The Original Series second season episode, The Deadly Years is not a classic for the WPD team. It’s a collection of established TOS tropes holding together an interesting story premise of the senior crew of the of the USS Enterprise trying to cure themselves of a radiation sickness that results in rapid aging.
But the episode tells us alot about contemporaneuos attitudes to old age and lets us peer into a parallel universe where the show speculates what happens to Kirks’ hair and gets it horribly wrong.
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.