Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold-Episode 115: John Billingsley

The Facts about Phlox with John Billingsley

Trek Untold kicks off the new year with a trip to sickbay, as we are hanging out with John Billingsley. This actor portrayed Dr. Phlox on all four seasons of “Star Trek: Enterprise” and has a lot to say about being the first Denobulan to serve on a Starfleet vessel.

 John tells us about his Phlox audition story and what he initially thought this new alien species was supposed to be like, how he created the character, a ton of acting theory and performing techniques, including his utilization of the Meisner method and what he wished was different about performing in Star Trek. We also have some discussion about “Similitude,” “Doctor's Orders” AKA the one with Naked Phlox, “Anomaly,” the real-life 9/11 politics that became part of Enterprise and the Xindi story arc, Dorothy Duder's food, and more Trek tales.

 Plus, John answers your questions! I sent out the notice on social media, and you did not disappoint with your queries. We covered Stargate SG-1, The Orville, “Cold Case,” “Out of Time” with Denzel Washington, why he thinks Enterprise only lasted four seasons, and much more!

 Most importantly, John is here to promote the upcoming Trek Talks 2 Telethon to support the Hollywood Food Coalition. Check out and for more info about the Trek Talks 2 Telethon and how you can support this great cause!

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