Sunday 21 July 2019

New official Star Trek podcast on the way

Nestled among yesterday's exciting updates on forthcoming Star Trek TV projects was a brief mention of another new Star Trek venture, an official podcast, which will be called Prime Directive: The Official Star Trek Podcast.

The podcast will be co-hosted by Tawny Newsome, a podcaster (Yo, Is This Racist?), comedian and actor (Brockmire, The Comedy Get Down, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$), and musician, and surely most importantly, the voice of Ensign Beckett Mariner in the new animated series Lower Decks. The other host has not yet been announced. gave this summary of what to expect:
With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, this official podcast will take a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things “Trek”– both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence in an accessible and inclusive way for dedicated and casual Star Trek fans alike.
Each episode features an in-depth personal interview with a notable guest, coverage of a Star Trek event, or a discussion of a specific topic with one or more guests. Listeners will also be able to hear updates about new projects and take part in a regular quiz segment. Guests will include the cast and creative teams behind upcoming, current and legacy projects, as well as noted writers, performers, critics, scientists, musicians, historians and scholars – all offering fresh perspectives as the franchise continues to expand with a range of new projects.
That all sounds a bit like the previous official podcast Engage, which wrapped up a year ago after a two year run. It will be interesting to see if the theming and level of discussion vary much, or indeed if having someone on the inside of production of new content might shift what can be covered at all.

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