In this edition of Whom Pods Destroy we dive deep into the symbolism and meaning of DC Fontana’s much loved, This Side Of Paradise.
Derek, Terry and Graham examine its strong anti communist, pro-capitalist message, question the motivation of Kirk as he wrestles control of his crew away from the clutches of the Spores and there’s even room for a little sexy time.
The last days of Vaudeville - The Trouble With Tribbles
The Whom Pods Destroy team return with another episode of scintillating Star Trek discourse.
In this edition we discuss The Trouble With Tribbles: one of the original series most celebrated outings.
Written by David Gerrold, The Trouble With Tribbles stands apart because it is a comedy episode. However, once you look past the gags, on-liners and comedy fist-fights you’ll find a story of high politics, environmental devastation, the perils of capitalism all wrapped up in a furry little ball.
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.
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.
Hangin' with the Rockman, smokin' self-lighting cigarettes - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
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.
Hard to believe it ever happened - The Squire Of Gothos
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”.
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.
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.