The Star Trek podcast The 7th Rule, cohosted by Deep Space Nine’s Cirroc Lofton and Ryan T. Husk, has already ventured into rewatch territory with a guest cohost when they tackled the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation with Denise Crosby. Now they’ll be taking an episodic look at Star Trek: The Original Series with the Enterprise’s Pavel Chekov, Walter Koenig. TrekMovie spoke to Koenig and the 7th Rule team about the upcoming TOS rewatch, plus there’s a new Indiegogo campaign where you can join in.
Koenig to rewatch TOS seasons 2 and 3 with The 7th Rule
Koenig joined Star Trek in its second season, when producers decided they’d attract a new set of younger viewers with a younger, more “hip” cast member, looking at the success of one of the biggest shows on TV in 1967, The Monkees. Enter Walter Koenig, who was hired on the day he auditioned, and only found out he’d gotten the gig when they started measuring him for his costume.
In a new interview with TrekMovie about his upcoming stint on The 7th Rule, he said he’d never seen an episode of Star Trek before he was hired.
“I never saw it before I was in it,” he told us, laughing. “I saw the Styrofoam rocks.”
He clarified a little after that.
“I was flipping channels and I turned on… this planet, there were rocks that obviously weighed about a pound a half, you know. And so I never gave it a second thought. And nor did I try it again until I actually went in to read for it.”
Since he didn’t appear in season 1, Koenig will only be watching episodes from the show’s two other seasons. They’ll start recording with him in December. Cirroc Lofton says he’s looking forward to it:
“I’ve always loved Walter, and never thought I would actually be working with him one day. I think he’s going to take our show to another level and give us tremendous insights with his stories and life experiences.”
“I’ve been working with him for ten years, and he’s always fun,” added Ryan T. Husk about Koenig.
So when was the last time Koenig watched the original Star Trek? “I have absolutely no idea when that was,” he told TrekMovie. “I think I’ve seen a couple of episodes of different iterations of Star Trek, but not the original. So a long time.”
It’s probably a good bet that one of the “different iterations” he’s talking about is Star Trek: Picard, where (in the series finale) he voiced the President of the United Federation of Planets, Anton Chekov… son of Pavel. He also somewhat recently watched TOS’ “The Gamesters of Triskelion” for the Enterprise Incidents podcast, but with The 7th Rule podcast it will be the first time in decades he revisits other episodes.
“That should be fun,” Koenig told us. “I’m looking forward to this.”
Indiegogo perks include joining Koenig and 7th Rule on Zoom
In tandem with their announcement, the team behind The 7th Rule just launched an Indiegogo campaign starting today. It’s only running for three weeks and will have a variety of membership and subscription options and discounts. Options include the opportunity to join roundtables with Walter, Cirroc, and others (via Zoom), autographed pictures, and other exclusive perks, some of which are “very limited,” according to Husk, so get there on the first day to take your pick.
Come back to TrekMovie this week for our full interview with Koenig, who talks about joining Star Trek, working with William Shatner, the scene that should’ve been in Star Trek Generations, and more.
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