Standard Orbit 73: Numerous Lurking Variables / by Drew Stewart

Marc Cushman on Season Three, Part 1.

The third season of Star Trek started with a lot of strikes against it, but not many people appreciate the work that went into making it the best it could have been. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew are joined again by Marc Cushman, author of These Are The Voyage, to find out what really happened behind the scenes of Season 3. What happens when you have to take the action out of your space action-adventure show, while being told to leave the ship more often but also having a much more limited budget in a time slot no one wanted? You do the best you can, which is exactly what Season 3 producer Fred Freiberger did. Find out more about what he and the others did to keep things running on the Starship Enterprise during the last year of it's mission!

Running Time: 47 minutes 8 seconds


Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler



Marc Cushman


Editor and Producer

Drew Stewart


Associate Producer

Richard Rutledge, Jr.


Production Manager

Richard Marquez


Content Coordinator

Will Nguyen


What is TATV? (00:01:45)
Opinion of Season 3 (00:04:04)
Research Changes Things (00:09:42)
The Making of TV (00:14:35)
Making A Weekly Show From Nothing (00:20:10)
Adding A Twist to Themes (00:23:04)
What Could Have Been (00:28:55)
Fred Freiberger (00:34:22)
Closing (00:41:06)


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