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Star Trek reviewed, from start to finish

Spouter

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Report this May. 08 2011, 5:13 am

WOLF IN THE FOLD


The better of ST's 2 supernatural-themed eps, even though the motivation for Scotty apparently going on a killing spree is a bit weak - a female crewmember caused him to bang his head off the wall, so he now hates all women! Good performances (with the exception of the actress playing Sybo, who is wooden), and a good atmosphere. In James Blish's adaptation, in Star Trek 8, when Redjac takes over the ships computer, the monitor screen in the briefing room depicts naked women writhing in torment, serpents writhing around crucifixes, and the Devil himself! In the actual ep, the monitor screen shows some coloured smoke!


THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES


I agree with everyone (?) else about this - an excellent ep, great comedy, music, performances etc. The Tribbles themselves arent particularly cute imo, but there are some great moments involving them, such as Kirk sitting on one. The Klingons come over as campy, especially with William (Squire of Gothos) Campbell as Koloth, and we still dont get to see a Klingon ship. I like the bit where Scotty swaps Chekov's drink for his, and Chekov doesnt realise it til after he's drunk it, also the barfight is very good, with the western cliche of a character, usually a drunk, stealing the drinks while the brawl goes on.


THE GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION


This is almost a classic, but its undermined by the constant cuts back to the Enterprise:  just as something exciting is about to happen on Triskelion, we cut to Spock, Bones and Scotty arguing about what to do next. Blatant padding, really. The purple/green sky combo looks nice, and pops up again in other eps. Interesting to see an Andorian amongst the gladiators. I read a review of this ep back in the 80s, in which the excitable reviewer thought that Uhura had actually been raped by Lars: of course she isnt raped! Lars tries to ravish her but she fights him off. If she had been raped, i doubt the incident would have been so glibly brushed aside for the rest of the ep. Some nice comedy with the alien who fancies Chekov (i read somewhere this was a man playing the part). The action scenes are very effective, but its a bit daft that Kirk can record a `Captain's log' while in the process of being whipped to death. Watch for the bit near the end, where Kirk yanks off his collar and throws it away - Bill Shatner is really posing for the cameras in this scene, looking intense.

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Report this May. 08 2011, 3:47 pm

Quote: Spouter @ Apr. 02 2011, 1:16 am

>CHARLIE X

>A SF version of Tarzan - instead of a boy raised in the jungle by apes, and growing up with ape-like attributes, we have a boy raised by aliens in a harsh environment, and being given strange powers to survive. X-cellent performance from Robert Walker Jnr, and a nice showcase for Janice Rand. Strange to see Spock blatantly smiling in the rec room scenes. One of the worst continuity errors, with Kirk walking into the turbolift with his usual gold top, and coming onto the bridge wearing his alternate green shirt.


It would have been a better episode had we learned more about those who raised him. It's a bit slow when we see him repeatedly controlling the vessel and I think that time could have been better used exploring the aliens. After all, it's all about boldly going to meet new life and new civilizations.  Good catch on Spock, it did take Nimoy a few episodes to get the character right. Oh, and that's my favorite blooper because I noticed it the first time the episode aired.


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Report this May. 08 2011, 4:34 pm

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Report this May. 09 2011, 10:00 am

I did not know it was a continuity error. I thought he smiles, if he wants to and it's one of my favourite scenes. 


More strange was the scene in Corbomite maneuver, where Spock told that helmsman not to be so loud and emotional, while in stress situation, coz it's illogical. He must have forgotten that he was the loudest person on the ship in the previous episode (WNMHGB): ''DAMAGE CONTROL REPORTS ALL STATIONS!!!''

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Report this May. 18 2011, 12:38 am

A PIECE OF THE ACTION


Quite hard to review, this one, as my thoughts on it are exactly the same as everyone elses': great episode, good comedy, Fizzbin, `i would advise youse to keep diallin' Oxmyx', great sets etc.


One thing ill say: whenever there is a poll or whatever about the sexiest women in TOS, its always the usual suspects - Janice Rand, Uhura, Helen Noel, Martha Landon etc. For my money, its the 2 women in this ep who appear near the start, complaining about the `crummy street lights' in the area. Makes me wish i was a Gangster!


THE IMMUNITY SYNDROME


A dull and predictable story that has already been done 3 times before - in the same season. The first time-`The Doomsday Machine'-it worked well, but the second and third outings-`The Changeling'/`Obsession'-fell flat, and this is even worse. Its basically 49 minutes of padding. The only thing that stands out is the footage of the giant amoeba. 4 points of note: 1. Its the last appearance, production-wise, of Kirk's alternate green shirt. 2. Kyle appears, but with a different hairstyle, a gold shirt instead of a red one, and is called `Cowell', both by Kirk and in the credits. Did they expect us to think it was a different crewman? 3. The shuttle interior is different to how it looked before. 4. The USS Intrepid has a crew of Vulcans- but i thought Vulcans didnt approve of StarFleet, as was pointed out by Sarek in `Journey to Babel'. The impression given to this point is that Spock is the only Vulcan in StarFleet.

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Report this May. 18 2011, 1:26 pm

  I have been so negligent in my watching lately.  I see you keep stopping by aa to see if I've watched one though


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Report this May. 18 2011, 11:25 pm

Quote: Spouter @ Apr. 05 2011, 3:45 am

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>THE CORBOMITE MANUEVER

>A shame this was shown 10th (it was held back due to the time taken with the complex effects), as it is obviously intended to be the first episode, with the emphasis on heading into uncharted space/exploring the unknown etc. It stands out like a sore thumb as episode 10, with Spock's different `look', Uhura's gold uniform, the thicker, heavier uniforms etc. A great story though, very enjoyable. I think Balok looks better in the still that was shown at the end of most season 2 eps - in the episode itself, the `shimmer' effect added spoils it, and when Kirk and company beam over, it looks just like a dummy. Several British comics (which were all published weekly, unlike US ones) featured Star Trek comic strips, and prior to the first one being published in 1969, this was the episode selected for the writer/artists to view, to base their work on, the series not having being transmitted in the uk at that point.

>THE MENAGERIE

>A classic, hard to know where to begin. The great matte painting depicting the Starbase gets things off to a great start, and Spock's covert behaviour makes for an intriguing first half. Once the `Cage' footage comes in, you know you are watching an epic adventure. What i ilke is that, if a new viewer had come to the series recently and was watching this for the first time, and knew nothing of the show's history, then they would think that, for this story alone, new uniforms, different makeup for Spock, different bridge, different cast etc were employed for this story. The Talosians are very effective, the fact they are played by old women adding to their alien-ness. Ep 2 has more `Cage' footage than the first part. The only niggling bit is at the end - Spock pushes Pike out of the briefing room, heading to the transporter room to beam him down to Talos. Spock and Pike exit, then straight away, we hear the Keeper's voice on the viewscreen, Kirk turns and sees Pike as he was, able to move freely thanks to the Talosians illusory powers. The problem is, that Spock has barely had enough time to push Pike to the transporter, let alone beam him down, have Pike be met by the Talosians and `transformed'. Its churlish to quibble about this though, bearing in mind the great feeling of optimism, awe and excitement the ending has. If you still dont like Star Trek after watching this masterpiece, you are probably dead.

>THE CONSCIENCE OF THE KING

>Im not a fan of Shakespeare, but its an inspired idea to combine the Bard with Star Trek. Great, very literate script, fine performances etc. Lenore's line `It (Enterprise) will become a floating tomb, the soul of the great Karidian giving performances at every star he touches' accompanied by a close-up of her mad staring eyes, chills the spine. Shame that Janice Rand was ousted after this was made. Good to see Riley back for the last time - am i  the only fan who wonders what all this 23rd/24th century food would taste like? How Kodos massacred the colonists is not explored, presumably he phasered them all.

>BALANCE OF TERROR

>One of Trek's most overrated episodes. The Romulans are fine, some nice FX, but the story is frankly boring - the Enterprise pursues an enemy vessel for the best part of 50 minutes, and finally destroys it. Ho Hum. Im amazed that episodes like this attract so much attention, whereas `Dagger of the Mind', `Miri', `Operation-Annihilate' and `Arena', just to give  a few examples, are all far superior.

>SHORE LEAVE

>A return to form, a great story mixing the drama with comedy. Nice romantic interest for Bones, tho typically, as with most 60s TV, we never see or hear of Tonia Barrows again. I like the `Roger Moore' expression McCoy pulls when Tonia is taking her uniform off, and the scene where he gets killed has real impact. The fight between Kirk and Finnegan is fast-paced and exciting, but i would have thought humanity would have outgrown that sort of `laddish' behaviour by the 23rd century. I like the bit where the tiger first appears - obvious stock footage, leading to the casual viewer commenting `Ha! did they expect us to believe they got a real Tiger in there?!', only to be silenced when we later see a tiger in the same shot as Kirk and Spock. Apparently, Shatner wanted a scene in which Kirk single-handedly fought the tiger! I would have loved to see that.

>THE GALILEO SEVEN

>Another great ep, only undermined by the fact that there's obviously only 1 ape creature lurking about, rather than the scores of them, that the script keeps reffering to. Particularly bad is the scene where the script informs us that there are hordes of the creatures trying to bash in the Galileo's hull, and what we see is one of them, standing on an out-of-shot (thankfully!) crate, banging on the hull with a polystyrene boulder! Yeoman Mears is really cute. The Galileo modelwork is excellent, and the casual viewer would get a nice surprise when we see Spock and McCoy standing next to the full-size prop, having assumed that the shuttlecraft was just a small model and nothing else. The title of this episode refers to the 7 stranded crewmembers, and doesnt mean, as some fans think, that there are at least 7 Galileo shuttles on board. The end of the ep is faintly embarrassing, with everyone almost laughing themselves into a coma, over something that isnt remotely funny.

>
Love your reviews, playing each episode in my mind while reading! Disagree though about Balance of Terror, two words: Mark Lenard.


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Report this May. 19 2011, 12:24 am

Quote: wissa @ May. 18 2011, 1:26 pm

>

>  I have been so negligent in my watching lately.  I see you keep stopping by aa to see if I've watched one though

>


Yes, also i dont want to get too far ahead

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Report this May. 19 2011, 12:26 am

Quote: melana1 @ May. 18 2011, 11:25 pm

Quote: Spouter @ Apr. 05 2011, 3:45 am

>

>

>THE CORBOMITE MANUEVER

>A shame this was shown 10th (it was held back due to the time taken with the complex effects), as it is obviously intended to be the first episode, with the emphasis on heading into uncharted space/exploring the unknown etc. It stands out like a sore thumb as episode 10, with Spock's different `look', Uhura's gold uniform, the thicker, heavier uniforms etc. A great story though, very enjoyable. I think Balok looks better in the still that was shown at the end of most season 2 eps - in the episode itself, the `shimmer' effect added spoils it, and when Kirk and company beam over, it looks just like a dummy. Several British comics (which were all published weekly, unlike US ones) featured Star Trek comic strips, and prior to the first one being published in 1969, this was the episode selected for the writer/artists to view, to base their work on, the series not having being transmitted in the uk at that point.

>THE MENAGERIE

>A classic, hard to know where to begin. The great matte painting depicting the Starbase gets things off to a great start, and Spock's covert behaviour makes for an intriguing first half. Once the `Cage' footage comes in, you know you are watching an epic adventure. What i ilke is that, if a new viewer had come to the series recently and was watching this for the first time, and knew nothing of the show's history, then they would think that, for this story alone, new uniforms, different makeup for Spock, different bridge, different cast etc were employed for this story. The Talosians are very effective, the fact they are played by old women adding to their alien-ness. Ep 2 has more `Cage' footage than the first part. The only niggling bit is at the end - Spock pushes Pike out of the briefing room, heading to the transporter room to beam him down to Talos. Spock and Pike exit, then straight away, we hear the Keeper's voice on the viewscreen, Kirk turns and sees Pike as he was, able to move freely thanks to the Talosians illusory powers. The problem is, that Spock has barely had enough time to push Pike to the transporter, let alone beam him down, have Pike be met by the Talosians and `transformed'. Its churlish to quibble about this though, bearing in mind the great feeling of optimism, awe and excitement the ending has. If you still dont like Star Trek after watching this masterpiece, you are probably dead.

>THE CONSCIENCE OF THE KING

>Im not a fan of Shakespeare, but its an inspired idea to combine the Bard with Star Trek. Great, very literate script, fine performances etc. Lenore's line `It (Enterprise) will become a floating tomb, the soul of the great Karidian giving performances at every star he touches' accompanied by a close-up of her mad staring eyes, chills the spine. Shame that Janice Rand was ousted after this was made. Good to see Riley back for the last time - am i  the only fan who wonders what all this 23rd/24th century food would taste like? How Kodos massacred the colonists is not explored, presumably he phasered them all.

>BALANCE OF TERROR

>One of Trek's most overrated episodes. The Romulans are fine, some nice FX, but the story is frankly boring - the Enterprise pursues an enemy vessel for the best part of 50 minutes, and finally destroys it. Ho Hum. Im amazed that episodes like this attract so much attention, whereas `Dagger of the Mind', `Miri', `Operation-Annihilate' and `Arena', just to give  a few examples, are all far superior.

>SHORE LEAVE

>A return to form, a great story mixing the drama with comedy. Nice romantic interest for Bones, tho typically, as with most 60s TV, we never see or hear of Tonia Barrows again. I like the `Roger Moore' expression McCoy pulls when Tonia is taking her uniform off, and the scene where he gets killed has real impact. The fight between Kirk and Finnegan is fast-paced and exciting, but i would have thought humanity would have outgrown that sort of `laddish' behaviour by the 23rd century. I like the bit where the tiger first appears - obvious stock footage, leading to the casual viewer commenting `Ha! did they expect us to believe they got a real Tiger in there?!', only to be silenced when we later see a tiger in the same shot as Kirk and Spock. Apparently, Shatner wanted a scene in which Kirk single-handedly fought the tiger! I would have loved to see that.

>THE GALILEO SEVEN

>Another great ep, only undermined by the fact that there's obviously only 1 ape creature lurking about, rather than the scores of them, that the script keeps reffering to. Particularly bad is the scene where the script informs us that there are hordes of the creatures trying to bash in the Galileo's hull, and what we see is one of them, standing on an out-of-shot (thankfully!) crate, banging on the hull with a polystyrene boulder! Yeoman Mears is really cute. The Galileo modelwork is excellent, and the casual viewer would get a nice surprise when we see Spock and McCoy standing next to the full-size prop, having assumed that the shuttlecraft was just a small model and nothing else. The title of this episode refers to the 7 stranded crewmembers, and doesnt mean, as some fans think, that there are at least 7 Galileo shuttles on board. The end of the ep is faintly embarrassing, with everyone almost laughing themselves into a coma, over something that isnt remotely funny.

>
Love your reviews, playing each episode in my mind while reading! Disagree though about Balance of Terror, two words: Mark Lenard.

Thanks, Melana, glad youre enjoying them

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Report this May. 19 2011, 9:14 am

Quote: Spouter @ May. 19 2011, 12:24 am

Quote: wissa @ May. 18 2011, 1:26 pm

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>

>  I have been so negligent in my watching lately.  I see you keep stopping by aa to see if I've watched one though

>

Yes, also i dont want to get too far ahead


 


eek!  you're waiting for me?  now I feel worse.  I watched one last night so I'll post something on that today.  And I should be able to get another one or two watched tonight.


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Report this May. 21 2011, 7:42 am

Quote: Spouter @ May. 06 2011, 1:05 am

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>THE DEADLY YEARS

>A good, but not great story - premature aging is one of the stock plots in tv fantasy/SF. Its done well here though, but i admit when i first saw this episode, i was horrified at what i considered at the time, to be a very OTT performance from DeForrest Kelley. Ive come to appreciate his performance in this ep now, though. When i first saw this ep, i thought the beginning was cut - it begins with the landing party materializing on the planet, so i thought there was a scene of the ship in orbit with a Captain's Log, that had been cut. The makeup is very good, the reuse of the Corbomite bluff is nice, and there's some weird direction in the scene where Kirk is given the antidote - a close up of his crotch, with what looks like an erection?! A clever way to put across youth and virility:-)

>


 


Kirk's pants are sparkly


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Report this May. 22 2011, 10:16 am

A PRIVATE LITTLE WAR


After my previous comments concerning `polish a turd' eps, this episode would have featured an actual turd, live, on-screen, if it had been filmed as planned: in the teaser, Kirk and Spock see the Mugato's footprints (stock footage of the White Rabbit's footprints from `Shore Leave'), and comment that there wont be any around, as they seldom stay in one place. When the ep was first written, when Kirk says they better be careful that there arent any `Gumatos' (the name was later changed, but still listed as a Gumato in the credits) around, Spock was to have pointed to a piece of turd on the ground, which had turned white, indicating that it had been dropped a few days ago, and so, there wouldnt be any of the creatures around, as they seldom stayed in one place for long.


A very enjoyable ep, lots of action, Gerald Fried's great music, Nona having an orgasm over the ailing Kirk (in the cave after he's been bitten), some hilarious `sci-fi' dialogue ("I am a Kanutu Woman!"), and, of course, the Mugato, which looks dangerous and cute at the same time.


The scene of the Enterprise in orbit at the end is stock footage from `Friday's Child' - rather unfortunately, as not only does it feature a different planet to the one already seen in this ep, but the footage also includes the Producer and Exec Producer credits from the earlier ep. so Gene L. Coon gets credited with an episode he had nothing to do with!John Meredyth Lucas was in charge at this point.


RETURN TO TOMORROW


Odd title, that has nothing to do with the story. The story is good, and, in a season that is awash with tales about mad computers/machines, parallel Earths, and entities that are a threat to life in the Galaxy, it stands out. Diana Muldaur looks good in a StarFleet uniform, but since she's a Doctor, shouldnt she be wearing a blue uniform? Another ep featuring a sinister Spock - though Vulcans are among the `Good Guys' in the show, they are much more effective when presented (both in TOS, and also Voyager and Enterprise) in a dangerous, villlainous light, as here, `Amok Time' etc.


 

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Report this May. 22 2011, 12:09 pm

Well, I finished season 1. Couldnt stop watching.


Gonna start season 2 tommorow

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Report this May. 22 2011, 5:51 pm

Apparently Nancy Kovack (Nona) & Bill Shatner were a dating 'item' for awhile .... so there may have been more to the mugato/gumato bite cure scene than met the eye. Also, I didn't realize that she is married to Zubin Mehta.


http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/show/349/Nancy+Kovack/index.html


 


 


 


 

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Report this May. 26 2011, 12:55 am

PATTERNS OF FORCE


A great episode, i love these eps that deal in `pretend time travel', featuring planets which have societies modelled on some part of Earth history. Strange that John Gill, a peaceful man, went a little overboard and modelled the planet on Nazi Germany. I wonder who started the persecution of the Zeons? It couldnt have been Gill surely? The scene of Kirk and Spock being whipped was cut by the BBC. Valora Norland (Daras) is another of the sexiest women in TOS, who never gets a mention. At one point she says she grew up respecting, then hating the Fuhrer - but hes only been on Ekos for about 6 months, and she is at least 18.


BY ANY OTHER NAME


This episode is just average, imo. Its nothing terrible, but nothing to get excited about either. I like the way, though, that it starts out seriously, then takes a comic twist. A few features of interest: firstly, that its the female crew member who bites the dust, rather than the security guard. I think every fan, upon first seeing this, would expect the red-shirt to be the one who gets crushed to death, but its the red-skirt instead. Secondly, there are 2 references to past eps, Kirk mentions something that happened in `A Taste of Armageddon' and we see the Galactic Barrier from the 2nd pilot. Oh, and the scene with the drunken Scotty works well, but overall, its still average.

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