Discovering Trek: The Star Trek Universe Companion

Discovering Trek: The Star Trek Universe Companion

Discovering Trek will be the definitive look at every brand new episode in the Star Trek Universe!! This podcast will look at the story and characters, but will also look to see what we might discover about humanity--and maybe even ourselves--in the process. This podcast is filled with SPOILERS, so be sure to have watched the current episode of Star Trek before listening.


November 4, 2022 43 min

This week on Star Trek Lower Decks' incredible Season 3 finale, the Cerritos goes up against Admiral Buenamigo's computer run starship in a test to see if the California Class of starships will be replaced by the new super AI Texas class. As with any fully automated device in Star Trek, things soon go haywire and mass destruction and loss of life ensues!  Will the Cerritos survive the onslaught of not one, but three Texas ...

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This week on Star Trek Lower Decks, Captain Freeman gets her wish as "Project Swing By" is approved by Starfleet Command!  The Cerritos has been chosen for the first mission to return to, of all places, Omara - you know the drug addict planet from TNGs Symbiosis?  You would think the mission was a piece of cake, but this is Lower Decks, so nothing goes as planned  - especially when a reporter from the FNN comes on board to...

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October 24, 2022 13 min

Mike and Emilie are back with Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gray, and Ella Purnell from Star Trek Prodigy!

The second half of season 1 is on the way and Mike and Emilie were at the press junket for the new season portion. Find out how the stars of Prodigy feel about the influence their characters have on the next generation of Trek fans.

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October 14, 2022 37 min

This week on Star Trek Lower Decks, its time for the biggest sequel in the history of Holodeck blockbusters as Boimler tries to outdo Mariners first adventure Crisis Point.  Captain Dagger (Boimler) and his crew of the USS Wayfarer have to stop the Romulans from changing history when they steal a device called the Chronogami! But after some devastating news, Boimler is more concerned with finding out the true meaning of life so he...

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October 14, 2022 29 min

This week on Star Trek Lower Decks, it's the unexpected return of the Exocomp Peanut Hamper! After abandoning the crew in the Season 1 finale, Peanut Hamper has been floating in the Pakled/Federation battle debris field.  She manages to escape a Drookmani salvage ship and finds herself on an isolated planet called Areolus (no really, that's what it's called). While adjusting to living with the bird like Areore, we see h...

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September 29, 2022 35 min

This week on Lower Decks, Captain Freeman is assigned to negotiate a trade agreement with the Karemma while docked at...wait for it...wait for it...DEEP SPACE 9!!!  The return to everyone's favorite "Cardassian Monstrosity" is anything but normal as Tendi has to deal with a fellow Orion who is hell bent on keeping that Orion Pirate reputation well preserved, Boimler is raking in the latinum at the dabo table and Freema...

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September 29, 2022 35 min

This week on Lower Decks, Rutherford is having some problems with his implants and when Tendi tries to help with a cache purge, things get a little crazy as a younger version of Rutherfords conscience takes over his body and fights for control.  The two Rutherfords 'duke it out' in his mind and finally decide on a shuttle race to determine who will take over permanently.

Meanwhile on Tulgana IV, Boimler and Mariner are ass...

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September 23, 2022 30 min

This week on Lower Decks, Boimler, Tendi and Mariner discover a scheme by the dreaded Delta Shift to manipulate a ship lottery on some fancy new living quarters.  They begin a quest to get to the one terminal on the entire ship so that they can beat the Delta's at their own game. Along the way, they run into some unexpected challenges, like a Holodeck "Bonnie & Clyde" simulation run by Shax and Dr. T'ana, as we...

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September 16, 2022 28 min

This week on Lower Decks, during an away mission, Boimler, Mariner and Rutherford face their ultimate fantasies as well as their most feared nightmares, all thanks to some special glowly rocks that harness thoughts and memories. Our crew soon discovers that not all is as it appears to be and it is actually up to Tendi (struggling on her first day of Senior Science Officer training) to save the day and uncover the devious plan of t...

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September 7, 2022 31 min

Grab your bat'leths and prepare for an amazing quest, adventurers!  During their downtime, General Martok returns (kind of) to lead our Lower Deck crew on glorious quests and missions.  When on duty, Boimler decides he is going to change his ways and be more assertive, and that quickly puts him in danger with an alien who has targeted him as prey!  Meanwhile, Mariner is at odds with Ransom (again) during an away mission when h...

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September 5, 2022 28 min

This week on the season premier of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Captain Freeman is on trial for the destruction of Pakled Planet, and Mariner is not going to sit by and watch her mom go down without a fight.  The Cerritos is in a secure location and the gang hijacks a familiar piece of history to get to the ship which holds the evidence to set the Captain free!

Amazing easter eggs, wonderful callbacks to Star Trek of the past, and an u...

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July 14, 2022 37 min

It's the explosive finale of Strange New Worlds! The future of the alpha quadrant balances on the terror of Pike's foreseen future as we revisit a classic TOS episode with a twist. And who is that commanding the Farragut? Is that...Captain Kirk? Is this musical captain's chairs? What is going on as we engage the Romulans on the edge of the Neutral Zone?

Mike returns for this episode of Discovering Trek joined by Yvette...

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July 11, 2022 31 min

The crew comes face-to-face this time with the terrifying enemy of this first season of Strange New Worlds, the Gorn. But the enemy might be much closer than it appears when survivors of a marooned ship are rescued by the Enterprise. Between La'an's past trauma and Spock releasing repressed rage at crewmate's death, will the away team have what it takes to survive?

We're joined this week by Ruthie from With the Fir...

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July 6, 2022 43 min

The crew are transformed into the characters of the Elysian Kingdom, a book M'Benga has been reading to his daughter Rukiya who has also suddenly disappeared. M'Benga, and Hemmer, the only two crew members unaffected, must discover if there is a fairy behind this fairy tale, or is this just the effect of a failed experiment to save Rukiya's life.

Yvette and Matthew are joined this week by Yvette's co-host on SyFy S...

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June 24, 2022 29 min

Yeaaargh! Pirates sighted in this episode of Strange New Worlds as the Enterprise is lured outside Federation territory in a ruse to capture the ship! A potential ally turns out to be an enemy though to they do engage Spock in a fascinating conversation about false binaries he may hold about his own identity. Human, Vulcan, both, neither?

Yvette, Matthew, and guest Aiyana-Mei Tom, talk about the awesomeness that is Captain Angel, ...

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June 22, 2022 27 min

"Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach" has the Enterprise intervening in a world that is outside of Federation territory. While the ship and crew have no jurisdiction here, will Pike follow his heart and violate General Order One to save a child, a civilization, and his love's soul?

Yvette and Matthew talk about the Prime Directive, our continued love for Doctor M'Benga, Potential Borg Origins, suggest a floating c...

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June 7, 2022 53 min

This week on Discovering Trek, Mike, Yvette, Matthew, and guest Jamie Rogers discuss the Strange New Worlds episode, "Spock Amok."

The crew brings the funny in this episode with swapped identities and Enterprise BINGO. Plus, we find out that Una is not, "where fun goes to die," because people are idiots!

What did we think of the episode? Was there too much funny? And who wears the green wraparound better, Mike or P...

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June 1, 2022 36 min

This week guest host Kasey Shafsky, Yvette, and Matthew discuss the next episode of Strange New Worlds, "Memento Mori."

You're going to learn more than you knew before about brown dwarfs and their significance in song. Starfleet also celebrates their version of Memorial Day, which has a deeper impact on La'an than she thinks. Oh yeah, there's also a battle with a species known as the Gorn... you may have heard ...

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May 31, 2022 72 min

This week Mike, Yvette, Matthew, and guest Mike Thurlow discuss the next episode of Strange New Worlds, "Ghosts of Illyria."

Everyone on the Enterprise is loving on light, except for Una. She's got a secret that keeps her safe but can save everybody else as well. Meanwhile, Pike and Spock are trying to conceal themselves from an ion storm and plasma creatures.

What did we think about the episode? Is it important for so...

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May 17, 2022 48 min

This week Mike, Yvette, and Matthew, discuss the next episode of Strange New Worlds, "Children of the Comet."

Captain Pike invites members of the crew to his quarters for dinner, and the party includes Cadet Uhura. We learn a lot about her background, including that she's not sure if Starfleet is for her. She's also a singer, but more on that later.

A rogue comet is going to strike an inhabited world and the Enterp...

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