Excuse me while I let my nerd flag fly.
Among my friends, I’m the biggest Star Trek fan. I think my love of Star Trek is pretty obvious since I have the USS Enterprise on my homepage. I’ve loved Star Trek since I was a little kid. I owe my nerdiness to my mom who first exposed me to Deep Space Nine in the ’90s. I’ve been a Trekkie and a self-proclaimed nerd ever since.
Now, even though I’m a Trekkie, I had only seen a handful of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS). I saw a couple of episodes when FX or Syfy would show a marathon on a random Labor or Memorial day. A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon The Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast, offered by Nerdist. Each podcast episode corresponds to an episode in the series. I use this as a companion guide to the series. I’ll watch an episode on Netflix (it’s available for streaming) and then listen to the corresponding podcast episode.
In the podcast, the hosts, Ken Ray and John Champion, discuss each episode. They divide the podcast episode into three parts. First, they provide a broad overview of the episode. Then, they get into the details of plot and technical aspects. Finally, they attempt to answer the larger question: does this episode and the lessons learned from it still hold up today?