Ceti Alpha 3: A Star Trek Podcast

Ceti Alpha 3: A Star Trek Podcast

Darren, Daniel, and Phillip are marooned on Ceti Alpha 3 with only their expansive knowledge of Star Trek, and a sense of humor, to keep them alive. Join the trio as they discuss 50 years of Trek TV series and feature films. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/3169638/advertisement


September 22, 2023 53 mins
What If ... All Series Had Season 6 Character Deaths?

In the last episode of season six of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," audiences were in for the shock of their lives - Lt. Cmdr. Jadzia Dax was killed by a possessed Gul Dukat. No one saw it coming, and many fans were left bereft that one of their favorite main characters had been taken away. Whatever the behind the scenes story was of contracts and labor-management negotiations, th...
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Lower Decks Update

It has been a celebration of Star Trek animation this month with the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek: The Animated Series." The trio talks about the state of animation in the franchise, as well as the beginning of season four of "Star Trek: Lower Decks." The current animated series dropped its first two episodes, and not only featured everyone's favorite Intrepid-class starship but also some promotions for our USS ...
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September 9, 2023 44 mins
Fixing "Code of Honor"

It's the worst episode of Star Trek. Or, at least, one of the worst.

"Code of Honor" from the first season of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" has been written off by most of the cast as a racist, inappropriate episode that should never be included in the series canon again. The trio dips their toes dangerously into the waters of ... could this episode have been saved?

This heavily TOS-influenced episode feature...
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September 1, 2023 49 mins
Writing a DS9 "Q" Episode

The trickster Q bedeviled both Captains Picard and Janeway in his many outrageous appearances. However, there was only one "Deep Space Nine" episode that featured the omnipotent being in "Q-Less", a first season episode that is largely forgettable. It seemed for most that Q just didn't work in the world of Sisko and the tone of DS9 stories.

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August 26, 2023 44 mins
Megaprojects in Trek

It takes a lot of resources to build a starship - but starships are not the biggest infrastruture in the Trek franchise. The trio look at the mega projects we see in the Star Trek future, from the shipbuilding facilities at Utopia Planetia to moving Deep Space Nine.

What does it take the move a starbase from planet to planet, like we see in "Star Trek: Picard"? What about terraforming efforts? All these future en...
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August 18, 2023 64 mins
Strange, New Worlds Season Two Wrap-Up

Captain Pike and his crew of the NCC-1701 complete their second season with some very memorable highlights. "Star Trek: Strange, New Worlds" has received plenty of acclaim as the leading live-action Star Trek series, but what's behind these past 10 episodes? From musicals to "Lower Decks" crossovers, what journey and complications did we encouter? What makes this series unique and what does it ...
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August 11, 2023 54 mins
A Look Back at Star Trek: Prodigy, Season 1, Part 2

Not since the cancelation of "Star Trek: Enterprise" has a Trek series been in quite the challenge that "Prodigy" currently faces. It completed its (delayed?) second half to its first season, and then, just a few months later, it was removed from the Paramount+ streaming service. While its second season is nearing production completion, the series' future remains stuck in a time an...
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July 27, 2023 56 mins
Today's Trek and Animation

With the "Strange News Worlds" crossover with the animated "Lower Decks", the history of "two-dimensional" Trek took the next step. The trio re-visit the most significant recent moments from the many shows, as well as what's to come. Several trailers and teasers dropped featuring season four of "Lower Decks," upcoming SNW episodes, and a taste of the final season of "Discovery." There's lots still happenin...
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July 21, 2023 61 mins
Star Trek: Writers and Actors on Strike

With the WGA and SAG-AFTRA on strike, there are both immediate and potential future effects on the Star Trek franchise and fandom. With the caveat that these are minor matters compared to the larger issues labor-management issues involved, the trio looks at how current, completed (but unaired), and planned Trek series will be changed. Adding these issues to the current challenges facing Paramo...
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July 14, 2023 50 mins
DS9/TNG Crossover - Creating an Episode

In the late 90s, we had our first instance of two Star Trek television series airing at the same time. As "Star Trek: The Next Generation" began to end, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" took its first few steps into the franchise. There were some small crossovers of major characters - with Dr. Bashir and Quark making small appearances with the Enterprise-D, and Picard and "a" Riker showing up on D...
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July 7, 2023 51 mins
The Past, Present, and Future of Star Trek Streaming

The Great Trek War begins. Or so it seems.

Fans were shook when it was announced that not only was "Star Trek: Prodigy" seemingly canceled (with a season two still hanging in post-production), but that it would be almost instantly removed from Paramount+. Only a few days later, episodes 11-20 of "Star Trek: Prodigy" no longer existed in any format (except for purchase as a digital ...
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June 16, 2023 78 mins
Previously on ... "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds"

It's new Star Trek time!

Season two of "Strange New Worlds" begins, as we ended on a cliffhanger last year, and we all await the new adventures of Captain Pike and the Enterprise. The trio revists season one (some of us watching it for the first time!) and go through all the characters and storylines. What made this new live action series such a hit? How does it work as both a new and...
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June 9, 2023 55 mins
Creating a New Trek Series: Gamma Station One

In the wake of "Star Trek: Picard," and fan hopes for a "Star Trek: Legacy" series with the Enterprise-G, the trio create the next 25th Century live action Trek series.

They begin with the initial premise of a "Star Trek: Janeway" but quickly find themselves in the Gamma Quadrant, as a new Bajoran space station is completed. This quadrant, formerly dominated by the Founder-led Dominion, i...
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June 2, 2023 57 mins
Best of ... Star Trek!

With the arrival of 300 episodes, stranded here on Ceti Alpha 3, the trio opens up about their favorite scenes from almost 60 years of Star Trek. They span the centuries of the franchise for moments that continue to echo throughout the years. Join us in this retrospective of the Best of Star Trek!

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May 26, 2023 67 mins
The Next Generation Season One - Trivia Time!

With the closing(?) of The Next Generation story with season three of "Star Trek: Picard," let us go back to the beginning - how well do we know how it all started!

The trio is split up for some trivia questions involving pre-production of TNG, as well as the going-ons of the 1987-1988 premiere season of Next Gen. How well do you know about origins of all the characters? Including names t...
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May 19, 2023 53 mins
Mothers in Trek

WIth Mothers' Day being celebrated in many countries this past week, the trio looks at the many mothers in Trek. The definition can be narrow or liberal (is the Borg Queen a mother???), but many characters have raised offspring of various sorts throughout the franchise. No matter what century you find yourself, you'll find a mother for our favorite Trek characters.

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May 12, 2023 49 mins
Recreation in Trek

Space exploration is great but everyone onboard a starship (or space station) needs a chance to relax. The trio asks - where can you get away from it all in space?

They look at the countless facilities we've been shown on Federation starships, from holodecks to anbo-jyutsu and from gyms to springball. Which would you choose during your time off? And then there's the vacation spots of the galaxy. From Risa to the sh...
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April 28, 2023 95 mins
Star Trek Picard, S03E10

And so it ends, a Generation's Final Journey. Wait ... that may have been the tagline for "Star Trek: Nemesis." In any case, "The Last Generation" marks the series finale for the third season of "Picard," as well as the last (??) voyage of The Next Generation crew. Did it wrap up the season long arc of Jack Crusher and the Federation-wide conspiracy? Where does this leave all our characters? Do we want to kn...
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April 21, 2023 68 mins
Star Trek: Picard, S03E08-09

We begin the ending of "Star Trek: Picard" as we approach the last episode of season three, and the series overall. The trio jumps into some familiar looking bridge stations as we discuss the episodes "Surrender" and "Võx". From grisly enemy victories to heroic last minute saves, we look at how the story elements of Jack Crusher, the anatagonist (or secret, new/old antagonist!), and our favorite TNG char...
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April 21, 2023 62 mins
Star Trek: Picard, S03E07

Our "Star Trek: Picard: coverage continues as we examine "Dominion," an episode the reveals more about the backstory of series antagonist Vadic. What happened to other changelings in the Alpha Quadrant? We also see what fool-proof plan Picard can hatch to save the day ... unless it doesn't work??

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