Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
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