The All Access Star Trek Podcast Ponders A ‘Strange New Worlds’/’Lower Decks’ Crossover

All Access Star Trek podcast episode 6

This week on the podcast, Anthony and Laurie recap all the Star Trek Day news, offering up their theories on Discovery‘s “cataclysmic event” and the possibilities for a Strange New Worlds/Lower Decks crossover. They also look at clues that Jason Isaacs might be returning to the franchise, and review “Terminal Provocations,” the latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks.

As they wrap things up with their Trekbits suggestions, Tony talks about interviewing Bob Justman back in the earliest days of TrekMovie.

Links to topics discussed in the pod


Star Trek Day legacy panels roundup

Star Trek: Discovery season 3 trailer 

Star Trek Day Discovery panel with Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and David Ajala

Star Trek Day Strange New Worlds panel with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn, Ethan Peck, Davy Perez, Akela Cooper, Henry Alonso Myers, and Akiva Goldsman

Jason Isaacs “Takes The Fifth” On Lorca’s Possible Return

Star Trek Day Lower Decks panel with Mike McMahan, Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero, plus mid-season trailer

Other mentions:


Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “The Nth Degree

Star Trek: Voyager‘s “Day of Honor

Star Trek: The Animated Series‘ “The Practical Joker

Perd Hapley

Buzz Lightyear in Spanish romantic mode

Seth MacFarlane on Dax Shepard’s podcast


Tony: All The Asians on Star Trek podcast

Laurie: Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman

Tony’s 2007 interview with Bob Justman: Part 1 and Part 2

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I’m hard of hearing, so I can’t really listen to podcasts. Is there a transcript of these podcasts anywhere?

To be honest that’s the first time I’ve heard of podcasts being transcribed. It’s something we could look into but I imagine it’s expensive to pay for. We could probably provide and automated transcription but that would include a number of errors because it’s just a computer converting speech to text and those often get things wrong. But we will discuss it internally. Thanks for the question

Thanks for thinking about my question, even if you end up not being able to do anything about it. I’m sure I’m not the only fan who’s hard of hearing!

I’m a court reporter/stenographer and I’d LOVE to transcribe your podcasts for you if that’s something you’d like to arrange!

Corylea, if you don’t mind me jumping in, I can throw out a couple of suggestions…

(While my hearing is “normal” , there is hearing loss in our family.)

First, in case you’re not aware Google LiveTranscribe is a new tool that came out in beta about 2 years ago and is now fully available via an app. It’s free in the Playstore and is great for this kind of situation. Just run the podcast on your phone and then hop over to LiveTranscribe. It will give you a live transcript that you can read (but not one that can be saved).

It was developed with Gaudellet University of the Deaf and uses a large database to provide high quality speech-to-text without “training” recognition of a particular voice. It was designed to assist the signing deaf when they need to communicate with those who don’t sign, but it’s great for the hard-of-hearing situations like lectures or podcasts.

Second, while hearing loss profiles are very individual, some of our family members find they do much better using a direct Bluetooth connection to their hearing aids than listening through the air. That way the sound only goes through one amplification technology.

Best of luck with it.

Thanks so much for your suggestions! I was not aware of Google LiveTranscribe, and I’m thrilled to know about it.

My hearing aids are old and don’t do Bluetooth connections. I’ll keep that in mind for the next time I upgrade them, though!

I appreciate your helpful and thoughtful response, TG47!

Corylea, getting the Bluetooth is absolutely worth it and is available on mid-range hearing aids across many brands a this point. Think of it as your own personal airbuds.

It can be used with phones and tablets as well as to get direct sound from the television (with a small box that hooks up to audio output). You can even hook it up to older PCs and laptops with a Bluetooth key.

By the way, hearing aids are still going through the 18 month to 2 years per generation cycle of technological progress. We’ve found that if we don’t go for the top range, by the time we are ready to replace them our old ones are too far behind. They’re hideously expensive though, and insurance seems to only cover the low end ones that are basically obsolete when you buy them. It really does make me wish for the idealistic Trek society without scarcity.

Wow Bob Justman. A true Star Trek icon.

And Tony went to his HOUSE. And interviewed him because BOB asked him to!

A really full-to-the-brim podcast. Thanks Tony & Laurie!

Also, an extra special thanks for the listing of cross-reference links at the end.

Last, given how much TAS is coming up in Lower Decks and Laurie’s history as an editor on the TAS compendium, do you think that you two might be able to take an episode down the line to reflect on TAS?

It’s on All Access now I believe, and certainly the discs are available. A TAS special episode might be something for the time after Discovery ends the 23 weeks straight.

Thanks so much! I’m so glad you like all the links… I just added two more. You inspired me.

Thought the episode of LDS was the second weakest of the six. The trailer misleads the viewer so much. On my first viewing I was very disappointed. Second time was better, now knowing what I was watching. Thought things were taken too far with badgey. Didn’t need to see heads ripped off and badgey’s neck snapped. Would have preferred an away mission to a derelict TOS ship. Also enjoyed return of JG Hertzler.

Well, perhaps we’ll get an away mission to derelict ship or wreckage in a future episode.

We’ve seen a couple of new planets and civilizations already.

McMahan and his writers are definitely following the fan reaction, and are likely to give us derelicts and subterranean tunnels when we least expect it.

I really appreciate Laurie’s Trek knowledge. I didn’t know that David Gerrold based tribbles on his girlfriend’s fuzzy key chain. It’s obvious that Sherman’s Planet is also named after her. That’s neat.
Speaking of TAS and music, Laurie, do you think the first couple of notes in the Lower Decks title sequence is very similar to TAS title sequence? And the shipwrecked Starfleet ships looked a lot like the robot ships from TAS episode “More Tribbles, More Troubles.”

I do need to read Inside Star Trek. I first read Whitfields Making Of Star Trek 28 years ago, so I’m sure I’d love this.

You guys give great reviews in that you pick what you and what you don’t like about Lower Decks. And it’s great you have some deep Trek knowledge to support your criticism.
One suggestion: I don’t think we need to spend much time with the bridge crew, since they are supposed to be background characters. So I disagree we need to learn their back stories. In fact, this episode kept to the Lower Decks show thesis of focusing on the ensigns even during a major crisis on the bridge.

I can’t speak for Laurie or anyone else, but I definitely hear the TAS theme in the first couple of notes too. The actual title sequence seems like a comedic take of Voyager’s opening credits with some TNG style titling. The music seems inspired by mishmash of TNG and other themes of the era.

I think you are both totally right! I hadn’t noticed it before, but I just listened to both. And yeah, it’s a very ’90s Trek kind of theme, but I do detect a tiny bit of TAS in there. And yes to Sherman’s Planet, VZX! (Funny the very random things a person remembers… I probably read David Gerrold’s book a million times before my brain got cluttered with far too many other things.) And Tony caught the ship reference, you can see it in his Easter eggs article—I missed that one.

I just listened to them now as well.

WOW, I thought there was something familiar that I couldn’t place in the open bars of the Lower Deck main title theme, but it’s totally got the pinging progression from the opening bars of the TAS main title theme.

Great podcast!

But please no, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” animation-live action mixing crossover ep.

Keep the Trek comedy-cartoon stuff out of the more serious, live action, Star Trek please. This would be like doing a crossover movie where Thelma and Louise meets Polly Pocket and Lila.

I think that it would make a great Short Trek.

It could be a lot of fun if they did a Roger Rabbit type thing, but I doubt that they would. If they ever do a crossover, it will either be fully animated or fully live action.