Wed, 23 July 2014
Launching TNG with Mission Log.
Few creators get a second change to explore their original vision. Gene Roddenberry got such a chance with The Next Generation twenty-one years after the original Star Trek first aired. TNG’s pilot "Encounter at Farpoint" is a restatement of Gene's utopian ideas, which are challenged by Q. But, of course, these ideas evolved a bit over the course of two decades.
In this episode of The Ready Room we're joined by John Champion and Ken Ray of Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast, who are preparing to launch into TNG on their show. We talk about the transition from TOS to TNG as a platform for Gene's message, impressions of the new ship and crew, twenty-fourth-century technology, meeting Q for the first time, "Encounter at Farpoint," and more.
In our news segment we look at Star Trek events at San Diego Comic-Con, discuss the real status of Roberto Orci as director of the next film, and reveal our picks for the best engineering set.
San Diego Comic-Con Star Trek events (3:22)
Prelude to Axanar premieres at San Diego Comic-Con (11:34)
And the best Star Trek engineering set is… (13:50)
Is Orci directing Star Trek 3 or not? (23:59)
Sponsor: Audible (30:05)
Feature: Launching TNG and Encounter at Farpoint with Mission Log
Impressions of TNG (33:19)
The Tone of The Next Generation (41:55)
The 1701-D and Visions of the Future (51:51)
The TNG Characters (57:40)
Meeting Q for the Very First Time (1:07:04)
24th-century Technology (1:19:24)
Final Thoughts (1:28:13)
Mission Log Podcast's Plans for TNG (1:31:35)