Landau, guide us! The Return of the Archons

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Landau, guide us! The Return of the Archons
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Joy to you friends. May peace and contentment fulfill you. In this episode of Whom Pods Destroy we return to Return of the Archons. An iconic episode, stacked full of allegory and entirely unintentional hidden depths.

The story for this epsode was originally a candidate for the pilot but The Cage was selected instead. But we can can elements within the story that have been used again.

We found plenty to tuck into this episode so we suggest you give it a quick rewatch and join us as we become part of the body and take a trip to Marplan’s. It is the will of Landru.

Chariots of the Gods – Who Mourns For Adonais

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Chariots of the Gods - Who Mourns For Adonais
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Whom Pods Destroy finally returns home after 5000 years to gather laurel leaves and pay homage to Apollo in the classic Star Trek: the Original Series episode Who Mourns for Adonais.

The is episode is a particular favourite in the pod but acknowledge that it’s not perfect. In particular, the relationship between Apollo (Michael Forrest) and the Enterprise’ Anthropologist, Carolyn Palamis (Leslie Parrish) bear close examination and is problematic.

This does not stop us from celebrating the performances of the actors and appreciating an episode where the supporting cast get a lot more than usual to do. Particularly Uhura.

Please note that this episode was recorded before the passing of Nichelle Nichols.

A time for luurve and hot baths – Metamorphosis

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A time for luurve and hot baths - Metamorphosis
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Terry, Derek and Graham are back talking TOS Star Trek. In this episode of delve deep into the classic story of alien love and body appropriation: Metamorphosis.

This story has bags of potential exploring the nature of love, gender and sexuality. Does it fulfill that potentiality or is it just a bunch of twaddle with some very backward views?

Hangin’ with the Rockman, smokin’ self-lighting cigarettes – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

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Hangin' with the Rockman, smokin' self-lighting cigarettes - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
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Terry, Graham and Derek return for another edition of Whom Pods Destroy: A Star Trek discussion podcast.

And what better time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country than with a discussion on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

This is a much-maligned film and for good reason. But the is still much to enjoy about this film. In this episode, we reflect on its failures and triumphs and hopefully point the way to rehabilitate the film for Trekkies.

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 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.