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July 13, 2022

Episode 579: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Special Guests: Alan Dean Foster, Jon Povill, Walter Koenig
Guest Co-Hosts: A.J. Black, Trevor Gumbel

Sci Fi July begins with the first entry in the Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). After a decade without a live-action version of Star Trek the crew reunite to embark on a very familiar mission: a Gene Roddenberry special where a god-like creature judges humanity to be lacking.

Our episode features interviews with story writer , associate producer Jon Povill, and actor Walter Koenig.

A.J. Black and Trevor Gumbel join Mike to discuss the unusual path to the big screen the film took as well as how it forges a link between "TOS" and "TNG".

Correction: It was Star Trek: Voyager that lead UPN, not Star Trek: The Next Generation (which was syndicated).

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