Life and death situations and small talk go together like Picard and Earl Grey, Troi and chocolate, or Geordi and PowerPoint presentations. Right? Well, they do in “Starship Mine,” a sixth season TNG episode that features a never-before-heard-of particle, a horse saddle, and possibly the most annoying commander in Starfleet. But “Starship Mine” is much more than a bad party with The Hutch. It’s also Die Hard in Space.
In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Darren Moser, Mike Schindler, and Max Hegel to discuss Morgan Gendel’s second TNG outing, how it uses the Die Hard framework without imitating it, the difference between trilithium and trilithium resin (hint: there may not be any), and why it may be a better episode than Gendel’s more famous episode “The Inner Light.”
In our news segment, we read a letter from one Captain James T. Kirk to a Captain James Kirk in the US Navy, find out what award the Boston chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has for Leonard Nimoy, Oculus Rift’s virtual trip to the USS Voyager bridge, and colliding timelines that combine Q and Guinan with the Abramsverse.
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
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Mike Schindler and Max Hegel
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Feature: Starship Mine
Die Hard on the Enterprise
Worst Party Ever
Master of Small Talk
Science Cred or Plot Contrivance?
You Say Trilithium, I Say Trilithium
Written by Morgan Gendel
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