Spocklight: A Star Trek Podcast
Supplemental 16: Interview with Michele Specht

Supplemental 16: Interview with Michele Specht

August 20, 2019

Join us for an incredibly fun chat as we let loose and crank it up to 11 with the amazingly energetic, Michele Specht, best known as Dr. McKennah in ‘Star Trek Continues’ and one of the many voices of the ‘Star Trek Online’ game.

Hear which Trek series was her gateway into the fandom and why she thinks Trek's focus on ethical, moral and spiritual storytelling really sets it apart. Discover the pressures she felt in doing the franchise justice, dealing with overwhelming fan (and original cast) reactions and finding the right level of theatricality when matching the aesthetic of the original series.

We go pretty deep on this one, learning how unhealthy motivations, audition horror stories and the need to find her centred self all brought Michele to the brink of quitting acting altogether.

Plus - insights into the world of voice recording for Star Trek Online & numerous anime shows, as well as the reveal of what Michele’s dream Star Trek: Discovery role would be.

 

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Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

 

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

 

 

Episode 29: The Animated Series Revisited (w/ Eliot J Fallows)

Episode 29: The Animated Series Revisited (w/ Eliot J Fallows)

August 1, 2019

We're BACK with another Trek TV Revisited episode. This time we endure our return to Star Trek: The Animated Series, with special guest, Eliot J Fallows, of Chortle Awards nominated Podcast, ‘Heal Your Wounds’ and the fantastic ‘Sean & Eliot Read the Bible’, joining us to dissect the episodes:

 

1.02 Yesteryear

1.04 The Lorelei Signal

1.12 The Time Trap

 

Liam applauds the series (occasionally) using animation to it's advantage by adding more imaginative, gonzo characters, but blasts the emotionless line delivery of the majority of the main cast.

 

Paul can't believe the audacity of including a 45 second sequence of Scotty singing, laughs at director Hal Sutherland's overly flashy signature credit and generally thinks the show has all the animated prowess of a pop-up book.

 

Matt manages to appreciate some profound moments and wonders why this wasn't just a radio series thanks to the lack of actual 'animation' in this 'animated' show, while Eliot struggles to comprehend some (admittedly flawed) time travel logic, gets distracted by a jarringly overused piece of score and blames the character’s “shifty eyes” on why he thinks everyone is a secret villain.

 

All this and even a strange tangent about Pinocchio of all things will materialise into your podcast feeds if you just download now!

 

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You can find Eliot @eliotjfallows on Twitter and more information regarding his 'Sean and Eliot Read the Bible' Podcast @BiblePod 

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Supplemental 15: Interview with Shazad Latif

Supplemental 15: Interview with Shazad Latif

July 7, 2019

In this special episode we’re joined by Shazad Latif, best known to Trekkies as Ash Tyler in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and to many others as Clem Fandango in ‘Toast of London’.

 

Hear the origins of Shazad’s dual role on Discovery, how he navigated one of the most challenging storylines in Trek history, what it meant to him being a half-Asian romantic lead in such a brilliantly diverse cast and how life has changed thanks to being part of the worldwide phenomenon that is Trek.

 

We also talk about what it was like to become a pop culture icon as Clem Fandango in Matt Berry and Arthur Matthews’ wonderful sitcom, ‘Toast of London’, getting to play Jekyll but not Hyde in ‘Penny Dreadful’, landing a regular role in ‘Spooks’ straight out of drama school and even the moral complexity of his role in ‘Ordinary Lies’.

 

Looking to the future, Shazad gives us the scoop on the forthcoming ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ and ‘Departure’ while we speculate on Discovery Season 3 and Michelle Yeoh fronted Spin-off, ‘Section 31’.

 

All this and much, much more awaits you.

 

 As usual you can find SPOCKLIGHT on:

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Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Spocklight At the Movies 7: X-Men (w/ Daryl & Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep)

Spocklight At the Movies 7: X-Men (w/ Daryl & Jeanette from Sudden Double Deep)

June 5, 2019

In a giant-size special for our 50th episode, Liam and Matt are joined by Daryl and Jeanette of the ‘Sudden Double Deep’ Podcast to dissect the first X-Men movie from the year 2000 starring Patrick Stewart, just in time for the release of the latest chapter in the franchise, ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’.

We examine the dawn of today’s Superhero movie phenomenon in detail, unpick the Bryan Singer controversy, discuss the differences between blockbuster movies past and present while looking forward to the possible future of the X-Men movie franchise. All that and the unfortunate story of a Jimmy Savile tattoo!

Magneto’s right; there is a war coming, make sure you’re on the right side by downloading this episode now!

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You can find more information about Daryl and Jeanette's brilliant Film podcast, Sudden Double Deep @SDDFilmPodcast on Twitter. 

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Episode 28: Star trek Discovery Season 2 Spoiler Special (w/ James Dyer from Pilot TV Podcast)

Episode 28: Star trek Discovery Season 2 Spoiler Special (w/ James Dyer from Pilot TV Podcast)

May 12, 2019

Liam and Matt are joined by James Dyer of the Pilot TV Podcast and Empire Magazine as we dive right into Discovery Season 2 and try and have a little fun along the way in one epic Spoiler Special. 

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You can find James @jamescdyer on Twitter and the Pilot TV Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you catch your pods.

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Episode 27: The Original Series Revisited (w/ Jen Ives)

Episode 27: The Original Series Revisited (w/ Jen Ives)

April 18, 2019

We begin a revisitation of Trek TV by introducing The Original Series to special guest, Stand-Up Comedian, Jen Ives, by handpicking three episodes for her to watch. 

Liam presents his case for why 'The Corbomite Maneuver' truly sums up the mission statement of Star Trek, Paul enjoys the campy sets (and definitely the dresses) of 'Who Mourns for Adonais' and Matt loves the complex motivations fuelling Spock's actions in 'Journey to Babel'. While Jen is creeped out by McCoy, enjoys seeing the Spock family dynamic (especially thicc Sarek) and absolutely cannot handle these long running times. 

Make it a VERY Good Friday and join Spocklight and co back in the kitschy 60s heyday of sci-fi television, what better way is there to celebrate Easter?!

 

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You can find Jen @jenivescomedy on Twitter and her Musical Chairs Podcast @chairspod

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Spocklight At The Movies 6: Showtime (w/ Boyd Hilton)

Spocklight At The Movies 6: Showtime (w/ Boyd Hilton)

March 26, 2019

It’s...SHOWTIME! We’re joined by Boyd Hilton of the Pilot TV Podcast and Heat Magazine to dissect the much maligned Robert De Niro/Eddie Murphy buddy cop satire as we ask the big questions: Why wasn’t William Shatner promoted from fleeting cameo to full co-star status? How did this film cost $85 million? And most importantly, was Deniro still sexy in 2002?!

 

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You can find Boyd @boydhilton on Twitter and the Pilot TV Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you catch your pods.

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Episode 26: Comics of Trek (w/ Professor Elemental)

Episode 26: Comics of Trek (w/ Professor Elemental)

March 8, 2019

Slap on your reading glasses and put your feet up as we dive into over fifty years worth of Star Trek comic book history with special guest, Professor Elemental.

 

Comics covered in this episode:

Star Trek #1 (Gold Key, October 1967)

Star Trek #18 (Marvel, February 1982)

Star Trek Annual #1 (DC, 1985)

Star Trek Annual #2 (DC, 1986)

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy #1 (Marvel, December 1996)

Star trek: Early Voyages #1 (Marvel, February 1997)

Star trek: Countdown (IDW, 2009)

Star Trek vs Transformers #1 (IDW, September 2018)

 

As usual you can find SPOCKLIGHT on:

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You can find Professor Elemental @prof_elemental on Twitter and more information about his upcoming gigs and tours at www.professorelemental.com

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

Spocklight At The Movies 5: Innerspace (w/ Nick de Semlyen from Empire Magazine)

Spocklight At The Movies 5: Innerspace (w/ Nick de Semlyen from Empire Magazine)

February 5, 2019

Join the Spocklight crew on a truly fantastic voyage with special guest, Empire magazine’s Nick de Semlyen, as we discuss the 1987 Joe Dante hidden classic, ‘Innerspace’, Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan and Star Trek: Voyager's very own... Robert Picardo as ‘The Cowboy’!

Liam debates the outcome of a somewhat confused love triangle, Paul praises the now dearly departed Dick Miller, Matt recalls how seeing the film for the first time whilst in the grip of a delirious fever somehow made it even crazier, while our guest, Nick de Semlyen, tells us about his upcoming book, ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’, the Easy Riders, Raging Bulls of 80s comedy movies, as he contextualises the film within the cinematic era in which it was made. All this, plus a specially prepared statement from James Dyer of the Pilot TV Podcast.

Come and twist the night away with us and download now, whether you be big, small or microscopic.

Disclaimer: Slightly more echo than we would like on this record thanks to us being in a glass case of emotion. 

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You can find Nick @NickdeSemlyen on Twitter and more information about his forthcoming book, ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’ at https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/nick-de-semlyen/wild-and-crazy-guys/9781529015805

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com 

 

Spocklight At The Movies 4: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (w/ Chris Johnston from ‘Easy Riders Raging Podcast’)

Spocklight At The Movies 4: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (w/ Chris Johnston from ‘Easy Riders Raging Podcast’)

January 22, 2019

In a special crossover episode with ‘Easy Riders, Raging Podcast’, we’re joined by its host, Chris Johnston, to discuss the 1978 remake of ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ as we scream and point our way through the Leonard Nimoy starring sci-fi classic.

And once you’ve listened to us be horrified by gloriously gory practical effects, explain why the Body Snatchers franchise is the sci-fi answer to ‘A Star is Born’ and praise a ‘Granny Slap’ for the ages, head over to the ‘Easy Riders, Raging Podcast’ feed on Saturday 26th January for Part 2 of our 1978 crossover special as we join Chris on his show to chat Paul Schrader’s directorial debut, ‘Blue Collar’.

 

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You can find ‘Easy Riders, Raging Podcast’ at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/easy-riders-raging-podcast/id1195855939

Credit for our wonderful theme music goes to the incredibly talented, Adam Johnston’s, you can find more of his work at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

Our beautiful artwork was created by Stephen Trumble, see more at http://www.stephentrumble.com