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!
We talk band-aids, beards, parallel universes, Jet Li's The One, and so much more, including all the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding The Alternative Factor, in this week's episode of Standard Orbit. Also, our iTunes giveaway has been extended to December 15, there's still time to win a Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season on Blu-ray!
Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:09)
Episode Synopsis (00:05:36)
Initial Thoughts (00:07:25)
Listener Comments (00:09:49)
The Episode As-Is (00:13:37)
The Episode As It Might Have Been (00:39:33)
Enjoyment of Entertainment Is Subjective (00:46:30)
Final Thoughts (00:51:10)
Previously on Trek.fm (00:55:30)
Thank You for Listening to Standard Orbit (00:57:11)
Ken Tripp and Zach Moore
C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer), Ken Tripp (Executive Producer), Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer), Charlene Schmiedt (Executive Producer), Zach Moore (Editor), Renee Roberts (Associate Producer), Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer), Aaron Harvey (Associate Producer), Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
NBC cancelled Star Trek during its third season two episodes shy of 26. Zach and Ken review the scripts that were written for episodes 25 and 26 as well as other written scenarios for the series prior to cancellation.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Hayley and Ken review the fun facts about the film and where it fits in the overall and financial rankings of the all the Star Trek movies. They then go into the great elements of it's heartfelt message, comedy, and the special scenes that incorporated the entire cast. This wonderful fish out of water story was the perfect Star Trek film at the perfect time. Enjoy!
Happy New Year 2018. In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore review their favorite podcasts from 2017 and provide a preview into 2018. They also discuss some possible paths for the Quentin Tarantino's take on Star Trek.
Star Trek vs. Star Wars. In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore don't settle the great Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate one and for all, but have fun pitting the two trilogies of the George Lucas Star Wars saga against the six movies of the TOS cast and crew.
Mother Daughter Intro to TOS. Ken and Zach are joined by Hayley Stoddart to discuss her and her daughter's first time watching of the original series. The discussion focuses on the first time view from an adult Star Trek fan and how a child views this iconic franchise.
Standard Orbit Celebrates Its Bicentennial. In this episode of Standard Orbit, it's a reunion of hosts pasts and present! Ken Tripp and Zach Moore are joined by Mike Schindler and Norman C. Lao to talk about Standard Orbit's origins and transitions, reminisce on their time with the show, and respond to listener questions and comments.
Metamorphosis. Ken and Zach look at the key character moments and how this episode represents the best of Star Trek. The Standard Orbit crew look at how the show title "Metamorphosis" could apply to several aspects of this special TOS episode. Listener mail, Trek tech, Federation Data, drama, and great character moments are all highlighted in this weeks exciting podcast.
Star Trek Continues. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Zach Moore is joined by host of Continuing Mission Tony Robinson to discuss the fan series Star Trek Continues that it's concluded, how it fits in with TOS, and also tease an exciting new collaboration coming soon to Trek.fm!
The Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Ken Tripp and Zach Moore are joined by Tony Black to discuss the making of Star Trek V as told by William Shatner and his daughter Lisabeth in their respective books "Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" and "Star Trek Movies Memories."
Iconic Star Trek in Season 3. In this episode of Standard Orbit, host Zach Moore is joined by author and critic Darren Mooney to examine how the often maligned third season is responsible for a lot of what we now deem iconic Star Trek.