Star Trek always survives. Each of the many series went off the air, and many of the copious movies were slated to be “the last.” But Trek has always kept going. And right now, Trek.fm is a huge part of what is keeping Trek alive.
I’ve been listening to this family of podcasts since they started (how many?) years ago, and now I can’t imagine what I would do without The Ready Room or Standard Orbit or the other forty-seven of them as a regular part of my life.
But more importantly than me, I guarantee you that several people at Paramount and CBS are keeping track of this entirely fan-made podcast network and how incredibly successful it’s become. When Star Trek returns to TV, and it will, and when even more movies are made after the Abramsverse is done, and they will be, that will be in no small part because someone in charge will look at the listenership of Trek.fm, the incredible ongoing success of Trek conventions, the cash made by the JJ Abrams movies, the popularity of the continuing novels and comic books, the dedication and technical achievements of the fan-produced series, and realize that there’s still plenty of interest in (and money to be made from) this fifty-year-old franchise.
If you’re not subscribing to the Trek.fm master feed, then you’re missing out on one of the most important aspects of Trek fandom happening right now. There are plenty of sci-fi and Star Trek podcasts out there, but no one is doing it with the consistency, professionalism and intellectual breadth and depth of Chris and everyone at Trek.fm. I hope they will live long and prosper just as Star Trek itself surely will.