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Trekabout Special 3: Larry Nemecek

On the third (long overdue) Trekabout special, Eric Brasure sits down with renowned Trek author and consultant Larry Nemecek for a wide-ranging discussion about the past, present, and possible future of Star Trek. Larry also fills us in on his new project Portal 47: but you’ll have to listen to find out what it is! …

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Trekabout Special 2: Trekkie Feminist

Progressive ideals bumping up against the realities of contemporary mores? Why, we must be talking feminism in Trek with Jarrah Hodge, founder of Trekkie Feminist! Star Trek has always had a… problematic relationship with feminism and with its female characters, and we talk about that tension for a solid hour. Plus! Which Uhura is better …

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Trekabout Episode 57: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Well, we’ve come to the end of our journey with The Original Series crew with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The last adventure for Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov features them coming to terms with Russian Perestroika… I mean, Klingon… Perestroika. I mean, the Klingons are in trouble and the Federation …

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Trekabout Episode 56: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Oh boy. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. While it’s not the worst of the Trek movies, it’s decidedly the roughest ride we’ve had in quite a while. Eric tries to defend the movie a bit, and Richard tries to find some deep Buddhist resonances in the film, but overall it’s just a poorly put-together …

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Trekabout Episode 55: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

We close out the trilogy of Trek movies with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which just so happens to be Eric’s favorite. The film combines humor, action, and Trekkian optimism in true Original Series fashion, and it’s just spectacular. Richard likes it too, I guess. But don’t worry! Just because the trilogy is over …

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Trekabout Episode 54: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

After the unbelievable high of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Original Series movies come back to Earth this week (literally.) Star Trek III: The Search for Spock inverts the traditional Trek plot by placing our heroes on the run from Starfleet, in a desperate attempt to find Spock. Spoiler: they find him. …

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Trekabout Episode 53: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, we learn that Kirk fears obsolescence, Khan fears embarrassment, and Spock fears nothing. Which, you know, is a benefit and a curse, because he ends up dying. Plus! Kirstie Alley. Do we need to say anything else? iTunes Google Play RSS

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Trekabout Episode 52: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The late Seventies were a depressing time. Economic malaise. Oil embargo. Iran hostage crisis. Star Trek: The Motion Picture will make us all feel better, right? Well, no, not really–it’s a rather somber affair, full of drab colors, violent death, and characters who barely acknowledge one another’s presence. It’s not all bad, though, because it …

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Trekabout Episode 40: All Our Yesterdays/Turnabout Intruder

Our 9-month mission is over, as we reach the end of The Original Series with “All Our Yesterdays” and “Turnabout Intruder”. If only we could go back in time to the first or second seasons–but no women, please, they’re nuts! Plus! Eric lays out a roadmap for the future of Trekabout. iTunes Google Play RSS

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Trekabout Episode 39: The Cloud Minders/The Savage Curtain

As we inch closer to the end of The Original Series, we’ve hit the brakes with “The Cloud Minders” and “The Savage Curtain”, two more episodes with intriguing premises that get bored with themselves halfway through. Plus! Abraham Lincoln dies again. iTunes Google Play RSS

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