Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
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

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