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New episodes every Thursday! Podcasts: a frontier that isn't actually very final at all. These are the voyages of the podcast A Star to Steer Her By. Our continuing mission: to watch every single episode of Star Trek (even the dumb ones), to comment on and snark at whatever suits our fancy, to boldly split infinitives that no man has split before. Follow our crew of Chris, Jake, Ames, and Caitlin as we explore the universe of Trek, go on wild tangents, crack wise, and make more fart jokes th ...
 
This story begins after a long and devastating war that has left The Federation in shambles. The pressing mission for the remaining ships in Star Fleet is to travel the war-torn galaxy's and find old alleys to reunite under one federation. Many of the classic Star Trek races make an appearance in this series including the Klingons, Romulans and everyone's favorite the Borg! This book is fast paced and a very creative read. It comes recommended highly for anyone who has followed Star Trek and ...
 
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We're all over time this week on "Voyager"! First up, flash back to some Janeway ancestors and meet the most boring, annoying man in history in "11:59"! After that, literal time travel and related boondoggles ensue when Seven is drafted by the Starfleet Time Police in "Relativity"!Also this week: Christmas in February, no good guys, and ranking tim…
 
We're getting some old-timey literature vibes this week on "Voyager"! First up: a Malon ship is experiencing mechanical issues, but is it normal wear and tear or a deformed madman lurking in the depths in "Juggernaut". After that, "Voyager" goes all "My Fair Lady" and invites one of the "Kids in the Hall" along for the ride in "Someone to Watch Ove…
 
Real whiplash this week, dear listener. First up, it's a right mess of an episode that brings back bad faux–Native American nonsense and makes Robert Beltran scream a lot in "The Fight". After that, we do NOT resist the urge to make too many "Seinfeld" references when Jason Alexander shows up as a soft-spoken but malevolent genius in "Think Tank".A…
 
It's the biggest surprise of the streaming era of "Star Trek", and we're here to broadly talk about its first season! Yes, "Star Trek: Prodigy" recently finished up its freshman outing and it was SHOCKINGLY good! Come listen to us basically just gush the whole time about a cartoon aimed at families starring characters that are mostly not adults. I …
 
It's a week of medical maladies this week on "Voyager", but there's something else going on! First up: the most interesting plot in "The Disease" is unfortunately not the main one, as we mostly follow a mopey Harry. After that, a bizarre sickness is infecting the crew, and the solution reveals a horrifying truth in "Course: Oblivion".Also this week…
 
Everyone's heading home this week on "Voyager"...OR ARE THEY?!First up: has a way back to Earth finally been found?! A wormhole that seems too good to be true has appeared, but Seven, the EMH, and Naomi Wildman question its veracity in "Bliss". After that, The Borg Queen sends Seven an invitation she can't refuse to come back to the arms of the col…
 
We've been threatening it for ages, and the time has come at last! Yes, real life popped up and threw our scheduling a bit out of sorts so Mel Brooks has come to the rescue as we talk "Spaceballs"! Somehow we DON'T just quote the movie for an hour and a half (but we do quote it A LOT, so brace yourself) but actually discuss it, its influences, and …
 
Welcome back, loyal listeners, to the beguiling science fictional world of "Star Trek: Voyager" as fireside chatted by 3/4 of your usual SSHB Stalwarts and a Mystery Guest! That mysterious layer of reality known as subspace is causing havoc for our intrepid heroes this week, as the game becomes real life for light-based lifeforms in "Bride of Chaot…
 
Our world is made up of facts we are presented with and how we recall them. So what happens if neither data nor memory are reliable? First up: can Janeway trust an alleged defector from a fascist government when he offers help in "Counterpoint"? After that: there's a conspiracy to keep the EMH in the dark about SOMETHING regarding an alien attack a…
 
Content warning: talk of real-world unethical human medical experimentation in relation to one of this week's episodes.It's never easy, is it? What do you do when a crewman is dying and your best hope is a hologram that looks like a war criminal? The EMH is forced to grapple with that in "Nothing Human". After that, Tom Paris suddenly loves the sea…
 
Ever have one of those days where your head ends up dissected for parts? Or where all your old victims start taking you over and making you (ugh) PLAY WITH CHILDREN?! Well BOTH these things happen to our hapless ex-Borg this week. First up: she and everyone but Harry and Chakotay are dead thanks to bad math, so the survivors are hoping to wreck the…
 
You all know how it goes! Dance along to our latest round of "Voyager" episodes with us! First up: how did an identical Starfleet HQ - complete with groundskeeper Boothby - get to the Delta Quadrant in "In the Flesh"? Next: Neelix tries to shield his goddaughter from potential trauma while triggering his own in "Once Upon a Time"!Also this week: re…
 
Life is a collection of experiences. Joy, sorrow, excitement, boredom, the list goes on. Sometimes it's hard. This week, it's everything. First up: a transporter malfunction creates a super-Borg that is hungry for knowledge and experience, while the regular Borg are hungry for his advanced tech in "Drone". After that: "Trek" does psych again (I kno…
 
The past comes back to haunt the "Voyager" crew in our first non-cliffhanger season finale/premiere combo in a VERY long time! First up: Janeway's devil's deal with the Borg cost a man his civilization and drives him to understandable revenge in "Hope and Fear"! After that, Janeway is questioning decisions as far back as episode one as her crew str…
 
If three's a crowd, what's four? And can someone USED to crowds deal with being alone? First up, in "Demon", a trip to an alien world results in a spare Tom and Harry but not enough existential crises. After that, some vague science means Seven and the Doctor are left alone to care for the rest of the crew as it chills in stasis in "One".Also this …
 
Remembering things is complicated, especially when science fiction gets involved. First up: the "Voyager" crew meets a mysterious woman who says she not only knows all of them, but has Biblically known Chakotay, but that her unique biology remembers her unmemorable in "Unforgettable". After that, bias and incomplete data ruin an understanding of hi…
 
Sometimes dreams DO come true! First up, Tom is feeling a bit bored by his life but gets a chance to try a new one in "Vis à Vis". After that, the "Voyager" crew gets to live out every Starfleet officer's fondest desire and ignore the Prime Directive without consequences because too much is at stake in "The Omega Directive"!Also this week: a specia…
 
People like to claim video games inspire violence, but what if they can release violent impulses, instead? That's what the Hirogen that have taken "Voyager" and her crew captive aim to find out in "The Killing Game", parts one and two! Brainwashed into believing they are living in World War 2 France, much of the crew are living NPCs for a sadistic …
 
It's the seminal space-horror classic and its action-packed sequel this week as we drop in on "Alien" and "Aliens", and you bet we keep stressing the names differently almost every time we say them! Join your stalwarts and a first-time guest as we compare, contrast, and generally go on about the first two entries in what might be the most famous sc…
 
Content warning: second episode deals in some unsubtle metaphors for sexual assaultThe writing on our dear Captain seems a bit wonky this week. First up, she decides to pursue plainly contradictory goals in "Prey". After that, there's a whole pile of bad decisions made in "Retrospect".Also this week: the right amount of individuality, alien face hy…
 
And you thought having to wait for nights and weekends in the 1990s was bad! To get in touch with the Alpha Quadrant, the "Voyager" crew has to nearly lose their only doctor and then fight off a bunch of hunting-obsessed aliens. But no one suffers more than our beloved EMH, who has to spend time with Andy Dick in "Message in a Bottle". Oh, yeah, an…
 
It's that time again! Our little ship that could has hit its six-year anniversary, and we're celebrating with "Voyager"-themed fanfics! What do we have up our sleeves THIS time? Two prose pieces, two scripts, and the usual shenanigans you've come to expect from your stalwarts after all this time!This week: Revenge! Origins! Intrigues! Introspection…
 
Up front: MAJOR content warning. Our first episode, "Mortal Coil", has a character attempting to end their own life. We discuss it and other topics related to it AT LENGTH. Please use the timestamps to jump ahead to "Waking Moments" if this discussion could cause discomfort.In this week's episodes, can dreams solve an existential crisis? Can they b…
 
Shopping can be dangerous in space. You never know if you'll wind up with a lobotomy or having to overpay for your own, stolen merchandise. First up, in "Random Thoughts", B'elanna's temper puts her at odds with the strict morals of a telepathic alien race with boundary issues. After that, a lot of important things get stolen in "Concerning Flight"…
 
The long-forewarned but completely forgotten "Year of Hell" has arrived! In this epic two-parter some dumb*ss jams his foot up time's backside so hard he simultaneously saves his empire and murders his family, and then decides it's the fault of "Voyager" and her crew! Janeway must contend with the world's most brilliant idiot trying to kill them al…
 
This franchise has given us so many examples of horrible, horrible societies over the years. And "Voyager" is giving us two this week! First up, negotiations with the wildly arrogant B'omar are thrown into disarray when Seven hears the call of the Borg in "The Raven". After that, the "Voyager" crew is being used by sadistic aliens who treat other l…
 
What's real this week? Not much! First up: Chakotay is dragged into an alien war and shown the depravity of the enemy…or is he? Find out in "Nemesis"! After that, is the holo-man's truth hollow? How did his crew really die? The EMH tries to make a friend in "Revulsion"!Also this week: talkin' strange, Chekhov's latest weapon, and more ship stuff![T…
 
So many ships, so little time! We're losing shuttles like whoa this week on "Voyager" when Kes evolves to a higher form and needs a ride in "The Gift". After that. Torres has the worst Klingon Yom Kippur ever when she and Tom get stranded in the middle of nowhere when their shuttle goes kablooey in "Day of Honor"! After that, Ames already has regre…
 
It's the latest entry from the new era of "Star Trek", the Pike-lead "Strange New Worlds"! The Enterprise (no bloody A, B, C or D)is back in what is either a new spinoff or the most delayed pickup in television history as episodic storytelling makes its live-action franchise return. We have thoughts, but what kind?! Spoilers abound as we discuss th…
 
It's finally happened...the "Voyager" has made it to Borg Space! But in a twist they didn't see coming, the intrepid crew finds a species possibly more lethal than their cybernetic foes, prompting Janeway to make a potentially-deadly bargain! Buckle in for "Scorpion", parts one and two!Also this week: the Brannigan Gambit, wrapping season 3, and pr…
 
The locations are fake but the danger is real this week on "Voyager"! First up: faux-nice invaders start switching places with the "Voyager" crew in "Displaced". After that, fanfic goes horribly wrong when Tuvok finds out an old enemy has tampered with a holodeck program in "Worst Case Scenario"!Also this week: comedy bee violence, good comedy, and…
 
You've already got the theme playing in your head, don't deny it! This week, inspired by the dino-people of "Voyager", we've taken a bit of a break to talk the Jurassic film series; we focus mainly on "Jurassic Park" but we can't help but bring up its many sequels, especially the recent "Jurassic World: Dominion". So grab your wide-brimmed hat, sil…
 
Get ready to be depressed after this week's episodes of "Voyager"! First up: can a saurian scientist get his society to admit they may be wrong about their place in the Galaxy in "Distant Origin"? Can The Doctor make a holo-family work after B'Elanna de-Stepfords it in "Real Life"? No. No in either case. And it ends pretty poorly for a lot of folks…
 
Origins are tricky things, sometimes. First up, Harry Kim might be more than we assumed when salmon-like instincts kick in for him in "Favorite Son". After that, Kes gets to examine her entire life backwards and really see her starting point in the most unsettling ways in "Before and After"!Also this week: Sir Galaharry, strong candle opinions, and…
 
We love Tuvok here on "A Star to Steer Her By", but even we can admit he's occasionally a bit of a pill. And this week he gets to show that off! First up, he and a bunch of the other men of "Voyager" think they know better than Kes what she wants to do with her life, and the results almost turn deadly in "Darkling"! After that, Neelix just wants to…
 
"Voyager" continues the unsettling tradition of "Trek" being bad at being sexy this week. First up, things go too pon farr when a crewman hits the disturbing Vulcan mating season and sets his sights on B'Elanna in "Blood Fever". After that, some ex-Borg have decided they want to be pseudo-Borg but need Chakotay's help to pull it off in "Unity"! Wil…
 
Nothing super standout this week in "Voyager". First up, it's a not-quite love triangle when Tuvok gets chummy with Harry's holodeck crush in "Alter Ego". After that, several episodes happen at once in the very confused "Coda".Also this week: space yarn, Chakotay's talent, and favorite Ferengi![timestamps: "Alter Ego": 01:04; "Coda": 21:59; Ferengi…
 
It's annoying bugs and annoying old friends this week on "Voyager"! First up: the ship has fallen prey to a swarm of bad CGI super-viruses in "Macrocosm"! After that, Neelix's knowledge runs out just as he runs into a shady old friend who claims he can help in "Fair Trade"!Also this week: kitbashed aliens, leftover episode, and artificial life form…
 
Civil wars are breaking out all over the cosmos in "Voyager" this week! First up, a long-deposed ruler has found the key to immortality, and it involves stealing bodies! And now he's using Kes as his vehicle to foment rebellion on his old homeworld in "Warlord"! After that, we actually see consequences in an episodic series when we find out that th…
 
"Voyager" is going both rad AND tubular as they time travel back to the radical 1990s in the two-part "Future's End"! When a Future Federation Time Cop shows up to explode the "Voyager" and her crew because they allegedly kill billions, things go awry and everyone is back in time and back on Earth. Get ready for "Trek 4" references and a bunch of o…
 
This week starts off strong and then plunges right into a cave full of garbage! First up: what seem like very pleasant dreams for Torres soon turn to a tale of monumental evil in "Remember". After that, Kes is almost killed and our interest in this episode is definitely offed by the end of "Sacred Ground".Also this week: the worst home renovation, …
 
We've got visitors from the Alpha Quadrant dropping in this week, albeit one of them holographically. First up: when The Doctor's memory begins fragmenting, only his holographic Papa can help...but can they save him without wiping his last two years of experience? Find out in "The Swarm". After that, it's a sequel to TNG's "The Price" when the "Voy…
 
Feeling a bit "Undiscovered Country" up in "Voyager" today. Most of all because we take a look at Tuvok's memories from when he was an Ensign under Captain Sulu during that very time in "Flashback". But there's also some real Rura Penthe vibes at the prison Harry and Tom find themselves unjustly tossed into in "The Chute".Also this week: pon farr a…
 
Time to spend some time on crappy planets! First up, in "Resolutions", Janeway and Chakotay are stranded on a world that gave them a disease they can only survive there. Will they find a cure...and maybe more? After that, Season 2 ends with a Kazon/Cardassian scheme-bang and 3 begins SUPER underwhelmingly as the crew fights cavemen and gets eaten b…
 
Everybody wants to live this week on "Voyager", but who deserves to? First up, Michael McKean plays a psychotic digital clown in a pre-"The Matrix" virtual world and he needs brains to keep him going in "The Thaw". After that: a transporter accident creates new life but at the cost of two crew members in "Tuvix".Also this week: Lurches, Curzodo, an…
 
Death! Existential crises! Vidiians! And, worst of all, children! Dear God how will the "Voyager" crew cope after this week?! First up: two Voyagers, two problems! In "Deadlock" Voyager has 99 problems and they're all...their own fault? After that: a recycled "Mork & Mindy" plot is meant to be a shocking twist in the ultimately awful "Innocence".Al…
 
Storylines come to a head this week on "Voyager", and boy oh boy it sure is an unsatisfying conclusion! First up, though, we get a delightful love story between the EMH and the show's first nice Vidiian alongside some useless drek in "Lifesigns". [content warning: there is more talk of end-of-life choices related to this episode] After that: is Tom…
 
CONTENT WARNING: one of this week's episodes is about suicide, so lots of talk of that sort.Choices are key here this week on "Voyager", tho in quite different ways. First up: an old decision of B'elanna's comes back to haunt her in the form of a Cardassian doomsday device in "Dreadnought". After that, Janeway has to play judge in a trial for a Q (…
 
It's the moment at least SOME of you have probably been waiting for...SSHB has made it to not only the most infamous "Voyager" episode, but possibly one of the most infamous "Trek" episodes in general. Yes, we're talking "Threshold" this week! What do we think about Tom Paris's adventure into Infinite Velocity that leads to some really junky evolut…
 
Whoops! Looks like we took a bit of a side-trip and forgot to warn you it was coming! Inspired by "Prototype", we decided to take a look at James Cameron's "Terminator" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" (so the only movies from that franchise that matter). Relive the classics that spawned a franchise that is harder to kill than its titular robot ma…
 
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