Center Seat: Star Trek: Picard Season 1

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Stardate 2020.302. On this episode of Center Seat, my Star Trek podcast, I offer my reactions to the first season of Star Trek: Picard. How well does this post-Next Gen milieu hold up? Is Star Trek: Picard little more than a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion show? And what about these new characters and the overall plot?

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Theme music: “Saving the World” by Aaron Kenny (https://www.youtube.com/user/contactkennya/)

The Gutters: MTBI

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Recorded September 27, 2020

Mild traumatic brain injury. And some other stuff.

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Center Seat: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1

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Stardate 2020.246. On this episode of Center Seat, my Star Trek podcast, I talk about the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Discover if I thought the new series lived up to the promise of Star Trek.

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Theme music: “Saving the World” by Aaron Kenny (https://www.youtube.com/user/contactkennya/)

LBR presents Center Seat, a Star Trek podcast

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Stardate 2020.190. Star Trek was my first fandom, way before comic books, and while I have included Star Trek related material in the podcast feed before, I decided to rebrand those shows as Center Seat, my new Star Trek podcast. This episode I talk about why I love Star Trek and why it matters to me.

Future episodes will include movie and tv series commentary, as well as other topics. I hope you will join me on this strange new adventure. If you like Star Trek, please tell others about this new imprint of the Longbox Review podcast.

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New Comics Wednesday (3/4/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

What are you getting this week?

My comics

  • KING OF NOWHERE #1 – I usually avoid stories whose descriptions include “has no memory of how he got there”, but the cover image of the guy holding a balloon fish and the other part of the description (“Lovable drunken lowlife Denis awakens on the outskirts of a mysterious village called Nowhere, home to a friendly populace of deformed, mutated, just-left-of-normal citizens…”) had me intrigued enough to buy it.
  • WYRD TP – Finally!
  • DREAMING #19
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #42
  • STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 – Looking forward to this.
  • MARKED #5
  • BLACK WIDOW WAID/SAMNEE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP – I got the first few issues of this, dropped it, and regretted that decision.
  • DRYAD #1 – This was the sort-of-like Saga book that I decided to try.

Other comics

  • FLASH #750 – Should I have bought this? I love milestone issues, but the Flash, especially Barry Allen, just doesn’t interest me.
  • ROBIN YEAR ONE TP NEW EDITION – The original release was a fun read.
  • EMBARRASSMENT OF WITCHES GN VOL 01 – I can’t decide based on the solicitation if this is something I want to read, but I am intrigued.
  • MARVEL #1 – I’ll get this when it’s collected.
  • POWER PACK CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC – I almost ordered this.
  • STRANGE ACADEMY #1 – Another book I’ll read in trade eventually.

What are some other comics I missed that I should add to my Buy list?

Best comic I read recently

STAR TREK: YEAR 5 V1

Episode One writing and art by Jackson Lansing, Collin Kelly, Stephen Thompson, and Charlie Kirchoff

Episode Two writing and art by Brandon Easton, Martin Coccolo, and Fran Gamboa

Episode Three writing and art by Jody Houser, Silvia Califano, and Thomas Deer

Letterer: Neil Uyetake and Cover Artist: J.J. Lendl

Star Trek Year 5 v1

What a fantastic adaptation and continuation of the live-action sci-fi series that I have loved since I was five! The artists actor likenesses are great but not appearing photoshopped, and the various styles mesh well between the episodes, giving us a visual continuity. Also, they all draw the Enterprise very well, something not all artists who have worked on Star Trek comic books can do and is something I demand, dammit!

I like how these collected six issues involve elements from the original series (Tholians, a return to the “A Piece of the Action” planet, and an unknown alien presence), as well as introducing or expanding on new elements. Uhura is shown as more integral to the bridge crew and a leader. The banter between Sulu and Chekov about Spock was a fun twist on the humorous aspects of the franchise. And we get to see more of the crew — in fact, this Enterprise is full of personnel, as it should be.

I may do a spotlight podcast episode on this trade in the future, but if you are a Star Trek fan, you should read this comic book!