TrekRanks Episode 76: Top 5 Comedic Characters

Originally released on February 13, 2020

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Star Trek is funny. Don't let anyone tell you any different, and it is filled with hilarious characters. This week on TrekRanks we put the spotlight on those characters that keep us laughing with our Top 5 Comedic Characters. From series regular to recurring to characters to one-off standouts, there is an entire universe of characters for our guests Thad Hait and Ron Worbel to choose from. Cue the laugh track!

This week's show opens with our Diagnostic Cycle in which our panel of guests each highlight one of their favorite non-Trek comedic characters, to give everyone a taste of the kind of thing they find funny. From there, we move into the Prime Directive to highlight exactly how we each narrowed down our lists and made our picks.

Jim, Thad and Ron then break down their final picks in The Order of Things by revealing their "Five Word Summaries and a Hashtag" to tease their comedic characters. Each character pick is also accompanied by an episode selection that best defines that character. If you are a fan of deep cut picks, then this is the episode for you, as we cover a ton of territory. Following The Order of Things 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 flash back to Episode 71 and our Top 5 Meta Trek References. This week's Temporal Causality Loop also features an excellent voicemail list from one of our listeners.

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 Comedic Characters. 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.
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Thad Hait
DiscoTrek guest and friend of the network!
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Ron Wrobel
DiscoTrek guest and Star Trek fan!