(The Imaginary Guides)

I’ve created an ever-growing number of videos on all things science fiction and fantasy (okay, just Star Trek so far…) in conjunction with the podcast. These videos are meant to tackle media—TV, movies, video games—that we talk about on the ‘cast, but that it can be easier to actually see and hear. Expect everything from the very serious to the impertinent and irreverent, and please do subscribe and let me know what you’d like to see next!

Your Guide to the First Season of Star Trek: The Next Generation

Let’s face it: Love it or hate it (and I definitely love it), TNG had a really rough first season. Whether you’re thinking about rewatching it or you’re picking it up for the first time, or you just want to relive some of the bizarre adventures of child-hating Picard, beardless Riker, and the late, great Tasha Yar, this is the guide for you!

Because there were so many episodes (25!) in the first season, this guide is split into two parts. The first part covers the first 12 episodes of the season, while the second part takes you through the rest.

Want to watch it on YouTube? Here are the direct YouTube links to part 1 and to part 2.

What is Star Trek’s Federation?

Time and again, I’ve made a big deal about Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets on the podcast. I’ve called it, over and over again, the primary novum (or, what we tend to refer the central new idea of a piece of science fiction on the ‘cast) of the Star Trek universe. But what is the Federation, and why does it deserve to be singled out as such an important component of the Trek franchise? Take a look and find out!

If you’d rather watch directly on YouTube, have a link.