Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast
121: Did We Get The Turkey?

Essential Season Three TOS.

In this episode of Standard Orbit, we continue our coverage from Episode 120; delving deeply into Season Three with a more finely tuned eye and critical perspective. When it comes to ranking the "best" episodes of The Original Series, there are Top Ten lists ... and there are TOP TEN lists. Unlike Season One, episodes from Season Three are rarely, if ever represented. Believing that these Top Ten lists are imbalanced in many ways, your Refit Team has revisited all three seasons of TOS to discover what we believe are true "essential viewing" recommendations.

Our goal for this episode, and for all of the TOS "Essentials" podcasts, is to offer new perspectives to both new and veteran fans of The Original Series. Hopefully, our recommendations will be used as a TOS starter kit with episodes chosen from each season and not heavily influenced by any one in particular. We believe our listeners will truly enjoy these comprehensive recommendations compiled by their very own Refit Crew; podcasters and friends they have come to know and trust.

Hosts
Norman C. Lao, Jeffrey Harlan, and Ken Tripp

Feature
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:11)
The Essentials Season Two Shakedown (00:03:15)
The A to Z of Peaks and Valleys (00:04:30)
Yesterday’s Web of Paradise (00:13:15)
Where the Money is Made (00:21:00)
Behind Curtain Number Four (00:34:13)
Once, Twice, Three times an AtoZ (00:43:08)
Two out of Three at Two (00:51:25)
Did the Team Get the Turkey? (00:59:16)
Polling The Babel Conference (01:11:28)
Hailing Frequencies Open (01:13:19)
Thank You for Listening to Standard Orbit (01:19:05)

Production
C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Ken Tripp (Editor and Associate Producer), Renee Roberts (Associate Producer), Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: so-121.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 6:00am MST

120: Get Schmedlap On It!

Essential Season Two TOS.

When it comes to ranking the "best" episodes of The Original Series, there are Top Ten lists ... and there are TOP TEN lists. Unlike Season One, episodes from Seasons Two and Three are rarely represented. Believing these Top Ten lists are imbalanced in many ways, your Refit Team has revisited all three seasons of TOS to discover what we believe are true "essential viewing" recommendations. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we continue our coverage from Episode 119; delving deeply into Season Two with a more finely tuned eye and critical perspective.

Our goal for this episode, and for all of the TOS "Essentials" podcasts, is to offer a new and perhaps in many ways - different "best of" list for each season so that newcomers to The Original Series can use our recommendations as an essentials starter kit; episodes chosen from each season and not heavily influenced by any one in particular. We believe our listeners will truly enjoy these comprehensive recommendations compiled by their very own Refit Crew; podcasters and friends they have come to know and trust here on Standard Orbit.

Hosts
Norman C. Lao, Jeffrey Harlan, and Ken Tripp

Feature
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:10)
The Essentials Season One Shakedown (00:03:38)
Season Two … Essentially More Difficult (00:05:26)
A Piece of the Ultimate Pattern (00:12:30)
The Fantastic Five (00:21:28)
A Convergence at Four (00:28:25)
Atoz is Speechless at Three (00:36:29)
Essential Diversity at Two (00:42:53)
The Refit Team Never Bluffs (00:52:54)
Four Out of Five Ain’t Bad (01:01:12)
Hailing Frequencies Open (01:05:18)
Our Final Thoughts and Thank You (01:07:50)

Production
C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Ken Tripp (Editor and Associate Producer), Renee Roberts (Associate Producer), Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

Direct download: so-120.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 8:00am MST

119: Not All Top Ten Lists Are Created Equal

Essential Season One TOS.

There are Top Ten lists ... and there are TOP TEN lists. This episode of Standard Orbit is about the latter. Many online lists, from prominent geek culture websites, favor Season One heavily and with good reason. Rarely if ever, are Seasons Two and Three as equally represented. These lists also cite City on the Edge of Forever as being the quintessential TOS episode of all time - if not for all of Star Trek. Feeling that these lists were imbalanced and incomplete, we wanted to look at each season of TOS for what we would recommend as "essential viewing."

Our goal for this episode, and for the upcoming TOS Essentials podcasts, is to offer a new and perhaps in many ways - different "best of" list for each season so that newcomers to The Original Series can use our recommendations as an essentials starter kit; episodes chosen from each season and not heavily influenced by any one in particular. We believe our listeners will truly enjoy these comprehensive recommendations compiled by their very own Refit Crew; podcasters and friends they have come to know and trust here on Standard Orbit.

Hosts
Norman C. Lao and Jeffrey Harlan and Ken Tripp

Feature
Out of the Chair Ken! (00:01:09)
How to Top the Top Ten TOS Lists (00:03:10)
Starting with Seven of Seven (00:05:07)
Shaking It Up with Pick Six (00:12:06)
Closing the Gap with Number Five (00:18:27)
Digging Deep … DEEP for Fourth Place (00:24:48)
Time to Get Serious with Number Three (00:30:34)
And Then There Were Essentially Two (00:37:42)
THE Most Difficult Choice (00:46:20)
Trimming the TOS Fat to Five (00:52:36)
Our Final Thoughts and Thank You (01:01:23)
Hailing Frequencies Open (01:06:26)

Production
C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Ken Tripp (Editor and Associate Producer), Renee Roberts (Associate Producer), Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager), Will Nguyen (Content Manager)

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Direct download: so-119.mp3
Category:Season One -- posted at: 6:00am MST

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