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Why the Trek is a Star Trek Discovery review and analysis podcast where David, a lifelong Trekkie who's seen every episode and movie of Star Trek at least once, and Zach, a novice to the Trek world and a hardcore Star Wars fan, break down each episode of CBS's Star Trek: Discovery series. Why the Trek offers a unique, in-depth look into the world of Discovery, as David brings extensive knowledge and expertise of the Star Trek franchise, and Zach provides a fresh, out of the box view of the u ...
 
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David explains the effect Discovery Season 2 has had on his star trek fandom. Zach wants to know why Control was handled worse than Ultron. We discuss why season 2 feels like a badly written group project report in college. Come back in a few weeks for our full season 2 recap roundtable!By David and Zach break down each episode of Star Trek Discovery
 
David can't take it anymore, but Zach remains calm, cool, and critical. David defends Georgiou's supernova suggestion and rails against the hypocrites in the room (Cornwell). Zach reimagines the telling of this episode if the Spore Drive was damaged, and it makes a lot more sense.By David and Zach break down each episode of Star Trek Discovery
 
David fears he's becoming a nitpicker, and Zach compares watching DSC to The Bachelor. Zach questions Saru's post-Vaharai competency as a leader and asks if his lack of fear hurts his ability to act rationally (Zach also pitches Free Solo as a comparison point to Saru). We get spun up on time travel storytelling and how stereotypically treacherous …
 
Our disappointment, unfortunately, continues. Dave and Zach discuss why they feel this episode (and the season of late) are going down the wrong path. Everyone's a bit confused on the ever-expanding feature list of the Red Angel suit. Zach explains why the changes to Leland cheapen the character, and Dave pledges his unwavering commitment to optimi…
 
This episode really didn't stick the landing for us. David wants to know why anthropologists are building time machines just to test their pet theories. Zach teaches a class on time travel paradoxes, complete with examples involving a German child in the early 20th century. Not to poke fun, but if we designed ocular scanners, we would also put need…
 
We discuss how Airiam was misused in this episode as a one-off character, from her backstory through her apparent demise. Zach points out how this episode raises good questions about simulation and realistic fakes, and the challenges to understanding what is true in the world. David salutes Nhan, the one character who seemed to be focused on her jo…
 
Zach complained and his wish was granted: an episode free of spore magic! David discusses the tragic, but beautiful ending to Pike's arc, as illuminated by this episode. We wonder if all might not be as it seems vis-a-vis the Squid Robots vs Red Angels, similar to the Kelpians and Baul. We loved the finale to this episode!…
 
Zach wonders if Paul Stamets and the Spore Drive have become too powerful, like a Golden Gun for Star Trek storytelling. We really like Ethan Peck's Spock so far, and we're excited for more, but the decision his family makes has us wondering: is the Federation justice system complete garbage? Finally, David predicts the DC-Star Trek crossover event…
 
This is a long one, sorry, we have a lot to get off our chests. Did the Baul do nothing wrong? That's not a joke, Zach and David seriously consider the question. Zach asks: how can the Disco crew mess up the prime directive when they debated it at length in episode 2? David shares his crazy theory about what the Red Angel is really up to.…
 
Did this episode have a HUGH reveal or a HUGE reveal? Roger joins the podcast again to discuss all of the flaws and features of episode five. Roger points out some uncomfortable similarities between Star Trek and Scientology. David fixes some of the more frustrating science in this episode with the transporter. We really hope this episode was a bri…
 
Derek joins us once again as co-host. To get started on the right foot, David immediately pronounces "Charon" wrong. We dive deep on what we learn about the Ja'Sepp and the mycelial network, speculating about the future of the spore drive. Finally, Derek points out: without fear, Saru is faster, stronger, and has sharper senses than all of the rest…
 
Big thanks to deputy assistant back-up host, Roger, for helping with this episode! Discovery takes a backseat to the Empire this week. First, we discuss family counseling in the 23rd century and then move onto the logistics of Klingon combat (Ash looked magnificent)! David points out a suspicious coincidence between Discovery and The Orville. Roger…
 
We're going to church this week! There was a lot to gripe about, but even more to love. First, we struggle to rationalize the population size of New Eden, to the point of looking up but failing to use the population growth equation. David looks to TNG to try and make sense of the Prime Directive conundrums in this episode. Zach is awfully bothered …
 
David is joined by Roger once again to discuss the Harry Mudd-centric Short Trek: The Escape Artist. Roger discusses how the Mudd we saw in season 1 seemed incongruous with the character in the Original Series. David points out that it was interesting that Gene Roddenberry felt people like Mudd would still exist in his humanist vision of the future…
 
David is joined by guest co-host Roger to discuss Calypso. We wonder how the Discovery ended up so far into the future without a crew. Roger discusses how Craft spurred the emotional evolution of Zora. David poorly recalls the story of Odysseus based on an episode of Wishbone.By David and Zach break down each episode of Star Trek Discovery
 
First, Zach gives us a spoiler-free review of the premiere of the newest season of Doctor Who! We discussed how both Doctor Who and Discovery faced some unexpected backlash based on their choices for series leads. And then, new Star Trek Discovery content! Unfortunately, Zach and David feel just luke-warm about the episode: Runaway seemed to provid…
 
We break down the episode that officially kicks off the Dominion War story arc in Deep Space Nine. Along the way, we ask the tough questions: Are humans prejudiced against Ferengi in the 24th century? Are the Jem'hadar 'stealth lizards'? Is the Dominion the Walmart of the Star Trek Universe? David explains why the Dominion and their technology is s…
 
This summer has granted us a wealth of great Star Trek news and Zach and David try to recap it all! Discovery Season 2 trailer! Star Trek Shorts! A Jean-Luc Picard TV show! More! Check out the Disco Season 2 trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDIlBDRkPDI And join us next time (finally) for Deep Space 9’s ‘The Jem’Hadar’.…
 
You asked for it (you didn't), so we delivered (we did)! We start with Zach's unfiltered thoughts about Solo, A Star Wars Movie, then David tries his hardest to segue back to Star Trek Discovery. Then we get into the subject of this episode: Star Trek Deep Space Nine, S1E18 Duet. David compares the Cardassian occupation of Bajor to 19th century col…
 
We're back for part 2! We ask why Starfleet ships don't replicate shotguns and swords when they fight the Borg. David reenacts (poorly) the best monologue in Star Trek history. We discuss if Picard actually needed to be present to resolve the plot towards the end (think Raiders of the Lost Ark). Join us next time when we introduce Zach to Deep Spac…
 
Sorry about the audio in this one! We cover a few DIS bits of news regarding Captain Pike and Jonathan Frakes and then jump right into the movie. We pick apart the trouble with time travel and Zach shares his theory of the Dynamic Stability of Time. Later, we discuss what Star Trek may have looked like if Tom Hanks had played the role of Zefram Coc…
 
We start off by discussing the recent news regarding the production of Star Trek Discovery season 2... and make a bold prediction for who will play the captain! We start by poking fun at the intro music for Enterprise, which is a must since this was Zach's first episode of ENT. We also discussed why perhaps a Mirror Universe episode was a bad intro…
 
We dive into our thoughts and feelings about Discovery Season 1 as a whole, including the point where the show almost lost us, and our favorite storylines. Zach talks about why the Spore Drive plot device needs to go soon. David talks about the value of slowing down the pace of storytelling with lower, character-driven stakes. And of course, we tea…
 
Kudos to the writers and producers for giving us a very satisfying season finale in only 45 minutes (we didn’t think it could be done); we tried our hardest, but there just wasn’t much to nitpick. Zach compares L’rell to George Washington, right before President’s day. David gushes in his appreciation for how Star Trek the resolution turned out to …
 
The penultimate episode of season 1 was full of goodbyes: Sarek for now, Ash for now, Starbase 1 for good. David educates Zach about the Augment virus and why the current Klingon appearance is such a complicated mess. Zach explains why this episode worried him and how much is riding on the Discovery season 1 finale. We really did not like the spont…
 
We are not happy at all about what happened to a certain captain from the Mirror Universe! Zach points out how this episode felt almost robotic in how it moved us from Point A to Point B, but skipped over some of the most interesting bits, like the fate of the Mirror Buran. David suggests two small changes which could have radically improved the tw…
 
This is the episode where David admits he was wrong about everything about Lorca. Captain Lorca is from the Mirror Universe. Sorry. After some discussion, Zach convinces David that Voq is not gone, but merely suppressed within Ash Tyler’s mind. David tries his hardest to figure out how Prime Lorca may still be alive, somewhere out there in the Mirr…
 
The Wolf Inside, episode 11, finally lays the most obvious card on the table: Ash Tyler is Voq and he is out of control! Zach points out how poor Voq’s planning is in his assassination attempt. We discuss what a coincidence it is that Discovery is in the right place at the right time, and how time constrained the last hour of the episode is… And Da…
 
Discovery is back! Episode 10, Despite Yourself, was a roller coaster. David gets excited by the references to the Mirror Universe episodes of Enterprise and the potential to finally see a Constitution class ship on the screen. Zach loved the episode and started buying into Lorca as a “good” Starfleet captain rather than the manipulative leader he …
 
There’s just one week to go! David and Zach talk about where the show might go with the open story threads over the remaining six episodes with some absolutely awful personal theories. Is our crew of rulebreakers destined to end up in Federation prison? Are we dealing with a Michael - Ash/Voq - L’Rell love triangle that would make the Twilight trio…
 
Still treading water in the Discovery midseason break, Zach and David review the TNG episode “Sarek.” This episode gives a window into the mind of Sarek, and what we see is all the more poignant and/or tragic given what DSC season 1 has revealed about his character. David and Zach also dive deep into the differences in storytelling style, pacing, a…
 
David and Zach go back to the Original Series to understand the Mirror Universe by reviewing the episode “Mirror, Mirror.” Despite the classic (or some may say, “dated”) visuals and cheesy 60’s style fight scenes, Zach enjoyed the episode a lot. David points out the theme of “noninterference” throughout the episode, which surprisingly parallels Dis…
 
Into the mid-season break, we go. David and Zach reflect fondly on the Chapter 1 finale with discussions about the role of Kol as a cartoon villain, L’rell’s intentions now that she is aboard the Discovery, and the possibility of the spore drive to access other universes. The show is on break, but Why The Trek is not -- stay tuned for the next epis…
 
Episode 8, “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” weaves together an A-plot on the surface of the planet Pahvo with B-plot following L’rell’s activities on The Death Ship. David loved the prime-directive implications of the planetary story but had trouble getting into the L’rell scenes. Zach remained lukewarm on the whole episode but hoped this was set up for…
 
Episode 7: “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.” Zach’s sanity is not in question, but this episode definitely made him mad. David tries to explain time crystals, which are a real thing, but actually have nothing to do with manipulating time...yet. Time travel episodes are tough to write well, and this one had a few plot holes that Zach and David …
 
A Tale of Two ‘Fathers.’ Episode 6, “Lethe” takes us on a journey into the depths of the psyches of Captain Lorca and Sarek. David is unhappy about using the intergalactic mind meld as a plot device, again, but admits the insight gained into the Sarek-Michael-Spock dynamic is worth it. Zach is seeing the darker side of Lorca’s suggestion for the ad…
 
Episode five, “Choose Your Pain” starts out brutally...with a bludgeoning message of interspecies morality that Zach almost cannot stand. It’s David’s turn this week to mess up not just one, but three names (apologies to Admiral Cornwell, Michelle Forbes, and Michelle Pfeiffer). In the midst of an episode chock full of wonderful character moments a…
 
Tardigrades, on a spaceship! It’s a new episode which means a new character with an “L” name that Zach struggles to remember (L’Rell). They correct David’s mistake about warp speed from last week in what is certain to be the first of many “corrections” segments. Zach isn’t buying the biological nature of the spore drive or the ineptitude of the Kli…
 
This week David and Zach both begrudgingly admit that there may be some advantages to DSC being broadcast on CBS All Access. They unravel some of the mysteries of the USS Discovery and a new crew with some familiar faces, including our pal Saru, the enigmatic Captain Lorca and security chief, um… Landry, right. Zach loves the Doctor Who-like horror…
 
David and Zach start out with a discussion about being forced to use CBS All Access to watch the rest of the series before jumping into the review of episode two, “Battle at the Binary Stars.” They learn a lot about Vulcan mind melds, half of which David likes and half of which he hates. Zach can’t help but compare Star Trek to Star Wars.…
 
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