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John & Ken’s Rocking New Year Q&A

This week, John and Ken field many questions from @ScottyBonner and a few other people.

– Why is the computer not listed as a co-host?
– When will we go back to the movies?
– What other podcasts should you listen to?

These questions and several others WILL BE ANSWERED!

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  • Funny story about first exposure to Star Trek: as with John and Ken, Star Trek was something that was already there, and always on TV somewhere, when I was a wee lad. I watched reruns of it occasionally, but then I also watched reruns of Gilligan’s Island. Then 1979 and Star Trek: The Motion Picture hit, and, completely unaware of the show’s history or chronology…I thought TMP was meant to be the first adventure of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and company…as in…their origin story. (I was seven, I didn’t know any better.) I sort of shrugged off all the talk of Kirk having commanded the ship before, and the ship looking different, etc., and just enjoyed the movie. Of course, I also really, really dug The Black Hole, which came out at the same time. (I still do, actually.) No accounting for taste, right?

    Good news is, the local station showing TOS put it on in the afternoons to cash in on the Trek buzz at the time, and somewhere between TMP and Wrath of Khan, it finally clicked: the movies are afterward. Years afterward. Heh. Oops. (Although you do have to admit that the color palette of the TMP uniforms resembles the Cage/Where No Man uniforms more than they resemble the rest of the series…)

    Thanks for another great year of the show, John, Ken (and Rod). Also, a shout-out to my fellow denizens of one of the internet’s most thoughtful and polite comment sections, either here or on Facebook. That’s a huge part of the Mission Log experience for me – you’re almost missing the point if you don’t wade in and see the spread of opinions among the fans and how well they put their points across (and often how funny it is too).

    Set course for 2017 and engage!

    • That was my question! My earliest memory of Trek was a McDonald’s Happy Meal w Trek “toy”. Plastic comicstrip viewer. Would watch on Sundays 430pm after MASH, which I hated because my Dad hated. Lol. CBS KFMB 8 in San Diego. I had some 45 records too. Just 1 or 2 I think. Thx for reading my question!!!

  • CmdrR

    What is the thing on Scotty’s wall? Looks like a ménage a trios with a sword, a sextant, and the accelerator from a ’57 Skylark.

    PS- Good podcast & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  • Wildride

    Picard wouldn’t have let a bunch of humans or humanoids be enslaved to parasites or a computer any more than Kirk would have.

  • mc900

    I agree that TNG came into it’s own and became a better show in the third season. But going back recently and watching the early first season episodes I reallize how much I actually like a lot of those episodes as almost a different show. I would say that those early shows had an almost cinematic Star Trek feel and the design aspect- set- ligthing- etc of those early shows is something I sometimes miss now.

    • Wildride

      There is a specialness to the early episodes of both TOS and TNG because of Gene’s more direct involvement.

  • critter615

    Ken, I have a question for you, and I hope it doesn’t come across as rude:

    Why is it that you pronounce your name with a soft ‘e’ or ‘a’ sound, as in ‘can’?

    I have lived in Nashville my entire life (29 years if that means anything) and never heard anyone pronounce the name that way.

    I thought maybe you had kin (*rimshot*) from further up north.

  • Marcus McElhaney

    I found the revelation that many listeners disagreed with Picard’s decision in “I Borg” kind of disturbing. Makes me wonder how many of them support Donald Trump.

  • Arvis Jaggamar

    – Loved the discussion around “I, Borg”. Killing them all is a horrible solution. That would be like killing everyone who has typhoid or something just because they may infect others.
    Fairly certain those in favor of Borg Genocide would not have chosen that path while Locutus was around.

    – I DO think that even Judie (who I love reading in the Facebook comments) would not seriously argue with “Needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” as a *general truism*. However, due to some people’s backgrounds, they can sometimes be sensitive to certain things.
    Masses of hungry people needing the food that Americans throw away on a daily basis is not “tyranny” of any kind. But big groups of ignorant nationalists who “need” ethnic cleansing in their country (for example) aren’t actually expressing a need. They just want a scapegoat for their unhappiness. But what they actually NEED in order to be happy and satisfied is compassion and love and generosity and tolerance. Those things will always be “the needs of the many” and will always outweigh anything else.
    I don’t see how anyone could argue against that.
    It’s why going back and saving Spock, in a way, wasn’t necessarily “the needs of the one outweighing the needs of the many”. Because everyone needed Spock. And everyone needed Kirk to have Spock.