Toon Trek

The Human Adventure in Animated Form

Toon Trek 22- The Counter-Clock Incident

This is it. The regular-sized finale to the saga that is Toon Trek. It’s mission was to cover all of Star Trek: The Animated Series in less than a year has been accomplished.

Say goodbye with an episode that takes an old Star Trek trope of aging or de-aging the main characters and does… pretty much the same thing as every other Star Trek episode with the same premise.

Spend one final outing with Paul, Dr Bill, David, and Andrew Leyland in his critically-acclaimed role as Andy, as they leave the world of animation behind.

 

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Toon Trek 21- How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth

Imagine finding a creature that has solid claims to being a deity in Earth history, and influencing ancient civilizations. Now, instead of a Greco-Roman figure, put in ancient Mayan culture.

Yes, The Animated Series goes back to the well… again, to mine a plot used on The Animated Series, signaling that the end is in sight for the 2D crew of the Starship Enterprise.

Here to comment on the oncoming event horizon is your normal crew- Paul, David, Andy, and a Dr Bill stricken by a well-known malady that shut down the world.

 

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Toon Trek 19- The Practical Joker

Giant inflatable Enterprises and practical jokes, oh my. This episode has it all, including some Godfather references that are a bit dire for the editor.

But, prepare for some comedy gold, as the guys take on another episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and Trek content from Youtube.

Plus, find out what the future holds for Paul, Dr Bill, Andy, David, and Andy as Toon Trek creeps ever closer to the end.

 

 

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Toon Trek 18- Bem

Get ready for more Star Trek talk. From the current slate of Trek content, all the way to the episode the gang came to cover.

Bem tells the story of an observer who has a hidden talent that comes in handy on a precarious mission. But, beware his manner of speaking.

These ones talk their way through the episode- Paul Spataro, Dr Bill Robinson, David Pascarella, and Andrew Leyland, as Andy… plus, W Blaine Dowler drops the knowledge as well.

 

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Toon Trek 17- The Pirates of Orion

It’s always fun when a virus is aboard The Enterprise. Also, it’s a great time when older Star Trek fans talk trash on the new iterations of Trek.

Well, the great news is that you, dear listener, get both in one convenient package. But, that’s not all- W Blaine Dowler is always around to school our intrepid crew.

It’s impossible to resist a deal this great, for the low price of free. Brought to you by the incomparable talents of Dr Bill, Paul, Dave, and Andrew Leyland as Andy.

 

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Toon Trek 16- The Jihad

The Star Trek crew visit another planet. It’s kind of like when the Notorious B.I.G. told us, “More money, more problems” but with planets and aliens.

But, not only do Paul, Dr Bill, David, and Andy talk about another episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, but stay after the credits for a bonus bit about “Top Gear.”

All of this for the low, low cost of free. How can you beat that deal?

 

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Toon Trek 15- The Eye of the Beholder

Picture this: Starfleet crewmembers beam down to a planet, and are taken into captivity to be displayed in an alien zoo. Said crewmembers need to reason a way out of their predicament.

Sound familiar? Well, if you guessed that the episode is “The Cage” you are sorely mistaken. But, how can you be blamed for the confusion?

Andy, Paul, Dr Bill. And David Pascarella discuss a classic piece of 70’s animation as the guys near the end of the first season of Star Trek: The Animated series.

 

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Toon Trek 14- The Slaver Weapon

William Shatner may not know this episode exists, because Captain Kirk isn’t in this one, kids. Nope, other members of the crew get the spotlight.

Also, how did Columbo catch William Shatner’s character in a 1970’s episode? Dr Bill knows the answer, and pray you do, too.

It’s another jaunt around the galaxy with your favorite crew- Paul Spataro, Dr Bill Robinson, David Pascarella, and Sir Andrew Leyland Esquire.

 

 

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Toon Trek 13- The Ambergris Element

Not since Charlton Heston came face to face with Dr Zaius has such a fish out of water tale hit our screens as Kirk and Spock accidentally go native on an away mission.

Does that not sound wacky enough? This episode has Turbo Teen references, Paul mutating into a Mugatu (kind of), and Terry-Thomas lurking on street corners in the London fog.

Your usual Seventies Saturday morning trekkers are present, including Dr Bill, David, Charro, Paul, Andy, Doug Henning, and Terry-Thomas.

 

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Toon Trek 12- The Time Trap

Imagine that you have found a place where peace has been achieved among even the most diametrically opposed alien races. Life is good, and everybody is content.

Now- Imagine that the crew of The U.S.S. Enterprise clumsily finds a way in, and decides to ruin the party. There, you have the next episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Your normal tour guides of Paul, Dr Bill, Dave, and Andy jump into the Bermuda Triangle Allegory to explore the 2D world of Star Trek, once again, and you’re invited.

 

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Toon Trek 11- The Teratin Incident

This time, as promised, the guys watch Time Trap… wait, no they watch an episode featuring another trope of Saturday morning- shrinking characters.

Yep. Also, talk of other timely Saturday morning shows, and even a full-on re-enactment of Red Dwarf to school Paul in what he’s missing.

Welcome to the halfway point of the original crew’s animated adventures. It’s all downhill from here, right?

 

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Toon Trek 10- Mudd’s Passion

It’s the return of fan-favorite villain, scoundrel, and generally bad human being Harry Mudd. This time, his shenanigans involve 23rd century date rape drugs.

Is it possible to mishandle a long-standing supporting crew member to such a degree that it insults the audience, and brings shame to the entire show?

Andy, Paul, Dr Bill, and David aim to find out, as their quest to watch all of Star Trek: The Animated series continues.

 

 

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Toon Trek 09- Once Upon a Planet

The Animated Series loves sequels. But, do the viewers also love them? Return with the Toon Trek crew to the amusement park planet, which is fondly remembered by The Enterprise crew, despite trying to kill them.

What happens to technology when it’s master dies? Does it die, too? Or, does it run amok? The question will be answered, with an ending right from The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and the seed of a Discovery reference.

Dr Bill, David, Paul, and Andy once again welcome J David Weter back aboard, with deep insight from the much more qualified W. Blaine Dowler.

 

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Toon Trek 08- The Magicks of Megas-Tu

In the 1970’s it was an odd time. Bell Bottoms, feathered hair, corduroy and animated representations of the devil were all acceptable.

When The Enterprise stumbles into a dimensional rift, they find a place of magic and mystery, all while being guided by the joyful Lucien, and ending with a riff on the Salem Witch Trials.

Starting the angry letter-writing campaign is Dr Bill Robinson, David Pascarella, Paul Spataro, guest J David Weter, and Andrew Leyland as Andy.

 

 

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Toon Trek 07- The Infinite Vulcan

As one’s natural life draws close to the end, it is better to fade away slowly, or go out in a blaze of glory? What if there was a third option- making a really big clone of yourself?

The gang looks at an episode that really puts a kink in the entire premise of Star Trek III by giving us a giant Spock that is, in theory, still out there in the universe.

Yes, you read that right. A giant clone of Spock. Andy, Dr Bill, Paul, and David dive into this classic episode of the beloved animated continuation of The Original Series.

 

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Toon Trek 06- The Survivor

What if a billionaire disappeared for five years, and is miraculously found in a hostile environment?

Now, what if said billionaire was also a shape-shifter with a voice that calls out, “Meanwhile, back at the Hall of Justice?”

That is the question that is explored in another episode of that wacky animated classic, Star Trek: The Animated Series.

Paul, David, Dr Bill, and Andy venture into the world of the 1% in the 23rd century by viewing, and discussing another episode for your entertainment.*

 

*Entertainment is not guaranteed.

 

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Toon Trek 05- More Tribbles More Troubles

It’s time for a sequel to one of the best known Original Series episodes, and the gang is back.

Cyrano Jones brings a whole new level of trouble for the Enterprise crew with modified Tribbles, and a… unique version of population control.

Join David, Dr Bill, Paul, and Andrew Leyland as they return to their most beloved roles in the podcasting world, and discuss Star Trek: The Animated Series.

 

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Toon Trek 04- The Lorelei Signal

There is a certain threshold of quality in every iteration of Star Trek that all episodes are measured by. Specifically, how bad an episode is.

Have our crew found the lower deck of quality for Star Trek: The Animated series with an episode that has hypnotic sirens, rapid aging, and a complete lack of consequences?

Find out if David, Paul, Dr Bill, and Andrew have met their match as they view, and discuss, The Lorelei Signal.

 

 

 

 

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Toon Trek 03- One of Our Planets is Missing

There is a huge gas cloud threatening the planet, and the Enterprise is the only ship in the sector that can possibly stave off total anhelation- But, this isn’t Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Instead, the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives, in animated form, to do… a bit of an awkward séance?! Basically, it’s Spock waving his arms around, and talking to the air.

But, Dr Bill, David, Paul, and Andrew Leyland (in his Saturn-nominated role as Andy*) are geared up to face the cloud of gas, no matter what the cost.

 

* Andrew’s Saturn award is theoretically fictitious, but possible in the realm of alternate universes. However, Andrew will not be making any money from the potential award given to his doppelganger.

 

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Toon Trek 02- Yesteryear

The gang looks at an episode with time travel, Andorian first officers, Vulcan customs, and euthanasia… all on a children’s show aired on Saturday morning television.

The 70’s were a bit of an odd decade.

Dr Bill, David, Paul, and Andrew Leyland are back, and they are dragging J David Weter out of the production office, and into the recording booth. Also, W Blaine Dowler adds his thoughts.

 

 

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Toon Trek 01- Beyond the Farthest Star

The gang from Listen to the Prophets hop back into the Star Trek Universe. This time around, they tackle the animated series from Filmation.

In the premiere episode, The Enterprise crew discovers a lifeform that has laid dormant for many years. But, as it comes back to life, is it friend, or foe? Probably foe… but, listen and find out anyway.

Join Dr Bill Robinson, David Pascarella, Paul Spataro, and Andrew Leyland as Andy, with a special appearance from W Blaine Dowler.

 

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