25 episodes

Join Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Comedy Bang Bang) in a wide-ranging and often hilarious take on the Star Trek universe. With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity superfans, and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 592 Ratings

Join Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Comedy Bang Bang) in a wide-ranging and often hilarious take on the Star Trek universe. With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity superfans, and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence.

    Happy Summer Vacation! (Season Finale)

    Happy Summer Vacation! (Season Finale)

    It’s the last pod of the season, and Tawny and Paul are sitting down with producer and StarTrek.com Managing Editor Kendra James. Together, they’re recapping season 2 of The Pod Directive, talking shop, Star Trek News, and more before leaving listeners with a few Trek-centric recommendations to tide us all over until season 3. See you in a few months, everyone!
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    • 49 min
    Lower Decks! Lower Decks! Lower Decks! (With Jack Quaid)

    Lower Decks! Lower Decks! Lower Decks! (With Jack Quaid)

    Tawny Newsome (Beckett Mariner, Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (Dr. Migleemo, Star Trek: Lower Decks) are joined by Jack Quaid (Brad Boimler, Star Trek: Lower Decks) for a… well, you can probably guess what we’re talking this week. Get some exclusive insight on the Lower Decks’ audition process, listen as the trio discusses Jack’s Star Trek learning curve, what it’s like being the representatives of major fandoms, and even drop a few clues about Lower Decks season 2 (August 12, 2021)! 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Alex Kurtzman is Building the Star Trek Universe

    Alex Kurtzman is Building the Star Trek Universe

    This week, Tawny and Paul sit down with the architect behind the modern Star Trek Universe, Alex Kurtzman. In an hour-long conversation, the three discuss what it takes to build a franchise, the amazingly talented people in front of and behind the camera who make the shows come to life, and why in 2021 Star Trek is now more important than ever when it comes to understanding the world we live in. It’s an episode fans won’t want to miss!
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    • 39 min
    TV Book Club With Emily VanDerWerff

    TV Book Club With Emily VanDerWerff

    Vox TV Critic Emily VanDerWerff drops by the pod to talk about what it’s been like rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the first time, not only as an adult, but during a global pandemic with her newly minted TV ‘book club.’ Together, Emily, Paul, and Tawny discuss DS9’s enduring legacy and why it speaks to so many LGBTQ fans, Emily’s very first experiences with Trek, and dip into the state of media criticism before leaving listeners with some great recommendations for what to watch next!
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Star Trek Nostalgia with Justin Simien

    Star Trek Nostalgia with Justin Simien

    Director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair, and the upcoming Lando Calrissian series for Disney+) joins Tawny and Paul this week to talk all things Trek and nostalgia. From stories of Simien’s childhood in the American South watching The Next Generation on an antenna TV, to learning all the, er, creative ways he figured out to make his own amateur sci-fi adventure, and the beauty of TNG’s series finale, this episode is one you won’t want to miss.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Creating Utopia With Talia Lavin

    Creating Utopia With Talia Lavin

    Talia Lavin spent months immersing herself in the internet’s darkest corners, becoming an expert on how white supremacists organize online and what that means for the rest of us. After publishing Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy, she went for a palate cleanser and started watching Star Trek for the very first time. This week, Talia joins Tawny and Paul to discuss what it was like to watch Star Trek during the pandemic and her hopes for making a more Trek-like future out of our current reality.
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
592 Ratings

592 Ratings

halenick ,

Drop The Mic 🎙 but don’t!

Tawny & Paul holy cow I love listening to your Podcast! I have fallen in love with you guys and all the guest.

I am up to date on all the shows and movies! Thank you for being such and amazing culture of Space and the finale frontier. I get excited every time something new comes out.

I have seen every tv series and movies over and over. Including Lower Decks ugh I can’t get enough. Even the last episode of Lower Decks. I promise I watch other shows, My world stop when a new episodes comes on!

My partner asked what Star Trek show you watching to fall asleep too! Star Trek Voyager there’s nothing like hearing the voice of Katherine Janeway and the crew living each day to get home.

Anyways great podcast cast! I can remember watching Star Trek with my mom with ima kid, ugh Great memories! Well love long and prosper treky peeps!🖖🏼

danmcc13 ,

A much needed calm in a very stormy sea

Tawny and Paul (I feel like we are on a first name basis), thank you so much for the amazing work you do and the genuine fun you have on this show! I grew up in a nerd family where both Star Trek and Star Wars were integral parts of my life since before I could walk. My dad watched Trek at multiple times a week and I would always end up watching with him. “My” Trek will always be “Enterprise” because I was kid when it came out. It makes me happy that your mom loves it so much as well. I love and associate everything about it (even the AMAZING theme song) with having a good time with my dad.

Recently I shared it with my partner and she absolutely loved it. We finished the series right before she left for a year to get her Master’s degree in Scotland. Between her moving, me starting a new job, moving cities, oh AND a global pandemic, there have been a lot of rocky moments over the last few months. Listening to you guys talk to each other and your AMAZING guests about your genuine love and enjoyment of all things Trek has been a much needed respite every day during the work commute. Thank you a million times and of course…..

LLAP

alloutofclever ,

PFT: the Batman we deserve

This podcast may not be narrative, but it’s generous tone and the care it exudes for the material and the people who work on, consume and/or just love the universe of Trek makes it as delightfully “official” as can be.

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