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)
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!
Searching for Spock. Star Trek BEYOND is nearly upon us and your refit crew felt that a “logical” follow-up to Temporal Trailer Park 1 & 2 would be to a return to the Original Series movie franchise starting with Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
Temporal Trailer Park Two. As we continue our ramping-up to Star Trek BEYOND in July, we are going to take a look at the second-half of Star Trek movie trailers from Star Trek VI in 1991 through to the recently released BEYOND Trailer 2.
A Wagon of Trailers to the Stars. Movie trailers…they tease, they excite, and if crafted properly, have the ability to stir our imaginations into a frenzy of anticipation for…the next trailer!
The Misconception of Perception. The Original Series episode “Is There In Truth No Beauty?” from Season Three, is an incredibly deep and philosophical exploration into the more complex meanings behind the nature of one’s self.
The A to Z of Trekipedia.com. There is a truism when it comes to fandom: The Devil is in the Details ... or at many times, the lack or inconsistency thereof. Canon, in and of itself, is a very delicate proposition.
Feedback from the Fans and The Babel Conference. Nearly four months and 14 episodes later, the Refit Team just wanted to check in with all of our supporters and listeners to see if we have settled into a nice and steady cruising speed.
The Motion Picture vs. The Wrath of Khan. When Star Trek left the television airwaves in 1969, there was a void that was left in the hearts and minds of Trekkies across the world. So ... what IS the movie that truly “saved” Star Trek?
The Essential Top TOS. In this episode of Standard Orbit, we conclude our epic journey with what we believe to be the top 15 TOS episodes for essential viewing. Special thanks to Trek.fm's The Babel Conference for your participation!
The Essential Season Three. 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.
The Essential Season Two. 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.
The Essential Season One. 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.
The Commodores from The Original Series. Several episodes in The Original Series introduced a few high-ranking and "intrusive" characters that shared one commonality: the rank of Commodore.
The Enterprise Incidental. As a follow-up to Standard Orbit 116: The Real Enemy Is War Itself, The "Refit" Crew wanted to take a look at the only other episode in the entirety of the 79 of The Original Series that featured the Romulans.
How The Enemy Below Influenced Balance of Terror. This 1957 World War Two classic film directly influenced Star Trek writer Paul Schneider as he crafted the narrative for what would become one of Star Trek's greatest episodes.
The Alternative Factors. Whether it is called NuTrek or the JJ-verse, the Star Trek film continuity from 2009 is its own timeline. But the question remains: At what point did the timeline diverge from the original?
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.
Star Trek BEYOND the Trailer. The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond was released on December 14, 2015 and was immediately and severely criticized by the Star Trek fan community at large.
What's past is prologue. The hosts and guests of Standard Orbit take a deep and concerned look at the power of Nostalgia and its undeniable influence over fandom's appreciation for Star Trek; specifically The Original Series.