Gimme That Star Trek Ep.44: Bolian Spotlight

Bolians. The blue glue that holds Starfleet together. Some are service providers, some are officers, and a few even get lines. And yet there’s a ton of lore about these Federation members. Siskoid plays one in a role-playing game, and he’s invited his GameMaster Ryan Blake back on the show to help dissect the people of Bolarus IX, their biology, culture, and impact on the TNG era.

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Credits:
“Star Trek Theme” by Alexander Courage, with the Irredeemable Shagg on vocals. End theme: “Deep Space Nine Theme” by Dennis McCarthy.

Bonus clips from: Star Trek The Next Generation’s “Schisms”, starring Ken Thorley and Michael Dorn, and “Ensign Ro”, starring Ken Thorley and Patrick Stewart.

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9 responses to “Gimme That Star Trek Ep.44: Bolian Spotlight

  1. Interesting discussion and conspiracy theory from Ryan.

    It occurred to me given their blue skin, and their fixation on using the word “Bol” with seeming interchangeability in their language….

    The Bolians are the Federation’s Smurfs.

    If a Bolian does become a main character in a new Trek production, maybe they should introduce their true adversarial race…the Gargameloids.

    Chris

  2. Kelvin Timeline Trek Movies – Kelvin Kirk (Chris Pine) with an island Amazonian princess in 1984 versus a Mandolorian business man? Thought it might be obvious given the Kelvin theme and the current Pine movie in release limbo. Guess not.

  3. I don’t think my favorite Bolian was mentioned, the one with the darker blue band thru the center of her face, and is also a cyborg, works for her dad the big purple guy. I think her name is Ne-bol-a.

    Highly enjoyable discussion, gentle-bol!

  4. Another fantastic episode!! One thing popped into my mind about Siskoid’s Bolian security officer. Having a security officer that isn’t predisposed to violence is a thread also tugged at by Peter David. In the NEW FRONTIER novel series, after a few years the Brikar Kebron went through their version of puberty. Once it was over, Kebron’s personality changed dramatically and he became very in touch with his emotions. He went from being the gruff angry security officer, to dual roles as security and ship’s counselor. Not an exact comparison for your Bolian, but there are some similarities about “nice” security officers. Again, great episode as always!

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