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Old July 2 2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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"The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS...

... and maybe the most overrated of any Trek episode. I know many of you will disagree, maybe you can help me see the error of my way.
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Old July 2 2013, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

Perhaps you could try and elaborate a little on your opinion. "Overrated" is an almost completely meaningless term.
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Old July 2 2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

Why do you think it's overrated? "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the best of Trek TOS's few overtly comic episodes, IMHO. Do you think it isn't funny?
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Old July 2 2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

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Why do you think it's overrated? "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the best of Trek TOS's few overtly comic episodes, IMHO. Do you think it isn't funny?
That's the point.

If you like the TOS comedy episodes (I don't)---it is the best of them. So in that sense it is NOT over-rated.

But I guess if you enjoy the comedy episodes and don't like TTWT--then it IS over-rated.

I enjoy it more than 'I, Mudd' or 'Piece of the Action'
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Old July 2 2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

I know David Gerrold and Harlan Ellison have an agreement: Ellison wrote the "best" episode while Gerrold wrote the "most popular" episode.

"The Trouble with Tribbles" is probably the most popular episode with people who don't identify themselves as Star Trek fans. Since there are more of "them" than there are of "us", then by those standards it's the most popular TOS episode.

It's very accessible by the casual viewer, you don't need to know much about "Star Trek" to enjoy it. It's not my favorite by any means, but it's still enjoyable to me.
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Old July 2 2013, 06:20 PM   #6
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

I'd say "The Menagerie" is probably the most overrated episode. Seeing the first pilot adds a nice bit of back story, and Spock's decision to violate regulations in Part I is a strong, dramatic hook, but Part II is a dud where the characters spend most of the episode watching TV punctuated by contrived cliffhangers at the act breaks which are all too easily resolved.

And yet, it's a Hugo winner. Season one had a number of episodes which were much, much stronger.
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Old July 2 2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

I never really cared for "The Trouble with Tribbles." The "slapstick" type humor was not something I really cared to see from our crew. I don't care for "I Mudd" either but strangely enough "A Piece of the Action" doesn't seem to bother me as much. I know there is no logic in that but it's the way I feel, lol.
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Old July 2 2013, 06:43 PM   #8
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

'The Trouble with Tribbles' isn't my favorite episode, but it is quite fun and enjoyable for me. All in moderation, I suppose. Besides, at least not every TOS episode is slapstick and overtly comic. If you don't like it that's entirely your own thing. I don't mind.
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Old July 2 2013, 07:35 PM   #9
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

How can it be overrated if it's (one of / or) the most popular? If that's the case then the majority of fans are dupes.

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Old July 2 2013, 09:26 PM   #10
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Well...no matter the opinion they have sold quite a few of the beasties over the years and they are still around today.
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Old July 2 2013, 11:47 PM   #11
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Finally, thank you !!! I feel like the only one who not only dislikes this episode but is embarassed by it. It is written at the level of a bad pre-teen sitcom. The jokes are not even funny. There is no reason for the characters to act as they do and tell dumb jokes.

A better comedy is a piece of the action. At least there we see a reason for their actions. The crew is forced to play the role of cliche gangsters. While they find it ackward you can see how they both see and enjoy the humour of their situation ( Scott''s "concrete galoshes", Kirks overacting....Not Shatner's over acting but Captain Kirk's overacting).

Tribbles was just plain bad....yes they were cute, if a ball of fake fur can be called cute, but the episode is bad.

William Campbell was born to play Trelane, he gave him life and charm. Does anyone for a second consider him to be a threatening Klingon ?
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Old July 2 2013, 11:57 PM   #12
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

Harvey wrote: View Post
I'd say "The Menagerie" is probably the most overrated episode. Seeing the first pilot adds a nice bit of back story, and Spock's decision to violate regulations in Part I is a strong, dramatic hook, but Part II is a dud where the characters spend most of the episode watching TV punctuated by contrived cliffhangers at the act breaks which are all too easily resolved.

And yet, it's a Hugo winner. Season one had a number of episodes which were much, much stronger.
I think it was primarily the pilot component that earned the award, along with the 'layered' effect of seeing two stories at one time. And considering that the whole purpose of the episode was to frame the pilot, it's not surprising that a good part of the episode consisted in showing it.
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Old July 3 2013, 01:25 AM   #13
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I think the "Trouble with Tribbles" benefits from the fact it's a story about downtime in the Star Trek universe and we get a nice glimpse of the Federation's politics, how space stations run in the Trek universe, continuity (with EoM), and also a valuable bit of morality (spay your pets, don't move an animal into a new environment!).

I also liked the Klingons bit of skullduggery, there, with the grain.
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Old July 3 2013, 05:39 AM   #14
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The way I see it, TTWT is friggin Shakespeare compared to episodes like Catspaw or Plato's Stepchildren!
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Old July 3 2013, 07:36 AM   #15
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Re: "The Trouble With Tribbles" is the most overrated episode of TOS..

The jokes are so-so, but it's delightful watching the acting in TTWT. Especially Shatner is great in it.
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