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The Ready Room is a companion series for the new main Star Trek series. It first premiered in January 2019 with the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. It is the third companion Star Trek series, the second series to not be set in the Star Trek universe, and the replacement for the first season's companion show After Trek.

An aftershow interview series, at first with no predetermined run time, The Ready Room was from its second season onward intended to be viewed after watching a new episode of the main Star Trek series on the conglomerate's own streaming service, CBS All Access, which was subsequently rebranded to Paramount+.

The first "season", broadcast alongside Discovery Season 2, had a very limited format; only one or two interviews, featuring only a very simple set. This season was hosted by Naomi Kyle and streamed on Facebook Live the day after the debut of each Discovery episode, starting with "New Eden".

Starting with its second season, The Ready Room was hosted by Wil Wheaton. This covered the first season of Star Trek: Picard, with a new episode available on both CBSAA and Facebook Live the same day as the Picard episode it was covering. [1] Aware that Picard was eagerly awaited by fans, the Star Trek franchise opted to give the format a production upgrade by beefing it up with additional features, similar to the special features traditionally included on the DVD and Blu-ray home video format releases. However, most of these pre-recorded features (or rather "featurettes" as their run-times are typically under five minutes long) were ultimately not included on the various home video formats, so these featurettes remained Ready Room (or YouTube, where the franchise occasionally posted additional pre-recorded featurettes as well) exclusives. This particular practice was continued for the productions that came after Picard Season 1, and was indicative of the perceived diminishing value of the physical home media formats which had started with the advent of the streaming services. [2] Additionally, trivia questions and previews for subsequent episodes were included. The renewed enhanced formula therefore moved the aftershow format back closer to the one it was supposed to replace, After Trek.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all episodes which aired from July 2020 through October 2021 were shot remotely at Wheaton's home, with guests appearing via video link. Beginning with the episodes accompanying Discovery Season 4, The Ready Room was shot on a new, larger set, with a combination of in-person and remote guests.

Three episodes were produced in conjunction with the first season of Lower Decks. For Discovery's third season, new Ready Room episodes aired alongside each episode of Discovery. Two more episodes aired with Lower Decks Season 2, and one episode aired in conjunction with the premiere episode of Star Trek: Prodigy. New episodes aired alongside each episode of Discovery's fourth season until the premiere of Picard Season 2, when The Ready Room shifted its focus to that series.

Starting with the aftershow's sixth season, which dealt with the last season of Discovery, the episode runtime was cut in half and brought down to fifteen minutes at the very most to effect further cost-savings as Paramount+ battled severe financial adversity at the time (see: main article). Exempt though were the last two episodes, conceivably to allow The Ready Room giving Discovery a proper send-off.

Episode list[]

Star Trek: Discovery Season 2[]

The Ready Room Season 1, 13 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
"Brother and New Eden" 1x01 101 "Brother" and "New Eden" Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin 14 2019-01-25
"Point of Light" 1x02 102 "Point of Light" Mary Chieffo 37 2019-02-01
"An Obol for Charon" 1x03 103 "An Obol for Charon" Anthony Rapp 22 2019-02-08
"Saints of Imperfection" 1x04 104 "Saints of Imperfection" Wilson Cruz 22 2019-02-15
"The Sound of Thunder" 1x05 105 "The Sound of Thunder" Doug Jones 26 2019-02-22
"Light and Shadows" 1x06 106 "Light and Shadows" James Frain 14 2019-03-01
"If Memory Serves" 1x07 107 "If Memory Serves" Ethan Peck 26 2019-03-08
"Project Daedalus" 1x08 108 "Project Daedalus" Hannah Cheesman 22 2019-03-15
"The Red Angel" 1x09 109 "The Red Angel" Sonequa Martin-Green 20 2019-03-22
"Perpetual Infinity" 1x10 110 "Perpetual Infinity" Shazad Latif 17 2019-03-29
"Through the Valley of Shadows" 1x11 111 "Through the Valley of Shadows" Anson Mount 29 2019-04-05
"Such Sweet Sorrow" 1x12 112 "Such Sweet Sorrow" Michelle Paradise 19 2019-04-12
"Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2" 1x13 113 "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2" Sonequa Martin-Green 19 2019-04-19

Star Trek: Picard Season 1[]

The Ready Room Season 2, 11 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
"Remembrance" 2x01 201 "Remembrance" Michael Chabon and Hanelle M. Culpepper 24 2020-01-23
"Maps and Legends" 2x02 202 "Maps and Legends" Akiva Goldsman 27 2020-01-30
"The End is the Beginning" 2x03 203 "The End is the Beginning" Michelle Hurd 26 2020-02-06
"Absolute Candor" 2x04 204 "Absolute Candor" Santiago Cabrera 28 2020-02-13
"Stardust City Rag" 2x05 205 "Stardust City Rag" Evan Evagora 27 2020-02-20
"The Impossible Box" 2x06 206 "The Impossible Box" Jeri Ryan and Rod Roddenberry 30 2020-02-27
"Nepenthe" 2x07 207 "Nepenthe" Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner 29 2020-03-05
"Broken Pieces" 2x08 208 "Broken Pieces" Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco 26 2020-03-12
"Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1" 2x09 209 "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1" Isa Briones 28 2020-03-19
"Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2" 2x10 210 "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2" Patrick Stewart and Alison Pill 30 2020-03-26
"Away Mission Special" 2x11 211 Picard Season 1 Patrick Stewart, Christine Clark, and James MacKinnon 44 2020-07-02

Star Trek: Lower Decks Specials[]

The Ready Room Lower Decks Specials, 7 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
Season 1
"LD Season 1 Premiere Special" 1x01 1 Lower Decks creation Mike McMahan and Barry Kelly 31 2020-08-06
"LD Season 1 Midseason Special" 1x02 2 Lower Decks cast and characters Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid,
Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero
35 2020-09-10
"LD Season 1 Finale Special" 1x03 3 Lower Decks Season 1 Mike McMahan, Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O'Connell, Fred Tatasciore, Gillian Vigman,
and Jonathan Frakes
31 2020-10-08
Season 2
"LD Season 2 Premiere Special" 2x01 4 "Strange Energies" Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, and Mike McMahan 25 2021-08-12
"LD Season 2 Finale Special" 2x02 5 Lower Decks Season 2 and "First First Contact" Dawnn Lewis, Jerry O'Connell, Fred Tatasciore, Gillian Vigman, Mike McMahan, Tawny Newsome, Eugene Cordero, and Noël Wells 31 2021-10-14
Season 3
"LD Season 3 Premiere Special" 3x01 6 "Grounded" Mike McMahan & Dawnn Lewis 35 2022-08-25
"LD Season 3 Midseason Special" 3x02 7 "Reflections" Tawny Newsome 34 2022-09-22
"LD Season 3 Finale Special" 3x03 8 "The Stars At Night" Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Brett Grey, and Ella Purnell 41 2022-10-27
Season 4
"LD Season 4 Finale Special" 4x01 9 Lower Decks Season 4 and "Old Friends, New Planets" Dawnn Lewis and Jerry O'Connell 31 2023-11-02

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3[]

The Ready Room Season 3, 13 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
"That Hope Is You, Part 1" 3x01 301 "That Hope Is You, Part 1" David Ajala 33 2020-10-15
"Far From Home" 3x02 302 "Far From Home" Doug Jones and Mary Wiseman 34 2020-10-22
"People of Earth" 3x03 303 "People of Earth" Jonathan Frakes, Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, and Jeff Russo 34 2020-10-29
"Forget Me Not" 3x04 304 "Forget Me Not" Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz 32 2020-11-05
"Die Trying" 3x05 305 "Die Trying" Rachael Ancheril and Jason Zimmerman 33 2020-11-12
"Scavengers" 3x06 306 "Scavengers" Neville Page 35 2020-11-19
"Unification III" 3x07 307 "Unification III" Sonequa Martin-Green 34 2020-11-26
"The Sanctuary" 3x08 308 "The Sanctuary" Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander 30 2020-12-03
"Terra Firma, Part 1" 3x09 309 "Terra Firma, Part 1" Emily Coutts, Oyin Oladejo, Patrick Kwok-Choon, Ronnie Rowe Jr., and Sara Mitich 35 2020-12-10
"Terra Firma, Part 2" 3x10 310 "Terra Firma, Part 2" Michelle Yeoh 33 2020-12-17
"Su'Kal" 3x11 311 "Su'Kal" Doug Jones and Janet Kidder 35 2020-12-24
"There Is A Tide..." 3x12 312 "There Is A Tide..." Jonathan Frakes 34 2020-12-31
"That Hope Is You, Part 2" 3x13 313 "That Hope Is You, Part 2" Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Paradise, and Olatunde Osunsanmi 32 2021-01-07

Star Trek: Prodigy Specials[]

The Ready Room Prodigy Specials, 2 episodes:

Title Episode Production number Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
"PRO Season 1 Premiere Special" PROx01 1 "Lost and Found" Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman, and Kate Mulgrew 30 2021-10-28
"PRO Season 1 Finale Special" PROx20 2 "Supernova, Part 2" Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman, Kate Mulgrew, and Ella Purnell 32 2022-12-29

Star Trek: Discovery Season 4 / Star Trek: Picard Season 2 / Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1[]

The Ready Room Season 4, 29 episodes:

Title Episode Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
Discovery (Season 4)
"Kobayashi Maru" 4x01 DIS: "Kobayashi Maru" and PRO: "Terror Firma" Sonequa Martin-Green and Kate Mulgrew 35 2021-11-18
"Anomaly (DIS)" 4x02 "Anomaly (DIS)" David Ajala 25 2021-11-29
"Choose to Live" 4x03 "Choose to Live" Ian Alexander and Blu del Barrio 26 2021-12-02
"All Is Possible" 4x04 "All Is Possible" Mary Wiseman 25 2021-12-09
"The Examples" 4x05 "The Examples" Anthony Rapp 25 2021-12-16
"Stormy Weather" 4x06 "Stormy Weather" Jonathan Frakes 27 2021-12-23
"...But to Connect" 4x07 "...But to Connect" Doug Jones 26 2021-12-30
"All In" 4x08 "All In" Sonequa Martin-Green and David Ajala 34 2022-02-10
"Rubicon" 4x09 "Rubicon" Wilson Cruz 25 2022-02-17
"The Galactic Barrier" 4x10 DIS: "The Galactic Barrier" and PIC Season 2 Glenn Hetrick 27 2022-02-24
Picard (Season 2)
"The Star Gazer" 4x11 "The Star Gazer" Patrick Stewart 34 2022-03-03
"Penance" 4x12 "Penance" John de Lancie 33 2022-03-10
"Coming Home" 4x13 DIS: "Coming Home" Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Paradise, and Olatunde Osunsanmi 35 2022-03-17
"Watcher" 4x14 "Watcher" Lea Thompson and Ito Aghayere 29 2022-03-24
"Fly Me to the Moon" 4x15 "Fly Me to the Moon" Annie Wersching 25 2022-03-31
"Two of One" 4x16 "Two of One" Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner 34 2022-04-07
"Monsters" 4x17 "Monsters" Ito Aghayere 34 2022-04-14
"Mercy" 4x18 "Mercy" Jeri Ryan and Santiago Cabrera 34 2022-04-21
"Hide and Seek" 4x19 "Hide and Seek" Evan Evagora and Michelle Hurd 28 2022-04-28
Strange New Worlds (Season 1)
"Strange New Worlds" 4x20 SNW: "Strange New Worlds" and PIC: "Farewell" Akiva Goldsman and Anson Mount 31 2022-05-03
"Children of the Comet" 4x21 "Children of the Comet" Celia Rose Gooding and Henry Alonso Myers 26 2022-05-12
"Ghosts of Illyria" 4x22 "Ghosts of Illyria" Rebecca Romijn and Akela Cooper 28 2022-05-19
"Memento Mori" 4x23 "Memento Mori" Christina Chong and Davy Perez 28 2022-05-26
"Spock Amok" 4x24 "Spock Amok" Ethan Peck and Gia Sandhu 33 2022-06-02
"Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach" 4x25 "Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach" Alex Kurtzman 56 2022-06-09
"The Serene Squall" 4x26 "The Serene Squall" Jess Bush 31 2022-06-16
"The Elysian Kingdom" 4x27 "The Elysian Kingdom" Babs Olusanmokun and Melissa Navia 30 2022-06-23
"All Those Who Wander" 4x28 "All Those Who Wander" Bruce Horak 28 2022-06-30
"A Quality of Mercy" 4x29 "A Quality of Mercy" Ethan Peck and Henry Alonso Myers 34 2022-07-07

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Specials[]

The Ready Room Strange New Worlds Specials, 1 episode:

Title Episode Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
"SNW Exploring Season 2" SNWx01 "The Broken Circle" Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn (remote video link), and Ethan Peck (in person studio guest) 22 2023-06-09

Star Trek: Picard Season 3 / Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2[]

The Ready Room Season 5, 20 episodes:

Title Episode Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
Picard (Season 3)
"The Next Generation" 5x01 "The Next Generation" Patrick Stewart and Gates McFadden 45 2023-02-16
"Disengage" 5x02 "Disengage" Ed Speleers 45 2023-02-23
"Seventeen Seconds" 5x03 "Seventeen Seconds" Jonathan Frakes 34 2023-03-02
"No Win Scenario" 5x04 "No Win Scenario" Todd Stashwick 34 2023-03-09
"Imposters" 5x05 "Imposters" Michael Dorn and Michelle Hurd 35 2022-03-16
"The Bounty" 5x06 "The Bounty" LeVar Burton, Mica Burton, and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut 35 2022-03-23
"Dominion" 5x07 "Dominion" Tim Russ 34 2022-03-30
"Surrender" 5x08 "Surrender" Brent Spiner 32 2022-04-06
"Võx" 5x09 "Võx" Jonathan Frakes and Elizabeth Dennehy 35 2022-04-15
"The Last Generation" 5x10 "The Last Generation" Jeri Ryan and Terry Matalas 35 2022-04-22
Strange New Worlds (Season 2)
"The Broken Circle" 5x11 "The Broken Circle" Ethan Peck 31 2023-06-15
"Ad Astra per Aspera" 5x12 "Ad Astra per Aspera" Rebecca Romijn 29 2023-06-22
"Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" 5x13 "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" Paul Wesley 32 2023-06-29
"Among the Lotus Eaters" 5x14 "Among the Lotus Eaters" Anson Mount 32 2023-07-06
"Charades" 5x15 "Charades" Jess Bush 29 2023-07-13
"Lost in Translation" 5x16 "Lost in Translation" Celia Rose Gooding and Carol Kane 31 2023-07-20
"Those Old Scientists" 5x17 "Those Old Scientists" Jack Quaid, Tawny Newsome, and Jonathan Frakes 30 2023-07-23
"Under the Cloak of War" 5x18 "Under the Cloak of War" Babs Olusanmokun and Melissa Navia 35 2023-07-23
"Subspace Rhapsody" 5x19 "Subspace Rhapsody" Christina Chong 33 2023-08-03
"Hegemony" 5x20 "Hegemony" J. Alan Scott 33 2023-08-10

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5[]

The Ready Room Season 6, 9 episodes:

Title Episode Topic Guest(s) Runtime Original airdate
Discovery (Season 5)
"Red Directive" 6x01 "Red Directive" and "Under the Twin Moons" Doug Jones 15 2024-04-04
"Jinaal" 6x02 "Jinaal" Wilson Cruz 15 2024-04-11
"Face the Strange" 6x03 "Face the Strange" Anthony Rapp 15 2024-04-18
"Mirrors" 6x04 "Mirrors" Callum Keith Rennie 15 2024-04-25
"Whistlespeak" 6x05 "Whistlespeak" Alex Kurtzman and Anthony Tran 15 2024-05-02
"Erigah" 6x06 "Erigah" Elias Toufexis and Eve Harlow 15 2024-05-09
"Labyrinths" 6x07 "Labyrinths" David Ajala 15 2024-05-16
"Lagrange Point" 6x08 "Lagrange Point" Blu del Barrio and Jonathan Frakes 26 2024-05-23
"Life, Itself" 6x09 "Life, Itself" Sonequa Martin-Green and Michelle Paradise 29 2024-05-30


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