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)
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