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Episode 35: Alison Pitt

In this episode we speak with Alison Pitt. She’s the host of the wonderful Daily Star Trek News podcast over on the Roddenberry Podcast network. Daily Star Trek News is a brief rundown of the day’s biggest Star Trek news, plus some other fun such as trivia and events, every Monday to Friday.


  • Getting stuck on Deep Space 9
  • John’s rules for a Star Trek watch party
  • Fathom Events Wrath of Khan screenings back in 2017
  • Hurricane Irma
  • What We Left Behind DS9 documentary
  • The Improvised Generation from LA
  • IDW Star Trek comics
  • Is Kirk unfairly maligned as a “womanizer?”
  • Alison’s inscribed hardcover edition of Imzadi
    • Alison's Imzadi novel, inscribed to Majel from author Peter David
  • John live tweets his read of Imzadi part 1, and here is part 2
  • How Imzadi made Alison feel
  • Early Riker & Troi analysis
  • Thomas Riker vs Will Riker
  • “Disney Bounding”
  • Alison “bounding” as the White Rabbit from Shore Leave
    • Image of Alison Pitt wearing her white rabbit cosplay from Star Trek
  • Star Trek Online MMORPG
  • Destination Star Trek convention
  • Alison and kids at the DST convention
    • Alison's son in his Star Trek Uniform with a Klingon and a Gorn
    • Alison Pitt and kids with Gates McFadden and tribble
  • Alison does not want to meet Jonathan Frakes in person
  • The Destiny game
  • Mission Log Podcast
  • Priority One Podcast
  • The Top 10 Places to Sit Down in Star Trek Online, Alison’s first YouTube video
  • Alison struggles with subtext
  • Aristotelian Ethics
  • The quote that John refers to is from the character Marcus Cole from the show Babylon 5. He says “I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?’ So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.” (Babylon 5, A Late Delivery from Avalon)
  • Does seeing the character of Maddox in the later Picard show affect the viewing of this episode?
  • The issues of the O’Brien and Keiko relationship in Rascals
  • Young Guinan’s voice in the episode was looped by another actor
  • The particular style of high sci-fi cinema in the 1970’s
  • The moral ambiguity of Tuvix
  • Janeway’s leadership style
  • The unseen consequences of the Tuvix episode
  • Can the dissolution of Tuvix be classified as murder?
  • The missed opportunity to show grief
  • The weight of Command in Tuvix
  • The unknowable choices in our lives
  • Star Trek changes lives
  • Alison’s efforts to encourage Star Trek events
  • From the Bonus Material

Episodes Discussed

  • Nepenthe STP S1E7
  • Shore Leave TOS S1E15
  • The Devil in the Dark TOS S1E25
  • Remember Me TNG S4E5
  • Measure of a Man TNG S2E9
  • Rascals TNG S6E7
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Tuvix VOY S2E24
  • Despite Yourself DSC S1E10
  • Saints of Imperfection DSC S2E5
  • City on the Edge of Forever S1E28
  • Tapestry TNG S6E15


Honorary Star Trek title awarded: Prime Time Anchor on the Federation News Network

Background photo of Orange County, CA, by Steady Hand Co. on Unsplash