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!

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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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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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Episode 131: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Post-Mort

Star Trek: Discovery recently ended its first season. And it's the best first season of any Trek series since the original one. Why? We're gonna tell you in this week's episode of TR3.

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Helping us recap the season is Matt Fowler, our pal, TV critic, and self-professed obsessor of redundant Klingon genitals. From all the new characters to Trek’s stab at modern Peak TV storytelling, from the high-tech changes to the sometimes low-tech bashing into established canon, we deep-dive on Disco’s freshman year.


The three of us also open up the reader mailbag and eulogize a very special (and maybe large) Red Shirt. Though we’re not sure how this particular victim could actually wear a shirt…

So grab a bowl of Lorca's fortune cookies and listen now to Transporter Room 3!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Episode 130: Discovery Star Mary Chieffo (L’Rell!) Beams In

What a night for Star Trek fans! First you got the Season 1 finale of Star Trek: Discovery. Then you got Transporter Room 3’s review of it. And now we have a very special bonus episode featuring none other than Mary Chieffo herself -- a.k.a., L’Rell!

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Chieffo is so much fun to talk to not just because she’s a great personality, but also because she clearly loves Star Trek. The actress has already become a presence on the convention circuit, and she’s also done some deep homework about the franchise and Klingon history in particular. (She namedrops Grilka during our chat, for Kahless’ sake!)


We talk the finale, L’Rell’s future, and much more, and then of course Scott and Phil also have a Red Shirt of the week to discuss (really, our second of the week), because it’s tradition. And you know how Klingons feel about tradition!

So beam over to your Sarcophagus ship, get ready to season some Georgiou, and listen to TR3 now!

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Episode 129: Star Trek: Discovery’s S1 Finale Ends on a Very Cool ‘Holy S#!t’ Note

So, that happened!

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A lot of things went down in Star Trek Discovery's first season finale -- from Tilly getting high to Pike's Enterprise showing up (!) -- and we have lots of questions. And we’ve got a full breakdown of what worked, and what didn't, about "Will You Take My Hand?"

From a visit to the Klingon homeworld where a surprising amount of Orions hang out to the end of the war to the goodbye (?) of a couple of major characters, we cover it all.



Plus, we also touch on the awesomeness that was the recent SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. And, of course, we have yet another dead Red Shirt. With green skin!

So fire up your alien fondue pot full of narcotic volcanic ash and listen now to TR3!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Episode 128: Discovery Pulls a ‘Genesis Device Begins,’ Plus More Character Twists!

The Klingon war is back on in the newest episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “The War Without, The War Within,” and we have lots of opinions about it.

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It’s the second-to-last episode of the season, and there is much to discuss. Like, what’s up with Stamets’ version of the Genesis Device? And why are we talking about pulling a Danny Ocean on the Klingon homeworld if we don’t see it yet? Tyler and Burnham, together again… but not? And why the frick isn’t Saru in the captain’s chair?


As we try to answer those questions and more, we also have more reader mail to share and a few thousand Red Shirts to lay to rest. So charge up your EM darts and listen now to the newest episode of TR3!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Episode 127: Lorca's Revenge!

Man! We are back to talk about episode 13 of Star Trek: Discovery, “What’s Past Is Prologue,” where… well, stuff happened involving Lorca. Crazy stuff!

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The Lorca himself, Jason Isaacs, beams into TR3 to discuss all things Gabriel -- Mirror and Prime -- as well as what it was like shooting that final fight scene from the episode, what the events of this week mean for the actor’s future on the show, and much more.



But first, Scott and Phil dive into a review of the latest episode of the latest Trek show, where things have continued to get increasingly intense and insane. (Hint: We love it!) We also delve into that twist ending and what it could mean for the show as Disco heads into its season finale over the next two weeks.

And then of course we’ve got some reader mail, a special shout-out to our loyal listeners who have been reviewing us on iTunes lately, and of course a Red Shirt of the week. This is a big one!

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