Tag: tos

Episode 34: Janice Rand and the Beehive of Power

Janice Rand

What the heck is a “yeoman” anyway? After a brief history and etymology lesson, the crew turns the spotlight to everyone’s favorite Yeoman – Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney).  From Roddenberry’s initial conception of the character to her no-so-subtle feelings…

Episode 29: What does GOD need with a starship?

Sisko looking into an orb

Four fans from different backgrounds discuss their personal relationship to Star Trek’s depictions of religion, including Christian themes in TOS, Picard’s skepticism, Kira’s spirituality, and Vulcan ritual. Download Now (right-click and save) Notes and References: Ex Astris Scientia article on…

Episode 28: Her name means Freedom

Uhura

Uhura was a groundbreaking character for 1960s TV and remains a role model and cultural icon to this day. Angélique Roché of Black Girl Nerds joins us to discuss our favorite Uhura moments from TOS. Download now (right-click and save) Hosts: Andi, Jarrah and…

Episode 15: D.C. Fontana-rama

Writer Dorothy C. Fontana was the most influential woman behind the scenes on Star Trek: The Original Series, and perhaps in all of Star Trek. We talk about her start in Hollywood, her approach to writing and her significant episodes from TOS,…

Episode 11: His Name is Mudd

Mudd with androids in I, Mudd

Harcourt Fenton Mudd is an “intergalactic pimp” whom we first meet trafficking mail order brides and later see creating an android of his ex-wife just so he can keep her locked up. Yet Mudd, often described as a “loveable rogue,” is considered a…

Episode 9: Book Club – Uhura’s Song

Andi, Sue and Jarrah discuss the 1985 Star Trek novel Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan, in which Uhura uses music to unite two estranged planets of cat people. Kagan’s novel is often criticized for “Mary Sue” characters. In addition to…