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Tan Ru February 25 2009 02:57 PM

Operation – Annihilate: Operation – Stay Awake
 
Okay, I just finished season one of my TOS-R set.

What are your thoughts on Operation – Annihilate! ??

I remember liking this episode as a kid during the 70’s re-runs, but now it’s like, WHAT A SNOOZE-FEST!! Dramamine® doesn't even put me to sleep as fast as this episode!

I really cannot hold my attention on it for some reason, I think it’s because I find it excessively talky, not much action and the abrupt finale.

I wish that I liked it as much as when I was young, I mean it does have good things going for it:
  • Shatner as a corpse with a mustache.
  • A cool and futuristic outdoor colony setting
  • Flying fake vomit / brain-cell creatures
  • Kirk’s hot sister-in-law (YEEAAA!)
  • Kirk’s young nephew that never speaks (booooo…)
  • Kirk blows-up on Uhura and doesn't apologize.
  • Several phaser special effects. (very nice)
  • Nurse Chapel with strawberry-blonde hair.
  • And the new set (lab) of Sickbay and all the cool new props.
So, good production values, great acting (as usual) and pretty good overall storyline I think. And yet, it’s missing something. It’s missing passion or something along those lines. I just find it rather dull. And dull to me is a greater sin than campy, corny, dated, poor FX etc.

Yeah, there are dorky things like Kirk ordering McCoy to over-drug the sister-in-law which eventually kills her and McCoy stupidly blinding Spock. Come to think of it, Spock stupidly lets himself be blinded. :vulcan: I'm glad that I wasn't a red-shirt in McCoy’s sickbay that day!

I think the ending is rather anti-climatic as well. And no "thanks a lot" from the colony or anything, the ungrateful SOB’s.

The first season should have ended on a high point with City rather than a sleeper like OA, IMHO.

So what is the general consensus here? 'Yay or 'Nay on Operation – Annihilate! ??

Jeri February 25 2009 03:18 PM

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I thought it was a pretty tense episode. I can't stand it when the creature smacks Spock on the back. How can you sleep with that woman yelling the whole time?

Steve67 February 25 2009 05:48 PM

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For the most part, I really like it! The Mid-Century Modern college(?) is, too use a term of the period, "Far Out." It's an intense episode. I just think they shouldn't have brought Kirk's family into it. "Sam"? Ugh. The drama with Spock was more than enough what with his going blind. And I liked that curvy junior officer? I forget her name...Yeoman Zahra!

Now if I could only stay awake during "The Immunity Syndrome"!

M'Sharak February 26 2009 06:59 AM

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Steve67 wrote: (Post 2652853)
For the most part, I really like it! The Mid-Century Modern college(?) is, too use a term of the period, "Far Out."

If you mean the location used for the episode, that's Space Park, in Redondo Beach, California. At that time, it was the headquarters for aerospace-tech company TRW Systems (now owned by Northrop-Grumman.) You can spot some of the places seen in the episode in the pictures on this page, including one of filming in progress.

Steve67 February 26 2009 01:35 PM

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M'Sharak wrote: (Post 2655469)
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Steve67 wrote: (Post 2652853)
For the most part, I really like it! The Mid-Century Modern college(?) is, too use a term of the period, "Far Out."

If you mean the location used for the episode, that's Space Park, in Redondo Beach, California. At that time, it was the headquarters for aerospace-tech company TRW Systems (now owned by Northrop-Grumman.) You can spot some of the places seen in the episode in the pictures on this page, including one of filming in progress.

Thanks for the Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo point of view!

That's one of the few times that I liked a real location as opposed to the soundstages. IMO those soundstages with the hum that sounds like someone's leaning on a Moog synthesizer, adds to the "otherwordly" feel. The desert locations, not so much. California's just been filmed by everyone, obviously.

Jeri February 26 2009 03:04 PM

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M'Sharak, thanks for the link. The second one has a picture of Star Trek filming there in 1967.

Doug Otte February 26 2009 04:27 PM

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Jeri wrote: (Post 2656017)
M'Sharak, thanks for the link. The second one has a picture of Star Trek filming there in 1967.

It's interesting to see the TRW employees watching the filming from the walkway overhead. I wonder if it was hard to keep them quiet during takes? From now on, whenever I watch that episode, I'll think of the spectators during those location scenes.

Doug

Shatmandu February 26 2009 05:55 PM

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Nice episode. Could be better.

The whole 'Kirk's family' angle wasn't needed. He would have felt the same things, and gone through the same struggles, if it were just people he didn't know.

The first draft really played up Kirk's potential option of killing every living thing on the planet. Starfleet basically says, "It's up to you, pal. Count us out."

And I do absolutely love the blooper when the stagehand makes the vomit tag Nimoy on the ass. Between that and "The plants act as a suppository,' I don't know which makes me laugh more.

Joe, Mr. Giggles

Nerys Myk February 27 2009 06:00 AM

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As fans of Green Acres my sisters and I called the creatures "flying hotscakes"

Rageforthemachine February 27 2009 06:13 AM

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M'Sharak wrote: (Post 2655469)
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Steve67 wrote: (Post 2652853)
For the most part, I really like it! The Mid-Century Modern college(?) is, too use a term of the period, "Far Out."

If you mean the location used for the episode, that's Space Park, in Redondo Beach, California. At that time, it was the headquarters for aerospace-tech company TRW Systems (now owned by Northrop-Grumman.) You can spot some of the places seen in the episode in the pictures on this page, including one of filming in progress.

My girlfriends mother works there!

Neopeius February 27 2009 08:32 AM

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M'Sharak wrote: (Post 2655469)
If you mean the location used for the episode, that's Space Park, in Redondo Beach, California. At that time, it was the headquarters for aerospace-tech company TRW Systems (now owned by Northrop-Grumman.)

As a historian, I've gone to the archives in the base of the big building at Space Park. There's a spot in that episode where Kirk and Co. go under a bridge toward the cafeteria where I've had lunch several times. It was really, really cool to walk down there.. and imagine hundreds of pancake monsters waiting for me :)

plynch February 27 2009 01:03 PM

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WAIT -- Spock's not really blind!! He's got nictitating membranes!! Phew!! The ultimate in cheap, lazy writing. I should add it to that thread.

And overall I like the episode: Big, tough decision for Kirk (the heart of drama according to DGerrold) and a sacrifice on Spock's part, though mitigated.

My kids and I used to call the creatures "booger bats" by the way.

plynch February 27 2009 01:10 PM

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Steve67 wrote: (Post 2652853)
For the most part, I really like it! The Mid-Century Modern college(?) is, too use a term of the period, "Far Out."

If you mean the location used for the episode, that's Space Park, in Redondo Beach, California. At that time, it was the headquarters for aerospace-tech company TRW Systems (now owned by Northrop-Grumman.) You can spot some of the places seen in the episode in the pictures on this page, including one of filming in progress.

Great pics. I have always thought it looked like a "modern" community college, myself. And the dudes in white, short-sleeve dress shirts -- I can almost see the slide rules and pocket protectors from here. (No offense -- thanks for the space program, people!)

And I have to say I like it when ST goes on location, since it just looks real-er. I like my sci-fi fantasy as realistic as possible!:confused:

Tan Ru February 27 2009 03:05 PM

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Steve67 wrote: (Post 2652853)
Now if I could only stay awake during "The Immunity Syndrome"!


YES! IS is a sleeper as well. Glad I am not alone on that one as well...

Jeri February 27 2009 03:30 PM

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Neopeius wrote: (Post 2659006)
As a historian, I've gone to the archives in the base of the big building at Space Park. There's a spot in that episode where Kirk and Co. go under a bridge toward the cafeteria where I've had lunch several times. It was really, really cool to walk down there.. and imagine hundreds of pancake monsters waiting for me :)

That is so cool! You are a historian?


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