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Star Trek reviewed, from start to finish

wissa

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Report this Aug. 31 2011, 3:15 pm

and why did Shatner have to shave his chest and Nimoy didn't? 


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Report this Sep. 01 2011, 3:18 am

Quote: wissa @ Aug. 31 2011, 10:11 am

Quote: Spouter @ Jul. 11 2011, 1:39 pm

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>THE EMPATH

>Or, The One Where Kirk likes a Woman but doesnt make a pass at Her.

>This is the 3rd of the four BBC-banned eps, and its easy to see why this fell foul of the censors. An ep where the main character is stripped to the waist, hung in chains and tortured had no chance of being shown on prime time back in 1970. Funnily enough, this was due to be the first 3rd season ep shown by the BBC, but after the fuss caused by `Miri', it was banned and replaced at the last minute with `The Paradise Syndrome'. The strange semi-sets are very good, Gem is ok, and the Vians are quite scary! Ive had quite a few dreams involving them over the years! I saw a clip from this ep in the 80s, and i was impressed at the atmosphere created by a short out-of-context clip. The Vians' motivation is a bit odd, and the torture scenes are quite bland and could have done with a few screams from Kirk to make them juicier. This ep was written by a fan, who sent the script in on spec - the storyline has a few similarities to `The Cage' and, as a wink to the fans, the aliens are called Vian, which is an anagram of Vina, the central character in that earlier ep.

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why is kirk tortured without his shirt and mccoy with? 

Haha, thats big-head Bill Shatner, wanting to flaunt his body. He seems to be the only male crewmember who doesnt wear a black t-shirt too

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Report this Sep. 06 2011, 3:59 am

Ive never read Phil Farrand's Nitpickers Guide books properly, but i skimmed through them back in the mid-90s, and i remember being pleased that he hadnt spotted a great big continuity error, and i had: in `The Corbomite Maneuver', when Bones is on the Bridge, his uniform keeps changing from his standard blue shirt, to his short-sleeved surgical top.

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Report this Sep. 08 2011, 2:23 pm

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>LET THAT BE YOUR LAST BATTLEFIELD

>(Why do some fans get the title wrong, and refer to it as `Let This Be Your Last Battlefield'?)

>One of my favourite episodes, despite what many fans think. The anti-racism message is, as some have said in the past, `mind-numbingly obvious', but who cares? Its still a good message. Nice performances from Antonio and Gorshin as Lokai and Bele, and a great, wordy script. I havent got a problem with the `cheap' invisible ship - its a nice idea. I agree with the criticism some fans have made about the direction - it is particularly odd at the end, when Bele is chasing Lokai through the ship, and it looks like he is going for a Sunday morning jog round the park! How do they know where the Transporter room is, and why do they both stand sideways on the platform? Kirk should have beamed them both back up, instead of leaving them - he is therefore partly responsible for the extinction of an entire race, as they will both kill one another. The line about Cheron being in an uncharted area is daft, plus the fact that the planet changes colour, from mauve to orange. Overall though, a great episode. The self-destruct sequence is excellent. When this was shown on the BBC, the scene where Spock listens in to Lokai preaching in the rec room was cut.

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odd how no one was concerned about that malfunctioning door mechanism huh?


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Report this Sep. 08 2011, 7:41 pm

Quote: Spouter @ Jul. 16 2011, 5:09 am

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>LET THAT BE YOUR LAST BATTLEFIELD

>Kirk should have beamed them both back up, instead of leaving them - he is therefore partly responsible for the extinction of an entire race, as they will both kill one another.

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This is a great ep. and I'm glad you enjoyed it. However, such an assessment of Kirk is wrong. If Kirk had fired a torpedo at Bele and Lokai, then he would've contributed to a people's extinction. But Kirk has no responsibility for managing Lokai and Bele's affairs.

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Report this Sep. 12 2011, 7:07 pm

There is a deffinit need 4 abuse SERVAAlAN FAN i'm sick of people bagging on the "special effects" when  it's the best they could do and afford

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Report this Sep. 15 2011, 2:54 pm

After reading the first post i have to say that i don


t really agrewe with everything that you had to say. although it was enjoyable to have Spock actually smile at something as mundane as a plant they had not yet figured out the Spock Charactor. it was not untill spockl said "Facinating" during an early episode where the director yelled "CUT!! wait wait Leonard. say that with a scientific facination." he disd and BAM spock was made. Also i loved the look on my sisters' face when i showed her Mudd's Women because when McCoy is in the sick bay when he shoulldn't be she had me pause it and ask if there was some kind of transporter in the ship. i then went into a Day of the Dove kind if thing explaining how inter-ship beaming is possible but unsafe. keep them coming,. i really want to read about Gamesters of Triskelion, Spectre of the gun and Catspaw.

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Report this Sep. 26 2011, 4:02 am

Ill be starting my `Star Trek: The Next Generation' reviewed from Start to Finish' thread soon

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Report this Oct. 01 2011, 10:02 pm

After you have finished revisiting TREK, be sure to catch Billingsley and Takei in their new film, THE POOL BOYS!  Opened Sept. 30, you do not want to miss this hot, funny, sexy and hilarious film from the makers of AMERICAN PIE.


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wissa

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Report this Oct. 06 2011, 8:00 pm

I finally got some new ones up spouter


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Report this Oct. 07 2011, 11:20 am

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>I finally got some new ones up spouter

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Yay!! Ill be there shortly


Im having a break before i start reviewing ST:TNG, but ill definitely do it.

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Report this Oct. 07 2011, 4:12 pm

Quote: Spouter @ Oct. 07 2011, 11:20 am

Quote: wissa @ Oct. 06 2011, 8:00 pm

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>I finally got some new ones up spouter

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Yay!! Ill be there shortly

Im having a break before i start reviewing ST:TNG, but ill definitely do it.


 


I'm looking forward to wrapping up tos and moving on to tas


 


though I'm already dreading having to wade through tmp again


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Report this Oct. 08 2011, 4:10 am

I recently rewatched ST:TMP Wissa - the first hour is excellent, the second is total boredom. All that money spent just to remake `The Changeling'


The Death by Transporter Malfunction scene is excellent and quite disturbing, and its fun seeing all the old characters return, but after the arrival of Spock, the film grinds to a halt.

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Report this Oct. 12 2011, 5:58 am

Before i get down to reviewing ST:TNG, heres my thoughts on the 6 TOS based films:


STAR TREK - THE SLOW MOTION PICTURE.


The first hour is excellent, all the old characters back again, the spine-chilling death by transporter malfunction, the wormhole sequence...But the second hour is slow, boring and virtually unwatchable.


STAR TREK 2: THE WRATH OF KHAN


Good but not great - after the disappointment of the first film, fans were so relieved to get a ST film that was even halfway decent, that they overrated it to a ludicrous degree. Saavik is a bit of a dog - nice character though.


STAR TREK 3: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK


This film is about the same as the second - good but not great. It would have been better to have Spock resurrected at the end of an unconnected, but interesting storyline, rather than making the whole film about Spock. Robin Curtis' saavik is slightly more attractive than the Kirstie Alley version, but not much.


STAR TREK 4: THE VOYAGE HOME


A step in the right direction. Like most other ST comedies, it isnt actually very funny, but an interesting story, and it's always good to see our heroes in Earth's past.


STAR TREK 5: THE FINAL FRONTIER


A dull and routine story, but the film is still entertaining. I cringe at Kirk's mountain climbing - one wrong step and he's a goner!


STAR TREK 6: THE UNDISCOVERED  COUNTRY


Finally, it all came together! A masterpiece, and a fitting end to the TOS saga. I love the literal `signing off' at the end.

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Report this Oct. 17 2011, 9:48 am

i agree with your review of the first one. i didn't watch "Where Nomad had Gone Before" until after i watrched the rest of them (exempting the Undiscovered Country) and i thought that Wrath of khan was Da Bomb. i also liked SFS but not as much as i liked WOK. i still haven't seen UC (i can't find it, but i heard that it is AWESOME!)

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