And now for something completely different! This week (Trill?) host with the most Cam Smith presides over the spectacular first annual Subspace Transmissions Klingon Bloodwine Games, pitting three Trek fans in a brutal battle of smarts, endurance and ingenuity. Recorded live in Las Vegas, the contest sees mighty competitors Tyler Orton, Stefan Estonilo and Scott Hardy battling it out in three grueling trivia and creativity-based challenges engineered to test even the most formidable of super-fans. Who will emerge victorious? Only crafty ringleader Cam and mastermind scorekeeper James Chesser know, and they ain't talkin' so you best listen in on what will hopefully become a really fun new podcast tradition. Enjoy!
*Ultra special thanks to invaluable recurring guest David Borys for inspiring this event, and our audience members who brought so much good humor, enthusiasm and energy.
Star Trek has famously drawn boundless inspiration from esteemed literary figures such as Melville, Dickens and Shakespeare. But what about the cinematic world? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton recreate their Las Vegas Con panel at home with an in-depth discussion on the franchise's rich history of paying homage to film giants like John Ford, Richard Fleischer, Steven Spielberg and John Frankenheimer. From westerns, war films, noir and sci-fi to slam-bang 80s blockbusters and beyond, the duo showcase iconic episodes and the clever and memorable silver screen efforts that fuelled the show's creative energies.
If you were going to celebrate Trek's 50th anniversary in style, Creation Entertainment's massive five-day Las Vegas con was the place to be! This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton, along with returning special guests Scott Hardy and James Chesser, stave off crippling exhaustion by recounting the mega-event's most exciting guests and highlights, as well as their own personal lows and triumphant vendor room purchases. In addition, the foursome delve into the backstage drama and pyrotechnics behind Subspace Transmissions' live stage debut discussing the influence of cinema on the franchise.
It's often tempting to just focus on the actors and thrilling characters, worlds and aliens of the Star Trek universe. But what about those responsible for building and maintaining that rich universe? This week hosts Cam Smith and Tyler Orton take a trip through the franchise's long history in order to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the gifted men and women charged with ensuring the human adventure continues! From Great Bird of the Galaxy Gene Roddenberry and TNG savior Michael Piller, to more controversial figures like Brannon Braga and Rick Berman, we cover all the possible angles. So take a break from the new movie and classic episode chatter to honor those who worked countless hours to keep the ol' ship running for 50 wonderful years.