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Old August 11 2009, 01:57 PM   #46
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...Just have done this afternoon. Yep, it's not one of the best ones but... it is essentially a bit of fluff. One that is mildly entertaining and basically inoffensive but a piece of fluff, none-the-less. I think Hambone is right in stating that it seems to have been made with the Halloween season in mind.

I certainly don't think it's anywhere as bad as some have made it out in the past - it's kinda groovy in a proto-Rocky Horror kind of way. One minor flaw for me, though, was the reveal showing Korob's and Sylvia's true forms at the end: something that wouldn't, perhaps, have been out of place in one of the Muppets Christmas movies...

Sylvia looks strangely off-putting in that Bride of Frankenstein hairdo - and, for her, it really works to bring out the alien-ness of her character. Sadly I can't say the same for Chekov's: if it wasn't his own hair I'd say the Shat had pretty tough competition for the worst rug award. It looks even worse next to Lt. de Salle and all the other regulation Starfleet haircuts...
Yep, i agree with you guys, it most likely was done as a "Halloween episode", which is pretty funny if you think about it. Chekov (and his bad hair) was definitely Trek's answer to the Beatles/Davy Jones/etc influence...omg, that hair! I also think it is pretty funny that Korob has this 'alien' type name, while Sylvia is named, well, SYLVIA! And their true forms, well, wtf? Funny~!

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I loved Shore Leave with it's fantasy like story what did you think of that episode
Also one of my favorites. I just LOVE that episode (and seeing that side of McCoy is such a HOOT!)

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I must confess a secret liking for Charlie X - but that's probably just nostalgia talking...
Don't feel alone. I liked that episode a lot, too, even with the lyre scene. Kirk had a lot of funny, uncomfortable moments trying to play "dad" to the creepy kid-too-old-to-be-a-kid. Yeoman Rand had some good screen time and actually some useful things to do for a change, and I even liked the end when Kirk realized that it was true, Charlie couldn't co-exist with human beings without being thrown into a destroy or be destroyed paradigm. Good early Trek stuff.
Like i said earlier, one of my favorites too~it is creepy and funny and i love to see some of the crew during their 'off hours'. And i do love seeing Rand do more than bring coffee to the captain. (Ever notice how his yeoman's bring him coffee etc at the stupidest times??)
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Old August 11 2009, 04:44 PM   #47
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What about "Metamorphosis?" I think it's an exceptional episode; inspiring guest performances from Elinor Donahue and Glenn Corbett and an intriguing story.

When the Companion sacrifices herself, I always cry. It contains the introduction of Zephram Cochran, an important event in Trek history. "Metamorphosis" is one of my favorites, but so low key that I sometimes forget that.
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Old August 11 2009, 09:14 PM   #48
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Of course, the capper is Shatner's hambone recital of the Constitution...
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If the shoe fits . . . ! One thing I did like about that ep was the unique way the Exeter's crew met their end . . . turned into a pile of crystals. Freaky! -- RR
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Old August 11 2009, 09:17 PM   #49
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What about "Metamorphosis?" I think it's an exceptional episode; inspiring guest performances from Elinor Donahue and Glenn Corbett and an intriguing story.

When the Companion sacrifices herself, I always cry. It contains the introduction of Zephram Cochran, an important event in Trek history. "Metamorphosis" is one of my favorites, but so low key that I sometimes forget that.
I recently rewatched that ep, too, and it was better than I remembered it. Cochrane's reaction to the idea that the Companion loved him was refreshingly racist and xenophobic. I had a similar reaction to The Empath, which at one time I didn't like. Guess I was too young to appreciate both. -- RR
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Old August 11 2009, 09:26 PM   #50
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What? Did I hit a nerve...?
No. Why do you ask?

How about "contrived" then? "Yangs/Yankees" and "Komms/Communists" - complete with racial stereotypes? Please...
Take "contrived" out of SF TV & movies, and all that would be left is 2001: A space Odyssey.
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Old August 11 2009, 11:46 PM   #51
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Like i said earlier, one of my favorites too~it is creepy and funny and i love to see some of the crew during their 'off hours'. And i do love seeing Rand do more than bring coffee to the captain. (Ever notice how his yeoman's bring him coffee etc at the stupidest times??)
I liked the off hours view, too. You never got to see a lot of that in TOS. It's funny. The older I've gotten, the more I see in Rand than I did when I was younger. Grace Lee Whitney brought a fairly savvy, been around the block more than once attitude to Rand that was lost on me as a kid. For a role that was pretty much de rigueur for attractive young women of that time period, I think she put as much character and personality into it as she could. I often got the impression that the coffee and food interruptions were because the writers had no idea what else to do with these characters.
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Old August 11 2009, 11:50 PM   #52
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I liked Charlie X except for Kirk's apparent dumbness picking up on Charlie's powers in the face of odd goings on.
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Old August 12 2009, 06:44 PM   #53
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What about "Metamorphosis?" I think it's an exceptional episode; inspiring guest performances from Elinor Donahue and Glenn Corbett and an intriguing story.

When the Companion sacrifices herself, I always cry. It contains the introduction of Zephram Cochran, an important event in Trek history. "Metamorphosis" is one of my favorites, but so low key that I sometimes forget that.
As it so happens, last night Metamorphosis was the next ep that was in order to watch. A few things hit me about that ep:

Elinor Donahue's character was such a major bitch at first. So when she cried and spoke of how she was never loved etc. my immediate thought was, "Well, duh! i wonder why"....

But then i had the same reaction as you Jeri, once the Companion sacrificed herself. That was really lovely!

I loved Kirk's speeches. And i loved the Galileo. It looks just like the Hallmark ornament (or really, other way around).

This was one of my childhood favorite episodes and it had been quite some time since i had seen it. I really enjoyed it again.
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Old August 12 2009, 07:29 PM   #54
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It is nice to see the Galileo -- and on the ground with the panel open and Spock working on it, no less. Just a different, refreshing kind of episode.

"Maybe you're a soldier so often, that you've forgotten you're also trained to be a diplomat. Why not try a carrot instead of a stick?" - Leonard McCoy

It's a beautiful moment when the Companion looks through the Commissioner's scarf.
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Old August 12 2009, 08:16 PM   #55
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It's a beautiful moment when the Companion looks through the Commissioner's scarf.

OMG YES!
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Old August 13 2009, 03:07 AM   #56
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It's a beautiful moment when the Companion looks through the Commissioner's scarf.
Er, when they look through.
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Old August 14 2009, 10:17 PM   #57
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Well, it only means something to the Companion; to the Commissioner, it's just a scarf...
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Old August 15 2009, 07:53 PM   #58
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I've just watched Miri for the first time in ages and I thought it was pretty entertaining. However, they have the crew discover a planet that's an exact duplicate of Earth and don't even bother trying to explain why it's like that. No Star Trek, you can't do that!
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