Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Seven: Characters

We talk about some of the main characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation this week with episodes focused on Data, Worf and Picard with the input of plenty more. Trials, tribulations and life experiences. The Next Generation definitely goes places with its storytelling that The Original Series did not, but it took a while for the show to find its stride.

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Seven: Characters

 

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Six: Do No Harm

We move on to our first love in Trek this week, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it quickly becomes apparent that such now canonical concepts as the Prime Directive are adhered to rather more strictly than in the original series. We also talk about the contrasts between The Original Series and The Next Generation, not least in its use of its cast, and the ways in which the writers of the later show began to move the Star Trek universe (or at least methods of storytelling in that universe) forward.

 

Episodes discussed:

“Who watches the watchers?”

“First Contact”

“Ethics”

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Six: Do No Harm

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Five: Interregnum

In this episode we talk a little bit about Star Trek: The Animated Series, Phase Two and that awkward period when Paramount realized that Star Trek was a big deal but couldn’t quite figure out how to capitalize upon it. Yes indeed, this was the time immediately before Khan or even V’Ger, when replacing Commander Spock with… a different Vulcan seemed like a good idea.

Episode Five: Interregnum 

 

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Four: Culturally Sensitive

We say goodbye to The Original Series this week with a look at some of the more culturally-focused episodes, with topics including racism, the Vietnam War and the death of God by reason. There may be a bit of a cop out in there somewhere. It is sad to say goodbye to Kirk’s duality as both a rampant militarist lunatic AND a lover boy, and John will (predictably) miss Bones most of all. So join us and we’ll say our goodbyes together.

 

Episodes discussed:

“A Taste of Armageddon”

“Who Mourns for Adonais?”

“A Private Little War”

“Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”

 

Episode Four: Culturally Sensitive