Standard Orbit 158: Too Hot For TV / by Richard Marquez

The BBC Banned Episodes.

Running Time: 57 minutes 12 seconds
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When Miri first broadcast in the UK in 1970 it caused such a stir that not only did the BBC take it off the airwaves for decades, but three other episodes (Plato's Stepchildren, The Empath and Whom Gods Destroy) were completely banned until 1990! In this episode of Standard Orbit we explore British vs. American censorship and sensibilities when it comes to entertainment, and what we think might've made these episodes too hot for TV in the UK.

Could the graphic depictions of disease and torture have gone too far in Miri and The Empath? Might the legendary interracial kiss between Kirk and Uhura have factored into the decision to ban Plato's Stepchildren? What's so offensive about Whom Gods Destroy? What other notable censorship edits did the BBC make to the episodes the did broadcast? All this as well as Ken and Zach's thoughts on two modern day sitcoms they just can't stand.

Welcome to Standard Orbit! (00:01:08)
British vs. American Censorship (00:03:37)
Miri (00:10:17)
Plato's Stepchildren (00:17:09)
The Empath (00:24:15)
Whom Gods Destroy (00:26:21)
Ways and Opportunities to Watch These Episodes in the UK (00:30:54)
Censorship Edits to Other Episodes (00:35:37)
More "Appropriate" Episodes to Ban? (00:40:37)
Final Thoughts (00:47:35)
Previously on (00:52:06)
Thank You for Listening to Standard Orbit (00:53:06)

Ken Tripp and Zach Moore

Zach Moore (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Renee Roberts (Associate Producer) Nicolas Anastassiou (Associate Producer) Aaron Harvey (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)