We missed you Jean-Luc! Picard as the moral center of Star Trek, and the greatest of its captains.
Romulans. How to tell a Vulkan from a Romulan? Exploding stars. Detecting supernovae. The death cycle of a red supergiant. The reliability of physics across timelines/universes. The dangers of cleaving planets.
“Post scarcity” with holodecks and replicators, and the realization that there is still a limited resource: energy. Star Trek Kardashev levels.
Data. Lore. Data’s “daughter” from that one time on TNG. Bio-synthetic intelligent life. How important is embodiment?
Star Trek Beyond: drone swarms, teleporters, and decompression w/ Jolene Creighton: Decipher SciFi
Star Trek First Contact: transhumanism technology and ant behavior w/ Jolene Creighton: Decipher SciFi
Star Trek IV – The Journey Home: whale margarine, transparent aluminum, and time travel: Decipher SciFi
Star Trek Voyager: water, galactic scales, and coffee replicators: Decipher SciFi
Best Star Trek movies. Liking things because they are familiar. The odd-even Star Trek movie rule. Mathematical proofs. Dismissing the reboots.
Giant cylinders and plumbuses. Finding out you are as an ant in the universe. Spreading across space and building giant robot suits to fight the larger incomprehensible creatures.
Using time travel to solve problems despite the consequences. Time travel anachronism stories. Bad time-travel sales pitches. The Mooreeffoc Effect. Would you go to the future? Only going forward because medicine in the past is always so bad. Time travel vaccinations.
The possibility of cetacean “language.” “Save the whales” in the 80s. Whale oil being supplanted by kerosene as industrial fuel. Stinky whale candles. The Napoleonic origins of margarine and the economics of fuel and margarine. Industrialized whaling. “Factory ships.” Realizing we are running out of whales. Continued industrial whaling, namely by Japan and some of the Nordic countries.
What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
What: The enterprise does time travel and Picard intimidates the borg with his massive guns (biceps). Directed by: Jonathan Frakes Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard
What: Leslie Nielsen and crew stop on an alien planet to investigate a previous mission and find only two survivors. With secrets. Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis
What: A really loving tribute to Star Trek and Star Trek fandom. The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. Directed by: Dean Parisot Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Richman, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Enrico Calentoni