Thursday, April 28, 2016

17 to 01: The Tholian Web


This is one of the crazier behind the scenes bits. The network and the studio are putting the screws to Star Trek and things are starting to come apart.

Nick at Nite is actually still a thing, but it's "nick@nite" now which tracks. Lost in Space ran from 1965 to 1968, a three-year run comparable to that of Star Trek. Strange, right?

The Russian space dog I was thinking about was Laika. They sent her into space prior to sending humans. Nick Abadzis wrote a comic about her in 2007 called Laika and it's pretty good and by good I mean it's about a dog that has no idea she's going to be sent into space and...then return to your uncle's farm upstate and live happily forever.

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EDIT: The audio for this should be fixed now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TRO: 3087 - Hépíng

3087 is a Battletech alternate universe where The Jihad never happened. Instead, political fracturing continues in the wake of the technological and military upheavals of the 3050's. Its history is told through the pages and designs of TRO: 3087. With any luck this series will be the last anyone hears about 3087.

H-UM-L2 Hépíng
Preface
As a full disclosure the Dragoons Pact, publisher of this book, is subject to several bonds of law and honor to the Capellan Confederation which prohibit the disclosure and discussion of the firsthand experiences of Pact personnel during their time within the Confederation.

Overview
This document only contains three units linked with the Capellan Confederation. This is in part because the Confederation still fields units similar to those used twenty years ago. Upgraded versions of the Raven and Catapult with new electronics countermeasures are the only significant CCAF technical advance we’ve seen in that time.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

17 to 01: Spock's Brain


It's strange, but Derek and I rarely fight during bad episodes. "Spock's Brain" is an exception to that rule. I'm saying it's bad. He's saying I'm not saying it's bad strongly enough.

He might be right. We usually mention bad episodes at least having good bones, but at best this one has some broken bones inside of a mutilated flesh bag.

The Beastie Boy's song referring to the "pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock" was "Intergalactic." The one where they dressed up in Star Trek uniforms and fought was ""Ch-Check it out." 

Finally, the Semisonic song I was talking about was "Never You Mind," which is a personal favorite.

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Friday nights at 8:30 PM ET / 7:30 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TRO: 3087 - Rakshasa II

3087 is a Battletech alternate universe where The Jihad never happened. Instead, political fracturing continues in the wake of the technological and military upheavals of the 3050's. Its history is told through the pages and designs of TRO: 3087. With any luck this series will be the last anyone hears about 3087.

MDG-21D Rakshasa II
Overview
The history of the Rakshasa II is difficult to discuss for legal reasons. It involves two ducal families of the Federated Suns who are particularly litigious concerning that history. While their real names can be found in most publicly accessible nets, we refer to them here as the Müller and Jones families.
A Capellan bombing run on GM’s Kathil factory was the perfect opportunity for the producer to finally shrug off their Rakshasa license from NAIS. NAIS and the AFFS High Command stipulated that new bidders for the license create a new design instead, one that incorporated the Federated Suns’ new advanced missiles into a smaller, cheaper, and newer version of aging design.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Voyager: Some Kind Of...

Guys, I don't have these sorts of recurring writing habits, right?


Thursday, April 14, 2016

17 to 01: Day of the Dove


We also go from Star Trek to Peter Pan and then to the 2016 presidential election in the space of a few seconds, which I'm personally rather proud of. 

I'm not a blood and guts guy, but this episode needed some real bite to back up its theme. Maybe that's why it didn't have it. I do like the ending. But then, I don't have an allergy to having fun. Was Derek right? Was it too light.

Also, the last name I was trying to think of was "Klingon Louie C.K." I promise I'll do better in the future.

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Friday nights at 8:30 PM ET / 7:30 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TRO: 3087 - Königswolf

3087 is a Battletech alternate universe where The Jihad never happened. Instead, political fracturing continues in the wake of the technological and military upheavals of the 3050's. Its history is told through the pages and designs of TRO: 3087. With any luck this series will be the last anyone hears about 3087.
Königswolf

Overview
The Königswolf’s debut action was Clan Wolf’s Absorption of The Free Rasalhague Republic. The unfamiliar OmniMech was instrumental in overrunning or bypassing garrison units and justifying the Clan’s claim to the Free Rasalhague government, including the officers and equipment of the KungsArmé.
Alongside new aerospace assets like the Last Crusader and Ambition, the Königswolf was instrumental on deflecting the counterassault by the Blakist-backed Terran Protectorate. The Wolf forces stymied defenders while savaging formerly-Rasalhagian worlds and neighboring systems for over a year. The Word of Blake reports of Khan Vlad Ward’s death circulated in November of 3071, just weeks before the Königswolf’s next major engagement.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

17 to 01: And the Children Shall Lead


We end up arguing D&D stats on this episode, ad infinitum because there's so little else to cover here.

We talk a little evil, but the episode falls far short of demonstrating any actual evil. It's disappointing.

Follow-up: The other Celene Dion song is "It's All Coming Back." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDxoj-tDDIU 

17 to 01 is available on iTunes. It updates Friday nights at 8:30 PM ET / 7:30 CT. We're also amazingly on Stitcher.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

TRO: 3087 - Annihilator

3087 is a Battletech alternate universe where The Jihad never happened. Instead, political fracturing continues in the wake of the technological and military upheavals of the 3050's. Its history is told through the pages and designs of TRO: 3087. With any luck this series will be the last anyone hears about 3087.

Annihilator ANH-4S
Overview
Reginald Goode created Goode Industries on Mizar in mid-3068, just weeks before the Free Worlds League Militia took the world. For four months, Goode formed relationships with the FWLM quartermasters on planet as well as Blakist personnel who brokered the return of the planet to Lyran control a year later.
Goode Industries provided customization and production of industrial ‘Mechs for a number of clients stretching across the borders of the Commonwealth, the League, and the Blakist-backed Terran Protectorate until the early 70’s. 
It was then that a wave of revelations about their Blakist allies caused The Protectorate to collapse and local governments approached Goode about the production of an affordable, reliable battle ‘Mech to repel raiders and handle urban assaults. The manufacturer was at a loss to develop weapons systems, but intrigued at the profits involved with military hardware contracts so he turned to his Lyran contacts for help.
That contact was Benedict Doge, a fellow technician and veteran from the Federated Commonwealth Civil War. Doge contacted the Dragoons for their Annihilator design. Wildly popular, but jealously guarded, it took months for all four parties to work out an arrangement. The final product has fulfilled its mission across the Lyran Commonwealth and in Dragoons Pact militias for almost a decade.

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Morality of Deadpool

So Deadpool has been out and it was a lot of fun. Pew! Pew!

I wanna talk morality. It’s as close as this movie gets to having a theme. F’r fuckssake, the thing begins with a slo-mo, 3D pan of Deadpool killin’ folks to the tune of “Angel,” which is designed to tell you as quickly as possible Deadpool is no angel.


I'm pretty sure this is the right song.