Saturday Morning Trek 14: Sympathy for the Devil / by Trek fm

The Magicks of Megas-Tu.

Running Time: 58 minutes 37 seconds
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The Enterprise takes a jaunt to the center of the galaxy to see what might still be happening at the point of the Big Bang. Soon after, the crew apparently parts ways with science. They find an energy–matter whirlwind and a fireworks display that rivals those of the US Bicentennial celebrations. Spock draws a pentagram on the floor, Sulu conjures up a woman, Kirk shoots magic lightning beams out of his hands, and a guy that's not Q puts humanity on trial. Oh, and did we mention Lucifer is there?

In this episode of Saturday Morning Trek—the first to feature new co-host Adam Drosin—we dive into "The Magicks of Megas-Tu," one of the strangest, most transgressive bits of Star Trek ever committed to film. We discuss everything from Jacques Tati's gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless movie about confusion in the age of technology to English occultist author and ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley, as well as TV broadcast standards and the obsession with red, white and blue in the 1970s. So grab a stein of ale and settle into the wood-paneled den. It’s going to be a trip!


Intro and Welcome to Adam Drosin (00:01:24)
How Adam Came to The Animated Series (00:05:00)
Synopsis (00:09:42)
Airdate, Writers, and Voices (00:12:27)
Transgressive TAS (00:16:05)
Bicentennial Fever! (00:27:58)
"Yes We Can!" Commercial (00:30:40)
Broadcasting to Kids (00:31:39)
Mind Bleep (00:35:09)
"The Night Gallery" Intro (00:40:17)
Perfect Moments (00:40:56)
"Mission Magic" Intro (00:49:03)
Alister Crawley (00:52:45)
Closing (00:56:33)


Aaron Harvey and Adam Drosin


Aaron Harvey (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) Eric Extreme (Associate Producer) Mike Bovia (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)