Episode: 270

What’s Inside 270


Brian Volk-Weiss, the founder and current CEO of The Nacelle Company, the production company behind a new documentary series on The History Channel called ‘The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek’, talks about everything that went into creating the show. Find out more at https://www.history.com/shows/the-center-seat-55-years-of-star-trek

0:00 SEGMENT 1: Brian Volk-Weiss talks about why choosing the narrator is one of the hardest parts of making a documentary and why he had to convince Gates McFadden to be a producer on the show and then eventually the narrator.

10:30 SEGMENT 2: Brian Volk-Weiss talks about why Star Trek documentaries always gloss over certain topics, how Lucille Ball is the mother of Star Trek, and how Star Trek the Original Series almost never got made.

19:08 SEGMENT 3: Brian Volk-Weiss talks about how ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ literally changed his life, crying on set during an interview, and which series he is the least familiar with.

33:18 SEGMENT 4: Brian Volk-Weiss talks about the enduring power of Star Trek in pop culture and why Kirstie Alley was one of the greatest interviews of his life.

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