Secrets of Star Trek

The Secrets of Star Trek is a fan celebration and discussion of the long-running TV and movie franchise that looks at all of the TV series, movies, and other properties going back to the Original Series and right up to all the new Star Trek being produced today and in the near future. Secrets of Star Trek takes an episode-by-episode deep dive into all the completed series (The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise), the movies, and all that is still being produced (Discovery, the new Picard series, and beyond). Join Jimmy Akin, Domenico Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha as the dive into the hidden layers and deeper meaning of Star Trek.

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Recent Episodes

Ex Post Facto (Voyager) - When Tom Paris is convicted of murdering a jealous husband, Tuvok is on the case. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the film noir inspiration for the story, where it works and where it doesn't, and how the episode puts the answer in front of the viewer from the beginning.
Captive Pursuit (DS9) - Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this first O'Brien-centric DS9 episode, which also was an early inspiration for the Jem'Hadar. They also talk about what the episode is saying about big-game hunting and the nature of free will.
Darmok (TNG) - Darmok is one of the most beloved episode of TNG. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha explore why this is so loved as well as the concept of a culture that communicates only in idiom and metaphor. Plus the unusual circumstance of Starfleet being more aggressive during first contact.
One of Our Planets is Missing (Animated Series) - This brief animated episode both pays homage to some Original Series stories, but also prefigures The Motion Picture as well. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss planet-eating stellar clouds with digestive and nervous systems, mind melds, and saving the children.
Charlie X (TOS) - What if a petulant, immature teenager had god-like powers? That's the premise of Charlie X, which Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss in this episode, as well as the emergence of Kirk as a 1960's-style father-figure.

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