The Prime Direction

If you are a Star Trek fan then you have a story. Everyone who loves any of the 5 TV series or 13 movies (and counting) knows that being a fan is more than that. It's more than just liking some episodes of a TV show. We all fell in love with the show for very specific reasons and we all have a reason that we keep coming back to it. It has been our teacher, or companion, and our friend at different times in our life. Not all of us are as affected as others, but we have all been changed by Star Trek.

In The Prime Direction, Shawn sits down and has a one on one interview with people from all walks of life that have been affected by Star Trek. They go back to their earliest memories of the show and tell the story of their fandom all the way to the present. This podcast is not really about the shows or the movies. This one is about the fans and how Star Trek has affected us.

Every fan has a story. If you would like to be a part of the show and share with me the story of your Star Trek fandom just write to me at Please understand that there are a lot of people that want to take part in this project so be patient and I'll respond as quickly as I can.

Thank you for listening to The Prime Direction: The Story Of Star Trek's Fans.

Episode 16: Skipper Martin

Skipper Martin is writer, television colorist, and podcaster. Among his works are the graphic novel Bizarre New World and the podcasts 11.22.63: An Event Podcast and The Castle Rock TV Podcast which he hosts alongside Christopher DeFilippis.

Skipper was not a Star Trek fan as a kid, but like many of us he fell in love with the movies and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He now considers himself a fan of much of the franchise.

During our conversation we chatted about which series and movies he likes and which ones he doesn't, what he thinks works and what fails, his love of the Kelvin timeline movies, and his apprehension with Star Trek: Discovery.


Episode 15: Michele Specht

This episode was another treat for me. I'm always extremely humbled when I'm able to get a celebrity to talk to me about their love of what I love...and this was no different!

Michele Specht plays Dr. Elise McKennah in the web based fan series Star Trek Continues. She is the ship's counselor and often times the voice of reason in the captain's ear. But Star Trek has not been her only acting job. She has appeared in feature films such as Politics of Love and Backyard Wedding. And she's been in TV series such as New Girl and CSI: New York.

If you want to find out more about her she's on Facebook and Twitter and she has a website at You can find all of the available episode of Star Trek Continues on YouTube and there are 3 more coming later this year.


Episode 14: Christopher DeFilippis

Christopher DeFilippis is a freelance journalist, author, and podcaster that has also been a fan of Star Trek since his early teenage years. In this episode he tells me all about his memories of the original series, his feelings about the other series and the Kelvin timeline, and his hopes for the future of the franchise.

Christopher is the co-host of 11.22.63: An Event Podcast and The Frequency TV Podcast which can be found at He also hosts DeFlipside, a monthly radio segment that can be heard on WUSB in Long Island, NY. He is the author of Quantum Leap: Foreknowledge and The Seeker: A Novella of Truth. All of that can be found on his website at


Episode 13: MarkAdam Miller

Starfleet: The International Star Trek Fan Association has chapters all across the United States. Each of them has their own identity as the crew of a ship with the name of their choosing. In Birmingham, Alabama the ship is known as the U.S.S. Hephaestus and it's commanding officer is MarkAdam Miller.

Born in Ohio, MarkAdam has been a fan of Star Trek since he was a kid when he'd have to barter with his brother for control of the TV in order to get his Trek fix. He has a lot of memories of the show and a lot of lessons that he's learned from watching it.


Episode 12: Jim Arrowood

Jim Arrowood is a music teacher and podcaster that lives in Nebraska. He's lived in lots of places across the country but he's always been able to make a home with Star Trek. He's been a fan of the franchise for 49 of the 50 years it has existed which makes it a true Prime Direction in his life. This episode is the story of his fandom.


Episode 11: Michael Jan Friedman
As a Star Trek fan I have read many, many novels over the years based on all of the franchise properties. When you're a dyed in the wool Trekker then you can't get enough of the stories with your favorite characters. So in between episodes...and especially in between seasons...I would read Star Trek novels. One of my favorite authors of these books was Michael Jan Friedman, and it was a distinct honor to get to talk to him on this episode.

We talked about his first memories of watching The Original Series when he was a child and how he got started writing the novels. We also talked about "Resistance", which was the episode of Star Trek: Voyager that he wrote.

Michael has a couple of things that he is working on right now that you should really go and look at. First, he is writing a comic entitled Empty Space that will be available at Comixology in January. He describes it as "Star Trek meets Lost". You can find out more about it by visiting his website at

He has also teamed up with other writers such as Aaron Rosenberg and Peter David to develop a publishing company called Crazy Eights Press. They put out stories that are a little less conventional and might not be covered by traditional publishing houses. You can visit their website at

If you would like to share the story of your Star Trek fandom with me then please send me an email at I'd love to hear your story and share it with my listeners.

Be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Podcast Addict on the Android store. And wherever you download it make sure that you leave a rating and a review so that I can help more people find the podcast.

And thank you for joining me for The Prime Direction: The Star Trek Fandom Podcast.
Episode 10: Vic Mignogna

I’m sure to many of you listening my guest for this episode would not need much of an introduction. He is a well known actor, voice actor, and musician whose credits include animated classics such as Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon, video games such as the Full Metal Alchemist series, and Star Trek fans know him as the executive producer of Star Trek Continues, a fan-made continuation of the original 5 year missing of the Enterprise where he also portrays Captain James T. Kirk.  Of course I’m talking about Mr. Vic Mignogna.

I talked with Vic about how he fell in love with Star Trek as a kid and how the show has affected his life over time. We also talked about how Star Trek Continues got started, what goes into making an episode, and what the future has in store for the production.

Vic's fan club website is You can also contact him on Twitter @vicmignogna. Star Trek Continues just released its seventh episode and you can find all of the episodes at

The Prime Direction is part of the Cosmic Potato Podcast Network. You can listen to the show right here on the website or you can subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podcast Addict on the Adroid store. Wherever you get the show make sure that you give it a rate and review so that it will be easier for other people to find the podcast.

Every fan has a story. if you would like to be on the show and share with me the story of your Star Trek fandom then just send me an email at Please understand that a lot of people want to take part in the show so be patient and I'll write you back as soon as possible.

Thank you for listening to The Prime Direction: The Story of Star Trek's Fans! 
Episode 9: Anya Crittenton
 Anya Crittenton is the Associate Editor for The Tracking Board as well as co-host of The Millennial Falcon Podcast. Her Star Trek fandom begins before she was ever born when her parents met at a Star Trek convention dressed as Riker and Troi.
Episode 8: Kristine M. Smith

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. To help celebrate I invited a very special guest to come on this episode of the show. Kristine M. Smith knew DeForest Kelley for more than half of her life. She shared a lot of phone calls, letters, and memories with him and his wife and she was sitting next to him when he passed away in 1999. In her new book, DeForest Kelley Up Close And Personal: A Harvest Of Memories From The Fan Who Knew Him Best, she tells a lot of those stories and gives us a picture of the man that we only knew as Dr. McCoy.
Episode 7: Jeff Shackelford

Jeff Shackelford is a big fan of comic book and science fiction conventions and attends as many of them as he can. He has been a Star Trek fan since he saw Star Trek III as a child. He fell in love with the series and devoured as much of it as he could. When he was a teenager he discovered Star Trek: Voyager and it has become the series most dear to his heart.

Episode 6: Kennedy Gordon

Kennedy Gordon is a journalist and podcaster. He's been a science fiction fan for many years. And his love for Star Trek has been a huge part of his life since childhood.

Kennedy was one of the original hosts of Starbase 66 which is no longer in production. You can still download their episodes at It is also available on Soundcloud.

Episode 5: David C. Roberson

This week is was my pleasure to welcome David C. Roberson to The Prime Direction. David is one of the hosts of DC On Screen which is a podcast that discusses all of the TV and film properties  that come out of the DC Comics Universe. He is also the host of a YouTube channel known as Maladjusted.TV. You can reach him there as well as on the Facebook and Twitter pages for his podcast or at

Episode 4: Richard Smith

Richard Smith is the founder of As such he has been the host of many podcasts since before podcasts were cool. His website is also the host of many shows by other hosts. His site covers a wide variety of topics including entertainment, social commentary, and politics.

Richard has been a fan of Star Trek since he was very young. The series made such an impact on him that he created one of the first Star Trek themed podcasts available, Make It So.


Episode 3: Scott Matteson
Scott Matteson and his family live in the great state of Michigan where he grew up. His Star Trek fandom was brought about by watching the films as a child. They peaked his interest enough that by the time The Next Generation came to television he was a fan.

Even though Scott's earliest memories of Star Trek were not good ones, he has developed a love of all of the series and now considers it to be an integral part of who he is.

Scott is the host of Next Time: The Comic Book Television Prediction Podcast. It can be found on Soundcloud and Stitcher, as well as on his website at He's also one of the co-hosts of Simply Syndicated's Movie News which is available at

Episode 2: Troy Wood

Troy Wood has lives in Ogden Utah where he grew up the youngest of four children. He is married and he is the host of the World War G podcast.

Being 31 years old, his Star Trek fandom really starts with The Next Generation. Star Trek has moved up and down in its importance throughout his life, but has definitely had a lot of effect on the person that he is today.

You can find Troy's podcast on iTunes or at

Episode 1: Rick Tetrault

Rick Tetrault is the host of several shows on the Simply Syndicated network. He hosts The Admiral's Table and co-hosts White Star Five, The Seventh Chevron, Ray Guns And Go-Go Boots, and Movie News. He is also a frequent contributor here on

His Star Trek fandom goes all the way back to the original series and it was an honor to have him as the guest for our first episode.

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