New Podcast is bolding going places

By Sierra Houk

Roddenberry Entertainment has partnered with Nerdist Industries to bring fans a new podcast series with the sole purpose of exploring the Star Trek universe one episode at a time. Titled Mission Log, the podcast features an entertaining and provocative examination of the legendary franchise’s more than 700 hours of television programming. Starting with the series pilot, “The Cage,” and progressing sequentially through the final season of Star Trek: EnterpriseMission Log delves into the most historical and interesting aspects of science fiction that Star Trek has to offer. The podcast is the first time Roddenberry will lead the dialogue surrounding the plot points, principles and philosophies of Star Trek and how they relate to the human experience.

“I’ve always wanted the opportunity to examine the philosophy of Star Trek from a Roddenberry perspective and get to the core of what has been inspiring fans for decades,” said Executive Producer Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. “I can think of no better homage to the franchise than to take on 30 seasons of television, comprised of six different series, by journeying into every one of the 726 Star Trek episodes.”

Hosted by veteran podcasters John Champion (DVD Geeks) and Ken Ray (Mac OS Ken), Mission Log will offer a balanced yet critical analysis of the underlying themes, metaphors and subtexts intertwined in each Star Trek episode. Along with a variety of guests and interviews, the podcast will attempt to explore Star Trek’s ethical subtext, understand its complex metaphors and finally figure out what was the trouble with those tribbles. Unique to Mission Log, producers and hosts have the opportunity to research the exclusive Roddenberry family archives to consult historic resources, such as Gene’s handwritten notes on his original scripts.

Mission Log marks the first piece of new entertainment from Nerdist since their recent purchase by Legendary Entertainment. Much like how Star Trek created an intersection between technology and entertainment, Mission Log ventures into new media while providing audiences with new and interesting perspectives on one of the largest science fiction phenomena of all time.

Mission Log will be produced weekly and be available for free download every Thursday on MissionLogPodcast.com and Nerdist.com. Fans are encouraged to engage in the dialogue by posting comments on the Facebook page and tweeting at @missionlogpod.

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