Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
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.
 
Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
 
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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 MST

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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Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
 
Drew Stewart
 
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Chapters

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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Category:Comics -- posted at: 8:00am MST

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)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 7:30am MST

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)

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:25am MST

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)

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Category:Character Analysis -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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