New Frontier: The Returned, Part 1.
When the New Frontier series began in 1997 it was a bold experiment for Pocket Books, a series without lead characters from on of the Star Trek series. Over the years it’s popularity has grown and has a loyal following which has lead to a new three part ebook series.
In this episode of Literary Treks hosts Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther discuss The Returned, Part 1. We talk about New Frontier’s return, working for a resolution, jumping in late, popcorn Trek, the legacy of New Frontier, a demigod, 3 instead of 1, if this is the end and why people should read the series.
For the news segment we look at New Visions issue 7 as well as the beginning of The Spectrum War, Star Trek’s crossover with Green Lantern.
New Visions 7 (00:02:21)
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War (00:08:39)
Feature: The Returned, Part 1
New Frontier is Back (00:12:38)
Working for the Resolution (00:14:09)
Jumping in Late (00:15:43)
Popcorn Trek (00:18:11)
New Frontier’s Legacy (00:24:54)
A Demigod as Deus Ex Machina (00:29:05)
3 Instead of 1 (00:30:19)
If This is the End (00:33:01)
Why People Should Read New Frontier (00:35:31)
Matthew Rushing and Dan Gunther
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Associate Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Associate Producer) Bruce Gibson (Associate Producer)
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