Eggnostic, I think you hit the motherlode. "Cringeworthy" --LOL. Third season has the worst dialogue in the series by far, and I agree much of it is "as subtle as a wrecking ball." I think this is because of the departure of Robert Justman and of course the non-participation of Roddenberry too.
Incidentally, the "double red alert" is from Conscience of the King, when they are evacuating that sector of the ship as the hidden, overloading phaser is about the explode. Hell, I'd call a double red alert, too, if there was a phaser nearby about to blow.
The Eggnogstic wrote:
Just about the entire script of "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," is cringeworthy, but this exchange pretty much sums it up:
LOKAI: You see, you are from the planet Earth. There is no persecution on your planet. How can you understand my fear, my apprehension, my degradation, my suffering?
CHEKOV: There was persecution on Earth once. I remember reading about it in my history class.
SULU: Yes, but it happened way back in the twentieth century. There's no such primitive thinking today.
Subtle as a wrecking ball.
First one the comes to mind . . . "Double Red Alert!"
Which episode was that in? Makes me think of "Double Secret Probation."