Category Archives: Star Trek

Star Trek: The Lights of Zetar

I’m torn as I come into the final batch of classic Trek episodes.  On the one hand, Season 3 has been a bit weak by comparison to the rest of the series.  On the other, there are some highlight moments.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: That Which Survives

That Which Survives feels like a proper Star Trek romp with a strange planet, a mysterious woman, and a life or death struggle for the crew of the Enterprise.  The truth is, this isn’t a great episode but it’s not … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon

The Mark of Gideon is another of those significant episodes of Trek.  It’s not whether it’s good or bad, but that it is about something and gets the audience thinking.  The episode offers us a deeply satisfying mystery before hitting … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

In 2019, I took the penultimate class needed to finish a long-overdue degree.   That class was simply called Pop Culture.  We had to look at a series, movie, book, music… something that could be examined under “four lenses.”  Within the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy

Nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-MAR-TA! Watching some 60’s TV that would air during my youth, I remember having a crush on two women from Batman.  Or should I say a woman and a girl?  Namely, Catwoman played by Julie Newmar (last seen in Star … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius

French actress France Nuyen… yes, her first name identifies her nationality… very convenient… plays the titular Elaan of Troyius in another one of Trek’s forays into sexism.  Yeah, yeah, I’m being unfair, I know, but for a show I remembered … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Empath

I had been waiting to get to this episode because my memory of it was very positive but The Empath, like so many Trek episodes, does miss the mark more than I remembered.  It’s always a shame when that happens; … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Wink of an Eye

Back in 1966, Star Trek was so new and unusual, most of the ideas were novel.  The stories were interesting and strange and often quite deep.  Creating new and compelling ideas must have been so much fun for the writers.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Plato’s Stepchildren

It was always amazing to me that whenever I’d turn the TV on to see Star Trek, it seemed Plato’s Stepchildren was on and I find it to be one of the hardest episodes to watch.  I know it’s got the historical … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Tholian Web

Up, down, up, down… this season is a roller coaster ride.  One good one, one bad one…   The Tholian Web opens with a great mystery not unlike The Omega Glory; everyone on the Starship Defiant is dead, all apparently killed … Continue reading

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Star Trek: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

For the love of Vulcan, what was that?  For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky opens with the Enterprise under attack from… basically a mosquito.  I mean, the threat is so non-existent that one shot takes … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Day of the Dove

While season 3 of Star Trek may have been a bit of a letdown from previous seasons, I find Day of the Dove one of the most profound episodes of the series.  I didn’t always notice it but one day, … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun

Season 3 of Star Trek was really a step down from the previous two seasons.  It wasn’t that Trek was consistently knocking it out of the park, but there seems to be more substance to the episodes of the previous … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Is There in Truth No Beauty?

Star Trek takes on the concept of beauty and ugliness in Is There in Truth No Beauty?  I’m torn between thinking it’s a brilliant episode and a dreadful one.  It’s a good subject matter, and while The Twilight Zone may … Continue reading

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Star Trek: And the Children Shall Lead

Four episodes in, and I’m not seeing the Star Trek that I loved.  Yeah, The Enterprise Incident was good, but this season isn’t winning any points for the series!  The first thought I had when this episode started was that … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome

I never liked The Paradise Syndrome.  That might sound like a funny thing to say because who doesn’t like paradise, but Kirk ending up on a planet with a bunch of American Indians just wasn’t my idea of what Star … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident

I’ve said on many occasions that Classic Trek is my favorite Trek, but that’s not to say I dislike any of the others.  Well… maybe Voyager…  But the funny thing about classic Star Trek is that I’ve also said many … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Spock’s Brain

It’s hard to imagine now but back in the late 60’s, Star Trek wasn’t well received.  The fandom simply wasn’t there.  So you’ve got to wonder what they were thinking for the start of season 3.  Was it, “maybe we … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Assignment: Earth

To think, this was supposed to be the start of spinoff series like Torchwood would eventually become in Doctor Who’s future.  Rather apt, because I decided to do the same as Jim Kirk.  Using “the lightspeed breakaway factor” (which everyone … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Bread and Circuses

I have this idea that Season Two started with a discussion in the writers’ room.  Roddenberry must have been like: “we need more good ideas; help take this to the next level!”  The other writers said something like, “what do … Continue reading

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