Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast (Season Two)
120: Get Schmedlap On It!

Essential Season Two TOS.

When it comes to ranking the "best" episodes of The Original Series, there are Top Ten lists ... and there are TOP TEN lists. Unlike Season One, episodes from Seasons Two and Three are rarely represented. Believing these Top Ten lists are imbalanced in many ways, your Refit Team has revisited all three seasons of TOS to discover what we believe are true "essential viewing" recommendations. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we continue our coverage from Episode 119; delving deeply into Season Two with a more finely tuned eye and critical perspective.

Our goal for this episode, and for all of the TOS "Essentials" podcasts, is to offer a new and perhaps in many ways - different "best of" list for each season so that newcomers to The Original Series can use our recommendations as an essentials starter kit; episodes chosen from each season and not heavily influenced by any one in particular. We believe our listeners will truly enjoy these comprehensive recommendations compiled by their very own Refit Crew; podcasters and friends they have come to know and trust here on Standard Orbit.

Norman C. Lao, Jeffrey Harlan, and Ken Tripp

Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:10)
The Essentials Season One Shakedown (00:03:38)
Season Two … Essentially More Difficult (00:05:26)
A Piece of the Ultimate Pattern (00:12:30)
The Fantastic Five (00:21:28)
A Convergence at Four (00:28:25)
Atoz is Speechless at Three (00:36:29)
Essential Diversity at Two (00:42:53)
The Refit Team Never Bluffs (00:52:54)
Four Out of Five Ain’t Bad (01:01:12)
Hailing Frequencies Open (01:05:18)
Our Final Thoughts and Thank You (01:07:50)

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-120.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 8:00am MST

76: Ear-Hiding Hats

Season Two with @FirstTimeTrek.

Finding someone who is willing to share their feelings on a show as they watch it is rare, especially one who isn't carrying a lot of baggage. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined again by Andi—a.k.a. "FirstTimeTrek"— who has been live tweeting her experience of watching Star Trek for the first time. Having recently finished Season Two, Andi tells us about her favorite episodes from the season, some of her favorite moments, and what the show really does right. We also talk a bit about the fashion found in the second season and where primitive aliens could get acrylic nails. And Spock's hats, of course.

Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Andi VanderKolk
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
Season Two Favorites (00:03:49)
Season Two Not Favorites (00:07:16)
Mirror, Mirror (00:14:01)
A Piece Of The Action (00:19:36)
Assignment:Earth Teaser (00:21:32)
The Trouble With Tribbles (00:22:28)
Amok Time (00:27:25)
The Doomsday Machine (00:29:45)
A Private Little War (00:32:48)
Patterns of Force (00:37:28)
Final Thoughts on Season Two (00:42:03)
Preview of Season Three (00:43:46)
Finding Andi (00:45:47)
Direct download: so-076.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 7:02am MST

51: Oh, It’s Just Mudd

Season Two Top Five.

It's time again to go through a season of Star Trek and pick favorites. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew expose their favorite episodes from Season Two of The Original Series. We admit our love for Vulcans, Tribbles, androids, Andorians, gangsters, and even a wolf! A few of the choices are off beat, but then again, so are the hosts. Join us as we admit how funny we find the second season!


Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler


Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart


Associate Producers
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Intro (1:11)
Drew’s #5: “Journey to Babel” (1:58)
Mike’s #5: “A Piece of the Action” (5:30)
Drew’s #4 / Mike’s #4: “Amok Time” (7:18)
Drew’s #3: “The Doomsday Machine” (9:28)
Mike’s #3: “Wolf in the Fold” (11:55)
Mike’s #2: “Mirror, Mirror” (13:58)
Drew’s #2 / Mike’s #1: “The Trouble With Tribbles” (17:45)
Drew’s #1: “I, Mudd” (19:57)
Recap (22:17)
Closing (22:49) 


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Direct download: so-051.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 7:00am MST

Marc Cushman on Season Two.

A lot happened behind the scenes of the second season of The Original Series. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages, to discuss some of the topics that are going to be covered in Marc's second book in his Star Trek series. Find out how Lucille Ball lost her studio, why NBC tried to kill the show, and who really wrote all your favorite episodes.

Direct download: so-016.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 8:00pm MST