mythology. Ken and Sabriel offer their takes and analyses in this episode of the Transporter Lock podcast.
Star Trek: Discovery has debuted, and Bri and Ken want more! Commander Michael Burnham discovers the Klingons are lighting a beacon as a call to war. Can she convince Captain Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou to strike first? Where have the Klingons been for the past hundred years? Is this technology canon? How is Burnham like Worf and the beacon like Tin Man? We have thoughts!
Welcome to the premier episode of Transporter Lock, the weekly Star Trek: Discovery podcast! The first new Star Trek TV show in 12 years debuts on CBS All Access and Netflix on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Set ten years before Captain Kirk helmed the Enterprise, Discovery will be unlike any Trek before it — and we’re here to put it in context. Every week, Ken Gagne and Sabriel Mastin will be providing recaps, reviews, and analysis of each new episode.
In this launch episode, we await the upcoming launch of Discovery by sharing our love for all the Star Treks that have come before — television and movies, live-action and animated. We’ve cosplayed, been to conferences, and gotten celebrity autographs. But for all we know about the past, there’s still much we don’t know about Discovery. We look at what teasers are out there and conjecture where Discovery will go that no Star Trek has gone before.