Dissecting Spock's Brain.
On this episode of Standard Orbit, we prep for surgery and perform a deep dissection and examination of what Star Trek fans have labelled as the "worst" episode ever in the history of The Original Series, and was even parodied as a stage production in 2004 for a limited run in Irvine, California at the Irvine Improv! William Shatner, in his autobiography Up Till Now, and in his memoirs Star Trek: Memories, called this one of the series' worst episodes; a "tribute" to NBC executives who slashed the show's budget and placed it in a bad time slot.
There was a great deal of unrest happening behind the scenes at the beginning of Star Trek's third season. Gene Coon was trying to complete his writing contract and director Marc Daniels felt marginalized by executive producer Fred Freiberger. The show budget was always under pressure which in turn forced co-producer Robert Justman and Fred Freiberger to constantly redirect creative to fit production, increasing tensions between them and the NBC front offices. Did these underlying forces ultimately affect the return The Original Series on September 20th, 1968?
Welcome to Standard Orbit (00:01:10)
The Most Hated Episode Ever? (00:02:37)
A Changing of the Guard (00:04:45)
The Remasters Show Production Stresses (00:08:21)
The Two Halves of Spock’s Brain (00:14:50)
A Tour DeForest Perfomance (00:23:30)
The WORST Episode Ever? (00:30:03)
Hailing Frequencies Open (00:46:29)
Our Final Thoughts and Thank You (00:50:19)
Norman C. Lao and Jeffrey Harlan
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)
In this episode of Standard Orbit: Ken reviews the best scenes that personify Star Trek within Into Darkness. From Captain Pike's interest in Kirk's success, Spock's response to discipline, and the incredible speech at the end of the movie; Into Darkness has its Star Trek moments.
Join Amy, Ken and Richard as they share their thoughts after viewing The Wrath of Khan in Denver, Colorado.
The best "Star Trek" moments are captured as Standard Orbit begins a new series on the scenes that best epitomize Star Trek.
This new approach launches with Star Trek 2009 and the extremely successful re-boot of Star Trek. The scenes that really pulled this new version of Trek into the Roddenberry Universe are brought forward for your review and follow on discussion in the Babel Conference.
Kay Shaw joins Ken Tripp this week to discuss her recent journey through the original series. Kay grew up with TNG, VOY, and Enterprise. Over the last few months she has been viewing TOS for the first time. A fresh perspective on the foundational series from a long time fan.
TOS Stars in The Twilight Zone. In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore are joined by Tom Elliot to discuss five episodes of The Twilight Zone that feature members of the TOS main cast. Tom it the host of The Twilight Zone Podcast and it's an honor to have him along with us on our journey into the fifth dimension. Next stop...the Twilight Zone!
The Wrath of Khan's Re-release. In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore reflect on the most iconic Star Trek film of them all, discussing their first impressions, the Director's Cut, Nicholas Meyer's insightful commentaries, and more!
Scary Star Trek. How old were you when started watching Star Trek? Were you turning away or did something catch you so off guard it made you jump and catch your breath? Zach and Brandi warp into the scariest scenes from the lens of their childhood and how the views have changed or still have an impact as an adult viewer.
Star Trek in Commercials. We play and reflect on some of the most entertaining and memorable TV ads featuring the Star Trek brand, including Shatner pitching the VIC-20.
Ken takes the helm to discuss happenings across the network and answers your questions with some email responses as well. A quick and light Standard Orbit.
In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore pit the "gods" of The Original Series against each other in a death match that will decide once and for all who is superior. There can be only one!
In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Zach Moore and Ken Tripp review the guest stars of The Original Series that went on to have solid Hollywood careers. Some famous people get caught in some of our famous tangents on this episode of Standard Orbit.
In this episode of Standard Orbit, host Zach Moore is joined Trek.fm Content Manager Justin Oser to break down what works, what doesn't, and what we wanted to see more of in Errand of Mercy. Also to bookend the conversation, a bit of Kelvin Timeline and The Next Generation talk as they tie into Justin's recent resurgent Trek fandom.
In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore are joined by author and speaker Kevin C. Neece. Through his The Gospel According to Star Trek book series and The Undiscovered Country Project, Kevin poses questions about the spiritual significance of Star Trek as both popular art and cultural phenomenon from a Christian perspective.
In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore examine the many instances where revenge drives the narrative of TOS episodes, movies and reboots, which motivations are more relatable than others, and what Star Trek tries to teach us through these extreme examples of obsession and vengeance.
In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore take the time to travel through Kirk and co.'s many escapees across the space time continuum, the mechanisms that brought them backward and forward through time, and the various schools of thought on time travel itself.
Continuity Conundrums in TOS
With the first trailer for Star Trek: Discovery hitting the Internet the fan reaction has been divisive. For a series that reportedly takes place in the Prime Timeline around the same time as The Cage, things don't exactly jibe. How could Star Trek contradict its own continuity so blatantly? Well...it's happened before.
Ken and Zach are joined by patron Nic Anastassiou to discuss some of their favorite continuity conundrums in the canon of TOS, as well as if breaks in established canon are truly deal breakers for enjoying a well told story. It's all in good fun this week on Standard Orbit, and Nic coins a new term that will now become part of Trek.Fm canon: PreOS!
Battle of the Mutura Nebula Vs. Battle of Khitomer
Star Trek was never about big space battles but the movies, as well as the series, had some pretty intense skirmishes. In this week's Standard Orbit: we look at two big battles from the TOS movie timeline: TWOK's Battle of the Mutura Nebula and TUC's Battle of Khitomer.
Zach Moore is still off filming in an undisclosed location. Earl Grey's Richard Marquez joins me to discuss these two exciting scenes and compare the differences in approach, scale, tactics, and outcome. We talk about a possible different scenario for the Battle of Khitomer as well. We hope you enjoy this week's episode of Standard Orbit and share your insights and opinions on the Babel Conference.
This week on Standard Orbit we dive into the areas of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. What worked well, where were the gaps, and why is this movie growing in popularity as time passes.
Long time TMP advocate Ken is joined by another outspoken fan of the movie, Aaron Harvey, co-hosting while Zach is off filming the Green Berets. Aaron and Ken step back from their biases and discuss the various aspects of this picture. They connect the relationship to the original TV show through to the sequels and on to The Next Generation. Permission to come aboard is granted as it is time to leave space dock and warp into a another fun episode of Standard Orbit.
From Saturday Night Live to The Big Bang Theory; Star Trek is everywhere and it is good! Zach and Ken discuss some of the funniest and most popular references in TV and film from our beloved franchise. We took this subject to our phenomenal listeners and asked them to provide their favorite Star Trek parodies and references; we call them out and share a starter list of some of the best references we could find.
The scale and scope of Star Trek in pop-culture is Beyond belief and we hope you enjoy this light and fun show and reflect on some of your favorite Star Trek moments within your own entertainment venues.
Welcome to Corey Elrod; Standard Orbit's newest Associate Producer!
Will Stape Interview. The Original Series was a very provocative series for its time, often pushing the envelope in many categories. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Will Stape joins us to discuss the portrayal of love, relationships and sexuality in TOS as examined in his recent book, "Star Trek Sex: Analyzing the Most Sexually Charged Episodes of the Original Series."
Will is also one of a select few freelance writers who sold scripts to The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine back in the days of Star Trek's open script submission policy. He shares the inspiration and production stories behind his episodes Homeward and Prophet Motive!
And The Children Shall Lead Commentary. What is the worst episode of The Original Series? Some say Spock's Brain, some say The Alternative Factor, but we all know the real answer...And The Children Shall Lead. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we provide a commentary on this infamous hour of TOS, so let us be your companions the next time you rewatch Attorney Melvin Belli try to take over the Enterprise.
Ken is off shooting The Green Berets, so Zach has summoned Brandon the Friendly Cohost to join him for this journey of ring around the rosie, knives in space, rapid aging, and replicated ice cream. As you believe, so shall you do!
Movie Sequels to TOS Episodes. When Harve Bennett took the reins of the Star Trek franchise after The Motion Picture, he famously watched all 79 episodes of The Original Series to both familiarize himself with the show as well as mine it for potential sequel ideas. He zeroed in on Space Seed and the rest is history, but what if he'd picked something else?
In this episode of Standard Orbit, Ken and Zach each share their top three TOS episodes they would've liked to see movie sequels to. They also shout out to Standard Orbit's ever growing ranks of associate producers and read more listener email!
The Monsters and Creatures of TOS. Part of the U.S.S. Enterprise's five year mission was to seek out new life and new civilizations, and it certainly encountered some bizarre aliens, monsters and creatures in that time. This episode of Standard Orbit is all about those cuddly, adorable, slimy, scaly, secreting, suction cupping monsters of The Original Series.
Star Trek's Most Emotionally Powerful Events
In this week's Standard Orbit, Ken and Nic dive into the most life changing and emotionally charged events across the Star Trek spectrum. From key events in the TOS episodes to the birth of Kirk and simultanious death of George Kirk and Beyond; we'll explore the impacts of the hardest life and death circumstances on the crew of the USS Enterprise.
As we explore our characters toughest moments; we discuss how did they impact the fans of the show. How might the incidents on the screen helped Star Trek fans deal with those difficult circumstances in their own lives.
Climb aboard as we view the life journey of our favorite characters with care, emotion, humor, and pull from those experiences in our own lives.
How often has the Enterprise been in peril from the series through the movies? Zach and Ken have the answer as they explore the episodes and movies where our beloved Starship was in jeopardy of being destroyed.
Revisiting the TOS Film Era. In this age of franchises and sequels one could easily take the six TOS films for granted, but they are what many consider to be Star Trek at its best. In this episode of Standard Orbit, friend of the network Tony Black joins Zach to discuss their shared love of the TOS film era.
Dr. Trek himself, Larry Nemecek joins Zach and Ken as we discuss his forthcoming documentary The Con of Wrath as well as Star Trek conventions then and now.
30 Episodes have been published with the newest Standard Orbit team. We take a look at how the format is resonating and which shows took off and others that are still on the launch pad. Zach and Ken review the ratings, the hits, and the misses over the last 7 months of podcasting.
Tales from the Set of Star Trek Into Darkness. Jon Lee Brody is an actor, writer, director and producer but more importantly in terms of Star Trek...a redshirt! In this episode of Standard Orbit, Jon shares his experiences of breaking into the film business, directing his own short film, and playing a security officer in Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Storied History of the Real Ships named Enterprise