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The Ready Room 33: Vorik Ex Machina

Blood Fever.

The Original Series episode “Amok Time” established the Vulcan mating ritual known as pon farr, the effects it has on male Vulcans, and the rituals surrounding it. When Voyager launched in 1995 it was the first series since TOS to feature a Vulcan as part of the main cast, and so it was inevitable that the writers would revisit this biological trial. When the time came, however, they threw in an unexpected twist. In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by our Voyager series editor Charlynn Schmiedt as we discuss the third-season episode “Blood Fever” and how Voyager handled the touchy subject of the pon farr.

In news we cover Priceline killing off Shatner, the ThinkGeek Electronic Door Chime, real-life transparent aluminum, Star Trek Who Wants to be A Millionaire?, updates on the TNG Remastered project, and IDW’s Star Trek Ongoing #5 “Operation: Annihilate!” Plus we take another dip into our bag of rejected Star Trek IV plots and Greg auditions for the role of “Sound Effects Guy” on Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
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Christopher Jones and Greg Harbin



Charlynn Schmiedt


Show Notes

Priceline Says Goodbye To Shatner’s “Negotiator”
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The ThinkGeek Star Trek Electronic Door Chime
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Hello Computer! It’s Real-life Transparent Aluminum!
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Star Trek Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 
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TNG Remastered Updates
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IDW Star Trek Ongoing #5 “Operation: Annihilate!”
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The Delta Quadrant: A Star Trek Voyager Podcast
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Feature: Blood Fever

Revisiting Pon Farr
Vorik (and Tom) Instead of Tuvok
Tom and B’Elanna, Or I’m Gonna Bite Your Face
The Koon-ut-kal-if-fee
Vorik Ex Machina
Coda: There Be Borg Here!

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