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Yellow Alert, Red Alert, Jettison Pod – Court Martial

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Yellow Alert, Red Alert, Jettison Pod - Court Martial
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It is not uncommon to come across an episode of Star trek for which we have fond memories but when we come to watch it with fresh eyes, it doesn’t quite have the same appeal.

This is certainly true of Court-Martial: a first season courtroom drama with plenty of universe building, peril, and interpersonal drama but in the end falls apart a bit.

So join Terry, Graham and Derek as we review and reflect on this flawed yet still attractive jewel that is part of Star Trek’s might canon.

Filthy stinking centrist nark Spock!

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Filthy stinking centrist nark Spock!
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We are delighted to be back in the studio for another edition of Whom Pods Destroy.

In this episode Terry, Graham and Derek get stuck into Let That Be Your Last Battlefield: an episode from the third season of Star Trek well known for its commentary on contemporary racism.

The team examines the messages in this episode and draw some unexpected conclusions.

Hard to believe it ever happened – The Squire Of Gothos

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Hard to believe it ever happened - The Squire Of Gothos
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Terry, Graham and Derek return for another episode of Whom Pods Destroy and after a slight meander return to its core topic: Star Trek The Original Series.

And we’ve selected a beauty to discuss: “The Squire Of Gothos” – featuring the seminal character Trelane, played by the immaculate William Campbell. We explore the episodes excellent production choices and links to the Next Generation episode “Encounter at Farpoint”.

Episode 58 – Epic Burn

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Episode 58 - Epic Burn
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Whom Pods Destroy returns after a lengthy break. In this episode, we deviate slightly from the usual Original Series chat to discuss Season 3 of Star Trek Discovery.

Episode 57 – The Wrath of Khan

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Episode 57 - The Wrath of Khan
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Our latest podcast focusses on the classic, franchise saving Star Trek film – Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

This low budget classic remains a fan favourite and contains some of the most memorable scenes in all of Star Trek. Terry, Derek and Graham examine its themes and place in Star Trek lore. We also talk about its impact and legacy, not just in fandom but in the broader cinema industry.

Episode 56 – Space Seed

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Episode 56 - Space Seed
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Ricardo Montalban and Madlyn Rhue’s star as Khan and Marla McGivers in two of the strongest guest roles on the original series of Star Trek,

Graham, Terry and Derek are back for another episode of Whom Pods Destroy – A Star Trek discussion podcast.

For this episode, we focus our attention on Space Seed. Little did they know at the time that the story of Khan Noonian Singh would turn out to be one of the pivotal episodes in the history of Star Trek. Khan would go on to rescue the franchise commercially and determine a creative direction of travel for years to come.

And it all began here with this little bottle episode in the first series of TOS.

Episode 55 – Balance of Terror

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Episode 55 - Balance of Terror
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Whom Pods Destroy – A Star Trek discussion podcast returns with another episode of blistering takes about the original series of Star Trek.

Balance of Terror maybe half a century old but it still has a lot to tell us. Not just in relation to its story and messages but also in how to craft a multi-layered piece of engaging scripted drama on a shoestring budget.

Episode 54: What are little girls made of? – Star Trek Picard

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Episode 54: What are little girls made of? - Star Trek Picard
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Picture from CBS.

Whom Pods Destroy is back for an extra length special podcast reflecting on Star Trek: Picard.

This ten-part CBS All Access series had more plot points than a Romulan attack fleet has torpedo tubes. Some of them stuck, some were planted presumably for Season 2 and some just didn’t really make sense to us.

That said, the series was an artful and authentic portrayal of the Star Trek universe, struggling to maintain its lofty ideals in wake of the Romulan supernova and attack on Mars. Picard and his motley band are a reflection of these troubled times for the Federation and Patrick Stewart once again proves a superb leader of the new ensemble.

Terry, Derek and Graham reflect on the latest Star Trek TV show, celebrate its successes, mourn its failures and scratch their heads at how Agnes manages to get away with murder.

Derek also finds a link with this latest series of Star Trek to an episode of the original series.

Episode 53 – The Enterprise Incident. A tribute to DC Fontana

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Episode 53 - The Enterprise Incident. A tribute to DC Fontana
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The Enterprise Incident
The Enterprise Incident: A classic sixties spy caper in which Kirk & Spock set up a sting operation to relieve the Romulans of one of their secret cloaking devices… or do they?

Scriptwriter, script editor and script doctor. Dorothy Fontana was one of the founding talents of the original series of Star Trek. Without her vision, skill, creativity and talent, Star Trek would not be what it is today.

In this episode of Whom Pods Destroy, Graham, Derek and Terry mark her recent passing with a discussion on The Enterprise Incident. A classic episode from the third season, written by DC Fontana which conceivably still echoes as far as Star Trek: Picard which was released this week.

Episode 52 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture turns 40

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Episode 52 - Star Trek: The Motion Picture turns 40
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A simple feeling in an otherwise cold film?

We are delighted to present our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A film that, in many ways, only a Star Trek fans could love.

Robert Wise’s epic proved to be something of a false start for the Star Trek franchise. It is a mid-70s sci-fi film made in the latter part of the decade as the audience palate was changing in the wake of Star Wars and Close Encounters. More than that the film is accused, by its critics as overly ponderous and lacking warmth.

The film’s defenders, however, argue that it’s a portrayal of Gene Roddenberry vision of humanity and Starfleet.

Join Terry, Graham and Derek as we weigh up the pros and cons of this film and consider the films perhaps surprisingly considerable legacy.