The Beige and The Bold

We missed a lot of opportunities here. Anya’s ability to shapeshift seems like an apt (if accidental) transgender analogy. At which point in the relationship should that come up? Wesley’s reaction works for both cases. Admittedly, we came down pretty hard on him. I think Derek said “alt-right,” like, four times.

On the other hand, IS Anya a manic pixie dream girl? I dismissed it out of hand because I bought into Derek’s question as an either/or. This perfect woman who exists free of her own baggage to help Wesley out with his because she’s composed of infinite patience and love? I think the MPDG exists because some writers create the woman they would have liked when they were younger. To Anya’s credit, she does have her own issues and she and Wesley tangle each other up in a way that feels more real. I think we all agree that she needed more characterization.

This is the first of six streaming episodes, which we streamed on Twitch back in September. I hope you all enjoyed and if you wanted another stream, let me know.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

It’s hard to work with good episodes and despite what I said last week, Measure of a Man is probably the best of Season 2. But Derek does what he does best and cuts through my blind adulation. This is what we’re here for.

I mean, Derek is probably not great at poker, but we’re on the same page here. #LouvoisingIt

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

It’s a good one? The premise is sound. The acting is good. The action is a tiny bit contrived, but I forgive it.

I’m kidding about the Data/Microsoft bit; we all know Data is an Android. Is this the best episode of the second season? I personally love the upcoming “Peak Performance,” but I know I’m biased.

Also, those Klingon lawyers and chefs are in Deep Space Nine. Sorry about the sound quality; there’s a mic issue with these episodes that builds on my already subpar enunciation. Working on it.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

I hope you enjoy talk about emotionally dependent geese and series from 1966 which aren’t Star Trek.

Schizoid personality disorder is a real disorder characterized by social isolation, reduced sex drive, and limited emotional range. That somewhat describes Ira Graves, but I feel personally called out.

Regardless, I’ll take Alexa over Ira Graves as the ghost in the machine any day.

…and look, just watch The Prisoner, okay?

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

Riva is bad at everything and not very likable. I feel maybe the Enterprise left him on that planet as acceptable losses. Marvel with us as Troi’s usefullness:potential ratio reaches a new low. In fact, can we make that a thing? Can we call it a “Troi Number”?

This is also the 1,542nd time I’ve made this exact Batman reference. We’ve got nine more episodes in the can due to editing bottlenecks, but from this point forward I am forbidden from talking about Batman.

I didn’t mention it in the episode, but if this episode was made today, I think we would’ve wasted five minutes learning about the aliens who are fighting and their planet and that would have been a real waste.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

Okona is a mary sue, from the series that inspired the first mary sue. But through Derek’s eyes, even the most mundane second season episodes are exciting.

At some point we’re going to get past the bizarre work schedules of Starfleet crew members and Troi’s usefulness, but today is not that day (and tomorrow isn’t looking too good either).

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

This week we talk about actors and accents, the lost plot of Data’s sapience, and how Jean-Luc Picard would totally kill a guy.

Is Picard a good leader right now? We make fun of his standing orders and how well the crew is trained, but are we being too hard on him? Was it just that they couldn’t write these episodes to improve the crew’s abilities or do the folks on the Enterprise have to be poorly trained for these stories to work?

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

The actual narrative is so short here, I wish for a better B-plot. I feel we learn nothing, the crew learns nothing, and nothing actually happens. It’s just a bunch of filmmakers asking if they’ve blown our minds yet.

We’ve had worse stories, but nothing that’s really felt so amateurish.

Speaking of amateurs, on September 10th Derek and I will be streaming as we watch six episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Dauphin,” “Contagion,” “The Royale,” “Time Squared,” “The Icarus Factor,” and “Pen Pals.” I tried to get the biggest streak of bad episodes possible. Stream will start at 9:00 AM central time and will feature stills from the episode with audio from Derek and myself. We’ll be at: https://www.twitch.tv/vanvelding

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

The Child

I would love to visit spreadsheet planet. It would accomplish more than this episode.

In this episode, I forgot what the name of this website is. Is it Kris.com? It’s not. I also mixed up “The Omen,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “Eraserhead.” But I did not mix up how much I love potatoes though.

Also, shout-out to listener and commenter Skiltao who pitched the idea of a “Skin of Evil”/”Conspiracy”/”The Child” three-parter which would have given us the kind of through-line and body horror that would’ve done some of these episodes some justice.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.

Updates: I still love Community; I still hate Scrubs.

Things to hope for in Season 2: Better use of Troi, more dimensions to Geordi, A Very Vagra II Christmas, Wesley’s Richard Stabone.

Bonus Lesson: Growing Pain’s Boner was actually played by Andrew Koenig, son of Walter Koenig.

The Beige and The Bold is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcasting platforms. It updates Monday mornings at 2:00 AM ET / 1:00 CT.