TrekRanks Episode 39: Top 5 Political Episodes

Originally released on September 28, 2018

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On this week's TrekRanks we are talking about politics. No, not that kind of politics! It's the fun kind of politics. The kind of political stories and intrigue that have always run through Star Trek and helped add layers and depth to the Trek universe. It's our Top 5 Political episodes, with host Jim Moorhouse being joined by the Tricorder Transmission own, Barry De Ford and Shashank Avvaru, the hosts of PoliTreks.

Cardassians, humans, Bajoran, Vulcans - everything is on the table in the world of Star Trek politics and we break it all down, starting with individual Prime Directives to help define exactly how each host narrowed down their selections and made their final picks.

Jim, Barry and Shashank then break down their final picks in The Order of Things by revealing their "Five Words and a Hashtag Summaries." Based on the Prime Directive from each host, there are many different ways to approach a political episode in Star Trek and the picks run the gamut a variety of topics. Classics and deep cuts abound, and the picks get even more in depth when the crew calls up their Secondary Systems 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 37 and our Top 5 Kelvin Timeline Moments.

As always, make sure to hail us at 609-512-LLAP (5527) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Political Episodes. Your comments might be used via a Temporal Causality Loop in an upcoming episode. And your recording might also be considered as an audition as a future TrekRanks' guest host!


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Jim Moorhouse
Sat on the bridge of the NX-01, Star Trek trivia master and host of the TrekRanks podcast.

Shashank Avvaru
Shashank appears regularly as a co-host on PoliTreks.

Shashank successfully manages a day job as an analyst, a night job writing comic books, a weekend gig co-hosting Politreks. Or he puts all of it off for another day to binge rewatch DS9 for the six hundredth time.
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Barry DeFord