Trek Geeks: A Star Trek Podcast
About Trek Geeks: A Star Trek Podcast
Trek Geeks is a casual discussion on Star Trek between two friends that have known each other for 20 years. Each week, Dan Davidson and Bill Smith will highlight various Star Trek topics covering The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise...as well as the new feature films and independently produced shows!
In addition, they'll stump one another with trivia and have conversations with various contributors and celebrities throughout the Star Trek Universe.
This week, Bill and Dan welcome Trek Long Island organizer Stefanie Gangone and Matthew Kaplowitz of the Trek Untold Podcast to talk about the 2024 version of the convention! Hear all about how this convention got off the ground and the philosophy behind it, as well as some of the amazing Star Trek celebrities coming to Hauppauge, NY in late May! Stefanie will have an exclusive announcement of two Star Trek villains being added to the slate of guests and you are hearing it here FIRST! In addition, Matthew will talk about the state of Star Trek toys and the latest news from the 2023 North American International Toy Fair that took place recently in New York City. Get all the details in this episode of The Flagship!
This week, we bring you the exclusive live audio of Trek Geeks: Live in Las Vegas from FanGeeks Party 2023 with special guests John Billingsley, Bonnie Gordon, and Michelle Hurd! What do you talk about when you can't talk about Star Trek? Listen this week and find out! Huge thanks to our dear friends and partners at FanSets for an amazing time and to Alex and the entire team at Millennium Fandom for being amazing hosts!
This week on The Flagship, Bill & Dan are joined by actors Natalia Castellanos, Jonathan Del Arco, and John Billingsley for an update on the SAG-AFTRA & WGA strikes AND to tell us about an upcoming themed picket line event September 8th called "United We Trek!" As fans, we know September 8th as Star Trek Day. This Friday, actors, writers will be joining with other creatives and Star Trek fans to walk the picket lines at the Paramount in both Los Angeles and New York City. There's a LOT of information in this episode and you don't want to miss it! If you're not able to picket, there are other ways to support what's going on: Information on the letter writing campaign: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NoOUPICe1I3xKKSFItejxvol7SNB0Rmk/edit?fbclid=IwAR2OKy6PEtBCeLwRQTzKztAtK6MDqxn-6NdkEg9qW4cypgxB8jpnJJVsa0U Donate to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation to help those struggling to get by: https://sagaftra.foundation/
Bill & Dan have returned from Fabulous Las Vegas and STLV! There were laughs, there were amazing meals, there were reunions, but more importantly, there was a TON of Star Trek! They'll look back on their entire week in the desert and their return to the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino for the first time in three years. Hear about opening night in the Vendor Hall, some of the people they met--including Bill's conversation with a self-described "toxic Star Trek fan," and all about FanGeeks Party 2023 at Millennium Fandom Bar with special guests John Billingsley, Bonnie Gordon, and Michelle Hurd! Plus, they'll each pick their most favorite thing from this trip--and Dan's has absolutely nothing to do with Trek. It was one of their favorite trips to Vegas EVER, and you get to hear why this week!
Bill & Dan preempt their discussion on Reg Barclay this week to tackle the news regarding the strike called by SAG-AFTRA and its members. With STLV starting in less than two weeks, it's important to know what is allowed for Union members and what isn't. Plus, they'll discuss the bad info that's out there and why fans can't be "scabs," and provide an important update regarding FanGeeks Party 2023! So, sit back, breathe easy, and get ready to pack your suitcase for Las Vegas with the Trek Geeks!
Just for fun, let's copy in what ChatGPT said about this episode! Episode 302 of the Trek Geeks Podcast dives deep into the highly anticipated third and final season of Star Trek: Picard. Hosts Bill and Dan embark on an enthralling exploration of the latest chapter in the life of the iconic Jean-Luc Picard. With a mix of excitement and trepidation, they analyze the key elements of the season, sharing their thoughts on the overall story arc, character developments, and the impact on the Star Trek universe as a whole. In the first segment, Bill and Dan delve into the season's overarching narrative. They discuss the bold direction the writers took, weaving together complex themes of identity, sacrifice, and redemption. The hosts dissect the major plot points, from Picard's quest to save the galaxy once again to the unexpected return of old allies and adversaries. With their trademark enthusiasm, they examine how the season's storylines resonate with the legacy of Star Trek and the enduring character of Jean-Luc Picard. Moving on, the hosts dedicate a segment to the character developments in Season 3. They highlight the growth and evolution of not only Picard but also the supporting cast. Bill and Dan explore the challenges faced by each character and their personal journeys throughout the season. They discuss the emotional depth and nuance brought to the performances, as well as the impact of the events on the characters' motivations and relationships. Fans can expect an engaging analysis of beloved characters and their triumphant or tragic arcs. The final segment of the episode focuses on the broader implications of Season 3 within the Star Trek universe. Bill and Dan reflect on the ways in which the season expands the lore and mythology of Star Trek. They examine the connections to previous series and the potential ramifications for future storytelling. With a keen eye for detail, they explore the Easter eggs, references, and thematic callbacks that will surely delight fans of the franchise. By the end of the discussion, listeners will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the impact of Season 3 on the Star Trek canon. I mean, that's kinda what happens, but not really. Bill & Dan talk about the return of our beloved TNG characters and the amazing performances by newer cast members--oh, and did you SEE that Enterprise D bridge?! Catch it all in this episode of The Flagship. Without that "comprehensive understanding." I don't know what ChatGPT is talking about.
In episode 301 of Trek Geeks, Dan and Bill dive into the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, "The Vulcan Hello." The episode begins with Commander Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Shenzhou investigating a mysterious object in space. When they discover it is a Klingon vessel, tensions rise as the Klingons reveal they are there to protect their territory from the Federation. This leads to a deadly confrontation that sets the tone for the rest of the season. How did they feel about the return of Star Trek to television after twelve years? Find out this week! (Don't forget, when you listen to this one, don't spoil the surprise that's dropped for anyone else! #IKnow!) It's the start of 5 consecutive episodes of The Flagship, get ready and strap in!
Bill and Dan are back after an unintended and unscheduled hiatus to celebrate their 300th episode! They've planned this episode several times. At first, there were going to be special guests. Then, after that plan was scrapped, they were going to have someone else host Episode 300. After careful deliberation, they decided that the best way to celebrate such an epic landmark was to take it back to basics. So, in this episode, you'll get the guys talking about their friendship and the history of Trek Geeks--and they'll also work in some questions from the Trek Geeks Patreonicles and voice mails from Camp Khitomer! Sincere thanks to everyone that has ever taken the time to listen to the podcast. You are all a part of this journey and the fabric of Trek Geeks and, for that, Bill and Dan are truly grateful. Here's to 1,000 more!
Just a few weeks ago, we were incredibly fortunate to be joined by so many of our Star Trek icons to support the Hollywood Food Coalition in TREKtalks2. Plus, with the help of this amazing fandom, we were able to beat last year's total and then some! This week, we bring are proud to bring you some of the highlights of that day. We'll be joined first by Enterprise's John Billingley to talk about how TREKtalks2 went and get his thoughts on the day--as well as an updated total on fundraising! Then, we bring you the audio of our conversation with the Captain of the Enterprise himself, Anson Mount from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds! After that, it's the Captain of the first Enterprise--the one and only Scott Bakula from Star Trek: Enterprise! Don't forget you can STILL make a donation to the telethon by going to givebutter.com/trektalks today! It's a star-filled 299th episode of Trek Geeks and we hope you'll join us!
The Annual Airing of the Outtakes concludes this week with Part II of our Annual Special! In this second installment of the Outtakes Special, hear Bill and Dan's pre-show conversations from throughout the year. If you listen past the end theme of every episode, you've heard these in small doses. Now, you get them in their own episode. And, yes, people actually ask for us to publish this every year, believe it or not! We'll be back with an all-new episode soon!
It's become a tradition on the Trek Geeks Podcast and one of the most requested episodes we publish every year--the annual Airing of the Outtakes! In this first installment of the Outtakes Special, hear Bill and Dan's pre-show conversations from throughout the year. If you listen past the end theme of every episode, you've heard these in small doses. Now, you get them in their own episode. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll seek therapy*. (* = Trek Geeks cannot be held responsible for any therapy you may seek as the result of listening to the podcast.) Happy New Year, one and all!
So, it's been a few minutes since Dan & Bill have behind the microphone and this week, they're back to catch everyone up on life, the universe, and everything. (Hey, that's got a really nice ring to it!) Find out what they've been up to, the challenges life has presented, their highlights for the past year and their hopes for 2023. Plus, we'll have a special chat with Jay and Kayleigha from Science Division to talk about why they are not renewing their license to produce Tribbles. It's the one where we barely talk about Trek and we hope you'll join us.
This week, Bill & Dan look at the season finale of Star Trek's first season! The Enterprise tries to rid the Deneva colony of single cell organisms that have wiped out an entire city--including Kirk's brother--and now threaten even more life in the galaxy! We'll dive in on this episode and tell you what we love about it--and the things we didn't. And, yes, flying fake vomit and Shatner in a mustache are on the table!
Our good friend Dr. Erin Macdonald returns to The Flagship to talk about her new book--and it's not what you might expect! Sure, she's an astrophysicist and an official Star Trek science advisor, but she's penned her very first children's book titled "My First Book of Space" and it explains things in space to kids. It also features original illustrations set against real photographs of space, which will let kids see space like they never have before (and get a little Star Trek in their lives)! Plus, she'll answer the question of why the crew of the Protostar doesn't turn into lizards when they travel really fast--and it actually makes sense to Bill and Dan! (No, really...)
Bill & Dan have talked about a LOT of Star Trek in almost 8 years. Every now and then they forget that they've discussed a particular episode but, this time, they forget WHY they wanted to talk about an episode. They'll look at Voyager's "Prey" from Season 4 which features a performance by the wonderful Tony Todd, as well as some standout tension between Seven and Janeway. Oh, and there are a LOT of corridor walk-and-talks in this episode. No, seriously. Like way too many. While they certainly had no idea why this was on the schedule, they sure do find a lot to discuss in this week's episode of The Flagship!
This week, Bill and Dan take a look at the second (and penultimate) season of Star Trek: Picard! Forced into an alternate timeline by the return of Q, Picard and crew must travel back to the 21st Century to protect an ancestor and protect the future that they know. Oh, and there's the Borg Queen, so you know some serious *BLEEP* is going to happen there. It was a season that had a lot going on, and we'll try to make sense of it all--and we'll tell you how we'd rate it, and the answers might surprise you! Plus, Lew from FanSets stops by for an extended conversation about their new pin lines and drops an exclusive announcement on their special 2022 Holiday Pin (pending licensing approval)! And stick around after the closing theme for the longest after-show conversation ever with a special cameo by Bill's wife, Kelly--all in this week's episode of The Flagship!
Ask a lot of long-time fans of the original Star Trek what the worst episode of the series is and, odds are, you'll get a response like this: "UGH....Spock's Brain!" This much-maligned season 3 premiere of TOS has been beaten up for decades and, this week, Bill and Dan stand up in defense of this installment. Find out why this is an episode they love and why they think you need to watch it again. So, strap on that Teacher helmet and learn a whole bunch of reasons to fall in love with this very campy yet high-concept episode of Star Trek this week on The Flagship!