The Ready Room 152: It's Handy to Have a Hologram / by Trek fm

The Thaw.

Over the years Starfleet crews have faced off against a dizzying array of opponents. Mainstream baddies like Klingons, Romulans, and Borg are formidable but straightforward. Technical glitches like holodeck malfunctions or sentient silicon are also fairly routine. But what happens when your opponent isn’t something tangible but rather an emotion? We’ve gone on yellow alert against out own imaginations, but when the personification of Fear comes around it’s not quite so easy to just stop thinking about it. As the Clown said, when your only reality is an illusion, then illusion is reality.

In this episode of The Ready Room we're joined by Megan Calcote of Educating Geeks, Miles McLoughlin of The Scifi Diner, and Charlynn Schmiedt of To The Journey to discuss Voyager's encounter with Fear in the second-season episode "The Thaw," the mixed fan reception this episode has gotten over the years, the unique nature of the story and the visuals—including the Marvin Rush's inspiration as the director—the importance of having a hologram around, and how fear can both benefit and cripple us under different circumstances.

In our news segment we share our thoughts on the ten best Klingons as selected at One Trek Mind Live at Star Trek Las Vegas, recap convention cosplay, and discuss Brannon Braga's thoughts on Seven of Nine and her role on Voyager.

Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes 33 seconds


Christopher Jones and Alice Baker



Charlynn Schmiedt, Megan Calcote, and Miles McLoughlin



Brannon Braga talks about Seven of Nine (2:41)
And the ten best Klingons are… (15:54)
Star Trek Las Vegas Cosplay recap (26:36)
Sponsor: Audible (37:08)


Feature: The Thaw

Intro and Synopsis (40:52)
Mixed Fan Reaction to a Crazy Clown (43:53)
Bringing Imagination to Life (50:12)
It's Handy to Have a Hologram (55:45)
The Nuances of a Holographic Janeway (1:04:23)
Overcoming Fear (1:12:28)
Creative Approaches to Fear (1:21:06)
Final Thoughts (1:27:49)
Closing and Feedback (1:35:35)



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