(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.

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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.

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With three of our four regular panelists on deck — Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) — our crew goes in-depth with author Dayton Ward's explosive tie-in novel STAR TREK: DISCOVERY - DRASTIC MEASURES. Set a decade before the beginning of the DISCOVERY TV series, the new book explores one of the most consequential and horrific events in the 23rd century: the slaughter of 4,000 colonists on Tarsus IV.

With the book fresh in our minds, we explore how it weaves together two major DISCOVERY characters — Philippa Georgiou and Gabriel Lorca — with established continuity going back to the STAR TREK: TOS episode "The Conscience of the King." Listen as our panel unpacks this and more on episode #20 of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF!

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In part two of our full season recap, we turn our focus to chapter two, as well as the larger implications that STAR TREK: DISCOVERY has for its full franchise. Listen as our 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) — along with special guest Shareef Jackson (Spawn On Me, ShareefJackson.com) to do what we can to place DISCOVERY in the legacy of STAR TREK as we await season two!

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

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Welcome back to your Discovery Debrief! In part one of our two-part final discussion pertaining to the specifics of season one, 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) — are joined by special guest Shareef Jackson (Spawn On Me, ShareefJackson.com) to unpack things further!

In this half, we settle back into the groove of talking TREK with each other and with you, letting you know how we've been engaging with the franchise and what the latest news is surrounding the soon-to-shoot second season. Then, we go a bit more in-depth on episodes 1-9 of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY season one for your lisetning pleasure!

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

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February 24, 2018

Episode 17 - All We Have

We've reached the end of season 1!

In a bit of a bittersweet discussion and analysis, our group 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) — delve into STAR TREK: DISCOVERY's first season finale, "Will You Take My Hand?," and get into the weeds of how well — or perhaps not so well — we all thought the show stuck its proverbial landing.

Did the character interactions do the finale justice? Was the plot wrapped up in a satisfying way? WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED AT THE END?!

All this and more is waiting in our 17th episode! Plus, we answer your questions, and hint at what's next for the future of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF now that our subject show has concluded its inaugural season. Download and listen now!

Music by Bensound.com. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines. Original STAR TREK theme composed by Alexander Courage, DISCOVERY arrangement by Jeff Russo. "Screaming Fit" by Chris Clow, captured during his first viewing of the season finale's final moments by Rachael Clow.

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Just in time for the season finale, the panelists of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF — 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) — return to discuss the penultimate episode of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY's first season: "The War Without, the War Within!"

Get our takes, our predictions, and our disagreements about how the show will stick the landing in the season finale, as well as the implications that DISCOVERY is starting to have on the wider STAR TREK canon.

PLUS: we discuss the latest controversy that's embroiled director QUENTIN TARANTINO, and what it may mean for his potentially developing STAR TREK film. Should he stay involved? Should he stay the course? It's all waiting to come to your ears at warp speed!

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

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As the first season for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY winds down, our diversely opinionated panel of STAR TREK aficionados — 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) — reel from the latest action-heavy episode of our subject series! With the revelation concerning Gabriel Lorca's origins having come to light, what do we feel about how the show treats the other characters we've come to know and love?

PLUS, we answer YOUR questions, but also react in the beginning to the news that WILLIAM SHATNER apparently wants to bring the Prime version of legendary CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK into director QUENTIN TARANTINO's allegedly developing new STAR TREK film project. Are we ready to line back up behind the original captain, or do we feel...differently? Be sure to find out on episode 15 of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF: A STAR TREK PODCAST!

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

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January 25, 2018

Episode 14 - Someone Better

It's all been leading here! On this edition of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF, our panel of STAR TREK aficionados — 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) — react to the most consequential episode of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY yet: "Vaulting Ambition." Listen into the varying perspectives we all have about the details of the episode, things that stuck with us (Saruganoff, anyone?), as well as the very different perspectives shared on the episode's most earth-shattering revelation. Does it have the intended effect on our panel? Or will Zaki have to climb into ZAKI'S AGONY BOOTH?!

Plus, we open up the ol' communicator once more to answer your questions and comments, as well as to speculate on the possibilities that continue to surround the amorphous Quentin Tarantino STAR TREK feature film project. It's a whole, heapin' helpin' of ganglia just for you!

Music by Bensound.com. "Mirror Universe" theme from STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE composed by Dennis McCarthy. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines. "False Awakenings" sample by Anders.

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This episode of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF features our panel of STAR TREK fans — 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) — react to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY's eleventh episode, "THE WOLF INSIDE." Things are coming to a head on multiple fronts as our valiant crew attempts to survive in their very dangerous, twisted surroundings, but how will all of the building blocks laid down before push the show into its remaining episodes? Listen to our full discussion for our insights!

PLUS, STAR TREK could be under the roof of one company again with recent rumblings surrounding a possible merger between PARAMOUNT PICTURES and CBS, so how will that affect future films and seasons of DISCOVERY? This and more awaits in the latest episode of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF!

Music by Bensound.com. "Mirror Universe" theme from STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE composed by Dennis McCarthy. STAR TREK trademarks and related elements are owned by CBS Studios Inc., and are used expressly under "fair use" guidelines.

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