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Trials and Tribble-ations.


When the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek rolled around in 1996, the creative teams of both Deep Space Nine and Voyager were charged with the task of paying homage with a special episode. Inspired by the revolutionary techniques of Forrest Gump, the DS9 writers set out to pen a story that would insert Sisko and his crew into the middle of one of the franchise’s most iconic episodes—“The Trouble with Tribbles.” The result was one of the most memorable moments in Star Trek history. In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Matthew Rushing, Charlynn Schmiedt, and Larry Nemecek for a look at the making of “Trials and Tribble-ations.” Larry’s firsthand experience on the set delivers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what truly is a Valentine to Trek.

In news we look at the debut of TNG HD on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, a reunion of the full principal cast of Enterprise for the upcoming Season Two Blu-ray release, TV Guide’s 60th Anniversary commemorative covers, Dayton Ward’s picks for 10 of the best Star Trek audiobooks, Cumberbatch talking about John Harrison’s motives, and some of the new Star Trek Into Darkness poster art including spotlight’s on Uhura, Spock, and the Enterprise, plus a Tumblr-inspired Cinemosaic poster. We also reveal our own pick for the most influential TV series of the 1980s… and we think you already know what it is. 

Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes


Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing



Larry Nemecek and Charlynn Schmiedt


Show Notes

TNG in HD now available on iTunes: Season 1 | Season 2

TNG in HD now available on Amazon Instant Video: Season 1 | Season 2

Enterprise cast reunited for Season 2 Blu-rays

TV Guide chooses Star Trek for one of its 60th anniversary commemorative covers

Dayton Ward picks his 10 favourite Star Trek audionovels

Star Trek Into Darkness Cinemosaic poster

Uhura, Spock, and the Enterprise gets their own Into Darkness posters

Cumberbatch talks Harrison motives


Feature: Trials and Tribble-ations

The Genesis of Trials and Tribble-ations
The Sheer Fun of Details
Bridging the Generations
Reviving The Original Series
Two Episodes In One
Final Thoughts

Download Larry’s article on the making of “Trials and Tribble-ations” from TREKLAND (PDF) 


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