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)
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the eleventh episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
Live Reaction Show: The Wolf Inside. Join us for immediate reactions to the eleventh episode of Star Trek: Discovery as the story unfolds!
The Mirror Universe. We deep-dive into connections from “Despite Yourself” and explore how the Mirror Universe of Discovery does—and maybe doesn’t—tie in to what we’ve seen before.
Despite Yourself. We discuss the first episode in chapter two of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season, as well as writing tropes, the Mirror Universe, Jonathan Frakes, Captain Killy, and what’s to come in season two.
Fan Response to “Despite Yourself.” We discuss all the feedback we’ve received from listeners of The Edge—both positive and negative!
Commentary Track. Mike Schindler is joined by Max Hegel to bring you a commentary for the tenth episode of Star Trek: Discovery.
Live Reaction Show: Despite Yourself. Join us for immediate reactions to the tenth episode of Star Trek: Discovery as the story unfolds!
Final Predictions for Season One, Part II. We discuss what we may see in the final six episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season based solely on the episode titles.
Midseason Stellar Grab Bag. Is it true that the writer’s of Discovery are rewriting Klingon history? Not if you connect the dots on your star chart. We explore seven locations that are a bridge to past Star Trek.
Historical Connections. We discuss historical connections found in Star Trek: Discovery, including T’Kuvma’s actions and those of Hitler in World War II, Moby-Dick, hidden memories, Through the Looking Glass, and more.