Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
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 MST

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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Chapters

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)

Direct download: so-044.mp3
Category:Creative -- posted at: 9:00pm MST

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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Chapters

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)

Direct download: so-043.mp3
Category:Creative -- posted at: 1:00am MST

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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Chapters

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)

Direct download: so-042.mp3
Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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