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.
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?
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
We return for another episode of Whom Pods Destroy – A Star Trek Discussion Podcast. In this edition we talk about Wolf in the Fold. An episode about a violent killer of women written by the noted horror writer and author of Psycho, Robert Bloch.
Despite being fondly remembered by some, this story has been heavily criticised as misogynist and racist. Terry, Graham and Derek have their own views with which are given expression in this podcast. Needless to say, some of the subject matter of our discussion is pretty unpleasant and listener discretion is advised.
Whom Pods Destroy returns for another episode of top Trek chat.
In this edition we discuss the second season episode By Any Other Name. The story of the Kelvans: all powerful, all conquering multi tentacled invaders from the Andromeda galaxy who can’t take their liquor.
This story starts off pretty dark before taking a turn for the decidedly comic. It is most famous for Scotty’s “it’s green” line which was paid homage in the Next Generation episode, Relics.
Mark Farinas’ excellent webcomic sequel to By Any Other Name is called Time’s Refuge and can be found here.