Category Archives: Star Trek

Star Trek: Beyond

I may have finally figured out what’s wrong with me: I have been diagnosed with a case of friendshipitis.  This is an exaggerated sense of what friendships mean between two or more people.  When I tried to dig into how … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Into Darkness

Roger often says I gush over the idea of friendship.  Maybe I’m a sap but friendship matters to me.  Growing up, there were a group of us that were inseparable.  It was a bond of brotherhood that connected us.  And … Continue reading

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Star Trek (2009)

After Roger and I planned to review the classic series of Star Trek, it seemed only natural to continue the voyages with the Chris Pine movies to round out the story of the original crew.  We made our move to … Continue reading

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

We come now to what I consider the finest of the Trek movies.  But to understand that, I need to rewind to 1991.  I’m 19 and at this point in our lives, my friends and I start every weekend with … Continue reading

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

The year is 1989; 10 years after Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Rumor is, this is the final Star Trek movie.  I’m 17 and I have a brainwave.  I thought, for the tenth anniversary, I should see if my grandfather … Continue reading

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a lighthearted Trek movie and as a result, may be one of the very best.  Another tubular Doomsday Machine is on a direct course to earth.  This is taking ideas from the classic … Continue reading

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek III is, in many ways, the flip side of the coin that was Star Trek II.  In the former, we get a good old spaceship battle akin to the classic episode Balance of Terror (which itself was basically … Continue reading

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II is usually considered the best of the classic movie series. (I think that distinction goes to The Undiscovered Country, however this is a close contender and both were directed by Nicholas Meyer.)  Like most Trek, there are … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The year is 1979.  I am 7 years old and sitting in my living room in the far corner by the large brown chair when my grandfather comes over.  He has a newspaper with him and offers to take me … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Turnabout Intruder

Arriving on the planet Camus II, Kirk meets an old girlfriend who is really rather annoyed that she’s a woman.  And it leads to one weird episode!  Honestly, it must have been a real challenge for Shatner to play a … Continue reading

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Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays

It might have been nice for All Our Yesterday’s to be the last episode of classic Star Trek.  It’s a very well designed story.  There’s an A and B plot focusing on Kirk in a 17th Century time, accused of … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Savage Curtain

I find myself frequently asking a very important question when watching Star Trek: did the writers intend for that to be funny?  This episode has one of my top 5 funniest moments when Kirk, determined to show that good is … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Cloud Minders

This is one of those episodes that never seems to turn up in reruns.  It’s like that forgotten gem that even the networks overlook.  But make no mistake, like so many episodes of season three, this one is important.  I … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Way to Eden

Good God if there is one Trek episode I can’t stand it’s The Way to Eden.  I’ve no doubt that has to do with the time of my birth.  I came into existence in 72, by which time the hippie … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Requiem for Methuselah

“We put on a pretty poor show, didn’t we?”  You said it, Jim!  Requiem for Methuselah is another of those “significant” stories that really looks at the human condition and I am not sure if it’s a great analysis, or … Continue reading

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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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