Aggregated reviews for Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

Mission Log is a Roddenberry Entertainment podcast with the sole purpose of exploring the Star Trek universe one episode at a time. That’s right, this podcast will cover six different series and 30 seasons of television by journeying into every one of the 726 episodes with a single mission: to explore, debate and discuss one of the largest science fiction phenomena of all time, Star Trek. Starting with The Original Series’ initial pilot and continuing chronologically until we reach the last episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, each week our hosts, Ken Ray and John Champion, will tackle a single episode, delving into the most historical and hysterical science fiction that Star Trek has to offer. Along with a variety of guests and interviews, Mission Log will attempt to reach Star Trek’s ethical subtext, understand it’s complex metaphors and finally figure out what was the trouble with those tribbles. Explore strange new details. Seek out new perspectives; deeper understandings. Boldly go where so many of us love to go, again and again. Join us for Mission Log!

😂   (2/5)

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Trek Holes   (5/5)

I’ve been filling holes since quarantine started. Star Trek holes. That’s when I discovered Mission Log. I filled in holes of TOS, TAS, and now DS9. For every hole, I listened to the corresponding podcast. Mission Log enhanced the now-filled holes in amazing ways. The commentary offered was out of this world (pun intended). I’ll never watch an episode of Trek again without listening to the corresponding Mission Log.


Thoughtful takes   (5/5)

I came to this podcast from a recommendation by The Greatest Generation and found it to be a good, serious compliment to their comedic take on Star Trek.


God, I miss Ken   (3/5)

Current review: Still listening ... but it can be a hell of a slog sometimes. Original review: This podcast keeps reminding me why I have been, and ever shall be, a Trekkie. Thanks, guys.


Update 2: Not sure anymore   (3/5)

Update 2: well we have just wrapped up Season 4 of DS9. And, I am sorry to say, I’m out. Norman is a capable co-host, but I am finding that the dynamic is not “of equals” but Norman is relegated to playing second to John. And since “The Great Pandemic” has ended my 3 hours of commuting, I just don’t have the time to fill on the drive, so I am culling the podcast heard. Mission Log and Mission Log LIVE will be no more on my podcast feed. “Live long and prosper” gentlemen. I’ll enjoy my Trek, rerun and first run, without you. Update 1: Well I guess they do read the reviews. The last supplemental episode even referenced my original review when I said I believed that they abandoned the podcast which John seemed amazed that I came to that conclusion after 3 MONTHS of no word. Sorry guys, I don’t agree with the “Well if you listened to the Live show you would have seen we didn’t go away” attitude. You still played coy on the hiatus. A simple 1 minute update dropped into the feed would have done a lot. Sorry John, 3 months is “Not a couple of weeks”... Anyway, they have restarted the Mothership show with DS9 Season 3. To paraphrase 3 years in the future “They keep podcasting I’ll keep listening”...


Must listen   (5/5)

Must listen for the hardcore Trek fan. I think John and Ken were great at the beginning. Norm has been different but just as wonderful on the air. Do o agree with everything the hosts say? No. But what they say is thought provoking and interesting. They put time and effort into each episode and make a great product. Some people have dropped stars because they don’t all agree with those hosts, if you just want to hear your own thoughts start your own podcast!! Keep it up guys and we’ll keep listening.


The Absolute Best Podcast   (5/5)

Star Trek or otherwise, this is it. Mission Log took me on a fantastic journey through TOS, TNG and now DS9. I recommend watching the episode of the series prior to listening to the podcast as it really seems to help bring the points that John and Norman are discussing better into focus. Thanks for your hard work, men.


Unbeatable Star Trek Podcast   (5/5)

John Champion and Ken Ray have nothing short of a complete winner here. I love going back through all the old episodes and movies. On Thursday morning, this podcast goes to the front of the queue for listening. Update 2020. I was so dismayed when Ken decided to leave the show. I don’t think there is anyone who can replace his spontaneous wit. Norman is a wonderful new addition. He likes to interact with the listeners. The Patreon is finally active. In my fantasy life, Ken still listens weekly and will be a guest on a supplemental. I didn’t always agree with him, but he always made me think. Mission Log is still at the top of the queue on Thursday mornings.


What happened?   (2/5)

I’ve been listening to this show since they started. When I think about it, it astonishes me how much life I’ve lived since 2012, with this show as a constant. But the hosts’ inability to get on DS9’s level is flabbergasting. I thought it would get better when Ken left, but it’s gotten worse? Norm “putting on his writer’s hat” genuinely embarrasses me. It feels like he’s trying to promote himself hoping people will ask for his writer’s packet. They make cinemasins level of nitpicks and if a character has motivation they don’t personally agree with they call it bad writing. I seriously consider not listening to the show anymore, but keep going because it’s been a weekly habit for me almost 10 years now, and I hope it’ll get better.


This podcast used to give me life   (2/5)

I loved this show... bought the merch and talked it up to friends and eagerly awaited each new podcast. It made me think and gave me energy and joy. Somewhere during the coverage of DS9 it began to change. I stuck through even when it seemed that Ken was tired and no longer had his heart in it. I still got value from it. I wanted to like the new combination of Norman and John. I kept hitting play and hoping for the best. When I noticed that listening left me more exhausted and discouraged, it was time to unsubscribe.


Even better now   (5/5)

Norman’s addition is a breathe of fresh air- he has a sense of enthusiasm, humor and just plain love of the show that Ken seemed to be missing sometimes. Looking forward to coverage of the rest of DS9 and Voyager !!


I tried ... I really did   (1/5)

I think Norman seems like a nice person but the show isn’t the same without Ken. I listened for 6+ episodes to give it a chance and let them find a rhythm, but alas there is just something missing. I have to unsubscribe.


Great show and hosts   (5/5)

I’ve always enjoyed Mission Log and the addition of Norman has been terrific and made it even better!


Listener since Episode 006   (1/5)

I have been a listener since September 13th 2012. I gave the show a chance after Ken left but it just isn’t working for me.


Used to be good...   (1/5)

Listened since the beginning. Listened to some episodes multiple times. What used to be interesting and fun is boring and contrived. Dump the new host.


New host was a miscalculation, “now with more monotone and less humor”   (2/5)

I gave the new host several episodes before I had to pull the plug. The episodes got way longer and very tedious to get through. What use to be a fun discussion has become a monotone NPR-style dissertation. This was a podcast I looked forward to each week, but sadly it was quickly gone to the “skip it” pile.


The magic is gone   (2/5)

I’ve been a listener since the beginning. It pains me to give this up, but I cannot abide the new co-host. I gave him a chance, but I do not like him. He interrupts, interjects pointless babble and never misses an opportunity to be “funny”. (He’s not funny.) If Ken Ray ever comes back, I’ll rejoin the podcast, but I cannot listen to Norman any longer.


Binge companion   (5/5)

Rewatching the entire DS9 series and I look forward to every Mission Log podcast as I go through each episode.


Thanks guys wasn’t planning on crying during Mission Log   (5/5)

I have been listening to Mission Log for about 3 years (but have listened to all of the episodes and many multiple times) you’ve entertained me, educated me and enlightened me. You have never moved me the way you did during the Visitor. Norman, you imparted lessons about the importance of embracing life, which will hopefully stay with me for long time. Great job!!!!


New host   (5/5)

I've been listening to this show for a long time. I'm excited to hear how recent changes affect the podcast. Ken was/is great but the past year was a little stale. Again, this isn't a knock against the old host, I just think some new blood will rejuvenate the show.


Too Bad   (4/5)

Sorry to see the show grinding to a halt. It has been fun.


Funny, informative, intelligent   (5/5)

John and Ken present each episode in a way that I find thought-provoking and enjoyable. It's given me the excuse to rewatch the episodes and either deepen my appreciation of them or enjoy the feeling of never having to see them again! I like the fact that they come at the discussion with different points of view and different backgrounds, and don't always agree.


Amazing!   (5/5)

This has been not only my favorite Star Trek podcast, but my favorite podcast in general for years now.


The best Trek podcast of all time   (5/5)

Star Trek at its best is a show that deals with serious themes but never takes itself too seriously and Ken and John embody this spirit of Star Trek. Their reviews give the appropriate amount of gravitas to the serious themes the episodes deal with, but they always balance it out with a sense of humor that always makes for an enjoyable listen. You might not always agree with their observations but for the most part they present their opinions with a light touch that invites the listener to reflect on the episodes in a deeper way. The result is a piece of work that makes the whole experience of being a fan all the more rewarding. Other fan commentary, from TV shows, movies, music and sports, could learn something from how Ken and John approach their work.


Yeah, I’m out.   (1/5)

I just can’t get past this insane bias anymore. This was my favorite podcast but Ken’s complete dismissal of DS9 solely because it’s not TNG has made this awesome podcast nearly unlistenable. The Arsenal of Freedom is better than Civil Defense? The Arsenal of Freedom, really? If that’s all you think about while watching a superior episode of Deep Space Nine, just resign. Was so excited for them to get to DS9, little did I know the podcast would just slip into a Pro TOS/TNG, Anti everything else bash fest. Let someone who can watch these episodes on their own merit have a shot if you hate the series so much.


This Podcast is #1   (5/5)

This is my favorite Star Trek podcast. This is also my favorite podcast. I look forward to each weeks episode with nearly the same level of anticipation that I looked forward to a new episode of Trek during its prime in the 90s. Hearing Ken & John recap every episode, poke a little fun at it, then give it an extremely thought provoking analysis is like seeing the episodes again for the first time. John & Ken are *both* Champions as far as I’m concerned. The Computer is a great co-host as well!


Love it!   (5/5)

Love this podcast series!! Learn a lot about Trek that I didn’t know!


Great podcast   (5/5)

Honest reactions to hundreds of Star Trek episodes, with praise and criticism that is well-thought out (even when I disagree). The hosts earned a hiatus.


Interruptus Trekitus   (1/5)

Jon: *describes what happened in an episode in a measured, thoughtful way* “And that’s why — “ Ken: *inhales loudly to indicate he wants to interrupt* “You’re wrong, dude. Just so wrong, and I’m right. Whatever it was you were saying? It’s totally wrong.” *then proceeds to swirl his spit around in his mouth so loud a microphone two towns over picks it up*


I Enjoyed a Portion of This Series   (1/5)

Having rewatched DS9, I enjoyed less of the series than I remembered. But this is still a poor dissection. Holding the federation as a sacred cow is a bad way to evaluate a series like this. Cheers!


Outstanding!   (5/5)

The best Star Trek podcast on the web! They said they we taking a break. I hope they haven’t stopped for good.


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Fantastic Star Trek Podcast   (5/5)

I've been along for the ride since the start of TNG and look forward to the next episode every week! Keep up the great work Ken and John!


Well, they disappeared   (2/5)

Very much like the podcast but now for over a month and the host have simply disappeared no explanation and that’s not very cool


Jamie Rogers   (5/5)

Amazing podcast. I never listened to a podcast until the day my brother introduced me to Mission Log in the summer of 2018. I have since listened to every episode of Mission Log and Mission Log Live. Can’t wait to meet these guys in Vegas!!


Used to be good.   (1/5)

I’ve been listening since they started back in 2013. John Champion is Great. I’m a little concerned that the other host, Ken is starting to think the show is about him, rather than Star Trek. The supplemental they do at conventions are a complete waste of time. I’m no longer subscribed. Will try again in a month or too...


Good Show   (4/5)

Fairly good show not too dry not too scatterbrained. However I must say about the episodes about Moriarty It is not the computer but a file created by the computer.


Supplemental 46   (5/5)

If you like Star Trek or don’t listen to supplemental 46 for some of the most incredible Gene Roddenberry comments


DS9 - Reaction to Marquis Parts 1 & 2 Broke Me   (2/5)

I’ve found Ken’s “hatred” (he actually used the word “hate”) for certain episodes of DS9 because they don’t live up to HIS ideals and expectations is disheartening and has made me hit the unsubscribe button. I may listen to the pod again some day because it’s well produced and thought out but I’ve found that my reaction to Ken’s “hatred” for MY Star Trek and to MY favorite Commanding Officer too much to handle.


The computer is a very good computer   (5/5)

She did not tell me to say this. Personally. Or pay me to write this review. At all. Good computer.


Great!   (5/5)

I have listened to every single episode since they started about 5 years ago. Fun discussion about Star Trek and I love the occasional humor and retro pop culture references.


The deep dive you have been waiting for   (5/5)

I have become a huge fan of this show and listen as often as possible. I’m often surprised by the messages that the hosts can divine from even the most inane seeming episodes (Spock’s Brain). Ken Ray and John Champion have truly become my Star Trek pals!


🖖🏾   (5/5)

Thank you for analyzing Star Trek in ways we all think about while opening up new discussions. I appreciate they way you gentleman are critical of everything from the shortcomings of the production to the unforgettable life lessons that Trek brings. The computer on your podcast is the real star, though! Now, time for me to go back and watch every episode from the beginning AGAIN!


Better Options   (4/5)

I've been listening to Mission Log since the beginning, and it remains one of my favorite podcasts. They do a lot of things right: the audio engineering, guest interviews, and rapport are top-notch. But neither of the hosts is an expert in any of the "morals and messages" topics, and this often leaves me feeling let down by the depth of their conversations. While I think Mission Log is worth listening to, there are podcasts out there that tackle the same questions but that are hosted by real scholars, such as Meta Treks and Lower Decks. Go ahead and add Mission Log to your rotation, but check out these other shows, too.


At the top of my can't-do-without podcasts list   (5/5)

Found Mission Log in the summer of 2016 and listened non-stop as I drove back and forth across MS, AR, TN, AL, GA. When I finally caught up, I was depressed that I had to wait a week for the next episode. Always wryly humorous, intelligent, challenging, and thought-provoking. And excellent.


What Star Trek really is about   (5/5)

I just don't have enough words of praise to do this podcast justice. Anyone who likes Star Trek or is just getting to know the universe should listen to Ken and John analyze the series episode by episode. They really get to the core of it! Thank you so much for this fantastic podcast!


A must listen for any Star Trek fan   (5/5)

This podcast reviews each episode of a Star Trek beginning with the first episode of The Original Series and continuing on until the last show or movie. This is a daunting multi-year commitment. Luckily for all of us, the podcasters, Ken Ray and John Champion, are not only intelligent and witty but they also have a great sense of humor. I have enjoyed every single show. I encourage every Star Trek fan to listen to subscribe to this podcast.


Good discussion and fun puns   (5/5)

Love this podcast! John and Ken go deep into each episode with discussion ranging into philosophy, psychology, and the egalitarian society in Star Trek. They also keep the podcast light and entertaining with terrible puns and lots of other sci-fi references.


Thoughtful, thorough and worth your time   (5/5)

Ken and John do a wonderful job reviewing, analyzing and discussing the ins and outs of EVERY episode of Star Trek. They have found some amazing gems buried in even the toughest episodes to love. It is worth your time as a fan to give this podcast a try!


Ken is... hard to listen to   (2/5)

I find myself regularly having to turn off the podcast halfway through discussion, or only listen to the non-discussion parts of the episodes, simply because Ken is very cringy and off-putting with how he conveys a differing viewpoint to John, if not outright rude. I’ve never heard somebody clamor so clumsily, awkwardly, and passive aggressively through expressing a differing viewpoint time, after time, after time. It’s just painful to listen to. Regularly John will present a well thought out and interesting anecdote relating to the topic that he obviously worked hard on, and Ken will respond by giving him the passive aggressive silent treatment to protest his disagreement then aggressively attack him for presenting said thought prior to rebuking it. It’s like the writers for Discovery wrote Ken’s personality for how to in-fight with a crew mate.


nostalgia plus interesting discussion   (4/5)

If you have a great love of Star Trek, this show is a great way to re-examine it. I wish they didn't read long parts of the IMDB pages for guest stars on almost every episode. With respect to those actors, I don't care if they were also in two episodes of Cheers


Favorite Trek Podcast   (5/5)

Favorite Podcast by far, I have been listening since the beginning. The show stays strong, and has gotten better with the introduction of each new show.


Prodigous!   (5/5)

I can't believe how dedicated the hosts are - week after week another episode of Trek. On and on and not slowing down. Each episode is a delight to listen to - i'm experiencing Trek all over again!


The best   (5/5)

Hands down best Star Trek podcast and I've tried a LOT of them. Now that we're in DS9 I hope the guys will make more connections to real world occupations, terrorism, forced labor, slavery, child militias, and truth and reconciliation. I know that stuff is a bummer, but DS9 is super political. Don't sky away from that.


Making Star Trek proud   (5/5)

This is the most wonderful homage to Star Trek. John and Ken are wonderful hosts guiding us on this crazy tour of everything that Star Trek is trying to teach us. Through the years listening to this podcast, I have come to better appreciate some of the “least successful” episodes in Star Trek history, finding that there was a wonderfully profound message hidden within a not so neatly wrapped package. Please continue to enlighten us with your insights. This is like talking about your favorite show with an old friend. Live long and prosper!


Best trek show   (5/5)

Great deep dive of each Star Trek episode. Behind the scenes tidbits and some poking fun. No whining and fanboy nitpicking like some other shows.


Cry Baby   (5/5)

Rare is the podcast that makes me cry. But the episode Emissary did. What insight! I love DS9, but these guys brought me to tears with fresh eyes. Thank you.


One of the best Star Trek podcasts   (5/5)

A wonderful mix of humor, humanity, and insight into the world.


Best Trek podcast   (5/5)

I have been listening and watching along from day one. These guys are smart, funny, and insightful. The format is well defined, and the show is put together well. More Rod!


The best Star Trek podcast out there   (5/5)

John and Ken offer an insightful and balanced look into this beloved and much explored franchise. I love the way they call it like they see it and really try to tease out some of the deeper messages, morals and meanings. Thanks gents for engaging in such a valuable exploration of the final frontier!


About all you can say is, it's a star trek podcast.   (3/5)

This show provides some interesting history and TNG background info and many truly thoughtful comments, mixed with awful fake laughter and an average of fifteen minutes reading directly from an amateur film treatment. If you love Trek, it's worth a listen. The hosts seem like kind and interesting people working hard to make a good show. But, a little spontaneity - or even a little less forced laughter - would go a long way toward making it truly enjoyable.


Taking Me Through Trek   (5/5)

Even though I grew up during the Next Gen era, the original series was always my Trek. Started listening during the TOS reviews and decided to venture out into all the other Trek series along with Ken and John and the computer! Thanks and keep up the good work.


Required listening for Trek fans   (5/5)

Mission Log is the most insightful and entertaining podcast out there. Keep up the great work guys!


Professional Star Trek Episode Discussion   (5/5)

My father and grandfather introduced me to Star Trek with The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, but I was never pulled into other Star Trek with the same degree of interest. Listening to this podcast since its inception has given me a great appreciation for Star Trek as a whole, for messages and meanings it communicates, and for the diverse group of fans it attracts. Ken Ray and John Champion are amazing hosts and this show is the absolute best episode review show available. I appreciate the formula they use in each podcast so that each episode of Star Trek receives the same analysis and respect. I wish you a long and successful run with the remainder of Star Trek and the numerous other podcasts you have in your queue.


Great for in-depth Trekkies!   (4/5)

Mission Log is by far my favorite Star Trek podcast, and one of my favorite podcasts in general. John and Ken do a weekly dive into episodes of Star Trek, starting from The Original Series and continuing through each series in order of when the shows were broadcast. They alternate between each other taking turns during the first 5 minutes or so giving a synopsis of the episode. After we get an in depth analysis of what the episode is trying to say and a look at the characters motives and actions in a conversation format. It works perfectly and makes you wish you could jump into the room and join the conversation. Highly recommended for my fellow Trekkies. I would also suggest watching the episode before listening. Though the recap given at the beginning is thorough enough for those who have previously seen the ep and are familiar with the characters, I found it more helpful and entertaining to watch the episode first. Enjoy!!!


Well produced.   (3/5)

A couple of fellas talking about Star Trek firmly upon their high horses. Not quite enough whimsey for my liking. I think they are little too close to those involved in making Trek.


Must listen for true trekkies!   (5/5)

Lots of great behind the scenes info plus interesting conversation on the social commentary. Really interesting.


Excellent Star Trek podcast   (5/5)

Easily the best Star Trek podcast out there. Ken and John give an insightful and witty commentary to each and every episode of each Star Trek series. They make you think, they make you laugh, and they give you food for thought each week. I have listened since the very first episode, 5 or 6 years ago, and I look forward to each and every episode. Give them a listen, you won’t regret it!


The Best Podcast   (4/5)

I wish other podcast would listen to this one on how to discuss episodes of a TV series and movies. They keep in mind that it has been sometime since we all have seen the show and give us a brief rundown on what happened on the episode before talking about it.


Enjoyable, if a bit long-winded   (4/5)

I enjoy this show, although it's not my *favorite* "Trek"-reviewing podcast (geek? who? me?). For my tastes it's a little long-winded in places. I skip the (often 10-minute-long) weekly trivia sequence. I really don't care to hear someone essentially read an obscure actor's IMDb page to me.


Love it   (5/5)

You guys are great!!


Great way to relive my favorite franchise   (5/5)

I have been enjoying reengaging with my favorite franchise thru the serious lense Ken and Jon provide


Good show   (4/5)

The hosts are very funny and I enjoy listening to their banter. They can get a little preachy when it comes to the messages & meanings


Fun and thought-provoking.   (5/5)

The recaps are great whether you've seen the episode or not; the discussion is a mix of light geekery and deep philosophy; and the podcast also sounds great.


Thought provoking analysis   (4/5)

Very informative, well thought out discussions about Trek. Can't wait until DS9. All the ads are getting frustrating though. I know you gotta pay bills, but now interrupting in the middle too?


Solid Star Trek Podcast   (4/5)

I've been listening since the beginning, so obviously I like this podcast. I look forward to it every week and appreciate the professionalism, consistency, and mix of good-natured humor with serious discussion. They're still going strong with no signs of fading five years into the project. Just some minor points that I think would make this show a five-star podcast: I wish they'd spend less time on the epsisode recaps; if you're lisitening to a show like this, you've most likely already seen the episode. Some more substantial trivia or history of the making of the episodes beyond reading the guest actors' IMDB pages would be interesting, like what new information can we glean from the "Roddenberry archives" they have access to? Sometimes the "messages, morals, and meanings" portion of the show seems forced. And I've felt since the beginning that the show would benefit from some different points of view from time to time, especially from some women or even those of a different age or background with the franchise. All in all, Mission Log an ambitious undertaking that is well-executed and a great companion to any newcomer's first watch of Trek or for reigniting a longtime fan's passion for the show. I've been re-watching the series along with the show and look forward to watching along for years to come.


Top of the charts!   (5/5)

If you are looking for Star Trek look no farther Trek FM has it all. And Earl Grey is the best place to go for all your Next Generation needs! The hosts of this show fit perfectly together! They give us stories that we can really relate to and laugh along with!


Insightful, not just stupid trivia   (5/5)

These guys joke around while commenting on the deep themes, treating Trek like literature. This alone puts them way ahead of most tv show podcasts wallowing in pointless trivia. While they do include trivia (and I wish they'd put it at the end than at the beginning), it is not the focus. Rather, things like morals and messages, and whether an episode stands the test of time, take center stage. I can honestly say it's made me appreciate some aspects of Star Trek more.


A Superb Trek Podcast!   (5/5)

I've been listening to Mission Log, both old and new episodes, for many, many months now, and I love what John and Ken bring to the legacy of Star Trek. They bring fresh perspectives to classic episodes and films, and do it with a fun attitude and appreciation for what Trek has been for all these decades. With John and Ken, you get discussions that don't tread worn out ground, which is an easy trap to fall into considering the size of the fandom of a 50 year old franchise. Instead, it's always a fresh experience hearing their analysis of everything. The show has a professional polish while still being fun and humorous. I've tried a few other Star Trek podcasts, and none of them have a the fine mix of entertainment, analysis, knowledge, and honest fandom as Mission Log. Being produced by Rod Roddenberry, son of Gene, this comes off as a very true and passionate piece of work that shines nicely. Whenever an episode comes to an end, I'm just a little sad because the discussions are very engaging like hanging out with a couple of Trek fans at a convention. Being a Trek fan since the early 1990s, I have to say that this gives me so much to refresh my appreciation for so much of it. Thumbs up!


Thank You for this podcast   (5/5)

I have been watching Star Trek since I was a little kid, but have never watched it in order. Recently Netflix had open their service in Thailand so I have decided to rewatch everything in order, starting from TOS. While I still enjoy it for what it is, but your podcast really enhanced the experirence I might have missed a lot of refferenced, especially history around the time each episodes were made. Sorry for my poor english, and Thank you for all your works. Looking forward to much much more!.


Surprisingly increased my love of Star Trek!   (5/5)

Love this podcast! Wonderful hosts and I thoroughly enjoy the format. I was late jumping on the podcast bandwagon but Mission Log has been a great introduction. Love the show recaps and the morals, messages & meanings discussions. Was a huge TOS, TNG& DS9 fan to begin with. Going episode by episode has not only introduced me to parts of Star Trek I wasn't aware of but also reinforced how much I enjoyed TNG originally. Highly recommend for anyone that enjoys Star Trek. Looking forward to listening to Ken and John for years to come.


Incredible craftsmenship   (5/5)

Amazing information, amazing production value. a great show. Enjoy this and The Greatest Generation as counterpoints.


A masterclass on the Alpha and Omega of Star Trek.   (5/5)

This is the podcast for Star Trek to rule them all. The knowledge, attention to detail, and perspectives brought by the hosts are masterful! I have loved Star Trek since growing up with TNG and since watching almost every episode (still working through TAS). This program has continued to make my most favorite of franchises that much better, and encouraging me to watch and listen along again through the thick ("Shades of Grey") and thin ("Balance of Terror"). Thank you to Mr. Roddenberry, Ray, and Champion. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to Moonlighting!


A Star Trek fans dream   (5/5)

A thoroughly excellent podcast with two hosts who are committed to sharing their love of ST with the World. They have undertaken a Herculean task: Reviewing EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of Star Trek (including the movies AND The Animated Series). That is WELL over 700 hours of content and they will be at this awhile yet. If you are a Star Trek fan then this podcast is a Must-Listen. I plan on sticking with them through it all (particularly looking forward o their take on Deep Space Nine). They have earned the loyalty of this listener and I'm sure, if you give them a listen, they will earn yours as well. Live Long and Prosper!


really insightful   (4/5)

mission log is a really insightful podcast about star trek. i’ve only made my way through their tos episodes but I’m really eager to listen to the rest because these guys are amazing. they don’t inject their personal philosophies into the show, they just love star trek and have really interesting discussions about it.


Thursday is my favorite day!   (5/5)

And these guys are a big part of that. Great show, equal parts funny and insightful. I can't wait to listen week to week. If you like Trek, even just a little, then listen up because resistance is futile!


Setting the Bar   (5/5)

There's not much I can add to the other 5-star reviews here other than to say this is the standard by which I measure other TV related podcasts. John Champion and Ken Ray have great chemistry as they talk about very single Star Trek episode starting with the original series and continuing through at least Enterprise, taking the movies in along the way. With trivia, an always excellent recap of the episode, a discussion, and a look at the messages, morals, and meanings, I always feel like I've gotten something out of an episode. The Mission Log Supplementals contain interesting interviews with writers and crew (not sure if they have had any cast yet) as well as some interviews with fans at the conventions. If you are a Star Trek fan, you owe it to yourself to check out this podcast.


Engaging, Thoughtful, and Entertaining   (5/5)

I love this podcast. It's given me an opportunity to reconnect with a show that was such an influence on my childhood and college years.


Captain S. Palina   (5/5)

I religiously listen to this podcast every single Thursday. I watch the upcoming episode every Wednesday night and listen to the podcast every Thursday morning on my way to work. I love this podcast please please please keep them coming!!!


One of the best Star Trek podcasts   (5/5)

A great Star Trek review podcast. A must listen every week.


John and Ken are the BEST   (5/5)

I have never written an iTunes review, but Mission Log deserves it. Each episode is structured well; examined and discussed with passion and deep Trek knowledge. John and Ken (and The Computer) are not afraid to tackle the big issues and not afraid to hash out the (rarely tense) disagreements. Every moment is marinated in friendship, respect, and honest debate. I feel like these guys are family and I will continue to listen as long as my ears are fully functional! LLAP Mission Log!


Very Detailed Discussion And Recap of Star Trek   (5/5)

It's often a great replacement for those times when I want to watch an episode of ST and can't decde which one. It's nice to hear an intelligent discussion and funny recap of my favorite episodes or even the teh episodes that I've forgotten about in some ways.


Excellent   (5/5)

A wonderful podcast that helps deepen my love of Star Trek.


Great show!   (5/5)

As a long time star trek enthusiast I found this podcast to be a great listen on my daily commute. There also is another podcast quite similar to this one which I would recommend to lovers of mission log. It's called pizza Trek and it dives into an episodical review of tng. Funny and engaging I think people who love this would love pizza Trek just as well.


Singular POV   (3/5)

This show is a comprehensive look at Star Trek, which is a great idea. I love the format of the show and the idea to view/review each piece of Video Trek. These two guys are somewhat narrow minded about a lot of topics. I think guests helping host normal episodes could help.


Awesome!   (5/5)

This takes me back... This podcast is great, the banter is great, and it's changed my perspective on Star Trek. 10/10 would recommend.


My favorite Star Trek podcast   (5/5)

I have enjoyed the episode be episode discussions for a couple years now. Just now getting to the TOS movies. You guys make a great team. Keep up the great work!!!


Too much politics!   (2/5)

I’m really trying to love this podcast, but it seems that these guys are obsessed with injecting their liberal views into every episode. Some of what they say is downright offensive. Where’s my safe zone?


A Great Star Trek Companion   (5/5)

This podcast has given me a great reason to rewatch shows I've seen countless times. It's been even better for giving me reason to rewatch episodes that I didn't care for. Ken and John do a great job finding interesting things to examine in even the worst of episodes.


Love this podcast!   (5/5)

I very much enjoy watching Star Trek, then searching for whatever episode I watched here shortly afterwards (or sometimes during the episode). A lot of small things I find funny or question in any given episode, they have always addressed and it's both entertaining and educational. I really appreciate the Mission Log podcast and its hosts. Thank you!


Great Podcast   (5/5)

I'm only a casual Star Trek fan, but since I discovered this podcast a month or so ago, I've been rewatching all the TOS episodes. These guys are fun to listen to and their discussions are extremely intelligent and make you think. Their critical approach is a lot better than listening to fan boys going off, which is a an approach that more pop cultural podcast would do well to emulate.


Great from episode 1.   (5/5)

I found this podcast when they first started up, and have listened every one, in order. I like watching the episode and then listening to Ken and John break it down- Star Trek episodes that I have long forgotten about are brought back to life with their in depth, and humorous reviews. This is my never miss, #1 Star Trek podcast.


Great podcast - made me go back to watch TOS   (5/5)

I started listening when they started TNG. I liked it so much that I've been going back to watch the best of TOS - and then listening to the Mission Log. Keep up the great work!


Need new hosts   (1/5)

I believe the new name for this podcast should either be Meh Logs or Mission Snark. I have been listening to this weekly podcast since its beginning. Your opinions of the entire fourth season so far have been mean and unfunny (if that's what you were trying to do). Many Trek fans agree that by the 3rd and 4th season is when STTNG found its legs and really got off running. These two are cutting off their legs and laughing at them falling. Its time for new hosts and fresh eyes. The present hosts are jaded in their opinions and seem to relish with great joy on picking apart the minor of problems. And completely miss the real mark the writers and actors were trying to do. Or in other words, see the forest through the trees. Don't worry, I will continue to listen to it. (If only for the trivia). But after that. I just cant wait (that was meant to be sarcastic), to hear them rip apart another favorite episode of mine. Glad they were not executives at Paramount. They would have them canceled by now with their reviews. Its is time for new hosts


Consistent & thorough   (5/5)

I listen to a wide range of podcasts, and I am consistently impressed by the professional quality & depth of discussion these hosts provide. This isn't a pair reading out tidbits of trivia they've gleaned from IMDB, these guys actually manage to give info & insight from a deep array of sources. I really have enjoyed the chronological nature, it's really tying things together in this universe I've never really been able to put together. They've even made me reconsider my opinions of NTG & that era's characters. Keep up the FANTASTIC work, I really appreciate it! You're opening my Star Wars kids' eyes to their Mom's preferred universe!


Is There aBetter Trek ‘Cast? I Doubt It!   (5/5)

I love Trek. I know every episode. But listening to these guys recap them is like re-watching the shows with brilliant, funny commentary. Great trivia, interstitial music, and in-depth discussion. Re-live favorite episodes, commiserate about bad ones, and discover things you never noticed. Essential!


The logical choice 🖖   (5/5)

It's simply the best Star Trek podcast.


My fav!!!!   (5/5)

You guys are just amazing! I reviewed you about two years ago but I think you deserve another review! Keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing this podcast for many years to come! If you wand a rundown of all the Star Trek productions from the beginning to the present and BEYOND, then this is the podcast for you! Entertaining and funny and informative! Enjoy!


Great Star Trek podcast   (5/5)

Awesome Star Trek podcast. Really fun and interesting discussions about the TV episodes and movies, as well as lots of great behind the scenes info. Keep up the good work!


Hands Down   (5/5)

Hands Down the best Trek podcast. These guys are greatly entertaining. Very insightful, great jokes and puns. I even love the computer/ship voice. Although Ken Ray can totally drop saying “forgive me…” because nobody’s holding anything against him! These guys are great!


Consistently awesome   (5/5)

This podcast is nourishment for the brain and will satisfy your hunger for Trek.


Beam up the fun.   (5/5)

My first point could sound very cheesy, so I apologize, but this podcast has renewed my appreciation for Star Trek. I am a fan of Ken's tech journalism, so I thought I would give this effort a spin and I was not disappointed. I appreciate John and Ken's rapport, humor, attention to detail, and willingness to be critical. I look forward to rewatching old episodes and listening to their thoughts. Thanks y'all!


Love this Cast Great look back into Trek’s Past   (5/5)

I have been following this cast for a while and just getting around to rating it. I Love this series and so happy to have discovered it. The insights and joy that the hosts bring to each episode make me anticipate each Thursday. I can’t wait until they get to Best of Both Worlds.


Yay!   (5/5)

I am a new Trekkie and I was so excited to find this podcast. I am already on Voyager but I look forward to reviewing episodes I've already watched with commentary. These guys are knowledgable and entertaining. Thanks so much for continuing this podcast!!


It's terrific.   (5/5)

I just love this show and I absolutely can not explain why. Some indefinable magic is afoot.


Great way to revisit Star Trek   (5/5)

These guys know how to run a well-made podcast. It’s slick, shiny, well-paced, and logically constructed. This isn’t an amateurish TV show podcast where a couple of loud people goof off with guests and gab all day long in a random fashion. That’s not to say it’s stuffy, because it really is quite hilarious and witty. But this is a TV show podcast that works. You can throw on an episode even if you haven’t seen the corresponding Trek episode or movie in a while and the hosts will catch you up to speed. I love the episode recaps which take a few minutes to go through the whole plot of the episode, which is something that is sorely lacking in many TV show podcasts and it gives this show the spine upon which to hang observations. But the best thing overall is the banter and the thoughtful critique at the end as they decide the messages, morals, and meanings of the episode and whether or not it holds up. The back-and-forth is always insightful. Plus, there’s great supplemental episodes with cast and crew members providing their perspectives. Overall, it’s the best podcast I’ve ever listened to and recommend it to any Trek fan or anybody who is interested in watching the series. They’re finally in season 3 of TNG, so now is the time to jump in and listen in real-time.


If you listen to only one Trek podcast   (5/5)

…then listen to this one. If for no other reason than these guys have exclusive access to material from the Roddenberry archives, and because the do their homework. Well, one of them does :-) They take apart each episode, bit by bit, and have changed my mind about many, offering new perspectives and insights from the production. Not a stereotypical "two fanboys and a microphone" show. Worth your time.


The best   (5/5)

The best and smartest Star Trek podcast I've ever listened to.


Love the show   (5/5)

Mission Log does a fantastic job of going over ever episode of trek breaking down the sotry and talking about its morals and if the episodes have held up over time. It is Definately intresting hearing this take on Star Trek. Keep up the awesome work!


Beyond Trek   (5/5)

My first love is Star Trek, which is why I listen to Trek.FM podcasts. However there is entertainment beyond Trek and that's where the 602 Club comes in. It's the same Trek.FM standards, but they discuss other topics from comics, television, and movies. Highly recommended.


dependably smart and entertaining   (5/5)

the best Star Trek podcast I've found yet


Fantastic...   (5/5)

... in every way. Funny, insightful, deep. A must listen for every Star Trek fan.


Go ken   (5/5)

Love these. Find i agree a lot with Ken


Tanada1945   (5/5)

Love the show, you guys were the first Podcast I discovered last summer and since then I have branched out to many of your fellow Trek FM podcasts. As a fan I love hearing what other fans think about the shows I love.


One Of The Best Trek Podcasts That I've Heard!   (5/5)

The show is very informative and includes a decent amount of trivia. But it isn't too self-serving (like some other Trek Podcasts on iTunes) and it doesn't use foul language (like some other Trek Podcasts on iTunes). For that, I thank you, and keep up the good work. Looking forward to your opinion of TNG, Season 3, when it really gets good. But I will settle for Geordi getting shot by Pakleds in the meantime.


Very Good   (5/5)

Thanks gentlemen. You really dive deep into Trek and this listener very much appreciates it. I was 7 when TOS aired and dug the aliens and monsters. When I grew up, I dug the babes. Now I dig the important lessons that are in the most if not all the episodes. The franchise can survive different points of view and directors as long as it has heart. Even with all the special effects and cool stuff in the new movies, I cried when James T. Kirk is born and Christopher Pike dies. Trek is set in space but, to me, it’s still answering the human questions of what it means to be free, to love, to be brave and to face death. It was conceived by a generation that survived WWII as a clarion call to hope. Thanks for all your time and effort.


Insightful and crazy ambitious   (5/5)

This has to be one of the most ambitious podcasts of this type out there. I’ve always wanted to watch Star Trek, and decided to watch it from the beginning with this podcast. The hosts are very insightful, and even when I disagree with them, they still support their points very well. I’m greatly enjoying the show and this podcast so far (though I’m only around the end of the first season of TOS right now), so who knows, maybe I’ll still be listening and watching 10 years from now. I’ll be excited to see what changes in the world of Star Trek in that time. Fingers crossed for a new series!


Great Podcast!!!   (5/5)

I have been listening from almost the beginning. I love this podcast. It is right now on top of my list and have been having a great time going back and revisiting what is my second favorite series.. (MASH will always be #1 with me :-) ). Ken and John make it a lot of fun and I love hearing their take on these episodes. I intend on being around til the end.. and I am looking forward to the Moonlighting podcast.. and Kolshack. Keep up the great work, guys!


A crazy undertaking   (5/5)

Don't need a reason to watch Star Trek but this show puts me in the mood even more


Always enjoyable!   (5/5)

A well thought out show with fantastic insights and always plenty of laughs!


Don't shy away because TNG Seasons 1&2 are terrible   (5/5)

Jon and Ken start off with trivia and then move on to a run down of the episode at hand. They don't spend too much on this so it's good to watch the episode ahead of time if you want nuance. But you get enough from the synopsis that if it's been awhile since you've seen the episode you still aren't lost. I love the behind the scenes details Jon and Ken give. With the first two seasons of TNG being so terrible they make the podcast more than bearable. It also clears up why much of the first and second seasons of TNG were so uneven. They've given me an appreciation that I never had. I also love that their mission, defined by Eugene Roddenberry, was to look at these episodes with a critical eye and in fulfilling that mission they do not shy away from discussing cultural issues. I love that when they are discussing a terrible episode, they say it's a terrible episode.


I was looking forward to this podcast.   (1/5)

When I found out there was a podcast that was going to talk about every episode of Star Trek I got really excited. However I quickly learned that it was a show for Ken to rant about Christians and politics. As a Christian I was offended by his arrogant condescending attitude and couldn't listen any longer.


terrible   (1/5)

why did they do this podcast if they hate star trek?


Great show   (5/5)

It's a great podcast. You discuss things about Trek: production, writers, design and general historical facts, that most other podcasts don't discuss. Now that you're out of TOS season three and soon to be moving on to TNG, I'm really looking forward to every single episode.


Love it!   (5/5)

I'm new to Star Trek, and think this podcast goes perfect with it.


Best. Trek. Podcast.   (5/5)

A great podcast that takes a look at the stories of Trek and analysis their impact. Mix in some humor and awesome trivia! Can not wait to see them tackle TNG, the dominion war, and VOYAGER!


Best. Trek. Podcast.   (5/5)

A great podcast that takes a look at the stories of Trek and analysis their impact. Mix in some humor and awesome trivia! Can not wait to see them tackle TNG, the dominion war, and VOYAGER!


Really good   (5/5)

Interesting, thoughtful, funny, smart podcast that doesn't take itself (or Star Trek) too seriously. However, it still manages to find and dissect many meaningful and intelligent aspects to each episode that give you a whole new perspective. I like to listen to these either right before or right after an episode, which gives a whole extra layer of enjoyment when viewing


Great idea for a Star Trek podcast well executed with miles to go   (5/5)

Two people go on an informative and critical adventure, watching each episode of every Star Trek series and teasing out the morals, messages and meanings, and if they hold the test of time. Great format! They recap an episode for the sake of the audience, then discuss. The two hosts have a great rapport, are professional, and are funny! Thanks must be given for the latest episode, The One With Almost Everyone; they gave voice to four or so listeners of the podcast, and many of the thoughts we all have were vocalized. I'll echo a few of their thoughts: Thanks for sticking to pointing out sexism when it occurs - even if it was the 60s it's necessary for a whole analysis conducted in our decade. Be careful your not focused too much on logical errors within the stories as these are funny but sometimes too obvious to learn anything from. Thanks for your hard work, and now that you're done with TOS I'm excited for the animated series! I'll even jump in and watch with you this time.


Absolute must for Star Trek fans   (5/5)

I'm a Next Gen guy and never really considered TOS. Now I'm wearing out my Netflix subscription on it. The podacst format is brilliant and should be the template for all TV-series based podcasts. Jon and Ken's conversations are chock full of quality content without a wasted second.


Awesome podcast   (5/5)

I remember catching an episode of this series a time or two as a kid, and I liked it then. As an adult I find this series fun and entertaining after starting to watch the series from the beginning thanks to netflix. These guys are entertaining and insightful as they discuss each episode. Recommended for fans of the series.


To much politics   (1/5)

I get enough politics everywhere I go. I don't need it in Star Trek podcasts I want to listen to. I unsubscribed after 3 episodes.


Professional, and you don’t have to be a nerd   (5/5)

John and Ken are knowledgable and have a good sense of humor, which is a great start. Second, this is produced professionally, which is not true of all Trek stuff out there. Third, for an episode-by-episode review show, it’s good practice for the show to review the content so that you don’t have to have seen it 100 times or last week to be reminded of the content. These guys do that with aplomb. The format was clearly designed before they started, but they’ve relaxed a bit, which helped. These are more-or-less evergreen shows, so you won’t have to sit through lots of “old news”. Highly recommended.


Fun stuff   (5/5)

Yes my title is kinda lame but this podcast is a lot of fun and the discussions between the hosts is engaging, innovative and a fun take on a show that hasn't been on television since the 1960s. I am a Star Trek fan especially the Original Series and the Next Generation and I can only hope that these guys expand this into the Next Gen. following the reviews of the Original Series. Highly recommended!


I can't get enough!   (5/5)

I've listened to every episode so far and can't get enough. My only problem is that there aren't enough of them!


Love ST and Mission Log   (5/5)

Life long Star Trek fan here and discovered Mission Log from the Nerdist podcast. John and Ken do a great job analyzing and discussing each episode. They make reliving them even more fun. Recommended to any Star Trek fans or people interested in checking out Star Trek for the first time.


New favorite podcast   (5/5)

I found this podcast recently and haven't stopped listening. As a new fan to Star Trek I love listening to what the guys think about each episode. I started listening about a year after they started making these, but I'm catching up since I can't stop listening. this podcast is highly addicting!


Ultimately not about Star Trek   (2/5)

I was under the impression that this would be a fun chat about each episode as we go through each series. Unfortunately the chat about the episode and the star trek universe in general. The Facade is generally revealed pretty quickly and we get into that the show is really about, philosophical and political discussion. The large portion of the show is trying to uncover and "Moral or lessons" that we learn from the show. And Ken Ray (who seems to be of a left wing mind set) miraculously has no trouble discovering that each episode is a clear allegory reaffirming his biases and predilections. I have no problem with liberal preferences as I share them, however I find the painful search for meaning in each show agonizing and forced. Bottom line - If you want a podcast about a desperate search for meaning then this is the show for you. If you want to hear people talk about Star Trek then I suggest you look else where.


I LOVE MISSION LOG   (5/5)

I greatly enjoy the discussion of Star Trek on this podcast. It is interesting and intelligent, and very respectful of the show. I hope it stays on for the duration as they are promising, I have never been a fan of Next Gen and the other series and hope to get through them with the Nerdist's help. Keep up the good work!


Great podcast   (5/5)

Not just entertaining but also thought provoking at times. Much like I imagine Roddenberry wanted TOS to be. Great job to everyone involved.


Where No Man (or Woman) Has Gone Before   (5/5)

As one of the ancient ones who was was a fan of Star Trek TOS when it originally aired and whose world view was shaped by it, I am so gratified by this thoughtful AND entertaining podcast--so much better than the aimless ramblings one so often encounters out there. Thanks for reviving those feelings of wonder, curiosity--and, yes, sometimes disgust--that I felt when I first viewed the series all those years ago!


Fantastic Podast   (5/5)

By far the best Star Trek Podcast ever. Essential for any Trekkie!


Love This Podcast   (5/5)

This podcast is my favorite. The jokes that they tell makes it enjoyable to come back each week. Originally I expected to hear a boring podcast but was I amazed. Thanks for keeping 50 mins of my time fun and happy.


These guys cost me some money!   (5/5)

I watched to original airing of TOS as a 14 yr old, in 1966, was totally enthralled. Watched it in syndication in the 70's & 80's, but not for the last 20 or so years. When I heard about this podcast from Ken on the MacCast, I decided to give it a try. At first I thought I knew the episodes so well that I didn't need to watch them again, but after a couple of casts decided to watch online, then for season 2 & 3, decided to buy the blu-rays. Well worth it, been a fun ride. Thanks John & Ken.


superb, exceptional podcast   (5/5)

I'm not what I consider a Trekkie but I grew up watching Star Trek. I am a heavy listener of a wide range of podcasts and of them all, Mission Log is the weekly podcast I anticipate the most. John and Ken are a perfectly matched duo - they are polished, witty, intelligent, each having their own individual take on the themes and values presented in any one star trek episode. Together they manage to fully articulate those themes while drawing comparisons to our past and modern day culture in a most thoughtful and entertaining way. This podcast is solid gold.


Could've Been Great   (1/5)

This is a podcast ostensibly about Star Trek and what the show means almost 40 years past its original air date. The show is informative and could've been quite meaningful if you love the show. However, one of the hosts consistently uses it as a soapbox, spouting feminist and dogmatic nonsense every chance he gets. I would really appreciate an objective look at the series without armchair philosophy and paternalism liberally sprinkled everywhere.


An Important Podcast   (5/5)

This may be as close as we'll ever get to a perfect Star Trek podcast in the book club format. The scope is ambitious, the episodes appear weekly like clockwork (gold in podcasting), the banter is funny without being obnoxious, the themes discussed are carefully thought through, and listeners regularly make significant contributions. Once you've caught up, you'll have something to look forward to every week without fail for the next several years, because these guys are going all the way through all the film/tv trek in existence one bite at a time, one week at a time. What are you waiting around reading this for?! Subscribe already!


Carbon chauvinist   (5/5)

Ken, one of the two hosts, has the habit of going extraordinarily deep into wiener-ville, but he also brings up really interesting philosophies. John, the other host, is just an all around pleasant dude, it's a great dynamic. I wish it was more than once a week.


Entertaining and illuminating!   (5/5)

Ken and John have a great rapport and extensive knowledge of their subject. Their formula for examining Trek episodes is both illuminating and thorough. I enjoy listening to them; their reviews help me to look at Trek episodes with a fresh perspective. Looking forward to taking this journey through all things Trek with them.


If you love (or even like) Star Trek, This is the place for you...   (5/5)

Under the tutelage Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek founder Gene Roddenberry, Mission Log's mission is to explore every episode of Star Trek from the initial 1965 pilot, The Cage, to, the last episode of Enterprise; but I hope they continue to, Star Trek Into Darkness, which just opened a week ago. Hosts John Champion and Ken Ray (aka Mac OS Ken) synopsize and discuss each episode with a great deal of insight and humor. They seek to if there are any morals or messages in each episode, and discuss whether or not they think it stands up to the test of time. I have been re-watching each episode and then listening to the podcasts; it is always an interesting, enjoyable experience. If you are a fan of Star Trek, you should check this out.


Falling in love all over again   (5/5)

Ken and John watch and review episodes of Star Trek, yes, the original Star Trek in broadcast order bringing with them a love for the Science Fiction genre, television, and an understanding of what is behind each episode. Listening to this show, after rewatching the episodes in question has made it so that I have fallen in love all over again with a program that defined much of my childhood, and the lives of many of my friends. I'm looking forward to listening to more episodes and seeing them take us boldly into future episodes of the franchise.


May This Podcast Live Long and Prosper   (5/5)

I always look forward to the next weekly podcast. John and Ken bring new life to TOS episodes that I thought I knew everything about. Sometimes they can get stuck on a topic, like pleasure vs. struggle, (I'm looking at you, Ken). But overall, this podcast consistently entertains and informs.


Rocks   (5/5)

This podcast just frackin ROCKS! I have been a Trek fan for decades and it is nice to hear others disect the episodes and discuss them. Thank you for making my bus ride better.


Superb!   (5/5)

I slowly rediscovered Star Trek after meeting and spending a few days around TOS art director Matt Jefferies at an aviation art (Matt's main love) forum in 1999. I still don't consider myself a "Trekkie," per se, but I do very much enjoy the series, especially TOS. I've always thought there was a 'depth' to Star Trek ... this podcast explores all that and more with interesting discussion. Highly, highly recommended!


What Trek represents.   (5/5)

Discussion on complex matters with some humor. I love it and would give my right arm to guest host for one episode.


Just what I was looking for!   (5/5)

I am relatively new to podcasts and am a bit picky. This is just the kind of thing I like: talking about Star Trek episodes in great detail. I enjoy John and Ken and their thoughtful discussions. Keep up the good work!


Killer Cast Guys   (5/5)

I'm a Mac OS Ken guy and I'm glad you guys are making this great piece of work to go with T.O.S., at heart I'm a Next Generation Treker so I'm loving going though the 1960's series one episode at a time. Keep up the great work, and Thanks.


Awesome recap if you love sci fi   (5/5)

Life long Star Trek geek but third season of TNG is where it all falls into place for continuity and believable character development. Few cheeses lines and effects as well. Thanks to the Nerdist crew for making me appreciate Kirk and Co from the beginning.


Fascinating...   (5/5)

The show goes deeper into the show and it's cultural and moral messages than I expected - and it's great. I enjoy the banter and the thought provoking discussions.


Chuck Taylor   (4/5)

Great Job. Waiting for my era, TNG & DS9.


(Someone beat me to the best pun title)   (5/5)

Engaging! Neat trivia (this from someone who's keen on Trek trivia and has heard a lot of it), good summary, great sense of humor, and nice conversation. I like that the hosts occasionally disagree, and that they come at the material from different angles. I also appreciate their (pretty) firm stance against jumping *ahead* to make connections to future episodes/franchises.


This is the TREK podcast I have been looking for!   (5/5)

So glad to find this podcast. It's wonderful with the hosts indepth dissection of each episode. They cover points that always catch my attention when rewatching these episodes and has them out. Best of all, while humerous they don't fall into the trap that most podcast do where the hosts use the episode as a forum to do "stand up comedy" trying to continually be funny with less than encouraging results LOL. If you are a TOS fan and you haven't downloaded these guys don't wait! You're missing the best Trek podcast on the web. Five stars!


In Space No One Can Hear You Sigh   (4/5)

An excellent concept for a podcast with some very perceptive insights. The guys cover each episode and resist being just a "geek trivia" swap; instead they focus on the deeper meanings and messages (if any). The guys are amusing and pleasant, though Ken's frequent pensive, heavy sighs are as unintentionally dramatic (and distracting) as some of William Shatner's line readings. Love the "computer voice" comic relief, too. Overall, this show is enjoyable for Star Trek fans--if you don't like Trek, this isn't for you. Just be warned: they veer off into college dorm room philosophizing quite often. But, hey, that's why I listen and will continue to do so--except for the upcoming episodes about ST: Voyager. There is virtually nothing worth discussing about that show.


Solid.   (5/5)

I enjoy this podcast every week. Thanks for bringing us such high-quality analysis and a fun show!


Wonderful discussion of Star Trek   (5/5)

I just began watching Star Trek: The Original Series after missing it in my early years, and these guys really add to my enjoyment of the series. They dig deep into why I wanted to check out Star Trek in the first place. Seeing as how I'm 46 years late to the party, it's good to have a resource out there that keeps the discussion going, much like you would now with Breaking Bad or Mad Men. Thank you, gentlemen.


Well done   (5/5)

This is a refreshingly good podcast. I have always enjoyed Star Trek but in no way could I have ever been called fanatical about it. The conversation, thought, and fun that is put into this podcast is truly outstanding. Thank you gentlemen for this and I hope you live long and prosper.


Most professional Trek podcast   (5/5)

Definitely the best and most professional Trek podcast out there. These guys know there stuff and episode recaps are quite witty. My only complaint is it occasionally gets a bit political (ie Ken in The Corbomite Maneuver). This unnecessarily alienates some audience members. Pun intended.


Politics   (1/5)

Nice podcast until Ken Ray started venting his political views. I stopped listening after he turned the Corbomite Maneuver into a rant about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed not getting a fair shake from our government, by not getting a US trial. I don't care about that crap! I know Star Trek is about the future and Ken Ray thinks we should all be left wing liberals in the future, and we should all just get along, but keep it to yourself. Too bad, because I really enjoyed the first few podcasts.


The needs of the many...   (5/5)

Hey guys, another superb podcast from the Nerdist team. :) Just recently I decided to go back and do exactly what you guys are doing. Start from the beginning, all the way to Enterprise. Having only seen episodes here and there, it is going to be quite a journey. I just finished "Naked Time". So I will catch up, but already subscribed. Just curious if you have given any thought to go over the 11 films at some point. Those I have seen several times. Well keep up the good work! Oh and Netflix doesn't have the animated series, am I doomed to miss those episodes???


Really enjoying this   (5/5)

Really enjoying this dissection of TOS. As much as I've watched these episodes, I still learn something new from this podcast. Even if not, I like Ken & John's perspectives, though I do occasionally disagree. Keep up with the trivia. Love that too.


Awesome Podcast!   (5/5)

Great great podcast guys! Keep up the good work!


Insightful and Entertaining   (5/5)

I enjoy this show. I love the humor of the two. This show has made go back and watch Star Trek, something I hadn't done in years. Each week I do my homework to prepare for the new episode. I do wish the show would be more than one a week. We won't even see Klingons at this rate until March.


My Favorite Podcast (and I listen to a lot)   (5/5)

When I listened to the first episode this podcast it instantly became my favorite. And I listen to a ton of podcasts every week. I've been listening to Ken Ray podcasts since 2005 (maybe 2004) and they've all been good, but this one is the best so far. I was not familiar with John Champion before, but they make a great team. This podcast is funny, interesting and just a lot of fun to listen to. I can't wait for Thursdays.


A refreshing look at a TV classic   (5/5)

I really hope Ken & John have the stamina & inspiration to keep this going. This podcast turns a refreshing critical eye toward the original series (and hopefully the other series in time), discussing themes & characters in the context of 1960s attitudes and ultimately asking how well the adventures of the Enterprise crew stand the test of time. The hosts have great chemistry and a lot of passion for the source material, and each episode is between 30-60 minutes of solid discussion.


Interesting content and a definite listen for any star trek fan   (4/5)

I grew up watching TNG and I have watch everything star trek except for some of TOS episodes. So this is a great podcast to listen to while I watch TOS episodes. And I'm sure to make time for every episode. My only complaint is that this is a weekly podcast. Too slow. At this rate it's going to take 14 years to finish this podcast series. Pretty much has no hope of happening. They should do more than 1 podcast a week. Maybe they need to recruit people to get this job done faster.


One of my most favorite podcasts!   (5/5)

Do yourself a favor and watch along! My only complaint is having to wait for a new episode, once a week is not enough!


Excellent and insightful...   (5/5)

These guys really know how to make an interesting and entertaining podcast. To be honest, I was skeptical before I listened to this because I was certain that there couldn't be anything new to add to a Star Trek discussion of the Original Series, but I turned out to be pleasantly surprised. Now I'm a faithful listener who will never miss a podcast. One of the regular features is to judge whether the particular episode that they're discussing stands up to the test of time, and they judge it both by the production values and by the story content. Good analysis of the material and good delivery. Five stars.


Amazing Podcast. The sum of the moral lessons and uplifting messages from all episodes.   (5/5)

I'd glad that I've found this podcast. I heard about it on TWiT today. I'm a fan of Star Trek and all of it's series from ToS. TNG. DS9, VOY, and Enterprise and all the movies. What compels me to Star Trek is the moral message that uplifts the human spirit, the bright future that inspires us to be better. It's a quality creation that needs to be re-shown forever on TV and Radio. And now with this podcast, we get to hear and discuss the core values from each episode. It's a gift to all fans and humanity as a whole :)


Love this podcast!   (5/5)

I wasn't an original Star Trek series fan as a kid, but I became a Next Generation fan when it premiered in '87. Over the years, I have seen a few of the original series episodes, but never made an effort to watch them all, start to finish. With this new podcast, I decided to do that and I have say I am enjoying the episodes and then enjoying the discussion here. Please keep going, would love to get through the series, as well as all those that followed! I also hope you guys include the films in the podcast. Thank you! Oh, and Happy Anniversar, Star Trek!


Good thought-provoking conversation   (5/5)

I really enjoy this podcast. Being a long-time Star Trek fan, this podcast has re-kindled my interest in the series and the fascinating stories which otherwise may be overlooked. Highly recommended.


Fantastic   (5/5)

I love the recaps of episodes. Usually there's plenty of humor snuck into it. I also love the extra little trivia included and the attempts to and actual findings of morals in the episodes. Something, else? They remember Bones instead of just Spock and Kirk. I definitely love that.


Wonderful   (5/5)

I have decided to re-watch all of TOS and then listen to the related podcast. It is really wonderful way to review the old series and see what new things you can get from it!


Great fun!   (5/5)

Stumbled on this pod, not sure how, but absolutely perfect way to relive Star Trek episodes. These guys are smart and funny together! So thrilled to get here at the beginning!


Great hosts, well done, spot on, fantastic podcast   (5/5)

Fantastic podcasts! I wasn't sure how interesting this would be, but the podcasts are much better than the concept of the podcasts. Great hosts, well done, spot on! Now I'm re-watching all the Star Trek episodes. Thanks!


Great Podcast   (5/5)

I'm using this podcast as an excuse to rewatch every episode, one per week, in preparation for the podcast. It offers an insightful, thorough analysis of the stories both in the context of the 1960's and in modern times. Very well done. I'm seeing things and appreciating the stories in ways that I never have before.


A breath of fresh air   (5/5)

Just when you thought there was no room for another Star Trek podcast, Mission Log comes along and blows them all out of the water. I'm a big stickler for good sound and professional production values. These guys are among the best I've heard. Besides being technically on-point, I love that they are focused, well-spoken and uncover new ideas. A lot of Star Trek podcasts tend to be too conversational, jokey and unfocused. Mission Log stays on track and highlights the moral messages in the episodes we know and love. I'm revisiting the Original Series along with them. It's cool that they have notes from Gene Roddenberry and interesting "new" tidbits to add. John and Ken are a pleasure to listen to. I'm definitely a fan!


Good Reviews, Bad Format   (3/5)

I really enjoyed the first episode of this podcast. In depth analysis and many thought provoking insights were brought up. (5 stars) The show could use some finesse in it's production, but it's a real solid start. (4 stars) The format however leaves quite a lot to be desired. Going through each show chronologically will take a decade or more! What if listeners don't like a particular Star Trek series? Are they expected to just tune out until you discuss the show they like and then tune out again when it's over? A better way to engage listeners and maybe expose them to a series they haven't seen before is to mix things up a bit. Maybe even group episodes by theme now and again. Staying chronological will mean large gaps (which translates into years) in my listening of the show. (2 stars)


What a GREAT idea!   (5/5)

I've been meaning to go back and watch the series all the way through - can't remember what I've seen vs. what I've read/heard about, and this podcast is giving me a great motivation to watch it all over from the beginning. I love to hear the analysis of the storytelling and the production, especially with the great contextual information and background (since I wasn't exactly around when most of this first aired…) I love that the conversations are focused on the topic, but naturally move from subject to subject without being forced "cue card" or "bullet point" lists. If I had one comment, it would be to encourage more voices - guests relevant to the episodes, perhaps comments from listeners. If I had two comments, the second would be to find a do-able way of working through the material faster. Whether it's more episodes each week, combining multi-part episodes… I don't know that I can wait 14 years to get all the way through…. I hope this podcast is successful because I LOVE Deep Space Nine and I can't wait to have a reason to watch it through again.


Amazing   (5/5)

Every time life becomes a little bit more like Star Trek I feel so enthused about the future of humanity (iPad=check, now I'm waiting for the tricorder). This compiles into me loving this podcast SO much. It's full of facts and insight and science-y goodness. I love the hosts--their familiarity with the show and their general science/tech knowledge base really shines. Please keep going!


Awesome   (5/5)

This is a great idea for a podcast. Excellent job Ken and John! I appreciated the reference to Rocky Jones Space Ranger in Episode 2. I watched it when I was a kid on one of our two channels! Your analysis of the finer points and hidden meanings of each episode is Engaging. I'm looking forward to the rest of the TOS episodes being reviewed.


Smarty Trek   (5/5)

Instead of just yakking about an episode, they think about the talk and present it in a well researched discussion. Bravo!


Love it!   (5/5)

What a great idea! I can't wait for Charlie X. It's a very entertaining and fun podcast! Something tells me they are going to have a field day with Spock's Brain.


So far, so great.   (5/5)

Really enjoyable. Interesting opinions and insights into Star Trek episodes. Makes me want to watch the entire series again.


Engaging!   (5/5)

I heard about you on "The Ready Room" and thoroughly enjoyed your first episode. The in-depth discussion and differing opinions make for a very compelling listening experience. I'm looking forward to seeing how the podcast develops. Keep up the good work! PS: How can listeners contact you?


Where No Trek Has Gone Before   (5/5)

Absolutely Brilliant 1st Episode! Well organized segments, discussion and with Gene Roddenberry supplementary material. AWESOME!


YES!! THANK YOU!!!   (5/5)

This podcast is the podcast that will stand the test of time!


Enjoyable first episode! More please!   (5/5)

One down, and I hope many, many more to go. Enjoyed the Star Trek episode discussion between the two hosts. Please continue the podcast - I'll be listening.


Good First episode, can't wait to hear the next one   (3/5)

It is a pretty good round table type discussion. It would be really great if you guys knew the subject a little bit better. The horse's name is tango..lol Anyway you should listen to a few episodes of the Force Cast's Clone Wars Roundtable to see how it is really done. I look forward to future episodes. You have plenty of material..lol


Awesome   (5/5)

The Star Trek podcast you" be been waiting for!