Slice of SciFi #233: Conversation with Chase Masterson and Curtis Webster (“Spirit of Star Trek”)

curtischase2In the News:

  • A couple of new energy drinks look like blood.  One even comes in an IV bag…
  • The EU wants to set a volume limit on MP3 players.
  • A new lizard with the same coloring as Spider-Man’s costume is the hottest trend in pets.

Movie Talk:

  • The new interest in “Trek” means we’ll get the long-awaited “Free Enterprise” sequel.
  • The rights to the Terminator franchise are up for sale.

Slice of Trivia: This week Kurt in St. George tests the studio crew and you with some sound effects clips. Email your clips to Kurt at sliceoftrivia at Your entries could get picked and played on the show.

TV Talk: In what may be the best news of the week, “Primeval” has been saved!

Interview:  This week, we chat with Curtis Webster and Chase Masterson about “Spirit of Star Trek.” Find out more about this fascinating program that explores what sets “Star Trek” apart and its spiritual content. “The Spirit Of Star Trek” is co-hosted by Academy Award-winning makeup artist Michael Westmore and Rev. Curtis Webster. Each month, they  screen an episode from one of the five Star Trek series and then discuss the episode with a special guest associated with the episode.

In the Future:

  • “Supermax”
  • 3-D Televisions

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. Keep your comments brief, or funny, and maybe you’ll hear your message on the voicemail show!

Link:  Spirit of Star Trek
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  1. says

    Star Trek has been my fav show for as long as I can rmember. I’ve never thought about the “spiritual” aspect of the genre, for me the best aspect was always how everyone worked together in a spirit of cooperation. I’ve never been a fan of those who wanted a “grittier” side to Star Trek shows. We have enough grit today and need more hope, something that Star Trek embodies.

  2. says

    I find it odd that anyone would focus so strongly on the “spiritual” side of a series created by an avowed Atheist (Gene Roddenberry).

  3. VyseN1 says

    How come a lot of religious people always talk down about people who are Atheist or Agnostic? As an Agnostic myself, I found some of their comments about being surprised that Gene Roddenberry was spiritual quite offensive.

  4. says

    Although I disagreed with the guests about Star Trek being spiritual it was a thought provoking interview. It’s funny, one thing that always bugged me about Trek was that often when a non-human was being a good person they would call it being ‘human.’ In the same way many religious people might call any moral values spiritual yet you don’t need spirituality to be moral. From my POV Star Trek is a very humanist show because Star Fleet officers didn’t rely on supernatural or spiritual explanations of things so maybe I’m guilty of the same labeling. Thanks for all the trouble you guys go through to provide interesting interviews.

  5. ejdalise says

    Just finished listening to the show. I don’t have any issue with looking at ST shows and finding worthwhile messages. I’m not sure why they need to be put in religious context, but I suppose the important thing there is the message is getting across.

    Still, it seems ironic given how many shows dealt with societies enmeshed in supernatural-based beliefs that turned out to either be downright deceptions or had science-based explanations.

    To be fair, many shows also warned of the dangers of complete reliance in science. Ultimately I think most of the shows, as most good literature, dealt with moral choices individual face as they navigate their way through interactions with others (be they fellow humans, exotic aliens, or even non-corporeal entities). Those choice often were centered in basic codes of conducts that could loosely (but not exclusively) be linked to humanistic viewpoints.

    It usually came down to one individual’s choice, stressing the importance of personal responsibility even in the face of group pressures, and somewhat based on the premise individuals are better at making the “right” decisions than people ceding their reasoning process in favor of being told what to do, think, and believe.

    Of course, it could all just be a bunch of people in make-up trying to hold your attention long enough for the cialis ads to register.

  6. says

    I found this past show a cross between somewhat interesting and a bit self-indulgent. I come from the premise that everything in life rests on a spiritual foundation of some kind and it therefore shouldn’t be too difficult to find some spritual significance in almost anything. My problem is with those who feel they must put a brand label on it, whether that brand be Christian, Judaism (my particular label), Buddhism, or Whojegotchaism.

    Just like the world of quantum physics (which the deeper we delve into the more spiritual it becomes), the more we pluck away at the various layers, the more we realize how interconnected and basic all things are.

  7. Bill says

    Sorry, there was no spirituality in Star Trek until after Gene died. Coincidence? Maybe.
    I can’t stand people who say “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual.” What does that even mean? I think it means, “I think I’m a good person, but I don’t like to get up on Sunday mornings.”