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!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Episode 145: Star Trek Does The Odyssey With “Calypso”

A Pulitzer Prize winner beaming into TR3? Make it so!

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This week, author Michael Chabon himself stops by to discuss his new Short Treks installment, “Calypso,” as well as what it’s like working on the upcoming Picard show. Plus, Phil and Scott dive into the episode too, which jumps a thousand years into Star Trek’s future to give us an outer-space retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey… or at least the part involving the nymph of the title!


We bathe this episode with all the praise, while also speculating about what it means for Discovery and her crew’s future. And Chabon himself tells us about how he’d like to continue the story by heading in a few very interesting directions…

All that, plus a Red Shirt who has liquid plastic for blood! So cut off your arm and then reattach it perfectly, evolve your computer a thousand years, and sing Muse, because the next episode of Transporter Room 3 is here!

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Episode 144: You Are Cordially Invited... to One of Worf's Best Episodes

You haven't experience a wedding until you've done it Klingon-style.

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Deep Space Nine is full of underrated gems, and "You Are Cordially Invited" is definitely near the top of that list. This episode has everything: Dax holding buckets, Martok's wife, a fire dancer, and Worf's terrible parenting in REAL-TIME! Having aired in November of 1997, almost 21 years ago to the week, we'll tell you why this episode still holds up.


Plus, three of V'ger's targets also join our Red Shirt ranks this week. So grab a bottle of your finest prune juice, put on your dress uniforms, and listen now!


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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Episode 143: Star Trek's New Show Is Going to the Lower Decks!

Star Trek: Lower Decks is announced! Short Treks: "Calypso" gets a trailer, and promises a 1,000-year time jump! And we review the beloved DS9 episode "One Little Ship"! Also, lots of exclamation marks!

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This week, we offer our two cents on the new Star Trek animated series Lower Decks and the latest Short Treks trailer (what is up with that time jump?!). Then we shrink down to half the size of a comm badge and dive into one of the most entertaining hours of Star Trek ever. Don't believe us? This week's episode just might change your mind.


And another Red Shirt beams on down, with ties to the Nexus, too. Oh, and check out why you need to get at least TWO copies of the new book Stellar Cartography.

So stop laughing at Dr. Bashir and the Chief being a few centimeters shorter than they used to be, and start listening now to the latest episode of TR3!

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Episode 142: Sonequa Martin-Green and Alex Kurtzman Talk Discovery Season 2

The first Star Trek: Short Trek, “Runaway,” is here to help tide us over until Discovery kicks off its second season on January 17, 2019. But is it any good? You'll get our two cents here. And then some. But that’s not all this week…

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We also chime in on the new Spock, who looks like he just rolled out of Middle-earth, as well as the new New York Comic-Con trailer for Discovery Season 2. And thanks to Scott braving NYCC, we have a few exclusive interviews with Discovery cast and crew, including showrunner Alex Kurtzman, stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Yeoh, and producer Heather Kadin. Oh, and another Red Shirt from Discovery gets a eulogy, TR3 style.


So order yourself a quadruple espresso and listen now!

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Episode 141: The DS9 Spinoffs Fans Deserve, But Not the Ones They Need Right Now

Star Trek fans got it really good right now -- thanks, Discovery and the Captain Picard Show! So how to make it even better? More Trek spinoffs set in the Deep Space Nine universe, of course.

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This week we pitch a few (pretty good) ideas for must-see shows set near and beyond the wormhole. Fans of O'Brien's DIY YouTube show? You're welcome.


We also break down that super-short Short Treks trailer with Tilly, talk some Picard show news and eulogize another Red Shirt from Discovery. So replicate yourself a raktajino and listen now to the newest TR3!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Episode 140: Every TNG Episode You Must Watch Before the New Picard Show

Look, it's been awhile (we know). The good thing is, we're back with a shiny new episode about Picard, Spock 3.0, Star Trek 4 (or the lack thereof)… and even more Picard!

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This week, we look back at all the big Trek news that's hit the interwebs recently: Star Trek: Discovery's new Spock has been cast, the year when Picard's show takes place, and Chris Pine and Hemsworth are refusing (for now) to beam back aboard the Enterprise.


And speaking of Picard, we have a quick rundown of all the Trek episodes you need to watch before Picard returns to TV. (Sorry, "Bloodlines" fans, you're SOL.) Also, a Red Shirt from Archer's Enterprise joins us and we give a five-star review to that new Star Trek: Lost Scenes book, AKA "The #1 Must-Have on Your Christmas List This Year."

So put on your Season 5 Picard uniform jacket, pour a cup of Earl Grey, hot, and listen now to TR3!

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Episode 139: Picard Lives!

Ladies and gentlemen, Jean-Luc Picard is back. That’s right: Patrick Stewart has confirmed that he is returning to play the legendary character in an all-new Star Trek series for CBS All Access!

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Stewart and CBS Trek head honcho Alex Kurtzman made the announcement at the Las Vegas Star Trek con today, confirming all that FOMO that we had about not being there in the first place. We delve into this amazing news in our latest episode, but that’s not all…


We also (finally) discuss those Short Treks that were revealed at Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, as well as the trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2. Check out those threads on Captain Pike! And of course we have a Red Shirt of the Week to dissect (no, not that way). And guess what? It’s Captain Picard!

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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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