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The Red Angel is not Picard

The Red Angel is not Picard
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Without news to cover this week, we jump right into our new segment, random Memory Alpha article before diving into the main topic this week, a discussion of Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 Episode 10 “The Red Angel”! There’s spoilers abound in this week’s episode, so make sure you are caught up on Discovery before jumping into our discussion on Airiam’s funeral, the Red Angel’s identity, Section 31, and more!

We’ll be back next week to review Discovery Episode 11 “Perpetual Infinity”!

What did you think of “The Red Angel”? Are you sad to see Airiam go? How do you feel about the big reveal? Did you enjoy our new Memory Alpha segment?

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The Red Angel is not Picard

Welcome to Earth-2 Ep 06: Ryan and the Hologram

Ryan, being stuck on Earth-2 for six weeks now, is feeling a little down but then again, maybe he made it with a hologram! Tune in to find out.

Will Ryan put his foot in his mouth yet again?  Will Ryan ever check out his new room? Would you do it with a hologram?

Listen in, and perhaps those questions will be answered.

Somehow, in a major plot hole that will likely never be explained, Ryan can still receive email on Earth-2, so send him one at Earth2@heroespodcasts.com!  He might even read it in the next episode.  Don’t like Ryan?  We don’t blame you!  Simply address it to another person on the show and we will make sure it gets to them.

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Ryan Couture

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Welcome to Earth-2 Ep 06: Ryan and the Hologram

RR14: The One With The Whales

Our Trek back through the original Star Trek movies continues with our discussion on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home… or… the one with the whales. In our first episode of 2018, Greg, Jeremy, and Derreck complete the Original Series trilogy by traveling back to 1980s San Francisco to look for a couple of humpback whales, transparent aluminum, and nuclear whessels.

So sit back, relax, and Voyage Home with us for arguably the most lighthearted Star Trek film.

How do you feel about the highest grossing Original Series movie? Do you think it hit the mark or do you think it was just a little too silly? Did it leave too much of the Treknobabble behind or did it open the doors to a wider audience?

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Join our three-man crew for a journey that will span decades, every episode, every series, every movie, and every possible timeline no matter how small.

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Derreck Mayer
Jeremy Monken

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Flying Killer Robots

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RR14: The One With The Whales

RR12: Quentin Tarantino Star Trek Pitch

With Quentin Tarantino behind the helm of the next Star Trek movie AND Patrick Stewart showing interest in returning to the role of Picard, your three hosts work together to pitch the movie we think could come from such a partnership. We get through the basic premise and the first two acts before running out of time, so be sure to check it out!

We’ll give you a hint, there’s a taste of “Yesterday’s Enterprise” mixed in with “All Good Things…” and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Curious?

Listen in and let us know what you think of our idea, how you think it should end, or what you would pitch for a Quentin Tarantino directed Star Trek movie with Patrick Stewart!

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Greg Bosko
Derreck Mayer
Jeremy Monken

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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Flying Killer Robots

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RR12: Quentin Tarantino Star Trek Pitch

SMT08: Cowboy Bebop, Futurama, Blueberry Morning

We are taking our first animated trip overseas with an episode of the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop (Cool your transforming jets, weaboos. This may not happen again). We discuss the somewhat controversial episode Cowboy Funk, arguably the most cartoony episode of Bebop. Maybe 2nd to Mushroom Samba?

Then we travel far into the future and a bit into the past with an episode of what is probably our shared favorite show after early Simpsons, Futurama with the fantastic episode Roswell that Ends Well. We discuss the sad hungry bug monster that is Doctor Zoidberg, explore what Bebop’s Fey and Futurama’s Fry have in common, and ask why Fry becoming his own grandfather doesn’t impact his descendant, Doctor Farnsworth.

We finish things out with a discussion of the healthy granola-adjacent cereal, Blueberry Morning.

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SMT08: Cowboy Bebop, Futurama, Blueberry Morning

RR06 – Space Whales and Time Travel

It wouldn’t be Star Trek without a convoluted time travel plot, which Discovery delivers with episode 7, “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.” This week, we are joined by cosplayer and Trek aficionado Michael Nguyen (sitting in for Derreck). We start the episode with a discussion of our favorite time travel themed episodes with a TNG classic and a couple of chroniton-packed DS9 episodes.

Then, we take our discussion to the details and plot points of “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” as well as some good-natured griping about the current state of pop culture criticism regarding Discovery. We discuss the music of Wyclef Jean, beer pong, and Trojan space whales. We also highlight our favorite Staments line so far, “As days go, this is a weird one.”

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RR06 – Space Whales and Time Travel

Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu – Review

Shortly after the Hugo Awards every year, I look over the list of winners (and other nominees) to get an idea of what I should read in the near future.  One of the big awards given out at WorldCon is the Campbell Award, which is NOT a Hugo Award, but it is awarded as part of the Hugo Awards ceremony.  From the Wikipedia article on the subject, the Campbell Award is “given annually to the best new writer whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the two previous calendar years”.

This year, the winner of the Campbell Award is Wesley Chu.  To be honest, I had never heard of him before.  But walking through Barnes & Noble the other day, I stumbled upon his latest book, Time Salvager.  Since I now recognized his name as the winner of the Campbell Award, I went ahead and picked it up.  I’m almost always looking for something new and fun to read, and the book looked like it had an interesting premise:  (No spoilers beyond what you could read on the book jacket.)

 

The bulk of the story is set in the 26th century, by which humanity has spread out through most of the solar system.  But due to the variety of wars and disasters that have occurred over the centuries resources are scarce and a great deal of scientific knowledge has been lost.  And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the Earth is nearly uninhabitable.

James is a Chronman, a time traveler, from this era.  His job, as supervised by ChronCom, is to travel into the past when valuable items (usually power generators) were lost, usually because they were destroyed, and retrieve them prior to their destruction.  That way very few “temporal ripples” are created since the end result is generally the same for the people in that particular place and time.

There are a set of Time Laws that govern the appropriate use of time travel, the first and most important of which is that you should NEVER bring a living being from the past into the present.

James breaks that rule when he brings a scientist from the past, Elise Kim, into the present.  Which makes both James and Kim fugitives in an incredibly hostile environment.

I was hooked pretty strongly through most of the book.  It’s incredibly well written, and the very rarely slows down.

Time Salvager

I have two complaints about how Time Salvager progresses, however.  First, James begins to suffer physical and mental side-effects due to his frequent time travel while on the run without having access to proper medical care.  But those complications seem to be largely unnecessary.  They don’t seem to progress much beyond the state of “he has them”.  They don’t get particularly worse or better as the story progresses, and only once do they seem to directly interfere with an objective that James is trying to accomplish.

Second, and much more importantly for me, is that it feels like the book is meant to be the first in a series, but doesn’t do enough to provide a sense of closure or accomplishment within the scope of itself.  A variety of discoveries and revelations are made throughout the course of the book, but ultimately it feels like all the characters manage to accomplish is a brief reprieve until the next book.  None of the big ‘problems’ that are introduced are resolved, and we’re treated to a brief scene at the end where we get a peak that things are about to get much worse for the protagonists.

Given the scope of the problems that are introduced as the story progresses, and believe me they are pretty big, I understand that I’m probably asking a lot to have a better sense of resolution in this one book.  Because those problems are huge.  It just doesn’t change the fact that I felt more than a little frustrated and a little let down once I finished reading the final page.

All in all, I would highly recommend picking up Time Salvager.  It’s a rather inventive and new (for me at least) application for how to use time travel in a story.  The characters are very well fleshed out and realized characters, and the writing is great.  I just wish that those characters had managed to accomplish a bit more than they managed to in this one novel.

Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu – Review