The Evolution of Television.
When CBS announced on November 2, 2015, that they would be creating a new Star Trek series—and that it would part of their new streaming service—many fans expressed concern. However, television has never been a stagnant medium, and the move is in keeping with the ever changing way in which programming is offered to consumers.
In this episode of The Edge, hosts Brandon-Shea Mutala and Mike Schindler are joined by Bruce Gibson and Bill Smith of Trek Geeks to discuss how television has changed over the past half century. We look at how Star Trek was used to promote the sales of color television sets, the rise of syndication, the growth of cable, how The X-Files changed consumption habits, the rise of HDTV, and how Netflix transformed the people thought of television.
TV Origins (00:05:26)
Recording and Syndication (00:16:06)
DVD and Streaming (00:28:06)
Pay TV (00:35:07)
New Storytelling (00:56:11)
Brandon-Shea Mutala and Mike Schindler
Bruce Gibson and Bill Smith
Mike Schindler (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Publisher’s Thoughts on Discovery. On the eve of the new series premiere, Trek.fm’s creator and publisher beams in for a final speculative discussion of the timeline, props, uniforms, Klingons, and everyone’s favorite C word: canon.
Enterprise Fan Response. The announcement that the fourth Star Trek spinoff, Enterprise, would be a prequel to TOS was met with skepticism by many fans. We walk down Memory Lane with them.
The Orville Live Reaction Show. We provide live reactions as we watch the first episode of Seth MacFarlane’s comedic take on Gene Roddenberry’s utopian future.
Voyager Fan Response. We look back at the launch of Voyager and discuss fans memories of the announcement that a third Star Trek spinoff would run concurrently with Deep Space Nine.
The Cage Commentary. One of the biggest influences on Discovery from inside the established canon seems to be the original Star Trek pilot. We provide a commentary for the episode that helped shape the new TV series.
Mailbag Show: DS9 Response. When Deep Space Nine was announced, it introduced some significant changes to the classic Star Trek formula and raised fan concerns. We discuss that initial reaction.
The Klingons. They’re one of the most recognized races in Star Trek, and their inclusion in Discovery has stirred up debate. We discuss how they’ve changed over the past 50 years and what the new show might bring.
Mailbag Show: TNG Response. When Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced, fans doubted that another series could capture the magic of the original. We discuss that initial reaction.
Discovery Response. A month before launch, we share and discuss feedback from fans about their hopes and fears about the next Star Trek series.
The Evolution of Television. We look at how Star Trek was used to promote color TV, how consumption habits have changed over the past half century, and why Trek on a streaming service shouldn’t be a surprise.