Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
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

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