The Tricorder Transmissions : The Original Mission follows the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and the rest of the Enterprise crew in search of the most important, or essential, moments in Star Trek. Starting at very the beginning of their voyage in The Original Series, continuing through The Animated Series, Gold Key, DC and Marvel comics, and the feature films, we catalog key events, character backstories, significant technology introductions, and concepts that teach us about the Trek universe.
Our longest running series began it's voyage on August 4th, 2013 with the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Man Trap". Spanning almost two years, our TOS coverage wrapped with the final third season episode, "Turnabout Intruder", on May 24th, 2015 and the pilot episode, "The Cage" following a month later. At that point, The Original Mission continued on in two directions, the first of which started with issue #1 of Star Trek: Gold Key Comics, "The Planet of No Return", on July 5th, 2015. The second followed on April 3rd, 2016 with our 100th episode exploring Star Trek: The Animated Series #1, "Beyond the Farthest Star".
Hosts Jeff, Heather, Ian and Craig continue to explore Star Trek: Gold Key Comics and Star Trek: The Animated Series to discover all there is to know about the Trek universe and create their master "what did we learn, and when did we learn it" list!
So what does the "essential" or mean?
On The Original Mission, each host and guest gets to vote on whether or not they feel an episode, film or comic book presents something new or significant, making it an essential part of learning as much as we can about the Star Trek universe and the characters living in it. For example, on the Original Series episode, "Amok Time", we learn about "pon farr" the Vulcan mating period as well as visting the planet Vulcan for the first time, witnessing the wedding ritual "koon-ut-kal-if-fee", and being introduced to a significant figure in Vulcan history, T-Pau. All of those reasons and more make "Amok Time" an essential episode. The green in the list below lets you know an episode has been voted essential, the red means it didn't make the cut!
But what if you have a tie vote?
That's no problem, tie votes go to the essential side.
What happens when you reach the end of your voyage?
That remains to be seen... but, as Spock said, "there are always possibilities".


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Hosts Jeff, Ian, Heather and Craig explore the vintage Star Trek Gold Key Comics series in search of essential Trek!

Episode
Date
Essential Title
123 2017
Sep 24
Drawing Trek Episode 32: Gold Key #33 - The Choice
122 2017
Jun 18
Drawing Trek Episode 31: Gold Key #32 - The Animal People
121 2017
May 28
Drawing Trek Episode 30: Gold Key #31 - The Final Truth
120 2017
Apr 16
Drawing Trek Episode 29: Gold Key #30 - Death of a Star
118 2017
Feb 12
Drawing Trek Episode 28: Gold Key #28 - The Mimicking Menace
117 2017
Jan 29
Drawing Trek Episode 27: Gold Key #27 - Ice Journey
115 2016
Dec 18
Drawing Trek Episode 26: Gold Key #26 - The Perfect Dream
114 2016
Dec 04
Drawing Trek Episode 25: Gold Key #25 - Dwarf Planet
113 2016
Nov 06
Drawing Trek Episode 24: Gold Key #24 - The Trial of Captain Kirk
111 2016
Oct 02
Drawing Trek Episode 23: Gold Key #23 - Childs Play
110 2016
Sep 18
Drawing Trek Episode 22: Gold Key #22 - Siege In Superspace
109 2016
Sep 04
Drawing Trek Episode 21: Gold Key #21 - The Mummies of Heitius VII
105 2016
May 29
Drawing Trek Episode 20: Gold Key #20 - A World Gone Mad
99 2016
Feb 28
Drawing Trek Episode 19: Gold Key #19 - The Haunted Asteroid
98 2016
Feb 07
Drawing Trek Episode 18: Gold Key #18 - The Hijacked Planet
97 2016
Jan 31
Drawing Trek Episode 17: Gold Key #17 - The Cosmic Cavemen
96 2016
Jan 17
Drawing Trek Episode 16: Gold Key #16 - Day Of The Inquisitors
95 2016
Jan 10
Drawing Trek Episode 15: Gold Key #15 - Museum At The End Of Time
94 2016
Jan 03
Drawing Trek Episode 14: Gold Key #14 - The Enterprise Mutiny
93 2015
Dec 13
Drawing Trek Episode 13: Gold Key #13 - The Dark Traveller
92 2015
Dec 06
Drawing Trek Episode 12: Gold Key #12 - The Flight Of The Buccaneer
91 2015
Nov 22
Drawing Trek Episode 11: Gold Key #11 - The Brain Shockers
90 2015
Nov 01
Drawing Trek Episode 10: Gold Key #10 - Sceptre Of The Sun
89 2015
Oct 18
Drawing Trek Episode 9: Gold Key #9 - The Legacy Of Lazarus
88 2015
Oct 04
Drawing Trek Episode 8: Gold Key #8 - The Youth Trap
87 2015
Sep 20
Drawing Trek Episode 7: Gold Key #7 - The Voodoo Planet
86 2015
Sep 13
Drawing Trek Episode 6: Gold Key #6 - When Planets Collide
85 2015
Sep 06
Drawing Trek Episode 5: Gold Key #5 - The Ghost Planet
84 2015
Aug 02
Drawing Trek Episode 4: Gold Key #4 - The Peril Of Planet Quick Change
83 2015
Jul 19
Drawing Trek Episode 3: Gold Key #3 - Invasion Of The City Builders
82 2015
Jul 12
Drawing Trek Episode 2: Gold Key #2 - The Devils Isle Of Space
81 2015
Jul 05
Drawing Trek Episode 1: Gold Key #1 - The Planet Of No Return



Hosts Jeff, Craig, Heather and Ian discuss each episode of Star Trek : The Animated Series looking for key character moments, backstories, historic firsts and more to find out if it qualifies as "Essential Trek"!

Episode
Date
Essential Title
119 2017
Mar 05
The Animated Series #11 - The Terratin Incident
116 2017
Jan 08
The Animated Series #10 - Mudds Passion
112 2016
Oct 30
The Animated Series #09 - Once Upon a Planet
108 2016
Aug 14
The Animated Series #08 - The Magicks of Megas-Tu
107 2016
Jun 26
The Animated Series #07 - The Infinite Vulcan
106 2016
Jun 12
The Animated Series #06 - The Survivor
104 2016
May 22
The Animated Series #05 - More Tribbles, More Troubles
103 2016
May 01
The Animated Series #04 - The Lorelei Signal
102 2016
Apr 24
The Animated Series #03 - One Of Our Planets Is Missing
101 2016
Apr 17
The Animated Series #02 - Yesteryear
100 2016
Apr 03
The Animated Series #01 - Beyond The Farthest Star



Hosts Craig and Jeff provide a commentary track that you can sync up to an episode of Star Trek : The Original Series and listen along. As they watch, they look for "Essential Trek" moments!

Episode
Date
Essential Title
80 2015
Jun 21
The Cage
79 2015
May 24
Turnabout Intruder
78 2015
May 17
All Our Yesterdays
77 2015
May 10
The Savage Curtain
76 2015
May 03
The Cloud Minders
75 2015
Apr 26
The Way To Eden
74 2015
Apr 19
Requiem For Methuselah
73 2015
Apr 12
The Lights Of Zetar
72 2015
Mar 22
That Which Survives
71 2015
Mar 08
Mark Of Gideon
70 2015
Feb 22
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
69 2015
Feb 15
Whom Gods Destroy
68 2015
Feb 08
Elaan Of Troyius
67 2015
Jan 25
The Empath
66 2015
Jan 10
Wink Of An Eye
65 2015
Jan 04
Platos Stepchildren
64 2014
Dec 28
The Tholian Web
63 2014
Dec 21
For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky
62 2014
Dec 14
Day Of The Dove
61 2014
Dec 09
Spectre Of The Gun
60 2014
Nov 30
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
59 2014
Nov 09
And The Children Shall Lead
58 2014
Nov 02
The Paradise Syndrome
57 2014
Oct 26
The Enterprise Incident
56 2014
Oct 12
Spocks Brain
55 2014
Sep 14
Assignment : Earth
54 2014
Sep 07
Bread And Circuses
53 2014
Aug 31
The Ultimate Computer
52 2014
Aug 24
The Omega Glory
51 2014
Aug 03
By Any Other Name
50 2014
Jul 27
Patterns of Force
49 2014
Jul 20
Return To Tomorrow
48 2014
Jul 13
A Private Little War
47 2014
Jul 06
The Immunity Syndrome
46 2014
Jun 29
A Piece Of The Action
45 2014
Jun 22
The Gamesters Of Triskelion
44 2014
Jun 15
The Trouble With Tribbles
43 2014
Jun 08
Wolf In The Fold
42 2014
Jun 01
Obsession
41 2014
May 25
The Deadly Years
40 2014
May 18
Fridays Child
39 2014
May 11
Journey To Babel
38 2014
May 04
Metamorphosis
37 2014
Apr 27
I, Mudd
36 2014
Apr 20
Catspaw
35 2014
Apr 13
The Doomsday Machine
34 2014
Apr 06
The Apple
33 2014
Mar 30
Mirror, Mirror
32 2014
Mar 23
The Changeling
31 2014
Mar 16
Who Mourns For Adonais?
30 2014
Mar 09
Amok Time
29 2014
Feb 16
Operation - Annihilate!
28 2014
Feb 09
The City On The Edge Of Forever
27 2014
Feb 02
The Alternative Factor
26 2014
Jan 26
Errand Of Mercy
25 2014
Jan 19
The Devil In The Dark
24 2014
Jan 12
This Side Of Paradise
23 2014
Jan 05
A Taste Of Armageddon
22 2013
Dec 29
Space Seed
21 2013
Dec 22
Return of the Archons
20 2013
Dec 15
Court Martial
19 2013
Dec 08
Tomorrow Is Yesterday
18 2013
Dec 01
Arena
17 2013
Nov 24
The Squire of Gothos
16 2013
Nov 17
The Galileo Seven
15 2013
Nov 10
Shore Leave
14 2013
Nov 03
Balance of Terror
13 2013
Oct 27
The Conscience of the King
12 2013
Oct 20
The Menagerie (part 2)
11 2013
Oct 13
The Menagerie (part 1)
10 2013
Oct 06
The Corbomite Maneuver
9 2013
Sep 29
Dagger of the Mind
8 2013
Sep 22
Miri
7 2013
Sep 15
What Are Little Girls Made Of?
6 2013
Sep 08
Mudd's Women
5 2013
Sep 01
The Enemy Within
4 2013
Aug 25
The Naked Time
3 2013
Aug 18
Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 2013
Aug 11
Charlie X
1 2013
Aug 04
The Man Trap


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