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Saturday Morning Trek: A Podcast About Star Trek in the 1970s

Saturday Morning Trek is a podcast dedicated to the short-lived Star Trek: The Animated Series from the 1970s as well as the collectibles that fans cherished during their childhood. Hosted by Aaron Harvey, Saturday Morning Trek is the newest entry in our lineup and brings a unique approach by capturing the magic that made so many of us fall in love with Star Trek during the years between The Original Series and the films.

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22: All of Our Masters are Missing! The music of Star Trek the Animated Series

Neil S. Bulk and Mike Matessino La-La Land Records have done what many thought was impossible, they have brought us the soundtrack to Star Trek The Animated series.  The music, created by jazz composer and conductor who worked with the likes of Billie Holiday, Barbara Streisand and Buddy Holly, can have an ear worm effect when watching consecutive episodes because only 30 minutes of music was created for 9 hours worth of episodes. But why was this a seemingly impossible task? All the master music tracks are missing and presumed destroyed. Tune in and learn about how this impossible feat of rebuilding the soundtrack was accomplished. Chapters Intro  (00:01:03)   Bio of Ray Ellisl (00:02:00)   About LaLaLand Records & Star Trek (00:02:51) Stems and Cels (00:06:45) Live Action re-use (00:13:45) Paris recording (00:19:50) Josie and the Pussycats In Outer Space - theme - (00:24:12) Recreating the Soundtrack (00:28:36) The Animated Series Theme  (00:37:55) Closing (00:45:46) Hosts Aaron Harvey Guests Neil S. Bulk  Mike Matessino Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

53mins

17 Dec 2016

Rank #1

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29: Laser Cats

The Slaver Weapon.   Aaron Harvey and returning guest co-host Joe Slepski review the only original series episode, live action or animated, not to feature Captain Kirk, "The Slaver Weapon". Written by sci-fi literary master Larry Niven this animated story combines his ‘Known Space’ universe with the Star Trek universe, well kind of. Some of the probing questions Aaron and Joe ask are: Is Starfleet stealing stasis boxes from the planet Kzin? Is Uhura really remorseless killer? And were the Slavers, the species that conquered the galaxy a billion years ago really just a Scooby-Doo villain?   Grab a box of Pink Panther Flakes  (yes, that was a real cereal in 1973) and join us as we watch pink suited space cats try to defeat our heroes with outdated laser guns.   Chapters Intro  (00:00:56)  Zartan and Sgt. Slaughter (00:03:28)  Synopsis (00:07:57)  Writer, voices & Design (00:10:14)  Story Discussion (00:26:51)  Stretch and Sketch Slaver (00:43:42)  Might Men & Monster Maker commercial (00:45:19)  Stretch Toy Commercials (00:47:28)  Closing (01:08:32)  Host Aaron Harvey Guest Joe Slepski of Joe on Joe, a G.I. Joe podcast @joeonjoepod Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer)  Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager).

1hr 14mins

29 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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26: It is Green...and Purple and Pink

Aaron & Adam continue their interview with Bob Kline, Filmation designer and layout artist.  Bob answers these baffling questions: Why was everything pink? What does the Starfleet uniform have to do with having a second turbolift on the bridge and can the Aqua Shuttle really go to warp? We also break the time barrier and zoom through the 80s and 90s to talk about  He-Man, Animaniacs, Gargoyles and more!   It's another jam packed episode so grab some Quisp, your Mego Trek toys and settle in! Chapters Intro  (00:01:03)   Not Color Blind (00:01:48)   Three Guys from Layout (00:06:09)   Ship talk (00:10:49)   Extra turbolift (00:21:09)   He-Man (00:39:54)   Animaniacs (00:43:39)   Gargoyles (00:52:18)   Closing (00:59:32)   Hosts Aaron Harvey Adam Drosin Guest Bob Klein Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer)  Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager).

1hr 5mins

25 Feb 2017

Rank #3

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30: The He-Man Code

Yesteryear watch-along. We all wish we could go back in time and help out our younger self—give advice, maybe tell our parents to be a bit more understanding. The more ambitious among us might pretend to be our own distant cousin, save our own life, and teach past us the Vulcan nerve pinch. That’s exactly what Spock does in the famous Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “Yesteryear.” In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek, hosts Aaron Harvey and Joe Slepski engage in the show’s very first watch-along—which leaves us with more questions than it answers—including whether He-Man is actually Spock. So get your DVDs, Blu-rays, or Netflix ready, grab a bowl of your favorite cereal, and set out to Vulcan with us! Chapters Intro and backstory (00:1:30) Watch-along (00:19:00) Closing (00:46:55) Hosts Aaron Harvey and Joe Slepski Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

55mins

27 May 2017

Rank #4

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24: Blu-Rays and Pink Tribbles

This episode of “Saturday Morning Trek” is ostensibly a review of the recently released stand alone "Star Trek The Animated Series" blu-ray, but when friend of the network, Dayton Ward and host Aaron Harvey get talking it's a winding conversation through the history of TAS!   Join Aaron and Dayton as they look at the blu-ray's video & audio quality, bonus content, and packaging and take detours into the history of Filmation, older media TAS was once released on, their respective stories working with IDW on Star Trek comics and ultimately answer the question: Is the blu-ray worth the price?   Chapters   Intro (00:01:05)    Animated Options (00:03:20 )    Blu-Ray Video Quality and Animation (00:07:05)   Audio quality and Audio cues and Filmation culture (00:12:45)   Bonus Content (00:12:36)   Packaging (00:30:17)   Magnavision Laserdisc Commercial (00:39:05)   Sound revisited (00:40:52)   Ratings (00:46:41)   Story craft (00:47:40)   Daytons Current Work (00:49:35)   Aaron's IDW news (00:59:01)   Closing (01:04:00)   Host   Aaron Harvey   Guest   Dayton Ward   Production   Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager).

1hr 7mins

28 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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18: A Paper Internet

Kerry O’Quinn Interview. To say that Kerry O’Quinn had an impact on sci-fi fans of the ‘70s and ’80s is like saying Gene Roddenberry may have had some influence on television. Starting in another genre—soap operas—Kerry and his partner built a publishing powerhouse and expanded to magazines like Cinematic, Future Life, Starlog, and Fangoria, which is still being published today. In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek, host Aaron Harvey is joined by O’Quinn to share how he was writing a blog before there was such a thing, how he brought Star Trek and Star Wars together, and why so many people told him he was going to hell. Maybe he will run into Lucien there! Friend, Kerry! Chapters Intro (00:00:00) News (00:02:04) A Blog before Blogs (00:02:48) Future Life Magazine (00:04:39) Outsider Culture (00:06:12) Soap Opera Magazines (00:10:44) Not for Women Only Segment (00:11:57) Gene and George Star Trek Wars (00:15:52) Star Wars 10th Anniversary (00:17:34) Starlog Commercial (00:22:53) Creating Fangoria (00:25:05) Changing Fandom (00:32:32) Designing Starlog (00:37:21) Drag Worms (00:39:22) Closing (00:54:49) Host Aaron Harvey Guest Kerry O'Quinn Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

56mins

25 Sep 2016

Rank #6

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25: Kline's Passion

Aaron & Adam interview a very special guest in the Trek.fm wood paneled den, Bob Kline!    That name might not be as well known to you as Dorothy Fontana, Lou Scheimer or Walter Koenig but Bob was an integral part of making the world of the animated series. He was responsible for creating over 85% of all the ships, creatures, aliens and environment for the show.  And he didn't stop at TSA, if you've ever watched Thundar the Barbarian, He-Man, Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe, Muppet Babies, Animaniacs, Gargoyles or even the Power Puff Girls....you've seen his work!  In this part one of a two part interview we learn how he came to work on Star Trek, what the SS Bonaventure became, and who burned a script in the hallway of Filmation! There is a treasure trove of information to explore so grab a bowl of your favorite cereal and settle in! Chapters Intro  (00:01:03)   Bob's Background (00:03:15 )   Starting at Filmation (00:11:38) Creating the Ursanoids (00:14:08) Favorite Aliens  (00:17:49) Quality  (00:23:27) The Bonaventure and Beyond (00:26:45) From Script to Saturday Morning (00:34:36) The Pink Clliffhanger  (00:41:24) Blu-Ray Contest Winner (41:37) Hosts Aaron Harvey Adam Drosin Guest Bob Klein Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer)  Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager).

44mins

19 Feb 2017

Rank #7

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20: Gossamer Mice

If you thought Deep Space Nine was the first time a Starfleet crew shrunk down to the size of action figures, think again!  Was the trope of thematic cure-all of the transporter a TNG invention? Not exactly! And if you thought Enterprise was the first time we saw colonist from the Terra project, we'd shout "Shale!"  Join Aaron Harvey and special returning co-host Darren Moser as they grab their xenylon based uniforms and review "The Terratin Incident" Written by the same writer as "Balance of Terror" and "The Squire of Gothos", "The Terratin Incident" send the Enterprise crew on lilliputian adventure. Aaron and Darren connect the dots between other Trek series and try and make sense of the "science" behind the shrinking crew! Chapters Intro (00:01:09)   Synopsis (00:02:31)   Air Date, Writer and Voices (00:04:27) Starlog Magazine Commerical (00:06:34) Aaron and Darren's review  (00:12:02) Land of the Giants promo (00:26:36) Trek Tech and Chronology (00:27:35) Bloopers (00:40:18) STLV Flashback (00:41:39) Mego - Star Trek Mission to Gamma VI (00:46:46) Closing (00:48:37) Hosts Darren Moser Aaron Harvey Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

50mins

19 Nov 2016

Rank #8

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31: Big Pink Beanbags

More Tribbles, More Troubles Rewatch-along.   It's summer here in the Trek.fm wood paneled den. We've pulled out the lawn darts, the Slip'n'slide and made a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid. We're ready for reruns!  Bruce Gibson, from Literary Treks, joins Aaron Harvey for a rewatch of "More Tribbles, More Troubles." Cyrano Jones returns, Koloth faces Kirk in battle—despite Jadzia’s claims otherwise—and we see the beginning and end of a new Klingon weapon. And of course there are Tribbles. Lots and LOTS of Tribbles!  So get your DVDs, Blu-rays, or Netflix ready, grab a Dixie cup, pull up a beanbag and join us! Chapters Intro (00:00:00)  Wonder Woman and Six Million Dollar Man Commercials (00:05:53)  Rewatch-along (00:07:16)  Discussion (00:31:38)  Closing (00:47:08)    Host Aaron Harvey   Guest Bruce Gibson   Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager).

51mins

7 Jul 2017

Rank #9

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16: Star Trek Laid Flat

Star Trek: The Classic UK Comics, Vol. 1. When you think of Star Trek comics of the 1970s, the Gold Key comics, the comics that promoted Star Trek: The Motion Picture on the side of McDonald's Happy Meals, or the weekly newspaper strips may come to mind. But if you're from the UK, adventures from the pages of TV 21 and Joe 90 probably trump them all. Six months before the original Star Trek TV series premiered in England, British readers were introduced to the characters through an original comic book series. These stories were serialized, generally 2–3 pages in length, and appeared in 257 weekly magazines spanning five years and 37 storylines. In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek, we're joined by Rich Handley to discuss the these psychedelic 1970s voyages. Rich is the man who undertook the Herculean task of compiling the 244-page tome. We explore the experience of delving into obscure cartoons and the nitty gritty of scanning 45-year-old newspapers to create a coffee table-quality book. Take a peek at the book: http://trekfm.link/2btIa7b Chapters Intro (00:00:00) Welcome (00:01:08) History of the UK Comics (00:2:03) Writing Oddities (00:11:04) The Look and Layout (00:14:30) The Stories (00:21:34) Star Trek: The Motion Picture Klingon Happy Meal (00:27:51) The Production Process (00:33:45) Joe 90 and TV 21 (00:42:52) The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang Intro (00:48:21) Saturday Morning Cartoons (00:49:06) Rich Handley's Other Projects (00:53:36) Host Aaron Harvey Guest Rich Handley Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

1hr 1min

28 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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32: Slugfest

The Eye of the Beholder review and watch-along. While investigating the disappearance of the USS Ariel crew, Kirk and company uncover a world where everything is perfect—a little too perfect. In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek, hosts Aaron Harvey and Joe Slepski take you on a side journey through the works of the episode’s writer, David P. Harmon, to find out where Happy Days originated, the influence of the Magnificent Seven on Star Trek, and, of course, we answer the pressing question, "What is Brett Summers famous for?" Oh yes, and we also find out what happened to the crew of the Ariel. So get your DVDs, Blu-rays, or Netflix ready, grab a bowl of Quisp cereal, and join us in the wood-paneled den for this hybrid review and watch-along! Chapters Intro (00:01:22) The Match Game, Brett Summers and the Magnificent Seven (00:03:47) Love American Style (00:12:46) Watch-along "They Eye of the Beholder" (00:15:49) Episode Reaction (00:39:53) Closing (00:45:24) Hosts Aaron Harvey and Joe Slepski Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

51mins

30 Jul 2017

Rank #11

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19: Mudd's Ursinoids

Mudd's Passion. Roger C. Carmel is back as Harry Mudd, this time swindling miners with a love potion. Yay?! Yeah, not so much. The Harry Mudd character had been pretty well mined, pun fully intended, and in the 21st century is somewhat problematic. So, what do we do when an episode may not be our favorite? Why, we dive deeper!  We look at an unused shuttle seen in the background of the shuttle bay, postulate on the connection between the Ursanoids and D.C. Fontana’s original concept for a founding member species of the Federation, we even talk about spectacular failures of rail-based romantic-comedy TV shows!  So join us in our review of “Mudd’s Passion” where the sum of the parts are greater than the whole. Chapters Intro (00:01:02)   News (00:02:19)   Synopsis (00:02:59)   Air Date, Writer (00:04:38) Supertrain (00:05:12)   Voices (00:08:53) Review (00:09:45) Ursanoids and Tellarites a shared history? (00:14:45) Quisp Cereal Commercial (00:20:54) Trek Tech (00:28:27) Bloopers (00:32:33) Closing (00:34:17) Hosts Adam Drosin Aaron Harvey Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

38mins

5 Nov 2016

Rank #12

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21: The Animated Alternative

"The Alternative Factor" was a badly paced, somewhat confusing episode about 2 men from alternate universes, one good, one insane, one from a positive matter universe, the other from an anti-matter universe. "The Counter-Clock Incident" was a better paced, but possibly more confusing, but defiantly more scientifically dubious animated series episode about another negative universe.  Can the crews of three different Trek.fm shows pull together and create an animated series sequel to the "Alternative Factor" AND "The Counter-Clock Incident" that 's more compelling than the originals and uses all the rules of all the different universes but still manages make sense?  Join us for the first episode of our fictional third season of Star Trek The Animated Series! Chapters Intro and Contest Details (00:01:03)   The Alternative Factor and The Counter-Colock Incident Synopsis (00:02:40)   The Wood Paneled Writer's Room (00:05:15) Star Trek Super Phaser 2 Target Game Commercial  (00:37:16) Episode Recap (00:37:45) Closing (00:45:46) Hosts Aaron harvey Ken Tripp Brandon-Shea Mutala Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

48mins

3 Dec 2016

Rank #13

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23: There's Nothing in that Nebula!

Former "To The Journey" co-host Tristan Ridell joins Aaron Harvey to compare and contrast Star Trek The Animated Series episode "The Time Trap" to Star Trek Voyager's "The Void". Both stories have their respective ships getting caught in a starless void with no seeming way out, but even the animated series wasn't the first the crew of the Enterprise faced a similar predicament nor was it for the Voyager crew. Join Aaron and Tristan as they talk comics, video games, TAS, Voyager and Lt. President Obama! Chapters   Intro (00:01:05)   "Time Trap" and "The Void" synopsis (00:02:20 )   Air Date, Writer & Voices (00:03:47)   Psionic (00:08:17)   Dayton Ward tie-in book (00:10:29)   GoldKey "Museum at the end of Time" (00:11:07)   Star Trek Voyager Elite Force (00:14:19)   The Bonaventure (00:19:12)   "Time Trap" and "The Void" comparison (00:22:07)   Simon (00:32:11)   Lt. Obama (00:32:48)   Trek Canon (00:34:23)   Bloopers (00:44:12)   Closing (00:48:20)   Hosts   Aaron Harvey Guest   Tristan Ridell Production   Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)

51mins

31 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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S2: The Other Side of the Mic

News, analysis, interviews: It's all in the mix as Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek (Portal 47,Star Trek Continues) joins nationally known Trek podcasters from Southern California to talk about the recent boon of diversity and the role that podcasts and Internet radio play in keeping fan interest up during the "fallow time" between Trek series and what they can expect with Trek finally back in episodic format. Join John Champion (Mission Log, Roddenberry Podcasts Network), Lisa Guetzkow (Trek Radio) and Dr. Kayla Iacovino (Shuttle Pod, TrekMovie.com) and Trek.Fm's Aaron Harvey as they experience Comic-Con from the other side of the mic. Chapters Intro (00:01:20)  Equicon 75 Star Trek Convetion - San Diego  (00:02:14)  SDCC Panel (00:02:33)  Closing  (00:54:41)  Hosts Aaron Harvey Guests Larry Nemecek, John Champion, Lisa Guetzkow, and Dr. Kayla Iacovino   Production Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Joo Kim (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager).

56mins

19 Aug 2017

Rank #15