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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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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!

Star Trek lyrics: 

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/unthemely-behavior/

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May 4, 2018

So much Trek to get into that we created TREK TALK version 2! We discuss new cast members on the next season of Discovery, including possibly a young pointy-eared, pasty-faced half-alien with a bowl cut, perhaps? We delve into Star Trek 4 and Trek history being made with the hiring of a female director on a Trek film for the first time (in 40 years, sheesh)! We speculate how the arrival of the Enterprise might affect continuity within Discovery, Qstorm gives out little morsels about the Star Trek Discovery tie-in novels Desperate Hours and Drastic Measures. And as a bonus, Qstorm schools Big Sexy on the basics of filmmaking! There's so much in this episode, we need a tank of transparent aluminum to contain it! 

Paramount Confirms Two Star Trek films In Development: https://goo.gl/beMXJ8

Tarantino's Trek Project Could Set Up Separate Movie Series: https://goo.gl/35sXao

S.J. Clarkson Becomes 1st Female Director in Trek Franchise History: https://goo.gl/z3QEzM

1st Look At Discovery Season 2: https://goo.gl/8VZ2fE

Spock Will Appear in DSC Season 2: https://goo.gl/Fi9su2

Tig Notaro Cast As Chief Engineer: https://goo.gl/hJNsSb

Anson Mount Cast in Key Role in DSC Season 2: https://goo.gl/KdUz7x

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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!

 

 

Mar 25, 2018

Apologies for the delay in episodes, but we are back! And to quote Picard, "We have engaged the Borg!" The Red Shirts are all onboard with our first ever audio commentary for Star Trek First Contact. All you have to do is set your player at the 2:45 mark (two minutes, 45 seconds...right before the camera pulls out from Picard's eye/pupil), you'll hear me countdown from 3, 2, 1, then PLAY and we're off and running saving planet Earth! This was a long time coming and it was a blast to do, so hopefully you'll enjoy our comments, observations, protestations, etc. Let us know what you think! We may just do another one (Final Frontier, anyone?)

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and now on YOUTUBE: goo.gl/8PLK9M Subscribe to see reviews of each and every episode of Star Trek Discovery!

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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! 

 

Feb 28, 2018

What can I say? Our navigator took a wrong turn into the Badlands, we got flung into the Gamma quadrant, took us a month to get back (Janeway says "Hi"). But we're back...and in that time, we've all had a chance to watch and re-watch this premiere season of DSC as well as the finale. Now it's time to discuss! This episode, we beam aboard Stephen Bates, host of the Just The Two Of Us Podcast; he brings some incisive insight to the proceedings! We review the season overall, the finale, things we liked, things we disliked (Ceti Alpha V eels?), what we want to see next season and a lot more. Plus, in non-Trek news, we give our quick takes on the Black Panther phenomenon and we spend a brief moment reflecting on Star Trek's promising outlook on the future in the wake of the tragic events in Florida. 

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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! 

 

Jan 24, 2018

Yes, the Red Shirts' latest mission was delayed due to an encounter with the I.S.S. Internet, I almost had to stab Mirror Craig J. in the damn turbolift and Mirror Big Sexy is trapped in an agonizer right about now. But your captain is present and accounted for! On deck today: we discuss the return of Discovery! But even before we get into that, we touch on the #MeToo movement and its connection to Star Trek, I present a wacky theory about the connection of DSC Klingons to TOS Klingons, then we get into Black Mirror: CALLISTER! And somehow, we wind up talking about HBO's Westworld?? Last, but not least, we discuss if CBS All Access is worth paying for, once DSC wraps up its first season. We're behind a couple episodes, but we're still right on time!

Dec 27, 2017

Happy holidays, fellow Trekkies! The U.S.S. Internet is down one crew member this mission, Craig J. had to handle other business. Nonetheless, we made our list, checked it twice and came up with the top two contenders in the battle for most annoying: Wesley Crusher and Jake Sisko! Yes, we put these two to the test, we make the case for both to determine who is the worst! We also touch on other contenders such as Naomi Wildman, Icheb, Charlie X, and yes...Alexander Rozhenko! 

Trailers for two episodes of Wesley and Jake at their arguable worst:

(Jake) Nor the Battle to the Strong goo.gl/FN9ccX

(Wesley) Journey's End goo.gl/MrpCQZ

Take a listen then YOU DECIDE! And don't forget to check out the RED SHIRTS here:

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Dec 12, 2017

Star Trek bout to get medieval on your a**! Yup, famed director Quentin Tarantino has expressed interest in Star Trek! Of course, the Red Shirts had to investigate this phenomenon. We discuss Tarantino's possible R-rated Trek film and the impact on the franchise. Has this made Star Trek relevant again? We'll get into it! We also cover Patrick Stewart's statements on the franchise. Then we get into what we're watching while we await the return of Star Trek Discovery next month! Yeah, this away mission is all over the place, but you're more than welcome to come along!

And don't forget to check out the RED SHIRTS here:

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and now on YOUTUBE: goo.gl/8PLK9M Subscribe and get weekly reviews of Star Trek Discovery!

And email us at redshirtspodcast@gmail.com

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! 

 

 

Nov 26, 2017

The crew of the USS Internet wishes all in the Alpha quadrant a happy post-Thanksgiving! While you’re digesting all the turkey sandwiches, turkey stew, turkey soup, basically anything and everything that mom can make with leftover turkey, take a moment to kick back and check out our latest show, TALKIN’ TREK with special guest DaVette See of the popular BLACKGIRLNERDS blogsite! Join us in a free-flowing chat about Vulcans, TOS, TNG, Big Sexy rejoins us and gives his brief thoughts about Star Trek VI (as Craig and I did on our last episode) and we go deep into the diversity of Star Trek Discovery…yes, we go SJW, folks, with a focus on Michael Burnham! We go all over the place, but you’re in the right place here on the RED SHIRTS!

And don't forget to check out the RED SHIRTS here:

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and now on YOUTUBE: goo.gl/8PLK9M Subscribe and get weekly reviews of Stsr Trek Discovery!

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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! 

Nov 16, 2017

Q gives a quick review of Star Trek Discovery's fall finale Into The Forest I Go and proves why he thinks the Ash/Voq theory is TRUE! Do yourself a favor, go check out the episode, then come back, take a listen, then give us your opinion on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, Tumblr page, or send us an email at redshirtspodcast@gmail.com!

Nov 3, 2017

It's just Q and Craig J. on this mission as we break down and review the final Star Trek movie to feature the original cast! We welcome back the Klingons that we know and love as we delve deep into the minutiae of this movie. And for some unknown reason, Craig attempts to coerce Q into watching...the Orville!? Does he succeed? Listen and find out! We also go off course for a bit and discuss Stranger Things!

And don't forget to check out the RED SHIRTS here:

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and now on YOUTUBE: goo.gl/8PLK9M Subscribe and get weekly reviews of Stsr Trek Discovery!

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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! 

Nov 3, 2017

I was going to release the latest podcast, a review of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but consider this a preemption. That episode is on deck, but first, consider this the sequel to the Red Shirts podcast STAR TREK NEMESIS: STOP THE HATE. Once again, we're on a crusade against haters, but this time, we're targeting Discovery haters. Some fans have valid gripes about the show, even though I disagree, but this episode addresses those OTHER complaints from alleged Star Trek fans.

Sep 26, 2017

The USS Internet returns for an episode 12 years in the making! STAR TREK DISCOVERY, the first Trek TV series since Enterprise went off the air in 2005 is finally here and we go all in to review this latest entry into the Trek universe. Robb Gallo returns with Tom Connors of Midnight's Edge and Midnight's Edge After Dark. Not only do we discuss Discovery but Q challenges the crew to see where their loyalties lie, with Trek..? Or with (dum dum DUUUUMMMM) Orville!

Check out Robb Gallo & Tom Conners on...

Midnight's Edge: goo.gl/Yj2DG8

Midnight's Edge After Dark: goo.gl/vUGGkz

Sign up for CBS All Access: goo.gl/iizWs6

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and now on YOUTUBE: goo.gl/8PLK9M Get my initial reaction to DISCOVERY! goo.gl/s6jqRE

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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! 

 

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