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Commentary: Trek Stars is a show from Trek.fm that explores the work of Star Trek creatives beyond the Star Trek franchise. Join Mike Schindler, Max Hegel, and John Mills each week for a trek through the wider world of movies, television, and literature.

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Commentary: Trek Stars is a show from Trek.fm that explores the work of Star Trek creatives beyond the Star Trek franchise. Join Mike Schindler, Max Hegel, and John Mills each week for a trek through the wider world of movies, television, and literature.

    182: Let's See What's Out There

    182: Let's See What's Out There

    Series Finale.



    Running Time: 1 hours 32 minutes 33 seconds



    For the past three and a half years, Mike, John and Max have
    examined the work of Star Trek creators outside of Star Trek. From
    the series creator Gene Roddenberry to the director of Star
    Trek Beyond, Justin Lin, we have covered television shows,
    films, novels, and more from writers, directors and actors who have
    worked throughout the franchise. But all good things...



    In the final episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, Mike and
    John reflect on 182 episodes of podcasting. We discuss how the show
    came about, what our favorite works by Trek creators are, and what
    we regret not covering. We also reveal our plans for the
    future.



    Chapters

    Secret Origins (00:01:45)

    Favorite Works (00:29:48)

    Favorite Creators (00:50:42)

    What We Missed (01:01:26)

    Final Thoughts (01:10:13)

    Stage Nine (01:14:27)

    Thanks (01:25:58)



    Hosts

    Mike Schindler and John Mills



    Production
    Mike Schindler (Editor and
    Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt
    (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C.
    Lao (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will
    Nguyen (Content Manager)

    • 1 hr 32 min
    181: Deep Cuts

    181: Deep Cuts

    Lin, Part 8: Recap.


    Running Time: 1 hour 3 minutes 21 seconds



    Throughout the course of Commentary: Trek Stars, we have
    covered thirty eight different people who have helped to create
    Star Trek. We began with the very first Star Trek creator, Gene
    Roddenberry, and we end with the current leader of the franchise,
    Justin Lin.



    In our penultimate episode, Mike and John recap their series on
    Lin's career as a film director. We look at all seven of his
    movies, including Better Luck Tomorrow,
    Annapolis, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,
    Finishing the Game, Fast & Furious, Fast
    Five, and Furious 6. We also discuss the news of J.J.
    Abrams' latest production, Kolma, and what the rumors of
    the new Trek series' format could mean for future creators.



    Chapters

    Lin's Early Films (00:01:11)

    Fast & Furious (00:18:35)

    News (00:41:55)



    Hosts

    Mike Schindler and John Mills



    Production
    Mike Schindler (Editor and
    Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt
    (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C.
    Lao (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will
    Nguyen (Content Manager)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    180: Faster, More Intense

    180: Faster, More Intense

    Lin, Part 7: Furious 6.



    Running Time: 1 hour 21 minutes 34 seconds



    In 2013, Justin Lin directed his fourth and final installment of
    the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 6. The
    film continues the franchise's trend of creating movies that are
    bigger and better than what has come before. This time around, the
    crew needs to stop an international criminal who is  trying to
    steal a technology which could allow him to take over the
    world.



    In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike
    are joined by Megan of Educating Geeks to look at Lin's
    most recent movie. We discuss how the film achieves its large
    scale, how it fits into the overall continuity of the franchise,
    and of course, the title.



    Chapters

    Furious 6 (00:08:33)

    Hand-To-Hand Combat (00:27:34)

    The Return of Letty (00:42:10)

    Final Thoughts (00:59:40)



    Hosts

    John Mills and Mike Schindler



    Guest

    Megan Calcote



    Production
    Mike Schindler (Editor and
    Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt
    (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C.
    Lao (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will
    Nguyen (Content Manager)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    179: The Avengers of Fast & Furiousness

    179: The Avengers of Fast & Furiousness

    Lin, Part 6: Fast Five.



    Running Time: 59 minutes 33 seconds



    After reinvigorating the franchise with Fast &
    Furious, Star Trek Beyond director Justin
    Lin returned to helm the fifth film in the series, Fast
    Five. This installment acted as a reunion of sorts, as series
    regulars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were joined by stars of the
    previous films, including Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot and Sung Kang
    for an Ocean's Eleven-style heist movie.



    In this episode of Commentary: Trek Stars, Mike and
    John continue their series on Lin's work as a director by looking
    at his sixth picture. We discuss how Fast
    Five builds on what has come before, Lin's continued
    collaboration with his crew, and what this film tells us about his
    ability to handle the large cast of Star Trek Beyond.
    We also discuss the trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One,
    because why not?



    Chapters

    Fast Five (00:00:45)

    Lin's Style (00:17:47)

    Sung Kang in Beyond? (00:29:07)

    Wrap-up (00:45:07)



    Hosts

    Mike Schindler and John Mills



    Production
    Mike Schindler (Editor and
    Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt
    (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C.
    Lao (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will
    Nguyen (Content Manager)

    • 59 min
    178: Getting Rid of the Thes

    178: Getting Rid of the Thes

    Lin, Part 5: Fast &
    Furious.

     

    Running Time: 1 hour 9 minutes 17
    seconds

     

    In 2009, Justin Lin returned to what
    would become his marquee franchise with Fast &
    Furious. The fourth film in the series was a return to basics,
    featuring a reunion of the original cast, including both Paul
    Walker and Vin Diesel, in an effort to revitalize the
    franchise.

     

    In this episode
    of Commentary: Trek Stars, John and Mike are joined
    by Zach Moore of Always Hold On To Smallville to
    look at Lin's fifth film. We discuss the decision to bring Lin back
    after Tokyo Drift, the stylistic differences between
    the two films, and of course, the title. We also take a look at the
    career of Star Trek 2017's newest writer, Jesse
    Alexander.

     

    Chapters

    Fast & Furious
    (00:05:40)

    Lin's Return (00:21:57)

    Final Thoughts (00:38:17)

    Jesse Alexander
    (00:45:15)

    Wrap-up (01:00:30)

     

    Hosts

    John Mills and Mike
    Schindler

     

    Guest

    Zach Moore

     

    Production

    Mike Schindler (Editor and Producer)
    C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive
    Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao
    (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will
    Nguyen (Content Manager)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    177: True Detective: Tokyo Drift

    177: True Detective: Tokyo Drift

    Lin, Part 4: Finishing the
    Game.

     

    Running Time: 48 minutes 22
    seconds

     

    After two consecutive Hollywood
    blockbuster, Justin Lin returned to the world of independent
    filmmaking with Finishing the Game. The film is
    unlike any other in Lin's filmography, a "mockumentary" about
    finding an actor to replace Bruce Lee in his final
    movie, The Game of Death.

     

    In this episode
    of Commentary: Trek Stars, Mike and John take a look
    at Lin's fourth film. We discuss how it differs from the rest of
    his movies, what it says about Lin as an artist, and the impact
    which Bruce Lee had on the culture. We also touch on the
    upcoming Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50
    Years exhibition.

     

    Chapters

    Finishing the Game
    (00:01:39)

    The Style (00:18:24)

    50 Artists, 50 Years
    (00:33:45)

    Wrap-up (00:36:43)

     

    Hosts

    Mike Schindler and John
    Mills

     

    Production

    Mike Schindler (Editor and Producer)
    C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive
    Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao
    (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will
    Nguyen (Content Manager)

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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What else have they done?

This is a fantastic show that highlights writers, actors & directors who participated in creating Star Trek. The hosts are very informative and very entertaining. I love learning about previous shows each has participated in that gives a fuller picture of the actor/writer/director. One listen and you will love it.

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Setting the track record on Trek stars

It's always fascinating to find out what Trek people have done outside of Trek. I can't thank Mike and Max enough for all the work they must put into this excellent show. Each podcast episode is a great and informative listen. Whether you're a Star Trek fan, or just want to learn more about writers, directors, etc. in TV and film, this podcast is for you!

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