November 22, 2018

Episode 29 - Trapping Odysseus

We continue taking a look at the series of SHORT TREKS by examining its November release: "Calypso!"

75% of our bold panel of STAR TREK franchise explorers  — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — come together to talk about a very mythologically informed — and very far-reaching — story in the STAR TREK universe. This episode of SHORT TREKS is definitely a bit of a detour away from expectations concerning stories told in the world we're so familiar with, but it also has artistic roots that seem perfectly in-line with a lot of the wider expectations that can come with more aspirational science fiction.

Still...does that make it good? Find out what our panel thinks!

Next time: more DEBRIEF's Favorites, some reviews, and more SHORT TREKS as we continue barreling forward at warp speed to the season two premiere of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

We have a new episode to review...kind of!

In this edition of DEBRIEF, our bold panel of STAR TREK franchise explorers  — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — unite to discuss "Runaway," the first episode of the new series SHORT TREKS that will help fill the gap between the first and second seasons of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY.

In a shorter, but varied conversation, we review the episode content itself, the nature of the SHORT TREKS format and what it adds — or doesn't — to the larger tapestry of STAR TREK canon, as well as bring up other examples of popular culture that attempted to expand their worlds beyond the realm of only one primary work. You might say...we took the red pill.

Look for an episode from us reviewing the second episode of SHORT TREKS, "Calypso," very soon, along with the continuation of our sub-series DEBRIEF'S FAVORITE EPISODES!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

Shore leave is over! Discovery Debrief returns from its hiatus to bring the next part in our sub-series examining our panelists' all-time favorite STAR TREK episodes. This time, our bold panel of STAR TREK franchise explorers  — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — come together to talk about Zaki's choice: one of the single most emotionally-charged TREK episodes ever produced, "The Visitor" from season four of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE!

Featuring a story of unconditional love, mourning, sacrifice, and family, "The Visitor" strikes all of our panelists hard and in very different ways. We take a close look at the relationship between the Sisko father and son, as well as the powerful performances turned in by series leads AVERY BROOKS and CIRROC LOFTON, as well as the terrific guest appearance from TREK veteran TONY TODD as the elder vision of Jake Sisko himself. 

Plus, we take a quick look at some of the biggest franchise news to transpire over the course of our hiatus, as well as announce the next episode in the Favorites series that comes from the incomparable Cicero Holmes! This is one of the best discussions our panel has ever had, so don't miss it!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

Three of our four panelists — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — unite to break down the imagery featured in the mindblowing trailer for season two of our subject series, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY! Released at Comic-Con International in San Diego, we take an exhaustive look at every hint the trailer seems to be laying down, and speculate on how these can hint at what's to come in the full season in early 2019!

Plus, our full panel (including Zaki!) offers their early thoughts on the return of JEAN-LUC PICARD to the STAR TREK franchise in an all-new CBS All Access series, with SIR PATRICK STEWART returning to the character we first met in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. All this, and a Trek news roundup await you in EPISODE 26!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

In this quick supplemental entry to episode 25, co-host Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles) winds the clocks back to 2014 to bring a very interesting discussion of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's "Tapestry" to a listening audience for the very first time!

One of Chris' oldest podcasting friends is BRAD LANGE, an insightful commentator on popular culture and a former cohort with Chris on both the BATMAN-ON-FILM and MODERN MYTH MEDIA podcasts. In this never-before-released discussion from the pilot episode of their planned collaboration, Chris and Brad discuss "Tapestry" from two wildly different perspectives. The key question brought up by Brad: is Captain Picard actually revealed by this episode to be egregiously selfish?

That, and an update on what you can expect next from Discovery Debrief on the heels of both COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL and STAR TREK LAS VEGAS, as well as that incredible season two trailer for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

Our bold panel of STAR TREK franchise explorers continue their current journey exploring their choices for all-time favorite single episodes! In our second episode of this series, our full panel — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — unites to discuss Rachael's choice: the season six classic from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION known as "Tapestry!"

Anyone who's spent any semblance of time with THE NEXT GENERATION knows all too well that the veneer of CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD is nearly unbreakable. In fact, one of the few things that actually can break it is death itself. After suffering a horrific injury that puts the captain's artifical heart in jeopardy, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery at the behest of Q (JOHN DE LANCIE) that treats the STAR TREK canon with one of the most in-depth looks at the early history of the venerable commanding officer of the USS Enterprise-D. What does the episode have to say, though, and what does it leave us with when the credits roll? Listen in to find out!

Plus, we unpack some of the recent news concerning the ongoing development of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY season two, as well as announce the next episode in the Favorites series that comes from the mind of Zaki Hasan! You don't want to miss this terrific discussion of one of STAR TREK's best!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

It begins here! In this episode, our panel of bold STAR TREK franchise explorers — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — is back at full strength to begin a series of discussions all centered on each of our favorite single STAR TREK episodes! First up is Chris, with "The City on the Edge of Forever" from season one of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES!

Listen as our panel unpacks this episode and attempts to answer why it remains one of the most enduring and iconic staples of the entirety of the storied STAR TREK franchise. We discuss its troubled behind-the-scenes stories from its radically different first draft teleplay by sci-fi firebrand HARLAN ELLISON, to the final product collaboration between the likes of GENE L. COON, D.C. FONTANA, and GENE RODDENBERRY. Plus, hear us examine the themes and subtext that all add up to one of TREK's most revered stories.

PLUS: we react to the rumors of PATRICK STEWART's potential return to the role of CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD, the surprising turn of events that has befallen DISCOVERY's former showrunners, the installation of ALEX KURTZMAN as the show's new skipper, and even throw in a word or two about THE TOYS THAT MADE US' TREK-centric seaosn premiere! Listen in for all this by downloading now!

In memory of Harlan Ellison: 1934 — 2018

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

Taking a slight detour before our full panel returns for our Debrief's Favorite Episodes series, co-host Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles) is going solo to discuss just some of the STAR TREK franchise's expansive history in the interactive medium of video games. Take a guided tour through most of the biggest TREK game releases since the early 1990's, find out which games treated the canon of the series with the most respect, along with which games bombed worse than a quantum torpedo.

Finally, discover how the latest entry — STAR TREK: BRIDGE CREW — stacks up against other, meritorious games in the franchise with a full review of both the base game, and the recent DLC based on THE NEXT GENERATION!

Did one of your favorite STAR TREK games make the cut? Be sure to let us know on our social media channels, and be on the lookout for our next episode which returns our panel to its full strength!

Music by Bensound.com. "False Awakenings" by Anders. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines. Game audio sampled from titles published by Ultra Games, Activision, Bethesda Softworks, Cryptic Entertainment, Namco Bandai, and Ubisoft.

00:0000:00

(WARNING: This episode includes SPOILERS for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - DRASTIC MEASURES, and DISCOVERY SEASON ONE.)

Three members of our regular panel of STAR TREK fans — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — are joined by a very special guest!

DAYTON WARD, STAR TREK expanded universe author of such titles as FROM HISTORY'S SHADOW and DISCOVERY: DRASTIC MEASURES (the subject of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF Episode 20), joins our panel for a wide-ranging conversation concerning everything from how he broke into writing for the franchise, his ideas on how to tell stories within the sandbox of STAR TREK canon, how his time in the United States Marine Corps influences the way he sees Starfleet and the Federation, his favorite episodes and movies, and inside information on what it was like to write a novel tying into STAR TREK's latest TV series!

Be sure to listen into this fascinating discussion, including details like Ward having to write for characters that the show established that audiences never ACTUALLY met, along with how firm the continuity of these works really are in the world of the new series, along with other great insights into the STAR TREK universe!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

00:0000:00

Our bold panel of STAR TREK franchise explorers — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — take a detour out of the Alpha Quadrant, and land in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The biggest movie in history is a pretty difficult thing to ignore, so we took advantage of this lull in TREK-related occurrences to offer our perspectives on the highly-consequential superhero film, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!

All of our panelists hold a degree of comics fandom close to their hearts, and have been voraciously consuming the films of the MCU for the past decade. How do they perceive INFINITY WAR, and what do their unique perspectives offer about the movie itself? Be sure to listen to this episode only AFTER you've seen the film, as SPOILERS ABOUND!

PLUS, we keep our toe dipped in the STAR TREK universe by discussing the latest news in the franchise related to both upcoming movie(s!), as well as the progression being made on DISCOVERY SEASON TWO, which is now shooting!

Music by Bensound.com. Music sample from AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR score composed by Alan Silvestri. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc. MARVEL and all related elements are owned by The Walt Disney Company. All are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines. Episode updated 5/9/2018 to account for mistakes made in the original edit.

00:0000:00

Load more