TOS

The Original Series

Episode 138: Balance of Terror

AN ALL-TIME CLASSIC

This week, we take a look at one of the best episodes of Star Trek. Seriously, this is one you show someone who has never seen Star Trek before–it’s that good. It’s one we’ve wanted to talk about for a while and the time has finally come!

That episode is “Balance of Terror,” from season one of The Original Series. We’ll examine why this episode is so memorable–and how it made an impression on us at a young age.

Plus, lots of news including brand new Star Trek swag, news of a brand new Discovery comic from IDW, a special milestone for the Trek Geeks Podcast, and we’ll announce the winners of two copies of Drastic Measures, signed by author Dayton Ward himself!

It’s all in Episode 138 of Your Independent Star Trek Podcast, so beam aboard, Podfleet!

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FIVE YEAR MISSION

We can’t possibly thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

YEAR 4 IS HERE! Get the brand-new album from Five Year Mission RIGHT NOW at FiveYearMission.net

While you’re at it, you should also pick up Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, Spock’s Brain!

Please show them some support and download all their music!

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Episode 129: The Conscience of the King

THE PLAY’S THE THING

4,000 people.

That’s how many were executed at the directive of Governor Kodos of the failed Tarsus IV after a fungus destroyed most of the colony’s food supply leaving 8,000 colonists to starve to death. Kodos ordered the deaths of the 4,000 so the other 4,000 colonists might live.

Among those survivors was James T. Kirk and, now, he’s left with the task of figuring out if actor Anton Karidian is really Kodos the Executioner.

This week, we’ll discuss this classic TOS episode and why it was one of Bill’s favorites, even as a child. We’ll talk about our favorite moments from this episode and examine the central question, “What, if anything, could Captain Kirk have done differently?

Plus, news on a brand new Star Trek merchandise portal on the world’s biggest retailer, how William Shatner thinks he could be incorporated into Star Trek again, and listener voice mails in this episode of Your Independent Star Trek Podcast!

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FIVE YEAR MISSION

Get SPOCK'S BRAIN NOW!We can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums! You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain! Plus, they’re wrapping up Year 4 right now!

Please show them some support and download all their music!

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Supplemental #10: Geek The Stump – Again!

PAYBACK!

A message from Dan Davidson, co-host of Trek Geeks: YOUR Independent Star Trek Podcast

“Not too long ago, oh about the time the Patriots were hoisting their 5th Lombardi Trophy, my illustrious Executive Producer decided to subject me to a “Superbowl Sized” Stump the Geek episode.  I wasn’t at the top of my game, however I fared OK.  I told him that he would pay…and well, the time has come.

Ahhh Bill, my old friend.  Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is trivia that is best served cold? It is very cold….is spaaaaaacccccceeee.”

On this Supplemental Episode, Dan rolls out another special edition of “Geek the Stump,” where the tables are turned and Bill has to answer Trek related questions with a completely made up point system!  Can Bill hold his own?  Will Dan throw in a couple softball questions to make things easier on his best friend, or will he show no mercy to retain his title as ultimate Trek Geek Trivia Champion?

Find out in this special Supplemental Episode of Trek Geeks!

SPECIAL THANKS


We love FIVE YEAR MISSION and we can’t thank them enough for allowing us to use their music on Trek Geeks each and every episode. We’re huge fans and we hope you’ll become one, too–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out each andevery one of their incredible albums! You can hear them all: Year One, Year Two, Year Three, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, don’t forget that they are working on Year Four right now!

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 95: See-It or Skip-It: TOS S1

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

Many of our listeners have made it clear that they LOVE our See-It or Skip-It episodes. We love doing them, so this week we decided to do something that may ruffle a few Tarkelian Bat feathers! We are going to give our take on Season 1 of the show that started it all: The Original Series!

How could ANYONE say that an episode of TOS is a Skip-It? Well you may be surprised to see what we think. Season 1 has a huge amount of episodes, 29 in all, and we will get the breakdown of each story-line, and give you our thoughts on why it is worth watching, or one that you can vaporize with your hand phaser!

To make things even more interesting, we are welcoming our good friend and Star Trek Continues Co-Producer, Kasey Shafsky to moderate the discussion! With three crazy TOS die hard fans involved in the discussion, things might get even more crazy than the Beta III Red Hour!

Plus, we have some amazing updates on the Deep Space 9 documentary “What We Left Behind,” a new Klingon beverage may soon be joining us on the podcast when we record, and a touching tribute to our beloved Scotty, Jimmy Doohan, who would have turned 97 this past week.

So, sit back, grab your glass of Tranya and enjoy Episode 95 of Trek Geeks–Your Independent Star Trek Podcast.

FIVE YEAR MISSION

Five Year MissionWe love FIVE YEAR MISSION and we can’t thank them enough for allowing us to use their music on Trek Geeks each and every episode. We’re huge fans and we hope you’ll become one, too–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out each and every one of their incredible albums! You can hear them all: Year One, Year Two, Year Three, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, don’t forget that they are working on Year Four right now!

These are the Five Year Mission songs you’ll hear in this episode of Trek Geeks!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Amok Time – [Track 1] – Year 2
Dagger of the Mind – [Track 10] – Year 1

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 86: The Doomsday Machine

VULCANS NEVER BLUFF!

ep-86-doomsday-machineThis week, we continue with our wind down of the celebration Star Treks 50th anniversary with one of the very best episodes of them all – “The Doomsday Machine!”  As you may recall from our last episode, this one ranks #4 in Bill’s all time favorite TOS episodes, while Dan had it ranked as his 3rd favorite.  Any way you slice it, it is a PHENOMENAL episode and we will discuss all aspects of this classic as well as discuss the amazing remastering of the episode by Mike and Denise Okuda.  We will also talk about the incredible performance by William Windom as Commodore Matt Decker, and what makes this episode so special for both of us.

But that’s not all!  In addition to the discussion about the giant, planet killing cornucopia, we have a lot of news to cover, including some awesome casting announcements for Star Trek Discovery!  Three incredible actors have been announced as we are so excited with who they are!  Plus, we are feeling pretty old with the two Star Trek Anniversaries that occurred recently, and did you know that Star Trek Timelines is making it even harder for Dan to be productive at work?  How, you ask?  Well you will just have to tune in to find out!

 

CONGRATS TO OUR STAR TREK BEYOND WINNER!

Win Star Trek Beyond

We are so thankful for all of the shares that folks made over the past couple of weeks of our Podcast.  We cannot thank you all enough!  As you may recall, we were giving away a copy of the Star Trek Beyond Ultimate Blu-Ray Gift Set which is available only at Walmart to one lucky listener that shared our Podcast on their Twitter or Facebook feed!

Huge congrats to Dean from the beautiful state of Oregon who was the lucky winner of this beautiful Blu-Ray Gift Set!  Keep an eye out for future contests – coming soon!

SPECIAL THANKS

Five Year MissionWe are incredibly grateful to FIVE YEAR MISSION for allowing us to use their music in our podcast each and every week. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums!  You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, here is a little secret…they are working on Year 4 right now!

Plus, we absolutely want to see them back as the House Band for this year’s Star Trek convention in Las Vegas! Don’t forget to let Creation Entertainment know you’d like to see them, too! Tweet them, Facebook them, email them…and be sure to use the hashtag #5YMSTLV2017!

Here’s a rundown of the Five Year Mission songs you’ll hear in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
The Trouble With Tribbles 4 – [Track 4] – The Trouble With Tribbles
The Doomsday Machine – [Track 4] – Year Three

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 85: TOS – Our Top 10

RANK DOES HAVE ITS PRIVILEGES!

ep-85-tos-top-10Well, as the 50th anniversary of the phenomenon known as Star Trek starts to wind down, we thought it would be a great idea to jump onto the “which is the best of the best” bandwagon.  So, as our special tribute to the series that started it all, this week we rank our top 10 Original Series episodes!

But that’s not all.  Here to help us with this special episode, is Mr. TrekRanks himself – the man who actually fired the torpedoes on the good ole NX-01, Mr EnterpriseExtra, Jim Moorhouse!  You can see his awesome rankings of all the Star Trek series at www.trekranks.com, and we are thrilled he is joining us for this TOS spectacular.

For this special discussion, we have followed Jim’s lead from his website and listed our episode, followed by a short 5 word description, and then an ultimate hashtag comment for each choice.  Below are the choices of Dan and Bill for their Ultimate Top 10!:

 

Dan Bill
10 The Man Trap
Um, just give it salt!
#WarpThoseHandsAroundMeBaby!
 The Trouble With Tribbles
Fun and furry lighthearted episode. #NoTribbleAtAll
 9 The Trouble With Tribbles
…and tribbles are not dangerous!
#StorageCompartmentsStorageCompartments

Mirror, Mirror
Alternate universe with evil twins. #IShallConsiderIt

8 Errand Of Mercy
The embodiment of true Klingons.
#ByYourCommandImperiousLeader
 Errand Of Mercy
First Appearance of the Klingons.
#TooHotToHold
7 The Tholian Web
Great McCoy / Spock conflict episode.
#LockedInMortalCombat
 Arena
Worst slow motion fight ever.
#StyrofoamRocks
6 Gamesters of Triskelion
Kirk gettin with Lady Gaga.
#ItIsLessPainfulThanTheCollar
 The Devil In The Dark
Shaggy carpet attacks dilithium miners.
#NoKillI
5 Mirror, Mirror
I want an agonizer, BAD!
#InThatEventBillIAmOrderedToKillYouAnd
ProceedAgainstTheHalkaansAsTheNew
CaptainOfTheEnterprise
 Space Seed
Most Dangerous Adversary is thawed. #GoOrStayButDoItBecauseItIsWhatYouWISHToDo
4 Arena
I have heard every word.
#ThisPlanetIsAMinerologistsDream
 The Doomsday Machine
There was but not anymore!
#MobyDick
3 The Doomsday Machine
General Mills Bugle destroys planets.
#We’reStrongerWithYouThanWithoutYou
 Amok Time
I have killed my Captain.
#KROYKAH
2 Balance of Terror
Ultimate space cat and mouse.
#HeIsASorcerorThatOneHeReadsTheThoughts
InMyBrain
 Balance of Terror
Classic submarine battle in space. #TheyLookLikeVulcans?!
1 The Corbormite Maneuver
Enterprise fights over-sized Epcot ball.
#BaileyYou’reRelieved
 The Corbomite Maneuver
Who we say we are.
#Tranya

 

CONGRATS TO OUR STAR TREK BEYOND WINNER!

Win Star Trek Beyond

We are so thankful for all of the shares that folks made over the past couple of weeks of our Podcast.  We cannot thank you all enough!  As you may recall, we were giving away a copy of the Star Trek Beyond Ultimate Blu-Ray Gift Set which is available only at Walmart to one lucky listener that shared our Podcast on their Twitter or Facebook feed!

Keep an eye on all of our Social Media Pages on Tuesday 11/22/16 for the big announcement of the winner!

For more details and official rules, go to http://trekgeeks.com/beyond!

SPECIAL THANKS

Five Year MissionWe can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of  the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums!  You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, here is a little secret…they are working on Year 4 right now!

Here’s a rundown of the Five Year Mission songs you’ll hear in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Errand of Mercy – [Track 11] – Year Two
Catspaw – [Track 5] – Year Three

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 82: First Officer Thunderdome

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

First Officer ThunderdomeThey’re the second in command on their respective ships, carrying out the orders of the Captain—they’re the First Officers and they play a critical role in Star Trek.

In this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the five First Officers to date and talk about several key areas where these individuals excel and, in the end, only one will be left standing!

Plus, we’ll talk about the latest news in the Star Trek universe from our good friends at TrekNews.net, and we’ll also tell you how “The Trial of the Century” went during the 24 hour fundraiser by the amazing folks at The G&T Show!

Five officers enter–ONE OFFICER LEAVES!  Who will be left standing in Episode 82 of the Trek Geeks Podcast? Find out and LISTEN NOW!

SPECIAL THANKS

Five Year MissionWe can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of  the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums!  You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, here is a little secret…they are working on Year 4 right now!

Here’s a rundown of the Five Year Mission songs you’ll hear in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Mudd’s Women – [Track 7] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 4 – [Track 4] – The Trouble With Tribbles

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 80: The Ultimate Crew

WHOM WOULD YOU PICK?

The Ultimate CrewOne of the coolest ideas in Star Trek Timelines is the ability to have any single member of the Star Trek Universe as part of your crew.  We are talking ANY character from any series, ship, timeline, universe, etc.  That got us thinking.  Who would WE pick for our ULTIMATE Crew?  We break down all the main crew assignments in this “infinite possibilities episode”.  Heck, even waste extraction is discussed because Bill thinks that would be perfect for Dan!

In Star Trek news, perhaps one of the most EPIC and awkward pics in history was taken recently at Star Trek Destination Europe as almost two dozen Star Trek alums got together on the bridge of the Enterprise!

Also, time to fork over some quatloos or gold pressed latinum because the revised and expanded Star Trek Encyclopedia is now available and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive!

Finally, both Bill and Dan received some swag in the mail over the weekend.  What did they get and who is more excited?

It’s Episode 80 of Trek Geeks–beam aboard, won’t you?

STAR TREK TIMELINES

Special thanks to our friends at Disruptor Beam–the creators of the Star Trek Timelines game–for letting us use their artwork in our album cover this week!

SPECIAL THANKS

Five Year MissionWe can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of  the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums!  You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, here is a little secret…they are working on Year 4 right now!

Here’s a rundown of the 5YM tracks we used in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Dagger of the Mind – [Track 10] – Year One
Metamorphosis – [Track 7] – Year Three

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 77: The Man Trap

This Episode of Trek Geeks is Dedicated to the Memory of Eric Cone

 

THE EPISODE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

The Man TrapIt quite possibly was the television event that forever changed history!  On September 8, 1966 the very first episode of Star Trek was shown on NBC.  It was “The Man Trap” and this week the Trek Geeks are ready to discuss the great Salt Vampire of M-113!

Bill and Dan will discuss all the interesting and quirky things about this episode.  After watching it countless times over the last 40+ years, they certainly have a lot to say about this unique premier episode!  Was that REALLY red blood on Spock’s forehead?  Why does McCoy have a virtual pharmacy in his bedroom?  And how does Ole Salty know to speak Swahili to Uhura? And what’s with that hand-plant in the Botany Lab?

In addition, they ask and discuss if hunting down the creature made this debut episode of Star Trek seem like every other space-themed tv show in the 1960’s where we kill what we don’t understand?

Also, in the news, get your microwave popcorn ready because Star Trek Beyond is coming to digital download and DVD soon, past guest Manu Intiraymi’s project “The Circuit” has started their Kickstarter fund raising, and Adam Nimoy’s “For The Love of Spock” is now available!

All this and more on what certainly is NOT the last of it’s kind – it’s Episode 77 of the Trek Geeks Podcast!

THANKS AND GRATITUDE!

Five Year Mission

We can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of  the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Beam on over to their website at FiveYearMission.net and check out all of their fantastic albums!  You can hear them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!

Here’s a rundown of the 5YM tracks we used in this episode!

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
(Gotta Save) Spock’s Brain – [Track 7] – Spock’s Brain
Within the Mainframe – [Track 5] – Spock’s Brain

LISTEN NOW

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Episode 66: The Omega Glory

Ep 66 - The Omega Glory

AY PLEGI IANECTU FLAGGEN

As we in the United States celebrate Independence Day on July 4th, we thought this would be PERFECT time to discuss The Original Series episode “The Omega Glory.”

Bill and Dan will give a run down of the episode, discuss what works and what doesn’t work, as well as what they like and don’t like.

Also, no discussion about TOS can go without Dan attempting to portray Captain Kirk, and this episode may have the most “Shatneriffic” speech in Trek history!  Will Dan be up for the challenge?

Plus, in Star Trek news, an old friend returns to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C for permanent display – and she looks BEAUTIFUL, Bryan Fuller has some interesting tidbits on the new Star Trek series, the Bluetooth device of the ages is now available, Mega Bloks releases the HUGE Starship Enterprise model on July 22nd, and Van Citters speaks (and we love what he says)!

We may even sneak in a couple of surprises!  It is all here in Episode 66: The Omega Glory!

SPECIAL THANKS

Spock's Brain - Available at FiveYearMission.netVegas and STLV50 are fast approaching and, before you know it, we’ll be treated to five straight days of Your House Band for the Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention–FIVE YEAR MISSION!

We can’t begin to thank Noah, Fark, Patrick, Mike, and Chris enough for allowing us to use all of their amazing music for the podcast every week. Please, do yourself a favor and check all of their albums: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, Spock’s Brain!

Get yourself on over to FiveYearMission.net and get ALL of their music. We promise, you’ll love it.

Here’s a rundown of which 5YM tracks we used in this episode!

 

Themes
The Cage – [Track 1] – Year One
The Trouble With Tribbles 6 – [Track 6] – The Trouble With Tribbles

Bumper Music
Obsession – [Track 11] – Year 3
Return of the Archons – [Track 6] – Year 2

LISTEN NOW

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