Away Mission

Hi, Folks! This week, Ro Karen and the Admiral beamed onto the CRITICALMASSCAST podcast to join host Greg and the ever wonderful El Diablito to discuss the 20th anniversary of Deep Space Nine. They had a blast recording it, so tune in and send some love to this very fun podcast.


Download link to CRITICALMASSCAST Episode “Happily Stationary: The 20th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.


The Littlest Ensign

All hands on deck! The Starbase would like to officially welcome its latest crewmember, the Weatherbaby!

Congratulations to Kennedy and family!

And congratulations to UNKK. As the last member on board the Starbase, it’s your extreme honor and privilege to be officially nominated to diaper duty. Oh, by the way, there’s two babies on board.

The Bajoran will be down in the rum storage bay…


The Starbase crew has had quite a few descriptive words applied to them through the years. Some have even been nice.

However, we were recently called something that none of us can still quite believe: Influential.

That’s right. The crew at Astra Nova SciFi: A Good Science Fiction Blog for Good People have kicked off a new series on their site, “Influential People in Science Fiction,” and we were their inaugural interview.

Yeah, we know. We’re still shocked, too! And, no, we didn’t bribe them. The Admiral has enough trouble paying for all the action figures and rum shipments.

Seriously, we couldn’t be more delighted. If there is one driving force behind what we do here at the Starbase, it’s our love of the science fiction genre. To be acknowledged in this way is not only proof that we’re doing something right, but it’s an incredible honor.

So check out our profile…and stick around at Astra Nova. It’s a great blog written by people who love sci-fi. And now it’s been Ro-tested and Admiral-approved.

Guide Us Home

Some listeners may remember a long, long time ago in a galaxy…er, in an episode now long over, that the resident Bajoran promised to post the extraordinary episode guide prepared for the Starbase crew by our Listener ExtraordinaireTM Emma.

The time has come, listeners. After being tossed into solitary for a week for an escapade that she would rather not divulge on the grounds that it could ruin several professional careers (besides, it’s another story for her memoir, Ridged for Your Pleasure), Ro has finally finished coding the Starbase 66 Episode Guide!

We hope you enjoy it…and thank you once again to Emma for humbling and delighting the entire crew with this most amazing guide to our crazy corner of the quadrant.

Set Engines to Minimum Entropy

Dig our new theme music? We here at the Starbase love it (although the Kanadian still likes to blast the theme from Sexbase 69 when he’s cleaning his 12-inch Brandon Routh, and the Bajoran finds the beats from Haus of Waxbase to be quite exhilarating when heading to the commissary for her morning raktajino and redshirt spacing).

Bottom line is that the Starbase keeps our good friend Cogswell on constant rotation. In fact, he’s pretty much one of the only artists all the crew love (and, no, we don’t care if Anne Murray is Canadian…we still say that piping her into the brig at any hour must violate several universal torture protection treaties!).

Here, then, is the history of how the current theme came to be from Cogswell’s creative mind. And, if you like this (and why wouldn’t you?), we encourage you to keep browsing through Cogswell’s collection. We’re sure you’ll find lots to love…


My friends, we need your help. You may have noticed a dearth of guests, and a sporadic nature to the podcast posts of late. That’s because my computer is dying. I don’t dare book any guests since I am getting far too familiar with the Blue Screen of Death, and losing a few hours worth of editing to the blue demon can be most disheartening as well. Plus this machine refuses to acknowledge any input other than the USB ports, which has ruled out any sort of live show for more than a year now. If everyone who listens to the show would donate just a dollar, I’d be able to get a decent machine that will let me run my mixer, that will not crash with frequent, yet random regularity, and that will not add a huge amount of noise to the tracks even when there isn’t a microphone plugged in! If you’ll look to the right you’ll see a donate button. Please help. No amount is too small, and you have my word that all funds donated will go directly back into your podcast.(at least all after PayPal gets its share, of course) And if you cannot give now, don’t sweat it. We still love you. 🙂

Thank you, my friends.


Six Degrees of James T. Kirk

Chris Pine, the new James T. Kirk, is Hollywood cheese royalty, a third-generation actor with a lineage that includes many TV movies with colons in the title. His grandmother was Anne Gwynne, star of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome, The Green Hornet and, um, We’ve Never Been Licked. His father was a 70s TV icon. Maybe you didn’t know that.

And in Hollywood, where there’s cheese, there’s William Shatner.

Let’s examine, in a scholarly-type fashion with some interestingly large words, just how closely young Mr. Pine is linked to old Mr. Shatner — traverse the winding trail between Kirks, as it were.

After the original Star Trek ended, things did not go well for William Shatner. His marriage collapsed, and he spent a summer living out of his camper. Shatner did a LOT of crappy TV movies in the 70s, including that made-for-TV adaptation of John Jakes’s American Bicentennial Kent Family Chronicles. The first part was called The Bastard, which is an excellent name for anything on TV. There are eight books in the series but only three were adapted for television.

One of those was The Seekers, which starred Randolph Mantooth from TV’s Emergency! You might remember Emergency! It was a show about paramedics in Los Angeles, always calling ‘Rampart’ for guidance. Wait, Adam-12 was always calling Rampart, too. I wonder who Rampart was. Anyway, Mantooth continues to star in soaps, bad TV movies and straight-to-DVD releases, among them a 1985 movie called Bridge Across Time, which was about the London Bridge being moved to Arizona, bringing the ghost of Jack The Ripper with it, which is too stupid even to think about. Bridge Against Time also starred the Archduke of Fromage, David Hasselhoff.

Oh, boy, David Hasselhoff. From his earlier roles (he played someone called “Boner” in some movie with “Cheerleaders” in the title) to his breakout role on a soap opera and finally to prime time on Knight Rider, nobody personified cheesy manliness like the Hoff. His career pinnacle came with what seemed like 20 shirtless seasons on Baywatch and its spinoffs, playing an old crusty lifeguard who ran in slow motion. He later starred in a drunken YouTube classic in which he was out-acted by a hamburger. The hamburger may have had cheese on it, but the Hoff definitely did. Baywatch also attracted a lot of super-cheesy guest stars, including Erik Estrada.

Erik Estrada shot to fame as the star of ChiPs, the perfect 70s TV creation. Big hair, tight pants, white teeth, California and motorcycle cops … it was the right-wing Dukes of Hazzard. Estrada played a really unlikely Italian named Ponch who roared around this one section of freeway with his whitebread partner, Jon. This was one of those 70s cop shows where the cops never actually fired their weapons, but chased bad guys until there was a flaming crash in which nobody was hurt and everyone got what they deserved – the bad guys got jail, Ponch got the girl. At the end of every episode, they would report back to their captain, Joe Getraer.

Robert Pine starred on ChiPs as Capt. Joe Getraer. When I was a kid, we argued about what his name was, because I always heard it as “Getcher” but my friend Peter swore it was “Capturer.” Pine was a fatherly influence over Ponch and Jon and whatever other guys came along later. He was wise, tough, friendly but not a sucker, and always encouraged his young officers to follow in his footsteps. At home, he probably did the same thing, because his kid ended up trying to break into Hollywood decades later.

And that would be Chris Pine, who was picked to be Captain Kirk and is about to slingshot around the sun in an epic trek from struggling young actor to global superstar. Pine, like his co-stars, is pretty hush-hush about how he’s interpreting Kirk; he’s playing a younger, less formed version of the icon, and thus has more leeway to avoid some of the cocky, confident Shatnerisms of the first version of the character.

Let’s hope he kept some of the cheese, though. And you know what? I think he would not be Kirk unless he got his shirt torn off at least once.

Now, all of this is not my way of predicting a future career of cheese for young Mr. Pine. He may surprise us all and use Star Trek and its eventual, hopeful, sequels as a springboard to a varied and diverse career. Hard to say. I’ve never seen him in anything, and people who have tend to say he’s pretty, no great shakes as an actor, but someone you remember. Which means he fits right in on this list.

We talk about this stuff all the time here.

There’s An App For That. And For Us.

Simply Syndicated, our home base, has launched a new app for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. It allows you to stream Starbase 66 and other fine programs and take part in our virtual community of amazing people. You should download it right now.

Trouble on the Starbase

Morena Baccarin

Interested in hearing us talk to Morena Baccarin, from V, Firefly and Stargate SG-1? Click here. It’s a shorter episode than you’re probably used to, but hey, she’s a busy lady. She had to take time away from global conquest to chat with us, and we thank her for that.