Your mission this week, if you choose to accept it, is to infiltrate and seduce the enemy for “The Enterprise Incident”!
Editor and comics scribe Kevin Church joins the show this week for a look at an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series that sees our upright heroes involved in dastardly deeds. The Romulans have improved their cloaking technology and it’s up to the crew of the Enterprise to stage a space heist in the hope of obtaining military secrets. But, can Kirk keep his new ears on straight long enough to get the device, and can Spock keep the Romulan commander in the dark about his true intentions without losing his half-human heart in the process?
The crew find themselves in a “Mission: Impossible”-esque predicament this episode, as their usual weapons of tact and phasers are replaced with some very un-Starfleet guile and deception. During our discussion, we talk about the real life international crisis that inspired the episode, the the staff changes behind the scenes that caused Trek’s third season to stumble, seeing the showrunner as the “gamemaster”, respecting your audience through judicious editing, the lighting brilliance of Jerry Finnerman, how women saved Star Trek, the rare temperament of prop professionals, and balancing moral drama with blowin’ things up real good.
We also talk about Chekov losing his head, poisoning kittens, a “season of bangers”, getting a job via Gene Coon’s nicotine addiction, the Loneliest Reman, putting clothes ON to seduce someone, and Kevin tells his Ken Ralston story. Plus, we do a lot of speculation about the upcoming Picard show and how it will deal with the Romulan refugee crisis, as well as the upcoming Section 31 show and the kinds of cloak-and-dagger tales you can tell in an egalitarian, benevolent society.
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