stump the geek

Episode 144: Stump the Geek


It is a contest as old as Star Trek itself. OK, well maybe it’s not THAT old.

Once again, Dan Davidson will attempt to tame the behemoth that is Stump the Geek!

Dan will have to answer five questions of varying point values and he can’t use any reference material. No websites. No books. No notes. He has to rely on the information in his walnut sized brain to answer these questions–and they are tougher than EVER!

After that, Dan will face the un-patented Double or Nothing Bonus Round! He’ll wager everything in an attempt to be victorious!

Will he succeed? Check out this week’s episode of Your Independent Star Trek Podcast to find out!

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We can’t possibly thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

YEAR 4 IS HERE! Get the brand-new album from Five Year Mission RIGHT NOW at

While you’re at it, you should also pick up Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, Spock’s Brain!

Please show them some support and download all their music!


Episode 134: Stump the Geek


This week, the fan favorite “Stump the Geek” returns–and this time, it’s bigger than ever!

Dan must answer TEN trivia questions using no reference other than his brain! No books, no internet, no notes, no lifeline of any kind! Plus, this time the stakes are even higher!

Instead of the patented “Double or Nothing Bonus,” Dan will have to answer the brand-new “QUADRUPLE OR NOTHING BONUS!”

Will he be victorious?!

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We can’t thank FIVE YEAR MISSION enough. We are truly grateful to them for allowing us to use their music for every episode of Trek Geeks. You really should check them out–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Get ready, because their brand-new album YEAR 4 debuts on April 27, 2018! To prepare, get yourselves over to and get your mitts on their entire catalog! You can get them all: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, Spock’s Brain!

Please show them some support and download all their music!


Supplemental #12: Stump the Geek


This week, Dan’s Trek knowledge is put to the test in a truly epic round of Stump the Geek!

Five tough trivia questions.

One multi-part bonus.

Dan can’t use any reference materials of any kind–he has to rely on the knowledge in his brain to answer the questions posed to him!

Will he be victorious?!  Will he retain his crown as the reigning Stump the Geek Champion?!

Find out on this week’s episode of Your Independent Star Trek Podcast!



We love FIVE YEAR MISSION and we can’t thank them enough for allowing us to use their music on Trek Geeks each and every episode. We’re huge fans and we hope you’ll become one, too–they’re writing and recording one original song for each episode of the classic Star Trek series from the 1960’s.

Warp on over to their website at and check out each andevery one of their incredible albums! You can hear them all: Year One, Year Two, Year Three, The Trouble with Tribbles, and of course, the amazing Spock’s Brain!  Plus, don’t forget that they are working on Year Four right now!


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The Trek Geeks Delta was designed by Aaron Harvey. You can find him on Twitter @GeekFilter and please check out his podcast, “Saturday Morning Trek,” on Trek.FM!


Supplemental #8: Superbowl Stump The Geek


Superbowl Stump The GeekIt’s the biggest stage.

It’s the ultimate competition.

It’s a national past time.

Football?  Heck, no! We’re talking, of course, about the return of Stump The Geek and this time, it’s Superbowl Sized! Dan will have to answer double the amount of questions in addition to one mega bonus.

It won’t be easy, especially since some of the questions came from our Camp Khitomer Facebook Group!

Will Dan be victorious and bring home the STG trophy?  Find out in this special supplemental episode!


The Official Theme of Stump The Geek is “Miri,” by our great friends in FIVE YEAR MISSION! Go and get their Year One album RIGHT NOW and hear the rest of the amazing tracks! They’re writing an original song for each episode of The Original Series and every one of them is bound to become a favorite of yours.

Check out their website at and show them some love! They may even be playing at an event in your neck of the woods!


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Supplemental #4: Stump the Geek!


Stump the Geek!It’s been a long time coming, but this day was inevitable.

We’re on our way back to New England from Las Vegas, and we figured what better time to feature the return of listener favorite, “Stump the Geek!”

The rules are simple: Bill has created five trivia questions for Dan to answer and each one is worth a random point value. Dan is not allowed to use any reference material at all–no internet, no books, no notes–nothing! He can only rely on his memory and the information trapped in his wee brain!

If Dan makes it through all five questions, he proceeds to the “Double or Nothing Bonus Round!” Plus, in this special post-Vegas edition, there may be an added level of complexity.

Will Bill stump Dan? Find out in our fourth Supplemental Episode!


Five Year MissionIt was so amazing to see Five Year Mission play for five straight days as the house band for Creation’s 2016 Las Vegas Official Star Trek Convention! It flew by and we can only hope that Creation brings them back next year for the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation!

We’re truly grateful to them for letting us use their amazing music for the podcast. Please support them and buy their albums! Plot a course over to and check out all their tunes–and get yourself some cool Five Year Mission gear!


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Episode 47: Away Team Mission – Disruptor Beam


Disruptor Beam Star Trek TimelinesIn this week’s episode of Trek Geeks – A Star Trek Podcast, Dan and Bill embark on an Away Team mission to the offices of Disruptor Beam–the game company producing the brand new Star Trek Timelines game!

We sit down with Disruptor Beam CEO Jon Radoff and Marketing Director Elicia Basoli to talk about the reaction to the game’s release and the feedback from Star Trek fans. We’ll also discuss game play, changes made on the game from beta feedback, and what the future may hold!

Plus, we’ll talk a little Star Trek news: The new Star Trek series has a showrunner and the fan film, “Star Trek: Horizon” will leave Spacedock at the end of February! We’ll have our reactions to both items.

Dan also found a way to take over the show again, which means that Bill is subjected to yet another round of “Geek the Stump!” That’s right, Dan is bringing trivia to the table, and what’s left of Bill’s honor is on the line. Will he be victorious??

It’s all in Episode 47 of Trek Geeks!


Check out this guide on how to play the game!

(If you are not able to see the tutorial video for Timelines above, please click here.)


Win This Poster!

Disruptor Beam has given us two copies of the original limited-edition poster created exclusively for Star Trek Timelines by Cat Staggs, the talented artist who has created memorable covers for Star Trek comics and much more.

Conceived as an homage to legendary illustrator Bob Peak – best known to fans for his work on the first five Star Trek movie posters–this piece brings together five iconic captains and a mysterious space-time anomaly under the all-seeing gaze of Q himself.

This theatrical “one sheet” is 27” wide x 40” tall and it’s guaranteed to look amazing on your wall–all you have to do is enter the drawing!

Click the poster for more details over on our Facebook page!



Check out the latest preview from this amazing looking fan film! It premieres to the world February 28th, 2016 on YouTube!

(If you are unable to see the preview of Horizon above, please click here.)



Get SPOCK'S BRAIN NOW!We can’t thank our friends in the band FIVE YEAR MISSION enough!

We love their music and they’re absolutely kind and gracious enough to allow us to use their songs in our podcast. We’d truly appreciate it if you’d shoe them some love and go buy a copy of their new album, “Spock’s Brain,” NOW!  Click the album cover to buy a digital download from their website today!

We’d also love for them to be the House Band once again at the gigantic Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas in 2016, so please let Creation Entertainment know you would, too!



While we were at Disruptor Beam, both Jon and Elicia participated in our Trek50 Project and told us the stories of how they started their Star Trek Fandom!

All you have to do is tell us about the very first time you ever watched Star Trek!  Find out more in today’s episode or on our Trek50 page!



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Episode 40: TOS State of Mind!


Ep 40 - TOS State of Mind

It’s really no surprise that we are still riding high from our visit to the Star Trek Continues set recently.  As a result of being immersed in the TOS Universe for several days, we felt it was only fitting to dedicate Episode 40 of the Trek Geeks Podcast to The Original Series.

We will mix it up a bit by talking about things that we love as well as things that we hate about Kirk’s crew.  First we will discuss the characters from the Original Series that we truly despised for one reason or another.  Which characters, whether special guests or series regulars that just got under our skin, and why?  Then, as if were hit by the spores of Omicron Ceti III we delve into our most loved episodes of TOS!  You may be surprised.  As we like to say, the “Champion Rule” dictates that someone’s most loved episode is someone else’s most hated!

Also, our friends at Star Trek Continues had a lot of news this past week.  We will discuss the ribbon cutting ceremony they had for the new Engine Room, the announced title of Episode 6, the surprise visit of the one and only Rod Roddenberry to the set (yes we did get to meet him) and what it felt like for us when STC posted a pic of us with the Captain himself on their official Facebook page!

In addition we will talk about the latest levels of the Star Trek Renegades fundraiser and whether or not we think they will meet there goal.  With just days to go at the time of recording, they are close, but are they close enough?

Plus, a short, fan made teaser for Star Trek Deep Space 9 on Blue Ray recently started getting some traction on the web.  We will discuss why one of us is very excited about the possibility, while the other thinks is completely meaningless!

All this, plus the triumphant return of a special all TOS version of Stump The Geek in this week’s all-new episode of Trek Geeks – A Star Trek Podcast.


Since recording this episode, Star Trek Renegades surpassed their crowdfunding goal of $350,000.00 with approximately 32 hours to go in the campaign. How quickly things can change in less than a day!


Here is the Deep Space 9 on BluRay fan made teaser trailer…you decide!



Buy all their albums online at FiveYearMission.netWe truly can’t thank the guys in Five Year Mission enough for allowing us to use their amazing music each and every episode! Please–support them. Go out to and check out their music, including their new album, “Spock’s Brain!”

Plus, we really want them back as the House Band at Creation Entertainment’s Official 5oth Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas in 2016. Please send a message to Creation and to CBS to let them know you would, too!


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Episode 31: Encounter at the Emissary’s Caretaker Cage at Broken Bow


Ep 31 - PilotsThe Trek Geeks are back after a one-week hiatus, and we certainly have plenty to talk about!

In this week’s episode, we’ll spend a lot of time considering a lot of first episodes of various Star Trek series. Which ones stand out? Which ones aren’t we fans of? Which ones are the best first episodes of their respective shows?

Plus, we’ll catch up on some recent developments in the world of Star Trek news:

Then, after some voice mail feedback regarding our recent Star Trek: Renegades review episode, Bill abuses Dan in an all-new version of Stump The Geek!

It’s our longest episode title ever and we hope you’ll join us!


We can’t thank the guys of Five Year Mission enough for letting us use their music on the Trek Geeks Podcast.

Go buy Spock’s Brain!
Go buy Spock’s Brain!
Go buy Spock’s Brain!

Plus, find out where the band is playing next and check out their other albums all at their awesome website: Seriously, just go do it. #MakeItSo!



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Episode 15: STLV for NOOBS


With the giant Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas just a couple of months away, Dan and Bill talk about how to plan for #STLV if you’ve never been before. They also discuss Simon Pegg’s comments this week and play yet another round of Stump The Geek! Plus, Dan has a HUGE surprise that leaves Bill absolutely stunned and speechless.

All in Episode 15 of the Trek Geeks Podcast—join us, won’t you?


Simon Pegg’s comments on Star Trek Beyond:

Simon’s clarification on his own website:



The guys of Five Year Mission have just launched a Kickstarter to complete their Spock’s Brain album!

They’ve met the intial goal, but now they’ve got some fantastic stretch goals we can help them reach.  Please consider donating to their efforts–there are some great perks for contributors, too! Plus, check out their other albums at!


5YM is looking to finish their forthcoming Spock’s Brain album and are asking all of us to help make it a reality! They’ve met their initial goal and some of their additional stretch goals–but let’s see if we can help push them over the top!  Check out their Kickstarter here:


  • DAN: Should I stay at the Rio?
    • BILL: I don’t. The Rio is OK–but it’s not my favorite hotel. I’d also prefer to stay somewhere cheaper. The way I see it, I’m only going to be in my hotel room to sleep and that’s about it. So, I stay somewhere cheaper on The Strip, and I can either catch the free shuttle at Bally’s that runs to the Rio or take a short cab ride. This year, given all of that, I’ll probably save myself $300 just by staying somewhere else. It might not be as convenient as staying the same place as the convention, but that’s OK–because I just expanded my budget.
    • The other thing, too, is that there are a LOT of events and gatherings that go on after-hours at the convention–and many of them are a great time where you’ll meet a lot of great people. If you really want to immerse yourself in the Convention experience, then you may want to factor this in when making your lodging decision.
  • DAN: Can I walk from The Strip to the Rio?
    • BILL: You could, but I don’t recommend it.
      • Everything in Vegas is further away than it looks.
      • It’s Vegas. In August. It’s 112 degrees.
      • Don’t be a hero. If you’re not staying at the Rio, get a ride.
  • DAN: Which ticket package should I do?
    • BILL: I generally do other the more expensive ticket packages at other cons.
      • Smaller, more intimate
      • Vegas has about 10,000 people there
      • I default to General Admission because the section is huge and it allows me to have more money to spend on other things.
  • DAN: Should I buy my tickets for the con now?
    • BILL: You CAN–the General Admisison package is pretty cheap, but there is almost always a Groupon or other discount site with half-price single day tickets for the entire weekend which will save you money.
  • DAN: What about autograph and photo opportunity tickets?
    • BILL: I will from time to time, depending on who it is, because some opportunities can sell out. There’s no harm in that–the prices don’t go down at all and there are no discounts.
  • DAN: OK, so what about the Dealer’s Room? Is it really that good–because the one in Boston last year was…small.
    • BILL: Vegas has the biggest Dealer’s Room I’ve ever seen with more tables and booths of stuff than probably any other Trek convention. Plus, there are tables with actors signing autographs in the Dealer’s Room–like just about ALL of the TNG cast (with the exception of Patrick Stewart).
    • Pace yourself in this Dealer’s Room. There’s a LOT to see.
  • DAN: What should I budget for spending at the Convention?
    • BILL: that’s a tough one. The best thing to keep in mine when planning your Convention budget is EVERYTHING is more expensive in Las Vegas because it’s the BIGGEST convention of the year—snacks, drinks, merchandise in the dealer’s room, autographs, photos, EVERYTHING. Whatever you’d NORMALLY spend at a convention, I’d add at least 35% to it for Vegas and for a small buffer.
  • DAN: When does the schedule come out?
    • BILL: As much as I enjoy Creation conventions, this is one area where they drive me a little crazy.  The schedule for the weekend comes out like 2 weeks before the con and not a lot before that. I generally like a little more time to plan, but that’s the way they do it. The best idea is to keep an eye on their website.
  • DAN: What should I BRING to the convention?
    • BILL: I would bring the following…
      • Backpack—you’ll thank me later.
      • Padded envelope–for photos you may get autographed so they don’t get damaged.
      • Phone charger
      • Travel phone battery–the signal in the hall sucks sometimes and your phone may chew through battery looking for signal at times. Plus, if you’re like me, you’ll be taking a LOT of pics with your phone.
      • Snacks. Just remember to pack out your trash.
  • DAN: Any other tips?
    • BILL: If you’re not engaging in cosplay, dress for Vegas. It’ll be HOT.
      • Comfortable shoes
      • Check social media! Twitter, FB, etc. You may find out about things going on at the con you had no idea about by looking at other people’s post.  A lot of folks use the hashtag #STLV.
      • The Rio is one of the Caesar’s properties, so go into the casino and get yourself one of the TotalRewards cards, even if you don’t gamble. ALL of the Caesar’s properties offer discounts on EVERYTHING from bottled water to dinner entrees at restaurants with the card and a few bucks here and there adds up.
      • Check the schedule and keep checking it. There’s a LOT going on at the con and you can easily lose track of what’s going on. Plus, some cast members are only signing on particular days.

If you have suggestions for Las Vegas, please feel welcome to include them in the comments below or email us at trekgeeks [at] starfleet [dot] com and we’ll include them in an upcoming episode!


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Episode 12: Walking the Promenade


In this “geekful” episode, Dan and Bill take a look at the last couple of podcast episodes featuring DS9’s Nana Visitor and Andrew Robinson. Bill talks about his finally having read David Mack’s “Sorrows of the Empire” while on vacation. Dan and Bill reveal the 5 episodes they’d each show someone to get them into Deep Space Nine. Dan is subjected to yet another round of “Stump the Geek.”

Plus, the winners of the Trek Geeks Blu-Ray Giveaway are announced!  One lucky listener will win the Library of the first TEN Star Trek movies on Blu-Ray!  Two other listeners will win a $35 e-gift card to and a t-shirt from the Trek Geeks Shop, respectively!

Who will win?? Listen now and find out!







As always, we can’t thank the guys of Five Year Mission enough for letting us use their music for the Trek Geeks Podcast! Check out their all-original songs based on TOS episodes from their Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 albums online at!

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