TrekRanks Episode 184: Top 5 Scenes with a Beam

Originally released on May 24, 2024

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Our longest running series returns with the "Top 5 Scenes with a Beam." It's the 16th edition of our great "Scenes in Trek" series, and this time we are going broad, because a scene with a beam can be just about anything. A transporter beam, a phaser beam, a tractor beam, a deflector beam – the list just keeps on going! Our expert panel of host Jim Moorhouse and guests Claire Little and Ken Reilly go deep on this one, even dissecting the many different definitions of the word "beam." Beam yourself up for this one.

Episode Rundown:

Diagnostic Cycle: We go through our roll call of past "Scenes in Trek" topics, and break down the many different ways to look at "beams" in Trek.

Prime Directive: Each guest on this week's panel reveals exactly how they narrowed down their lists and made their final choices.

The Order of Things: All the picks are revealed with the TrekRanks' original "Five words and a hashtag" summary, along with one episode that helps frame their choice.

Secondary Systems: For a few extra picks that just missed our final list.

Regeneration Cycle: The panel recaps their picks and we dissect some of the interesting statistical anomalies that arose from the discussion.

Temporal Inversion: We flashback to a previous episode of TrekRanks and relay some of the feedback received from listeners.

If you have your own picks you would like to relay to us, please hail us at 757-828-RANK (7265) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Love Letters to Trek. (Or you can record it yourself and just DM us @TrekRanks on Twitter.) Your comments could be used as part of a Temporal Inversion on an upcoming episode (and might get you a chance to be a guest on a future episode, too).

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