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Star Trek reviewed, from start to finish

RoTrekkie

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Report this Apr. 06 2011, 12:27 am

I loved Conscience of the King, now I think it's underrated, and I'm not really a big Shakespeare fan either.

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Report this Apr. 06 2011, 1:06 am

THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS


Not a great ep in the sense of, if you hadnt seen it before and you read a synopsis of the plot before seeing it, it would make you want to punch the air with excitement, and shout `Yes!' but enjoyable. Well-made, well-acted (apparently Roddy McDowell was in the frame to play Trelane before Will Campbell got the part), and with a nice twist. Apparently, this ep was inspired by an issue of Marvel Comics' `Fantastic Four', presumably the one where giant aliens arrive on Earth, and cause havoc, until its revealed they are giant kids who have slipped away from their parents for a while. One thing thats noticeable by this point is that the colour of the planets and the colour of the sky never match up - for instance, here we have a brown/white world, with a green sky. Shouldnt the sky be brown or white?


ARENA


One of my favourites - despite the deficiencies of the costume, i love the Gorn. I remember seeing this ep back in 1979, and being so hyped up and excited afterwards that i went upstairs and had a `fight' with my pillow on the bed. I was Captain Kirk and my pillow was the Gorn! I didnt know at the time that the BBC had cut several minutes out of this, including the bits where Kirk recites the ingredients of Gunpowder. Cestus 3 is the same planet model that was used for the duplicate Earth in `Miri', here its tinted orange. The first half actually comes across as a rehash of `Balance of Terror', but takes a far more interesting direction.

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Report this Apr. 06 2011, 10:06 am

Trelane was annoying but that's show he was supposed to be, all in all I liked Squie of Gothos, especially the ending.


People who aren't Star Trek fans like to bash "Arena" for the fight scene between Kirk and the Gorn captain, but it's really a very good ep. The point was that the Gorn were trying to defend themselves from invaders and Kirk was out to neutralize them for destroying the Earth outpost, the Metrons gave Kirk a lesson, and the fight scene is irrelevant. And I still want to have my own Gorn costume

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Report this Apr. 06 2011, 12:53 pm

Quote: RoTrekkie @ Apr. 06 2011, 10:06 am

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>Trelane was annoying but that's show he was supposed to be, all in all I liked Squie of Gothos, especially the ending.

>People who aren't Star Trek fans like to bash "Arena" for the fight scene between Kirk and the Gorn captain, but it's really a very good ep. The point was that the Gorn were trying to defend themselves from invaders and Kirk was out to neutralize them for destroying the Earth outpost, the Metrons gave Kirk a lesson, and the fight scene is irrelevant. And I still want to have my own Gorn costume

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agreed.  I recently watched it again and loved the way the federation was put in a bad light.  That doesn't happen very often


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Report this Apr. 06 2011, 5:20 pm

TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY


Another enjoyable ep, one which combines the drama with humour very well, as with `Shore Leave'. This also benefits from the new remastered effects as, in the original, the effects shots of the Enterprise flying through the sky looked a bit rubbish. Nice to have a teaser which begins with something other than the Enterprise flying through space or orbitting a planet. Kirk gets off some good one-liners when hes captured in the Air Force base.


COURT MARTIAL


Season 1's weakest hour, along with `Mudd's Women' and `Balance of Terror'. As with those, the story is dull. Main character being placed on trial is one of the stock TV plots - naturally, Star Trek did a better job of it than most, buts its still a relatively dull episode, one that feels like its treading water, wasting time with an internal StarFleet problem, when we (the viewers) want to get back to exploring strange new worlds. We want Narnia, but this episode gives us the wardrobe, so to speak. When shown on the BBC in the 70s/80s, the bit where Kirk first meets Samuel T. Cogley was cut, presumably to get the show to fit a particular slot.

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Report this Apr. 07 2011, 4:52 am

There was a lot of merit in court martial, mudd's women, and balance of terror. I feel bad for you that you didn't grasp the deep meaning in them. A story doesn't have to be exciting to have great depth.


With Arena and BoT, it is wonderful how they give the "bad guy's" perspective so you can see that in war, often neither side is evil but has equally good people or at least those who simply don't understand the other side. They provided an excellent contradiction to American propaganda at the time that painted all Communists as evil, baby-killing savages.

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Report this Apr. 07 2011, 7:33 am

first ever time travel episode!


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RoTrekkie

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Report this Apr. 07 2011, 2:48 pm

I liked the idea of Court Martial, it's true that it can get boring, but it's not a bad episode at all, I wish they'd shown more later about Kirk's former girlfriend who appears in the episode (forgot her name).


I love time travel, I really do, so I had to like Tommorow is Yesterday from the very first scene. The scenes with the clueless guard who gets transported to the Enterprise and watches in horror how a bowl is soup is instantly provided for him are priceless, especially for his facial expression. I loved the interrogation scene too, and captain Christopher. Not a classic, in fact some hate it, but it's quite enjoyable for me.

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Report this Apr. 08 2011, 12:39 am

THE RETURN OF THE ARCHONS


An underrated episode this one. I like the idea that the planet's society is a parallel Earth, a duplicate of 19th-century America but no-one comments on the fact and its just accepted. The whole idea of the inhabitants being controlled by a computer `God', except for a small underground which has its own prophecy about the `Archons' returning, is clever. Its a bit odd that StarFleet waited a century before mounting an investigation, but the long time gap is necessary for the story to work. When i first saw this episode back in 1976, i assumed that there must be an episode called `The Archons' and that this was the sequel.


SPACE SEED


Excellent again. Khan is much more interesting in this than in the 2nd movie, where's he's just a simple madman. Ricardo Montalban gives a good portrayal of someone whose principles are directly opposed to Kirk's. Its strange to look at him, and think that he's the same guy who later starred in `Fantasy Island'. I love the bit where Khan crushes Kirk's phaser. He might have 5 times Kirk's strength, but he isnt immune to a good whack in the gut by a metal bar.

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Report this Apr. 08 2011, 1:50 am

I loved Return of the Archons because it was different and cool, underrated for sure. One of the episodes I always like to watch again.


Space Seed is excellent on its own and without it we wouldn't have had The Wrath of Khan that shaped the future of Star Trek at that time.


 


 

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Report this Apr. 09 2011, 12:34 am

As i said before, all feedback/comments appreciated folks:-)


A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON


A good ep, but not exceptional. One of those stories where Kirk changes a whole society in 50 mins. The actual message, basically that `war is bad' (or `a very messy business' as Kirk puts it) is, like most messages in this, and other tv shows, trite and banal. Are the viewers/fans so thick, that they need an episode of Star Trek to point this out? As an entertainment, it works well enough though. The painting representing the capital city on Eminiar is excellent, i like the scene with Scotty refusing to lower the screens, and Spock's line `Theres a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder'. When i first saw this ep, as a kid, i was so unimpressed and bored with it, that i could hardly remember a thing about it afterwards, and didnt really know what the plot was - also, i misremembered the `Radio Times' (the UK version of Tv Guide, listing all BBC shows for that week) listing for the ep (this was in the days before i cut them out for my scrapbook). The actual listing was:


`A diplomatic mission to one of the protagonists in a 500 year old war reveals a computerized conflict causing some of the most cold-blooded casualties in the history of space! And the Enterprise, with all her crew, is marked down as being destroyed!'


I mis-remembered it as:


`A group of mercenaries are attacking and destroying StarFleet ships. And the Enterprise, with all her crew, is marked down next to be destroyed!'


That sounds better than the actual ep! Back then, i thought theyd beamed down to the mercenaries' base. 

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Report this Apr. 09 2011, 3:54 am

Very good. Keep them coming. I will be buying that big ST:TOS blu-ray box set when it appears in May. Then my son will have to spend less time on his PS3 as I start to monopolise the viewing schedules!


When I've finished watching the first season of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea that is ...

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Report this Apr. 09 2011, 4:33 am

Quote: Ghostmojo @ Apr. 09 2011, 3:54 am

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>Very good. Keep them coming. I will be buying that big ST:TOS blu-ray box set when it appears in May. Then my son will have to spend less time on his PS3 as I start to monopolise the viewing schedules!

>When I've finished watching the first season of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea that is ...

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i love `Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea too, best of the Irwin Allen shows imo, ive just watched season 2:-)

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Report this Apr. 09 2011, 4:51 pm

THIS SIDE OF PARADISE


An outstanding ep, this one. Great story, the usual fine performances, music etc. This was one of Leonard Nimoy's favourites, he even wrote a song inspired by it on one of his God-awful music albums. The scene where the plant spores strike Kirk makes you wonder how on Omicron Ceti 3 the crew are going to overcome this week's threat. The fight between Kirk and Spock is exciting, even the obvious use of stuntmen cant spoil it, despite the fact that the one doubling for Nimoy is a few pounds heavier and has a square head! Interesting that the spores dont really brainwash the crew - they just make them happy and content. Im surprised that he network censors allowed the line `Youve got the gall to make love to that girl!' to get through.


THE DEVIL IN THE DARK


This is almost a classic, but the poor production values let it down badly. The sets are cheap and tacky, with the cave floors being completely smooth and flat, the walls look like crinkled painted paper, and though its set underground, its as light as a feather with no indication of where the illumination is coming from. Added to that, the Horta is very poorly realised. A shame, because the story is good, particularly the fact that the Horta isnt an alien as such, but rather an alien ANIMAL, the Janus equivalent of a rhinoceros or an elephant.

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Report this Apr. 10 2011, 4:31 am

ERRAND OF MERCY


Another great episode. If the Klingons are such a major threat, why have they never been seen, or even mentioned before? Funny to see most of them clean-shaven - only the leader and 2nd-in-command have beards. Organia is another parallel Earth, this time with the appearance of the middle ages, men wearing doublets and hose, women wearing long dresses, theres even an ox pulling a cart. Kirk comes across as a warlike prick at the end, as bad as Kor. Nice to have an episode end on Kirk's face, rather than the usual stock shot of the Enterprise warping off.


THE ALTERNATIVE FACTOR


In the style of Captain Kirk:


FACT: this is generally regarded by fandom en masse as the worst episode of the first season.


FACT: it isnt, its better than a few others i could mention, and though it doesnt quite reach the lofty heights of THe Naked Time, Charlie X, Miri, The Menagerie etc, it sits quite comfortably alongside Shore Leave, The Galileo Seven, Tomorrow is Yesterday etc.


AND, FACT: a main reason that fans dislike it, apart from the ending, is that (they say) its impossible to tell which Lazarus is on the scene at any time. It isnt, its easy to tell - the bad Lazarus has a plaster on his head and rants and raves constantly. Some of the confusion arises from the scene where the `Good' Lazarus attacks the Black female engineer (whos wearing a blue costume - why? Shouldnt she be wearing a red one? perhaps she didnt look good in red), and the radio operator from `Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea', but he does so in a gentile way. The fact that the 2 Lazruses are identical makes no difference, because ANY pieces of matter and anti-matter coming into contact would blow up the universe just as effectively.


Theres one scene where Lazarus' beard is almost gone, just a few strands, but in the nect scene, its full and bushy again. I have an explanation for this - though he looks human, hes actually an alien of course. He must have had a shave, prior to the scene in the briefing room, but, one of the traits of his species is being able to grow hair very quickly, so by the time of the scene on the planet's surface, it grew back.


Why didnt they just destroy Lazarus' ship, or kill the `Bad' one? Locking the 2 men forever in limbo seems a horrible solution to the problem. oh, and one more thing: the `Fact...fact....and fact 'speech is regarded as one of Kirk's catch-phrases. Why? He only says it in this ep.

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