Episode 227: Star Trek Survey Results

January 10, 2017

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We made a survey about Star Trek. A whopping 47 people responded (including us)! These results are totally scientific and reveal the ultimate truth about who the best and worst characters are and what series is the true fan favourite. You can’t argue with the opinions of a whole 47 people.

Listen via Soundcloud (above) or the fancy “enhanced” video version on our YouTube channel (below) which features illustrative and illuminating  image pop-ups a-plenty.

See below for data! Small-d data, not Data. There really should’ve been an episode where the Enterprise was almost destroyed because someone misunderstood which data/Data was being referred to.

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Episode 188: Meanwhile back on DS9…

April 15, 2014

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about our stay on Deep Space Nine. Frankly, we didn’t have much to say. It was okay, but everything else we’d recently watched seemed more interesting to talk about. More interesting, that is, until we were slapped in the face with Season 5. 

On the episode, we reference GraphTV, a site that graphically tracks the IMDB ratings of any TV series. Mandi claimed it proves Voyager is the better series. Though the numbers do bear this out, it’s not so clear cut once you begin to dig into the data.

DEEP SPACE NINE

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Episodes rated 8.5 or greater : 15
Episodes in the mean range (7.00-8.49) : 104
Episodes rated 6.5 or less : 20
Episodes rated <6.0 : 5

VOYAGER

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Episodes rated 8.5 or greater : 8
Episodes in the mean range (7.0-8.49) : 112
Episode rated 6.5 or less : 16
Episodes rated <6.0 : 2

What we see from the data is that DS9 has higher peaks and valleys than Voyager. While it boasts 7 more episodes which rated 8.5 or better, Voyager has fewer in the negative range (6.5 or less), and only 2 in the terrible episode range (<6) compared to DS9’s whopping 5. Voyager also does better within the mean range (7.0-8.49) by a count of 8 episodes, which indicates a greater consistency over the course of the series.

For my money, middle-ground consistency is is more important than exemplary episodes coupled with a greater number of teeth-gnashingly substandard ones.

It is also a matter of objective taste. Many of the highly ranked DS9 episodes, I simply do not care for. Of the three highest rated episodes (8.9) “The Visitor” is the single DS9 episode I’ve felt ranks along side the best of the Trek franchise. “Duet” was oh-kay, but ultimately forgettable (I know it has something to do with Cardassians). Remove the digital gimmickry and fan-pandering in-jokes from the third, “Trials and Tribble-ations“, and what you have it’s a pretty substandard episode. Set it as a typical away mission on a contemporary space station and I’m sure we’d find it in the <6.5 category. Of course, the whole point was Forrest Gumping TOS for ratings so… mission accomplished?

I’d also put forward that as bad as Voyager‘s lowest rated episode, “Threshold” (aka “Salamander Lovin’“) is a far more watchable episode than DS9’s abysmal “…Nor the Battle to the Strong” which, despite unfathomably being granted a 7.4 (this says a lot about DS9 fans), is hands-down the worst single episode of Trek I’ve ever witnessed.

Not captured in the data is the small question of acting ability. Though Robert Duncan McNeill, Robert Beltran and Garrett Wang consistently phoned in uninspiring performances, they never made me feel sorry them as actors or human beings. The performances of Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor, Rosalind Choa, Cirroc Lofton and, most often, Avery Brooks consistently cause me to cringe from head to toe. Watching any episode that’s heavy on one of their characters is an endurance test where I see how long I can hover my finger over the “pause” button before I plunge it down and run from the room. 

Statistics can be twisted to benefit whichever side of an argument suits you, but in our books the advantage goes to Voyager.

Other links referenced in the episode:

Racism in Game of Throneshttp://artthreat.net/2013/06/game-of-thrones-and-racist-fantasy/

What is your Geek Rating: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/what-level-geek-are-you


Episode 171: CATS

June 13, 2013

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CATS! They might not be “man’s best friend” but they sure are the Internet’s best friend.

If you’re one of those (unfortunate) people who are instinctively mistrustful of cats, we also discuss two very different DS9 episodes (“Melora” and “Necessary Evil“) in the final third of the show.

Our listeners have already pointed out something great we didn’t talk about: BBC‘s Secret Life of the Cat. Even the website is pretty great.

Also pretty awesome: Cats With Owl Faces.

But more awesome? OMG CATS IN SPACE.

And just because we can, here are our cats, clockwise from top left: Quita, Bartleby, Cardi, Bartleby, Pan, Bartleby, Quita.

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More: Bartleby, Eddie (neighbour’s cat), Bartleby, Pan, Bartleby, Pan

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Their iPad masterpiece created in situ on the podcast (suitable for framing)!

Our cats' painting!

BRING ON THE CAT VIDEOS!

Sad Cat Diary

Henri, the French existentialist cat

Maru compilation


Episode 167 – XENAPHOBES and DEEP SHITE NINE

April 25, 2013

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Since starting the Nerd Hurdles, two fandoms we’ve known we’d eventually have to cover would be Xena: Warrior Princess and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. We’ve eluded them for years, we’re tired of running. It’s time.

Like we did with Harry PotterBSG and Angel, at the end of every episode we’re going to record a Xenaphobes (or Xenaphiles?) or a Deep Shite Nine (or Tief in der Scheiße? Nein!) segment of what we’ve witnessed.

So far it turns out that both shows are simultaneously “not as bad” and “far worse” than we remembered. Luckily, both are more entertaining as well.


Cage Match 6: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy

June 10, 2011

Science Fiction. Fantasy. In any bookstore or public library you’ll find them lumped together as Sci-Fi/Fant. Often this is fair since there’s a lot of an “You got peanut butter on my chocolate”  approach taken with both genres.

Or as Miriam Allen deFord said, “Science fiction deals with improbable possibilities, fantasy with plausible impossibilities.

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