Proving that Star Trek is more relevant and cooler than ever, it’s getting its own Podcast! Hosted by the amazing Jordan Hoffman (UK’ers will remember him as the entertaining panel MC at Destination Star Trek 3) he is known as a film critic, writer of One Trek Mind and general Star Trek commentator favourite.
An introductory episode is already online available on iTunes and Play.it where Jordan provides a synopsis of what to expect. From listening to it, there is an emphasis on encouraging new fans into our collective. Which is fantastic because as a group, as podcasters and bloggers we can be accused of being too insular.
We congratulate each other on in-jokes and obscure references and without intending this could be off-putting to people wanting to join the series as such a late time.
This is where we must confess, we don’t really listen to podcasts. We have wonderful friends who create them but we scarcely find the time. It has taken us a week to listen to this introduction episode alone!
Before we listened we had some questions. Firstly, the podcast/blogger market for Star Trek is extensive! What makes this unique? Well Engage sounds forward facing, looking at the new series and has access to information and interviews. Jordan mentions that we can expect interviews with the new crew and other people that will appeal to Star Trek fans such as Weird Al Yankovich and Adam Nimoy!
Our second thought was; as this is an ‘official’ podcast, would it be overly sanitised? Luckily Jordan doesn’t shy away from pointing out Star Trek’s weaknesses (he must be friendly with those execs!).
Whilst the rest of us will be discussing the new series in retrospect as they are aired, we think this podcast will enable to delve deeper with a unique access and insight.
We are thrilled that Star Trek is looking at new ways to ‘engage’ with fans, both new and current ones. We hope they embrace more contemporary platforms in addition.
Engage : The OFFICIAL podcast begins its voyage tomorrow with three new episodes!
Here’s a sneak preview with Weird Al