26 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.

Star Trek: The Pod Directive Star Trek

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 645 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.

    'The Pod Directive' returns + ‘Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V’ podcast

    'The Pod Directive' returns + ‘Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V’ podcast

    In case you missed it at Star Trek Day, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer and director, Nicholas Meyer, surprised the audience with the announcement of a new podcast, Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V. The scripted podcast will examine what happened in the years after Captain Kirk left Khan on the untamed world of Ceti Alpha V and tells the story of Khan and his followers prior to the iconic film. Additionally, Star Trek: The Pod Directive hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins announced the third season renewal of their podcast. Learn more at StarTrek.com. 
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    • 1 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
645 Ratings

645 Ratings

Dork Queen ,

Yay!!!!!! I'm so happy for the new season!!!

I love star trek !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!🖖

CHOS13 ,

Hoping for another witty and thoughtful season

Brilliant pod with the best hosts that brings together reverence and irreverence of a beloved franchise. It is so great to hear how people have connected with Trek and with others to dream of a better world. Hilarious and thoughtful. Hoping for another season.

Jezzebel ,

Such a great Podcast!

I really love what they have done with this podcast. I never watch the official anything but this show is so thoughtfully curated and the hosts are so knowledgeable and charming I really can’t get enough of it.

More please!!

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