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The Red Shirts: A Star Trek Podcast

Three cool guys who aren't afraid to don the Starfleet red shirt uniform and go where no one has gone before! Beam aboard the USS Internet bimonthly and join us in a discussion about this beloved 50 year old institution!
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Mar 18, 2019

In this episode review, I go on a half-hour rant because this is the episode that just broke the camel's back for me. Everything that's wrong with Star Trek Discovery, at least this season, is on display in this episode: plotholes, bad characterization (spoiler: this ain't your grandfather's Spock, hell, it ain't MY Spock), tragedies that don't resonate at all...but I won't say anymore. Check out the review. WARNING: I don't hold back so make sure to check your emotions at the door. If only someone had given Spock that advice.

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Mar 13, 2019

Finally, an episode title that doesn't require Cliff Notes! If Memory Serves is the eighth episode of season 2 and although I'm late, I've logged in a review right here! 

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Mar 4, 2019

My review of the seventh episode of season two of Star Trek Discovery! Pointing out the good, the bad and the hair-pulling, bile inducing, eye-rolling frustration of this episode.

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Feb 23, 2019

Apologies for the confusion, but we had some technical difficulties that required a second upload of this episode. But here it is, our review of the sixth episode of season two, The Sounds Of Thunder, otherwise known as Star Trek Insurrection, the reboot!

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Feb 19, 2019

This broadcast is doing double duty as both a new Red Shirts episode and a weekly review of the latest episode of Star Trek Discovery! Why? Cuz our mild-mannered Craig J., who is usually very diplomatic about Discovery, went straight gangsta over this episode! He wasn't too happy, so despite the fact that I typically review these episodes solo and on camera (we didn't have time to set up a video podcast), we had to convene a special session of the Federation council and hash it all out! We also express a bit of fear about the upcoming Picard series. For better or worse, here's our review!

Feb 12, 2019

Here is the Red Shirts equivalent of "the lost episode," namely, the episode I forgot to publish way back in July 2018! Big Sexy and I continue our discussion of the game-changing Trek episode. We opine on whether DS9 was more deserving of the big screen treatment than TNG, and the addition of Ezri Dax later in the series, among other topics, and Captain Qstorm ponders the Shakesperean theatrical acting style of the one and only Avery Brooks! Enjoy this lost episode from the archives that is finally seeing the light of day!

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Feb 12, 2019

This is a rebroadcast from July 2018 where Big Sexy and I discuss the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine. Why post a previously aired show? Well, I did it once before simply because of scheduling conflicts leading to an inability to record a new show in a timely manner. But not this time! What happened was (or: whuh hah happen wuz) that after posting this first part of a two-part episode, we got into the advent of Star Trek Discovery which became our focus...so much so that I forgot to post the second part! So here, once again, is part 1 of I Survived The Dominion War! Followed by part 2!

Feb 11, 2019

The RED SHIRTS review of the fourth episode of  Star Trek Discovery, season two, An Obol For Charon. It ain't pretty, folks. No holds barred. But if the writers don't care, why should I?

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Feb 2, 2019

My review of the 3rd episode of DSC. Simply put, it's not pretty.

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Jan 28, 2019

Once I realized that this had nothing to do with The Way To Eden from TOS, I was able to relax and watch this episode objectively! Here's my review.

And check out Qstorm & Big Sexy on Midnight's Edge After Dark discussing Star Trek Discovery with Tom Connors, Robb Gallo & MechaRandom! NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED TREKKIE!!

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Jan 19, 2019

Nearly a year later and Discovery is back! Qstorm gives his impressions on this long-awaited comeback! 

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Jan 13, 2019

The U.S.S Internet NCC-1958 made a wrong turn and ended up in the Badlands (you're relieved of duty, Big Sexy! Craig, take the helm!) Actually, I dropped those two off at an uncharted planet, but made it back to the Alpha quadrant SOLO with the help of the AFRONERD RADIO SHOW on Blogtalk Radio with DBurt the Afronerd, Captain (Jay) Kirk, aka Cap, and the uncanny Daryll B. who has appeared on our show!  Well, actually, Craig and Big Sexy got dropped off I called in to their Midweek In Review show which airs every Wed. from 7:00 to 9:00, to chime in one of their topics: the cancellation of Star Trek 4! Which led to speculation that the new Picard series might be set in the Kelvin universe (although producers say otherwise), and the piece de resistance: we battle over STAR WARS vs. STAR TREK! Prepare yourself for a discussion that blows the geek meters OFF the scale!

Check out Afronerd Radio every Wed at 7:00 pm and the Grindhouse episode every Sun at 6:00 pm! http://afronerd.com/

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While you check out those archives shows, I guess I'll head back to the Delta quadrant and pick up my crew...just want to make sure the planet hasn't made biomimetic copies of them. 

Jan 10, 2019

It's Rainn-ing Mudd, Hallelujah! We have our final Star Trek Short Trek and Captain Qstorm is smiling! We discuss THE ESCAPE ARTIST and rank all four Short Treks from best to worst! The mission takes a bizarre turn as we sully our reputations as Trek fans to determine whether or not Harry Mudd appeared in the TOS episode Trouble With Tribbles! Somehow, 80s comedian Sinbad becomes a topic of discussion, and we wind down the away mission with Q providing a healthy dose of Orville haterade! It's a full show, folks!

"Becoming Pike" Anson Mount discusses Capt. Pike on DSC: https://goo.gl/gYub8B

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Jan 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Bonus points if anyone knows the corresponding stardate for 2019.

No excuses for tardiness this time, people. This Star Trek Short Trek was released in early December but the holidays fell upon us, the eggnog doth flow, mistakes were made...plus, I've been confined to quarters as a result of my reaction to this latest Short Trek. Yes, Craig J. is in the center seat this episode, as I break down why this latest DSC endeavor eschews the basic tenets of Starfleet and the Federation! Then, we discuss and debate one of many online articles that lists Next Generation characters that should appear on the new Picard series. Finally, we briefly discuss the arrival of Discovery on Blu-ray! 

TNG Characters Who Should Return In Picard's New Series: https://goo.gl/g5TzbP

Star Trek Discovery Season 1 on Blu-ray: https://goo.gl/SE1XNR

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Dec 21, 2018

Sorry for the delay, folks, but the Christmas season crept up on us, as a matter of fact, we're down one crew member on this away mission (Craig J. most likely abandoned ship to finish his shopping), but Big Sexy and your captain Qstorm, are up for the challenge. We break down the latest trailer for the upcoming season of Discovery, but first, we discuss an...ample topic...regarding a photo of the lovely Deanna Troi herself, Ms. Marina Sirtis with co-star Patrick Stewart. Q wants to know if it's live or Memorex (Big Sexy speaks on another Pinterest photo of Troi which has been making the rounds for years, which you'll have to google for yourself, I run a clean ship here)! Then we do a real time review of the trailer and give our opinions on Tilly's black goo, Pike in command, the Red Angel, what seems to be the changing perspective from Burnham as the lead to a more ensemble season, and then we address the Targ in the room..unshaven Spock!

And look for another bonus episode next week when we review the most recent Star Trek Short Trek The Brightest Star!

Marina Sirtis photo with Stewart: https://goo.gl/GZb2g6

Discovery Season Two trailer: https://goo.gl/RmGP7V

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Nov 22, 2018

Back in 2001, I sat down to watch Enterprise and after maybe three episodes, I decided it was just a big turkey, so it seemed appropriate to release our Red Shirts review of this series on Thanksgiving! Now, I don't want any Enterprise fans to beat the stuffing out of me, but that was my honest opinion back then! But I, your Red Shirts captain, decided to give it another try, sat down and watched every episode from "Broken Bow" to "These Are The Voyages" on Netflix. What motivated me to give this series a second chance? I discuss this with my fellow Red Shirts as well as give our review of an episode that marked a turning point for me: Fallen Hero. As you expand your waistlines, listen as some of us expand our minds and give this series a second opportunity to prove itself!

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Nov 12, 2018

After another long respite, the RED SHIRTS crew convenes once again to review the new STAR TREK SHORT TREKS episode entitled CALYPSO. We give our no-holds barred, unprejudiced, objective opinions on both the episode and CBS All Access, which Commander Big Sexy has some definite issues with! Well, maybe some of it is subjective, but it is what it is! We touch on rumors of a FIFTH Star Trek series starring Michelle Yeoh?? And our stalwart starship, the U.S.S. Internet finally gets a registry number! 

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Oct 9, 2018

The crew of the U.S.S. Internet is finally reunited for some high level discourse on Star Trek Discovery! A new trailer for Season 2 and the first of four 15 minute shorts are the focus of our discussion on this mission. Q provided a solo review which you can see here on YouTube: https://goo.gl/SSAKDP but now Craig J. is on deck to give his report! Then Big Sexy joins in as we review the new trailer that dropped from Comic-con this past weekend. All three of us scan this thing with our tricorders, break it down to its subatomic particles and give our takes on what looks to be another action-packed season. We still have until January 19th before Season 2 begins, but the Red Shirts are reporting for duty right now!

Discovery Season 2 trailer: https://goo.gl/kLqfrj

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Oct 6, 2018

We got the first of four 15 minute Star Trek Discovery shorts, this one entitled "Runaway" featuring character favorite Sylvia Tilley, played by Mary Wiseman. Here's my review, no-holds barred!

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Oct 4, 2018

Star Trek returns with four short ten minute films, so fire up CBS All Access (translation: re-subscribe) and once again go where no one has gone before...ten minutes at a time over four months.

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Sep 4, 2018

Apologies for the delay but we are decidedly back with a blockbuster episode featuring Robb Gallo and Tom Connor of Midnight's Edge on YouTube! This episode was recorded over two weeks ago, but Robb and Tom have beamed aboard the U.S.S. Internet with a trove of behind the scenes information about Star Trek Discovery, the recently announced Picard series, the fate of the Star Trek movies, and much more! We're making up for our absence with nearly two hours of information and no-holds barred opinion! Fasten your seatbelts...wait, this is the U.S.S. Internet, not a Sovereign class starship, no seatbelts...sorry (go watch the deleted scenes from Star Trek Nemesis to get that joke)!

Star Trek Discovery & the Return of Picard: The Controversies Behind The Scenes: https://goo.gl/fih1EU

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Aug 5, 2018

It's Captain Q and Big Sexy minus Craig J. as we undergo our latest mission into the Delphic Expanse (yes, I'm currently watching Enterprise on Netflix). We had to launch at the last minute due to the breaking news we just received: PATRICK STEWART IS RETURNING TO STAR TREK! Break out the vintage Chateau Picard, this is cause for celebration...or is it cause for concern? On this episode, we discuss Stewart's return, what stories could possibly be told regarding a 78 year-old Starfleet officer and best of all: what guest stars would we hope Sir Patrick will convince to apear?! We also address some potential nonsense regarding a rumor of the Borg queen's appearance on Discovery! So beam on up to the U.S.S. Internet, grab a glass of LaBarre's best and join in the conversation!

Patrick Stewart To Return To Star Trek: https://goo.gl/qzo22u

Borg Queen Discovery Season 2 Trailer: https://goo.gl/7pA5Fo

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Jul 18, 2018

We at THE RED SHIRTS offer our sincere apologies for the delay in programming. One of our members had a passing in the family which put things on hold for a some time. The following episode was recorded a month ago, but shelved until now, so new developments in Trek news may have occurred since the recording.

It's just Capt. Qstorm and Big Sexy piloting the USS Internet throughout the quadrant at warp 9 on this outing! But you're welcome to beam aboard as we discuss Star Trek Deep Space Nine in the first part of this two-parter! Big Sexy was already a big fan of the series, I was definitely NOT a fan when it first ran in syndication...but now that I've watched the entire series on Netflix, I wanted to share my opinions on this popular Trek series. But before we get into that, we discuss a trove of Trek news: Star Trek 4, three new Trek series, and developments on a possible Tarantino Trek movie! A lot of ground to cover, so let's set a course !

Quinto speaks about new Trek movies: https://goo.gl/UF8ys3

New Trek series coming? https://goo.gl/khnRzx

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Jun 12, 2018

If you haven't seen the TOS episode The Conscience Of The King, then this episode contains mild spoilers. Given that that program was aired in the late Sixties, there shouldn't be any spoilers for you at all, unless you're new to Star Trek, in which case, welcome! I give my review of the latest Discovery tie-in novel Drastic Measures! Please note: this is an episode formatted for YouTube, so there are moments that contain title cards which have no audio.

Jun 3, 2018

Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Ralph Ellison...all masters at their craft. Then there's Harlan Ellison, Gene L. Coon, and D.C. Fontana, the masters who wrote City On The Edge Of Forever, widely considered the best Star Trek episode of the entire TV franchise. With the help of comic book writer and Red Shirt fan emeritus Dallas Casavant, The Red Shirts delve into reviewing this classic episode of the original series today,May 27, coincidentally the birthday of writer Harlan Ellison. We get into a little bit of comic book talk and the crew nearly mutinies when Q reveals a guilty TV  pleasure!

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Thanks to all our supporters. AND IF YOU ENJOY THE RED SHIRTS, PLEASE GO TO iTunes, LEAVE A RATING AND A REVIEW! We're looking to chart on iTunes trending podcasts and we need your help! THANKS!

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