Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast (Creators)
125: The Consistency of Inconsistencies

The A to Z of

There is a truism when it comes to fandom: The Devil is in the Details ... or at many times, the lack or inconsistency thereof. Canon, in and of itself, is a very delicate proposition. It can change as easily as the creative and production teams change between projects, impacting the way that canonical information is distributed and applied to the overall fandom. We rely on these details so that we can faithfully extend our fandom and immersion. Yet, there are far too many instances where important and granular level details fall through some severely large and unstable singularities.

There is also another truism regarding fandom: If you want something done right, do it yourself. Jeffrey Harlan, Mr. Atoz of’s Standard Orbit, followed that very axiom and created; an encyclopedic online reference born out of a need to consolidate Star Trek facts, figures, lore and nomenclature. As a Star Trek fan-fiction writer and enthusiast, Jeffrey needed a very specific and dependable resource and database. Please join us as we discover how came to be - out of need at first, and later as both a public online resource and as a personal labor of love.

Norman C. Lao, Jeffrey Harlan, and Ken Tripp

Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:07)
The A to Z of (00:02:35)
If You Build It, Trekkies Will Come (00:06:02)
How Does One Start Using Trekipedia? (00:09:50)
Trying to Make Sense Of It All? (00:12:58)
D.I.Y. Star Trek History (00:16:47)
The Chief Grills Mr. Atoz! (00:21:32)
Granular Level Geekery (00:28:10)
The Nitpick of Nu Trek (00:40:54)
Future Challenges (00:48:01)
A One Man Mr. AtoZ Band (00:52:43)
Thank You for Listening to Standard Orbit (01:09:08)

C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Ken Tripp (Editor and Associate Producer), Renee Roberts (Associate Producer), Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: so-125.mp3
Category:Creators -- posted at: 9:00am MST

72: Anonymous Extraordinary

Remembering Harve Bennett. 


Over the last 50 years, only a handful of people can be said to have run the Star Trek franchise. In the 80's, that man was Harve Bennett, who we recently lost.  In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by "Star Trek Khan Movie Expert Guy" John Tenuto to talk about what Harve brought to the franchise. He had a hand in writing and producing Star Treks 2-5 and worked closely with each director to help tell the best story possible and get it to the screen. Find out more about all the things Harve did for the franchise during our talk with John.



Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler



John Tenuto


Editor and Producer

Drew Stewart


Associate Producer

Richard Rutledge, Jr.


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen



Hello John (00:01:07)

Star Trek II (00:02:15)

Collaborative Spirit (00:12:49)

Star Trek III (00:19:14)

Star Trek IV (00:25:16)

Star Trek V (00:30:17)

The Academy Years (00:35:44)

Final Thoughts (00:48:36)

Where To See John (00:52:56)

Closing (00:55:34)


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Direct download: so-072.mp3
Category:Creators -- posted at: 5:30pm MST

30: Proto Peggy Olson

D.C. Fontana.

If Gene Roddenberry was the Founding Father of Star Trek, then D.C. Fontana was the Founding Mother. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we explore D.C.'s trek from secretary to script editor to writer to story consultant to show runner. We discuss her 10 episodes of The Original Series, her post-TOS episodes, and even touch on her non-Trek works. Find out more about this possible inspiration for a certain Mad Men character!

Direct download: so-030.mp3
Category:Creators -- posted at: 2:30am MST