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!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Episode 122: The Captain Lorca Theory That Will Blow Your Mind

And that’s a wrap on the first half of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1! This week’s episode, "Into the Forest I Go," marked the conclusion of “Chapter One” of the first year, and it was a doozy. From Klingon battles to 133 spore-jumps to Captain Lorca pulling some very Captain Lorca moves, the episode was jam-packed!

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We delve into Burnham’s mission to the Klingon Ship of the Dead, the state of the Stamets after all those jumps -- Gary Mitchell eyes much? -- plus what the creepy deal is with L’Rell and Tyler. But best of all, we’ve got a Lorca theory that will… blow… your… mind… Unless you’ve already heard it on some message board somewhere!

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Plus, of course, it’s time for some more reader mail and a most unfortunate group of bumpy-headed Red Shirts. So put on your pattern simulators (make sure the light is glowing!), get into your best “ready to beam” crouch position, and listen to the latest episode of TR3!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Episode 121: The Only Thing Saru Has to Fear Is Fear Itself

Star Trek: Discovery continues to prove that it has the best first season of Trek since The Original Series with its latest episode.

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This week, Saru goes fear-free for the first time ever -- on a planet full of very sentient and very blue lint -- and we get to spend more time with Admiral Cornwell and her Klingon captors in "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum."

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In addition to talking about another good episode of DISCO, we have a great number of Red Shirts to eulogize -- thanks to Lorca's lazy tactical officer.

And we answer some of your reader mail and go on a fun/weird "Aliens" tangent (because duh). So hook yourself up the spore drive and listen to the latest episode of Transporter Room 3 now!

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Episode 120: Star Trek: Discovery Goes All Groundhog Day on Us

Harry Mudd pulls a "Cause and Effect" on the most recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery, "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” and Burnham learns about this thing you Earth humans call… love!

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We break down the pros and cons of the latest Disco episode -- and if anyone can explain to us why Stamets didn't just tell Lorca to NOT beam aboard that space whale, we'd appreciate it.

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We also have some reader mail about your feelings about the new series, as well as a few new Red Shirts who aren't feeling anything anymore thanks to some of Discovery's Klingons.

So strap on your time crystals and listen now to the newest episode of TR3!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Episode 119: That Time Troi Almost Murder-Deathed Picard (With Special Guest Rainn Wilson)

MacDuff is dead! Long live MacDuff!

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Data chokes out Picard, and whatever a MacDuff is invades the Enterprise -- it's just another day at Transporter Room 3 as we go back to our Season 6 mission to review The Next Generation's Season 5 episodes. (Confusing, right?) Special guest Arnold T. Blumberg beams on down to discuss "Conundrum" (AKA The One With All the Brainwashing -- and a Little Genocide) and "Power Play" (The One With Space Ghosts).

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Also, Rainn Wilson chats with us about Star Trek: Discovery and the future of Harry Mudd, and we talk about a couple hundred people who have no future: our Red Shirts of the Week.

So re-route all transporter controls (especially shuttlecraft) to Ten Forward, don't tell Worf he's not the captain of the Enterprise, and listen to the newest ep of TR3 now!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Episode 118: When Vulcans Go Boom

When Sarek finds himself in heaps of trouble thanks to a “logic extremist” with a bone to pick against the Papa Vulcan, Burnham heads out on a mission of mercy deep into her adoptive father’s mind.

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The latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “Lethe,” is the show's best so far. From "soul grafts" to vaporizing Klingon heads, this episode has EVERYTHING -- including a nod to Star Trek VI and the Enterprise. And we have a nice little surprise for you after our recap -- an interview with Sarek himself, James Frain.

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We also check out what's new in the Reader Mailbag and we have our first self-inflicted Red Shirt-ing this week. So grab some of Lorca's fortune cookies, turn your WINAMPS up to 11 and listen to the newest episode of TR3 now!

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Episode 117: Check Out Star Trek: Discovery, Dropping Some Eff Bombs

Pop quiz: A Klingon enters your cell with two fists and a skull-seeking boot. You can either take the pain, or choose your cellmate to receive it for you. What do you do? What. Do. You. Do?

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Well, if you're Lorca, you just kinda wince and cringe your way through some other guy's beating. Stay classy, Starfleet! This week, we nitpick "Choose Your Pain" and its very Trek-ian debate about whether or not it is okay to use a lifeform to power a tech that is slowly killing it. We also call out some great Easter Eggs (Rura Penthe, anyone?) and posit a huge possibly spoilery fan theory about our newest series regular, Lt. Tyler.

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Also, we share some reader mailbag about Discovery and torpedo-funeral another Red Shirt. So put on your Starfleet pajamas, brush your teeth with the coolest toothbrush ever and listen to TR3 right now!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Episode 116: Star Trek: Discovery's Kicking Tardigrade A$$ So Far

This week, we're breaking down all the big things that happened in the latest episode of Star Trek: Discovery -- and it's a lot.

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From spore drives to Klingons snacking on Michelle Yeoh, "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry" is largely unlike anything we have seen in Trek before -- which is a good thing.

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We also have another Red Shirt from Discovery, who proves that Trek has a female security chief problem. And Scott makes us all jealous with that time he talked face-to-face with William Shatner about if Captain Kirk could come back for Discovery!

So replicate yourself a new uniform, stop figuring out whose sorry job it was to go retrieve Captain Georgiou's telescope, and listen to the newest TR3 right now!

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Episode 115: Star Trek: Discovery Has Folks Turned All Inside Out

…Especially the crew of a certain starship! Get it? Get it…?

O.K., not just those poor bastards from this week’s episode, but the many fans who are still trying to get their heads around this very new, very different Trek are also turned inside out. And we get. We get it. But we might also be starting to really get into Discovery…

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In this week’s TR3, we break down the third episode of the show, “Context Is for Kings,” and guess what? Phil is starting to come around on the series! Listen in for our spoilery review of the episode, what we think of the new crew and ship -- since, yes, we finally get some Discovery in Discovery this week -- and how we think Michael Burnham is progressing as a character.

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Plus, we dive into some reader mail. And of course, we have a new Red Shirt to analyze… as well as the mystery of her death. Hmm…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Episode 114: Why Star Trek: The Next Generation Still Matters, 30 Years Later

Happy birthday, Star Trek: The Next Generation! It's been 30 years since we first met the crew of the Enterprise-D, who in turn introduced us to Worf always getting his butt kicked (despite being head of security), Troi's only intermittently-helpful telepathic abilities, Q, the Ferengi, and -- of course -- The Picard Maneuver. The Picard Maneuver is forever…

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In this episode of TR3, Scott and Phil look back on our first Next Gen memories, our favorite things about the show, how much it improved beyond the pilot “Encounter at Farpoint” and why the series is still so special on its 30th anniversary.

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We also mourn/celebrate the loss of another Red Shirt -- straight from Encounter at Farpoint! So before you watch the next ep of Discovery, listen to the latest Transporter Room 3 now…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Episode 113: Star Trek: Discovery Lives!

It’s finally here -- Star Trek’s return to TV. Scott and Phil dive deep into the series premiere of Star Trek: Discovery as only they can, with a review full of high praise, nerdy complaints, cheap shots, and more…

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That’s right -- we talk full spoilers about the first two episodes of Discovery, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars.” Yes, this is a Star Trek show that managed to not show its titular ship at all in its first two hours… are we O.K. with that?

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We also delve into our thoughts on the new characters First Officer Michael Burnham, Captain Georgiou, and Lt. Saru, what the deal is with these crazy-looking new Klingons, why it’s maybe O.K. that the tech and costumes look so different from what was established in “The Cage,” and much more.

And Scott regales us with tales from the Discovery premiere party in Hollywood where he hobnobbed with Jonathan Frakes, two Daxes, a Nog, and many other Trek luminaries. Name dropper! Plus, of course, we cart out another Red Shirt… right out the airlock, that is!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Episode 112: That Time We Visited the Star Trek: Discovery Set

It's a special-ish episode of Transporter Room 3 this week, as Scott beams in with a report from the set of Star Trek: Discovery. Did he go on the bridge and hang out in the transporter room? You bet your sweet Terran butt, he did.

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We also (finally) review TNG's "The Masterpiece Society." One of us kinda sorta liked it, one of us didn't. And we have some reader mail, some weird news of the week, and two Red Shirts from the Delta Quadrant (RIP) too burnt (literally) for a photon torpedo casket…

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So put on your genetically-superior-but-super-bland leisure suit and listen to the newest episode now!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Episode 111: The One with William Shatner!

This episode is also the one where our heads figuratively explode.

William Shatner -- James T. Kirk himself -- beams on down for a special episode of Transporter Room 3, just in time for Fathom Event's special Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan nationwide screening!

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Shatner reveals a few behind-the-scenes secrets about the making of this classic, which turned 35 this year. He also reveals things you (probably) never knew about Gene Roddenberry's original Star Trek. This may be the best thing to happen to Trek fans since elastic waistbands.

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Plus, a very special Red Shirt also joins us from Khan, and he took a ride up the turbolift to get here (reference!). So put on your antique glasses, pour a glass of "for medicinal purposes only" Romulan Ale, and listen to the newest episode of TR3 now!

This is the one. This is the one they’ll remember us for…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Episode 110: Everything You Need to Know About Star Trek: Discovery

We're back from Comic-Con with a shiny new episode, and lots of interviews, about your next Trek obsession: Star Trek: Discovery.

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This week, we take a break from reviewing episodes to break down the new, explosion-y trailer for Discovery, what we know about the show (so far), that Entertainment Weekly cover story, why Bryan Fuller really left the series, and whether or not we like what we've seen so far. (Spoiler: Phil and Scott disagree on something for once, guys -- clutch the pearls!). And Scott has some great interviews with the cast and producers, including Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman!

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We also have six Red Shirts to eulogize (thanks, Krall!), so put on your best Discovery cosplay, get comfy, and listen now to the newest episode of TR3…

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