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Ceti Alpha 3: A Star Trek Podcast
51 minutes | a day ago
212 - Once Upon a Time There was a Dal'Rok
Is it REALLY That Bad - "The Storyteller" EditionThere are Star Trek episodes that have bad reputations, but do they always deserve them? The stories that are usually the target of audience "hate" occur during the first season. In that spirit, the trio tackles the first season "Deep Space Nine" episode "The Storyteller." Does the story of O'Brien and Bashir helping a Bajoran village against their boogie monster stand up? And what about the forgotten-about B-story about a young Bajoran leader entering into negotiations while befriending Nog and Jake? We put on the coat of many colors, dangle our legs from the Promenade's second story, and ask if "The Storyteller" is really that bad.
55 minutes | 10 days ago
211 - Major Ro
Ro on DS9. Many Star Trek fans have heard the story that Michelle Forbes was originally approached to star in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' reprising her character of Ro Laren. Whether it's true, we are glad that Nana Visitor/Kira Nerys got to play the station's first officer for seven seasons. But what would that alternative show look like, with Ro as a main character from the very first episode? What role would she have with Sisko, Starfleet, and her fellow Bajorans? And what would Kira's role be, if Ro is already there? Would they get along? What romance (if any) would Ro have during the seven seasons of DS9? The trio dreams up this alternative version of "Deep Space Nine," with a dynamic Ro character. Are you glad she didn't show up? Or would she have made the show even better? Let us know!
53 minutes | 16 days ago
210 - Smoke Break Conference
Is It Really THAT Bad? - "The Last Outpost" EditionIt was the first season of The Next Generation, and it was time to introduce the newest alien in the franchise. They would be equal to the Enterprise in power and technology, would be feared by our enterprising crew, and ... it was the Ferengi. With laser whips. Wearing furs. And not knowing when to STAND STILL ALREADY! The trio look at this TNG episode that introduced the profit-loving "Yankee traders" that would make their mark, especially in "Deep Space Nine." Is their introduction as bad as we think it is? What stayed the same and what changed? And how long should it take to beam down to a planet in one episode?!?!
54 minutes | a month ago
209 - For the Love of Spock
For the Love of Spock - The “Star Trek: Voyager” documentary crowdfunding campaign is nearing the end, so what better time to look at other 455 Films productions? In 2016, they released “For the Love a Spock,” a feature spotlighting Trek’s most famous Vulcan and the man who portrayed him. It followed on the heels of Leonard Nimoy’s passing, and opened a window into director Adam Nimoy’s relationship with his father. The trio looks at the strengths of the documentary and what more they would have like to see. What can this production tell us about how Voyager’s story will be told?
58 minutes | a month ago
208 - Sisko Draws the Line
What if? ... DS9 Joins "Star Trek: First Contact"It is no secret that the trio loves "Star Trek: First Contact." But what if ... Captain Sisko had commanded the U.S.S. Defiant during the Borg invasion? In this re-imagining of the second TNG film, Sisko, Chief O'Brien, and Lt. Cmdr. Worf all join the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-E to fight the Borg, save Zephram Cochrane, and help Lily. What does Ben think about facing the Borg who killed his wife ... and what happens when he comes face-to-face with revived Locutus of Borg? Can Miles and Lily save First Contact? Let us know what you think of this cross-over re-written film blending TNG and DS9.
57 minutes | a month ago
207 - The Dark Veil
Book Review “Star Trek: Picard - The Dark Veil.” This month starts production of season two of “Star Trek: Picard” - while it may be another year before we get a new episode, we are still getting new stories from this larger story setting. The trio engages “book club mode” to discuss the second PIC novel - “The Dark Veil” by James Swallow. This book is set on the U.S.S. Titan, with Captain William T. Riker in command. This story takes place approximately 14 years before the event of “Picard” season one, when the Romulan Empire is still facing the threat of the “star death” (supernova) and the Federation has banned synthetic life, following an attack on Mars. This story blends the storylines of Romulans, Tal’Shair, and some other shadowy organizations. We finally meet young Thad Troi-Riker and his linguistic talents, as well as the crew of the Titan. Let us know if you enjoyed this adventure as much as we did!
51 minutes | 2 months ago
206 - Colonel Green 5th Grade Report
Is It Really That Bad? Edition - "The Savage Curtain"The trio continues their mission of debunking ... or confirming ... fan-held opinions of "bad" Star Trek episodes. But what happens when their experiment goes awry and one co-host watches the wrong episode? The other two co-hosts must then explain the episode -- will it make it better or worse? Come find out when we tackle the near-final episode of The Original Series. With a floating Space Lincoln, rock monsters, and (another?) fight of good vs. evil - is this episode really that bad?
64 minutes | 2 months ago
205 - Remembering Christopher Plummer
Star Trek VI. One way to memorialize the passing of Christopher Plummer is watching his performance of General Chang in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” Not only does this memorable Shakespeare-quoting villain almost pop off the screen, we’re also reminded that this is a pretty good film! The trio share their favorite moments from this movie, their nerdy nitpicks, and how this last TOS-era film relates to the rest of the franchise.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
204 - Happy 55, Star Trek!
2021 Trek AnniversariesThis year promises a lot of Trek shows and content, but there's even more to celebrate in 2021! This year marks anniversary for the film "Star Trek: First Contact " and the series "Star Trek: Enterprise." What did each of bring to Trek?More than that, this year also marks what would have been Gene Roddenberry's 100th birthday. How can be observe all the good works done by the Great Bird of the Galaxy? And to cap it all off - this year also marks the 55th anniversary of the entire Star Trek franchise.What are the best ways to celebrate each of these occasions? The trio talks new merch, commemorative plates, and more - let us know how you'll be recognizing these Trek milestones this year.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
203 - Last Stop for 40,000 Light Years
Story Arcs. In their first non-“Star Trek: Discovery” discussion of the year, the trio talk about the best use of story arcs in television Trek. From the series arc in “Voyager” to the mini-arcs of “Deep Space Nine” to the various season-long arcs in “Enterprise,” there’s been a variety of approaches in storytelling. What type of stories will be in the next series, “Strange, New Worlds”? Let us know know your favorite story arcs!
69 minutes | 3 months ago
202 - Warp Core Slip-n-Slide
Third Season Finale - Star Trek: DiscoveryThat's all she wrote! Season three of "Discovery" comes to a close with the final revelation about The Burn, the final battle to retake the ship, and how this crew will be lead as they finally settle into their roles in this "future" Federation. There's lots of action and a wrap of storylines - so where does it all leave us?
59 minutes | 3 months ago
201 - My Heels Touch The Ground
Su’Kal/There Is A Tide: The trio is back for a new year of Trek! This month means the closing of season three of “Star Trek: Discovery.” The finale is billed as a three-part adventure, so we look at two of those parts about the cause of The Burn, the Emerald Chain’s diplomatic skills, and what this future Federation is all about. Let us know what you are looking forward to in Trek in 2021!
67 minutes | 4 months ago
200 - The Star Trek Holiday Special
It's the 200th episode of Ceti Alpha 3!Darren, Daniel, and Phillip take a moment to celebrate in the spirit of the season - by creating three different Star Trek holiday specials, spread across the age of the franchise!A Klingon Kristmas - Darren takes us to 1986 and The Original Series crew, as Captain Kruge encounters some issues in his plan to attack the Enterprise-A. Will Scotty be able to decorate the tree in time? Will a certain musical group with the same name as a certain super secret planet-making project appear? Will any of the sets look convincing?A Christmas Q-rol - Daniel beams us to 2005, right before the last episode of "Star Trek: Enterprise." Season Greetings have arrived to the 22nd Century, and they have Ambassador Soval questioning whether human holiday traditions are compatible with a federation of planets. Before Captain Archer can soothe his fears, Q shows up! From there, Soval and Archer travel (not leap!) thru time, looking at all the human/Vulcan relationships, from Janeway/Tuvok, Kirk/Spock, and an infamous baseball game in the Deep Space Nine holosuite.Zoom into Charity - Phillip returns us to the present day with a socially-distanced charity special, co-hosted by "Lower Decks" co-stars Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid. Celebrities and musicians will provide some Trek-tainment, along with some special appearances by actors from "Picard," "Discovery," and the Kelvin-verse films. Stay tuned for an exciting teaser of "Star Trek: Strange, New Worlds" at the end!Bonus: But wait, there's more! There is also a bonus holiday special featuring a certain Ferengi, his attempt to "steal" Christmas, er, the Gratitude Festival from the Bajorans and his ill-fated escape to the Gamma Quadrant to sell all the toys.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
199 - Guardian of Forever, VOL 2
DSC S03 EP09 | Into the mirror we fall again ... well, a door actually. Next to Carl. Look, it’s complicated ... The trio looks at the newest episode that begins with a quest to find a cure for Georgiou and takes a hard right in returning to the Mirror Universe. What’s going on in this journey through time and space? Are we saying goodbye to Georgiou before she leaves for spin-off land?
49 minutes | 4 months ago
198 - Boost the Empath
DSC S03 EP08 | It's finally time to see the home planet of Cleveland "Book" Booker. While Michael and company only get a brief tour of his home, it turns out to be a memorable trip with angry empathic "brother," alien tree-eating sea monkeys, and an angry Orion pirate. We also delve more into Lt. Detmer's recovery, Georgiou's mysterious illness, and Adira coming to terms with their identity. The trio looks to where the trail of The Burn investigation is heading and what awaits this crew for the rest of the season.
80 minutes | 4 months ago
197 - Unifi3tion
DSC S03 EP07 | There's nothing that Star Trek loves more than a trial! In this case, it's a "logic trial" called by Michael Burnham that pits Vulcans, Romulans, and the Federation against each other, along with science, politics, and ... (record scratch) ... her mom? "Discovery" is a series known for its emotional tugs, so Lindsay joins the trio to look at how Michael's romance and frustration with her place in the universe affects this season. We also talk about a surprise/non-surprise promotion to fill the open XO spot on the starship Discovery-A. Let us know your guesses about how the great Burn mystery will be solved!
64 minutes | 5 months ago
196 - T.J. Booker's Breakout
S03 EP06 | Orions in the MistIt's Discovery like you've never seen it before! Gimme an A! Break off the nacelles! New comm badges! What does that spell? An episode that combines inter-command conflict with a prison breakout. We continue to learn more about our new and old crew members, see what this new future is all about, and wonder about how Orions and Andorians managed to start working together. What are your guesses about what caused the Great Burn? The trio looks at where we are going and where we have been in this new Discovery review.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
195 - Life Belts
S03 EP05 | It’s a Barzan-centered episode for this trio as they see the USS Discovery officially meet the future Federation and go on their first future mission. Is the new Starfleet head a badmiral or a skeptical...miral? Have we stumbled upon a Section 31 representative already? And what else is there to learn about Commander Nhan? Join us for another “Star Trek: Discovery” review episode and let us know where you think this season is going.
61 minutes | 5 months ago
194 - Mandatory Fun Alert
Trill, Trill, Trill/Boosting Crew Morale | DSC S03 EP04What happens when a human host, carrying a Trill symbiont, travels to Trill to learn more about their ... Trill-ness? The trio looks at the latest entry from "Star Trek: Discovery" that explores this new character Adira and what makes her tick. There is heart, romance, and mystery -- and then they look at Captain Saru and Dr. Culber trying to boost crew morale and invent the role of ship's counselor. What do you think is going on with this crew (and the ship's computer), and what can be done to help?
55 minutes | 5 months ago
193 - Do Not Approach Earth
Captains of Diplomacy | DSC S03 EP03The U.S.S. Discovery arrives home ... kind of. Future Earth gives the crew a rude welcome, a decision must be made about the captain's chair, and the show gets a new crewman. This episode also serves as an opportunity to examine other Starfleet captain's diplomatic skills. From Archer to Kirk, Picard to Janeway, Sisko to Saru -- what opportunities have these leaders have to show what abilities they have? Let us know which captain has the highest "diplomatic ranking."
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