#30 – You don’t have to beam home but you can’t stay here

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Thirty strips! It’s a round number! It’s not a very big number, but at the same time it’s a pretty big number for what started as a pretty one-shot joke. I hope you’re enjoying it; I sure am! And I think these crazy Enterprise kids have finally thrown caution to the wind and just plain […]

#35 – Women do a lot of things, Wes.

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Hey, it’s been a while since we had the whole cast in one strip! Everybody but Worf, of course; he’s practicing some Klingon opera in his room, being extra loud because he secretly hopes someone will notice and check in on him because he’s kind of upset that everybody’s playing the game and too busy […]

#37 – Let Sleeping Jakes Lie

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Context for the DS9 non-obsessives, this is extrapolated significantly from a very short scene in the pilot. But, yes: I feel like Picard is really just wanting to read a nice Choose Your Own Adventure story in the privacy of his quarters. This whole group-interaction thing seems like it’s not really clicking for him. Which, […]

#38 – …was how to pistol-hands somebody who outdrew ya, hallelujah

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I had such a good time following the comments from friday’s strip talking about Picard’s complicated romantic relationship with Bev that this seemed like a good next bit to tackle. And for a guy who was just giving other people a hard time for breaking character, Picard sure is having trouble keeping it together here. […]

#41 – Not to be confused with Roy Orbison

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It’s a funny thing about the Deep Space Nine pilot: they let two people have orb sects fantasias earlier-life visions, but only two of them. Which seems like kind of a tease, structurally: if there was only one vision quest sort of deal in the whole episode — Sisko’s flashback to his wife on the […]

#42 – LET’S FIGHT THEM for any given value of “them”

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My, but I’m having a busy non-Larp Trek morning! So this is a bit later going up than I’d like, and I have no miniature essay on the nature of TNG or DS9 or roleplay at the moment. Please choose a probing question about the fundamental nature of one of these vis-a-vis ludic theory or […]

#45 – Next, we shoot at the replicators until they can make rainbows.

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Seriously, this scene from the pilot. Miles just kicks the damn thing. That’s the actual thing that happens: the transporter is confusing, so he kicks it, and then it works. Which, look, I am willing to go out on a limb and support the idea that the station is in disarray and the equipment is […]

#46 – Stop the kid before he says something about “watersports”

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You can’t even explain to Wes why what he’s saying is problematic without things getting even more awkward. Off-screen: Bev’s head actually, literally exploding. But hey, so, you know what totally didn’t exist until Deep Space Nine? The noble runabout! It showed up in the pilot of DS9, obviously, and then a runabout did make […]

#47 – Lookin’ for orbs in all the wrong places

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I realize the actual Quark-centric episodes we got out of Deep Space Nine weren’t really a good selling point for this notion, but I’d have loved to see an actual show built out around Quark’s bar. Armin Shimerman is amaaaaazing, the character has a ton of promise, and a series about an ostensibly ruthless, morally-conflicted […]

#48 – Riker’s still waiting to land that HBO standup special

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I swear to god I’ll advance the plot at some point. But I have– I mean, Will has been sitting on that dumb worm hole joke ever since Geordi plunged the shuttle into that spatial cavity and oh god why did I say plunged and cavity, Riker will never let that by–