Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
85: Issues With These Issues

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: Mirrored.

The Mirror Universe: It's always there, lurking in the shadows, even in the JJ-Verse. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew go through the IDW comic "Mirrored" and try to figure out what it all means. We compare the JJ-Mirror-Universe with the JJ-Verse, the Prime Universe, and the Prime-Mirror-Universe. And we ponder whether the JJ-Verse itself is an alternate timeline or an alternate universe.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C Bryan Jones

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Issue 1 Breakdown (00:01:15)
Issue 2 Breakdown (00:20:20)
Comparison With The Episode (00:32:45)
Closing (00:36:59)
 
Direct download: so-085.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 2:29pm MDT

84: PEACE

The Classic TOS Movies with @FirstTimeTrek.

Do you remember watching the Star Trek movies for the first time? Andi sure does, because she just did! In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew have Andi share her thoughts on each of the 6 original ​Star Trek​ movies. Find out how she feels about each movie without having the benefit of growing up with them!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Andi VanderKolk
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C Bryan Jones

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Finally Caught Up (00:01:21)
The First Picture (00:02:11)
The Wrath of First (00:11:22)
The First for Spock (00:13:51)
The Voyage First (00:26:59)
The Final First (00:35:23)
The Undiscovered First (00:45:44)
TO BE CONTINUED… (00:54:24)
Closing (00:56:26)
 
Direct download: so-084.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 9:19am MDT

83: Really Cruel Smirk

Plato’s Stepchildren Commentary With @FirstTimeTrek.

A lot of Season 3 episodes get a bad rap. Do they all deserve it? In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew are joined by Andi as she walks us through "Plato's Stepchildren", showing us that it may not be as bad as we think. We compare the episode to such diverse films as ​Airplane!Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, and Eyes Wide Shut​, while discovering that it's hard to draw the line between what is embarrassing for the character to do and what the actor has to do.

No animals were harmed in the making of this podcast.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Andi (@FirstTimeTrek)
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C Bryan Jones

Associate Producers
Rene Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Commentary Start (00:03:03)
Final Thoughts (00:54:05)
Farewells (00:57:30)
Closing (00:59:10)
 
 
Direct download: so-083.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 4:06pm MDT

82: Pink Blood and No Tear Ducts

Creating The Standard Orbit Canon: The Movies.

The time has come to fit the final piece of the puzzle into our canon. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew go through the movies to decide what needs to be kept to tell the story of TOS. Do we need all the movies? Do we only really need ​The Undiscovered Country​? What about those other movies? Each one goes on the chopping block in the lead up to the final reveal of the official "Standard Orbit Canon"!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C Bryan Jones
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
The Final Canon (00:00:50)
The Motion Picture (00:02:32)
The Wrath of Khan (00:07:28)
The Search for Spock (00:09:55)
The Voyage Home (00:13:09)
The Final Frontier (00:15:30)
The Undiscovered Country (00:18:35)
Star Trek 2009 (00:22:30)
Into Darkness (00:27:04)
The Final Totals (00:28:44)
Closing (00:30:32)
 
Direct download: so-082.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:20am MDT

81: Tales From Cupcake

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: The Redshirt's Tale.

Every series needs its "Lower Decks", where we witness events from the point of view of the lesser-known but still important people. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew talk about the IDW comic that tells the story of "The Apple" from the point of view of the redshirts. This issue lets us know what the rest of the crew feels about everyone's rushed promotions at the end of ​Star Trek 2009​, but more importantly, how important redshirts are for a ship to function. We also talk sports mascots, both real and fictional, how the uniforms of background characters may actually be different from the "hero" uniforms, and ponder what sort of Thanksgiving is actually celebrated in the future.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, and C Bryan Jones

Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
​Hendorff (00:02:33)
Re-Meeting The Crew (00:05:03)
The Redshirt Cliche (00:15:29)
The Actual Episode (00:17:46)
Cupcake Into Darkness (00:27:17)
Closing (00:30:07)
 
Direct download: so-081.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 6:34am MDT

80: Fridged

Season Three with @FirstTimeTrek.

Is the third season of The Original Series really as bad as Trekkies make it seem? Would it break first time watchers having to sit through it? 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. Find out if she came through the season unscathed and if she managed to pluck any jewels from the slime.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Guest
Andi (@FirstTimeTrek)
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
A Certain Amount of Baggage (00:01:38)
Thoughts on Season 3 (00:05:30)
Season Three Not Favorites (00:09:46)
The Paradise Syndrome (00:10:27)
Turnabout Intruder (00:14:21)
Season Three Favorites / The Enterprise Incident (00:18:36)
The Tholian Web / Whom Gods Destroy (00:21:28)
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (00:29:00)
Decent But Not Great (00:32:40)
Thoughts On TOS Overall (00:34:50)
Looking Forward To The Movies(00:40:16)
Goodbye To Andi (00:43:00)
Closing (00:48:25)
 
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Category:Season Three -- posted at: 5:51am MDT

79: The Women!

What If “The Cage” Got Picked Up.


Imagine a world in which NBC loved "The Cage" and didn't request any changes to the series. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew brainstorm the alternate universe in which this happened. Would the show have been better? Would it be more popular than what we ended up with? Would having a better show earlier actually have changed the shape of the entire franchise? Explore the possibilities with us in this reality-warping episode!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producers
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
​What If (00:00:49)

How Long Would It Have Lasted? (00:02:20)

Would It Have Been That Different? (00:07:26)

What Would Have Been Different (00:16:53)

Course Correction (00:22:42)

Comic Continuation (00:26:42)

Closing (00:28:21)

 
Direct download: so-079.mp3
Category:Pilot Episodes -- posted at: 9:24am MDT

78: Space Bond and Ninja Cat

Assignment: Earth Commentary With @FirstTimeTrek.

For every First Time Trekker, there is a second time. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Andi (@FirstTimeTrek) joins us as she re-watches an episode of Star Trek for the first time, "Assignment: Earth"! We talk ninja cats, ear-hiding hats, short skirts, short ties, Doctor Who, Kirk and Spock's fighting styles, and so much more! Don't miss this opportunity to hear someone's first time watching an episode for the second time!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

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

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
​Intro To The Episode (00:01:39)
Commentary Start (00:04:04)
Till Next Time, Andi (00:54:25)
Closing (00:55:34)
 
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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 7:42am MDT

77: Ready Or Not, She Launches

"Return To Tomorrow" Book with Preston Neal Jones

 

​Sometimes a bad thing 40 years ago becomes a good thing today. In this episode of Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew talk with author Preston Neal Jones about his oral history book on The Motion Picture, "Return To Tomorrow". Originally planned as a double-issue of the Cinefantastique magazine, Preston interviewed 60 people involved with the making of the first Star Trek movie while it was being made. Now these interviews are compiled into a 672-page book, making a "montage of memory" of what it was like to be there in 1979 in the lead up to release. What was the big problem with the making of the film? Was there more than one? And is it OK to call Trekkers "Trekkies"? We discuss this and more in this fascinating episode!

 

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Preston Neal Jones
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
​The Book (00:01:09)

How A Magazine Becomes A Book (00:05:34)

You Were There (00:10:31)

Full Access Pass (00:13:55)

Getting Into Journalism (00:16:42)

Trekkie vs Trekker (00:17:35)

Portrait of a Non-Trekkie (00:19:07)

Too Many Scripts (00:26:14)

Assigning Blame (00:28:10)

Misconceptions (00:32:55)

What If… (00:36:54)

Where To Get The Book (00:39:51)

Closing (00:42:06)

 
Direct download: so-077.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:21am MDT

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.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

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

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
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 MDT

75: A Fiftieth Anniversary Movie
Pitching Star Trek 13.

The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is coming up in 2016. We're also getting the next Star Trek movie that year. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew pitch their ideas for what they would do if they were making this historic movie. Whether the mission continues after or if this is the end of the trilogy, this movie needs to make a statement. What would your hosts want that statement to be? What other anniversary would it most resemble? And what makes a trilogy a trilogy anyway? Find out all this and the etymology of a surprising phrase in this episode!

 

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
It’s Easy To Pitch Trek (00:04:54)
Drew’s Pitch (00:05:48)
Mike’s Pitch (00:10:01)
What Makes A Trilogy (00:16:58)
Our Predictions (00:22:31)
Closing (00:27:21)
 
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Direct download: so-075.mp3
Category:Abramsverse -- posted at: 5:00pm MDT

74: A Righteous Cause

Marc Cushman on Season Three, Part 2.

Ratings are the name of the game in television. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are rejoined by Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages​, to find out what the creative team behind Season 3 did to garner the ratings they did. Why did the season lead off with the episodes it did? Why did they hire a lawyer to play Gorgan? Ratings, my friends! Also, learn more about the two episodes that didn't get made, and why saving your best for last may not be the best idea.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Guest
Marc Cushman
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
​How Marc Learned To Write (00:01:04)
And The Children Shall Lead (00:5:12)
The Lost Episodes / Escaping Reality (00:09:30)
Does BTS Hurt The Episode? (00:13:32)
Your Last Battlefield (00:21:15)
Cushman’s Plans (00:26:20)
Closing (00:33:32)
 
Direct download: so-074.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 10:25am MDT

73: Numerous Lurking Variables

Marc Cushman on Season Three, Part 1.

The third season of Star Trek started with a lot of strikes against it, but not many people appreciate the work that went into making it the best it could have been. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined again by Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyages​, to find out what really happened behind the scenes of Season 3. What happens when you have to take the action out of your space action-adventure show, while being told to leave the ship more often but also having a much more limited budget in a time slot no one wanted? You do the best you can, which is exactly what Season 3 producer Fred Freiberger did. Find out more about what he and the others did to keep things running on the Starship Enterprise during the last year of it's mission!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Guest
Marc Cushman
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
What is TATV? (00:01:45)
Opinion of Season 3 (00:04:04)
Research Changes Things (00:09:42)
The Making of TV (00:14:35)
Making A Weekly Show From Nothing (00:20:10)
Adding A Twist to Themes (00:23:04)
What Could Have Been (00:28:55)
Fred Freiberger (00:34:22)
Closing (00:41:06)
 
Direct download: so-073.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 7:31am MDT

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.

 

Hosts

Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

 

Guest

John Tenuto

 

Editor and Producer

Drew Stewart

 

Associate Producer

Richard Rutledge, Jr.

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

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 MDT

71: The Master of Reaction

Remembering Leonard Nimoy.

Recently Star Trek experienced a great loss with the passing of Leonard Nimoy. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Marc Cushman, author of the "These Are The Voyages" book series, to talk about Nimoy's legacy.

Spock was such a unique character, and he needed a unique person to bring him to life. The part was written for Nimoy, and Nimoy took possession of it as only few could. In all things he did for the franchise, Nimoy was concerned not only for how Spock would be portrayed, but if his fellow actors were being treated fairly. He was a good friend to all. How do we deal with this loss? Marc helps us through this, and so much more.

Don't miss Marc's announcement of Books 4 and 5 of the "These Are The Voyages" series, revealed for the first time on Standard Orbit!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Marc Cushman
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Hi To Marc (00:00:52)
What Nimoy Brought To The Franchise (00:01:21)
Marc & Leonard (00:09:08)
He Loved His Crew (00:11:51)
He Was Spock (00:16:31)
Nimoy in the 70’s & 80’s [With Announcement!] (00:17:54)
The Announcement Continues (00:22:50)
Nimoy in the Next Generation (00:29:41)
Nimoy in the New Movies (00:31:36)
How To Deal With The Loss (00:39:46)
Thanks to Marc & Final Advice (00:45:13)
Closing (00:46:35)
 
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Category:Homages -- posted at: 2:13pm MDT

70: James Cameron’s The Trouble With Tribbles

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: The Truth About Tribbles.

Everyone loves tribbles. Except for Klingons, but what do they know? I guess they know that tribbles can present an ecological menace, which is what Kirk and Starfleet finds out in this arc of the JJ-verse comic! In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew compare the original "Trouble With Tribbles" episode with the vastly different "Truth About Tribbles" comic. While we do find some plot holes in the comic, it also presents us with the largest ties into Into Darkness outside of the actual prequel! We also find the perfect director and plot for the next Star Trekmovie!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
​David Gerrold Approved (00:01:56)
Issue 1 Breakdown (00:03:04)
Issue 2 Breakdown (00:12:34)
Conclusion (00:27:59)
Closing (00:30:51)
 
 
Direct download: so-070.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 2:29pm MDT

69: Crazy And Cool

Season Three Top Five.

Season 3 of The Original Series is not anyone's favorite season. Fortunately, there's still some good in it. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew each choose 5 favorite episodes from Season 3, surprisingly with very little crossover. There are several good concepts mediocrely executed. Does the whole season count as being "so bad it's good"? Is this where the anthology show concept loses its grip? Are there some genuinely good stories hiding in there?

We also have a quick news segment where we talk about the new writers for Star Trek 2016, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung and if we think they'll be a good fit for the franchise based on their past works.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
The Time Has Come (00:00:48)
Drew’s #5: “Spock’s Brain” (00:02:46)
Mike’s #4: “Is There in Truth No Beauty” (00:04:52)
Drew’s #3 / Mike’s #3: “Day of the Dove” (00:07:29)
TNG Interlude (00:09:20)
Mike’s #2: “The Mark of Gideon” (00:11:47)
Drew’s #2 / Mike’s #5: “The Tholian Web” (00:15:35)
Mike’s #1 / Drew’s #4: “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” (00:18:45)
Drew’s #1: “The Enterprise Incident” (00:20:35)
Recap (00:23:08)
NEWS: Simon Pegg, Writer (00:23:36)
Closing (00:33:59)
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Category:Season Three -- posted at: 8:12am MDT

68: A Genetic Connection

Mudd’s Passion (TAS) Commentary.

 

Continuing our talk on villains, we decided to cover the most recurring villain in TOS: Harry Mudd?  In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew do a commentary for Mudd's animated adventure, "Mudd's Passion". Battle lines are drawn regarding what should be done with The Animated Series, as we wonder if it was the inspiration for a certain Trek film and flip out over the best cutaway in all of Star Trek.

 

Don't worry if you haven't seen this one, we try to keep you updated with what is happening.

 

Hosts

Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Drew Stewart

 

Associate Producer

Richard Rutledge, Jr.

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Mudd Continuity (00:01:46)

Commentary Start (00:03:01)

Episode Thoughts (00:27:09)

Closing (00:29:16)

 

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Direct download: so-068.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 5:48pm MDT

67: A Bit More Villainous

Villains In The TOS Movies: Part 2.

 

Love them or love to hate them, villains are an integral part of the TOS movies. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about the villains of the last two TOS movies and the first two reboot movies. How villainous are villains you never really get to know? Is having an diverse group of villains better? Does having a weak villain make for a bad movie? Who would win in a fight between two villains? Find out what we think of these baddies in this evil episode!

 

Hosts

Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

 

Editor and Producer

Drew Stewart

 

Associate Producer

Richard Rutledge, Jr.

 

Production Manager

Richard Marquez

 

Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Sybok / “God” / Klaa? (00:01:25)
Chang & The Conspirators (00:08:05)
Nero (00:15:50)
Marcus / Khan (00:22:37)
Future Villains Teaser (00:29:09)
Closing (00:29:42)

 

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Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:41am MDT

66: Just Sort Of A Plot Device

Villains In The TOS Movies: Part 1.

 

For many people, the mark of a good movie is having a good villain. The question is, are villains really necessary? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about the "villains" of the first four TOS movies. We discuss the finer points of villainy, question the nature of villains, and ask the question, "Does doing bad things make you a bad person?" Find out what we think in this very Probe-ing episode!

 

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Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

 

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Drew Stewart

 

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Richard Rutledge, Jr.

 

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Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

"Boogie Night Orbit" Backdoor Pilot (00:00:50)

Quote Unquote Villain (00:05:02)

V’ger (00:06:31)

Khan (00:11:52)

Kruge (00:17:31)

The Whale Probe (00:25:03)

Closing (00:31:21)

 

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Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

65: Compress Them Like A JPEG

Transporter Ethics.

We’re told the transporter takes an object or person, disassembles them on a molecular level, transmits them to another place, then reassembles them. However, there are other instances where duplication happens. Where does that matter come from? Where does the matter for regular tranports come from?

McCoy has a distrust of the transporter. Is he crazy, or does he have a point? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss the transporter and the possible ethics of using it.

 

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Chapters
Transporter-phobia (00:00:50)
How Exactly Does It Work? (00:01:34)
Are You Creating A New Person? (00:09:03)
Are You Killing Duplicates? (00:16:08)
Could You Keep Backup People? (00:20:01)
Does Stephen King Take Place in the Twilight Zone? (00:23:28)
Closing (00:29:55)
 
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Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:04pm MDT

64: He’s Very Good With His Stick

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: Return of the Archons.

 

The Star Trek Ongoing comics went back to their usual episode retellings in the next pair of issues, but there were still plenty of changes in the alternate timeline. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss "Return of the Archons" and how Landru has changed over the timelines. Is Landru a 6000-year-old alien computer or a 100-year-old Federation computer? Could he be both? Has Sulu secretly been a Section 31 agent the whole time? Find out what we think as we continue our comic comparisons!

 

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Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

 

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Will Nguyen

 

Chapters

Return of the Archons or Return to the Archons (00:02:00)

Issue 1 Breakdown (00:04:27)

Issue 2 Breakdown (0020:41)

Conclusion (00:29:47)

Closing (00:31:09)

 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:41pm MDT

63: Abraham Lincoln vs Kahless

Creating The Standard Orbit Canon: Season Three.

The time has come to confront the toughest choices ever made on a podcast: which episodes of The Original Series' third season are worthy of being included in our canon? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew put each episode of Season Three on the scales to see how many weigh enough to make the cut to create the "Standard Orbit Canon". A surprising amount of episodes stand our test of continuity, play an important role in the future of Star Trek, and eventually lead to the finale of The Original Series, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

After we take or leave Season Three, we talk about the recently announced director of Star Trek 13, Justin Lin. We discuss the titling of his previous movies and what we think of what we've seen of his work. Also be sure to stick around through the closing to hear perhaps the greatest Audible book in existence!

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Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
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Drew Stewart

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Richard Marquez
 
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Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
SO Canon Theme Opening Titles (00:01:26)  
Spock’s Brain through Spectre of the Gun (00:04:23)  
Day of the Dove through The Empath (00:14:59)  
Elan of Troyius through The Lights of Zetar (00:22:03)  
Requiem for Methuselah through Turnabout Intruder (00:30:22)  
Recap (00:36:58)  
NEWS: Star Trek 13 Director Revealed (00:38:32)  
Closing (00:51:54)  
 
 
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Category:Season Three -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

62: The Butterfly Effect

Mirror, Mirror Commentary.

Wikipedia tells us that "the butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a minor change in circumstances can cause a large change in outcome." In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew do a commentary for the most butterfly-effecty episode of The Original Series, "Mirror, Mirror". While Drew may not care for the concept, he has to agree that this episode is a fantastic piece of work. However, he still had a few questions he and Mike discuss: Why are people so afraid of Vulcans in the Mirror Universe? How comfortable are the space beds everyone has in both universes? And what is the most trivial trivia that could possibly be pointed out? Find out the answers to these and so much more while we talk over one of our (and your!) favorite episodes!

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Drew Stewart
 
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Commentary Start (00:02:29)  
Final Thoughts (00:52:51)  
Closing (00:54:27)  
 
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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

61: Tin Foil Hat-Wearing Vulcans

NEWS: Star Trek 13 Director Shake-Up.

 

Last week, some pretty big news about the next Star Trek movie broke and we couldn't keep our opinions to ourselves. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about what Roberto Orci leaving the director's chair means for the future of the 50th anniversary, what will happen to the existing script, and who might replace him. Does it sound like they need to replace the script? Do your hosts want to #BringBackRiker? Find out in this special news episode!

 

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Chapters

Orci Out? (00:00:49)  

Throw Out The Script? (00:05:30)  

Edgar (W)right? (00:24:54)  

Dream Directors (00:34:22)  

Closing (00:40:04)  

 

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Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

60: Smooth And Polished And Pretty

Star Trek - The Motion Picture 35th Anniversary.

 

Thirty-five years ago this week, Star Trek was brought back from the dead in not just a movie, but a full-fledged Motion Picture. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss our first times seeing the film in its various forms, our first impressions, and how our opinion might have changed in the meantime. We rave about the music and the dialog scenes, and try to view it from The Original Generation who had to have been so excited to see their favorite crew on the big screen for the first time.

 

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Chapters
Introduction of TMP (00:02:38)
First Viewings of TMP (00:04:00)
First Impressions of TMP (00:9:33)
Comparing The Cuts (00:14:31)
What We Like About TMP (00:19:48)
The Original Generation (00:25:31)
Final Thoughts (00:28:16)
Closing (00:31:01)
 
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Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:00pm MDT

59: Keeping Everything Punny

Creating The Standard Orbit Canon: Season Two.

 

It's time again to help us pare down The Original Series into something even more manageable. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew continue our exercise going through Season Two of The Original Series and deciding what really needs to be there to create the “Standard Orbit Canon.” No episode is automatically safe, each one must stand our test of continuity, play an important role in the future of Star Trek, and eventually lead to the finale of The Original SeriesStar Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and perhaps beyond!

 

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Chapters
Amok Time Through I, Mudd (00:03:13)
Metamorphosis through Gamesters of Triskelion (00:10:35)
A Piece of the Action through Assignment Earth (00:17:15)
Recap (00:26:17)
Closing (00:28:54)
 
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Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 6:38pm MDT

58: That Submarine Effect

Balance of Terror Commentary.

No matter how far into the future Star Trek goes, the subject of racism never seems very far off. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew bring you a commentary for "Balance of Terror." During our talk, we cover weddings (specifically Mike's), the Table of Comets coffee table book, Mark Leonard's awesomeness, how the episode influenced The Wrath of Khan, and which film directors each captain would choose to shoot their viewscreen.

 

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Commentary Start (00:02:05)

Closing (00:53:09)

 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 7:55am MDT

57: Triple Weird Reveal Thing

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: Vulcan’s Vengeance.

The Star Trek Ongoing comics started out doing straight adaptations of episodes, but even when they went completely original they couldn't help but have shades of episodes present. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about the fourth set of IDW Ongoing comics "Vulcan's Vengeance.” Mike presents his theory that, because of all the changes to the timeline, this comic is actually a secret adaptation of "Balance of Terror.” Is the Vulcans' plan logical? Is this now a story of racism between Vulcans pretending to be Future Romulans and contemporary Romulans instead of a human being racist against a Vulcan for the actions of past Romulans? Find out how the Balance works out in our discussion!

 

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JJ’s Balance of Terror (1:32)

The Breakdown (3:57)

Final Thoughts (31:26)

Closing (32:47)

 

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Category:Comics -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

56: You’re Not Spock, Go Away

Star Trek: Phase II.

Almost ten years after The Original Series went off the air, Paramount was ready to bring back the show as Star Trek II (not that one… or THAT one), also known as Star Trek: Phase II. While it went back and forth between being a movie and a series, the casting, sets, and a lot of the episodes were already prepared, and some were re-purposed into The Motion Picture and The Next Generation.

In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about the series that mostly never was. Would it have worked? Would it have ended up like Mission Impossible II (not that one) and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, existing but remembered by few? We go through the new characters, the possible episodes, and several tangents on our way to Phase II.

 

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Chapters

Launching a Fourth Network (2:42)

Look Who’s Back! (8:33)

Episode Possibilites (23:23)

Would It Have Worked? (35:59)

Closing (42:46)

 

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Category:Phase II -- posted at: 1:30am MDT

55: Should Have Been The B Plot

Nyota Uhura.

Of all the characters in The Original Series, probably none was more underutilized than Uhura. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about the communications officer of the original Enterprise who could have been so much more had times been different. It seems that Uhura was just filling a seat that needed to be filled on the bridge. Was this a matter of race, or just of her not being one of the three main characters? Find out what we think of how Uhura was used, and how more plots should have rightly focused on her.

 

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Chapters

Meet Nyota (1:40)

Uhura in The Original Series (5:27)

Uhura in The Movies (14:26)

Uhura in The JJ-Verse (23:08)

Closing (29:18)

 

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

54: Kirk’s Joker

Khan-mentary 3: Into Darkness Commentary.

It's finally time for the last part in our commentary series on everyone's favorite bad guy, Khan! In Khan-mentary 3, John Tenuto joins Mike and Drew to talk about Star Trek Into Darkness! We talk about how much the writers of this film may have pulled from early drafts of Wrath of Khan besides the obvious bits, whether the casting and subsequent secrecy of Khan drew unnecessary criticism, and if there's more to the movie than a series of action scenes.

 

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John Tenuto

 

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Commentary Start (1:53)
Final Thoughts (2:11:32)
Closing (2:18:15)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

53: When In Doubt, Throw It Out

Creating The Standard Orbit Canon: Season One.

There’s a lot of Star Trek out there that doesn’t really fit into the wider continuity. What if you could focus on only the episodes that just help tell the story of Star Trek? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew conduct an editing exercise in which we go through Season One of The Original Series and figure out what we think really needs to be there in order to create the “Standard Orbit Canon.” No episode is automatically safe, each one must stand our test of continuity, play an important role in the future of Star Trek, and eventually lead to the finale of The Original Series, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

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The Standard Orbit Canon (0:48)
The Pilots (4:04)
The Man Trap through The Corbomite Maneuver (7:21)
The Menagerie through Court Martial (18:13)
Return of the Archons through Operation: Annihilate! (28:17)
What’s Left (30:39)
Closing (31:15)

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am MDT

52: Klingon Drill Bits

Klingons in TOS.

If there was ever a big bad guy for The Original Series, it was the Klingons. Devious and scheming, the TOS Klingons were always trying to undermine the Federation, even into the movies. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew attempt to understand these villains and how they change throughout the years. Listen to find out how far the Cold War analogy goes, and how proprietary their screws may be.

 

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TOS Season 1 (3:00)

TOS Season 2 (8:21)

TOS Season 3 (12:48)

The Movies (17:32)

A Touch on TNG (30:13)

Closing (32:38)

 

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Category:Aliens -- posted at: 6:00am MDT

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!

 

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Chapters
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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Category:Season Two -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

50: The Sun/Son Pun
Parallel Earths in Season Two.

There is a scientific theory that, since space is infinite, it's not impossible for there to be planets that are almost identical to our own. Of course, they would be impossibly far away. In the Star Trek universe, almost every other inhabited planet is a direct parallel to Earth. It was in Roddenberry's pitch to the networks and even explained in-show as "Hodgkin's Law of Parallel Planetary Development."
 
By the second season of The Original Series, even NBC was tired of using this plot; but sometimes good sci-fi requires some obvious parallels. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about three examples from the second half of Season Two and how much of the reuse was the stories needing to be told versus how much money they could save.
 
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Chapters
Introduction to Parallel Earths (0:56)
Bread And Circuses (3:23)
A Piece Of The Action (12:02)
Patterns of Force (18:01)
Closing (24:56)
 
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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

49: Too Bad About Your Brother
IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: Operation—Annihilate!
 
In the third set of IDW's Star Trek Ongoing series, we finally start getting real changes from the episodes they cover. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew take on IDW's take on "Operation—Annihilate!" Does the comic flip the A and B plots, making the story more about family, or does it focus on Spock being too eager to sacrifice himself? Were there kids on the Kelvin? What does the addition of George Samuel Kirk Junior bring to the series? Find out all this and even more in this exciting episode!
 
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Alternate Tales (1:27)
Step-dad or Uncle? (5:19)
Various Differences (8:13)
George S. Kirk, Jr. (12:38)
The New A Plot (17:29)
Needs Of The Many (20:49)
Continuity Coolness/Badness (24:54)
Closing (26:42)
 
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Direct download: so-049.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

48: Sulu 2 The Rescue

Hikaru Sulu.

Few characters in Star Trek experience actual advancement in their careers. Even fewer of them go through as many random jobs to get there as Hikaru Sulu. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew take a close look at Mr. Sulu, the head of astrosciences turned botanist turned helmsman turned starship captain. We talk about his many adventures on the Enterprise, how he got his own command, and how awesome of a captain he must have been.

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Chapters
Sulu Finds His Place in TOS (2:02)
Sulu Pilots around TOS (8:51)
Casting Sulu (12:55)
Sulu In The Movies (15:02)
Sulu In The Two-Way Mirror Universe (27:48)
Closing (34:41)

Direct download: so-048.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:30am MDT

47: An Adventure

Dragon Con & Parsec Awards Report.

In the game of Parsecs, you win or you lose. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike & Drew tell the tale of their Atlanta Adventure to Dragon Con for the Parsec Awards! What panels did we attend? What celebrities did we see? Did we win the coveted "Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team" Parsec Award? Find out all this and more in this adventuresome episode!

 

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Chapters

The Trip To Atlanta (2:06)
Dragon Con (5:44)
MST3K Panel (8:26)
Borg Reunion Panel (11:39)
Guardians of the Galaxy Panel (14:21)
Battlestar Galactica Panel (17:56)
The Parsec Awards (21:47)
The Voyage Home (28:26)
A Very Important Question (30:08)
Closing (31:22)

Direct download: so-047.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am MDT

46: Work Together As a T

Spock in Command.

When Kirk is away, the crew will play Captain. What does Kirk try to teach his first officer when he's out of service? Does it take two passionate individuals to balance out the logical one? Does Spock use the lessons he learns under Kirk’s captaincy to make the right decisions to save his crew? Listen and find out in this episode of Standard Orbit as Mike and Drew discuss the idea of Spock in command of the Enterprise and examine instances where Spock is thrown into command, whether he wants to be or not.

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Chapters
No Galileo Seven This Time (1:33)
Gamesters of Triskellion (2:43)
The Tholian Web (12:32)
The Wrath of Khan (22:47)
The Undiscovered Country (31:51)
The Other Spock (34:16)
Closing (36:32)

Direct download: so-046.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

45: The Gorn Is My Happy Place

Season One Top Five.

Sometimes you just have to choose your favorite children. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew pick their top five episodes from Season 1 of The Original Series. What choices do they have in common? Are there any surprises? And could TOS Season One be the best Season One in Trekdom? Find out in this Gorn-tastic episode!

 

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Chapters

Intro (1:37)

Mike’s #5 / Drew’s #5: “Balance of Terror” (3:32)

Mike’s #4: “Space Seed” (5:29)

Drew’s #3: “The Corbomite Maneuver” (7:11)

Mike’s #3: “The Cage” (8:54)

Drew’s #2: “The Devil In The Dark” (10:46)

Mike’s #2: Drew’s #1 - “The City On The Edge Of Forever” (14:47)

Mike’s #1: Drew’s #4 - “Arena” (18:29)

Comics & Star Wars Sidebar (21:14)

TOS Season One vs Other Seasons Ones (25:11)

Closing (30:33)

Direct download: so-045.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 7:00am MDT

44: I Wanna Make My Box A Little Bigger

Aspect Ratios of The Undiscovered Country and Into Darkness.

What happens when a film can't seem to decide what it's supposed to look like? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike tells Drew all about the two most controversial aspect ratios in Star Trek history, those of The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek Into Darkness. What are the actual intended aspect ratios of these two films? What is the difference between 35mm and Super 35? What shape should IMAX be? Find out all about film and ratios in the final part of our aspect ratio series!

 

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Back into AR (0:55)

Aspect Ratio of TUC = 2.2:1 OR 2.39:1 (1:15)

And The Rest (TNG - ENT) (18:57)

Aspect Ratio of Star Trek 09 = 2.39:1 (22:34)

Aspect Ratios of Into Darkness = 1.9:1/2.39:1 OR 1.66:1/2.39:1 OR 1.78:1/2.39:1 OR 2.39:1 (24:59)

Should Mike Get A Tattoo? (40:25)

Closing (42:56)

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Category:Creative -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

43: It’s Two Point Three NINE to One!

Standard Orbit 43: It’s Two Point Three NINE to One!

Have you ever looked at TOS or one of the movies and wondered why there were black bars on the top or sides? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike tells Drew all about aspect ratios, what they are and why they're different. What makes the movies look cinematic? Why does the Blu-ray of TOS not fill the screen of your HDTV? Mike answers all these questions and more in the first of our two-parter on the changing aspect ratios of Star Trek!

 

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The Assignment Earth for C.TS:1 (1:34)

What ARE Aspect Ratios, Mr. Schindler? (3:44)

Aspect Ratio of TOS & TAS = 1.33:1 (10:49)

Aspect Ratio of TMP = 2.39:1 (18:22)

Aspect Ratios of TWOK - TFF = 2.39:1 & 2.2:1 (27:36)

Changing Aspect Ratios for Home Video (30:26)

Closing (33:45)

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Category:Creative -- posted at: 1:00am MDT

42: The Steve Lyons of Star Trek

Pavel Chekov.

Some people have to struggle to fit in, especially if they're young and new to the crew. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about poor Chekov and what he went through on the Enterprise. Unlucky at most things, Chekov finds himself in multiple positions around the ship, never really finding his place. Is he the Enterprise utility player, or a jack of all trades, master of none?

 

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Introducing Chekov (1:30)

Unlucky at Love (5:15)

Unlucky at Casting (7:49)

Unlucky at Everything (10:24)

Jack of All Trades (19:23)

Unlucky at Being in TNG (25:03)

Oh Yeah, Generations (28:37)

Closing (29:10)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

41: That’s Ridiculous

Racism In TOS.

Good science fiction is known for addressing contemporary issues in creative ways, and The Original Series was no exception. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about racism and how TOS dealt with it (or didn't). We cover how the casting tried to overcome the racism of the era and how they directly tried to deal with it in the plots. We also discuss if McCoy being racist towards Spock undermined the integrity of the show's anti-racism message, and if it's okay that the entire crew acts racist towards the Klingons in Star Trek VI.

Direct download: so-041.mp3
Category:Social Issues -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

40: Return of the Jedda

Khan-mentary 2: The Wrath of Khan Commentary, Part 2.

Khan khantinues! For the conclusion of Khan-mentary 2, Mike and Drew continue their discussion of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with Khan expert John Tenuto. We explore what Roddenberry did and didn't like about the film, what scene is the best to quote along with in theaters, question of the nature of Jim and Carol's relationship, and dive into the Khan baby.

Programming Note: Because this commentary is very long, we have divided it into two parts. This portion of the commentary runs with the movie from 01:02:48 through the credits. Part 1 can be found in Standard Orbit 39.

 

Chapters

Intro (1:22)

Start Commentary (2:22)

Goodbye to John (53:07)

Outro (58:26)

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

39: Nautical But Nice

Khan-mentary 2: The Wrath of Khan Commentary, Part 1.

 

It's time to talk about everyone's favorite villain again! For Khan-mentary 2, Mike and Drew are joined once again by Khan expert John Tenuto to discuss the first half of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. We discuss the nature of spoilers in the 1980s and why Khan only wears one glove. Plus, find out which relative of Kirk's invented the sound of V'Ger and how Kirk compares to Lex Luthor!

 

Programming Note: Because this commentary is very long, we have divided it into two parts. This portion of the commentary runs with the movie from 00:00:13 to 01:02:48, just as Terrell is saying how Khan went wild on the Regula 1 scientists. Twenty seconds of music has been added to warn the listener when the split comes.

Direct download: so-039.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

38: Drop a Clue On Their Journey

J. Michael Straczynski & Bryce Zabel’s Re-Boot the Universe.

With all of Star Trek’s popularity, it’s no surprise that several creators wanted to get involved to save it in the early 2000s. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew review of one of the pitches presented to CBS during Enterprise’s fade-out called “Star Trek: Reboot the Universe.” We talk about what the creators of Babylon 5 and Dark Skies promised to bring into Star Trek with their reboot pitch. Would the show have lasted long enough to get the full five-year plotting? Would the concept of TNG’s “The Chase” work as a huge story arc? Would we be okay with a female Scotty?

Direct download: so-038.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

37: How’s The Beaming Thing?

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: The Galileo Seven.

The missions of the new version of the old crew continue in the comics! In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss issues 3 & 4 of the IDW Star Trek Ongoing series, based on the classic Spock episode "The Galileo Seven." We point out the changes and discuss whether Spock is more self-sacrificing or more motivated to save lives after the loss of Vulcan. We also pitch the next vignette for Star Trek Continues, featuring everyone's favorite thing: Vulcan PowerPoint Presentations!

Direct download: so-037.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50am MDT

36: Takes Place In Star Trek Continuity

Unlikely Spinoffs of TOS.

Did you ever wish there was more than the existing 725 episodes and 12 movies that took place in the Star Trek Universe? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike tells Drew about three possible crossovers that you might not have considered. How does Michael Knight fit into Star Trek continuity? Does Django Unchained eventually lead into Star Trek? What else did J.J. Abrams bring into the universe? Find out all this and more in this mind-exploding episode!

Direct download: so-036.mp3
Category:Other -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

35: Super-Duper Walkie-Talkies

Technology Influences of TOS.

Star Trek has been influencing people to better themselves for almost 50 years. But people haven’t just been bettering themselves, they’ve been bettering technology to go along with them. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss three technologies from TOS that influenced the way we interact today. We mourn the death of flip phones in this smartphone era, cover the contest to create a real-life medical tricorder, and talk about the video-chat technologies that enable this and our other podcasts to exist.

Direct download: so-035.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

34: Stick My Rock Monsters Back In

Star Trek V 25th Anniversary.

This year's final movie anniversary we're going to celebrate is the appropriately-titled Final Frontier. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew reflect on Star Trek V on its 25th anniversary. We share our first viewings, what we think about it today, how it could be redeemed, and how much the lack of Rock Monsters hurt the final product. Plus, Mike tells us all about his favorite DVD bonus feature of all time, the infamous Star Trek V Press Conference. Could the press conference have been improved with more Rock Monsters? Find out in this thrilling episode!

Direct download: so-034.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00am MDT

33: I. HAVE HAD. ENOUGH. OF YOU!

Star Trek III 30th Anniversary.

A lot of times, the third movie in a franchise gets a bad rap. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew look back on The Search For Spock on its 30th anniversary, discussing our first times seeing it, what we like about it, and how it might undo The Wrath of Khan. We talk about the odd-number-movie rule and if it's accurate, and even compare the movie to Alien3.

Direct download: so-033.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 11:32am MDT

32: The Trekkies Strike Back

1999 TOS Homages.

It turns out that 1999 was a big year for science fiction franchises. Not only did people finally get a new Star Wars movie, but three homages to Star Trek saw wide release that year. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew look at three movies that came out 15 years ago: Trekkies, Free Enterprise, and Galaxy Quest. Join us as we open up this time capsule and explore the conventions of the mid-Nineties, Mark Altman/Robert Meyer Burnett's not-really-biopic about nerds finding love in L.A., and the best movie about actors being mistaken for their characters since The Three Amigos!

Direct download: so-032.mp3
Category:Homages -- posted at: 1:47pm MDT

31: The Citizen Kane of Star Trek

Arena Commentary.

Events from The Original Series don't get mentioned much in the later series, so when they do, it's a big deal. When The Sisko wanted to talk to Kirk about battling the Gorn on Cestus III, it gave the impression that perhaps "Arena" was his favorite classic Trek. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew bring you a commentary for this fan favorite. We talk visiting the Vasquez Rocks, the aspect ratio of the Enterprise viewscreen, and the concept of trench warfare vs meeting the enemy face-to-face, among a myriad of other subjects. And don't worry, you don't have to be watching the episode to enjoy our talk!

Direct download: so-031.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 3:00am MDT

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 MDT

29: The Whole Pre-Re-Quel Thing

Star Trek 2009 Fifth Anniversary.

It's hard to believe that it's been five years since Star Trek was rebooted by J.J. Abrams. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew celebrate the fifth anniversary of Star Trek 2009 by having Matt Hansen join us to discuss this controversial movie. We cover our thoughts before it came out, our first experiences seeing it, and what we think about it today. Join us as we make the most shiny and reflective podcast you've ever heard!

Direct download: so-029.mp3
Category:Abramsverse -- posted at: 8:14am MDT

28: I Am Not DeForest Kelley

Dr. McCoy with Larry Nemecek.

If Kirk was the meat and Spock was the potatoes, then Leonard McCoy was the grumpy broth that held them all together. Now, finally, the good doctor is getting his due. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Drew and Mike are joined again by Larry Nemecek to discuss the original Enterprise’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. McCoy. We find out why Larry loves him so, share our favorite Bones scenes, and reveal how McCoy is finally getting the fan base he deserved from the beginning.

Direct download: so-ep28.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

27: Med Scanner Thumb Pivot

Star Trek Continues with Larry Nemecek.

No one seems content with the 80 episodes of The Original Series that we ended up with. Everyone wants more, even if they have to make it themselves. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Larry Nemecek to talk about Star Trek Continues and Larry's part in it. Find out more about how this continuation of TOS is being made, and even a bit about other fan projects you might never have heard of.

Direct download: so-ep27.mp3
Category:Star Trek Continues -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

26: You Just Touched the Monolith

Season One with @FirstTimeTrek.

Believe it or not, there are some people out there who have yet to see Star Trek. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk to Andi—a.k.a. "FirstTimeTrek"— who has been live tweeting her experience of watching Star Trek for the first time. We talk to her immediately after she finished Season One of The Original Series, so don't miss this unique point of view on TOS having seen only the first 29 episodes! We talk about her favorite stories and characters, and how she manages to make her tweets stand out.

Direct download: so-ep26.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

25: It’s That Mustache

Montgomery Scott.

Every ship needs an engineer, and every engineer wishes they were a miracle worker like Scotty. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss the always faithful Montgomery Scott. We cover him across the ages and parallel universes, with and without mustache, even comparing him to a Xenomorph from Alien for some reason. Find out all about the redshirt who defies all odds!

Direct download: so-025.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

24: Let’s Just Call It Alderaan

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Between the first two J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, IDW started publishing an ongoing comic of the continuing adventures featuring this new version of the old crew. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss the first two issues of this series, based on the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before." They compare show vs. comic, point out some of the more interesting differences, and find that not everything has changed as much as you'd think in this new universe. Plus, in listener mail, you can hear Mike's episode selections for his Star Trek 50th Anniversary Party.

Direct download: so-024.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

23: He Shops at Spencer’s

Amok Time Commentary.

The music is just one of the dozens of great things about "Amok Time," Spock's voyage home to get married. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Colin from Melodic Treks to finish their crossover on "Amok Time" by doing a commentary on the episode. Don't miss the soup throwing, fish spawning, and epic fights to the death, and that's just in the commentary!

Direct download: so-023.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

22: Traced Right Over It

The Enterprise.

Star Trek has been helping shape the design of the future for almost 50 years. One of the many iconic things that came out of The Original Series is the design of the lead ship, the Enterprise. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss Kirk’s various ships named Enterprise. From the classic design to the movie refit to the most recent iteration, no ship is left unturned. We also discuss the interiors and how the bridges of the various ships might have been able to configure themselves to their crew.

Direct download: so-022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

21: Star Trek 101

Marathons for New Viewers.

With 80 episodes plus six and a half movies, The Original Series can be daunting for first-time viewers. Where does one start? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew go through their suggested ten-story marathon for beginners—some obvious, some not so obvious. Whether someone has never seen any Star Trek or doesn't know where to start on The Original Series, there's something here for everyone.

Direct download: so-021.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

20: Piece of Gold Inside a Gold Shirt

Where No Fan Has Gone Before Commentary.

The Original Series may have only trekked on television screen for three seasons, yet there are a surprising numbers of homages to such a short-lived voyage in various movies and television shows—a nod to the impact TOS has had on popular culture. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew bring you a commentary for one of the most overt homages, the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before." Find out what happens when you get (almost) the entire living cast of TOS in (almost) the same room, while sending them to the year 3002… where Star Trek is show forbidden!

Direct download: so-020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

19: Ancient Aliens

God-like Aliens.

For just three seasons on our TVs, Kirk and the crew seemed to run into a lot of all-powerful beings. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk about the gods of The Original Series, what powers they had, and how Kirk defeated them. They also discuss how forward-thinking TOS could be before immediately taking two steps back!

Direct download: so-019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

18: Not the Real McCoy

Hal Sutherland and The Animated Series.

Classic Trek lost another creator recently, this time Animated Series director Hal Sutherland. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss Mr. Sutherland and his contribution to Star Trek, while trying to unravel the twisty time of the best episode of The Animated Series, “Yesteryear.” Plus, find out why the McCoy in the movies may be a completely different person than the one in TOS!

Direct download: so-018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

17: Khan’s Mistletoe

Khan-mentary 1: Space Seed Commentary.

Of all of the villains in the Star Trek universe, none is more well-known than Khan. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Khan expert John Tenuto for the first in a series of commentaries we're calling “Khan-mentaries.” The series focuses on Khan's appearances, starting with the classic episode "Space Seed.” Find out all about how Khan came to be, how he changed in drafts, and how he shaped up to be the villain we all know and love to hate.

Direct download: so-017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

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 MDT

Pitching a Piece of the Action Movie.

Ready or not, another Star Trek movie is coming. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are once again joined by Max from Commentary: Trek Stars as we set up a writer's room to discuss how "A Piece Of The Action" might make for a great movie. Hear ridiculous crossover suggestions, then settle in as we break down how the third Abramsverse movie might redeem the whole thing.

Direct download: so-015.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

A Piece of the Action Commentary.

Everyone loves a good gangster story. What better way to show your love than to have your television characters find a planet full of them?! In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Mike's partner in commentary-crime, Max, for a commentary of “A Piece Of The Action.” They discuss Chicago, how a planet comprised of nothing but gangsters would work, and what might have happened had the Horizon left behind a copy of the original Star Wars trilogy instead. In the closing, they read some correspondence and a joke contributed by a listener!

Direct download: so-014.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Janice Rand.

From the very beginning, there were big plans for Kirk's yeoman. Unfortunately, few of them came to be. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss Janice Rand, why she was awesome, how she could have been more awesome, and how she continued to be awesome even after she left the show. Also, find out how Janice was a physical manifestation of the crew and how that affected her relationship with Kirk.

Direct download: so-013.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Romulans in TOS.

What happens when you put Romans in space? They become Romulans! In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew uncloak what the Romulans were up to in and before The Original Series, and how racism is apparently still a problem in the 23rd century. Plus, don't miss the listener mail during the closing, in which Kirk faces The Borg and jokes are attempted by the crew!

Direct download: so-012.mp3
Category:Aliens -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Star Trek Generations with Earl Grey.

The producers of the first Next Generation movie were told they needed some Original Series to help out, so the crews of Earl Grey and Standard Orbit decided they needed to do the same. In Part I, the combined crews take a look at Star Trek Generations from a TOS point of view, discussing champagne bottles, Kirk's real dreams, and why TNG didn't really need Kirk to pass the torch. Part II will be installed on Tuesday on Earl Grey!

Direct download: so-011.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Unmade Starfleet Academy Movie.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a great movie, however it wasn't the only option for the 25th anniversary film. One of the options considered would have been a prequel to The Original Series that took place while the characters were together in the Academy. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss the outline of the Starfleet Academy movie, compare it to Star Trek (2009), and wonder if it might have been better than the existing Star Trek VI.

Direct download: so-010.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Rewriting Season One with Marc Cushman.

The first season of The Original Series is a great piece of television history. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk with Marc Cushman, author of the new book These Are The Voyages, about which episode of Season One the producers were most proud of and a couple of episodes that fell apart in rewrites. Find out what you missed from the first drafts of some of your less favorite episodes.

Direct download: so-009.mp3
Category:Season One -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

The Trouble with Tribbles Commentary.

Everyone loves tribbles. We love tribbles. You love tribbles. Uhura and Chekov love tribbles. Bones loves tribbles. Spock loves tribbles (even if he won't admit it). Kirk loves tribbles (but not too much). Sulu would've loved tribbles (if he had been in this week's episode). And Scotty loves tribbles (even if he is responsible for all of their deaths).

In this episode of Standard Orbit, Drew and Mike provide and audio commentary for “The Trouble with Tribbles.” So grab your copy of the episode, sit back, relax, and strap it down!

Direct download: so-008.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Talking Spock with Dave Rossi.

Mr. Spock may be one of the most intriguing characters in Star Trek. Two natures always battling. Logic vs emotion. What is that makes this character so special that pretty much all of the franchise is based on him? Mike and Drew are joined again by Dave Rossi (Visual Effects Producer for Star Trek Remastered) to talk Spock. Would the franchise have survived without Spock? Would Kirk? Was Spock's presence necessary in the latest movies? Plus, find out what Mike has engraved on his wedding band!

Direct download: so-007.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Dave Rossi on Star Trek Remastered.

How do you spice up a 40-year-old TV show for the 21st century while still being respectful of the originals? In this double-length episode of Standard Orbit, Mike & Drew talk to Dave Rossi, visual effects producer for Star Trek Remastered, about how he got involved in the project, the challenges, the fears, and the rules they tried to follow.

Direct download: so-006.mp3
Category:Star Trek Remastered -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Gene Roddenberry.

There would be no Star Trek without its creator, Gene Roddenberry. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Drew and Mike take a look at the Great Bird of the Galaxy. We look at his work on The Original Series, how his vision of the future changed with The Next Generation, and what he would have thought of the Trek created after his death. 

Direct download: so-005.mp3
Category:Gene Roddenberry -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

Kirk vs. Computers.

One of Captain Kirk's many talents is his ability to talk computers into self-destructing. In this episode of Standard Orbit Mike and Drew take a look at three such instances. We discuss how he got a little help from Spock in “The Return of the Archons,” how he mastered the skill in “The Changeling,” and how he just got lucky in “The Ultimate Computer.” We also ponder whether or not Clint Eastwood is a Trekkie. 

Direct download: so-004.mp3
Category:Kirk -- posted at: 8:00pm MDT

James. Tiberius. Kirk.

There is no captain greater. And in this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew take a close look at Star Trek's original explorer-captain, Jim Kirk. Find out why they think he's the best, how being in movies changed Kirk, and how much Mike loves William Shatner (SPOILER: a lot). Plus, tune in to find how why Kirk doesn't like to lose!

Direct download: so-003.mp3
Category:Kirk -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Meet the Pilots.

The Original Series was a first for television in that the studio loved the pilot so much they ordered a second one. In honor of Standard Orbit's second episode, Mike and Drew compare and contrast the pilots and ponder what the future would have been like if the studio hadn't ordered a second pilot. Which pilot is better? Which one is deeper? Would the franchise have existed without Shatner? 

Direct download: so-002.mp3
Category:Pilot Episodes -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

1: Sometimes You Need The Cheese

Meet the Crew.

Welcome to Standard Orbit, Trek.fm's newest show on Star Trek's oldest show: The Original Series! What started as an "anthology show with standing sets" in the late 1960s has become a cultural icon over the past 47 years. In the premiere episode of Standard Orbit, Drew and Mike tell the stories of how they were introduced to Star Trek, discuss why The Original Series has endured for so long, and share some of their favorite episodes. 

Direct download: so-001.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT