Most aliens in Star Trek are presented in terms that the human mind can understand. The Klingons, the Romulans, even the Borg. We can make sense of their actions and motives. But in reality, new life that we meet out in space will have a lot less in common with us. Enterprise attempted to address this truth midway through its first season in “Silent Enemy,” which pitted our crew against beings that only CGI could create—and who never spoke a word.
In this episode of The Ready Room, we’re joined by Zachary Fruhling, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Dennis Castello to discuss this episode that includes not an alien mystery, but also a culinary one. Join us as we talk about the true nature of Malcolm Reed, Captain Archer’s decision to tuck tail and run, the real reason the Enterprise needed phase cannons to be installed, and, of course, the infamous B-story: the search for Malcolm’s favorite food.
In our news segment, we discuss a new collection of the classic James Blish TOS novelizations, the results of the Strange New Worlds short story contest, and Simon Pegg’s thoughts on the foundation of Star Trek.
Barnes & Noble Release “The Classic Episodes” Anthology (00:04:00)
Simon Pegg on the Foundation of Star Trek (00:11:07)
2016 Strange New World Winners Announced (00:23:41)
Feature: Silent Enemy
Synopsis and Initial Thoughts (00:30:46)
Aliens Unknown (00:43:09)
Tucking Tail (00:52:37)
The Search for Pineapple (01:05:17)
Direction, Visuals, and Sound (01:23:52)
Final Thoughts (01:38:18)
C Bryan Jones and Zachary Fruhling
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Dennis Castello
C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer) Zachary Fruhling (Associate Producer) Sam Piassick (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager)
Crossover. Sometimes actions can have unexpected consequences. Such was the case with Kirk and his speech to Mirror Spock. We discuss DS9’s return to the Mirror Universe and how life turned out for the humans living there.
Justice. When visiting Rubicun III, you’d better stay out of the flowerbeds. If you don’t, there’s only one punishment: death. We debate the concept of absolute law and the boy, Wesley Crusher.
Breaking Down the Latest Details. Larry Nemecek joins us to break down 13 points about Star Trek: Discovery and what they might mean for the next Star Trek series.
Star Trek Beyond. We discuss how Simon Pegg, Justin Lin, and the cast and crew of this rebooted Star Trek deliver a film that celebrates the 50th anniversary and surprises fans and critics alike.
Plato’s Stepchildren. Uncontrolled power will turn even saints into savages. We discuss the episode that—despite being amongst TOS’s campiest—has been an inspiration to many.
Impulse. Some things never go out of style. Take zombies, for instance. We discuss why even Vulcans are into them in the 22nd century as we dive into Enterprise’s horror flick.
Distant Origin. We discuss one of Voyager’s most unusual stories, how it parallels Galileo, and whether or not dinosaurs might have evolved space-faring technology.
Things Past. Sometimes a strict adherence to policy can lead to wrong decisions. We discuss the semi-flashback story that puts Odo in the shoes of an innocent man he allowed to be executed.
Suspicions. Larry Nemecek joins us to reveal the untold story behind TNG’s Murder, She Wrote episode in which Beverly finds herself facing a court martial.
Return to Tomorrow. Having your body taken over by an alien is a risk every Starfleet officer takes. But of your own free will? That’s not usually how it works. We discuss Sargon’s ancient love triangle.
Reflecting on The Ready Room and Star Trek. As we reach our 200th episodes, we take a break from our usual format to quietly mark the occasion with a good friend: Larry Nemecek.
Silent Enemy. When unknown aliens attack and board your ship without saying a word, what do you do? Look for Malcolm’s favorite food, of course! We discuss two of Enterprise’s great mysteries.
Someone to Watch Over Me. When Seven of Nine takes an interest in interpersonal relations, it runs some the wrong way … and others the right way. We discuss lessons in (Voyager) love.
It’s Only a Paper Moon. Nog’s retreat to the holosuite following his injury in battle offered a chance for real commentary on PTSD and depression. We discuss the lasting impact of a single moment in time.
Captain’s Holiday. Join us on Risa as we discuss Jean-Luc and Vash, the prolific Max Grodenchek, Riker’s counseling skills, and why you should be careful where you put your Horga'hn.
The Lights of Zetar. Larry Nemecek joins us as we discuss Memory Alpha, Scotty in love, how you can blame anything on space, and why horses might not make the best engineers.