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 the new movies, TV show... and beyond!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Episode 34: Star Trek Into Darkness Prologue: Best/Worst 9 Minutes of Trek Ever?

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness, then have your mom take you RIGHT NOW. We don't care if she's at work -- you have the most valid reason ever. Her boss will understand. Oh and you probably shouldn't listen to the podcast. There be spoilers here!

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Seriously. SPOILERS. In all caps. You've been warned.

It's fitting that Transporter Room 3's last podcast of 2012 is its first ever from a minivan.

Maybe "fitting" isn't the right word -- we can find one later. But first, let's discuss Star Trek Into Darkness.



The whole world (wide web) has been on the verge of obsessive behavior concerning Mr. Spock's volcano suit and Kirk pulling a Raiders right before swimming for his underwater starship. Yep, Scott and Phil discuss the logic-be-damned nerdgasm of an underwater Enterprise, as well as what (few) clues about the film's plot can be gleaned from this nine-minute IMAX presentation.

And you know that new trailer that's out there? Oh yeah, we devote mouth sounds to that too!

Of course, no podcast would be complete without adding another Red Shirt to the memorial wall (read: our dorm-room fridge). Who's our Red Shirt -- or Shirts -- this week? Listen and find out!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Episode 33: Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Madness

Welcome back to the latest installment of Transporter Room 3, the podcast that is usually forbidden ground for non-geeks and normal folks -- but then becomes suddenly relevant when J.J. Abrams decides to show off some footage from the new Star Trek movie!

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Of course, that's the topic of discussion this week, as Phil and Scott delve into the minutiae of the one-minute teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness that just dropped. Who's the villain? Khan, Mitchell, your old Aunt Doris? Does the movie even take place in outer space? Will Spock die (again)? And why does it look like the Joker might show up at some point?!

We also talk a bit more about the other Star Trek 2, The Wrath of Khan, in our Listener Mailbag segment. And, of course, what would TR3 be without a Red Shirt of the Week?

Khaaaaann... uh, Gary?
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Episode 32: The Next Generation Hits the Big Screen. Again!

Transporter Room 3 went where no man hasn't gone before -- to the movies -- to watch in glorious, face-melting HD two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation's second season.

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"Q Who" (which is harder to pronounce aloud than you'd think) and "The Measure of a Man" were screened this week to celebrate TNG's upcoming Season 2 release on Blu-ray, and the results were a damn good time. We're pretty sure buying a ticket to sit down with underdressed, overweight pals and watch episodes from a 25-year-old sci-fi TV show is exactly what someone has in mind when they say the phrase "Nerd Prom." My only regret? All this bi-coastal nonsense kept me and my date, Scott Collura, apart!

*cranks up Journey's "Separate Ways," drives all night to NYC in used Acura Legend*

Ahem. So do both episodes hold up? Of course they do. But one holds up more. Which one? Listen and find out!



And as always, we add another soiled Red Shirt to the incinerator -- and appropriately enough, this week's junior-ranking collateral damage hails from Season 2 of The Next Generation. He's just one of the many helmsmen who picked the wrong day to be on duty when the Enterprise encountered a spacial anomaly. (Important safety tip: If you ever encounter a disembodied, sentient, vaguely-Asian face -- run. Like you stole something.)

So fire up the Winamp player or whatever the kids are using these days and listen to Episode 32 of TR3! Love, Phil.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Episode 31: A Tale of Two Star Trek II's

We know. It's been awhile. Again. Blame the guy on transporter duty who kept us in the pattern buffer for the last forever weeks.

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But we're back, along with a discussion of two Star Trek II's: Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

We recap J.J. Abrams' plans to release the first nine minutes of Into Darkness in IMAX and the new trailer on December 14 -- two things we want in our eyes right now. Then we sing the praises of one of the best things to ever happen to nerdkind: KHAAAAAAAAAAN!! *coughs* Excuse me, Wrath of Khan.



We sing the Trek sequel's praises, stopping short at actually singing a power ballad in its honor. (It's hard to find lyrics that rhyme with "Montalban's man cleavage.")

One of Deep Space Nine's finest episodes, "Duet," also gets a shout-out in our Listener Mail segment, and we wrap things up with a Red Shirt of the Week massacre! Oh, the humanity!!

So cue up "Amazing Grace" on sad bag pipes and strap yourselves into your beanbag chairs -- Transporter Room 3 starts right now!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Episode 30: TNG Episodes That Should Have Ended Much, Much Worse

After an extended shore leave, Transporter Room 3 returns just in time for Fall Sweeps! Guest starring Dwayne Wayne from "A Different World" and VIPER, from TV's "VIPER"!

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We know, we know -- the excitement is unbearable so we'll get right to it. This past month, while we were galloping around the cosmos of our day jobs, Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrated its 25th anniversary. To honor that, this week's episode looks back at a few of the series' more dubious happy endings, and goes to town on how those episodes would have ended in "real" life. Yep. That's how we roll.



You think Starfleet would let a recently Borg-ified Picard back into the center seat like nothing happened? Don't they have labor union rules or some such?! And are we supposed to believe that alien ambassadors, who have never experienced pleasure or aggression before, are gonna be satisfied solely by Troi's chocolate and wraslin' with Worf?! (Wraslin' With Worf, new band name -- calling it!)

After we re-write a few episodes, we hold one more funeral for another Red Shirt of the Week. This time, the biggest small talker in all the Alpha Quadrant gets his 21-phaser salute.

Also, sit back and buckle up for some brainsploding-good reader mailbag! Oh yeah, this S just got R.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Episode 29.5: Star Trek Into Darkness -- Really?!

Episode 29.5 of Transporter Room 3 explores what happens when powerful Hollywood types fear a punctuation mark...

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This past weekend, reports confirmed that J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film will be titled Star Trek Into Darkness. Colon averse, Team Abrams is, so we get a title that is laughable at worst and shoulder-shrug at best. So we figured we needed to squeeze a quick half-a-podcast out of our colons to discuss! The nerdebate rages here!

But before we submit that title to some "how many lights do you see?" scrutiny, we revisit Episode 29's discussion from last week about Voyager's "Equinox, Part I and II," with help from an old interview with Trek writer Ronald D. Moore. Here, the Battlestar Galactica rebooter clubs Voyager like a baby seal over "Equinox's" story problems, going in-depth about why he thinks the show lacked a unique fingerprint.



And no TR3 would be complete without a Red Shirt of the Week -- this time, we give you double the cannon fodder for half of a normal episode! That's right, two Red Shirts working in tandem to court one of the worst phaser deaths ever. Haven't guessed who they are yet? Hint: They're racists. O.K., one more hint: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Episode 29: Voyager Vs. Equinox Vs. TR3

You had a choice: What should we devote our next episode to -- celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, one of the genre's best films ever, or talk about Star Trek: Voyager... one of the genre's, well, shows?

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Shotgun-to-the-face surprisingly, you selected Voyager. So we strapped on our phaser rifles and threw away our Prime Directive to talk Season 5's "Equinox, Parts I and II," arguably one of Janeway and company's finest. It's Voyager vs. Equinox, another ship that got Caretaker'd to the Delta Quadrant but without Neelix's stew or Janeway's revolving hairstyles to keep them company. Equinox went dark, like zero dark thirty dark. And no I don't know what that means either. But listening to our velvet voices break down the two-parter might clarify.


But first, TR3 tackles tons (read: two or three) news blurbs about the production of J.J. Abrams' You Mean There's Still Not a Trailer Yet? Seriously?! Star Trek 2. Will Nimoy beam on back as Spock Prime? What does Spock Un-Prime have to say about his big action scene? And is Benny C. Batch really Khan?

Oh, and fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Ya might wanna dust off the Cmdr. Maddox cosplay -- we've got the release date for TNG's second season on Blu-ray!

All that and a Red Shirt of the Week await you in Episode 29 of Transporter Room 3, the Internet's finest piece of ear food!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Episode 28: When Star Trek Goes Bad -- Like, Hate Crime Bad

There are some things you just don't do: own collectible plates, look directly into the trap, and revisit the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Masks."

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But of course, we did that last bit. Of our own free will. We regret nothing.

Our latest episode of Transporter Room 3 tears the s#!t monster that is Season 7's "Masks" a new one, looking back at Data being possessed by the most boring alien library ever, one that's hell-bent on turning the Enterprise into a set straight from Nickelodeon's "Legends of the Hidden Temple."

 

And what would a podcast be without our nostalgia-fueled trip to our favorite Trek collectibles?! (Answer: Shorter.) From the old-school Mego action figures to the Playmates Next Gen playsets, our inner 12 to 30 year olds generously reflect on the days before the things we played with would become the things we wish we could feed to eBay.

Galoob Enterprise D photo courtesy of Ricardo A. Henriquez; Mego Kirk photo courtesy of Scott's tortured soul

Finally, Star Trek: First Contact gifts us our Red Shirt of the Week, and we tease what our next podcastable topic will be.

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**Warning: Listening to any mention of "Masks" may cause severe soul aches and/or the need to cry for hours while rocking back and forth in the shower.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Episode 27: LeVar Burton Beams into Transporter Room 3!

What more needs to be said? In Episode 27 of Transporter Room 3, the one, the only Geordi La Forge beams in for a frank chat about Star Trek!

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That's right, in a very special episode of TR3, LeVar Burton himself graces us with his presence to talk about Geordi's legacy, Gene Roddenberry's impact on the genre, where he thinks the Chief Engineer wound up going after his final appearance in Star Trek: Nemesis, and much, much more. Plus, LeVar fills us in on the latest regarding his passion project, Reading Rainbow! You know you love it.


Phil and Scott also chat about the latest Trek news, and then of course we have a very special Red Shirt of the Week to go with our very special guest… because that's how we roll!


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Episode 26: The Next Generation in HD. Hell. Yes.

Episode 26 of the Transporter Room 3 podcast kicks off just in time to celebrate the release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-ray!

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Twenty-five years after Picard and the space cheerleader outfit made their debut, Season 1 of Next Gen launched their HD premiere in style by screening two episodes in movie theaters nationwide. Scott and our most popular (read: only) guest star, Jordan Hoffman, Trek'd (*dodges tomatoes*) to see how "Where No One Has Gone Before" and "Datalore" hold up in 1080p. Jordan joins us to discuss!

 

We also have the nerd equivalent to a 'Nam flashback, as we reflect on our tour of the most recent Comic-Con. Scott reveals a close encounter with an unexpected "7 of 9" cosplayer, while Phil blames Karl Urban's non-reveal of Star Trek 2 footage on Dr. McCoy doing a little too much LDS. (Reference!)

And of course we got another Red Shirt of the Week to eulogize! This time, we go outside the ranks of Starfleet to profile one of "Datalore's" many underage causalities at the snowflake-y hands of the Crystalline Entity! 

All that and 30% more Jordan Hoffman than the usual podcast fare await you and your listening holes!

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Episode 25: Inside Deep Space Nine

Scott and Phil scratch an item off their Bucket Lists, thanks to an exclusive interview with Star Trek writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe -- who beamed on down to celebrate the 25th episode of Transporter Room 3!

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We pulled out all the stops for the big two-five: Recorded in 19.1 Dolby Brainsplode, directed by Chris Nolan, filmed in IMAX. We spared no expense in chatting with the former TNG and Deep Space Nine scribe and current writer on SyFy's really cool show Alphas. Mr. Wolfe indulged our geek hearts in all things DS9 -- offering insights about the genesis of episodes like the crazy good DS9 two-parter "In Purgatory's Shadow" and "By Inferno's Light," as well as writing his first produced teleplay, TNG's Western "A Fistful of Datas."


Also, Wolfe let us in on how DS9's staff got away with their then-unconventional serialized storytelling, as well as working with fellow Trek scribes Ira Steven Behr and Michael Piller. Also also? TR3 learned what's up with Alphas Season 2 as well as Defender, Wolfe's must-happen "space opera" currently in development. Oh and want to know what episode RHW never got a chance to write for Sisko and Co.? Listen to find out!


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So pop open a bottle of Guinan's green stuff and kick back in your captain's chair for the best episode of anything in the history of ever.

And a big thanks and high-five to Mr. Wolfe for taking a break from making quality television to chat with us!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Episode 24: Does Prometheus Mean Star Trek 2's in Trouble?

So because Prometheus is a mess script-wise, does that mean writer Damon Lindelof is gonna bring a similar narrative litter box to Star Trek 2?

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Of course not. But assuming the worst about one project given its single connection to another is kinda how the Internet works, and since everyone else is talking about Ridley Scott's Star Trek V Prometheus, Transporter Room 3 wanted to get in on the action.



We talk about what didn't work in the movie, the few things that did and why someone needs to go all "How many lights do you see?" on Lindelof and cure him of confusing ambiguity with effective mystery building. (It was either this or a "Shades of Gray" clip show. You're welcome.)

Oh, and want some real Star Trek 2 production news? Don't worry, we've rounded up all the latest scoops. We also find a few funny/interesting connections that Ridley Scott's movie has to Star Trek V. ("Why is God angry? And why does he look like a 'roid-ed out Powder...?")

Then beam on over to The Original Series episode "Arena" for our Red Shirt of the Week -- a victim of mortar shelling, 23rd Century-style!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Episode 23: Remember the Time Wesley Almost Got Down with Ashley Judd?

Transporter Room 3 has fully recovered from our wee 'bout of Memorial Day Shore Leave, where we got hooked on Riker's game from Risa! Which is a bush-league segue into our topic of discussion -- the Season 5 Next Gen episode, "The Game." Remember that little gem?

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Riker's "second brain" almost brings about the umpteenth invasion of the Federation when he brings back a game from Risa that's half Virtual Boy, half cocaine, all cop! Ashley Judd and Wesley Crusher are our only hope against some 8-bit Frisbees flying into blue tubas. Is it the worst episode ever? Its cousin? Tune in to find out!

"Let's do this thing, boy."
On the news front, Simon Pegg bangs the war drums and decrees that the villain in Star Trek 2 is NOT Khan. (Cough, horses#!t, end cough.) Riker pays a visit to the set of Star Trek 2 and Geordi gets rear-ended by the LAPD. (And we thought La Forge was the blind guy -- hiyo! *dodges tomatoes*). Lastly, we lower the Federation flag to half-mast and honor another fallen Red Shirt, this one from the Enterprise-D. So technically, a yellow shirt. Whatever -- you can change a tiger's stripes but blah blah… still human cannon fodder.

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