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The Ready Room is a casual Star Trek discussion show from Trek.fm hosted by C Bryan Jones that covers The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and news from all across the Star Trek universe with a mix of humor and serious commentary.

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The Ready Room is a casual Star Trek discussion show from Trek.fm hosted by C Bryan Jones that covers The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and news from all across the Star Trek universe with a mix of humor and serious commentary.

    When You Orb an Orb Anything Is Possible

    When You Orb an Orb Anything Is Possible

    The State of Star Trek 2022
    We long called the 1990s the golden age of Star Trek. From 1993 to 1999, two series overlapped one another on the airwaves and, once The Next Generation left the small screen, we even got doses of three incarnations of Gene Roddenberry’s vision from time to time. But it all came to an abrupt end in May 2005, with the final episode of Enterprise. J.J. Abrams would later step in and tease us through the fallow years until the battle among streaming services offered a financial incentive to dust off intellectual property and Discovery came along. And now, there is more Star Trek than ever. A new golden age is upon us.
    In this episode of The Ready Room, recorded as we end an unprecedented 48 consecutive weeks of new Star Trek content, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek take a look at the state of the franchise in 2022. We discuss each of the “modern” series—Strange New Worlds, Picard, Prodigy, Lower Decks, and Discovery—dig into the fan split over old and new, and imagine what new series might be on the horizon. We also debate the pros and cons of the streaming model for storytelling and talk about how Star Trek and Star Wars are pushing each other forward.
    Chapters
    Intro (0:00:00)
    The Mood at SDCC (00:05:13)
    Resurgent Franchise(s) (00:14:17)
    Pros and Cons of Streaming (00:20:34)
    The Modern/Classic Trek Division (00:26:50)
    Strange New Worlds (00:34:26)
    Picard (00:59:37)
    Potential Future Series (01:14:00)
    Lower Decks (01:24:41)
    Prodigy (01:34:19)
    Discovery (01:50:37)
    Closing (02:04:26)
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Too Many Licks and Not Enough Tongue

    Too Many Licks and Not Enough Tongue

    Star Trek: Lower Decks after two seasons.
    When it was announced that a Star Trek comedy was being developed—and that it would be animated—the news was met with a bit more trepidation than usual. Could Star Trek and comedy really mix? Was Rick and Morty-style humor really appropriate for Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future?
    In this episode of The Ready Room, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek take a broad look back at the first two seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks and discuss how the series has connected with fans, why it has won over many early skeptics, and how it serves as a brilliant love letter to the franchise. Along the way we touch on many topics, including how the writing has matured, finding the perfect balance in storytelling, sprinkling in guest stars, selling commemorative plates, and adding texture to the universe. We also ask whether some moments are a rebuke of modern Star Trek.
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)

    • 2 hr 10 min
    What a Genius That Guy Was!

    What a Genius That Guy Was!

    Marking our 10th anniversary.
    Many people say that time flies. Doctor Tolian Soran said that time is the fire in which we burn. Whichever you subscribe to, time moves forward and people—as well as their views—change. On May 31, 2011, we aired the first episode of The Ready Room. What began as a singular podcast hosted by two hew-mons—C Bryan Jones and Greg Harbin—evolved into the Trek.fm network and more than 30 shows.
    In this episode of The Ready Room, airing on the 10th anniversary of the premiere, C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek,—who first appeared on the show in episode 2 during a segment about his documentary The Con of Wrath and then made his first full-length appearance in episode 19 to discuss the Star Trek pendulum—mark a decade of discussion by returning to the key topics of those early podcasts from 2011. We deep-dive into Star Trek's return to television—and how the prospects and probable format seemed in 2011 vs. what we actually got—as well as which way the fan pendulum is swinging today. We also talk about screen vs. visual canon, whether Star Trek is an historical piece, dealing with toxic fandom, the status of The Con of Wrath, and more.
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Hope Is a Powerful Thing

    Hope Is a Powerful Thing

    Adil Hussain interview.
    We’ve all lived through extraordinary times over the past year, and we’re still trying to find our way back to the world we remember. The same can be said for Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery after their jump from the 23rd to the 32nd century. In both cases, catastrophe turned life upside down. But when Burnham finally came in contact with remnants of the Federation she had left behind, she met a man of extraordinary patience, Aditya Sahil, who embodied all the ideals of Starfleet and Gene Roddenberry’s vision.
    In this episode of The Ready Room, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek are joined by the man who portrayed Sahil—Adil Hussain—for a somewhat different episode as we take a look at a real-world crisis and how we can help those in need. Adil joins us from his home in New Delhi to talk about the Covid-19 situation in India, the art of acting and what inspired his portrayal of Sahil, as well as Star Trek and entertainment as a coping mechanism during difficult times. He also shares thoughts on how we might reach that more prosperous future that Gene Roddenberry envisioned.
    Chapters
    Intro (00:00:00)
    Covid Situation in India (00:03:34)
    How You Can Help (00:16:28)
    Patience (00:23:38)
    Entertainment as Remedy (00:40:17)
    Shooting the Discovery Scenes (00:47:38)
    Creating Sahil’s Backstory (01:02:13)
    Finding Adil (01:09:17)
    Closing (01:21:21)

    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek

    Guests
    Adil Hussain

    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Nacelles Sold Separately

    Nacelles Sold Separately

    Looking Back at Discovery Season Three.
    When Michael Burnham and the USS Discovery emerged from their Red Angel-created wormhole into the 32nd century, things didn’t go quite as planned. Terralysium was not in the neighborhood and temporal wackiness left Michael and the ship a year apart. But once reunited, they set off on a grand adventure to find what was left of the Federation. They also had to solve an unexpected mystery: the cause of a disaster that put an end to the carefree days of easy faster-than-light travel.
    In this episode of The Ready Room, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek sit back in their programmable-matter lounge chairs and reflect on Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, discussing how the story played out compared with what we expected, how we feel about key plot points, and how it all fits into the overall Star Trek picture. We also look ahead to Season 4 and speculate on what the writers might have is store for us.
    Chapters
    Intro 00:00:00
    Story Expectations 00:06:20
    Programmable Matter Rabbit Hole 00:11:05
    Detached Nacelles 00:22:03
    Serialization Settling In 00:31:45
    Unification III 00:37:20
    Bopping Around 00:40:19
    A Screaming Resolution 00:44:56
    Identity and Found Families 00:55:05
    The Past Is the Light 01:00:48
    Look Beyond the Season 01:10:15
    Georgiou’s Detour 01:15:36
    Die Trying 01:41:50
    Getting Out of the Head 01:45:48
    Expectations for Season Four 01:51:48
    Closing 02:01:49
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Grudge Cat Is a Big Nirvana Fan

    Grudge Cat Is a Big Nirvana Fan

    Discovery Season 3 preview.
    The third season of Star Trek: Discovery is finally here after a pandemic-induced delay. At least we didn’t have to wait 930 years. That’s how much time has passed for most people when the crew of the USS Discovery arrives in the Beta Quadrant after their jump to put the sphere data permanently out of reach of Section 31’s Control AI. This temporal shift—along with a new logo—represents a reboot of sorts for the series going into its third season.
    In this episode of The Ready Room, hosts C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek get ready for their trip to the 32nd century by discussing the premise of Star Trek: Discovery Season 3, what the episode titles may reveal about the story, potential real world parallels, the addition of transgender and binary characters, and more. But first we discuss Kate Mulgrew’s return to the franchise as Kathryn Janeway.
    Hosts
    C Bryan Jones and Larry Nemecek
    Production
    C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer)

    • 2 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

annmarie222 ,

"Alright..."!!!

i started out a 1 podcast kind of woman slash die hard greatest generation fan(atic), but it got me so excited that other people exist who love hilarious star trek references that i googled nyc start trek bar trivia and found an event (which was one of the most fun and hilarious nights ever, by the way....the organizers and geek life rules are amazing!!!!)...anyway...i decided i needed some TOS schooling (without captain kirk distracting me!!!), so i turned itunes for some related recommendations and found The Ready Room. (btw...looooove that podcast, too! and i'll have you know that i'm getting to be a real star trek trivia contender thanks to your entertaining tutelage:)!!). ...anyway, since DS9 is obvi the most amazing work of art of all (and because i always want more DS9 in my life), I had to check out The Orb the second I heardd about it! ...This podcast totally blows me away every time I turn it on! Chris and Matt are so thoughtful and really go above and beyond with their preparation and research and amazing ability to continue to come up with great creative new ppdcast "episode" (if that's what they're called?) topics. Above all, I can't get enough of their sense of humor!!!! You have to have really mastered the 100s of hours of Star Trek universe material to be able to make so many brilliant deep cut jokes!!! ...Oh and also it's so relaxing and adorably endearing when Chris says, "alright" to reign in the tangential conversations! Thank you guys! Your dedication/devotion is very much appreciated! And maybe start sprinkling in more impressions, Matt, if your "Breeen" was anything to go by!! I've been giggling about that all week! Amazing!!...The only thing I'd add is that I can never make up my mind who I'd rather date...Quark or Garak...--->please discuss. (...who you would choose, i mean, ...and not my choice of dream date (since i'm assuming that everyone asks themselves this questions and not just me!)).

Spiffy T ,

Larry needs to share the mic

I listened to the June 26 episode and maybe this is just a reaction from having to listen to way too many people who “add value” by never closing their lips in my work life, but it was painful listening to Larry. He had an opinion on everything, it’s presented as fact, he doesn’t let the cohost get a word in. If you had to do a show with only one host, he should be your guy because he truly does not need or heed anyone else’ opinion. I get it, he has written production books about the 90s show and is an expert on Star Trek, especially in his own mind, but a little Larry goes a long way.

Rpm743 ,

Amazing show! 🖖

I listen to podcasts all day while working and this is the one that I most look forward to. My social group isn’t that nerdy. Trek.FM is my fix. I know it’s been a struggle to put the ready room together lately. I want Chris to know that this is a much loved and anticipated show. I’ve listened to every episode. Live long and prosper 🖖

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