Category Archives: Star Trek

Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles

One of the all-time highest rated Star Trek episodes is The Trouble with Tribbles, often vying for the #1 position against Mirror, Mirror.   I know which I prefer because you could say that I had a little trouble with Tribbles … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold

Star Trek decides to boldly go into some unusual places and for this episode, we are going to the planet Argelius II … or Whitechapel, circa 1888.  You know who we’re about to meet already, don’t you? It’s always fun … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Obsession

Well if there’s an episode that goes heavy on redshirt deaths, its Obsession!  If I counted correctly, we lose at least 5, but some don’t die immediately, get brought back to the ship then die offscreen later, so I’m not … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Deadly Years

Talk about depressing!  I mean, here’s the thing: Trek often tackles some big ideas and often that’s about slavery or racism or pets that reproduce so quickly they eat you out of house and home (…ok, fine, we’re not there … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Friday’s Child

I knew it was coming and I wasn’t looking forward to it.  Friday’s Child was an episode that I never liked as a kid and that memory stuck with me all my life.  But watching Trek with a critical eye … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Journey to Babel

Journey to Babel is an interesting episode of classic Trek that masquerades as a story of political intrigue, but ends up being much more of a medical drama and a view into other cultures.  We’re sold the bill of goods … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Metamorphosis

I was never sure why they didn’t call this “The Companion” until I started buying books about different series.  I have The Twilight Zone Companion and The Outer Limits Companion, among others. If this episode was called The Companion, it … Continue reading

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Star Trek: I, Mudd

Star Trek is nothing if not inventive, but I think this has got to be one of the worst episode I’ve ever seen. In fact, while I remembered it was a weak one, it was actually embarrassing to show my … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Catspaw

Catspaw takes place on a planet out of my dreams. It has everything I love: wicked witches, creepy castles, clawing cats, freaky fog, Stygian skeletons and dank dungeons! What more could we want? It’s an episode perfect for Halloween, which … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine

I ask you, what makes a classic Trek episode?  Is it the incredible music that features in The Doomsday Machine or the special effects that are even more amazing when seen in the remastered format?  Or is it something else?  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Apple

One of my all time least liked classic Trek episodes is The Apple.  But when you go into it knowing you’re going to be chatting about it, it does make it a degree more fun.  Gamma Trianguli VI is a … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

We come to my absolute favorite episode of classic Star Trek.  Kirk is on a planet negotiating with the Halkans for access to dilithium crystals.  They won’t give them to Kirk but, like any gentle people, they point out that … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Crier in Emptiness

This week we explored strange new worlds with Big Finish in Doctor Who’s Divergent universe in Scherzo.  Then we sought out strange new life forms in Star Trek with The Changeling.  Before I start a different Thursday series, I wanted to come … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Changeling

Nomad.  The very name conjures images of… Actually for me, it reminds me of a coffee pot my grandmother used to have.  It was a long, cylindrical thing made of metal that, lord knows, predated safety inspections on such devices.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais?

This next episode is hard to come to grips with, but you’ve got to hand it to them, it’s an idea that is worth exploring. (Come on! I couldn’t resist. You can’t even fault me!) The idea is that Greek … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Amok Time

Amok Time is the first episode of season 2 and it’s a wonderful opening giving us a clue about Spock, his culture, and why we grew up with a song we all loved call Heart and Soul by T’Pau.  Well… … Continue reading

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The Doctor and the Enterprise

Let me start this article by saying that I don’t usually do a lot of research for what I write.  I write from the hip, or from the heart, and it’s based on how I feel about a given subject.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Operation: Annihilate!

The first season of Star Trek comes to an end with Operation: Annihilate.  A curious title for a show so often focusing on hope.  I mean here’s the deal: Starfleet says, “Jimmers, there’s an outbreak of mass insanity around your … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever

Here’s a tough subject to cover: The City on the Edge of Forever.  It’s one of the consistent contenders for the #1 spot in any Trekkie’s top ten list.  It’s well written, thought provoking and frequently funny, with just a … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Alternative Factor

Conceptually, this should have been one of the strongest episodes of Classic Star Trek that ever existed.  A hole in the fabric of space time, a supposed time traveler, and a person who flips between universes… this has all the … Continue reading

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