Spocklight: A Star Trek Podcast
Episode 35: Picard Season One Retrospective (w/ Dan Thomas)

Episode 35: Picard Season One Retrospective (w/ Dan Thomas)

July 8, 2020

We finally take the time to examine the first season of Star Trek: Picard with the help of Comedian, Dan Thomas.

We discuss why this is the first proper binge era Star Trek show, the lack of memorable new characters, its positive approach to depicting Male friendships, the joy of seeing some old faces, Picard’s character development, and Liam makes an apology to Composer, Jeff Russo.

Engage!

 

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Spocklight At the Movies 16: The Day the Earth Stood Still (w/ Chris Johnston from Easy Riders Raging Podcast)

Spocklight At the Movies 16: The Day the Earth Stood Still (w/ Chris Johnston from Easy Riders Raging Podcast)

June 14, 2020

Black Lives Matter!

 

Before you get into the main section of this episode, we wanted to start with a special message from us here at Spocklight with a little help from Star trek: Discovery’s Ronnie Rowe Jnr. To make it clear where we stand. If you want to donate to the Black Lives Matter campaign, you can do so here:

 

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019

 

And you can watch ‘Black Cop’ on Amazon Prime in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France or on Hulu in the United States.

 

In the main portion of this episode, we’re joined by returning guest, Chris Johnston, from ‘Easy Riders, Raging Podcast’, to analyse 1951 Sci-Fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still, directed by Robert Wise (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).

 

We discuss the links between the film’s philosophy and Gene Roddenberry’s own vision, compare it with the 2008 remake starring Keanu Reeves, lament the fact that the film’s messages are still so relevant almost 70 years later and much more.

 

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On Screen 1: Miami Vice

On Screen 1: Miami Vice

May 21, 2020

In our first podcast recorded since lockdown begun, the Spocklight crew gather together remotely to launch a whole new series of episodes focusing on Star Trek cast members appearances in various other television shows over the years beginning with George Takei’s guest spot on Miami Vice from 1987 (Season 3, Episode 20 - By Hooker by crook).

For one episode only Spocklight transforms into ‘Miami Voice’, as we praise Vice as an early precursor to today’s era of cinematic TV before moving on to a full retrospective of Director (and Vice executive producer), Michael Mann’s career.

Can you hear it coming in the air tonight? 

You will.

 

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Episode 34: Chain of Command (w/ James Dyer from Empire Magazine and the Pilot TV Podcast)

Episode 34: Chain of Command (w/ James Dyer from Empire Magazine and the Pilot TV Podcast)

April 6, 2020

Liam and Matt are joined by James Dyer of the Pilot TV Podcast and Empire Magazine to discuss classic Star trek: The Next Generation 2-Parter, Chain of Command.  

 

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Episode 33: The Best of Both Worlds (w/ Stephen Trumble)

Episode 33: The Best of Both Worlds (w/ Stephen Trumble)

March 22, 2020

Frequent Spocklight guest, Stephen Trumble, returns to the podcast to help us dissect the Season 3 Finale and the Season 4 Premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1+2.

We make the argument for the classic 2-Parter being a Riker-centric story rather than a Picard-centric one, discuss the best and worst TV cliffhangers ever and (in what must be a first for any Star Trek podcast) sing the theme tune of 90s Snooker game show, Big Break.

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Spocklight At the Movies 15: Passenger 57 (w/ Sam Clements & Louise Owen)

Spocklight At the Movies 15: Passenger 57 (w/ Sam Clements & Louise Owen)

March 9, 2020

CRIPES, IT'S SNIPES! The Spocklight crew are betting on black as Liam and Paul are joined by Sam Clements & Louise Owen of the '90 Minutes or Less Film Fest' Podcast to dissect Wesley Snipes actioner, Passenger 57 (coming in with a lean and mean running time of 84 minutes), written by David Loughery (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier).

 

Liam is disappointed by the film seemingly restraining Snipes' natural charisma, Paul is amazed by the fact that despite the film only being 84 minutes long it could easily still be 20 minutes shorter, while Sam reveals the possible origins of the film's most memorable line, "Charles Rane is not insane!" and Louise is surprised that the movie might just pass the Bechdel test. 

 

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You can find Sam @sam_clements and Louise on Instagram @podclash while more information about their fantastic podcast, 90 Minutes or Less Film Fest, can be found at https://www.90minfilmfest.com/

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Episode 32: In the Pale Moonlight (w/ Andrew Keates)

Episode 32: In the Pale Moonlight (w/ Andrew Keates)

February 27, 2020

We welcome renowned Theatre Director, Andrew Keates, to the Spocklight bridge to discuss one of his favourite episodes of the Star Trek franchise, ‘In the Pale Moonlight’, from Deep Space Nine.

 

Andrew helps us unpick the homoerotic subtext to the episode, the political commentary of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek as Theatre, while also giving us the inside story on directing Marina Sirtis in hit Play, Dark Sublime.

 

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Spocklight At the Movies 14: Death Wish 3 (w/ Daryl & Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep)

Spocklight At the Movies 14: Death Wish 3 (w/ Daryl & Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep)

January 15, 2020

New York... a city pushed to the edge. People pushed to the limit. And no one's got the guts to stop them… apart from Spocklight at the Movies! This episode, we’re covering ‘Death Wish 3’ (Star Trek connection: Marina Sirtis) with Daryl and Jeanette from smashing film podcast, Sudden Double Deep.

 

Liam decries the gleefully sadistic Death Wish 2, gets nostalgic for the videostore era, wonders how 64-year-old Charles Bronson's punches somehow rivals Superman's and chats up our recent trip to actually SEE Marina Sirtis in the brilliant play, Dark Sublime.

 

Matt is delighted with sightings of a young Alex Winter and a ridiculous plunger wielding punk, can't help but compare the main villain to Gob Bluth and discusses some of the many problematic details surrounding Sirtis' role as 'Maria'

 

And guests Daryl and Jeanette provide their expert knowledge on the history of Canon Films, wince at the iffy white saviour tropes, ill-conceived rape scene and depictions of extreme class warfare... and mostly try to work out where all the money was spent.

 

Join us as we collectively lose our shit and get ever more hysterical at this borderline parody of a movie, complete with cartoonish kills, western-style shootouts, deadly Home Alone traps and the funniest explosion in film history then head straight over to the Sudden Double Deep feed to hear Liam and Matt guesting on their ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’ episode starring William Shatner himself.

 

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Spocklight At the Movies 13: Star Wars The Force Awakens (w/ Derek Arnold)

Spocklight At the Movies 13: Star Wars The Force Awakens (w/ Derek Arnold)

January 6, 2020

Star Wars Puppeteer, Derek Arnold, beams up to discuss his work on The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, Solo and The Rise of Skywalker, as well as joining the Spocklight crew for an in-depth analysis of Episode VII itself.

 

Hear Derek’s very personal take on the film and the Star Wars franchise itself as he regales us with behind the scenes stories of bringing the Luggabeast, the Thala Siren, Vober Dand, the Nightwatcher Worm and many more to life.

 

 

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Spocklight At the Movies 12: Christmas Eve

Spocklight At the Movies 12: Christmas Eve

December 23, 2019

In the second ever Spocklight Christmas Special, we go to desperate measures to bring you Trek-based festive content, by covering ‘Christmas Eve’ starring Sir Patrick Stewart.

 

Liam dives into the formidable trend of faith based cinema, tries his best to stick up for the magnetic screen presence of Sir Patrick and gushes about he and Matt’s shared love for The Killers Christmas singles

 

Paul admits his admiration for two of the worst/best characters in the movie, is stunned by the hugely pervy, creepo photographer character and is forced to drop a never before seen (if not-so-surprising) final star rating

 

While Matt talks the sudden rise of recent cheesy Christmas movies given free reign by streaming services and is left confused by the wildest post-credits scene ever.

 

Put your feet baby (and listen to our latest episode), it’s Christmas Time!

 

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