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30
Dec

Series guide #Startrek The Next Generation #STTNG 2 of 3 #Podcast

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Continuing our Trek ( Sorry!) into the STTNG universe this next generation special covers seasons 2 to 5 and some more of our top 10 TNG episodes and stand out episodes.

 

TOP 10 Episodes

 

SEASON 2

NONE

 

SEASON 3

Yesterday's Enterprise" S03E15

 

The USS Enterprise-C arrives from the past causing a shift in reality and the return of the deceased Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby)

 

SEASON 4

 

The Best of Both Worlds 1 S03E24 + S04E01

 

Captain Picard is kidnapped by the Borg as they begin their invasion of Federation space.

Picard is rescued from the Borg as the Enterprise races to save Earth. Data interfaces with the half-Borg Picard and finds a way to shut down the Borg ship. Guest star Elizabeth Dennehy as Starfleet Commander Shelby.

 

SEASON 5

Darmok  S05E012

Picard must learn to communicate with an alien captain who speaks in metaphors before a dangerous beast kills them both. Guest star Paul Winfield as Dathon.

 

I, Borg  S05E023

The Enterprise rescues a Borg survivor, whom Geordi names 'Hugh'. Picard plans to download a destructive computer virus to Hugh so the virus will spread throughout the collective when Hugh is sent back.

 

The Inner Light S05E025

A space probe creates a telepathic tether to Picard and causes him to experience, in twenty-five minutes, a lifetime as a married man on a world that was destroyed a millennium ago.

 

Time's Arrow  S05E026 / S06E01

A 500 year old artifact is uncovered on Earth: Data's severed head. The Enterprise investigates alien involvement in Earth's past and Data fulfills his destiny.

The Enterprise crew follow Data to San Francisco of the 1890s. The crew deals with Samuel Clemens and runs into Jack London while trying to find a way to prevent aliens from interfering with 19th century Earth. Guest star: Jerry Hardin as Samuel Clemens.

 

STANDOUT EPISODES Season 2 to Season 5

SEASON 2

Elementary, Dear Data S02E03

After Lt Cmdr. Data (Brent Spiner) easily solves an ordinary Sherlock Holmes holodeck mystery, La Forge asks the computer to make a Holmes villain capable of defeating him. The resultant Professor Moriarty (Daniel Davis) soon becomes far more powerful than expected.

The Outrageous Okona S02E04

Terri Hatcher / Billy Campbell

The Enterprise is caught up in the schemes of a flamboyant space rogue on the run, while Data explores humour with the help of a holodeck comedian (Joe Piscopo).

A Matter of Honour S02E08

Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is assigned to a Klingon vessel via an officer exchange program between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.

The Measure of a Man S02E09

After Lt Cmdr. Data refuses an order from Starfleet to be dismantled for research purposes, a hearing is convened to determine if he is a legal citizen or property of the Federation.

Contagion S02E11

A dangerous alien computer virus runs rampant through the Enterprise after causing the destruction of her sister ship, the USS Yamato.

Q Who S02E16

Q (John de Lancie) flings the Enterprise 7,000 light years beyond Federation space and introduces them to the deadly Borg.

 

STANDOUTS SEASON 3

 

Deja Q S03E13

The Q Continuum strips Q (John De Lancie) of his powers, and dumps him aboard the Enterprise.

Who Watches the Watchers S03E04

Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) must rectify the damage done when two primitives from Mintaka III catch a glimpse of a Federation observation team and eventually conclude that Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is a god.

Booby Trap S03E06

The Enterprise falls victim to an ancient booby trap set to snare starships. While in an effort to find an escape, Lt. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) finds himself falling for the holodeck's representation of an accomplished Federation engineer Dr. Leah Brahms (Susan Gibney).

 

Déjà Q S0313

The Q Continuum strips Q (John De Lancie) of his powers, and dumps him aboard the Enterprise.

Captain's Holiday S03E19

Captain Picard is convinced to take some much-needed shore leave on Risa but gets wrapped up in a woman's treasure hunt.

Hollow Pursuits S03E21

Lt. Reginald Barclay's (Dwight Schultz) use of the holodeck as an escape interferes with his duties. Meanwhile, the Enterprise suffers from mysterious and random malfunctions.

 

STANDOUTS SEASON 4

 

Family S04S02

While the Enterprise is under going repairs at Earth, Captain Picard visits his brother's family in France, Lt. Worf's adoptive human parents come to see him aboard the ship, and Dr. Crusher gives her son Wesley a personal holo-recording left by his late father shortly after the boy's birth.

Brothers S04S03

Data is summoned by his creator Noonien Soong. They are joined by Data's brother, Lore.

Remember Me S04S05

After an apparent failure of a warp-field experiment, people begin to disappear from the Enterprise with only Dr. Crusher remembering that they ever existed.

Legacy S04S06

Tasha Yar's sister Ishara seeks to restore order on their conflict-ridden colony world.

Future Imperfect S04E08

Riker finds himself sixteen years in the future. His memory of the interim is erased by a dormant virus.

Final Mission S04E10

Wesley sets off on his final mission with the Enterprise accompanied by Picard. They become stranded on a desert planet.

Data's Day S04E11

Data gets dancing lessons from Dr. Crusher in preparation of Chief O'Brien's wedding as the Enterprise brings Ambassador T'Pel to the Romulans for negotiations.

Devil's Due S04E13

A powerful mythic figure from a millennium ago returns to enslave a planet in accordance with a contract. However, Picard is convinced she is an opportunistic charlatan. Guest star Marta DuBois as Ardra.

Clues S04E13

The crew, with the exception of Data, is rendered unconscious for 30 seconds after going through a localised wormhole. However, various clues suggest they were unconscious for an entire day.

First Contact S04E14

Riker is hospitalised during a botched pre-first contact mission. Xenophobia results in increasing hostility toward his presence.

The Nth Degree S04E19

After an encounter with an alien probe, Barclay experiences great leaps in confidence and intelligence.

Qpid S04E20

Q returns to test Picard's love for an old flame.

The Drumhead S04E21

A witchhunt ensues for suspected Romulan spies aboard the Enterprise. Guest star Jean Simmons as Rear Admiral Norah Satie.

Redemption  Prt1 +  S04E26 / S05E01

Worf leaves the Enterprise to fight on behalf of Gowron in a Klingon civil war. The Klingon Civil War comes to a conclusion. Data becomes a Captain

 

STANDOUTS SEASON 5

 

"Ensign Ro" S05E02

After an attack on a Federation outpost, Picard is sent to locate a Bajoran terrorist with the help of Ensign Ro Laren.

" Disaster" S05E05

The Enterprise is without power, trapping Picard in a turbolift with three children and others in various locations. Command of the bridge falls to Counselor Troi who feels ill-prepared.

Unification S05E07+8

Spock is reported to have defected to the Romulans. Picard and Data travel to Romulus on a cloaked Klingon vessel to investigate. Spock attempts to unify the Vulcans and Romulans in peace but falls into a Romulan trap.

"A Matter of Time" S05E09

An apparent historian from the 26th century visits the Enterprise while they help a planet prevent a nuclear winter. Guest star Matt Frewer as Berlinghoff Rasmussen.

Conundrum S05E14

The crew's memories are mysteriously erased. They soon discover that they are being manipulated into taking part in a war.

Power Play  S05E15

Troi, O'Brien, and Data are possessed by entities who want control of the ship.

Ethics S05E16

Worf becomes paralyzed and suicidal. Dr. Crusher, the ship's doctor, consults a risk-taking researcher to save his life.

The Outcast S05E17

Riker falls in love with an androgynous during their efforts to rescue others of the same race who were trapped in "null space".

Cause and Effect S05E18

The Enterprise becomes stuck in a time loop but the crew retain some memory of previous instances. Guest star Kelsey Grammer as Morgan Bateson.

The Perfect Mate S05E21

Picard forces himself to resist the charms of a female empathic metamorph who is sent to marry an alien leader as a peace offering. Guest star Famke Janssen as Kamala.

The Next Phase S05E25

A transporter accident traps Geordi and Ensign Ro out of phase with normal space. While the others plan their funeral, Geordi and Ro must find a way to reverse the process and save the Enterprise from destruction.

20
Dec

Series guide #Startrek The Next Generation #STTNG 1 of 3 #Podcast

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In the first of three special podcasts Couch Commandos talk Trivia and Season 1 as well as  personal recollections of STTNG .  This is a guide to the Top 10 episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation as well as each season's standout episodes.

 

TOP 10 Episode

SEASON 1

Encounter at Farpoint S01E01

The new Starship Enterprise begins her maiden voyage by uncovering the mysteries of an advanced space station. The crew's mission is threatened by an omnipotent being named Q, who puts them on trial for the crimes of all humanity.

 

SEASON 1 STAND OUTS

Hide and Q  S01E10

Q returns to the Enterprise to tempt Commander Riker into joining the Q Continuum with the lure of Q's powers.

 

The Big Goodbye S01E12

A computer malfunction traps Picard, Data, Dr. Crusher, and Whalen in a Dixon Hill holodeck program set in early-20th-century Earth.

 

Datalore S01E13

The Enterprise crew finds a disassembled android identical to Data at the site of the Omicron Theta colony—where Data was found—which was destroyed by a life form dubbed "the Crystalline Entity." The reassembled android, Lore, brings the Crystalline Entity to the Enterprise.

 

11001001 S01E15

Bynars upgrade the Enterprise's computers in spacedock. Riker and Picard become distracted by a surprisingly realistic holodeck character.

 

Symbiosis S01E22

Picard tries to mediate a trade dispute between two neighboring planets, one of which is the sole supplier of a drug to treat the other's apparently fatal disease.

 

Skin of Evil S01E23

An evil, tar-like creature holds Troi hostage on an alien world. During the rescue mission, one of the Enterprise's crew is killed.

 

Conspiracy S01E25

The strange behavior of high-ranking officers—which earlier prompted the investigation of the crew (in "Coming of Age")—leads Picard to uncover a conspiracy within Starfleet

 

The Neutral Zone S01E26

A derelict satellite is found containing cryonically frozen humans from the 21st century as the Enterprise is sent to investigate the destruction of outposts near Romulan space.

9
Dec

Winter Finales #legionofdoom #theflash #legendsoftomorrow #Arrow #AOS - Podcast #59

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NEWS

 

Powerless , Iron Fist’s Luke Cage

 

THE FLASH  Episode Title: S03E09) "The Present"

 

With Alchemy and Savitar still looming threats, Barry (Grant Gustin) is unable to focus on the Christmas holiday, and especially his relationship with Iris (Candice Patton). Determined to stop Savitar, Barry goes to Earth-3 to get advice from Jay Garrick (guest star John Wesley Shipp). Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to help Barry fight Savitar and reveals that he's been training with H.R. (Tom Cavanagh), which doesn't go over well with Barry. As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) faces his first Christmas without

his brother Dante (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez), old wounds are reopened. 

 

DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Episode Title: S02E08 "The Chicago Way"

 

When a new Time Aberration is discovered by the Legends, they find themselves headed to 1927 Chicago. The Legends quickly realize that they have been set up by Eobard Thawne (guest star Matt Letscher), Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and the newest member of the Legion of Doom, Malcolm Merlyn (guest start John Barrowman). While everyone is trying to help fix what they think is the mission, Jax (Franz Drameh) encourages a reluctant Stein (Victor Garber) to share his secret with the other Legends. Stein is taken captive and Sara (Caity Lotz) must make the tough choice of either stopping the Legion of Doom or saving Stein. Meanwhile, Rory (Dominic Purcell) gets an unexpected visitor and is not sure how to handle it.

 

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD Episode Title: S04E08 "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics"

 

S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ghost Rider find themselves unlikely allies when the lives of all of Los Angeles hang in the balance, on the winter finale of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ 

 

 

ARROW Episode Title: S05E09 "What We Leave Behind"

 

After Prometheus attacks Curtis (Echo Kellum), Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes Prometheus knows all of Team Arrow's secret identities and is planning to come for them one by one. Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) discover a clue that links Prometheus to Oliver's past. 

 

 

 

 

3
Dec

#HeroesvsAliens #Arrow #LegendsofTomorrow #Supergirl #Flash Podcast EP 58 Couch Commandos

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NEWS ‘Snowpiercer’ ‘Lost in Space’ ‘Star Trek: Discovery ‘Arrow’

REVIEWS HEROES VS ALIENS INVASION!

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SUPERGIRL Episode Title: S02E07 "The Darkest Place"

 

While Guardian (Mehcad Brooks) tries to clear his name after being accused of a murder committed by another vigilante, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) heads out on a solo mission to rescue Mon-El (Chris Wood) who has been captured by CADMUS. While fighting to free Mon-El, Supergirl comes face to face with Cyborg Superman. 

 

 

THE FLASH Episode Title: S03E07 "Killer Frost"

 

Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) uses her powers to save Barry (Grant Gustin) but as her mother predicted, the effort unleashes her inner Killer Frost. Killer Frost goes on a rampage looking for Dr. Alchemy, kidnapping Julian (Tom Felton) and battling both The Flash and Vibe (Carlos Valdes). Meanwhile, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and H.R. (Tom Cavanagh) have a heart to heart talk. Kevin Smith directed the episode

 

 

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD Episode Title: (#407) "Deals with Our Devils"

 

Coulson, Fitz, and Reyes are trapped between dimensions, and helplessly watch as Morrow kills several agents and escapes. Fitz overhears Mace arguing with Nadeer; he needs Simmons to understand Morrow's technology, but she has been taken to Nadeer's brother, who she helps escape from his terrigen cocoon. In Simmons' absence, Radcliffe studies the technology, and is presented with the Darkhold by May in her desperation to save Coulson. Radcliffe believes the book contains too much knowledge for a person to process, but AIDA is able to read it, revealing her android nature to Coulson and May. AIDA constructs a portal through which Coulson and Fitz return. During this time, the Ghost Rider spirit had left Reyes and possessed Mack to avoid the other dimension, where it had been before. Reyes confronts the spirit, promising to serve it even after they defeat Morrow if it leaves Mack. It agrees, and Reyes returns with it through the portal. Secretly, AIDA begins experimenting with her new knowledge from the Darkhold, creating an artificial brain.

 

 

HEROES VS ALIENS INVASION

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SUPERGIRL Episode Title: S02E08 "Medusa"

 

Eliza  comes to town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters. Alex  decides it's time to come out to her mother; Kara  is shocked when Eliza suggests Mon-El) has feelings for her, and Winn and James  consider telling Kara the truth about the Guardian. Meanwhile, CADMUS unleashes a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity so Kara enlists an unexpected ally - Lena Luthor . The epic superhero crossover kicks off tonight when Barry Allen  and Cisco Ramon  seek Kara's help with an alien invasion on their Earth

 

 

The FLASH Episode Title: S0308 "Invasion!"

 

 When aliens called the Dominators attack Central City, Barry ) speeds over to Star City to ask the Green Arrow for help in stopping them. Realizing the battle against the Dominators is bigger than they thought, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow, and Barry and Cisco create a breach to bring back a secret weapon - Supergirl . Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust. Meanwhile, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to join the battle against the aliens but Iris (Candice Patton) tells him he's not ready.

 

 

ARROW Episode Title: S0508 "Invasion!"

 

ARROW CELEBRATES 100 EPISODES; THE EPIC SUPERHERO CROSSOVER CONTINUES - Oliver )wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen's Gambit. Robert  and Moira Queen  are alive and well. Laurel  is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity  and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash

 

 

DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Episode Title: S0207 "Invasion!"

 

 After learning the Dominators plan for the world, the Legends must work together with The Flash , Supergirl  and Green Arrow to kill them once and for all. Meanwhile, Stein figures out, with the help of others, how the team can terminate the Dominators, but is distracted by the aberration he realizes he created in 1987.