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.
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)
Norman C. Lao and Jeffrey Harlan and Ken Tripp
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)
Space Stations. When the crew of the Enterprise isn't exploring strange new words or seeking out new life and new civilizations, they can often be found at one of the many space stations that populate the Star Trek universe. From K-7 to Yorktown, we're talking all the ports of call from TOS and the movies in this episode of Standard Orbit!
When Star Trek launched it launched running on all thrusters. The chemistry, the writing, the plots, and a new view on human progress made this show a winner.
Zach and Ken explore the show that epitomized the advancement of thought and approach with the Corbomite Maneuver. We are able to demonstrate how Star Trek changed science fiction and upped the game in television and motion picture entertainment.
What is in a name? What is in a title? Zach and Ken explore the more interesting episode titles of the original series and "try" to correlate the names to the plots of the episodes. In some cases; they're an easy match. In other cases; there isn't a direct link as to what the episode was about. In a very humbling moment for Ken--confusion on a title and actual episode becomes apparent. No editing here-Ken owns his error and makes for some good fun at his own expense.
Zach and Ken attempt to discuss Star Trek's Christmas movie: Generations when the Earl Grey crew of Lee, Amy, and Richard beam into Standard Orbit studios. This crossover podcast discusses the Star Trek crossover movie. Why did they have to kill Capt. Kirk, the Enterprise, and Captain Picard's family? Was Soran a good villain and was the Nexus a good plot device? How did the Flagship of the Federation lose to an old Bird of Prey?
TOS Action Figures and Toys. Fandom takes many forms, and when you're a kid that form is often toys. With it being the holiday season where many a gift will be given and received, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a look back at many of the TOS toys and action figures released over the years. Being a child of the late 80s, Zach spends extra attention on what truly marked he golden age of Star Trek toys...the Playmates line of the 1990s.
Which four characters were the precious few to have their own action figures released for Star Trek III? What's the story with the unique uniforms of the Star Trek: Generations action figures? And whatever happened to the bridge play-set that was promised in the Star Trek 2009 line? All this and much, much more as Zach educates Ken on the wonderful world of Star Trek toys in this episode of of Standard Orbit!
From the earliest Star Trek episodes to the most recent motion pictures; Captain Kirk and the men and women of the Starship Enterprise have sprung into action to save the planet Earth. Whether the threat is direct or indirect or comes from revenge driven adversaries, big and small living machines, an overmedicated Chief Medical Officer and even our own short sightedness; The mighty crew of the USS Enterprise have kept the Earth safe for future generations.
The Special Effects of the Star Trek Movies. Star Trek has always been more about substance than spectacle, but that's not to say the franchise hasn't given us its fair share of impressive visuals over the years, especially in the films. We're taking a look at the evolution of the special effects from The Motion Picture all the way up through the Kelvin Timeline films, discussing highlights, low-lights, and of course old school practical techniques vs. modern computer generated images.
Montalban v. Cumberbatch. "Khan Noonien Singh is the most dangerous adversary the Enterprise ever faced. He is brilliant, ruthless and he will not hesitate to kill every single one of you." Those are the words Ambassador Spock used to describe Star Trek's most iconic villain, and in this episode of Standard Orbit our...Khanversation revolves around who makes a better Khan, Montalban or Cumberbatch? We're going to look at the Khans from the perspective of character, screen presence, passion, and villainy. A Khanparison if you will.
Hosts Zach and Ken stop all engines and secure all operations and take time to acknowledge their appreciation for the support of their listeners, contributors on the Babel Conference, new friends from STLV 50, and the Standard Orbit production team. They try to name them all!
The Alternative Factor. The Alternative Factor is rather infamous in Star Trek fandom, and there are many factors (see what we did there?) and behind-the-scenes reasons for why things turned out the way they did. Who better to join us in our discussion on this episode than host of Melodic Treks Brandon Shea-Mutula, known for his unique taste when it comes to Star Trek, and who makes his case for why The Alternative Factor is one of his favorites!
Star Trek Beyond on Home Video. November 1, 2016 marked the release of Star Trek Beyond on home video, and there have been several versions made available to consumers. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Norman C. Lao returns to help us break down what makes each release unique and pros, cons, and differences between them!
TNG as TOS 2. We had such a fun time transposing first season TNG episodes to fourth season TOS episodes, we thought we'd do it again! This time we're looking at the Next Generation's second season for potential adventures that could've easily been part of The Original Series' fifth.
Star Trek Origins: Cloaking Device. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we launch into our second origins outline looking at the deployment and use of the cloaking device from is initial debut in Balance of Terror, to its evolution over the course of the franchise through The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
Destination Star Trek Europe. Destination Star Trek Europe was held in Birmingham, England earlier this month, and friend of the podcast Tony Black has the report for us from across the pond.
TNG as TOS. The early seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation get a bad rep, and are often criticized as feeling like an "extension of TOS" or "1960s TV in the 1980s." Right or wrong, good or bad, in this episode of Standard Orbit, Ken and Zach discuss a handful of season one TNG adventures that would feel more at home on Kirk's Enterprise than Picard's.
The Ships of the Kelvin Timeline. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Ken and Zach give the listeners what they want...more starship talk! Following up on our recent thread in the Babel Conference, this is the second part of our discussion, this time focusing on the ships of the Kelvin Timeline!
The Ships of TOS, Prime Timeline. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Ken and Zach give the listeners what they want...starship talk! After our discussion thread on starship designs lit up the Babel Conference we decided it called for a podcast or two on the subject.
Where No Man Has Gone Before. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Ken and Zach are joined by Melodic Trek's Brandon-Shea Mutala to dive deep into Star Trek's second pilot and and discuss what makes Where No Man Has Gone Before such a great launching point for the original series.
Star Trek Origins: Star Trek III. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we start a new series of discussions focusing on the origins of key concepts and events that influenced the franchise for years to come. This week, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock!
Kristine M. Smith discusses her friendship with DeForest Kelley. Her book; DeForest Kelly: Up Close and Personal, is a wonderful life journey that allows the reader to get to know the very kind and wonderful couple of DeForest and Caroline Kelley.
The Man Trap Commentary. 50 years ago on this very day, Star Trek hit the airwaves for the very first time at 8:30pm EST on NBC. That episode was The Man Trap, and what better way to celebrate Star Trek's golden anniversary than by watching it along with us?
Reflections on Standard Orbit and BEYOND. Norman C. Lao and Jeffrey Harlan had the pleasure to record their final episode together as hosts of Standard Orbit. They reflect on their time on the show and BEYOND!
Norm's Reflections on The Kelvin Era Movies. Unable to participate on the previous few Standard Orbits, Commodore Norman C. Lao decided to pull rank for a brief Standard Orbit interlude, to record his own thoughts on this new movie universe.
Star Trek INTO DARKNESS. In this episode of Standard Orbit, your Refit Crew continues their voyage through the Original Series “Kelvin Era” Movies with Star Trek INTO DARKNESS; the much anticipated sequel to Star Trek 2009.
Star Trek 2009. In this episode of Standard Orbit, your Refit Crew continues their voyage through the Original Series “ERA” Movies with Star Trek 2009; the 11th film in the Star Trek cinematic universe.
Star Trek VI: The Re-Discovered Klingons. In this episode of Standard Orbit, your Refit Crew continues their voyage through the Original Series Cast Movies with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; heading towards July 22 and BEYOND!
No One Sets Out To Make A Bad Movie. In this episode of Standard Orbit, your Refit Crew continues their voyage through the Original Series Cast Movies with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; heading towards July 22 and BEYOND!
Voyaging Home. In this episode of Standard Orbit, your Refit Crew continues their voyages through the Original Series Cast Movies with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as they head towards July 22 and BEYOND!