The DISCOVERY DEBRIEF 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) — is playing catch-up once again, doubling up to discuss both "LIGHT AND SHADOWS" and "IF MEMORY SERVES" in a single podcast episode!

STAR TREK's lineage is one that goes back to 1964, when the original pilot episode, "THE CAGE" starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike, was first produced. That episode has largely been left alone as a standalone tale in the long-running half-century long canon of the series...until now. Not only do these two DISCOVERY episodes build on the threads they've been weaving all season, but they work up to a story that is 55 years in the making, by taking us back to the first strange new world ever explored by the USS ENTERPRISE on television. To say that our panel have a variety of thoughts on this and a whole lot more is putting it mildly.

Beyond that, we react to the identity crisis of HUGH CULBER, the family dynamics in the House of SAREK, the event that split apart SPOCK and MICHAEL BURNHAM, and the ongoing saga of SECTION 31 in the 23rd century!

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Our 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) — returns to talk about the confrontation between the Kelpiens and the oppressive Ba'ul! But...who has actually oppressed who? We discuss "The Sounds of Thunder," episode 6 of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY's second season!

Plus, the panel discusses the renewal of DISCOVERY for a third season, and continues to speculate on the identity of the mysterious Red Angel!

Next time, the panel will double up to talk about one of the most canonically significant set of stories to come along in the STAR TREK franchise since...1964!

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February 24, 2019

36 | Happy Rebirthday

Our full 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) — returns to discuss the re-emergence of a major series character to the cast of the show, while also diving deeper into the 23rd century machinations of Stafleet's covert intelligence agency, Section 31! In addition to all the issues surrounding the mycelial network coming to a head, Section 31 takes its most active role yet in the affairs of the Discovery and the Federation in the second season's fifth episode, "Saints of Imperfection!"

Plus, the panel discusses some of the latest STAR TREK franchise news, including new nuggets of information concerning the return of JEAN-LUC PICARD, as well as whether or not we could be seeing the fabled ROMULAN STAR EMPIRE either in DISCOVERY itself, or the Picard series.

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After a bit of a hiatus, DISCOVERY DEBRIEF is playing some catch-up this week by releasing a podcast that discusses TWO episodes of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY!

Join regular DEBRIEF panelists Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate) and Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast) as we break down "Point of Light" and "An Obol for Charon" with a very special guest sitting in our fourth panel spot: talented STAR TREK novelist and super-fan, DAVE GALANTER!

Listen to some differing and intriguing perspectives on new Klingon intrigue, the more fully-fledged arrival of SECTION 31, what new revelations could mean for SPOCK and MICHAEL BURNHAM, and how recent events could come to a head for SARU! It's all in episode 35, so be sure to listen now! On top of all of this, listen how YOU can get up to $60 worth of in-game items for the browser-based game STAR TREK ALIEN DOMAIN: INCURSION!

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January 30, 2019

34 | Going on Faith

Another week, another all-new episode discussion for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY!

Listen as 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) — unpacks "New Eden," the second episode of season two. With the revival of some well-worn STAR TREK franchise tropes, the creative teams and production personnel in the series probably turn in the most "traditional" DISCOVERY episode yet, while still managing to make things fit well within the show we know pretty well by this point. Does familiarity help or hinder the proceeding, and how would our panel apply the Prime Directive in this instance? Find out by listening!
 
PLUS, we return to an old, favorite topic of STAR TREK NEMESIS in our news roundup, but also go back down memory lane to 2016 to revisit how Paramount Pictures utterly botched the arrival of STAR TREK's 50th anniversary. This and more awaits you in this episode of DISCOVERY DEBRIEF!
 
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The time has come! Regular episode discussions return to DISCOVERY DEBRIEF with the arrival of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season premiere, “Brother!”

Listen as 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) — reassemble to talk about the arrival of CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER PIKE to the center seat of the USS Discovery, along with seven mysterious red bursts that have appeared all over the galaxy.

Listen as we discuss and react to the new revelations this episode adds to beloved STAR TREK characters that extend back to the very first pilot episode of THE ORIGINAL SERIES, up to and including the franchise’s most visible and iconic pillar: SPOCK.

Plus, we catch up with each other as we prepare to convene on a weekly basis once again, and also talk the latest news surrounding the STAR TREK franchise. On top of all of this, listen how YOU can get up to $60 worth of in-game items for the browser-based game STAR TREK ALIEN DOMAIN: INCURSION!

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January 22, 2019

Episode 32 - Sipping Jippers

In our FINAL EPISODE before we discuss the second season premiere, 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 talk about Harry Mudd's solo adventure in the SHORT TREKS series: "The Escape Artist," directed by and starring RAINN WILSON!

Listen in as we unpack this first look at Harry Mudd since he terrorized the crew of Discovery, as well as some brief news items we discuss relating to the franchise's future on TV and the apparent pause of the KELVIN TIMELINE films. Then, next time, listen as we all return to talk season two, episode one!

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DEBRIEF returns to unpack "The Brightest Star," the third episode of SHORT TREKS focused on principal DISCOVERY character SARU played by Doug Jones!

With a panel at half-strength featuring Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles) and Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), the duo discuss the details concerning revelations this short brings about Saru, the Kelpien people at-large, the society they live in, and the civilization that preys upon them. What is stronger than fear, and allows our heroically exceptional Kelpien to rise above the trappings of his society? We discuss in this episode of DEBRIEF!

Plus, a look at some news and an update on new episodes of this show!

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Our panel concludes its looks at their selections for all-time favorite STAR TREK episodes, with an unorthodox choice coming from panelist Cicero Holmes (Spawn On Me Cast): from season two of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, the BORG-centric quasi-sequel to STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT known as "Regeneration!"

The full panel — Cicero, Chris Clow (Movies.com, Comics on Consoles), Rachael Clow (Biology PhD candidate), and Zaki Hasan (Zaki's Corner, MovieFilm Podcast) — talk about the continuity maneuvering performed by this episode to permit the BORG to terrorize pre-Federation, 22nd century Starfleet. Plus, the panel shares its perceptions of the widely polarizing ENTERPRISE series in the context of the franchise's history!

Finally, a news roundup, and a programming note concerning the IMMINENTLY ARRIVING examination of "Brother," the second season premiere of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY!

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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!

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