The Ready Room 159: They Even Crash Land On Dagobah / by Trek fm

Precious Cargo.

As one of the Starfleet's earliest explorers, James T. Kirk gained a reputation for finding an alien love interest on every world he visited. A century earlier, in Kirk-like fashion, Trip Tucker found himself in a situation that could have easily taken place on The Original Series as he rescued a princess. It's Sleeping Beauty with a twist—and a dash of Han and Leia—packaged with a strip of jerkey and a swamp swim. "Precious Cargo" is an episode that the creators considered so bad that Brannon Braga reportedly begged Rick Berman not to air it. Is it really that terrible?

In this episode of The Ready Room we're joined by Matthew Rushing, Charlynn Schmiedt, and John Mills to discuss this story that takes inspiration and connections from not only TOS but from TNG as well. With a princess telling Trip "you're my only hope" (seriously), Archer and T'Pol playing Good Cop/Bad Cop, and the ship from Pigs In Space, there's so much fun to explore that we're left scratching our heads in light of the creators' scorn.

In our news segment we find out about the Smithsonian's Enterprise move, Orci shunning the Power Rangers to focus on Star Trek, and a look at what's coming up at Destination Star Trek London.

Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes 16 seconds


Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing



Charlynn Schmiedt and John Mills


Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones


Associate Producer

Renee Roberts



The Smithsonian starts its Enterprise move (3:54)
Orci shuns the Power Rangers to focus on Star Trek (8:28)
Destination Star Trek London (14:00)
Support on Patreon (20:25)
Sponsor: Audible (21:57)


Feature: Precious Cargo

Intro and Synopsis (24:50)
Please Don't Air This Crap! Signed, the Creators (28:22)
Why Matthew Loves Precious Cargo: A Theory (34:14)
A TOS Feel (35:59)
The Evolution of Human Naivety (41:02)
I'm King of the Swamp! (48:43)
Acting Princess (54:28)
Trip's Influence on Kaitaama (1:03:23)
Good Cop, Bad Cop (1:12:53)
A Missed Opportunity to Revisit? (1:20:59)
Final Thoughts (1:24:56)
Closing (1:33:02)


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