Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
110: It’s Been A Long Road

Standard Orbit 1.0 Finale.

All good things must come to an end. Thankfully for you, this is only going to be a change. In the final episode of Standard Orbit 1.0, Mike and Drew reminisce about the times they shared bringing you the past 109 episodes. We talk about the history of the show, the moments that stick out to us, and what we've learned from doing the show. Thanks for everything, and stay tuned for 2.0!

Also, we forgot to thank Doug E. Graves for letting us use his TOS.5 Enterprise as our cover image all these episodes!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
History of the Show (00:03:16)
Favorite Moments (00:14:53)
Least Favorite Moments? (00:22:06)
Episode Opinion Change (00:26:42)
What Have We Learned (00:30:33)
Passing It On (00:35:06)
Final Final Thoughts (00:37:48)
Special Thanks (00:40:22)
Closing (00:46:27)
 
Direct download: so-110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

109: Insert Shot of the Internet

The Ultimate Top Ten List.

If there's one thing Standard Orbit 1.0 loves, it's lists. So it's only appropriate that for the penultimate episode, Mike and Drew go over their top ten favorite TOS adventures. Some obvious choices, some shocking, and a surprising lack of crossover between the two lists make this truly The Ultimate Top Ten List.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
The Last List (00:01:05)
Mike’s Number 10 (00:02:30)
Drew’s Number 9 (00:04:32)
Mike’s Number 9 (00:05:38)
Mike’s Number 8 (00:07:08)
Drew’s Number 8 / Mike’s Number 7 (00:08:33)
Drew’s Number 7 (00:12:24)
Mike’s Number 6 / Drew’s Number 10 (00:13:45) 
Drew’s Number 6 (00:16:01)
Drew’s Number 5 (00:18:02)
Mike’s Number 4 (00:19:52)
Drew’s Number 4 (00:28:03)
Drew’s Number 3 (00:33:09)
Mike’s Number 2 (00:34:47)
Drew’s Number 2 / Mike’s Number 5 (00:37:06)
Mike’s Number 1 (00:38:26)
Drew’s Number 1 / Mike’s Number 3 (00:42:33)
Wrap-up (00:45:28)
Closing (00:46:54)
 
Direct download: so-109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

108: Chasing Crazy Bones Through the Time Thing

City On The Edge Of Forever Commentary.

Sometimes you have to save the best for last. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew do a commentary for arguably the best episode of the entire franchise, "The City On The Edge Of Forever". We debate if it is actually the best episode, and if you should show it to someone as a good example of what Star Trek is. We also talk about the early drafts compared to the final episode, debate which Terminator movie is the worst, if Magic Mike is Boogie Nights For Babies, and how you can't second guess every choice you make.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Instructions (00:01:25)
Commentary Start (00:02:41)
Closing (00:52:41)
 
Direct download: so-108.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:00am MST

107: David Gautreaux Is Still Available

Unmade: Phase II with Ben Robinson.

Perhaps the greatest unmade project from the First Dark Ages of Trek was an abandoned series known now as "Phase II". In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by writer/editor Ben Robinson, who shares his discoveries about the series. From unmade episodes to unused actors, we go over as much as we could in the time we had. Ben also teases about the future of the Eaglemoss Starship Collection that he manages.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Ben Robinson
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Executive Producers
Norman C. Lao, Matthew Rushing, Charlynn Schmiedt, and C Bryan Jones
Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Meet Ben (00:01:01)
What was Phase II? (00:02:47)
TOS Season 4 (00:05:40)
Early TNG (00:16:42)
The Design (00:20:02)
“In Thy Image” (00:26:42)
“The Child” & “Devil’s Due” (00:29:04)
“Kitumba” (00:33:04)
Other Unmades (00:38:42)
The Writers (00:42:02)
Alternate Future (00:43:56)
Too Much Information (00:50:23)
Eaglemoss (00:53:35)
Goodbye to Ben (01:02:00)
Closing (01:04:12)
 
Direct download: so-107.mp3
Category:Phase II -- posted at: 9:00am MST

106: Good At Acting Badly

Return of the Archons Commentary.

Before we go, there's a certain computer-god we have to address. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew do a commentary for Landru and "Return of the Archons". Does The Purge have the “exact same plot” as this episode? Does Mike have a radical new interpretation of this episode? What does Drew want that dungeon set for? Find out all this and more, as we talk over another episode!

 
Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Introduction (00:00:50)
Commentary Start (00:02:53)
Final Thoughts (00:54:10)
Closing (00:55:14)
Direct download: so-106.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:00am MST

105: Infinite Chang

Ongoing Comics With Sarah Gaydos & Mike Johnson.

We spent a lot of time in the last 2 years talking about IDW's "Star Trek Ongoing" comic and comparing it to the original episodes. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Ongoing editor Sarah Gaydos and writer Mike Johnson to talk about how comics get made. We talk about timelines, contingencies, academies, legacies, and how right your hosts are about more than you think.

Hosts

Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guests
Sarah Gaydos and Mike Johnson
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Meet Sarah and Mike (00:02:47)
Planning In Advance (00:04:57)
Leading Into Darkness and BEYOND (00:06:52)
Comparison Comparisons (00:12:25)
Time To Talk Timelines (00:17:35)
Going Back to Comparisons (00:22:15)
Contingency Plans (00:25:33)
Crossovers (00:27:19)
Starfleet Academy (00:31:01)
Spock’s Legacy (00:36:44)
Goodbye to Sarah and Mike (00:39:38)
Drew & Mike Talk Series 6 (00:41:12)
Closing (00:52:07)
 
Direct download: so-105.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 9:00am MST

104: That’s Not A Real Thing

Mike & Drew’s Final Thoughts on TAS.

While its come up a few times in conversation, we've not really delved deep into The Animated Series. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew give their thoughts on the only Star Trek series from the 70's. Is the writing really that bad? Does the animation need to be updated? And who let Spock do magic?

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Remembering Howard A. Anderson Jr. (00:01:01)
TAS: Canon? The Final Word (00:04:17)
Our First Experiences (00:08:51)
Animation: The Final Word (00:11:10)
Writing: The Final Word (00:19:02)
Worthwhile Episodes (00:22:22)
Worthwhile Series? (00:27:43)
The Clone Wars (00:30:53)
Closing (00:35:44)
 
Direct download: so-104.mp3
Category:The Animated Series -- posted at: 9:00am MST

103: A Who’s Who Of Seventies Filmmaking

Unmade: Planet Of The Titans.

There are so many unmade Star Trek projects out there, it's good to have a source to help us sort them out. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by "Knowledgeable Person Of Star Trek" John Tenuto to continue our miniseries on the post-TOS era. While there isn't an available script out there for "Planet of the Titans", there's plenty of behind the scenes information. Find out how George Lucas was involved in pre-production, who all was asked to direct, and how the story related to a similarly titled sci-fi movie.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
John Tenuto
 
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
The What If’s Of Star Trek (00:01:12)
The God Thing (00:02:00)
Writing Titans (00:12:58)
What Went Wrong (00:31:15)
Keeping It Alive (00:36:09)
Wait, What? Come On. (00:41:36)
TMP vs POTT (00:46:36)
Goodbye To John (01:00:14)
Closing (01:00:56)
 
Direct download: so-103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

102: Trying To Kill Zoolander

BridgeMate Rematch.

Last week on Earl Grey 109, your "Maroon Monsters" were victorious in BridgeMates, the "how well do you know your cohost" game show. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew welcome guest host Phillip Gilfus and "Team Free Enterprise" to the Rec Deck for a rematch. Can our TNG friends find victory in the 23rd century? Will your hosts' friendship last long enough to make it the last 8 episodes of their tenure? FIND OUT as we play the game that's been sweeping the network!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guests
Phillip Gilfus, Daniel Proulx, and Darren Moser
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Introduction To The Game (00:02:50)
Round 1 (00:06:31)
Round 2 (00:19:44)
Round 3 (00:33:19)
Bonus Round (00:49:58)
Bonus Bonus Round (00:51:17)
Winners (00:54:00)
Bon Voyage Team Free Enterprise (00:55:21)
Closing (00:59:51)
 
Direct download: so-102.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

101: The Boom of Syndication

Post-TOS with Marc Cushman.

Just because The Original Series ended didn't mean the story was over. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew have Marc Cushman, author of the "These Are The Voyages" book series, on to give us hints about what happened in the 70's for our intrepid crew. From Paramount not being able to get a fourth network off the ground to NBC begging for more Star Trek to how on earth a Saturday morning cartoon was able to get away with Spock drawing a pentagram on the floor so he can do magic(k), we cover all kinds of subjects on our way to The Next Generation.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Marc Cushman
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Marc Cushman Continues (00:01:21)
What Happens Next (00:06:37)
Book 4mat (00:13:53)
Memos (00:17:39)
TAS (00:23:49)
Making History (00:27:53)
Starts And Stops (00:34:48)
Publishing Woes (00:37:23)
The Next Generation (00:41:51)
Release Dates (00:50:12)
Where To Find Them (01:01:19)
Closing (01:09:23)
 
Direct download: so-101.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

100: Spoilers

Favorite Episodes of Other Series.

After 100 episodes of talking about Original Series, you have to stop and give some love to the series that inherited it's mantle. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew shake the other 615-ish episodes of the franchise to see what rises to the top. We spoil episodes, random movies and TV shows, and various other things that come up as we go through our favorite/best episodes, arcs, movies, and series.

DON'T MISS THE LAST HALF OF THE SHOW, where we have some VERY IMPORTANT spoilers on the FUTURE OF STANDARD ORBIT with some SECRET GUESTS!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guests
????
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
ONE HUNDRED! (00:01:14)
Drew’s Best/Favorite Single Episode (00:06:33)
Mike’s Best/Favorite Single Episode (00:12:02)
Drew’s Favorite/Best Multi-Part Episode (00:18:25)
Mike’s Favorite/Best Multi-Part Episode (00:23:41)
Both’s Best/Favorite Movie (00:29:05)
Both’s Favorite/Best Series (00:36:15)
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (00:44:34)
Closing (01:19:32)
 
Direct download: so-100.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am MST

99: More Perfect

Deep Space Nine: “Trials and Tribble-ations” with Matthew Rushing.

Anniversaries should be special times, bringing loved ones together no matter how far apart they may be. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Matthew Rushing from The Orb to discuss Deep Space Nine's love letter to The Original Series, "Trials and Tribble-ations". We talk about the difficulty of picking the best episode of DS9, which version of the K-7 mission actually happened, and how it works for people who've only seen TOS.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Matthew Rushing

Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

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

Associate Producers
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez

Content Manager
Will Nguyen

Chapters
Much Trials. Many Tribbles. (00:02:07)
In The Top Ten? (00:10:00)
Perfecting Perfection (00:16:58)
From A TOS Perspective (00:28:35)
Goodbye To Matt (00:41:32)
Closing (00:42:52)

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Direct download: so-099.mp3
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98: Mad McCoy

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: The Tholian Webs.

 

Sometimes you can't help but go a little mad sometimes, especially when your ship gets caught in interphase and surrounded by an impenetrable web. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew catch up with the IDW Ongoing comics and compare their "The Tholian Webs" with the original episode. During the episode, Mike manages to fix the logic of a similar Next Generation episode, we discuss why some people pronounce "Han" differently, and Drew comes up with another theory of what character Idris Elba is going to play in Star Trek Beyond.

 

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

Mike Fills In The Blanks (00:03:04)

Issue 1 (00:05:36)

Issue 2 (00:23:57)

Final Thoughts (00:31:26)

Closing (00:34:21)

Direct download: so-098.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44am MST

97: The Threshold of Quantum Leap

Voyager: “Flashback” with Charlynn Schmiedt.

Not every crossover between series can be a winner. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by Charlynn from To The Journey to flash back to "Flashback". While it is cool that they managed to get the entire crew from The Undiscovered Country back on board (except for Christian Slater), the episode begs a lot of questions like: How do memories see observers? Was Janeway too busy to watch TOS like the TNG crew did? Did she watch it later as inspiration for her actions in the later seasons of VGR? Is “Flashback” the canon expanded universe of Star Trek? Find out if we can answer these questions and more in our discussion! Also, we answer listener mail including a voicemail!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Charlynn Schmiedt
 
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
Getting The Crew Back Together (00:03:00)
Writing (00:08:41)
The Episode On The Whole (00:16:58)
From The TOS Perspective (00:24:17)
“The NEW Star Trek Excelsior With John Cho!” (00:32:07)
Final Thoughts (00:43:37)
Goodbye to Char (00:46:31)
Closing (00:48:01)
 
Direct download: so-097.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am MST

96: The New Hope

Trekipedia with Jeffery Harlan.

For some people, history is life, even if its fictional history. In this episode ofStandard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk to Jeffery Harlan about his website, "Trekipedia" and what has been called the "grand unified theory of Star Trek". As we get to know him and his site, Jeffery amazes us with trivia, gives us reading recommendations, and lets us know just how intensive building a site like this can be.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Jeffrey Harlan
 
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
Getting To Know Jeff (00:01:33)
What is Trekipedia? (00:24:56)
Goodbye To Jeff (00:46:21)
Closing (00:49:57)
 
Direct download: so-096.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31pm MST

95: Holographic Girlfriend, Holographic Ale

The Next Generation: “Relics” with Earl Grey.

Sometimes in the run of a show, you pull out all the stops and have crazy guests from other shows. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike & Drew are joined by the time-shifted crew of Earl Grey to discuss the time-shifted Scotty in "Relics". Can Scotty survive in a world of technobabble? Did the TNG crew watch TOS, so that’s why they don’t seem to care about Scotty? Does the Holodeck have an “I Feel Lucky” button? Is “Relics” a secret backdoor pilot to a future UPN show? Find out all this and more in this overflowing episode!

 

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guests
Philip Gilfus
Darren Moser
Daniel Proulx
 
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
Meet The Next Generation (00:00:48)
What Is This Show? (00:02:36)
Thoughts On The Whole (00:05:59)
The Holodeck Scene (00:36:07)
Final Thoughts (00:50:06)
Goodbye Earl (Grey) (00:58:40)
Closing (01:00:50)
 
Direct download: so-095.mp3
Category:Episode Discussions -- posted at: 11:30am MST

94: Spotty Lighting

Behind The Scenes of Star Trek VI.


Everyone knows the story of the making of most of the Star Trek movies, but it usually seems like Star Trek VI gets lost in the shuffle. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined by John Tenuto, who tells us the details of what happened in the making of the original crew's final solo mission. From abandoned concepts to the production to the people who worked behind the scenes, John lets us in on everything he knows. Also Mike asks "the nerdiest question ever asked on a Star Trek podcast" and gets it answered!

Cover Photograph Courtesy of Nicholas Meyer/The Papers of Nicholas Meyer Collection at the University of Iowa Library.

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
John Tenuto
 
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
The Original Plans (00:02:42)

The All-New Plan (00:20:46)
The Production (00:29:04)
The Unsung Heroes (00:40:13)
The Post-Production (00:45:52)
The Release & Reactions (00:49:45)
Wrap Up (01:04:31)
Closing (01:07:39)
 
Direct download: so-094.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 5:16am MST

93: Just Kind Of Chill

Star Trek Las Vegas 2015.

Every year, the City of Lights plays host to the largest Star Trek convention in the country. And every so often, one of your hosts is there. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike tells Drew all about his experiences and thoughts on Star Trek Las Vegas 2015. Who'd he see? Who'd he get to hang out with? What'd he learn about? Find out this and his opinions on the convention in this Sin City-ful episode!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Editor
Mike Schindler

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
STLV 2015 (00:01:55)
Closing (00:40:45)

Direct download: so-093.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53am MST

92: The Double Indemnity Of Star Trek

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: Untitled Gorn Comic.

Issue 24 of Star Trek Ongoing may not have a title, but it sure is the sequel to a video game no one played. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss the comic that references a video game that contradicts both the second movie and the comic it is also a sequel to. The Gorn are back, and more peaceful than ever! What will JJ-Kirk do when he has to face off against the Gorn? Why are these Gorn from a different galaxy? And why do the hosts talk about Indy Hat Bashing? Find out in this battle-tastic episode!

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
Sequel To A Video Game (00:00:54)
Issue Breakdown (00:08:25)
Conclusion (00:29:02)
Closing (00:32:30)
 
Direct download: so-092.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 7:22am MST

91: Fudging It A Bit

Casting An Excelsior Series.

 

It seems that everyone has an idea for what the next Trek series should be. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew go through their ideal cast list for a show following Sulu on the JJ-Verse Excelsior. We have some unique choices of the characters that should be on the show, and some really unique choices of who should play them. Find out who made the fantasy casting couch and why in this unique episode!

 

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

The Next Next Generation (00:06:04)

Sulu (00:09:45)

Rand (00:10:23)

Tuvok  (00:15:18)

Chapel (00:19:35)

Valtane (00:24:57)

Marcus & Saavik (00:26:46)

Wrap Up (00:33:54)

Closing (00:35:16)

 
Direct download: so-091.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm MST

90: Five Minutes & A Magic Tribble

The JJ-Verse Movies with @FirstTimeTrek.

Every good series must come to an end. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew talk to Andi about her feelings on JJ Abrams' takes on the Star Trek Universe. We discuss 2009's crossover appeal, how the minor characters were used in both movies, and our shared problems with Into Darkness.

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
Renee Roberts and Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Manager
Will Nguyen
 
Chapters
Space Adventure 2009 (00:01:53)
Into Trolling (00:21:47)
Into Conclusion (00:45:19)
Closing (00:49:20)
 
Direct download: so-090.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:54am MST

89: Next Level Technobabble

IDW Ongoing Comic Comparison: After Darkness.

There comes a time in every young Vulcan's life when he is drawn back to his home planet to mate or die. But what happens when that planet was sucked into an artificial black hole? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew go through the "After Darkness" comic book series and compare it to "Amok Time". We discuss the idea of comic book events in general, how many times the five year mission gets started, and how cool it is to utilize existing technology to solve the Problem of the Week.

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
Lando’s Not A Comic, He’s A Man (00:00:59)
The Comic Book Event Of The Summer (00:02:56)
Issue 1 (00:07:54)
Issue 2 (00:15:35)
Issue 3 (00:25:00)
Closing (00:34:36)
 
Direct download: so-089.mp3
Category:Comics -- posted at: 11:27am MST

88: A Song To Make You Sad

Remembering James Horner.

When the producers of Star Trek II found they couldn't afford Jerry Goldsmith again, they found a young man by the name of James Horner to score their film. This launched Horner into becoming one of the most prolific film composers of the modern era. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew go through Horner's work in honor of his recent passing. We discuss the films he worked on, the themes he uses throughout his scores, and touch on such diverse topics as the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, Jim Lovell, and The Jennifer Connelly Standing On A Pier Trilogy.

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
Another Loss (00:00:50)
Contribution to Trek (00:02:12)
Horner Style (00:08:21)
His Other Work (00:17:00)
Farewell (00:34:52)
Closing (00:35:57)
 
Direct download: so-088.mp3
Category:Homages -- posted at: 7:06am MST

87: The MIRROR Universe

The Tholian Web Commentary.

The final part of our Mirror Universe series starts at the end. Or is it the beginning? Either way, the ​Enterprise​ is trapped in Tholian space and Kirk is stuck in a mirror. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Mike and Drew do a commentary for the classic episode "The Tholian Web". We bring up questionable editing choices, bad effects, an infinite number of Kirk recordings, and Tholian obsession with sports. Did we spot Bashir’s great-great-grandfather toward the end there? Also, Mike teaches Drew old moonshine techniques and Drew tells Mike about adding digital lobsters to Annie Hall.

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
Intro (00:00:48)
Commentary Start (00:01:46)
Closing (00:52:10)
 
Direct download: so-087.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 8:38am MST

86: The Defiant Ones

Enterprise: “In A Mirror Darkly” with Norman Lao.

When the producers of ​Enterprise​ decided to do a Mirror Universe episode in their final season, they went all out and made it a sequel AND prequel to two different episodes of ​The Original Series​. In this episode of ​Standard Orbit​, Drew and Mike are joined by Norman Lao from ​Warp Five​ to discuss the cross over between the two shows. How were they allowed to spend so much money on a show they knew wasn't coming back? Was using a bunch of that money to CGI some of the TOS aliens a wise choice? Are Mirror episodes even worth it to begin with? Find out what everyone thinks about these and more in this crossed over episode!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler

Guest
Norman Lao
 
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
​Norm Drops Out Of Warp Five (00:00:50)
Sidequel to First Contact (00:02:16)
Those Opening Credits Though (00:10:45)
Sequel To The Tholian Web (00:20:24)
The Alien Effects (00:39:45)
ACTING! (00:48:43)
Prequel to Mirror Mirror (00:52:35)
Vulcan Facial Hair (00:55:36)
Closing (00:58:00)
 
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Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 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.

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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 MST

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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Direct download: so-071.mp3
Category:Homages -- posted at: 2:13pm MST

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 MST

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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Direct download: so-069.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 8:12am MST

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 MST

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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Direct download: so-067.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 8:41am MST

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!

 

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

"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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Direct download: so-066.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

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.

 

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
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)
 
Direct download: so-065.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:04pm MST

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!

 

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

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 MST

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!

Hosts
Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
 
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
 
Content Coordinator
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)  
 
 
Direct download: so-063.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 12:00pm MST

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