Continuing our discussion from the previous episode, Ben, Ash, and I count down our top 5 favorite episodes of Star Trek ever. Some of the choices are obvious while others are completely unexpected. Curious? Then check it out!
Oh, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Taking a short break from all of the heavy philosophy, we decide to finish out the season by listing (and briefly discussing) our most favorite and least favorite episodes in all of Star Trek. However, it lasted too long, so we decided to split it into two episodes. This one covers our least favorite episodes. So relax and enjoy us ranting as we scrape the bottom of the blue plastic barrel.
Actually, we’re not going to talk about the Giant Ravioli Space Baby™. Instead, the topic is about the other star of the show, Dr. Leah Brahms. Specifically, we discuss the morality of using someone’s image for uses of which the person might not approve. Seems like a simple enough topic, but we (actually, mostly just Ben) sure have a lot to say about it!
The Hierarchy. Potato-heads. Sontaran rejects. Whatever you want to call them, they are entertaining to watch. Perhaps their environment reflects a bit of our day-to-day work life? In any case, the Trekosophers discuss their first appearance in Voyager this time, Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy. In addition to the Hierarchy, we also discuss the private nature of dreams and fantasies and other interesting topics. Give a listen, won’t you?
We’re back from our super-long Summer hiatus, and we’re ready to to start philosophizing again! For reasons that remain completely unknown to me at this moment, we chose to celebrate our return with… Uh, The Muse. The fourth-season Deep Space Nine episode that remains neglected by both critics and show fans alike. Hey, we could do worse… Like, Move Along Home worse…
Anyway, we do have some thoughts to throw around in this episode, including (but not limited to) the effect drugs have on creativity, the temptation to become immortalized because they might increase the quality of your work, and even Odo’s sincerity regarding his feelings toward Lwaxana Troi. Buckle up, it’s gonna be an interesting ride!
NOTE: Due to unforeseen gaming this weekend, I wasn’t able to get this episode edited and posted in time for the usual 11pm Sunday deadline. I cleared it with Ben, with whom I was gaming at the time, and he gave me the okay to edit and post it a few days later, right before we shot some infected in Left 4 Dead 2. So, here’s our most recent recording, well and truly edited for you listening pleasure.
This time on Trekosophy, you won’t be able to get that mantra out of your head, “Edith Keeler Must Die!” Yes, we make a return visit to the philosophy of time travel—or is this our first visit? I just can’t keep the local continuum straight—to discuss the TOS episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. Was Kirk right to hold back Bones from rescuing Edith Keeler? Which ethical systems agree and which disagree? Find out what we think in this episode!
Continuing our discussion from earlier, we now turn our attention to the more international aspects of spying and the ethical decisions made in the Deep Space 9 episode Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges. Sadly, said discussion becomes derailed again, but we do have quite a spirited argument on whether or not the existence of Section 31 is justifiable.
Ben McLean’s favorite Star Trek episode ever, “The Circle”, gets the Trekosophy treatment today. We are Kirby-less and Bill-less this time, but we do have our guest host back, Ash Hulme, to help fill in the gap.
What originally began as a fascinating topic about Luther Sloan and Section 31 changed into a discussion about privacy, the NSA, and why most of the citizens of the United States are currently up in arms about being spied upon. It still turns out to be a very fascinating discussion, but we definitely digressed from Star Trek and Section 31. Our intentions are to return to this topic soon so we can better discuss things in a Star Trek context, but until then, enjoy the arguments for and against privacy. :~)