The Line: A Star Trek Picard Podcast
The Line: A Star Trek Picard Podcast
Trek.fm
Twenty years after the events of Nemesis, the story of Jean-Luc Picard continues in the new television series Star Trek: Picard. With familiar faces from the franchise returning— including Riker, Troi, Data, Seven of Nine, and Hugh, the first Borg to display individuality, the new show promises to advance the Star Trek story in profound ways. The Line explores the character of Picard and takes you deep into each episode of the new series.
27: Why Is There Water on the Floor?
Romulans and Star Trek (2009). Star Trek (2009) featured a prominent role for a revenge-seeking 24th-century Romulan captain named Nero and his unusual ship, the Nerada. Nero’s time travel to the 23rd century created an alternate timeline and left fans wondering what led to the Romulan supernova of 2387—and what happened after. Finally, the first season of Star Trek: Picard, along with the Picard: Countdown comics and Una McCormack’s novel The Last Best Hope, have provided some answers. In this episode of The Line, hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser discuss Star Trek (2009) and its connections to Star Trek: Picard. We cover the Romulan supernova, the Nerada, and the parallels between survivors who have lost their homeworlds. We also share news about our own future. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Announcement (00:02:34) Initial Thoughts (00:06:21) Picard Connections (00:09:37) Parallel Themes (00:19:08) Final Thoughts (00:23:55) Closing (00:32:07) Hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser Production Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Jul 15
37 min
26: I Would Play a Sliding Door
Dominic Burgess Interview. For English actor Dominic Burgess, a longtime dream came true when he appeared as the sentient reptiloid Mr. Vup in the Star Trek: Picard episode “Stardust City Rag.” A huge Star Trek fan, Burgess played Bjayzl’s bodyguard on Freecloud, delivering a memorable performance as an intimidating character with an exceptional olfactory system. In this episode of The Line, hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser are joined by Burgess to learn about his love of Star Trek, thoughts on playing a new species, and what it was like working with Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, and Jonathan Frakes. We also discuss the controversy surrounding “Stardust City Rag.” Hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser Guest Dominic Burgess Production Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Jul 8
1 hr 8 min
25: Bruce and Dan are the Same Person
Picard: Countdown Comics, with Literary Treks. The first stories related to Star Trek: Picard that were released were not seen on screen, but instead were part of a three-issue comic series called Star Trek: Picard: Countdown. Two comic issues came out before Star Trek: Picard premiered in January 2020 and gave readers their first glimpse into the world of a new series. A third issue came out shortly after the first episode, “Remembrance.” Now that we’ve seen the entirety Picard Season 1, how do the comics inform and add to the show? In this episode of The Line, hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser are joined by Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther of Literary Treks to discuss the Star Trek: Picard: Countdown comic trilogy. We talk about the differences in the values held by the Romulans and the Federation, how the comics approach a story that is a prequel to the show, whether Starfleet was wrong to end the Romulan rescue mission, and more. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Initial Thoughts and Summary (00:03:33) Differences In Values (00:15:26) Story Approach (00:22:30) Was Starfleet Wrong? (00:27:11) Other Questions (00:37:20) What We Learned (00:43:44) Final Thoughts (00:53:25) Closing (01:01:10) Hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser Guests Bruce Gibson and Dan Gunther Production Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Jun 15
1 hr 7 min
24: Living Life in a Kirk Kind of Way
Casey King Interview. When the fifth episode of Star Trek: Picard, “Stardust City Rag,” was released, it immediately became one of the most talked about and controversial episodes in Star Trek’s 53-year history. A main focus of the discussion and controversy was the first scene, in which Icheb—returned as a Starfleet officer—suffers a brutal dismemberment and a heart-wrenching death. In this episode of The Line, hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi and Justin Oser interview Casey King, who plays Icheb in the episode “Stardust City Rag.” We talk with him about acting in one of the most intense scenes in Star Trek: Picard, working with Jonathan Frakes and Jeri Ryan, the fan reaction to Icheb’s death, the backstory he created for the character, and much more! Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Starting as an Actor (00:02:05) Casting Process and Preparation (00:04:45) Jonathan Frakes and Jeri Ryan (00:13:41) Reaction to Icheb’s Death (00:18:29) Icheb’s Backstory (00:23:25) Acting Outside of Star Trek (00:29:45) Dream Movie Work (00:32:28) Hobbies and Interests (00:34:22) Closing (00:46:03) Hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi and Justin Oser Guest Casey King Production Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
May 10
51 min
23: Laughing All Night in a Borg Cube
Evan Evagora Interview. When Elnor was introduced in the Star Trek: Picard episode “Absolute Candor,” actor Evan Evagora became the first Australian series regular in Star Trek history. Through his appearances in seven episodes of the first season, Elnor shows his incredible fighting prowess while maintaining his charming innocence, which is unlike that of any Romulan we had seen before. In this episode of The Line, hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser are joined by Evagora to learn about his experience working with Patrick Stewart and Jeri Ryan, using his natural Australian accent as Elnor, what it was like to live in the United States while filming the show, his positive and negative interactions on social media, and much more! Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Starting as an Actor (00:01:54) Playing Elnor (00:04:51) Social Media (00:34:55) Conventions (00:40:11) Fantasy Island (00:44:56) Hobbies, Interests, and Upcoming Work (00:46:52) Closing (00:55:01) Hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser Production Justin Oser (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Apr 15
1 hr 2 min
P12: Yet Another Instance of Eye Removal
Fan Response to “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2.” After watching the final episode of Star Trek: Picard’s first season, “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2,” fans had much to talk about! In this episode of Postcards on the Line, host Christopher D. Littlefield is joined Trek.fm founder C Bryan Jones to discuss all the comments we’ve received from listeners of The Line—both positive and negative! Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Fan Response (00:02:15) Questions and Concerns (01:02:27) Deeper Thoughts (01:37:18) Final Thoughts (01:47:13) Hosts and Listeners Thank You (01:49:56) Closing (01:51:26) Coda (01:58:02) Host Christopher D. Littlefield Guest C Bryan Jones Production Christopher D. Littlefield (Editor and Producer) Mike Schindler (Producer) Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Apr 2
1 hr 58 min
22: The Wrench of Requirement
Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2. The first season of Star Trek: Picard has come to an end, and opinions on the finale—and the season as a whole—have run the gamut from glowing praise to bitter criticism. In “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2,” we see Soji coming to understand her place in the universe, a tense confrontation between the Federation and the Romulans, and the moving reunion between Picard and Data that leads to an unexpected new beginning. In this episode of The Line, hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Brandon-Shea Mutala, and Justin Oser discuss “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2,” the final episode of Star Trek: Picard’s first season. We explore the beacon being used to summon advanced synthetic beings, the behavior and motivations of Commodore Oh and her Romulan followers, whether Narek redeemed himself, the emotional interaction between Data and Picard, and what the death and resurrection of Jean-Luc means for his future and the next season of the show. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Initial Thoughts (00:02:33) Favorite Moments (00:04:43) The Synths and the Beacon (00:06:50) Seven of Nine (00:39:19) The Wrench of Requirement (00:54:15) Narek’s Redemption? (01:01:22) Picard’s Death and Resurrection (01:27:55) Canon and Books Connections (02:07:27) Chrissie’s History Corner (02:11:57) Closing (02:30:37) Hosts Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi, Justin Oser, and Brandon-Shea Mutala Production Chrissie De Clerck-Szilagyi (Editor and Producer) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Producer) Justin Oser (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art)
Mar 30
2 hr 38 min
T16: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2
Commentary Track. In this episode of Tracks on the Line, hosts Mike Schindler and Max Hegel bring you a commentary for “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2,” the final episode of Star Trek: Picard Season 1. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Commentary (00:09:47) Closing (01:09:38) Hosts Mike Schindler and Max Hegel Production Mike Schindler (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Mar 28
1 hr 14 min
T15: Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1
Commentary Track. In this episode of Tracks on the Line, hosts Mike Schindler and Max Hegel bring you a commentary for “Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1,” the penultimate episode of Star Trek: Picard. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Commentary (00:03:23) Closing (00:48:42) Hosts Mike Schindler and Max Hegel Production Mike Schindler (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Mar 25
53 min
T14: Broken Pieces
Commentary Track. In this episode of Tracks on the Line, hosts Mike Schindler and Max Hegel bring you a commentary for “Broken Pieces,” the eighth episode of Star Trek: Picard. Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Commentary (00:05:47) Closing (01:01:27) Hosts Mike Schindler and Max Hegel Production Mike Schindler (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Mar 25
1 hr 3 min
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