Greg Cox wrote:
. . . Just think of it as "A Very Trekkie Halloween" and it can be good, spooky fun! (I admit that I loved the episode as a kid and always looked forward to it.)
I hated that episode when it first aired. I saw Star Trek
as "serious" science fiction (compared to, say, Lost in Space
) and thought the show ought to be above a cheap gimmick like doing a Halloween-themed episode.
Of course, that was before the Gangster Planet, the Nazi Planet, the Roman Empire Planet, and the American Flag and Constitution Planet . . .