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Kamen Themes

Kamen Themes

A YEAR IN REVIEW: Since this is the last episode of the year, our hosts decide to look back at the 2022 that was, diving into the controversies, the rabbit holes, and the individual favorites that defined the year for our hosts.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Doctor Ennui” (27 August 2021): Where Andrew first dives deep into the Super Sentai pool.
  • An Optimistic Dystopia” (12 August 2022): Where D. Bethel talks about Stray.
  • Waiting for Helicopter” (30 September 2022): Where our hosts talk about the strange and frustrating actions taken by the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery.
  • Aggressive Modulation” (04 November 2022): Where our hosts discuss the growth, the themes, and the impact of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Tweets to Toots” (09 December 2022): Where our hosts talk about how Star Trek: Deep Space Nine establishes itself at the beginning of its first season.

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Aggressive Modulation

Aggressive Modulation

POST-TWITTER ERA: Our hosts start the show lightly discussing the recent Twitter takeover.

ALL GOOD THINGS: Co-host, D. Bethel, has actually finished watching all of the aired episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. As a proud mentor, Andrew talks with Dan about the show itself, its place in the continuity, and its impact on tv ever since.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Crow Hat” (31 July 2015): Where our hosts talk about the premiere episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint.”
  • Hot Sauce Box” (24 February 2017): Where Andrew subscribes to a quarterly hot sauce grab-bag.

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Maymory

Maymory

THE OUTCAST: In celebration of the start of Pride Month, our hosts look at one of the most blatant attempt to address LGBTQ+ issues done by Star Trek: The Next Generation in their fifth season episode, “The Outcast,” and how its success in that endeavor may have changed over time.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • All the Way” (26 September 2014): Where our hosts talk about the Highlander franchise.
  • Wise Captain-Father” (19 April 2019): Where our hosts talk about how The Orville out-Star Treks Star Trek in a lot of ways (at the time).
  • Dicksisms” (06 September 2019): Where our hosts talk about the prolific Doctor Who writer, Terrance Dicks.
  • Televisionatic” (28 January 2022): Where our hosts discuss the game-changing pair of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, “Best of Both Worlds.”

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The Spicy Circle

The Spicy Circle

STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Our hosts discuss the premiere episode of the brand new Star Trek show on Paramount+, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a show that’s a throwback not only in continuity, but in its episodic approach to storytelling.

DOCTOR NEW: Last weekend brought the announcement of the actor who will replace Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor in the legacy BBC science-fiction show, Doctor Who. Our hosts discuss their excitement for the announcement of Ncuti Gatwa as the 14th Doctor.

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Cowboy Diplomacy

Cowboy Diplomacy

DECK PICS: Andrew got his hands on the new Steam Deck and shares his initial thoughts––and experiences––with it.

UNIFICATION: With D. Bethel on the Paramount+ bandwagon––because he missed Star Trek: The Next Generation so much––he and Andrew discuss the return of Spock in Season 5’s “Unification I” and “Unification II.”

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Brought to You by Convalescence” (20 November 2015): Where D. Bethel and Andrew discuss the interesting video game board game, Armello.
  • Love the Stank” (30 December 2016): Where Andrew first discusses playing Stardew Valley.
  • Disco McCoy” (08 April 2022): Where our hosts cover all things Star Trek with this year’s “First Contact Day” celebrations.

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Beware the Harp Ladies

Beware the Harp Ladies

HAPPY STAR TREK DAY: This week, 8 September to be specific, the world celebrated Star Trek Day. With one of our hosts being an avowed and public Star Trek fan, our hosts discuss the ways they decided to celebrate: Andrew watched all the exciting announcements and trailers from the Paramount+ Star Trek Day Celebration event while D. Bethel coincidentally started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation not more than a week ago and is enjoying every minute of it so far.

RELEVANT LINKS:

  • Asplund, Andrew. “News Blast: Star Trek Fan Films.” A Website [ , ] For All Intents and Purposes, 23 June 2016.
    • Where Andrew covered the strange legal journey of fan films of the beloved franchise.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Crow Hat” (31 July 2015): Where Andrew and D. Bethel watch and discuss the pilot episode(s) for Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Encounter at Farpoint.”
  • Butt Magic” (16 October 2020): Where Andrew discussed his joy having watched the first season of the hit adult animated series, Star Trek: The Lower Decks.

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U3DS

U3DS

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew enthusiastically plays the 2nd edition of Pathfinder, despite not fully enjoying the first edition, while D. Bethel gets really excited to play an adventure game based on one of his favorite comics, Blacksad, but gets horribly disappointed by Blacksad: Under the Skin.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • The Volumometer Incident” (10 July 2014): Where Andrew shares his experience playing the Pathfinder card game.
  • Starting By Starting” (03 January 2020): Where D. Bethel discusses the noir adventure game inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Frogwares’ The Sinking City.
  • Nature’s Velcro” (03 July 2020): Where Andrew plays the computer RPG, Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

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  • Here’s D. Bethel’s fan art of Blacksad.

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Starfleet First

Starfleet First

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew talks about becoming enraptured by the first episode of the new CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Picard while D. Bethel enjoys the poignant but strange end to a creative team’s long run on Batman with the DC Comics’ Black Label series, Batman: Last Knight on Earth by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

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