The TrekRanks Podcast goes deep into the Delta Quadrant to select their Top 5 High-Concept Voyager Episodes. Our hosts Jim Moorhouse and Jeff Hulit are joined by Adam Hunault and Brandon-Shea Mutala to contrast and compare many of Voyager's biggest and best episodes. The deep-dive conversation is TrekRanks first to tackle Voyager's epic seven season run of broad and bold sci-fi conceits. The result is another great episode for fans of deep cut Trek selections.
What's "high concept"? Well, that's up to each individual. In this week's Level One Diagnostic, our hosts talk about some of the media they believe to be "high concept," and then breakdown how they approached the topic in Star Trek terms by defining their Prime Directive in making their selections.
Jim, Adam and Brandon-Shea break down their final picks in The Order of Things by revealing their "Five Word Summary and Hashtag" for each of their Top 5 High-Concept Voyager Episodes. The resulting discussion highlights one of the most understated truths in Star Trek lore: that Voyager led the way for Star Trek in terms of big ideas and outlandish science fiction constructs. From orbital tethers and Species 8472, to transwarp conduits and "weird planets displaced in time," Voyager literally has it all.
With each host's Secondary Systems choices, the picks get even deeper and Jim briefly reviews some of the interesting statistical anomalies that emerged from their selections.
After a quick recap of all the picks in the Regeneration Cycle, the episode concludes with a visit into a Temporal Causality Loop as we flashback to Episode 8 for listener feedback regarding our Top Five Data Episodes.
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