Tag Archives: The Original Series

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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Star Trek: Errand of Mercy

I never understood why so many people loved this episode.  “Talky” is an understatement.  We have one brief moment of action and it’s blowing up a supply depot wherein Kirk and Spock set a grenade, then run in a straight … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark

I love this episode.  I don’t love it because of the great acting by Nimoy during his mind-meld, but because it really did something really amazing.  It gave us the Horta. You’re probably thinking: why is that special?  Look at … Continue reading

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Star Trek: This Side of Paradise

I remember seeing Day of the Triffids when I was very young.  And Specimen: Unknown… which we will talk about next year… but I think my love for both started with Star Trek’s This Side of Paradise.  This Side of … Continue reading

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Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon

Do you have any idea how much I hated this episode when I was a kid?  It’s SO TALKY!  Nothing really happens and even the dangerous situations are handled casually.  Let’s be honest, as a kid, we want action and … Continue reading

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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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