There’s a conspiracy afoot, and Modi Operandus is here to help us snuff it out! When Wesley leaves the Enterprise to take his Starfleet SATs, he’s replaced by an hard nosed officer who’s out to find what’s ailing the Enterprise crew. Tough questions, tough answers, and the first “Riker Manuever” ever performed on screen!
An “ugly bag of mostly water” named Clay joins the podcast to help me understand the difficulties of terraforming a planet with only four people. In a truly amazing turn of events, an inorganic lifeform threatens the Enterprise and gives us one of the best episodes from season one of Star Trek: The Next Generation!
One of the things that separates the Original Series from The Next Generation is the fact that the Enterprise-D allowed families on board. In this episode, we examine a child-heavy episode called “When the Bough Breaks”. When kidnappers take children of the Enterprise hostage, Picard and Wesley must save the day and ban CFCs!
Clay returns to the podcast to discuss the perks to growing old! When an elderly admiral returns to a planet he visited 40 years ago, the crew of the Enterprise learns a valuable lesson about the importance of taking the correct dose of a prescribed medication.
The third time’s a charm for Modi Operandus, who returns to the podcast to help us examine the Binars, who are a race of computer/biological aliens who have been recruited to fix the Enterprise. Unfortunately, there’s a small misunderstanding and the Binars steal the Enterprise instead of fixing it. Meanwhile, Riker wonders if it’s ethically acceptable to have sex with the holodeck.
I tried to upload this podcast, but my tiny male brain couldn’t handle it. In this episode, Sean and Clay help me to understand the complex gender politics of “Angel One”. When the Enterprise finds the survivors of a crashed freighter, they first have to deal with the powerful females of the planet, who see men as second class. Naturally, Riker is sent in to handle the sexy situation.
Sean stops by to give us his thoughts about “Datalore”. Lore is Data’s brother from another mother, and he is a bad mother to boot. The second android plays mind games with the crew of the Enterprise, but is eventually undone by muscle spasms and a weak understanding of the English language. Bring out your finest crystal for this one!
I guess the holodeck is a technological feature that has somehow evaded Captain Picard for the past decade? In any case, this episode marks the first appearance of the “Dixon Hill” character and gives us a computer program questioning what exactly it means to be alive. We’ll get to all of this, but first we have to re-enable the security protocols for this program.
Modi Operandus makes a return visit to the podcast, and we discuss “Haven”. The first appearance of Lwanxana Troi is no match for our delicate sensibilities! We also wonder about 24th century harp music, what exactly it is that Riker is doing in his quarters, and is it acceptable to leave your sexy drawings of blond women out in a place where your arranged marriage bride can see them?
If you were offered the powers of a god, would you take them? The Q entity offers Commander Riker exactly that: the chance to become all powerful. Is it a trick? A trap? Or just an extremely generous proposition? The only thing I’m 100% sure of is that these new abilities will absolutely NOT go to Riker’s head! No way.