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Trekabout Episode 13: The Devil in the Dark/Errand of Mercy

Hey, remember “The Man Trap”? Well, we have a good version of that episode this week, with “The Devil in the Dark”. Hey, remember “Arena”? Well, we have a not-quite-as-good version of that episode this week, with “Errand of Mercy”. Hey, remember how The Original Series liked to recycle plots? Plus! Gene L. Coon is …

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Trekabout Episode 12: A Taste of Armageddon/This Side of Paradise

You know, Richard is weird. When war is maintained artificially, as in “A Taste of Armageddon”, he’s all for it, but when happiness is artificially created and maintained, as in “This Side of Paradise”, he’s all for that, too. It’s a good thing Eric is here to temper that insanity with a long monologue about …

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Trekabout Episode 11: The Return of the Archons/Space Seed

“The Return of the Archons” is a lot like Richard’s Saturday nights: an explosion of violence and sex culminating in frustration and computer problems. “Space Seed” is a lot like Eric’s Saturday nights: quiet, but with an undercurrent of forceful evil. Eventually they both end, though, just like these episodes. Good thing they’re both pretty …

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Trekabout Episode 10: Tomorrow Is Yesterday/Court Martial

This week, we spend a lot of time talking about Starfleet uniforms, the operating agency of the Enterprise (is it Starfleet or UESPA? Questions!), and when exactly Star Trek is supposed to be set. I mean, do you really expect us to spend time discussing the plot details of “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” and “Court Martial”? …

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Trekabout Episode 9: The Squire of Gothos/Arena

So here’s the thing: Richard Goodness thinks that “The Squire of Gothos” is the opposite of “The Corbomite Maneuver”. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the episode, though, as evidenced by his love of Uhura playing the harpsichord. At least we think it’s a harpsichord. Kirk probably wishes he had a harpsichord to beat the …

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Trekabout Episode 8: Shore Leave/The Galileo Seven

What would you do if were trapped on a pleasure planet where your thoughts come alive? A lot of sex, that is a correct answer, very good. Unfortunately, the crew of the USS Enterprise do boring things like find guns under rocks and beat up college rivals, in “Shore Leave”, one of our episodes this …

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Trekabout Episode 7: Balance of Terror/The Conscience of the King

Hey everyone, Eric here. Look, I know you’re all going to be upset, but Richard has a controversial opinion about “Balance of Terror”. It’s upsetting, I realize, but I’ll help you through it. If it helps, neither one of us cares much for “The Conscience of the King”, so that’s got to count for something, …

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Trekabout Episode 6: The Corbomite Maneuver/The Menagerie Parts 1 and 2

On this episode of Trekabout, Eric Brasure and Richard Goodness examine three episodes of Star Trek: “The Corbomite Maneuver”, and “The Menagerie” Parts 1 and 2. Richard continues his quixotic quest to convince the world that Sulu is secretly gay, and Eric tries to convince Richard that the kind thing isn’t always the good thing. …

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Trekabout Episode 5: Miri/Dagger of the Mind

This week, Eric Brasure and Richard Goodness discuss the lack of cell phone service on alternate Earths and the science of penology by examining the episodes “Miri” and “Dagger of the Mind”. The former also finally allows Richard to indulge in his vociferous hatred of children. Plus! Richard has a cold, so you get to …

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Trekabout Episode 4: Mudd’s Women/What Are Little Girls Made Of?

In this episode of Trekabout, Eric Brasure tries to convince Richard Goodness that androids can’t love, and Richard Goodness tries to convince Eric Brasure that Dr. Chakwas from the Mass Effect series is not a lesbian. Also, they spend an inordinate amount of time discussing how Richard is dumb for refusing to read pre-80s science …

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