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.
Episode 38 - There is no Roy Orbison in the Mirror Universe
Following on from our previous podcast on Mirror, Mirror – Graham, Terry and Derek discuss its legacy and the nature of parallel universes and alternate timelines not just in Star Trek but in other Science Fiction.
We also celebrate the numerous sequels to this classic episode whether they be canon, side canon and non canon. So we’re talking Fan films, DC Comics, Dark Mirror by Diane Duane, Deep Space 9, Enterprise and Discovery. Please note there will be spoilers.
This podcast is also notable for a world class impression of the Grand Nagus.
Mirror, Mirror is one of the most popular and enduring Star Trek stories. Its visual and narrative legacy has lasted all the way through to the modern day Star Trek.
In this episode of Whom Pods Destroy, Graham, Derek and Terry celebrate this fantastic episode of the original series and discuss its finer points including the nature of interdimensional travel. Did the Enterprise landing party transport into their counterpart’s underwear or was it a more hygienic case of mind transference?
Episode 36 - Star Trek invented the sonic screwdriver and the Wrath of Harve
Assignment Earth was the failed back door pilot that, were it not for the famous fan letter writing campaign, would have been the final episode of Star Trek.
This is a strange episodeTrek as it relegates the regular characters to guest star roles as the focus is switched to the pilot’s two main protagonists, Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln.
In this edition of Whom Pods Destroy Terry, Graham and Derek discuss this episode and its premise. As well as the pilot’s various contemporary influences, including James Bond, Derek Flint plus Steed & Mrs Peel. The fact that it was a back door pilot allows them to broaden the discussion to Gene Rodenberry’s other, mostly failed projects. Plus we revel that true sub-text of one of the Star Trek movies.
Tomorrow Is Yesterday may, on the surface be something of a throwaway episode with its low intensity, light humour and nonsensical plot. However it remains a much loved, fun episode of Star Trek The Original Series which leaves something of a legacy.
On their return from a brief hiatus, Terry, Graham and Derek discuss this first season episode. Its high points, its low points and as an added treat: some bonus misogyny from Spock.
Whom Pods Destroy is back for another episode of top Star Trek chat.
In this edition we’ve gone all Gorn and discuss the first season original series episode, Arena. There are few images more memorable in Star Trek lore than that of the green skinned lizard creature that is pitted against Captain Kirk in a trial by combat orchestrated by the super advanced Metrons.
On the surface this episode of more than just Kirk fighting a bloke in a lizard costume. Graham, Derek and Terry pore over the show’s themes and messages and ask if there is anything to learn from Arena or is just a whole bunch of lizard fun.
Whom Pods Destroy is back for more Star Trek chat.
If you’re a fan of the Original Series episode, The Corbomite Maneuver then you’ll love this podcast .
It’s a fantastic character episode which also signifies the values and ethics which echo through this great franchise to this day. So join Terry, Graham and Derek as they dose themselves up on Tranya and check out Balok’s gorgeous drapes and puppetry.
Darren Mooney’s excellent review of The Corbomite Maneuver on The M0vie Blog.
Star Trek – The Corbomite Maneuver – visual effects comparison