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70s Trek is a fan show that explores Star Trek in the 1970s. We discuss the cast, crew, writers, the major influences and the wider culture surrounding it. Though cancelled by NBC in 1969, Star Trek was never far from the public's consciousness. It was never allowed to be! We explore how it stayed alive after cancellation and how it was resurrected to become a major motion picture in 1979.

70s Trek: Star Trek in the 1970s Bob Turner & Kelly Casto

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 25 Ratings

70s Trek is a fan show that explores Star Trek in the 1970s. We discuss the cast, crew, writers, the major influences and the wider culture surrounding it. Though cancelled by NBC in 1969, Star Trek was never far from the public's consciousness. It was never allowed to be! We explore how it stayed alive after cancellation and how it was resurrected to become a major motion picture in 1979.

    TMP in Ultra HD - Ep 152

    TMP in Ultra HD - Ep 152

    Welcome to the first new 70s Trek episode in 3 years!
    The release of the 4K, Ultra HD version of Star Trek The Motion Picture, The Director’s Edition, is such big news that co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto felt it deserved a new episode of 70s Trek.
    Star Trek The Motion Picture was originally released in theaters in 1979. It culminated ten years of hard work, false starts and frustrations. The movie ran 132 minutes and it brought live action Star Trek back.
    But because of problems during production, the film was little more that a rough-cut. The version we saw in theaters was never intended to be the final edit. But because of marketing commitments, director Robert Wise ran out of time.
    Flash forward to 2001. Paramount agreed to let Wise and his team re-edit the folm so it would be closer to his original vision. The result was Star Trek The Motion Picture, The Director's Edition. The team tightened the editing and inserted new, updated CGI special effects.
    However, this version of the film was only released in standard definition on DVD. Blu Ray had not yet been invented. So fans never got to see this verison of the film in high definition.
    Until now.
    Members of Wise's 2001 team have gotten access to the Paramount vaults and have gone back to the orignal camera negatives to restore The Director's Edition in 4K Ultra HD. Theyhave also updated the special effects, bringing them up to 4K, as well.
    The result is a stunning film with more color, detail and dynamic sound.

    • 32 min
    Journey to Babel - Bonus Trek 10, Ep 151

    Journey to Babel - Bonus Trek 10, Ep 151

    The Original Series episode Journey to Babel is considered by many to be one of the best. It featured several "firsts" for the show. Among them was seeing Spock's parents and several alien species that would play a major role in the franchise in the decades to come. Co-hosts Kelly Casto and Bob Turner explore Journey to Babel and ask the question, was it the most important Star Trek episode of the 1960s? ***

    • 36 min
    Vazquez Rocks - Bonus Trek 9, Ep 150

    Vazquez Rocks - Bonus Trek 9, Ep 150

    It’s a place here on Earth that feels like it's an alien landscape. That’s probably why we’ve seen it used as another world so many times in TV and film.  Including Star Trek. Vasquez Rocks, located just north of Los Angeles, has been used many, many times for “on location” shooting for the franchise. The craggy, rocky landscape has been seen in 10 Star Trek episodes from various series and 3 films. But how did this stunning landscape become what it is today? Co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto explore Vasquez Rocks and share what they discovered with you in this episode of The Unofficial Trek Podcast.
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    In The Unofficial Trek Podcast, hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto give their "Unofficial" take on the Star Trek universe. 
    From 2019 through 2019, Bob and Kelly hosted the show 70s Trek. It was a look at the events that brought a cancelled, 1960s TV show back from the dead to become a blockbuster movie in 1979. It was a decade that created a multi-million dollar franchise.
    Now Bob and Kelly will look at the minutia, the concepts, the people and the news pertaining to the Star Trek Universe. It's a fascinating time for Star Trek, with a flood of content about it on the internet.
    Bob and Kelly will give their "Unofficial" take. Why unofficial? Because their views are just that, they are theirs and are, therefore, "unofficial."
    It's a fresh look at Star Trek from two lifelong fans who have been talking Trek for over 35 years! We hope you'll join Bob and Kelly for their next venture, The Unofficial Trek Podcast.
    Visit us at these sites:
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/UnofficialTrek
    TuneIn: 
    https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Unofficial-Trek-Podcast-p1546279/
    Stitcher: 
    https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-unofficial-trek-podcast
    Spotify:
    https://open.spotify.com/show/6IrNzaWSzKyf1T7b4ngZX2
    Website:
    https://theunofficialstartrekpodcast.libsyn.com/

    • 20 min
    Strange New Worlds - Bonus Trek 8, Ep 149

    Strange New Worlds - Bonus Trek 8, Ep 149

    One of the Star Trek productions coming in 2022 is Strange New Worlds. It will be the story of Captain Pike and the Enterprise crew before Captain Kirk commanded the ship. Since the show hasn’t premiered yet, we don’t know much about it. But co-hosts Kelly Casto and Bob Turner take a look at what we do know so far, and run through the cast. It’s the perfect topic for some "Unofficial" takes and a Trek Chat.
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    In The Unofficial Trek Podcast, hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto give their "Unofficial" take on the Star Trek universe. 
    From 2019 through 2019, Bob and Kelly hosted the show 70s Trek. It was a look at the events that brought a cancelled, 1960s TV show back from the dead to become a blockbuster movie in 1979. It was a decade that created a multi-million dollar franchise.
    Now Bob and Kelly will look at the minutia, the concepts, the people and the news pertaining to the Star Trek Universe. It's a fascinating time for Star Trek, with a flood of content about it on the internet.
    Bob and Kelly will give their "Unofficial" take. Why unofficial? Because their views are just that, they are theirs and are, therefore, "unofficial."
    It's a fresh look at Star Trek from two lifelong fans who have been talking Trek for over 35 years! We hope you'll join Bob and Kelly for their next venture, The Unofficial Trek Podcast.
    Visit us at these sites:
    Facebook: 
    https://www.facebook.com/UnofficialTrek
    TuneIn: 
    https://tunein.com/podcasts/Fantasy--Science-Fiction-Podcasts/The-Unofficial-Trek-Podcast-p1546279/
    Stitcher: 
    https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-unofficial-trek-podcast
    Spotify:
    https://open.spotify.com/show/6IrNzaWSzKyf1T7b4ngZX2
    Website:
    https://theunofficialstartrekpodcast.libsyn.com/

    • 30 min
    Old Trek vs New Trek - Bonus Trek 7, Ep 148

    Old Trek vs New Trek - Bonus Trek 7, Ep 148

    In July of 2021, the YouTube channel "The Popcast” posted a video entitled "This is how STRANGE NEW WORLDS will bring OLD TREK and NEW TREK Together!" The video discussed the divide between fans of Old Trek, Star Trek episodes and movies produced between 1966 and 2005, and fans of New Trek that began with J.J. Abrams 2009 Star Trek film. The video told us of a recent survey that took place across YouTube, Reddit and Twitter. 2000 Trek fans were asked how they identified with 3 statements.  Here they are: New Star Trek is good, I wish people would just accept the changes.

    I’m watching because it’s Star Trek, but I really hope it gets better.

    It’s a dumpster fire! I hate it and I’ll never watch new Star Trek. Here are the results:
    -28% said New Trek is good, and people should accept the changes.
    -32% said they were watching because it’s Trek, but they hoped it would get better.
    -40% said it’s a dumpster fire and they won’t watch.
    That 40% number by itself is alarming. But it’s really staggering to see that 72% don’t think it’s good or won’t watch it at all!
    Co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto have some opinions about why this might be happening...And of course, it’s all unofficial.

    • 46 min
    James Bond - Bonus Trek 6, Ep 147

    James Bond - Bonus Trek 6, Ep 147

    With the release of the film No Time to Die in the fall of 2021, James Bond is back in the popular culture again. It’s the 25th Bond film, and co-hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto of The Unofficial Trek Podcast thought it might be fun to have a chat about their favorite British spy. What does Bond have to do with Trek, you might ask? Well, the two franchises, Star Trek and James Bond, have a lot of crossover when it comes to their audiences. So for that reason, a Trek chat seems appropriate.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

CaptainKoloth ,

Detailed, Informative, and Fun!

Been enjoying a bunch of these podcasts on a binge since I stumbled across them ... Star Trek in the 1970s is amazing time period, where the show was not only kept alive by things like the animated series and toys, but the conventions, and later on, the various attempts at revival that culminated in the first film. It is more than enough material to talk about - and these guys do it in a show that is equal parts informative and a good time - highly recommended!

Kelsto ,

Trek Fun

Fun and interesting podcast about Star Trek

TexasPulpWriter ,

The Podcast That Makes Me Smile

They had me at the title: "70s Trek." I listened to the first episode, then promptly downloaded all episodes up to that point (29 at the time). I binge-listened to all of them in a week's time, loving every minute of each episode.

I was born during Star Trek's third season so I grew up with Star Trek. Now, I'll admit that my memory is a tad hazy and I only came to Trek after Star Wars debuted, but that's where this podcast comes in.

Hosts Bob Turner and Kelly Casto are a delightful pair, easy on the ears, with a warm comradery and shared love of Trek in the 70s. In each episode that averages around 30 minutes, Bob and Kelly examine some aspect of Trek. While you don't have to listen in order, it's not a bad idea as you'll get a good overview of how Trek came to be and the influences that went into its creation.

The main focus, however, is the 1970s, as the tagline reads, "The decade that built a franchise." For us, over 50 years on, Trek permeates our daily lives, from cell phones to tablet computers to speaking to our computers. But Bob and Kelly take us back and remind us what it was like to be a fan of Trek in the 70s. Fans in the 70s didn't know a lot. They had only a few books. They had a cartoon. Heck, they never even knew if there'd be any more live-action Trek. After all, Trek was actually a cancelled TV show, but it proved to be much more than that.

One of the aspects of this podcast that remains joyful is Bob and Kelly's sense of wonder. Often one of them will take the lead on a particular subject, leaving the other co-host the first listener. Many times, new facts will be revealed, and cries of "I didn't know that!" are great fun. What's also fun is their clear joy at the subject and other things in Trek's orbit.

So far (remember: I’m still catching up) a particular favorite episode is #3 (What We Knew in 1970), #13 (the Richard Arnold interview), and #9 (Star Trek in Syndication).

This is a love letter to Star Trek, the people behind it, the fans that kept it alive in the 1970s, and everything in between.

70s Trek has now firmly ensconced itself in my weekly podcast schedule. Utterly and completely enjoyable.

Oh, they have a Facebook presence and respond personally to comments. So after you subscribe to the podcast, head over there and join the conversation.

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