The Ready Room: A Star Trek Podcast
173: The Man Who Saved Star Trek

Remembering Harve Bennett.

Right off the heels of Leonard Nimoy’s death came the news that another Star Trek great, Harve Bennett, had passed on as well. Bennett was the man behind Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a film without which the majority of Star Trek would not exist. Following the mixed reception of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the future of the franchise seemed in doubt. But thanks to his vision the second big-screen outing for Kirk and crew was a resounding success, and secured a long and fruitful life for Gene Roddenberry’s creation.

In this episode of The Ready Room, Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek sit down for a special episode remembering Bennett and his contributions to Star Trek. Larry recounts his meetings with Harve over the years and we discuss the pivotal moments of his career both within and beyond Trek, and how, without him, TNG and everything after would not exist.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Have Bennett’s Contributions to TV and Film (00:04:33)

A Pivotal Man (00:15:15)

Confusion About the Date of Death (00:20:33)

Talking with Harve (00:30:44)

Harve Bennett and Star Trek V (00:37:37)

…And Star Treks III and IV (00:47:02)

The Academy Idea (00:52:32)

Keeping the Memory of Harve Bennett Alive (00:58:46)

Closing (01:02:04)

 

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Category:Special Episodes -- posted at: 4:47am MDT

172: Jacking With His Earl Grey

Lessons.

They say music brings us all together, and that was certainly the case when Captain Picard met Lt. Commander Nella Darren. “Lessons” is perhaps the best glimpse we got into Picard’s emotional side—at least where relationships are concerned—during The Next Generation’s seven-year TV run. It was an attempt by the writers to tackle the subject of workplace romance, as well as the challenges and isolation faced by a captain. But did the resolution really connect with the message?

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Matthew Rushing and Charlynn Schmiedt to discuss Picard’s extended robe time, how one stellar cartography officer took over the entire ship—and the captain’s heart—and why Geordi’s hearing knocking in engineering. We also connect Picard’s openness here with what we see in the character during TNG’s film run, and we revel in the music and how melodies can take us back to specific places in time.

In our news segment we discuss the possibility of a new Star Trek attraction at Universal Orlando, and which character from each series would be the most fun to hand out with on the weekend.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing

 

Guest

Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Is Star Trek Returning to Universal Orlando? (00:04:18)

The Most Fun Character to Hand Out With Is… (00:14:43)

 

Feature: Lessons

Intro and Synopsis (00:25:32)

The Captain’s Off Hours (A.K.A. Robe Time) (00:32:22)

Writing Future Relationships (00:36:21)

The Dating Captain (00:46:48)

Picard’s Continuity (00:59:28)

Falling In Love for the First Time (01:09:04)

Musical Connections in Space and Time (01:17:02)

Final Thoughts (01:19:26)

Closing (01:27:12)

 

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Category:The Next Generation -- posted at: 9:07am MDT

171: Farewell, Leonard Nimoy

He inspired generations. As Spock, Leonard Nimoy became one of the most recognizable figures in the world, changing the lives of countless fans, the nature of pop culture, and bringing a rare creative vision and kindness to the world. In his final public statement he said “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.” Just three days later, on February 27, 2015, he passed away. The collective reaction from around the world has shown just how much he meant to so many. And in this special episode of The Ready Room, Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek sit down to reflect on Leonard Nimoy’s life and career.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

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Category:Special Episodes -- posted at: 6:13am MDT

170: Written by Space Ostriches

The Tholian Web.

The third season of TOS is a divisive one for many Star Trek fans. The fight for survival behind the scenes led to shoestring budgets, sparse sets, unbalanced scripts, and—in eyes of many—questionable directions for Spock. But before this feeling really set in, Judy Burns and Chet Richards delivered a bottle show that put Spock in the command chair, at odds with Bones, and in search of Captain Kirk. What’s more, they delivered one of the franchise’s most intriguing attempts at a truly different alien in the Tholians.

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Larry Nemecek and Norm Lao to discuss “The Tholian Web,” the mysterious disappearance or the USS Defiant (not that one), Captain Kirk (yes that one), spacesuit design, the poor track record of Constitution-class starships not named Enterprise, Scotty’s love of drinking, and why nerve gas can sometimes save your life.

 

In our news segment we discuss Simon Pegg and the next Star Trek film script, and the possibility of a TNG reunion on screen.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Larry Nemecek

 

Guest

Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Simon Pegg co-writing Star Trek 3 (00:03:07)

Could the TNG crew come back to the screen? (00:15:34)

 

Feature: The Tholian Web

Intro and Synopsis (00:26:53)

The Original Defiant (00:37:30)

The Roots of the Tholian Web (00:39:27)

An Enterprising Follow-up (00:49:18)

Spock In Command (00:58:41)

Super Spacesuits and Chaos (01:04:42)

Watch with Scotch (01:13:08)

Final Thoughts (01:26:39)

Closing (01:33:38)

 

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Category:The Original Series -- posted at: 10:38pm MDT

169: A Boomer Backstory

Horizon.

Fans often cite Travis Mayweather as the most underdeveloped character on Enterprise, but the episode “Horizon” sets out to change that perception with a story focusing exclusively on the Ensign, his family, and his past. It’s a good look into the character, though surprisingly comes near the end of Season Two. 

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Tommy Kraft and Will Nguyen to discuss Travis’s trip back home, the cargo culture, and the puzzling discrepancy between the background developed for the character and what the writers actually did with over the course of the series. We also reveal in the excitement that is Movie Night aboard the NX-01 and T’Pol’s newfound love of Frankenstein.

In our news segment we discuss the latest on Tommy’s film Star Trek: Horizon and debate the results of the StarTrek.com poll in which fans picked the alien race with the best starships.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Tommy Kraft

 

Guest

Will Nguyen

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Star Trek: Horizon Production Update (00:02:25)

Poll: The alien race with the best starships is… (00:11:59)

 

Feature: Horizon

Intro and Synopsis (00:22:12)

A Misplaced Story? (00:26:28)

Fleshing Out Travis (00:30:39)

Cargo Culture (00:35:01)

It’s a Family Matter (00:41:42)

The Isolation of Distance (00:48:58)

Movie Night! (00:55:57)

Travis Saves the Day! (01:06:43)

Final Thoughts (01:13:24)

Closing (01:22:36)

 

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Category:Enterprise -- posted at: 2:30am MDT

168: It’s Not a Lie If You Believe It

Live Fast and Prosper.

How much would you pay for Federation membership? Apparently in the Delta Quadrant you can get quick approval if you’ve got enough money—or ten kilotons of bolomite. Given that Voyager was constantly leaving her influence behind as she made her way back to Earth, it’s surprising that more aliens didn’t try impersonating the crew for their own gain. We know that at least one group did, and they played the part with unwavering dedication—especially in the case of faux Tuvok. 

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Charlynn Schmiedt and Matthew Rushing to discuss “Live Fast and Prosper,” the Dala who would be Janeway, Bizarro Chakotay, and Mobar, the alien who truly believed he was Vulcan.

In our news segment we discuss the 20th anniversary of Voyager as we remember the premiere of “Caretaker,” and debate the results of StarTrek.com’s poll about which doctor fans would most want as their own.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Charlynn Schmiedt

 

Guest

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Remembering 20 Years of Voyager (00:02:49)

Poll: The doctor fans would most want as their own is… (00:15:04)

 

Feature: Live Fast and Prosper

Intro and Synopsis (00:23:34)

Loose Lips Sink Ships (00:27:22)

Imposters! (00:32:29)

Reputation Harmed (00:42:58)

Flaws In Execution (00:51:05)

Doctor In Drag (00:58:44)

One Redeeming Thing (01:06:15)

Final Thoughts (01:13:32)

Closing (01:20:39)

 

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Category:Voyager -- posted at: 7:39am MDT

167: The Tale of Three Vipers

Destiny.

When Sisko first arrives at Bajor in “Emissary,” he learns that he is viewed by the Bajorans as a religious icon. It’s an identity he struggles with through much of the series, but eventually comes to terms with. By “Rapture” at the midpoint of Season Five, Sisko has fully embrace prophecy and matters of Bajoran faith are guiding many of his actions. The road to “Rapture” was a long one, however. The easily overlooked linchpin is the third-season episode “Destiny,” a quiet story about scientific cooperation between Cardassia, Bajor, and the Federation.

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by John Mills and Norman Lao to discuss this short-lived thawing of relations between warring factions, the religious and political forces tugging at the process, how Trakor’s Third Prophecy is a turning point for both Kira and Sisko, how our own views and agendas color our interpretation of Deep Space Nine, and how “Destiny” plays into Sisko’s overall character arc.

In our news segment we discuss Paramount’s decision to airlock Orci, whether or not Frakes could actually take the helm, and what the various rumored directors could mean for the film and Star Trek. We also debate the results of StarTrek.com’s poll about which series made the best use of the holodeck.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and John W. Mills

 

Guest

Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

News

Paramount dumps Orci. Could Frakes take command? (00:02:57)

Poll:  The Star Trek series that made the best use of the holodeck was... (00:13:24)

 

Feature: Destiny

Intro and Synopsis (00:19:36)

All In on Faith (00:22:47)

Scientific Cooperation (00:25:46)

Diversity and Interpretation (00:38:06)

Testing Sisko’s Faith (00:47:51)

Agendas and Viewpoints (00:58:44)

Final Thoughts (01:05:04)

Closing (01:10:15)

 

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Category:Deep Space Nine -- posted at: 3:07am MDT

166: Let’s Go Crazy Honey Child

The Naked Now.

When The Next Generation launched, Gene Roddenberry and the writers wanted to make sure it had its own identity and wasn’t perceived as a rehash of The Original Series. So for the second episode, they pulled out a script written in 1967 as a planned sequel to "The Naked Time" and reworked it a bit to feature the crew of this new Galaxy Class starship. More fancy water molecules meant more life-threatening strange behavior, and a story that felt wildly familiar to the fans TNG was trying to win over.

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by Daniel Proulx, Suzanne Abbott, and Andi VanderKolk to discuss this second take on polywater intoxication, the different ways in which the Enterprise-D crew behave, Riker’s obsession with the showering habits of the 23rd century, weepy drunks, angry drunks, Acting Captain Wesley Crusher, and much more.

In our news segment we look back at 18 years of Star Trek First Contact, find out about the final push for Marc Cushman's These Are the Voyages Volume 3, and debate which crew faced the most adversity.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Daniel Proulx

 

Guests

Suzanne Abbott, and Andi VanderKolk

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

News

Marking 18 years since First Contact (00:02:59)

Poll: The crew that faced the most adversity was... (00:22:19)

Support Marc Cushman's These Are the Voyages, Volume 3 (00:32:27)

 

Feature: The Naked Time

Intro and Synopsis (00:43:34)

A Second Dose of Polywater (00:50:45)

Android Love and Fashion: Writing Yar (00:59:59)

Horny Doctor (01:05:45)

Confused Counselor (01:08:52)

Riker’s Leggy Playground (01:13:21)

Weepy Drunk, Angry Drunk (01:18:34)

If You Prick Him, Does He Not Leak? (01:27:47)

Acting Captain Wesley Crusher (01:33:39)

Nekkid Remastering (01:37:01)

Closing (01:45:06)

 

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Category:The Next Generation -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

165: Like Nothing We’ve Ever Seen Before

The Naked Time.

 

The Next Generation went out of its way to avoid connections with The Original Series, but one thing they have in common is crew members getting drunk on water. TNG fans know it as the Psi-2000 virus, but in Kirk’s day it was just good ole polywater. Thanks to highly questionable environmental suit design and procedures that would make the CDC cringe, the crew of the Enterprise fell victim to some fancy water molecules that almost killed them. Potential cause of death? Strange behavior.

 

In this episode of The Ready Room we’re joined by John Mills, Drew Stewart, and Norm Lao to discuss newly introduced characters acting out of character, crying Vulcans, and why there’s always room for time travel. We also explain how to deal with shrinkage and space madness, and we do it all whilst singing a rousing rendition of “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.”

 

In our news segment we discuss Paramount's plans for a resort in London, Kate Mulgrew's upcoming memoir Born with Teeth, and look back at 20 years of Star Trek Generations.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and John W. Mills

 

Guests

Drew Stewart and Norman C. Lao

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

News

Looking back at 20 years of Star Trek Generations (00:02:44)

Paramount plans to open London resort with Star Trek (00:22:33)

Kate Mulgrew to release memoir in 2015 (00:32:08)

 

Feature: The Naked Time

Intro and Synopsis (00:36:10)

Initial Thoughts (00:41:41)

Vulcan’s Don’t Cry (00:46:02)

Space Madness! (00:58:15)

Dealing with Shrinkage (01:04:40)

There’s Always Room for Time Travel (01:10:08)

Final Thoughts (01:25:10)

Closing (01:30:05)

 

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Category:The Original Series -- posted at: 3:28am MDT

164: I’m Anxious to See Your Tactical Array

Cogenitor.

When we see injustices, it's natural for us to want to change them. But when those injustices involve an alien culture, is it really fair for us to impose our human views on others? This was one of the biggest challenges for early explorers and comes into play when Trip encounters a situation that seems very wrong to him, but is perfectly normal, accepted, and in fact critical to the Vissians. Despite good intentions, his actions to right a perceived wrong have devastating consequences.

In this episode of The Ready Room, we’re joined by Daniel Proulx and Matthew Rushing to discuss “Cogenitor,” the idea of a species that requires three genders to reproduce, the reasons why the Vissians may oppress the cogenitors, the repercussions of Trip’s actions, and, of course, the sensual cheese eating habits of Malcolm Reed.

In our news segment we find out how Wesley Crusher's amazing technicolor sweater can keep you warm this winter, which senior officer post fans most want to fill, and how you can design an actual Enterprise that will orbit the Earth.

 

Hosts

Christopher Jones and Daniel Proulx

 

Guest

Matthew Rushing

 

Editor and Producer

Christopher Jones

 

Associate Producer

Renee Roberts

 

News

Wesley Crusher technicolor sweater now available! (2:35)

Poll: The senior officer position most fans want to hold is… (13:46)

Help Enterprise In Space design the NSS Enterprise orbiter (21:58)

 

Feature: Cogenitor

Intro and Synopsis (27:04)

The Birds and the Bees… and the Ants? Tri-Gendered Reproduction (32:18)

Oppression for the Greater Good? (42:43)

Cultural Differences and Self Control (1:01:43)

The Sensual Cheese Eating Habits of One Malcolm Reed (1:13:48)

Don’t Think About the Language (1:16:17)

Repercussions and Lessons Learned (1:20:14)

Final Thoughts (1:24:35)

Closing (1:28:57)

 

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Category:Enterprise -- posted at: 4:18am MDT