Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Twenty Two: Star Trek to the Future

Before the announcement that CBS would be bringing Star Trek back as part of its CBS All Access digital subscription, Gus and I sat down to discuss possible futures for the show. A lot of what we talk about relies on what kind of content CBS plans to provide online; we will wait and see, and hope for the best!

Thanks everyone for listening along with us through these episodes. We really enjoyed it. Perhaps we’ll come back in the future to talk about more Star Trek.

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Twenty Two: Star Trek to the Future

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Twenty One: The Fan Frontier

We talk about Star Trek fan films that look to pay homage to and continue the work of various Star Trek television shows. These productions have strengths and weaknesses, but all come from a place of love; they also point to interesting directions for Star Trek as a fictional universe.

We discussed (among others):

Star Trek Continues, Episode One: “Pilgrim of Eternity” 

Prelude to Axanar

Star Trek: Renegades

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Twenty: Cultural Contexts

We talk cultural contexts this week, from The Original Series with its Cold War and Civil Rights Era allusions and miniskirts to The Next Generation and its blatantly wide-eyed optimism for the future. Was Deep Space Nine ahead of its time? And was Voyager’s big problem that it just couldn’t get past the fact it was a Star Trek show?

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Twenty: Cultural Contexts

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Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Eighteen: Design and Time

We talk more about Star Trek design this week, and John may or may not linger on complaints about Star Trek: Enterprise for a while. Still, it was the odd one out in many ways and that makes it pretty interesting… We talk some more about uniforms and the relationships between the time period in which the series were set and the time period in which they were produced.

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Eighteen: Design and Time

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Sixteen: Vulcans, Klingons and a Mirror Universe

We have some fun with Enterprise this week and marvel at how much the show improved in its final season. Did the show fail because of over-saturation or were there bigger problems? Also included: a remarkably strong two-parter episode based on a nerdy in-joke and some all too brief respite from that shocking theme song.

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Sixteen: Vulcans, Klingons and a Mirror Universe

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Fifteen: Captain Archer

There has been some sad news for Star Trek fans since we last recorded, and we take a few minutes to talk about some important figures that are no longer with us. After that, it is time to finally brave Star Trek: Enterprise and all the Time Wars and sexy Vulcans that entails. This episode focuses on Captain Archer, that roughly hewn go-getter, leader of men and all-in-all a pretty accurate representation of what that guy from Quantum Leap would look like if he spent more time in the gym.

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Fifteen: Captain Archer

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Fourteen: Goodbye, Voyager

We recorded the podcast before the passing of Leonard Nimoy on February 27th, 2015. Needless to say, we have very nice things to say about the man and those will be said on the next podcast.

We wave farewell to Voyager with a discussion that brings us back to the harsh reality that, you know: this show really wasn’t very good. Even our admiration for Kate Mulgrew’s Janeway can hide the rising tide of disgust for bizarre retrograde devolution to procreating salamanders, the fusing of the show’s most annoying character with the show’s miraculously simultaneous frustrating and boring relationship, and shameless tie-ins with professional wrestling. See also: shameless under-use of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Yes, Voyager is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t, but most of all it’s just damned.

Wagon Train to the Stars Episode Fourteen: Goodbye, Voyager