Transporter Room 3: The Star Trek Podcast

Beam in to TR3 for fun, incisive, and sometimes deep (space nine) conversations about all things Star Trek -- from the Original Series to Discovery to the new movies... and beyond!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Episode 138: How Does The Cage Match Up With Star Trek Discovery?

It's finally here -- Transporter Room 3's take on "The Cage"!

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Star Trek's first pilot is like a club Stefon would recommend. It has everything: Female yeomans, phaser canons, throbbing telepaths, green alien slave girls, dated sexism -- EVERYTHING. So how well does Captain Pike's first mission hold up? And how well does it jive with Discovery, the show it shares a timeline with? Listen and find out.


We also do some reader mailbag, where we spend a lot of time debating the science of the Nexus -- a fictional thing. Plus, get ready for three Red Shirts straight outta Rigel VII.

So stop touching those vibrating alien plants, put on your phaser canon goggles and listen now to TR3!

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Episode 137: Captain Picard Returns to Star Trek (Maybe?)

Picard lives another man's life and discovers Data's severed head. Must be Friday!

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This week, TR3 finally concludes our multi-year odyssey to chart one year of television -- Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 -- with recaps of the classic "The Inner Light" and the dull misfire that is the S5 cliffhanger finale, "Time's Arrow."


And of course we are all over this week's Star Trek TV news, as Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman will pull a Kevin Feige and oversee more Trek spinoffs that may include the return of Captain Picard. If that happens, we have the scoop on what that show may look like.

All that and one of the most obscure Red Shirts ever. So stop playing your alien space flutes, put down your sentient snake canes, and listen now to the new episode!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Episode 136: Is It Black Alert at Star Trek: Discovery Right Now?

Black Alert. Black Alert. Star Trek: Discovery just lost its showrunners, but it’s not like that’s happened before. (Oh wait!) We dive in on the behind the scenes drama in this week’s TR3, and then we also review another batch of Next Generation Season 5 episodes while we’re at it.

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There’s some Mirror Universe-style machinations going on behind the scenes at Star Trek: Discovery lately, with showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg getting bumped while Alex Kurtzman takes the day to day reigns of the enterprise… urm, Discovery.


Scott and Phil dive into what it all means, and how it could affect Season 2 of the show. Plus, they also cover some of the inside chatter on other possible happenings in the world of CBS All Access and Star Trek. Could a beloved character return for his own show?! Eh, probably not…

And then it’s time for more TNG Season 5 chatter, with “Imaginary Friend,” “I Borg” and “The Next Phase” all coming into focus. And of course, another Red Shirt crosses our path… even though you can’t see him!

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Episode 135: Mr. Hand, Jean Grey and a Floating Head All Visit TNG

Wesley's on trial, Famke Janssen beams in for some lovey-dovey Picard stuff… and Scott is so NOT a fan of floating holographic heads.

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This week on Transporter Room 3, we continue our slowly-but-surely effort to break down Season 5 of TNG with quick reviews of Ron Moore's "The First Duty," the boring AF "Cost of Living" (AKA "The One Where Lwaxana Takes a Mud Bath") and the genius "A Perfect Mate."


We also catch up on some Star Trek 4 and Discovery news -- check out that original Saru make-up design! -- and then we make a stopover at Star Trek: Nemesis for this week's Red Shirt.

So put on your Nova Squadron flight gear and strap in for TR3! Aloha.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Episode 134: Cheers from the Enterprise-D!

It's time for time loops, Captain Pike and The Avengers!

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We’re back with a recap of all the recent Star Trek: Discovery news (hello, Spock!), some intel on Star Trek 4 and the franchise's first female director, news/not news on Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie (can you believe that’s a thing that we talk about these days?), and a review of "Cause and Effect," that classic Next Gen Season 5 episode. (Yes, we're still reviewing Season 5 two years later. Because reasons.)


And of course, we end with a Red Shirt -- but this time, not the funny kind.

For all that and more, listen to the latest episode of TR3!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Episode 133: Swappin’ Spit

Star Trek: The Next Generation's Season 5 episode "The Outcast" is just as timely and relevant now as it was 26 years ago. And we’re talking about it!

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With its very Trekian take on gender and sexuality, this underrated entry more than holds up today. Find out why.


And we have a few Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 updates (Section 31, everybody!), some wedding news for Lt. Dax (!) and, of course, a Red Shirt -- this one from the Kelvin timeline. (Oh, and just in case you need a reminder, we also go on a tangential rant about how much Into Darkness still sucks. Get excited!)

Also, all of our main topics this episode involve swappin’ spit in one form or another. Win! So put on your comfy future pajamas and listen now to the newest ep of TR3.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Episode 132: Klingon Kraziness

For over 50 years, they’ve been Star Trek’s biggest bads -- and thanks to Star Trek Discovery, the Klingons are back in a big way.

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This week we have a very special interview with the once and future Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, Gowron himself -- Robert O’Reilly!


But that’s not all… More threatening than ever before (and harder to understand, thanks to the new Disco makeup design), the number one cause of death for guys named David Marcus have decades of storylines and this week we’re looking back at some of our favorites. From Worf to Voq, we’re doing a bumpy-headed deep dive.

We also have our first reader mail tweet and a few (explosive) Klingon Red Shirts. So grab a bottle of your finest blood wine, serve up some fresh gagh, and listen now to TR3!

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