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 they dive into the hidden layers and deeper meaning of Star Trek.
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Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (DIS) - The episode's title means, "If you want peace, prepare for war." Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss how that applies to this episode in which the Discovery crew tries to recruit a new species into its war with the Klingons and the consequences of such. Fortunate Son (ENT) - In the early days of warp drive, slow civilian Earth ships make easy prey for pirates. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the ways it resembles the 18th century Age of Sail, Merriweather's turn to shine, and the tendency for sailors to go all Captain Ahab. Prime Factor (Voyager) - The Voyager crew has the tables turned when an alien species' Prime Directive stops them from getting home faster. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the morality of the Prime Directive, the limits of logic, and the danger of smooth-talking, French-accented aliens. Dax (DS9) - When Dax is put on trial for a 30-year-old murder, questions of personhood and identity are raised. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha acknowledge that even apart from the scifi premise, there can be an interesting discussion of what it means to be an individual and a person.
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