W-AI-ZARDS OF THE COAST: With the publishing of Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants! people noticed that some of the art looked…suspicious. It was revealed that the artist in question had used AI-engines to “enhance” the art they created for the book. Our hosts dive into this discussion and branch out from there.
STRANGER NEW WORLDS: Even though only three episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2 were available (at the time of the recording), they were so good our hosts couldn’t let another week go by without discussing this incredible show. SPOILERS abound for those specific episodes.
SECRET INVASION…OF A.I.: Marvel seems to have hamstrung the release of its new Disney+ series, Secret Invasion, when viewers quickly noticed the apparent artlessness of the show’s opening credits and that they seemed to have used A.I. engines to create it instead of, you know, any of the artists it employs.
STIFLED PRODIGY: Paramount+ has been on a Star Trek kick for the last few years, but all might not be as rosy at it seems. Not only has it cancelled the all-ages-aimed animated series, Star Trek: Prodigy, it has also removed all the episodes from their proprietary streaming service––even though season 2 is wrapping production.
A BEAST OF A SURPRISE: D. Bethel takes a moment to discuss Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and how it pleasantly surprises in terms of actually being a good Transformers movie (who knew?).
TREK TALK: Though they recorded before First Contact Day actually happened, our hosts have been thinking and watching a lot of Star Trek recently and give their takes on the state of the franchise before the (any?) announcements that may have happened this week.
“Disco McCoy” (8 April 2022): Our episode about last year’s First Contact Day.
A QUALITY BALANCE OF MERCY & TERROR: This week, our hosts discuss the simply incredible finale for the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: “A Quality of Mercy.” They discuss the merits of the episode on its own and as a finale for a new Trek show, but they also cover how it intersects with the original series’ first season episode, “Balance of Terror.”
(00:00) Intro – Stop with the fireworks already
(01:53) First season finale to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
(42:37) Outro – Dan talks about Thor: Love & Thunder (end credit music spoilers, no story spoilers)
“The Effect of Randomosity” (21 November 2014): Where our hosts talk about an alternative reality in the original Star Trek series called “Mirror, Mirror.”
“Starfleet First” (31 January 2020): Where Andrew reflects on the premiere episode of Star Trek: Picard.
“The Spicy Circle” (13 May 2022): Where our hosts cover the premiere episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds first season.
WEEKIN GEEK: It’s a week all about television as Andrew watches the first few episodes of the CW reboot of Kung Fu while D. Bethel compares his experience watching the first few episodes of Amazon’s Invincible and Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy.