Episode 57 – The Wrath of Khan

Our latest podcast focusses on the classic, franchise saving Star Trek film – Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan.

This low budget classic remains a fan favourite and contains some of the most memorable scenes in all of Star Trek. Terry, Derek and Graham examine its themes and place in Star Trek lore. We also talk about its impact and legacy, not just in fandom but in the broader cinema industry.

Episode 56 – Space Seed

Ricardo Montalban and Madlyn Rhue’s star as Khan and Marla McGivers in two of the strongest guest roles on the original series of Star Trek,

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.

Episode 55 – Balance of Terror

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.

Episode 54: What are little girls made of? – Star Trek Picard

Picture from CBS.

Whom Pods Destroy is back for an extra length special podcast reflecting on Star Trek: Picard.

This ten-part CBS All Access series had more plot points than a Romulan attack fleet has torpedo tubes. Some of them stuck, some were planted presumably for Season 2 and some just didn’t really make sense to us.

That said, the series was an artful and authentic portrayal of the Star Trek universe, struggling to maintain its lofty ideals in wake of the Romulan supernova and attack on Mars. Picard and his motley band are a reflection of these troubled times for the Federation and Patrick Stewart once again proves a superb leader of the new ensemble.

Terry, Derek and Graham reflect on the latest Star Trek TV show, celebrate its successes, mourn its failures and scratch their heads at how Agnes manages to get away with murder.

Derek also finds a link with this latest series of Star Trek to an episode of the original series.

Episode 53 – The Enterprise Incident. A tribute to DC Fontana

The Enterprise Incident
The Enterprise Incident: A classic sixties spy caper in which Kirk & Spock set up a sting operation to relieve the Romulans of one of their secret cloaking devices… or do they?

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.

Episode 52 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture turns 40

A simple feeling in an otherwise cold film?

We are delighted to present our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A film that, in many ways, only a Star Trek fans could love.

Robert Wise’s epic proved to be something of a false start for the Star Trek franchise. It is a mid-70s sci-fi film made in the latter part of the decade as the audience palate was changing in the wake of Star Wars and Close Encounters. More than that the film is accused, by its critics as overly ponderous and lacking warmth.

The film’s defenders, however, argue that it’s a portrayal of Gene Roddenberry vision of humanity and Starfleet.

Join Terry, Graham and Derek as we weigh up the pros and cons of this film and consider the films perhaps surprisingly considerable legacy.

Episode 51 – Dreaming of a Ken Adam Star Trek

Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art of the USS Enterprise for Planet of Titans

The build-up to the our 40th-anniversary celebration concludes with an exploration of Star Trek in the 1970s.

This decade saw a lot of social changes. The transforming science fiction genre that started with Soylent Green but ended with Close Encounters challenged Star Trek and Paramount as they tried to figure out the best way to bring back this much-loved series following its ill-judged cancellation back in 1968.

These ideas included low budget movies to a big-budget TV series and then an even bigger budget movie that became Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Terry, Graham, and Derek take you through this tumultuous decade and wonder what Star Trek might have been had Planet of Titans or Phase 2 come to fruition. We also chuck in some hot TNG takes as well.

Episode 50 – A Space Odyssey

As close in on our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture we take some time to discuss one of the all-time great movies of the science fiction genre with a direct influence on the revived Stare Trek film made eleven years later: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Derek, Terry and Graham discuss the production, themes and structure of a film that defies the usual conventions of the cinema to deliver what is as much an art installation as it is a film.

Episode 49 – Nomad is such a bloke

Nomad can destroy worlds but can’t cope when a woman expresses herself.

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.

Episode 48 – Forbidden Planet (Star Trek -1)

Captain John J Adams, Morbius, Altaira and Robby the Robot in the 1956 sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Forbidden Planet.

In the first of our series marking the 40th anniversary of Star Trek The Motion Picture, Whom Pods Destroy goes back to when Star Trek was but a glint in Gene Roddenberry’s eye and explore the 1956 science fiction masterpiece, Forbidden Planet.

It is an established fact that the MGM classic directly informed Gene Roddenberry’s thinking when developing the original series of Star Trek and if you’ve watched the film you can easily understand why. Terry, Derek and Graham reflect on this genre classic and celebrate its similarities with Trek.