Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast

Standard Orbit 250: Who Mourns For Phillips?

Odd Jobs On The Enterprise.

This week on Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore discuss the odd jobs on the original Enterprise. From historians to meteorologists, often times the characters who hold these positions appear out of nowhere for one story and are never heard from again. Which of these highly specialized jobs make sense to have on a starship, which ones don't, and what other types of officers would we have liked to have seen on the Enterprise?

Do technicians really do all the work? Counselors weren't standard crew members until the 24th century, but there were psychiatrists on board in the 23rd and just as important. Shouldn't the Enterprise be leaving sociologists on every planet where they uproot the population's way of life before leaving for the next mission? All this and more in this week's Standard Orbit, boldly listen!

Chapters 
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:27)
Odd Jobs On The Enterprise (00:02:30)
Archaeology and Anthropology Officer (00:06:18)
Astrobiologist (00:11:16)
Astrophysicist (00:13:12)
Chemist (00:19:16)
Geologist, Geological Technician (00:23:08)
Historian (00:28:25)
Meteorologist (00:33:25)
Psychiatrist (00:37:04)
Radiation Specialist (00:44:38)
Sociologist (00:46:53)
Jobs We Wanted To See, Final Thoughts (00:51:15)
POTFM (01:00:18)
Closing (01:02:24)

Hosts
Ken Tripp
Zach Moore

Production
Zach Moore (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Producer) Hayley Stoddart (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Nicolas Anastassiou (Associate Producer) Tim Robertson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Corey Elrod (Associate Producer) Dan Rhodes (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: so-250.mp3
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Standard Orbit 249: The Toys That Made Us

Star Trek Toys With John Tenuto.

This week on Standard Orbit, host Zach Moore is joined by sociology professor and Star Trek historian John Tenuto to discuss the long history of Star Trek toys. We discuss John and his wife Mary Jo's appearances on Netflix's "The Toys That Made Us," the famous (and infamous in some cases) action figures by Mego, the ever-other-movie approach to toys and merchandise in the TOS movie era, the evolution of action figures in the modern age of collectables and many of John and Zach's favorite Star Trek toys from over the years.

What was the story behind the wildly inaccurate Mego Gorn action figure? Why did the licensees keep guessing wrong on when to make a merchandising push during the movie era? The TNG Galoob line: the forgotten Star Trek toy line? All this and much more in this special Christmas-sized edition of Standard Orbit! Merry Christmas!

Chapters 
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:27)
Favorite Star Trek Christmas Presents (00:02:10)
The Toys That Made Us (00:06:45)
1960s Toys, Label Swapping (00:11:48)
Mego (The Gorn, The Mugato, Etc.) (00:17:25)
The Motion Pictures (Every Other Movie) (00:26:30)
Galoob's TNG Line (00:48:08)
Playmates, Secrecy, Generations (00:56:09)
2000s, Art Asylum/Diamond Select (01:09:20)
Collectability vs. Playability (01:29:01)
Mature Francises Marketed At Kids (01:39:04)
Final Thoughts (01:51:24)
POTFM (01:57:53)
Closing (01:59:58)

Host
Zach Moore

Guest
John Tenuto

Production
Zach Moore (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Producer) Hayley Stoddart (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Nicolas Anastassiou (Associate Producer) Tim Robertson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Corey Elrod (Associate Producer) Dan Rhodes (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: so-249.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Standard Orbit 248: Renegade?

Captain Kirk's Evolution

Captain Kirk is one of the most popular characters in pop-culture and Science Fiction. Over the years his character has evolved and even redesigned. Hayley Stoddart and Ken Tripp explore the good Captain from TOS to the movies to the Kelvin Timeline.

This week on Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Hayley Stoddart take a deep dive into what defines Captain Kirk. Is he really a cocky ladies-man rule breaking warrior or are these descriptions a big oversimplification? We ask you to boldly listen and decide for yourself!

Chapters 
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:27)
The notion of a Rule Breaker Cut (00:03:10)
Evolution of a Character (00:05:15)
Apple Breakdown (00:09:20)
Kelvin Kirk vs. TOS Kirk (00:16:46)
Court Martial Review (24:00)
Problem Solvers (43:56)
POTFM (00:48:40)
Closing (00:54:00)

Hosts
Ken Tripp
Hayley Stoddart

Production
Zach Moore (Producer) Ken Tripp (Editor and Producer) Hayley Stoddart (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Nicolas Anastassiou (Associate Producer) Tim Robertson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Corey Elrod (Associate Producer) Dan Rhodes (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: SO_248.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

Standard Orbit 247: The Scooby-Doo Ending

The Nicholas Meyer Director's Cuts.

As Leonardo da Vinci once said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Nicholas Meyer would seem to agree, as he returned to both of the Star Trek films he directed (The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country) to create alternate director's cut. These re-edits aren't to the extreme that some others films have undergone (Blade Runner, Batman v. Superman, etc.), but make a significant impact on the narratives none the less.

This week on Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore discuss the differences between these alternate versions and their original theatrical counterparts, which versions they find superior, and some of their non-Star Trek, favorite director's cuts. Boldly listen!

Chapters 
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:27)
Star Trek Director's Cuts (00:02:07)
The Wrath of Khan: Director's Cut (00:04:52)
Scenes Still Lost, Blu-ray Error (00:14:33)
The Undiscovered Country: Special Home Video Version (00:21:37)
Final Thoughts, Other Favorite Director's Cuts (00:37:48)
POTFM (00:44:23)
Closing (00:46:20)

Hosts
Ken Tripp
Zach Moore

Production
Zach Moore (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Producer) Hayley Stoddart (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Nicolas Anastassiou (Associate Producer) Tim Robertson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Associate Producer) Corey Elrod (Associate Producer) Dan Rhodes (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

Direct download: so-247.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am MST

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