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.
Whom Pods Destroy continues its build-up to the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a discussion on the second season original series episode which gare many similarities to the Motion Picture without having been acknowledged, The Changeling.
Terry, Graham, and Derek are back after their brief hiatus with another episode of Whom Pods Destroy – A Star Trek Discussion Podcast.
In the episode, we discussed a much loved and much memed but very controversial episode fro the first series of the Original Series: “The Enemy Within”. This is the story of how Captain Kirk is separated into two, beings. One is intelligent, rational, compassionate while the other is savage, devious and violent. The episode contains a scene with sexual violence against a woman and the handling of this sub-plot is considered to be highly problematic.
Whom Pods Destroy is back with Graham, Derek & Terry getting all loved up for the one and only Spock.
Well, I say the one and only but in fact there have been a number of iterations of that “green blooded sonofabitch” and we spent a pleasant 45 minutes discussing the portrayal, development and characterisation of one of Star Trek’s most beloved Starfleet officers throughout his nearly half a century of association with the franchise.
We are delighted to return for another episode of Star Trek chat.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd is one of the most notorious characters on the history of the Star Trek. A sex trafficker, drug dealer, misogynist and rogue.
And that’s just in his first appearance.
Mudd appears in two episodes of The Original Series, one from the Animated Series and made his return to Star Trek Discovery, to some consternation. Although Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad is probably one of the best episodes from Series 1 of Disco.
On Whom Pods Destroy, Graham and Derek discuss a character that is both celebrated and derided. We talk about Mudd’s development and ask why the creators persist with this “lovable rogue”. Did they recognise, in Mudd, characteristics of some the public figures in our time?
We also speculate as to what shape the proposed Mudd Next Generation episode might have taken.
We are overjoyed to bring you our discussions on the only two part episode of Star Trek: The Original Series – The Menagerie.
Series 2 of Star Trek Discovery, featuring Captain Pike, Number One and Spock, is about to get underway. So what better time to go back to where it started with and celebrate this triumph over this masterful episode that arguably saved the franchise from cancellation.
Listen out for what could have been for one of the best call backs in the history of Star Trek plus some more Albert Whitlock chat.
The website that Terry refers to about the remastered matte paintings is here.
The Tholian Web is a fondly remembered character episode with some award winning visuals and elements of psychological and gothic horror.
In this episode of Whom Pods Destroy, Graham, Terry and Derek celebrate this third season episode. They also revel in the great character moments between Spock and McCoy in the episode where Kirk is largely absent but his shadow looms large. We also contemplate the Scotty’s by now apparent alcoholism.
We are a sucker for unpopular episodes of the original series here at Whom Pods Destroy and they are seldom less popular than The Alternative Factor. However, our last two episode have explored parallel universes so we thought that it would be a good opportunity to explore this often forgotten first season episode since it plays around with the notion of alternative dimensions.
Of course there are worse episodes than The Alternative Factor but not much worse. However, the show was beset with a number of production problems which we discuss while trying to some any positives in the story.