By Mike Medeiros
Welcome to the Spirit of Trek, a weekly column where we identify and celebrate Gene Roddenberry’s vision by discovering how its messages have started to permeate throughout humanity’s collective consciousness by looking for it on the Internet and within popular culture. Star Trek hasn’t been on the air for nearly a decade, despite the 2009 Star Trek film and its upcoming sequel; yet there seems to be a steady increase in the number of Star Trek podcasts hitting the Internet and iTunes. This week on the Spirit of Trek, we’ll be taking a look at the plethora of Star Trek related podcasts that have surfaced in recent years.
Trek cast, Life After Trek, The Gamma Quadrant, Treks in Sci-Fi, Make It So, Trek.FM, Mission Log, Dork Trek, Trek Mate, Treknologic, G & T Show, Trek Companion, Transporter Room 3, All Things Trek, and Priority One are just a few Star Trek themed podcasts that I discovered with a simple Google search. Some of these podcasts are ongoing, while others have ended their productions, but together they offer hundreds of hours of varying perspectives regarding the various incarnations of Star Trek.
TrekCast touts itself as The Star Trek Podcast. It has been around since 2008 and is still going strong. David Ivy wanted to start a fun and entertaining Star Trek and Sci-Fi broadcast that covers everything from the new movie, Star Trek actors, writers, producers, toys, collectables, video games, and most everything Trek and Sci-Fi.
Subspace Communique’s Life After Trek podcast features regular interviews with celebrities once involved with Star Trek and what they are doing now. Life After Trek is part of Subspace Communique which is known as the source for all things Trek culture related and includes anything and everything related to Trek fandom. They have been around since 2009 and continues to produce periodic episodes.
The Gamma Quadrant is another weekly Star Trek podcast that focused on Deep Space Nine with an episode dedicated to each episode of the series. They began their endeavor back in 2009 and completed their run in December of last year. However, they have released a trio of bonus episodes since then and concluding in January of this year.
Since 2005, Treks in Sci-Fi began with one man’s hope that with the end of Enterprise, Star Trek would fade from people’s attention. Although the show does focus on a variety of Star Trek related topics, it does delve into other forms of sci-fi and fantasy topics. They’re archive boasts 250 episodes running through to 2009, while their website offers another 173 episodes of Sci-Fi and Star Trek goodness.
Make It So is another long running show still being produced with over 120 episodes under their belt. The premise of this show is essentially a couple of friends having an hour long conversation about Star Trek. They pose questions, ideas, and discuss what they like and dislike about Star Trek.
Trek.FM offers more than a dozen podcasts each covering various aspects of Star Trek. The Ready Room is a casual discussion. Trek News & Views covers Star Trek news with a panel of guests to discuss various topics. To The Journey is dedicated to Star Trek Voyager, while the Orb features Deep Space Nine. Matter Stream is their interview show. Hyperchannel is a fast-paced video show. Deck Eight is dedicated to Star Trek Online. Captain’s Log is the audio version of their Star Trek news and commentary articles. The Observation Lounge is a show about anything but Star Trek. Finally, their Commentary: Trek Stars examines the work that Trek celebrities are doing now outside of Star Trek.
Mission Log Podcast is a weekly show produced by Roddenberry Productions that examines each episode of Star Trek for its morals and lessons beginning with the original series and progressing through each series in broadcast order. They are currently nearing the end of the first season of the original series.
Dork Trek watches and reviews every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Each member of the crew rates each episode on a scale of warp factors 1 through 10. They currently have released 121 episodes.
Trek Mate is another podcast network with multiple shows under their belt. Trek Mate, Supplemental, Previously in the Alpha Quadrant, Ten Forward, In the Wilderness, The Holodeck, The Delta Quadrant, and The Lou Show are some of the shows they offer. The Lou Show is one of their longest running programs with 175 episodes, while their other offerings are well into the double digits.
Treknologic is yet another show that reviews shows and offers commentary. They are quickly approaching 100 episodes.
The G & T Show is podcast dedicated to Star Trek story telling in all of its forms – from the shows, movies, books, comics, and games, to fan produced films, series, audio dramas, and fiction. It is one of the few Star Trek podcast that proudly boasts an explicit warning. They are approaching 100 episodes.
The Trek Companion is a biweekly podcast that discusses four Star Trek episodes in order, beginning with Deep Space Nine. In their show, they are examining Trek’s past with the benefit of hindsight. They have compiled almost 60 episodes and are currently discussing TNG.
Transporter Room 3 just posted their 35th episode. Their show is a Star Trek only show that discusses movies, shows, toys, and even cosplay. All Things Trek is yet another podcast dealing with All Things Trek. They are also approaching 100 episodes. There are so many other podcast than the few that I mentioned within this article.
With so many podcasts on the Internet, providing hundreds of hours of new Star Trek-related content, they have kept the Spirit of Star Trek alive and well despite the fact that there isn’t a lot of new Star Trek being produced. These shows are created by the fans as way of sharing what they love and hate about Star Trek with other likeminded people. So, feel free to check them out and discover new perspectives and ideas about Star Trek.
The time has come to wrap up this week’s column. Thank you for joining me on this journey to discover how the Spirit of Trek has started to permeate throughout our culture with the hope that one day, Gene Roddenberry’s vision for humanity’s future will become a reality. If you come across something that you believe embodies the Spirit of Trek on the Internet or within popular culture, please do not hesitate to share it with me. I may discuss it in a future article. Live long and prosper.
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