74: Kelp Cakes In the Morning

Mission Gamma: This Gray Spirit.

When Deep Space Nine premiered, the stated goal of the Starfleet presence on the station and the purpose Sisko's mission was to prepare Bajor for Federation membership. As the series went on, this came close to happening once; but a warning from the Emissary put the issue on the backburner. Then the Dominion War happened. With all of that now in the past—and with other loose ends from "What You Leave Behind" either wrapped up or at least addressed—Mission Gamma sets Bajor back on a course for Federation membership and provides DS9 with a new TOS-like initiative to seek out new life and strange new worlds.

In the episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our look at Mission Gamma with the second book, This Gray Spirit. We discuss Ezri's search for her place in the line of Dax hosts, Shar's continued struggle with his place in the unique Andorian reproductive crisis, and how the Yrythyan society of the Gamma Quadrant could hold the keys for solutions to both. We also explore the legacy of Ziyal, the intricacies of Bajoran-Cardassian-Federation politicals, and what it means to be part of the Federation. Plus, we decide whether kelp cakes are a good choice for breakfast and find out why much of the book feels like it takes place inside a Gaylord hotel.

In our news segment we judge Lust's Latinum Lost and Found by its cover, check in on The Trek Collective's interview with Star Trek: Seekers artist Rob Caswell, and state the case for the USS Titan being part of the Official Starships Collection.

 

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Lust's Latinum Lost and Found cover revealed (3:04)

The Trek Collective interviews Seekers artist Rob Caswell (9:47)

Help get the USS Titan into the Official Starships Collection (11:20)

Support Trek.fm by becoming a Patron on Patreon (19:05)

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Feature: Mission Gamma: This Gray Spirit

Initial Thoughts (23:20)

Do We Want Strange New Worlds from DS9? (29:07)

The Yrythny Caste System and the Defiant Visita Costco (36:07)

Political Games of Bajor, Cardassia, and the Federation (43:32)

What Does It Mean to Be Part of the Federation? (55:32)

Finding Ezri Dax (59:34)

An Andorian Soap Opera? (1:04:48)

Final Thoughts (1:10:14)

Closing (1:14:24)

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Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 8:16am MST

73: Like Red Lantern Sith

David Mack: Seekers 1: Second Nature.

The writing trio of David Mack, Kevin Dilmore, and Dayton Ward brought us some of the most memorable 23rd-century adventures with their Vanguard series. While the story of Starbase 47 has concluded, the exploratory missions of the Endeavour and the Sagittarius continue on in the new series Star Trek: Seekers. Capturing the fun and wonder of The Original Series with a modern sensibility, Seekers returns readers to the strange new worlds that made Star Trek so popular from the start.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by David Mack to learn more about the first book, Second Nature, along with the background story of how Seekers was born. We find out how the new series differs from Vanguard, how he and the team of Dilmore and Ward decided who would write which ship, how the first story turns TOS on its head, and more. We also discuss matters of faith and the challenges of writing captains that are not simply pseudo-Kirks.

In our news segment we judge the upcoming Ships of the Line book by its cover, debate digital versus print for the second volume of the Gold Key comics restoration, and even take some Hot Wheels for a spin.

 

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New Ships of the Line book cover revelead (2:52)

IDW's Gold Key Archives, Volume 2 due out in October (8:09)

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Feature: David Mack: Seekers 1: Second Nature

Based On an Imaginary TV Shows (16:18)

How Does Seekers Differ from Vanguard? (28:53)

Divvying Up Ships and Storylines (34:36)

Turning TOS On Its Head (41:30)

The Needs of the Many and Matters of Faith (47:15)

Writing Captains (52:37)

Bringing Together Different Writing Styles (57:28)

Evolving Klingons in the 23rd Century (59:48)

The Future of Seekers (1:03:00)

What's Next for David? (1:09:44)

Closing (1:15:33)

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Category:Interviews -- posted at: 7:40am MST

72: Deanna's Flaming Dragon Punch

Intelligence Gathering, Part 2.

On the timeline of The Next Generation, "The Next Phase" took place on Stardate 45892.4 and "The Inner Light" on 45944.1. So what happened during the days and weeks in between? As we learned in the first part of Intelligence Gathering, there's another dam story to be told. But not all of it takes place at an actual dam. Once that labor dispute was put to rest, the Enterprise headed off on yet another unexpected journey that turned out to be part of a very convoluted whole.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones continue our walk through Scott & David Tipton's five-part series to learn why you should always listen to a seasoned old engineer, avoid kickboxing with Ro, seek out Riker if you've fallen under mind control, and why Romulans really need to work on their communication skills.

In our news segment we judge David Mack's upcoming Section 31 novel Disavowed by its cover, get an update on the future of Star Trek: Seekers, and learn that a sequel to From History's Shadow may be on the way. We also dig into more comics as we review both the second part of IDW's The Q Gambit and John Byrne's latest New Visions photo comic, "Time's Echo."

 

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First look at the cover of David Mack's Section 31: Disavowed (6:07)

Star Trek: Seekers confirmed for two more books (10:21)

Dayton Ward says a sequel to From History's Shadow in the works (11:45)

Comic Review: The Q Gambit, Part 2 (14:09)

Comic Review: New Visions "Time's Echo" (25:14)

Preston Neal Jones talks to Dan Gunther about Return to Tomorrow (32:48)

 

Feature: Intelligence Gathering, Part 2

Previously on Star Trek: The Next Generation (37:53)

That's No Moon… It's Spacedock! (39:23)

Geordi and O'Brien Meet an Olde Tyme Engineer (42:51)

Rockin' Over to the USS Jackson (44:59)

Pestering Possessed Pakleds (53:50)

Sweet Talking Deanna (57:40)

Those Mysterious, Obvious Romulans (1:01:33)

Gateway to Hell (1:07:16)

Closing (1:15:20)

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:06am MST

71: Another Dam Mission

Intelligence Gathering, Part 1.

While each season gave us a glimpse at numerous missions of the Enterprise-D, there were no doubt many more eventful days for the crew that we never heard about. Set between the fifth-season episodes "The Next Phase" and "The Inner Light," IDW's Intelligence Gathering fills in some of the blanks from mid-to-late TNG. Penned by the writing duo of Scott & David Tipton with art by David Messina, these five issues show us an untold entanglement between the Enterprise and the Romulans as we are taken through several seemingly distinct stories.

In this episode of Literary Treks Matthew Rushing and Christopher Jones walk through the first two issues of the five-part series to learn more about the Federation's follow-up to Memory Alpha, why jet skis aren't just for water anymore, and how much of Worf's character growth on The Next Generation wasn't seen on the screen, but rather in comics. We also discuss why Data is the Master of PowerPoint, why privacy doors were installed on later versions of the holodeck, and why the Federation flagship is being sent to resolve a labor dispute involving a dam.

In our news segment we try to figure out why Star Trek and Planet of the Apes are a perfect match that's long overdue, get some more tidbits from Peter David about a new New Frontier, and touch on the second part of The City on the Edge of Forever from IDW and John Byrne's latest photo comic, Time's Echo.

 

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Star Trek meets Planet of the Apes (3:29)

Peter David confirms new New Frontier (8:03)

The City on the Edge of Forever Part 2 now available (9:20)

John Byrne's Time's Echo now available (11:42)

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Feature: Intelligence Gathering, Part 1

Lost Stories from TNG Season Five (16:29)

Daystrom One Is ALIVE! (22:32)

Mystery Attackers (32:19)

Another Dam Mission (40:42)

Diplomatic Worf (44:31)

Final Thoughts (53:46)

Closing (56:46)

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:26pm MST

70: Data = Saffron

Jeffrey Lang: The Light Fantastic.

When Data sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise crew in Nemesis, we all thought it was the end of the beloved android. But in Cold Equations, David Mack gave Data a second chance at life and opened the door to new possibilities. Now, in The Light Fantastic, Jeffrey Lang continues the story—which was in fact started in his own 2002 novel Immortal Coil—as Data and Lal find themselves facing off against a familiar foe from their days aboard the Enterprise-D: Moriarty.

In this episode of Literary Treks we're joined by Jeff to talk about the origins of the story, whether or not Sherlock was an inspiration for parts of the concept, the idea that Data may be an android version of a Trill, and how dealing with adolescene plays a key role in Data's new life. We also find out why Data is like saffron and where the story might go next.

In our news segment we learn more about John Jackson Miller's upcoming story Takedown, the forthcoming limited-edition book Return to Tomorrow that will take back to the making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture through interviews from the time, and we dress the final frontier.

 

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Riker prepares to Takedown Picard (1:55)

Making The Motion Picture with Return to Tomorrow (6:21)

Dressing the Final Frontier (10:56)

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Feature: The Light Fantastic with Jeffrey Lang

The Origins of The Light Fantastic (18:52)

Like an Episode of Sherlock (24:26)

An Android Version of a Trill? (28:35)

Like Saffron (33:17)

Vic, The Doctor, and Moriarty (36:30)

Written By a Dad (45:32)

Dealing with Adolescence (51:23)

Developing Geordi, Love Life and More (55:44)

Continuity Touchstones (1:01:59)

Where Might the Story Go Next? (1:08:22)

What's Next for Jeff? (1:14:37)

Closing (1:19:36)

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Category:Books -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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