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Star Trek The Next Conversation

Matt Mira and Andrew Secunda

Podcast… the final frontier! "Star Trek: The Next Generation" devotee and authority Matt Mira leads Next Gen skeptic Andrew Secunda into the deepest reaches of the series episode by episode. Listen as they discuss, debate, and enjoy all the legenda...Show More

2:34:12 | Jun 28th

Matt and Andy kick the rust off. Will this episode be a disaster? Probably. But hey, we're back! Episode Discussion begins at 31:00

2:07:31 | Jun 5th

Matt and Andy return, but so does the Crystalline Entity! Oh and does Riker always beam down to planets with bottles of wine?
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1:49:33 | May 23rd

Andy is back! Matt's there too. And it really seems like everyone on the Enterprise has an attitude problem. Also Andy is very excited to have Ro Laren at the helm. Episode discussion probably begins around 33:00 (I'm just guessing cause I'...Show More

1:51:17 | Apr 22nd

Matt and Andy when the pod starts. Matt his ears open. Andy his acting, specific. Episode discussion begins around 48:00

2:00:34 | Apr 8th

Matt and Andy watch the Klingon Civil war reach a fever pitch but Worf still can't find anyone to listen to him. Episode discussion starts around 27:00 in full disclosure there is about 10 minutes discussion/rant about the pluralization of the Kl...Show More

1:46:04 | Apr 1st

Andy and Matt prevent their own Civil War when they mostly agree bat also disagree a lot on this episode. And Worf finally gets people around him who will say "yes." Episode Discussion begins around the 21:00 minute mark

1:52:29 | Mar 25th

Andy finally gets to see what it's like to date someone on the Enterprise D. Matt remembers Frank Sinatra but forgets how the rest of the show goes.

1:53:53 | Mar 11th

Matt and Andy are brainwashed to find that even though the plot of this episode makes perfect sense, they are still unfulfilled. Episode discussion at 30:-00

2:36:16 | Mar 4th

Matt and Andy form a symbiotic relationship when it comes to Beverly Crushers love life. Andy also invites us all to the Andy Secunda School of Specific Acting. -Episode discussion at 24:00

1:55:08 | Feb 25th

This week Matt and Andy get real sad about getting old. Mostly cause this episode makes us feel useless already. Episode Discussion begins at 28:00

2:32:19 | Feb 18th

Matt and Andy liked this episode so much, they decided to call the Director to gush about it. That's right, it's the second installment of Ask Frakes with Jonathan Frakes. Episode Discussion 35:00 Ask Frakes 1:36:00

2:13:24 | Feb 11th

Matt and Andy desperately search for a plot while being trapped in Nottingham. Andy achieves his goal of getting our instagram up to date and Data is put to no use. Episode discussion begins at 30:00

1:44:40 | Feb 4th

Barclay get's super intelligence from a probe. Geordi gets jealous and Andy tells us all that he wouldn't even bother with other humans if he became as smart as Barclay. Episode Discussion at 25:00

2:12:05 | Jan 28th

Matt and Andy can't believe how much better at being a doctor Beverly Crusher is this season. Geordi loses his identity but gains his sight and Data has a hard time admitting he has feelings. Episode discussion begins at 44:00

2:32:31 | Jan 21st

There is something threatening the Enterprise this week. And that something is a lack of quality sleep. Episode discussion begins at 41:00 A spoiler-y discussion of Season 1 of Discovery happens at the end of the show at 2:14:00

2:29:40 | Jan 14th

Matt and Andy dive right in to the awkwardness of Geordi meeting the real version of the Holodeck creation he fell in love with last season. In a script by penned by the great Coo Coo Bird of trek, Maurice Hurley there is much to discuss! Episode ...Show More

1:58:35 | Jan 7th

Matt and Andy make first contact with an episode they generally agree on!?! Episode discussion at 36:00

2:09:38 | Dec 24th, 2018

Matt and Andy have something of a mystery on their hands... Join them as they search for clues that will help them figure out if they like this episode.

1:55:50 | Dec 17th, 2018

Matt and Andy watch as Captain Picard fights the devil in an epic space battle. Or ya know, an arbitration hearing. Episode discussion begins around 30:00

2:09:35 | Dec 10th, 2018

Matt and Andy get to know Chief O'brien a little better. The Cardassians make their first appearance and we order a pizza. Episode Discussion at 31:00

2:06:51 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Matt and Andy finally get the answer to the age old question.. What does Worf get people for wedding presents? Episode Discussion starts at the 38:00 mark

1:50:26 | Nov 26th, 2018

Andy and Matt have some feelings about Counselor Troi being able to sense feelings but then not being able to sense feelings. Episode Discussion starts at 32:00

12:06 | Nov 19th, 2018

Hi! We are off this week, ya know galavanting around the country, seeing family, eating turkey. Andy is going to try to do too much and Matt is going to try to do too little! We will be back next week as per usual! in the meantime if yo...Show More

1:45:45 | Nov 12th, 2018

Matt can't wait for this mission to be over. But Andy seems to enjoy it for some reason. Episode discussion starts around the 33 minute mark.

2:08:23 | Nov 5th, 2018

Matt and Andy wake up in a simulation set sixteen years in the future. Oh, wait. They don't. It's all a ruse! But don't worry! the resolution to this episode won't be satisfying to Andy either. Episode Discussion starts at 34:00

2:01:58 | Oct 29th, 2018

Matt and Andy get reunited with Susan Plakson. The klingons finally deliver an episode Matt likes and Andy has some questions about spoilers. Episode discussion at 29:06

2:44:17 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Matt and Andy meet Tasha Yar's sister. Data pretends to not have emotions and we get some really cool phaser fights. Episode Discussion starts at 1:01:20

2:52:38 | Oct 15th, 2018

Buckle up, Beverlovers! Dr. Crusher gets caught in a warp bubble, Matt & Andy slap on the helmets of the Star Wars Destroyers, and... you know where to send the hails 🖖 Episode Discussion begins at 1:03. Update from eagle eared listener Josh Munr...Show More

1:52:55 | Oct 8th, 2018

Matt and Andy do their best to get through an episode that poses the questions that no-one asked. Like, "What would Picard be like if he were roommates with a teenager?" Or "Where does Data store his memory of "Slapstick" Comedy?" Episode Discuss...Show More

1:50:11 | Oct 1st, 2018

Matt and Andy find out what an Android can do once a homing beacon is activated. They also watch Brent Spiner play three people in the same scene and take a special trip to Andy Secunda's School of Specific Acting.

48:06 | Sep 28th, 2018

We've heard you! So whenever time allows we will be posting the first part of the pod (before episode discussion as its own episode) Admirals Club, Hails, Facegroup, Presidents, and random thoughts from both Andy and Matt. For those who didn't ...Show More

2:21:49 | Sep 24th, 2018

Matt and Andy agree that Worf's parents seem nice but Picard's brother is a 24th century Amish wine maker. Episode discussion begins at the 45 minute mark.

2:26:46 | Sep 17th, 2018

Andy is excited about epic space battles and Matt is mostly excited about Riker's temporary promotion.

2:04:06 | Sep 10th, 2018

Matt and Andy take a break from TNG to watch the 1997 Documentary Trekkies. And quickly discover that they are also Trekkies.

3:00:38 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Matt and Andy have finally engaged the Borg. It's the episode we have been waiting for since we started this show. Does it live up to the hype? Does Andy have any theories? Does Shelby know how to use a communicator? Episode Discussion s...Show More

2:38:36 | Aug 27th, 2018

The Enterprise picks up a John. No, really. There's lots of Andy's theories floating around this one and we think he might be onto something. Episode Discussion begins at the 46:00 mark.

2:16:26 | Aug 20th, 2018

Matt and Andy exchange gifts and then spend a lot of time debating who is the best at being a Ferengi and also whether or not this episode is good. Episode Discussion begins at the 51 Minute mark.

2:41:17 | Aug 13th, 2018

Matt and Andy return from Star Trek Las Vegas to discuss the convention, the new Picard series and of course the uncontrollable emotion of SAREK. Episode discussion begins at the 53 minute mark.

2:43:11 | Aug 6th, 2018

Matt and Andy talk a lot about toys, and about Andy's theory that Data has emotion... He's just not telling anyone. Episode discussion begins at 55:45 (sorry/notsorry)

2:09:33 | Jul 30th, 2018

Matt and Andy spend a lot of time on the Holodeck with their new best friend Reginald Barclay. Only Guinan "gets" them. Episode discussion begins at the 35(isn) minute mark.

2:15:22 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Matt and Andy finally meet a real Betazoid from Betazed. Turns out he is annoying and has no social tact. Just like our hosts! Episode discussion starts at 46:00

2:01:09 | Jul 16th, 2018

Matt and Andy go on vacation to Risa but when they run into Captain Picard, they realize there isn't enough story to go around. Episode discussion begins at 40:00

2:04:10 | Jul 9th, 2018

Matt and Andy react very differently to authority. But not different enough for either of them to be replaced by an alien replica that acts much friendlier. Captain Picard on the other hand... Episode Discussion starts at 47:00 You can now suppo...Show More

2:09:20 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Andy and Matt get to know Worf's brother and quite frankly they think he is better at Klingon-ing than Worf. Episode Discussion starts at the 46:00 mark! (We know it's a little crazy. We'll try to be shorter in the future.) Oh and our Patreon...Show More

1:59:28 | Jun 25th, 2018

Andy and Matt watch Data make a baby. Oh, and Jonathan Frakes swings by(!!?!) for the first installment of ASK FRAKES! Episode discussion begins at 31:00

2:35:09 | Jun 18th, 2018

Andy finally lays his eyes on one of the GREAT episodes of TNG. But what is is reaction?! Well, we talk about it for a full two hours. Episode discussion begins at 33:00

2:04:36 | Jun 11th, 2018

Andy and Matt each recount the same episode from different perspectives but arrive at the same conclusion. Riker is kind of a creep and this episode is not good. Episode discussion begins around the 42:00 mark.

1:38:15 | Jun 4th, 2018

Andy wishes he was omnipotent and Matt wishes there was more to talk about. Episode Discussion begins around the 32:00 mark.

1:29:38 | May 28th, 2018

Matt and Andy find themselves sympathizing with no one in an episode that helped us discover how people should use inter-dimensional transporters. Episode Discussion starts at 24:00

1:42:54 | May 21st, 2018

Andy and Matt disagree on a lot about this episode. But they both agree that the idea that you can just will a transporter beam to not work, causing an explosion that blinds 4 officers on the Enterprise, is pretty much the dumbest thing yet. Episode...Show More

1:53:29 | May 14th, 2018

Andy and Matt once again enter the Neutral Zone. But this time they find a plot. Episode Discussion begins at the 28:00 mark

1:37:11 | May 7th, 2018

Andy and Matt are getting tired of warring planets with rogue factions. But when Riker gets a little too close, things still don't get interesting. Episode discussion starts at the 00:31:00 mark

2:06:35 | Apr 30th, 2018

Matt and Andy almost get lost in the Delta quadrant. Which would be a better outcome than having to watch this episode again. Even though we get a lot of Troi and a man who is supposed to be wooing her but is just negotiating for a useless wormhole....Show More

1:29:44 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Matt and Andy cross into federation space as Geordi finds Galorndon Core to be less than enjoyable.

1:34:59 | Apr 16th, 2018

It's one of Matt's favorite episodes and It proves one of Andy's oldest theories!

1:20:32 | Apr 9th, 2018

Matt and Andy do their own bonding over the competent character development and incompetent story. Episode discussion starts around the 20:00 mark.

1:28:26 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Matt violates the Prime Directive and Andy has some very specific acting advice for the guest stars of tonight's episode.

1:15:19 | Mar 26th, 2018

Andy and Matt do theater best to survive this episode that was shot mostly in Malibu. (It's better than it sounds)

1:20:06 | Mar 19th, 2018

Matt and Andy discover a strange new part of TNG... Character development.

1:18:41 | Mar 12th, 2018

Andy and Matt drop out of warp and wind up in SEASON 3! But, can their podcast evolve like Wesley's nano-bots? Probably not.

28:43 | Mar 6th, 2018

Matt and Andy forgot how their podcast goes. So despite our better judgement we decided to do a mini-sode where we give the MVC and Andys to Shades of Gray!

1:36:07 | Mar 5th, 2018

Matt and Andy return!!! With a clip show. Well they're talking about a clip show. And not a good one at that.

1:22:15 | Dec 11th, 2017

Picard and Riker face off in a battle simulation, Andy's FX board goes down and he switches to manual and Matt plays a pointless game of Strategama.

1:23:38 | Dec 4th, 2017

Andy and Matt discover a rare galactic anomaly... A good season 2 episode of TNG. Also Andy likes klingons. Episode discussion at the 23:00 mark

1:36:04 | Nov 27th, 2017

Andy and Matt go on a "Manhunt" for a plot... They come up empty handed. Episode discussion begins around the 25:00 mark.

1:10:44 | Nov 20th, 2017

Andy and Matt discover that the luck of the Irish has no bearing on how good an episode of Star Trek will be. Its a doozy. Episode discussion at 16:00

1:15:31 | Nov 15th, 2017

Andy and Matt look for things. Things to make season two go... by faster. We answer hails and dive into the episode at the 19:00 mark.

1:31:05 | Nov 6th, 2017

Andy and Matt have engaged the Borg.

1:19:55 | Oct 30th, 2017

Andy and Matt ask the age old question... why is Data breaking the Prime Directive?

1:05:05 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Riker has daddy issues and Matt and Andy have issues with this episode.

1:29:05 | Oct 16th, 2017

Matt and Andy drive themselves slowly insane as they begin to breakdown what does and doesn't happen in Time Squared. Episode discussion at the 24 minute mark.

1:18:16 | Oct 9th, 2017

The away team is trapped in a bad casino set based on a bad casino novel. Similarly, Matt and Andy can find no escape from this bad casino episode.

1:40:13 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Matt and Andy perform a check of the Deuterium conduits then dive headfirst into a computer virus and the space age solution of rebooting. Episode Discussion starts at 27:18

2:05:46 | Sep 18th, 2017

Wesley makes out with a werewolf, Matt and Andy get jobs on 1701-D, the hails dig deep into legal analysis of "Measure of a Man," and Matt obsesses over a little-known historical scream. Episode discussion at 38:00

1:39:08 | Sep 11th, 2017

Is Data a sentient being with rights, or a toaster from ANCIENT TIMES? Andy questions the legality of the verdict, while Matt casts him as Maddox's evil grandfather.

1:44:56 | Sep 4th, 2017

Riker and his beard kick some ass, Klingon-style! Mendon acts like a total Mordock! In an unexpected turn of events, Matt begins to feel that Andy is TOO quick with his sound cues.

1:42:57 | Aug 28th, 2017

Matt and Andy get age rapidly through this episode. But are very excited to see Chief O'Brien do something. They also hear from Larry Nemecek regarding Dr. Selar. Episode discussion at the 23 minute mark!

1:32:33 | Aug 21st, 2017

Andy feels left out. Matt Feels left in. And Data feels like another person. Episode Discussion at 30:30 This episode is sponsored by the Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditoruim in Hollywood, CA. Mention Riker's sexy new beard to get admission for ...Show More

1:48:06 | Aug 14th, 2017

Matt and Andy learn the important lesson that a Deaf person can be as much of a dick as everyone else while Troi once again SORT OF uses her empathic abilities.  Episode discussion starts at the 45 minute mark! (insane) If you'd like to help Matt h...Show More

1:37:17 | Aug 7th, 2017

Andy and Matt watch Data destroy the Comedy on the holodeck and are charmed by the Rocketeer. Episode discussion starts around the 25 minute mark.

1:58:07 | Jul 31st, 2017

Technically, it should be "Elementary, Dear Geordi" because Geordi is Watson and Data is Sherlock, but whatevs. Plus: Matt tortures Andy with Britney Spears. Episode discussion at the 32 minute mark. This episode was brought to you by The R...Show More

1:54:11 | Jul 24th, 2017

Matt and Andy wade deeper into Season 2. Where Silence Has Lease and plot has no meaning.

1:39:00 | Jul 17th, 2017

Andy and Matt drop out of warp and enter a standard orbit of TNG Season 2.

1:21:41 | Jul 10th, 2017

Matt and Andy are back, and this time they're bringing a doc! The boys take a look at William Shatner's joyful turning over of the the rock of the first season of Next Generation to discuss all the creepy-crawly characters who played a part like Gene...Show More

1:13:30 | Jun 26th, 2017

We've done it! Andy has made it through the first season of Star Trek The Next Generation!!!! Listen to us bask in the glory of a few 20th century passengers and an encounter with the Romulans! Episode discussion starts at the 7 minute mark.

1:34:02 | Jun 19th, 2017

Something dark is going on in Starfleet as Matt and Andy uncover the most surprising twist of all - a really great first season TNG episode! Episode discussion begins around 21:00

1:27:14 | Jun 12th, 2017

Picard gets a visit from an old flame in an episode which seems to Matt and Andy like it was written through a game of telephone - which it turns out, it was.

1:40:38 | Jun 5th, 2017

Andy and Matt say goodbye to Tasha Yar and hello to Armus the sludge monster. Email talk till 12:30

1:36:35 | May 29th, 2017

Andy and Matt break dow the Star Trek Discovery trailer and find out that even space drugs are bad. Episode discussion starts at 38:00 Discovery discussion at about the 6:00 mark

1:36:36 | May 22nd, 2017

Picard crushes Crusher! Geordi gets a view from the Captain's chair! @mattmira and @secunda wonder where the credit card slot on a doomsday vending machine would be. Episode discussion at 16:00

1:28:20 | May 15th, 2017

It's a race against time for Worf to save Klingon comrades and for @mattmira to rush @secunda through the podcast to avoid getting into "The Neutral Zone" with his wife/Captain! R'oiario! (No translation) Episode Discussion begins at 20:00

1:56:42 | May 8th, 2017

Matt and Andy disagree wildly about "Coming of Age." Why wasn't Mordock the test? Why is Riker such a baby? We come to no real conclusions! Emails 00:45 - 38:00 mark, Episode discussion from there on out.

1:47:17 | May 1st, 2017

Andrew and Matt act like a couple of ugly giant bags of mostly water, before becoming ugly giant bags of mostly pizza while in NY. Emails up top "Home Soil" discussion at 36:00

1:24:55 | Apr 24th, 2017

The Enterprise demonstrates why you shouldn't bring kids on a starship. Andy's theories about Wesley gain more credence and Matt wishes there was a Star Trek theme park.

1:19:27 | Apr 17th, 2017

When you get old, does someone just throw oatmeal on your face? Mira and Secunda wade through the mushy oatmeal of a plot that can best be summarized thusly: “The Enterprise is dispatched to deliver overacting to a planet experiencing 40 years civil ...Show More

1:35:12 | Apr 10th, 2017

A binary race called the Bynars (!) visits, Andy ships "Rikard," and a fan puts Matt in his head about using "guys" too much.

1:24:39 | Apr 3rd, 2017

The crew visits Angel One. A planet where men have no say in political or social occurrences. Somehow Andy doesn't have any theories, so Matt steps in. Because he's the best.

1:44:26 | Mar 27th, 2017

Andy and Matt deconstruct the introduction of Data's brother Lore. Meanwhile, Andy has a theory and Matt wants to know if you can draw.

1:33:16 | Mar 20th, 2017

Picard loses his freakin' mind over standard holodeck technology while visiting the 1930s. Matt denied he wrote last week's episode description in an obvious attempt to get his own theme song, but his efforts were pretty transparent, in my opinion. ...Show More

1:43:43 | Mar 13th, 2017

Troi almost gets married and a tractor beam saves the day. Matt has an "Andy's theory" but no theme music of his own. I tried hard to write this description to save Andy the trouble, though he thinks I wrote this description just to have someone ...Show More

1:39:49 | Mar 6th, 2017

The boys are a little punchy and Riker's a little omnipotent.

1:31:29 | Feb 27th, 2017

"The Battle" (TNG S1, E8) Secunda's echo is cured, Mira delves into Wesley's wardrobe, and TNC chaos reigns as TNG finally displays some sense.

1:28:57 | Feb 20th, 2017

Secunda's brain starts to break as he realizes how many bad episodes of TNG he has to go before the, "Eh, fine" ones. Mira advances a theory about alien genitalia.

1:31:22 | Feb 13th, 2017

A new batch of segment theme songs as Secunda offers a terrifying theory about Wesley and Mira wonders where the sensor maintenance room is.

1:20:39 | Feb 6th, 2017

A new "Andy's Theories" theme is introduced, bad tech jargon is explored, and two children win a contest to visit the Enterprise (not Matt).

1:29:49 | Jan 30th, 2017

Mira goes sound effects crazy as Secunda asks the age old question, "Are those supposed to be Space Jews?" about the TNG episode which gave us the Ferengi.

1:20:45 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Stardate 41235.25. Mira and Secunda kick around the bizarre racism and crazy characterizations of the third episode, while trying to answer the question, "Why is Dr. Crusher wearing an old-timey analog watch?"

1:15:31 | Jan 16th, 2017

Podcast Log, Stardate 41209.2. Matt and Andy discuss the merits and weirdness of the third Next Generation episode, covering such topics as Tasha's confusing seduction strategies, who plays drunk best, and the POSSIBLE pedophilic urges of Geordi LaF...Show More

1:52:11 | Jan 9th, 2017

Podcast Log, Stardate 41153.7. In this premiere episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT CONVERSATION, Next Gen devotee Matt Mira and Next Gen skeptic Andrew Secunda discuss the pilot episode of the venerable Star Trek series and examine such topics as Data’s...Show More