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Insight and news about the world of Star Trek from Michael Gaines and Cara Donley

This Week in Trek: A Star Trek Podcast Michael Gaines and Cara Donley

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 113 Ratings

Insight and news about the world of Star Trek from Michael Gaines and Cara Donley

    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 4, "The cake is a lie"

    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 4, "The cake is a lie"

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    NEWS

    • Enterprise is 20 years old!

    • Prodigy character images

    • Prodigy producers interview

    • Voyager Documentary sneak peek

    • William Shatner's YouTube channel

    • TMZ says Shatner's going to space!

    • Disco Does DnD + Noah's Tweet

    • Noah Averbach-Katz on Dragon Talk

    • Raven Duada on Trek Untold

    • John Billingsley on Too Opinionated

    • Scott Bakula on Bob Saget's podcast

    • LeVar Burton on The Daily Show

    • GalaxyCon Klingons panel

    • Chase Masterson on Daily Star Trek News

    • Jeffrey Combs on The 7th Rule


    EVENTS

    Oct 2, 2021 @ 9pm PT: #TOSSatNight for "The Savage Curtain"

    Sep 21, 2021 @ 1pm PT: #StarTrekHour for "Where Pleasant Fountains Lie"

    Oct 9, 2021: Kate Mulgrew at NYCC

    Oct 12, 2021 @ 7pm ET: Brent Spiner's book discussion with Gates McFadden


    OUR WEEK IN TREK

    • Inglorious Treksperts with Tim Russ


    TEN FORWARD WITH CHRIS ON TWITTER

    • Which Trek episode theme music is your favorite? Mine is from Voyager Scorpion 1&2.


    EPISODE INSIGHT

    Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2, Episode 7: Where Pleasant Fountains Lie


    • Week 7 Tee


    Next Episode: Lower Decks S2E8 - Send us your five-word summary to be read on the show!

    • 55 min
    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 3, "Who's got the biggest helmet?"

    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 3, "Who's got the biggest helmet?"

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    NEWS

    • Star Trek games on GOG

    • Disco won an Emmy!

    • Autobiography of Mr. Spock


    EVENTS

    Sep 25, 2021 @ 9pm PT: #TOSSatNight for "The Cloud Minders"

    Sep 21, 2021 @ 1pm PT: #StarTrekHour for "The Spy Humongous"

    Oct 7-10, 2021: NYCC + Virtual Badges


    OUR WEEK IN TREK

    • Wonderlands

    • Brad Wright Podcast with Robert Picardo

    • Lower Dorks podcast

    • All the Asians on Star Trek with Eugene Cordero

    • Enterprise Incidents on This Side of Paradise with Ralph Senensky

    • Burnham's IDIC

    • Auctions sorted by highest price


    TEN FORWARD WITH CHRIS ON TWITTER

    • If your cohost is going to attend StarFleet Academy, what Trek character (that is in StarFleet) would you think would be the worst roommate for your cohost?


    EPISODE INSIGHT

    Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2, Episode 6: The Spy Humongous


    • Week 6 Tee

    • Kzinti posture

    • Denise Crosby


    Next Episode: Lower Decks S2E7 - Send us your five-word summary to be read on the show!


    End sounder: William Shatner

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 2, "Three words: Uhura takes command"

    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 2, "Three words: Uhura takes command"

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    NEWS

    • Star Trek Day!!! StarTrek.com/Day

    • Prodigy: Trailer + Panel

    • Lower Decks: Trailer + Panel

    • Picard S2 Trailer

    • Strange New Worlds: Cast Reveal + Details from TrekCore, Panel, + Christina Chong IG

    • Alex Kurtzman Interview + Starfleet Academy

    • Discovery Panel

    • Roddenberry Panel

    • Starfleet Is...


    EVENTS

    • Sep 11, 2021 @ 8pm PT: #TOSSatNight for The Way to Eden + Star Trek V

    • Sep 14, 2021 @ 1pm PT: #StarTrekHour for An Embarrassment of Dooplers


    OUR WEEK IN TREK

    • Original 4-Movie Collection

    • TMP Remaster Comparison


    TEN FORWARD WITH CHRIS ON TWITTER

    • What alien race that hasn’t been seen since TOS are you hoping to see in Strange New Worlds? I would like to see a Horta.


    EPISODE INSIGHT

    Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2, Episode 5: An Embarrassment of Dooplers


    • Richard Kind

    • Week 5 Tee

    • Mike McMahan on the Tee

    • Eaglemoss USS Cerritos model

    • Malvus' merchandise: @gaghyogi49, @TrekNexus, Riker Shirts, @TheTrekCentral

    • bubble bath

    • Bolians

    • fish people

    • Aurelians

    • Shelby + Saru

    • Bar photos 1, Bar photos 2

    • Jenifer Lewis

    • Okona


    Next Episode: Lower Decks S2E6 - Send us your five-word summary to be read on the show!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 1, "Now will never come again"

    Keep on Trekkin' Episode 1, "Now will never come again"

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    NEWS

    • Star Trek: Prodigy main title sequence

    • TNG Engineering Field Kit

    • September eBook sales, with The Dark Veil being @TrekBookClub's next discussion topic Sep25-26

    • Discovery Prop Auction

    • Susan Nimoy


    EVENTS

    • Sep 4, 2021 @ 9pm PT: #TOSSatNight - Lights of Zetar

    • Sep 7, 2021 @ 1pm PT: #StarTrekHour - Mugato, Gamato

    • Sep 25, 2021 @ 4pm ET: Guests of Star Trek panel

    • Sep 24-26, 2021: George Takei at Star Trek Set Tour

    • Oct 7, 2021: Exploring New Worlds museum exhibit


    TEN FORWARD WITH CHRIS ON TWITTER

    • Who do you think is the most underdeveloped character in Star Trek? For me, it is Uhura.


    EPISODE INSIGHT

    Star Trek: Lower Decks, Season 2, Episode 4: Mugato, Gumato


    • Week 4 Tee

    • Gumato Credits

    • A Private Little War

    • GIF: Denobulan puffer face

    • Phlox puffer face

    • GIF: Compromise!

    • GIF: Mariner with knife

    • GIF: Mariner grossed out

    • GIF: Boimler and Mariner grossed out

    • Ferengi energy whips

    • Tellarite blood

    • Kynk's Mugato Land

    • GIF: T'Ana swipe

    • Surf movie reference

    • GIF: Stevens' back


    Next Episode: Lower Decks S2E5 - Send in your five word episode summary to be read on the show!


    End sounder: Just Do It, Ensign by Ryan's Edits

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 500, "It's been a long road"

    Episode 500, "It's been a long road"

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    Announcing our new show: Keep on Trekkin'! Subscribe to the new feed!

    • Apple Podcasts

    • @trekkinpodcast

    • Discord

    • feedback@trekkinpodcast.com



    NEWS

    • Prodigy villian cast announcements: @StarTrekOnPPlus, TrekCore, TrekNews

    • William Shatner new songs: So Far From the Moon + Clouds of Guilt

    • Star Trek Magazine rebrand: @StarTrek, TrekNews, The Trek Collective, Daily Star Trek News

    • Write to Bjo and John Trimble



    EVENTS

    • Aug 28, 2021 @ 9pm PT: #TOSSatNight on Twitter - That Which Survives

    • Aug 31, 2021 @ 1pm PT: #StarTrekHour on Twitter - Lower Decks S2E3 "We'll Always Have Tom Paris"

    • Sep 8, 2021: Star Trek Day!!! - News at StarTrek.com, TrekCore TrekNews, and Daily Star Trek News... and watch the streams at StarTrek.com/Day!

    • Sep 11, 2021 @ 8pm PT: #TOSSatNight Double Header - The Way to Eden + Star Trek V



    OUR WEEK IN TREK


    Mike's Haul



    TEN FORWARD WITH CHRIS ON TWITTER


    Do you think that there will ever be a Trek series that lasts more than 7 seasons? Is there any on now that has that kind of potential?






    EPISODE INSIGHT


    Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2, Episode 3: We’ll Always Have Tom Paris


    • Week 3 Tee

    • Qualor II signs

    • T'Pol's hair

    • Orion Emblem


    Next Episode: Lower Decks S2E4 - Send us your five-word summary to be read on the show!

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 499, "Trexit"

    Episode 499, "Trexit"

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    Announcing our new show: Keep on Trekkin'!

    • Apple Podcasts

    • @trekkinpodcast

    • Discord

    • feedback@trekkinpodcast.com



    NEWS

    • Lower Decks S2E1 free to watch on YouTube

    • Rogue Elements audiobook clip

    • Get a signed copy of Rogue Elements

    • Coda trilogy cover art @TrekCore and @StarTrek

    • Wrath of Khan remastered soundtrack: @LaLaLandRecords, TrekCore, TrekMovie, James Horner Film Music, and an interview download

    • EXO-6 Janeway action figure

    • Voyager Documentary store



    EVENTS

    • Aug 21, 2021 @ 9pm PT: #TOSSatNight on Twitter - The Conscience of the King, in honor of


    Eddie Paskey (Mr. Leslie)'s passing.

    • Aug 24, 2021 @ 1pm PT: #StarTrekHour on Twitter - Lower Decks S2E2 "Kayshon, His Eyes Open"

    • Aug 25-28, 2022: 56-Year Mission Las Vegas



    TEN FORWARD WITH CHRIS ON TWITTER

    • Do you think that there should be closure for all TOS characters?



    EPISODE INSIGHT

    • Den of Geek Easter Eggs from Ep1


    Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2, Episode 2: Kayshon, His Eyes Open


    • This Week's Tee

    • @gaghyogi49 is tracking down all the Easter Eggs!

    • Den of Geek's ep2 Easter Eggs list

    • Puppets made by @chandralcrane + @ammanartin, and art by @spacelizart

    • "sucked to death" meme

    • Riker "the hell" mashup


    Next Episode: Lower Decks S2E3 - Send us your five-word summary to be read on the show!


    End sounder: Robert Picardo singing Star Trek, in honor of Gene Roddenberry's 100th birthday

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
113 Ratings

113 Ratings

“The Tank" ,

Cara is a Breath of Fresh Air

I’ll be honest. It was difficult to hear that Daryl left. And Cara was a…bit of an adjustment. But change can be inherently difficult.

I’m so glad I stuck with it. Cara is the addition I didn’t know I needed. It offers even more of a contrast with Mike’s original fandom perspective. Mike is the critical voice and Cara is the “Right, but isn’t liking things fun?!” voice. There is somehow even more love and affection for this 50 year old show.

Cara’s aggressive positivity is infectious and has helped me see not just Trek in a new light, but a lot of pop culture. Entertainment should be fun - that’s why people work SO hard to make it for us. There are always pieces of valid criticism, but try and approach this stuff with the thought that the makers were trying to do their best. Because they are.

Thank you for all of the wonderful podcasting. And thank you for all of your wonderful views on not just Trek, but the world in general.

Tsj7993 ,

Prefer this over the rest!

After listening to several different trek podcasts this one is by far my favorite!! The content is great and I appreciate the points of view. My only criticism is the volume is always very low on this podcast. It’s not that way on others but on this one I always have to turn my volume way up to hear, especially during the clips. Other than that it’s amazing! Thanks!!!

earful2020 ,

This Woke In Trek

I’ve been with them since Episode One, but the recent, constant harping on current events/politics— always from an exquisitely woke, ultra-Progressive perspective— is straining my patience to the extreme. I count people of the Left among my closest friends, but their tendency to “assimilate” every element of pop culture (sports, music, and now Star Trek) in service of their cause is off putting to say the least. Is there no part of our lives that can survive as pure escapism, free from politics? Are people from the Center and the Right no longer welcome among your listeners? Wouldn’t people interested in a good aural bashing of Trump and joyful celebration of “non-binary” actors/characters on TV be better off just listening to a politics podcast? Tune in next time to find out....I’m not sure if I will.

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