Category Archives: Star Trek

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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Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer

Unlike that abhorrent mess that was The Omega Glory, The Ultimate Computer may be one of the more important episodes of classic Star Trek.  It’s not that I find it a great episode and it’s far from a favorite of … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Omega Glory

So the USS Exeter was lost on patrol around Omega IV years ago and now Kirk finds it.  He decides to go investigate; not a bad option normally.   The Omega Glory has one hell of an opener.  The whole idea … Continue reading

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Star Trek: By Any Other Name

Replying to a distress call, Kirk and crew find themselves on a stunningly colorful planet. They encounter humanoids that can immobilize them for some classic 60’s “stand still” action. Kudos to the cast for really sticking with it and not … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Patterns of Force

Some Star Trek episodes are hard to watch.  I’m looking at you, Space Hitler.  Patterns of Force had the decency to explain that the Nazi regime was wrong but hey, they were controlled by bad men and they didn’t intend … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow

For having one of Star Trek’s best remembered quotes, Return to Tomorrow is a dreadfully slow affair that offered the chance for greatness and delivered mediocrity.  Conceptually, this is an episode about godlike beings who just want a favor.  That … Continue reading

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Star Trek: A Private Little War

There have been countless articles and comments over the years about Star Trek’s season 2 pro-Vietnam episode, A Private Little War.  This isn’t going to be about that.  As readers, we’ve been there, done that.   This is my experience with … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome

I had always liked The Immunity Syndrome but, as I’ve said before, putting the episodes under a microscope does have its disadvantages.  While there’s a sense of mutual appreciation on the Enterprise, with both Kirk and Spock offering commendations to … Continue reading

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Star Trek: A Piece of the Action

Season 2 of Star Trek was clearly in a funny state of mind, right?  Check!  It was also helping me make a point to my kids, and a generation of TV viewers, that the act of watching the TV has … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion

I’ve always had a soft spot for The Gamesters of Triskelion.  Maybe its aluminum foil bra-wearing Shahna that won me over; undoubtedly the sexiest outfit in the series!  In fairness, she’s no Dr. Helen Noel, that’s for sure, so maybe … Continue reading

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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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