Standard Orbit 112: Is Tomorrow Yesterday? / by Norman Lao

What's Past Is Prologue.

Nostalgia is perhaps one of the most powerful forces that influences our lives. The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary’s second definition of Nostalgia describes it as being “a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also: something that evokes Nostalgia.” In today’s world of recycled Hollywood content, reboots, refreshes and retellings - has the entertainment industry created a rift in Star Trek fandom, to the point where preserving the "glory days" is the only way for some fans to move forward?

In this episode of Standard Orbit, hosts Norman C. Lao and Jeffrey Harlan are joined by Portal 47’s Larry Nemecek and Mission Log’s John Champion. They 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, and share their observations towards Nostalgia as it continues to influence the interpretation of perhaps the greatest of Star Trek's tenants: IDIC - Infinite Diversity through Infinite Combinations.

Running Time: 1 hour 17 minutes 39 seconds
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Norman C. Lao and Jeffrey Harlan


John Champion and Larry Nemecek


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)


Welcome to Standard Orbit (00:01:16)
The Definition of Nostalgia … Literally (00:04:49)
The Evergreen Influence of Nostalgia (00:05:53)
The Negativity of Nostalgia (00:13:05)
What Does Gene’s Vision Mean Today (00:30:15)
Hailing Frequencies Open (00:43:28)
Our Final Thoughts and Thank You (01:02:30)

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