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Old July 17 2013, 10:22 AM   #31
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Another vote here for "The Empath". The minimalist sets were perfect and allowed the viewer to concentrate on the interaction between the actors instead of being distracted by special effects. Plus I've always felt Katherine Hayes was one of the loveliest ladies to grace the series. Her kittenish innocence was I thought was a marvelous performance.
The Empath seems to have a lot in common with The Cage, starting with the Vians' Talosian-esque giant heads, the created illusion of Scotty and the rescue party, the abduction of "test subjects"...
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Old July 17 2013, 06:17 PM   #32
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Similar, yes certainly. However, the Talosians were desperately seeking self-preservation while the Vians were trying to determine if Gem's race was worthy of saving... quite a difference, there.
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Old July 17 2013, 08:53 PM   #33
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"Bread and Circuses" - not one that is toally trashed here, but it's always ranked in the bottom third, and I don't agree

Bread & Circuses is an episode I watch a lot because of all the great Spock/Bones moments.

However I am not too fond of the ending "sun" thing and the slave girl scene. The rest of the episode is enjoyable though.
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Old July 17 2013, 09:00 PM   #34
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I'll defend "Catspaw" to my dying day. It's a spooky Halloween episode written by Robert Bloch, no less. What's not to like?

And I'm surprised to see "All Our Yesterdays" being tossed around here. I thought that was a popular episode?
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Old July 17 2013, 09:10 PM   #35
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And I'm surprised to see "All Our Yesterdays" being tossed around here. I thought that was a popular episode?
Me, too. It's very poignant - having to leave Zarabeth alone in that frozen wasteland for the rest of her life. I always assumed it was a fan favorite.
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Old July 17 2013, 09:18 PM   #36
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My vote is for "Spock's Brain". I've always enjoyed it...even, "Brain and brain. What is brain?"
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Old July 17 2013, 09:21 PM   #37
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And I'm surprised to see "All Our Yesterdays" being tossed around here. I thought that was a popular episode?
Me, too. It's very poignant - having to leave Zarabeth alone in that frozen wasteland for the rest of her life. I always assumed it was a fan favorite.
Me, too!

Heck, the sequel novel, Yesterday's Son by Ann Crispin, was the first Trek novel to ever hit the New York Times bestseller list (not counting the movie novelizations), which strikes me as a strong indicator of fannish interest in that episode.
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Old July 17 2013, 09:29 PM   #38
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[QUOTE=Greg Cox;8393089]I'll defend "Catspaw" to my dying day. It's a spooky Halloween episode written by Robert Bloch, no less. What's not to like?

I agree catspaw is actually one of my favorite episodes maybe it is because I watched it during halloween but for some reason I loved this episode.
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Old July 17 2013, 10:44 PM   #39
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I'll defend "Catspaw" to my dying day. It's a spooky Halloween episode written by Robert Bloch, no less. What's not to like?
There's so much to like! Korob and Sylvia have a fascinating rapport, and Korob is intriguing because I'm hard pressed to pin the label of villain on him; it's only Sylvia who's doing the really grim stuff. Korob comes across as a kindred explorer, being more interested in conversation and understanding, with threats (just an impression). The image of the Enterprise-on-a-chain being held over a candle and it's effects; followed by that symbolic-Enterprise encase in a crystal block were memorable from when I was a kid. Love Spock's critique of the spooky poetry, too.
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Old July 18 2013, 12:11 AM   #40
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I like every single episode to one degree or another, save for "Plato's Stepchildren." I can find fun, enjoyment, or just kill 51 minutes fairly easily with "Alternative", "Catspaw", "Eden", "Survives", "Savage Curtain," "Children Shall", etc., etc., but not with "Stepchildren."

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Old July 18 2013, 12:12 AM   #41
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Plus, "Catspaw" is one of the few eps where Kirk acknowledges the death of a redshirt at the end, instead of just joking and bantering with Spock and McCoy as though nobody got killed in Act One.

Granted, the giant cat effects have not aged well . . ..
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Old July 18 2013, 12:14 AM   #42
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^^^For whatever reason, I enjoy "Catspaw" more having read its sorta kinda loose source short story "Broomstick Ride." I wish Bloch had used more from the story, actually.

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Old July 18 2013, 01:22 PM   #43
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"Spock's Brain" holds rewatch value with me for some reason.
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Old July 18 2013, 04:04 PM   #44
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I like every single episode to one degree or another, save for "Plato's Stepchildren." I can find fun, enjoyment, or just kill 51 minutes fairly easily with "Alternative", "Catspaw", "Eden", "Survives", "Savage Curtain," "Children Shall", etc., etc., but not with "Stepchildren."

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Old July 18 2013, 07:48 PM   #45
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"Spock's Brain" more for the ice-covered planet (and set) which was rare on TOS.
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