Spocklight: A Star Trek Podcast
Supplemental 18: The Science of Trek (w/ Dr. Dean Burnett)

Supplemental 18: The Science of Trek (w/ Dr. Dean Burnett)

January 18, 2021

Prominent Neuroscientist and Author of best selling book, The Idiot Brain, Dr. Dean Burnett, drops by to educate the Spocklight crew on the neuroscience and psychology behind 3 episodes of Star Trek from different eras of the franchise:

Spock’s Brain (The Original Series - Season 3, Episode 1)
The Nth Degree (The Next Generation - Season 4, Episode 19)
Hard Time (Season 4, Episode 18)

Brain surgery, human intelligence, Post traumatic stress disorder and much more are discussed as Dean gives us the Science on the episodes and also tells us how his early Trek fandom led him to his current career in Neuroscience and the story of Next Generation alumni, Whoopi Goldberg, buying the rights to his book. 

 

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You can find Dean @garwboy on Twitter and buy ‘The Idiot Brain’ and Dean's other books at Amazon and all good booksellers. You can also currently Pre-order Dean's new Book, Psycho Logical, at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psycho-Logical-Mental-Health-Wrong-Sense/dp/1783352337/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&qid=1611014196&refinements=p_27%3ADean+Burnett&s=books&sr=1-3

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 

Huge thanks to Russell Honeywell for post production support

Spocklight At the Movies 20: Batman & Robin

Spocklight At the Movies 20: Batman & Robin

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas Spocklighters! Our present to you this year is the gift that keeps on giving, 1997’s Batman & Robin.

This festive season we’re giving Joel Schumacher’s much derided and camp as Christmas Superhero movie a full critical re-evaluation.

We look over Schumacher’s eclectic directing career and explain our own history with the film before getting into a beat by beat breakdown of the movie, written of course by Star Trek: Discovery, Picard and Strange New Worlds Producer, Akiva Goldsman.

We discuss Batman & Robin’s place within the Batman movie lexicon, comparing it with other iterations of the franchise over the years, reclaim George Clooney’s Batman as the natural successor to Adam West’s Bright Knight, admire Poison Ivy’s Drag Queen chic, lament at the treatment of Bane and Robin in the film, are moved by the emotional core of the story, discover that Barbara Gordon’s backstory literally doesn’t add up and even find time for a mini tribute to James Gandolfini.

 

Winter has come at last.

 

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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 

Huge thanks to Russell Honeywell for post production support

Spocklight At the Movies 19: National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (w/ Nick de Semlyen)

Spocklight At the Movies 19: National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (w/ Nick de Semlyen)

December 6, 2020

Deputy Editor of Empire Magazine and Author of ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’, Nick de Semlyen returns to the podcast to discuss Buddy Cop movie Spoof, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 starring Star trek alumni, Whoopi Goldberg, James Doohan and William Shatner.

 

Nick tells us what it was like to become Acting Editor of Empire Magazine just as the Corona Virus pandemic took hold of the world, then joins us in rhapsodising Loaded Weapon as we discuss the National Lampoon films and the world of Spoof cinema in general.

 

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You can find Nick @NickdeSemlyen on Twitter and buy ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’ at Amazon and all good booksellers.

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 

Huge thanks to Russell Honeywell for post production support

Spocklight At the Movies 18: The Pagemaster (w/ David Trumble)

Spocklight At the Movies 18: The Pagemaster (w/ David Trumble)

November 6, 2020

We’re joined by returning guest, David Trumble, as we dive into the rather small world of Turner Feature Animation exploring 1994 Live Action/Cartoon hybrid box office bomb, The Pagemaster, Starring Macaulay Culkin alongside the voices of Star Trek alumni – Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Picardo, and many more.

 

David explains his long personal history with the film and how it inspired him at a young age, leading to his current job as a Story Artist on major animated movies including Henry Selick’s forthcoming, Wendell and Wild, but do David’s nostalgic memories hold up or did The Pagemaster deserve to be the critical and commercial disaster it was all along, find out by downloading now - all the adventure your imagination can hold awaits you!

 

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David can be found at @Drumble 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 38: Empok Nor (w/ Adam Johnston from Pretending with Dice)

Episode 38: Empok Nor (w/ Adam Johnston from Pretending with Dice)

October 21, 2020

Book a table at the Klingon Restaurant on the Promenade of Deep Space Nine and join us, as our first ever guest, Composer of our theme tune and host of Tabletop RPG Podcast, Pretending with Dice, Adam Johnston, returns to the show for a special Halloween edition of Spocklight as we tackle a Horror tinged episode of DS9, Empok Nor.

 

We rundown some of the scariest episodes of Star Trek, examine the genre blending in Empok Nor and compare it to Red Dwarf classic, Quarantine, while also exploring the characters of O’Brien and Garak.

 

All this, PLUS we reminisce over our Star Trek Adventures crossover with Pretending with Dice. If you enjoy the clip we play in this episode we strongly recommend going back to Episode 10 of Pretending with Dice if you want to hear us create our characters then episodes 11-13 for the main story.

 

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You can find Adam @ajheretic666 on Twitter and Pretending with Dice at @PretendWithDice on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Credit for our wonderful theme music also goes to Adam and you can find more of his music at - https://adamjohnstonuk.bandcamp.com/

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

Spocklight At the Movies 17: Police Academy 5 Assignment Miami Beach (w/ Dan Thomas)

Spocklight At the Movies 17: Police Academy 5 Assignment Miami Beach (w/ Dan Thomas)

September 28, 2020

Come join the force...or should we say, farce, as the Spocklight crew and returning guest, Dan Thomas, take on ‘Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach’ starring Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s very own Rene Auberjonois as the central villain of the piece.

 

Liam begins by interrogating Matt, Paul and Dan as to their own personal histories with the Police Academy franchise, then we compare the series to Stripes and other comedy movies of the time and discover that our childhood memories of just how funny the film was may have betrayed us while Paul even argues that you can find superior laughs in an episode of Sooty & Co.

 

We explore Auberjonois’s Directorial career on DS9 while also agreeing that he’s one of the few good things about Assignment Miami Beach and Liam laments the absence of Steve Guttenberg’s Mahoney but praises the performance of G. W. Bailey as Harris, Robert Folk’s score and the iconic Drew Struzan series posters.

 

Will a watch party of ‘Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment’ cause another corona virus outbreak? Could a Tackleberry TV Spin-off work? Will Dan ever start his own Podcast?! Answers to some of these questions and much more besides can be found within this episode!

 

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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 

Episode 37: Message in a Bottle (w/ Felix Trench from Wooden Overcoats)

Episode 37: Message in a Bottle (w/ Felix Trench from Wooden Overcoats)

September 14, 2020

We're joined by Felix Trench, Star of Wooden Overcoats, the British Podcast award winning sitcom, to discuss 'Message in a Bottle' from Star Trek: Voyager and the birth of his own Trek fandom growing up in Belgium. 

 

We commiserate missing out on visiting Star Trek: The Experience when we were holidaying in Las Vegas back in 2007, laugh at the bizarre 80s trend of adapting ultraviolent action movies into kids cartoons, get excited by the prospect of a fight between Seven of Nine and B'Elanna, reveal that guest star, Andy Dick, is a case of dick by name, dick by nature and analyse the pivotal nature of this episode in the overarching arc of the series. 

 

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You can find Felix @felixtrench on Twitter and more about Wooden Overcoats at www.woodenovercoats.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 

Episode 36: Trials and Tribble-ations (w/ Bob Fleming)

Episode 36: Trials and Tribble-ations (w/ Bob Fleming)

August 30, 2020

Bob Fleming of the Progtor Who and Trek this Out podcasts joins us to discuss one of his favourite Star Trek episodes, Deep Space Nine 30th Anniversary celebration, Trials and Tribble-ations.

 

We compare Trek's 30th Birthday celebrations with that of Doctor Who's, debate Quentin Tarantino's proposed big screen reimagining of The Original Series Gangster classic, 'A Piece of the Action', celebrate the "lads lads lads" of DS9, Bashir and O'Brien, enjoy the drunken trash talking going down in the Enterprise bar, while Liam shamefully fails to remember who Jerry Fielding is and talks up the importance of Sisko meeting Kirk on the bridge. 

 

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You can find Progtor Who and Trek this Out where all good podcasts are available.

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 

 

On Screen 2: Columbo (w/ Chris Hewitt from Empire Magazine)

On Screen 2: Columbo (w/ Chris Hewitt from Empire Magazine)

July 26, 2020

On our latest ‘On Screen’ episode we’re joined by The Empire Film Podcast host, Chris Hewitt, to discuss William Shatner’s 1976 guest appearance on classic Detective drama, Columbo.

Chris gives us an education in all things Columbo as we discuss the shambolic Detective’s status as a class warrior and the duality of the character, the history of the show, Shatner’s second guest star role in a later 1994 instalment and his sparkling chemistry with Peter Falk, a surprise appearance from Walter Koenig, the original ending of the episode and Leonard Nimoy’s earlier guest spot as the only villain evil enough to make Columbo mad!

But before all that, we pay tribute to the dearly departed Joel Schumacher.

 

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You can find Chris @ChrisHewitt on Twitter and @ctah1976 on Instagram

 

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 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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You can follow Dan on Twitter @danthomascomedy and watch The Unmakeable Show at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDOWWas0qAZeYEUhS3d2DiQ

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 

 

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