Category Archives: Star Trek

Star Trek: Space Seed

In terms of the lore of Star Trek, Space Seed may be the single most important episode of the original 79.  We are introduced to Khan.  While I’m guessing that most visitors of the Junkyard will know, I won’t go … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Return of the Archons

As classic Trek episodes go, this one is reasonably awful but it gets redeemed by something as simple as an expression on someone’s face.  Just look at McCoy!  Kirk and Spock conspire against “the body” of Landrau and McCoy is … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Court Martial

So… funny thing about space.  It’s big.  You may have heard this before, but it’s really big.  And Time!  Time can be wibbly and wobbly.  But let me put Court Martial into perspective for you in terms of space and … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Tomorrow is Yesterday

The Enterprise is en route to Starbase 9 for resupply when things go wonky and they find themselves back in the late 1960s just before the “moon shot” in Tomorrow is Yesterday.  Now, before we get into the episode, let … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Arena

When I was a kid, there was one Star Trek creature for me: the Gorn.  Boy howdy, did I love the Gorn.  I was teased by my cousin for how much I loved the Gorn but there was something about this creature … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos

If you love Rufus T. Firefly, you know what happens when you call him an upstart.  Don’t call Rufus T. Firefly an upstart.  Doing so can get you smacked in the face, and war can be declared.  The Marx Brother’s … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Galileo Seven

Up until this point in the series, the crew of the Enterprise always gets around via transporter.  It makes sense that there would be shuttlecraft on board, but it leads us to a serious question: why were Sulu and company … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Shore Leave

Coming off a powerhouse episode like Balance of Terror, the crew aren’t the only ones who need a break.  Everyone is looking for a bit of Shore Leave and the audience is privy to some too.  So Kirk and company … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Balance of Terror

Classic Star Trek is always fun to revisit, but only a handful of episodes really are that powerful that they should rank in a top ten list.  Balance of Terror consistently makes that top ten list even if it often … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Conscience of the King

The play may be the thing to catch The Conscience of the King, but it sure didn’t capture his brain! There’s an intrinsic problem with this episode that goes right to the core of the story.  Let’s review… Kirk gets … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Cage

You know what I realized a full day after watching the Star Trek pilot episode, The Cage?  No one died.  I mean, no one.  The closest we get to an death is Bobby Barbarian who gets a sword to the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Menagerie

How does one talk about The Menagerie after writing about The Cage and not feel redundant?  With difficulty.  Luckily we’ll be talking about The Cage on its own very soon, so I can bypass some redundancy. The Menagerie is the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver

I think of The Corbomite Maneuver as a slice of life episode for a member of the Enterprise crew.  The mission of the Enterprise is to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations.  What could … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind

Today’s mission: drop off supplies to the Tantalus penal colony.  McCoy ironically states of the penal colony that “a cage is a cage”, which could be a reference to the prison kept by the Talosians in The Cage.  (That’s the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Miri

What can you come away with from the episode Miri?  An important life lesson as taught by Jim Kirk himself: NO BLAH BLAH BLAH!  I could end the review there, but what would be the fun in that?  Kirk and … Continue reading

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Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of?

We start this episode, What Are Little Girls Made Of?,  on a mission to reunite nurse Chapel with her former fiancé, Roger Corby.  Ok, maybe the mission was to see if anyone was alive on planet Exo III where Corby … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Mudd’s Women

The episode opens with the Enterprise in pursuit of a ship through an asteroid field.  It is not the Millennium Falcon!  I think this is the first time since we’ve had an episode that the crew was not already on … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Enemy Within

There’s a lot to be said about the themes classic Trek tackles, but The Enemy Within is, to my reckoning, one of the first important ones.  It’s not about whether its good or bad, but the idea it puts forth.  … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Naked Time

I want to know who in Starfleet contacted Kirk and said “Hey, Jim, need you to find a planet that’s about to implode, sit there watching it, get some readings and take some pics.  Post them on Fleetbook and let … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Arguably one of the most unnerving episodes of Classic Trek, Where No Man has Gone Before features Captain James R. Kirk’s school friend, Gary Mitchell.  They are so close that when Gary summons a tombstone, he forgets Jim’s middle name.  … Continue reading

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