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Regular guest, David Trumble, returns to the podcast fresh from completing his work as a Story Artist on new Henry Selick stop motion animation, Wendell & Wild (now available on Netflix), to discuss Star Trek’s first foray into Children’s Animation in many a year (almost 50 in fact!), Star Trek: Prodigy. We praise the show for being the boldest ent…
 
For the 50th episode of our main mission we return to where it all began for our little podcast - Star Trek: The Motion Picture! This time the Spocklight Crew beam down to The Prince Charles Cinema in London to watch the 4K restoration of Robert Wise’s Directors Edition of the film, giving their thoughts before and after the screening. We discuss t…
 
We're joined by returning guest, TV Writer extraordinaire, Sophie Petzal (Blood, Hollington Drive), to discuss (and in Sophie's case - tear apart) the second season of Star Trek: Picard as we play the game again, analysing everything from Jurati's sudden bout of non-consensual singing to THAT hug. All this, a pre-prepared statement on the season fr…
 
Together again with two returning Guests as we’re joined by Muppets Superfan, Professor Elemental, and Muppets Sceptic, Hattie Snooks, to dissect The Muppets Take Manhattan starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rizzo the Rat, Gonzo and more importantly Star Trek alumni, Gates McFadden! We outline our personal histories with The Muppets before discu…
 
In the latest edition of ‘Spocklight at the Movies’ we examine Danny Boyle & Alex Garland’s 2007 Sci-Fi epic, Sunshine, featuring Star Trek: Discovery’s Michelle Yeoh, as just one of the glittering ensemble cast, that also includes Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Mark Strong, Rose Byrne and Benedict Wong. We discuss the fact that Danny Boyle was willi…
 
For our very special 100th Podcast, Liam and Matt explore Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry’s various attempts to move away from Starfleet during the 1970s with four sadly unsuccessful Pilot episodes: Genesis II (1973) The Questor Tapes (1974) Planet Earth (1974) Spectre (1977) We review the shows and decide whether we would have given the greenl…
 
We’re joined by Agent Scott from the Spy Hards Podcast to declassify Star Trek: Voyager 2-Parter, Year of Hell. Scott tells us how he was a Star Trek fan from birth and why he’s fallen out of love with the franchise in recent years. Then we break down this iconic 2-Parter, as we praise Kurtwood Smith’s guest Villain performance and Janeway’s consta…
 
Our most frequent Guest, Netflix Animation Story Supervisor, David Trumble, returns to Spocklight once again, this time to discuss everyone’s favourite Radio Psychiatrist, Frasier, specifically Season 11, Episode 3 - The Doctor is Out, guest starring Sir Patrick Stewart. David opens up as to how he and his own Brother, related to the Frasier/Niles …
 
We're joined by Tom Salinsky of the wonderful Best Pick podcast to explore a film that almost definitely didn't win any Academy Awards, 2001 Cop Action Thriller Satire, 15 Minutes, starring Robert De Niro, Ed Burns and our focus Captain Benjamin Sisko himself, Avery Brooks. We discuss the abundance of Star trek connections within the film including…
 
In a very special episode dedicated to new Star Trek Fan Production, Ambush, we’re joined by the Writer/Director of the film, Greg Lock, alongside Cinematographer, Editor and visual effects supremo, Thomas Saville and David Trumble who plays Terik in the film. We discuss the origins and inspirations behind the film, the pre-production and filming p…
 
Good News Everyone! This episode, the Spocklight crew take a deep dive into the world of Matt Groening's Futurama as we tackle Star Trek Original Series reunion episode, Where No Fan Has Gone Before. PLUS! Stick around at the end of the episode for a special sneak preview of new Star Trek Fan Production, Ambush. As usual you can find SPOCKLIGHT on:…
 
The Spocklight crew go back to where they belong - Lower Decks, as we review the second season of the adult animated comedy of the Star Trek Universe. We trace the various character arcs over the season and discuss that cliffhanger in-depth whilst speculating what awaits for Season 3 and the future of the show but will Liam make good on his threat …
 
Liam and Matt are joined by Writer of Channel 5’s Blood and ITV’s Hollington Drive, Sophie Petzal, to discuss Star Trek Voyager episode, Macrocosm Sophie tells us why this was a pivotal Trek episode for her growing up, Liam makes the case that Kate Mulgrew deserved a better action adventure after clearly spending plenty of time in the gym for the e…
 
Singer/Songwriter and Star of one-woman musical, The Geek Shall Inherit, Hattie Snooks, joins us to discuss all things Reginald Barclay as we analyse Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Hollow Pursuits. We discuss fan reaction to the episode and the character of Barclay, examine the psychological reasons behind his Holodeck fantasies and pick a…
 
Liam, Matt and Paul reunite round the mic for the first time since March 2020 for this very special Star Trek Draft episode of Spocklight as we each pick our own Starship, Crew and Villain to create a brand new Trek movie/TV Pilot storyline. BUT who will emerge victorious?! Dear Listener, it's up to you! Once you've listened to the episode, head st…
 
In a special Halloween episode of Spocklight, Empire Magazine stalwart, Chris Hewitt, returns to the podcast to examine Jeremy Saulnier’s 2015 Horror-Thriller, Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin. We break down the movie asking the big questions - Did Tad deliberately send The Ain’t Rights to their doom? Would Darcy and his Neo-N…
 
For our 5th anniversary travel back in time with us to the first year of Spocklight as we present a selection of the best moments from our Star Trek movie reviews and ranking with special guests Adam Johnston (The Composer of our theme tune and Host of The Pretending with Dice podcast), Greg Lock (Director of Star Trek Fan Film, Ambush), Tom Stock …
 
As part of our tributes to legendary Filmmaker, Richard Donner, who we had the honour of interviewing on the Podcast in 2017, we make good on our promise to him to watch and discuss what he considered to be one of his most unfairly overlooked movies, Inside Moves. We explore this 1980 hidden gem from Donner's filmography, praising the incredible le…
 
With Paul waylaid by the possibility of football coming home, Liam and Matt welcome Cam Smith from the Spy Hards and Subspace Transmissions podcasts to discuss one of his favourite episodes of the often overlooked Star Trek series, Enterprise. Cam tells us the origins of his Star Trek fandom and his own experiences of hosting panels at the Star Tre…
 
Boyd Hilton of Heat, Empire and Pilot TV, returns to the podcast to discuss iconic Star Trek episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, and his love of The Original Series in general whilst calling James Dyer a bellend a lot. We break down the episode discussing the success of its emotional core, Harlan Ellison’s original vision, how the story went …
 
Back in 2017 we sat down to interview the legendary Director of Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon and The Omen, Richard Donner, who sadly passed away earlier this week at the grand old age of 91. To commemorate the great man we decided to re-release the Interview with a newly specially recorded tribute from ourselves. Join us as Dick shares anec…
 
We’re joined by Petros Patsilivas of the Caged In Podcast for one last ride as we put the pod into 5th gear to tackle Fast Five or as it was known in the UK, Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist. Liam explains how ‘Fast Five’ rejuvenated the series with the help of “Franchise Viagra” Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Matt dissects why the Furious films have become…
 
The Spocklight crew take the turbo lift down to the Lower Decks to examine the entire first season of this new adult animated comedy iteration of Trek. It’s Phasers at Dawn as Liam, Matt and Paul discover they have severely differing opinions on the show. Paul connects with Boimler and tells the origins of the Willson effect, Liam reveals his seeth…
 
The Spocklight crew reunite to analyse the 3rd season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. Liam bemoans what could have been, discussing the potential that the opening episodes of the season showed and makes a case for Grudge the Cat becoming the next Discovery Captain, Matt points out the continuing failure to flesh out the larger ensemble cast of character…
 
Daryl Bar, host of Sudden Double Deep and new Podcast, Is Paul Dano Ok? returns to Spocklight to tell us why he, controversially, considers ‘Tomorrow is Yesterday’ to be the finest time travel episode of Star Trek. Daryl tells us how the oddball humour of the episode delights him, Liam questions the quality of replicator grub, Paul points out Kirk’…
 
We’re joined by Total Film Writer and regular Evolution of Horror contributor, Tim Coleman, to discuss what he considers to be one of the greatest films of all time, 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie starring Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron. We’re transported back to the days of Saturday Morning Cartoons as Tim gives us an education in Transformers tak…
 
Prominent Neuroscientist and Author of best selling book, The Idiot Brain, Dr. Dean Burnett, drops by to educate the Spocklight crew on the neuroscience and psychology behind 3 episodes of Star Trek from different eras of the franchise: Spock’s Brain (The Original Series - Season 3, Episode 1) The Nth Degree (The Next Generation - Season 4, Episode…
 
Merry Christmas Spocklighters! Our present to you this year is the gift that keeps on giving, 1997’s Batman & Robin. This festive season we’re giving Joel Schumacher’s much derided and camp as Christmas Superhero movie a full critical re-evaluation. We look over Schumacher’s eclectic directing career and explain our own history with the film before…
 
Deputy Editor of Empire Magazine and Author of ‘Wild and Crazy Guys’, Nick de Semlyen returns to the podcast to discuss Buddy Cop movie Spoof, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 starring Star trek alumni, Whoopi Goldberg, James Doohan and William Shatner. Nick tells us what it was like to become Acting Editor of Empire Magazine just as the Corona V…
 
We’re joined by returning guest, David Trumble, as we dive into the rather small world of Turner Feature Animation exploring 1994 Live Action/Cartoon hybrid box office bomb, The Pagemaster, Starring Macaulay Culkin alongside the voices of Star Trek alumni – Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Picardo, and many more. David explai…
 
Book a table at the Klingon Restaurant on the Promenade of Deep Space Nine and join us, as our first ever guest, Composer of our theme tune and host of Tabletop RPG Podcast, Pretending with Dice, Adam Johnston, returns to the show for a special Halloween edition of Spocklight as we tackle a Horror tinged episode of DS9, Empok Nor. We rundown some o…
 
Come join the force...or should we say, farce, as the Spocklight crew and returning guest, Dan Thomas, take on ‘Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach’ starring Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s very own Rene Auberjonois as the central villain of the piece. Liam begins by interrogating Matt, Paul and Dan as to their own personal histories with the Pol…
 
We're joined by Felix Trench, Star of Wooden Overcoats, the British Podcast award winning sitcom, to discuss 'Message in a Bottle' from Star Trek: Voyager and the birth of his own Trek fandom growing up in Belgium. We commiserate missing out on visiting Star Trek: The Experience when we were holidaying in Las Vegas back in 2007, laugh at the bizarr…
 
Bob Fleming of the Progtor Who and Trek this Out podcasts joins us to discuss one of his favourite Star Trek episodes, Deep Space Nine 30th Anniversary celebration, Trials and Tribble-ations. We compare Trek's 30th Birthday celebrations with that of Doctor Who's, debate Quentin Tarantino's proposed big screen reimagining of The Original Series Gang…
 
On our latest ‘On Screen’ episode we’re joined by The Empire Film Podcast host, Chris Hewitt, to discuss William Shatner’s 1976 guest appearance on classic Detective drama, Columbo. Chris gives us an education in all things Columbo as we discuss the shambolic Detective’s status as a class warrior and the duality of the character, the history of the…
 
We finally take the time to examine the first season of Star Trek: Picard with the help of Comedian, Dan Thomas. We discuss why this is the first proper binge era Star Trek show, the lack of memorable new characters, its positive approach to depicting Male friendships, the joy of seeing some old faces, Picard’s character development, and Liam makes…
 
Black Lives Matter! Before you get into the main section of this episode, we wanted to start with a special message from us here at Spocklight with a little help from Star trek: Discovery’s Ronnie Rowe Jnr. To make it clear where we stand. If you want to donate to the Black Lives Matter campaign, you can do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donat…
 
In our first podcast recorded since lockdown begun, the Spocklight crew gather together remotely to launch a whole new series of episodes focusing on Star Trek cast members appearances in various other television shows over the years beginning with George Takei’s guest spot on Miami Vice from 1987 (Season 3, Episode 20 - By Hooker by crook). For on…
 
Liam and Matt are joined by James Dyer of the Pilot TV Podcast and Empire Magazine to discuss classic Star trek: The Next Generation 2-Parter, Chain of Command. As usual you can find SPOCKLIGHT on: TWITTER - @spocklightpod INSTAGRAM – @spocklightpod FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/spocklightpod/ EMAIL - spocklightpod@gmail.com Please Follow, li…
 
Frequent Spocklight guest, Stephen Trumble, returns to the podcast to help us dissect the Season 3 Finale and the Season 4 Premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1+2. We make the argument for the classic 2-Parter being a Riker-centric story rather than a Picard-centric one, discuss the best and worst TV cliffhange…
 
CRIPES, IT'S SNIPES! The Spocklight crew are betting on black as Liam and Paul are joined by Sam Clements & Louise Owen of the '90 Minutes or Less Film Fest' Podcast to dissect Wesley Snipes actioner, Passenger 57 (coming in with a lean and mean running time of 84 minutes), written by David Loughery (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier). Liam is disapp…
 
We welcome renowned Theatre Director, Andrew Keates, to the Spocklight bridge to discuss one of his favourite episodes of the Star Trek franchise, ‘In the Pale Moonlight’, from Deep Space Nine. Andrew helps us unpick the homoerotic subtext to the episode, the political commentary of Deep Space Nine and Star Trek as Theatre, while also giving us the…
 
New York... a city pushed to the edge. People pushed to the limit. And no one's got the guts to stop them… apart from Spocklight at the Movies! This episode, we’re covering ‘Death Wish 3’ (Star Trek connection: Marina Sirtis) with Daryl and Jeanette from smashing film podcast, Sudden Double Deep. Liam decries the gleefully sadistic Death Wish 2, ge…
 
Star Wars Puppeteer, Derek Arnold, beams up to discuss his work on The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, Solo and The Rise of Skywalker, as well as joining the Spocklight crew for an in-depth analysis of Episode VII itself. Hear Derek’s very personal take on the film and the Star Wars franchise itself as he regales us with behind the scenes …
 
In the second ever Spocklight Christmas Special, we go to desperate measures to bring you Trek-based festive content, by covering ‘Christmas Eve’ starring Sir Patrick Stewart. Liam dives into the formidable trend of faith based cinema, tries his best to stick up for the magnetic screen presence of Sir Patrick and gushes about he and Matt’s shared l…
 
Liam, Matt and Paul return to the beginning of the Spocklight adventure for the 40th anniversary of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ as we dive into the 2001 Director’s edition of the film to find out, once and for all, if there truly is no comparison. As usual you can find SPOCKLIGHT on: TWITTER - @spocklightpod INSTAGRAM – @spocklightpod FACEBOOK …
 
We’re joined by Trek newbies, Alex Petrovic and Joe Foster from awesome comedy podcast, ‘This Thing On?’, as we revisit Star Trek: The Next Generation with Liam, Matt and Paul picking an episode each to showcase the appeal of TNG. We’ll be discussing the episodes (episode numbers as per Netflix): Sins of the Father (Season 3, Episode 17) The Drumhe…
 
We’re joined by comedian & host of the ‘Insane in the Men Brain’ Podcast, Rich Wilson, for our most sprawling and epic episode yet, talking everything from class representation in media, the importance of diversity, incel culture, classic comedy and... oh yeah, 1993's ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ Liam examines how the gentle tone of early Mel Brooks…
 
Prepare to lock down and undergo the longest decontamination process of your life as we return to examining ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ Director, Robert Wise's filmography with 1971 Sci-fi Horror Thriller, The Andromeda Strain, on another Spocklight at the Movies! Liam admires the chilling effectiveness of the opening ghost town sequence but fe…
 
Spocklight at the Movies is on the run from our gambling debts and joining Tom Hanks, John Candy and Rita Wilson on a Peace Corps flight to Thailand, it’s Nicholas Meyer's 1985 comedy 'Volunteers'! Liam reveals his somewhat recent appreciation for the late, great John Candy, discusses the history of THAT Coca Cola product placement and breaks down …
 
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