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Episode 58: Brandon-Shea Mutala

In this episode we speak with the podcaster, movie buff, and Star Trek fan Brandon-Shea Mutala.

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Brandon-Shea Mutala


  • The Star Trek Credits cosplay from STLV 2021 (Image via TrekCore)
  • Brandon’s thoughts on being a fan
  • Continuity and canon challenges in newer Star Trek
  • Wide variations in season quality
  • When does one decide that they are actually a fan?
  • B-Shea’s history with Trek.FM
  • Podcasting helped keep the fandom flame alive
  • Plastic discs versus streaming
  • Having all the Pocket Books and Bantam Books
  • John’s interview with Ben Robinson
  • The Positively Trek podcast
  • John puts B-Shea on the spot for picking a favorite Star Trek novel and some favorite Trek music tracks
  • The Star Trek: Picard announcement at STLV in 2018
  • B-Shea’s strong, personal connection to TNG
  • Reflections on the Picard show
  • Convention experiences and reminiscences
  • Star Trek names for kids?
    • Mistaken for the Biblical Ezra
  • Miss Universe in Star Trek
  • Discovering the show as a streaming consumer versus as a broadcast consumer
  • John whines a little bit about watching Star Trek when Live-Tweeting
  • B-Shea thinks Troi is inappropriate
  • Is there a deeper truth about Lwaxana?
  • Picard’s evolution in dealing with children
  • A possible, very dark interpretation of Picard
  • A bit about military suicide numbers
  • Star Trek isn’t about space or sci-fi
  • What’s life like in the 24th Century?
  • Reflections on TOS
  • John’s interview with Marc Cushman, in which we discuss The Alternative Factor, amongst other things
  • From the Bonus Material
    • John posts flying videos on Facebook
    • Contribute your Kobayashi Maru Questions
    • The Star Trek Wines people are making Kanar
    • A discussion about fatigued movie franchises
    • Movie chat
  • Honorary Star Trek title awarded: Holodeck Archivist at Memory Alpha

Episodes Discussed

  • Encounter at Farpoint TNG S1E01
  • Identity Crisis TNG S4E18
  • Descent Part I TNG S6E26
  • Chain of Command TNG S6E10
  • The Inner Light TNG S5E25
  • Generations Movie, 1994
  • Duet DS9 S1E19
  • Children of Mars (Short Trek)
  • Progress DS9 S1E14