The Edge: A Star Trek Discovery Podcast

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The Edge, Trek.fm’s dedicated Star Trek: Discovery podcast, follows the story of Michael Burnham and the crew of the USS Discovery as they chart new territory in the 32nd century, and also explores the creative and cultural history of the legendary franchise by deep diving into the connection between Discovery and TV series, films, books, and comics that came before. read less
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94: Daddy Pike
Jun 19 2020
94: Daddy Pike
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. It’s the show that everybody has been asked for since Anson Mount took the screen as Captain Christopher Pike in the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. At last, the powers that be have heard the collective cries of fandom and announced the return of Mount as Pike along with Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One in a spin-off series entitled Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson discuss their hopes and dreams for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, what they would like to see from Pike, Spock, and Number One, plus some other characters that could pop up in the series. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Pike (00:15:02) Spock (00:28:06) Number One (00:34:16) Cadet Thira Sidhu (00:41:45) Others (00:47:03) Closing (01:10:47) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola (Producer) Nick Collins (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
92: Klingon Tuning Fork
May 22 2020
92: Klingon Tuning Fork
Disco Klingons. Honor! Glory! Death in battle! Klingons have been a part of Star Trek since the beginning. The Original Series saw smooth-headed Klingons, the movies introduced forehead ridges, and we learned more about their culture during the franchise’s so-called golden years of the 1990s. More than two decades later, Star Trek: Discovery once again changed—or reimagined—the look of one of the show’s staple aliens species. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson go full Klingon as they talk about the reimagined look of the species first brought to like through Koloth, Kor, and Kang, including the women of the Empire and Klingon culture. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Klingon History (00:08:10) The Look (00:12:22) Language (00:27:10) Lady Chancellor (00:31:36) Sets and Culture (00:42:38) Closing (00:55:29) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola (Producers), Nick Collins (Producers), 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
91: Logic Rave!
May 8 2020
91: Logic Rave!
Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad. The majority of Star Trek—from The Original Series through to Enterprise—has followed an episode-of-the-week format. Sure, Deep Space Nine had its overall Dominion arc and Enterprise tackled the Xindi in its third season, but it took until Discovery for Star Trek to hit a fully serialized format. “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” Discovery’s seventh episode, is the only standalone installment so far in Discovery’s two-season run. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson chat about “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” Harry Mudd, and bring up some “news” about Season 3. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) “News” (00:04:36) Initial Thoughts (00:12:08) Best Bit (00:18:40) The Episode (00:27:10) Worst Bit (01:02:45) Closing (01:12:31) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola and Nick Collins (Producers) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
89: Hallmark Hot
Apr 10 2020
89: Hallmark Hot
Background Bridge Crew. Every incarnation of Star Trek portrays the bridge crew and senior staff as a cohesive unit. One could say they are a family. We also get to learn a great deal about not only the captain and first officer, but also those who sit at the conn, communications, ops, and security stations. Star Trek: Discovery, however, is different. Famed for being the first Star Trek series whose main character is not the captain, it doesn’t really develop the bridge crew as other series have done. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson explore some of the background crew on the bridge of the USS Discovery. We discuss Joann Owosekun, Keyla Detmer, R.A. Bryce, and Gen Rhys, as well as touch on a couple of other characters who appear on the bridge of the NCC-1031. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Initial Thoughts (00:04:40) Owosekun (00:07:44) Detmer (00:22:16) Rhys (00:39:10) Bryce (00:45:10) Hot Random Guy (00:50:50) Osnullus (00:55:38) Closing (01:03:32) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola (Producer) Nick Collins (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
88: Mumble Mumble . . . Our Fault . . . Classified!
Mar 27 2020
88: Mumble Mumble . . . Our Fault . . . Classified!
Unanswered Threads. When a television show creates large, elaborate storylines that are weaved throughout a season, some of the smaller plot points that were developed may never get finalized. What on Kaminar is happening now with the Kelpiens and Ba’ul? The logic extremists came and went pretty quickly, and what’s going to happen with L’Rell’s chancellorship? In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson discuss some unanswered questions and speculate on the logic extremists, briefly discuss the lost potential of Airiam, and explore what’s happening on Qo’noS and Kaminar now that the USS Discovery has left the 23rd century. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Feedback! (00:04:25) News (00:10:50) (Il)logic(al) Extremists (00:15:05) Wasted Airiam (00:30:33) What’s Happening on Kaminar? (00:40:00) L’Rell the Boss (00:49:25) Final Thoughts (00:58:01) Closing (01:01:34) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola (Producer) Nick Collins (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
87: logh muSHa'ghach Duj
Mar 13 2020
87: logh muSHa'ghach Duj
Ships of Discovery, Part 3. Not only did Star Trek: Discovery introduce a whole range of new Federation vessels, it also brought us fresh designs for some much-loved ones from beyond Starfleet. The Klingons have been part of Star Trek since the beginning, and were a major adversary in Season 1 of Discovery, with their fearsome vessels destroying many Starfleet assets. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson conclude their three-part discussion on the Ships of Discovery by talking about non-Starfleet designs. We discuss Klingon vessels—including the Bird-of-Prey and D7—as well as ships belonging to the Ba’ul and Section 31. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Feedback (00:02:47) Big Daddy Sarcophagus (00:04:42) D7 (00:14:08) Bird-of-Prey (00:20:56) Cleave Ship (00:28:08) Qugh Class (00:31:13) Other Klingon Vessels (00:35:15) ISS Charon (00:45:11) Section 31 (00:50:38) The Festoon (00:57:48) Worker Bees (00:58:55) Ba’ul Ships (01:00:27) Final Thoughts (01:03:25) Closing (01:06:16) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor and Producer) Brandi Jackola (Producer) Nick Collinson (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
86: The Chunky Side Things
Mar 1 2020
86: The Chunky Side Things
Ships of Discovery, Part 2. Not all ships are hero ships, such as the USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise. Starfleet still needs the smaller, lesser-known vessels to perform vital functions throughout—and at the edge of—Federation space. Medical, transport, and science ships all have specific day-to-day functions. But when it comes down to it, all starships are able to fight for the Federation’s values when necessary. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson continue their discussion on the Ships of Discovery, focusing on the lesser-known ships seen throughout the series. These include the USS Shran, USS Hiawatha, USS Buran, and USS Cabot. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Magee Class (00:06:11) Cardenas Class (00:14:58) Shepard Class (00:19:30) Engle Class (00:25:59) Hoover Class (00:31:15) Malachowski Class (00:34:04) USS Hiawatha (00:43:42) Hernandez Class (00:48:01) USS Dorothy Garrod (00:50:42) Final Thoughts (00:54:22) Feedback (00:56:12) Closing (00:58:18) Coda (01:06:33) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola and Nick Collinson and Liam Smart (Producers) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
84: The Old Astronomer
Feb 1 2020
84: The Old Astronomer
Animated Short Treks. It’s been more than 45 years since the airing of “The Counter-Clock Incident,” the final episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. All Star Trek since has been live action—until now! “The Girl Who Made the Stars” and “Ephraim and Dot” represent a new chapter in Star Trek’s second golden age. With the franchise venturing into adult animation with Star Trek: Lower Decks, these animated Short Treks offer something for the younger audience. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson share their thoughts on the two animated Short Treks, how Star Trek has previously represented mythical storylines, and the many Original Series Easter eggs. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Initial Thoughts (00:07:26) The Girl Who Made the Stars (00:11:50) Ephraim and Dot (00:31:35) Final Thoughts (00:57:56) Closing (01:02:02) Coda (01:09:39) Hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola (Producer) Nick Collinson (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Brian Meloche (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
83: Forty-Seven Legs
Jan 17 2020
83: Forty-Seven Legs
Star Trek: Discovery: A New Host Review. With two full seasons under its belt—and a third to be released later this year—Star Trek: Discovery has given us some great new Star Trek stories and allowed older ones to grow. Through the Klingon War, Section 31, and the Mirror Universe, Discovery expanded upon the culture of the Klingons and the goings on of the Terran Empire while also giving us a new way to fly! Now, some time-traveling shenanigans have set up what could be a dramatic Season 3. In this episode of The Edge, new hosts Liam Smart, Brandi Jackola, and Nick Collinson discuss what they thought of Seasons 1 and 2, the reimagined Klingons, hopes for Season 3, and more. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) How Did You Get into Podcasting? (00:06:17) Seasons 1 and 2 (00:14:20) Klingon Redesign (00:29:16) Hopes for Season Three (00:34:15) Federation Collapse (00:41:22) Uh Oh … Canon! (00:45:28) Final Thoughts (00:55:01) Closing (00:55:40) Hosts Nick Collinson, Brandi Jackola, and Liam Smart Production Liam Smart (Editor) Brandi Jackola (Producer) Nick Collinson (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Brian Meloche (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
82: This Might Be Alright
Jan 6 2020
82: This Might Be Alright
Goodbye and Hello. Each season of Star Trek: Discovery has brought us a different captain: Lorca in the first and Pike in the second. Who will take the center seat in the third? And just as each season of the series has told a fascinating story before the crew moves on to something new, so it is with this podcast. In this episode of The Edge, hosts Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin are joined by Liam Smart, Nicholas Paul Collinson, and Brandi Jackola for a changing of the guard as they say their goodbyes and welcome the new crew. Liam, Nick, and Brandi introduce themselves and share their Star Trek stories. We discuss the future of The Edge and how we will continue the in-depth discussion of differing topics and season-three episodes. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Meet the New Hosts (00:08:11) General Impressions of Discovery (00:22:50) Future of The Edge (01:03:31) Final Thoughts (01:08:25) Closing (01:18:16) Hosts Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin Guests Liam Smart, Nicholas Paul Collinson, and Brandi Jackola Production Amy Nelson (Editor) Patrick Devlin (Producer) 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 Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Brian Meloche (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)