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Star Trek reviewed, from start to finish

Spouter

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Report this Apr. 12 2011, 3:30 am

THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER


Excellent, but overrated. Its great, but not as great as many fans think. Ive read comments over the years to the effect that its not only the best ep of TOS, but the best Star Trek ever, better than all those great eps of TNG etc! Its overrated because it was written by Harlan Ellison, and because of the controversy of Gene Roddenberry's rewriting of Ellison's script. Possibly also, because its the only ep of TOS which deals with time/reality being changed - always a popular theme in the other ST shows. A good story, characterization, good performances etc, but i imagine that newer fans, having read all the hype about it, but not knowing anything of the story, would be disappointed.


OPERATION-ANNIHILATE!


One of my favourites. The theme of parasitic monsters taking over bodies is an old one, but a good one, and this ep does it justice. Its one of the iconic childhood memories i have of the series - the landing party going into a building where the `pancakes/jellyfish' are hiding on a wall, and one jumps on Spock's back. The parasites look a bit fake (to the extent that a line had to be inserted where the Yeoman says it `doesnt even look real!') but that doesnt detract from a great story. Joan Swift gives one of the most convincing performances in the series. The end is a bit odd - Kirk's brother and sister in law are dead, and hes having a good old laugh, because Spock is safe! Still, this is acceptable because this is the last ep of season 1 and a downbeat ending would have been innappropriate.  

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Report this Apr. 12 2011, 7:39 am

the creatures in operation annihilate actually look a lot better than I remember them to look. 


 


and grief affects people in odd ways sometime.  Though I think it's perfectly acceptable to rejoice in the fact that a dear friend is healthy and safe even when you have suffered a terrible loss.  In face the friends health would even be more important than it normally would seem to you.


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Report this Apr. 12 2011, 8:11 am

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>the creatures in operation annihilate actually look a lot better than I remember them to look. 

>and grief affects people in odd ways sometime.  Though I think it's perfectly acceptable to rejoice in the fact that a dear friend is healthy and safe even when you have suffered a terrible loss.  In face the friends health would even be more important than it normally would seem to you.

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good points, wissa

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Report this Apr. 12 2011, 8:20 am

New title sequence, a new cast member, Beehive hairdo for Nurse Chapel, and a new, better arrangement of the theme - all aboard for Season 2!


AMOK TIME


Brilliant, one of the best eps of the entire series. Great the way it makes one of the stars of the show such a menacing villain. The scene where Kirk and Spock are in Spock's quarters, and Spock is holding a knife behind his back, his hand shaking, exudes real threat. The soundtrack is excellent, the sets impressive, and the fight between Kirk and Spock is so good, even the obvious stuntmen cant spoil it. And T'Pol is terrifying!


Bit of trivia concerning this ep - it was responsible for a mass riot at a UK convention in 1969, in Birmingham. The series began screening on the BBC in July 1969, and soon attracted a horde of fans. This con took place later in the year, with `Amok Time' being screened before it had been shown on TV in this country. Unfortunately, the projector broke half-way through, leading to around 500 fans, mainly female, going on a rampage, causing hundreds of pounds-worth of damage, and attacking passers-by (one poor sod ended up with his face slashed to ribbons by an irate fan wielding a pair of stainless steel Spock ears). It took the police the best part of a day to round everyone up, and Birmimgham still bears the scars of this event.

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Report this Apr. 12 2011, 8:55 am

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>New title sequence, a new cast member, Beehive hairdo for Nurse Chapel, and a new, better arrangement of the theme - all aboard for Season 2!

>AMOK TIME

>Brilliant, one of the best eps of the entire series. Great the way it makes one of the stars of the show such a menacing villain. The scene where Kirk and Spock are in Spock's quarters, and Spock is holding a knife behind his back, his hand shaking, exudes real threat. The soundtrack is excellent, the sets impressive, and the fight between Kirk and Spock is so good, even the obvious stuntmen cant spoil it. And T'Pol is terrifying!

>Bit of trivia concerning this ep - it was responsible for a mass riot at a UK convention in 1969, in Birmingham. The series began screening on the BBC in July 1969, and soon attracted a horde of fans. This con took place later in the year, with `Amok Time' being screened before it had been shown on TV in this country. Unfortunately, the projector broke half-way through, leading to around 500 fans, mainly female, going on a rampage, causing hundreds of pounds-worth of damage, and attacking passers-by (one poor sod ended up with his face slashed to ribbons by an irate fan wielding a pair of stainless steel Spock ears). It took the police the best part of a day to round everyone up, and Birmimgham still bears the scars of this event.

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This sounds like some sort of fan spoof from The Simpsons or Family Guy. Wow. Stainless steel Spock ears.


 


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Report this Apr. 12 2011, 9:53 am

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> Great the way it makes one of the stars of the show such a menacing villain. The scene where Kirk and Spock are in Spock's quarters, and Spock is holding a knife behind his back, his hand shaking, exudes real threat.

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good points.  I missed that. 


You are watching remastered to aren't you?  did the scene of them walking accross the bridge amaze you as well?


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Report this Apr. 13 2011, 12:41 am

Quote: wissa @ Apr. 12 2011, 9:53 am

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> Great the way it makes one of the stars of the show such a menacing villain. The scene where Kirk and Spock are in Spock's quarters, and Spock is holding a knife behind his back, his hand shaking, exudes real threat.

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good points.  I missed that. 

You are watching remastered to aren't you?  did the scene of them walking accross the bridge amaze you as well?


Ive only got season 1 remastered. Im not actually watching any eps at the moment, but i know the show well enough to be able to review them without research. I intend to get the other 2 seasons remastered DVDs, as i was impressed by season 1, especially the new footage in `Tomorrow is Yesterday'. Is the bridge you mean on Vulcan?

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Report this Apr. 13 2011, 12:50 am

WHO MOURNS FOR ADONAIS?


Another excellent ep, this stands out as being unique in a season where the same story concepts/ideas were re-used constantly ; ie parallel Earths and mad computers. Good performance from Michael Forest, who gives a convincing English accent. Scotty is taken for a fool by Carolyn, she casually tosses him aside in favour of Apollo, but despite this, he is still concerned for her safety at every opportunity. Good FX when Apollo grows to giant size, and when Scotty is flung backwards. I think the female crewmembers uniforms are very sexy, so (as in `Squire of Gothos') its strange that Apollo changes her clothes for a look that is not as good. The rape at the end is tastefully, and subtly done, though the ep ends abruptly. Originally, it was to have concluded with McCoy on the ship telling Kirk that Carolyn is expecting Apollo's child.

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Report this Apr. 13 2011, 5:53 am

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>New title sequence, a new cast member, Beehive hairdo for Nurse Chapel, and a new, better arrangement of the theme - all aboard for Season 2!

>AMOK TIME

>Brilliant, one of the best eps of the entire series. Great the way it makes one of the stars of the show such a menacing villain. The scene where Kirk and Spock are in Spock's quarters, and Spock is holding a knife behind his back, his hand shaking, exudes real threat. The soundtrack is excellent, the sets impressive, and the fight between Kirk and Spock is so good, even the obvious stuntmen cant spoil it. And T'Pol is terrifying!

>Bit of trivia concerning this ep - it was responsible for a mass riot at a UK convention in 1969, in Birmingham. The series began screening on the BBC in July 1969, and soon attracted a horde of fans. This con took place later in the year, with `Amok Time' being screened before it had been shown on TV in this country. Unfortunately, the projector broke half-way through, leading to around 500 fans, mainly female, going on a rampage, causing hundreds of pounds-worth of damage, and attacking passers-by (one poor sod ended up with his face slashed to ribbons by an irate fan wielding a pair of stainless steel Spock ears). It took the police the best part of a day to round everyone up, and Birmimgham still bears the scars of this event.

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This sounds like some sort of fan spoof from The Simpsons or Family Guy. Wow. Stainless steel Spock ears.

 

now you mention it, it does  its all true though.

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Report this Apr. 13 2011, 7:12 am

Quote: Spouter @ Apr. 13 2011, 12:41 am

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> Great the way it makes one of the stars of the show such a menacing villain. The scene where Kirk and Spock are in Spock's quarters, and Spock is holding a knife behind his back, his hand shaking, exudes real threat.

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good points.  I missed that. 

You are watching remastered to aren't you?  did the scene of them walking accross the bridge amaze you as well?

Ive only got season 1 remastered. Im not actually watching any eps at the moment, but i know the show well enough to be able to review them without research. I intend to get the other 2 seasons remastered DVDs, as i was impressed by season 1, especially the new footage in `Tomorrow is Yesterday'. Is the bridge you mean on Vulcan?


 


yes it is.  I've got the regular first season then remastered 2nd and 3rd.  I wish they would have put some sort of icon on added scenes so you know they are there. 


and I have to say I don't like the colour on the remastered ones.  Everything just looks slightly wrong.


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 4:07 am

I noticed the colour changes too, as soon as i saw the sky in the scenes in `The Man Trap' just after Darnell has been killed.


THE CHANGELING


A good example of season 2's specialty - that of being able to `polish a turd'. ie; take a tedious old-hat sort of a story, and turn it into an interesting piece of unmissable drama. The story marks the first use in season 2 of `kirk vs computer/machine' and `dangerous entity thats a threat to life in the galaxy', 2 elements that would keep popping up again and again. The teaser is excellent (that would make a good thread actually, best/worst teasers) with the bridge crew being knocked for a loop. The scenes of Uhura being re-educated were cut by the BBC who didnt like the double-entendres present in lines like `The Dog has a blue ball' etc.


MIRROR, MIRROR


Great ep, i remember seeing this at the age of 6, but only remembered the scenes of Chekov in the agony booth. Next i heard of it was years later, when i got a copy of the US SF mag `Starlog', issue 24. There was an interview with Leonard Nimoy, and a still of Spock from this ep - i didnt realise the story would feature a whole `evil' crew and ship, i imagined from the still/caption that it would involve just a solitary `evil' Spock, sat in his lair, plotting the destruction of our heroes with a sinister chuckle. This ep shows that in the 60s, tv programme makers were terrified of alienating the audience by presenting them with a mystery - the explanation, that Kirk and co are in another dimension, comes far too soon and easily. `The Mark of Gideon' is season 3 is another example - God forbid, the viewers should be confused about whats going on, so we'll explain that Kirk is on a duplicate Enterprise within 5 mins, and completely ruin the atmosphere in the process.


 

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Report this Apr. 20 2011, 3:22 am

THE APPLE


This is a nice episode, though its just a rehash of `Return of the Archons' from season 1 - a primitive society ruled by a God who turns out to be an all-powerful computer. The Prime Directive is one of the worst ideas in ST so its good to see Kirk having no regard for it at all. More red-shirts are killed in this ep than any other, particularly effective is the bit where one gets blown up by an exploding rock. David Soul is completely unrecognisable under the red make-up.


THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE


Generally regarded as one of the best, this is an excellent episode, with a great guest performance from William Windom. The effects are good for the time, but look a bit naff now, especially with the same few stock shots of the Enterprise and the Planet Killer being used over and over again. In fact, a lot of these shots dont fit, in context, as the action is taking place in a relatively close area, so shots of the Enterprise warping through space are silly. Theres a blue transporter beam in this ep, instead of the usual yellow one - wonder why? During the fight between Decker and the guard, its interesting to see no other crew members are around when you need them, the corridors are usually bustling, but if someone is under attack (see also `Journey To Babel') theres never anyone around. I wonder what a female crewmember would have done if shed walked round the corner at that moment? would she have waded in to help, or just stood and cowered against the wall, as in the bar fight in `Trouble with Tribbles' where the female crewmembers can be seen doing just that.

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Report this Apr. 21 2011, 2:59 am

METAMORPHOSIS


One of the really bad eps, this one, it manages to be dull and silly at the same time. The basic concept is ludicrous - Cochrane and the Companion are 2 entirely different species, so the idea of romantic love between them is insane. Its as stupid, in its own way, as Gene Wilder falling in love with a sheep, in the film `Everything you wanted to know about Sex but were afraid to ask'. This is one of those stories that appeals to the really anal, po-faced fans, who espouse it as a beautiful illustration of how true love transcends all barriers, while those fans who watch it without rose-tinted glasses would say `what a bloody stupid story!' - and they'd be right. I like the planet set, with clouds in the sky that actually move.

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Report this Apr. 21 2011, 8:15 am

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>One of the really bad eps, this one, it manages to be dull and silly at the same time. The basic concept is ludicrous - Cochrane and the Companion are 2 entirely different species, so the idea of romantic love between them is insane. Its as stupid, in its own way, as Gene Wilder falling in love with a sheep, in the film `Everything you wanted to know about Sex but were afraid to ask'. This is one of those stories that appeals to the really anal, po-faced fans, who espouse it as a beautiful illustration of how true love transcends all barriers, while those fans who watch it without rose-tinted glasses would say `what a bloody stupid story!' - and they'd be right. I like the planet set, with clouds in the sky that actually move.

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So the idea of romantic love between Sarek and Amanda is ridiculous, Paris and B'Lanna, The Doctor and a human, Tasha Yar and Data, Worf and Dax, Spock and myself. Arghhh


the relationships you cite are between similar humanoid species (or androids/holograms in humanoid form) - Cochrane and the Companion are, as i pointed out, `entirely' different species, a humanoid male and a glowing ball of energy.

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Report this Apr. 21 2011, 8:22 am

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>I noticed the colour changes too, as soon as i saw the sky in the scenes in `The Man Trap' just after Darnell has been killed.

>THE CHANGELING

>A good example of season 2's specialty - that of being able to `polish a turd'. ie; take a tedious old-hat sort of a story, and turn it into an interesting piece of unmissable drama. The story marks the first use in season 2 of `kirk vs computer/machine' and `dangerous entity thats a threat to life in the galaxy', 2 elements that would keep popping up again and again. The teaser is excellent (that would make a good thread actually, best/worst teasers) with the bridge crew being knocked for a loop. The scenes of Uhura being re-educated were cut by the BBC who didnt like the double-entendres present in lines like `The Dog has a blue ball' etc.

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For goodness sake what nonsense, did they actually subtly mean anything by that, my son read a similar book in Grade 1. I didn't realise it was porn

Did they cut that scene with Kirk and the stalagmite in 'What Are Little Girl's Made Of?' or that scene with Kirk and Deela in 'Wink of an Eye'?

The BBC made all sorts of cuts to ST in the 70s/80s, some of which were understandable at the time, others were just nonsense, as with this (another example would be in `Arena' where the BBC cut out the bits of Spock reciting the ingredients of gunpowder, presumably so that any curious young viewers watching wouldnt inadvertantly blow themselves up)

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