Episode 52 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture turns 40

A simple feeling in an otherwise cold film?

We are delighted to present our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. A film that, in many ways, only a Star Trek fans could love.

Robert Wise’s epic proved to be something of a false start for the Star Trek franchise. It is a mid-70s sci-fi film made in the latter part of the decade as the audience palate was changing in the wake of Star Wars and Close Encounters. More than that the film is accused, by its critics as overly ponderous and lacking warmth.

The film’s defenders, however, argue that it’s a portrayal of Gene Roddenberry vision of humanity and Starfleet.

Join Terry, Graham and Derek as we weigh up the pros and cons of this film and consider the films perhaps surprisingly considerable legacy.

Episode 51 – Dreaming of a Ken Adam Star Trek

Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art of the USS Enterprise for Planet of Titans

The build-up to the our 40th-anniversary celebration concludes with an exploration of Star Trek in the 1970s.

This decade saw a lot of social changes. The transforming science fiction genre that started with Soylent Green but ended with Close Encounters challenged Star Trek and Paramount as they tried to figure out the best way to bring back this much-loved series following its ill-judged cancellation back in 1968.

These ideas included low budget movies to a big-budget TV series and then an even bigger budget movie that became Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Terry, Graham, and Derek take you through this tumultuous decade and wonder what Star Trek might have been had Planet of Titans or Phase 2 come to fruition. We also chuck in some hot TNG takes as well.

Episode 50 – A Space Odyssey

As close in on our celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture we take some time to discuss one of the all-time great movies of the science fiction genre with a direct influence on the revived Stare Trek film made eleven years later: Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Derek, Terry and Graham discuss the production, themes and structure of a film that defies the usual conventions of the cinema to deliver what is as much an art installation as it is a film.

Episode 49 – Nomad is such a bloke

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Nomad can destroy worlds but can’t cope when a woman expresses herself.

Whom Pods Destroy continues its build-up to the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a discussion on the second season original series episode which gare many similarities to the Motion Picture without having been acknowledged, The Changeling.

Episode 48 – Forbidden Planet (Star Trek -1)

Captain John J Adams, Morbius, Altaira and Robby the Robot in the 1956 sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Forbidden Planet.

In the first of our series marking the 40th anniversary of Star Trek The Motion Picture, Whom Pods Destroy goes back to when Star Trek was but a glint in Gene Roddenberry’s eye and explore the 1956 science fiction masterpiece, Forbidden Planet.

It is an established fact that the MGM classic directly informed Gene Roddenberry’s thinking when developing the original series of Star Trek and if you’ve watched the film you can easily understand why. Terry, Derek and Graham reflect on this genre classic and celebrate its similarities with Trek.

Episode 5: Original Series Klingons

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Join Terry, Derek and Graham on an epic journey through the Klingons of Star Trek The Original Series and subsequent movies.

The guys discuss the three big Klingon characters of TOS: Kor, Kang & Koloth and compare them to their ridged compatriots in the movies such as Kruge, Gorkon, Chang and co. They ask if there is any connections with post TOS Klingons and if the stories told featuring these Klingons resonate today. The conversation also diverts to a quick chat on the Klingon D7 ships and the Italian space opera Star Crash.

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Episode 4: Kirksplaining – Artificial Intelligence and Androids in Star Trek The Original Series

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The portrayal of Artificial intelligence and Androids in Star Trek: The Original Series are the subject of the latest edition of Whom Pods Destroy.

Terry, Graham and Derek discuss the numerous references to AI and artificial life from mass society micro management machines to transference of consciousness into an android body to merging with a sentient mechanised life-form and to an starship computer with a sense of humour.

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Episode 2: What does God need with a starship?

 

Zoé & Terry’s fabulous Enterprise cheese board.

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The existence of God or god like entities, the role of religion, and a preoccupation of a creator have often been a feature in The Original Series and movies of Star Trek . In our second episode, Terry Duffelen, Derek Mantle and Graham Sibley discuss God, the creator, and religion in Star Trek and ask if the show had a consistent message on these weighty topics.

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