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Old February 17 2010, 02:02 PM   #196
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”
Trek Installment # 103
Grade: D
Viewing Date: December 7, 2009

This episode was a mess. What was the point? Robots? Ruk? Korby?

I don’t know, I just struggled with it, I guess. It just didn’t grab me. Nothing very interesting happened other than robo-Kirk showing up. I liked the development that Chapel got, I guess. Chapel’s reaction to Korby-bot’s death was great. Nice delivery. That was about the only thing that popped with me.

Well, that and the rock penis.

Really, this is one of those episodes that I feel like fell apart pretty quickly. None of the characters had any motivation and there wasn’t much to build on.

It was just bad.
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Old February 17 2010, 04:02 PM   #197
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I love* the simplistic way they handle anything technological in the original series.

"This is how you make an android."
"What, you put some plastocine next to a naked man on a spinning table and then squint a bit?"
"Errr... yes."



*hate.
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Old February 18 2010, 12:27 AM   #198
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It's funny. I've noticed that with other episodes when compared to shows like "Enterprise." The ship just shuts down and no one tries to figure out how these super-powered aliens are affecting them and try and block 'em. They just power down and don't explain how.
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Old February 18 2010, 08:54 PM   #199
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “Dagger of the Mind”
Trek Installment # 104
Grade: C-
Viewing Date: December 9, 2009

I liked Kirk’s reaction to suddenly be speaking to someone he admires. His subtle pause and surprise at talking to Adams was nicely-done. I also liked his handling of Van Gelder when he came onto the bridge.
“I want asylum.”
“At gunpoint?”
Awesome.
This was Kirk’s episode. Looking at his face at the end was a clear sign that he was left bothered but what had happened down there. The death of someone he admired – and the feeling of induced loneliness. Doctor Noel? Merry Christmas, Jim.

I actually ended up liking Noel quite a lot. She had some great scenes and had a fun little action sequence and ended up being the heroine of the episode. I wish she had become a recurring character, as I could have also seen her and Bones bump heads a little bit.

Van Gelder’s insanity is a little over the top, but I liked that he ended up in charge of the colony. Spock’s mind meld with him was a little . . . odd . . . but good none the less. I couldn’t help but think of the mind melds on “Enterprise” when I saw that, and appreciated Spock’s reference to it being an ancient technique, as that helped build the continuity of the act.

Doctor Adams was an ass. Dude kept interrupting everyone. I have the same problem with him that I had with Korby – what was the motivation? Fame? Fortune?
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Old February 19 2010, 01:56 AM   #200
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Considering this guy's username, and the fact that it seems to be this thread constantly getting trolled, I'd say it's the same idiot making new accounts.
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Old February 19 2010, 03:49 AM   #201
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Yeah. Indeed, Regeneration doesn't mess up the Borg timeline, it retcons it and makes the whole thing make sense. Starfleet sends the Hansen's after the Borg about 200 years after the Regeneration incident (Section 31 obviously covered up the whole affair in 2153). Picard meets them about 12 or so years later.
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Old February 20 2010, 12:53 AM   #202
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “Miri”
Trek Installment # 105
Grade: C-
Viewing Date: December 9, 2009

Earth? Wait, what?

The planet’s surface was cool, if not very Hollywood.

I felt bad for the dying guy in the beginning. I don’t know why, but he was presented kinda pathetic.

Kirk boarders between nice and creepy here. The whole episode was a little creepy. The kids were creepy – especially that green-haired girl.

The episode reminds me of a slightly more interesting and better “Terra Nova,” in that it deals with some of the same ideas. It doesn’t do that great of a job. I kinda get the idea they were going for, but there were too many distractions – I spent most of the episode wondering about how it could be a second Earth than the wrapped up in the kids drama.

Even though they were children, they were still a little too child-like for being around for 300 years. I mean, I can understand the maturity problem, but at the same time, it seemed like they should have evolved in some way. Somehow.
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Old February 20 2010, 06:29 PM   #203
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “The Conscience of the King”
Trek Installment # 106
Grade: B
Viewing Date: December 9, 2009

I actually surprised myself by liking this episode. It was a great mystery story and had some real emotion to it.

I liked the little things about the episode. I liked McCoy’s attempt to get Spock to drink. Spock’s mention of Kodos and his interest in Eugenics echoes the Eugenics Wars and Eugenics arc from Enterprise. The background music at the cocktail party was great. And Kirk, man, he wanted Lenore bad. I enjoyed their time on the ship, with him giving her a tour of the Enterprise.

Riley is awesome. He’s probably one of my favorite secondary characters. The scene where Uhura’s singing for him is pretty nice and lends to the atmosphere of camaraderie that I love so much. I had to laugh at the way his drink was poisoned – was that Windex being shot in there?

The shot of Lenore’s eyes on the stage was great, but I’m still surprised Kirk just let her sit there and prattle on and on about Shakespeare. I felt bad for her, but that scene went on and on.
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Old February 22 2010, 03:48 AM   #204
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “The Galileo Seven”
Trek Installment # 107
Grade: A
Viewing Date: December 11, 2009

This was one of my favorite episodes. In fact, the one scene I don’t like is the very end, when everyone was laughing so freaking hard, it looked like they were hit with a Joker bomb.

Spock was obviously the star of the episode and received a ton of great characterization and development. His struggle to use only logic in a command situation and eventually having everything collapse in the end was very well executed. His final decision, being an illogical and emotional one, ended being the right one. Spock’s command style and internal conflict notwithstanding, his approach with the fellow officers, from denying a proper funeral to finally helping with one, marks the same kind of arc from logic to emotion – though it came off as more of an attempt appease the humans.

Everyone else was spot on. Kirk had a great scene at the end, when he learned that they were alive. Fantastic acting by Shatner. His stubborn and intense search of the planet was pretty cool and I loved his back-talk to the commissioner. Sulu and Uhura had small roles, but were pretty important overall. McCoy gave Spock reminders that he needed to embrace his humanity; Scotty was a miracle-worker. The Redshirts were pretty smart and spot-on for being Redshirts.

The special effects (as I’m watching the remastered versions) were pretty cool too – the quasar itself was neat and the shuttle’s thrusters in orbit was cool. Even the aliens and the planet were well done.

Overall, a great episode filled with the kind of emotion, suspense, and drama that one would expect from Star Trek. I could watch it again – easy.
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Old February 25 2010, 06:37 PM   #205
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “Court Martial”
Trek Installment # 108
Grade: B-
Viewing Date: December 14, 2009

Pretty strong showing here. I really enjoyed this episode, even though the ending was a little over-dramatic for my tastes. Sam Cogley was great and I wish we would have seen him again (of course, he’s no Denny Crane). Cogley really popped with me and gave the episode a more grounded feel.

Jaime Finney looked really strange in that sailor suit outfit. Seriously, what the hell? I did like that she turned around in the end. Jaime had a nice role to play in this episode and fulfilled it well.

The Enterprise looked really good in this episode. Starbase 11 also looked good too – nice and busy, though Kirk’s academy pals were real asses to him.

I love it whenever it’s stressed just how important being a captain is; Stone does a great job of that. But I think Stone was a little too quick to shove Kirk off to court martial. The guy is experienced, decorated and regarded as a pretty damn good captain. For him to be sent to court martial simply because the computer says something is a bit much.
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Old February 28 2010, 04:15 PM   #206
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “The Menagerie Parts One and Two”
Trek Installment # 109 and 110
Grade: C+
Viewing Date: December 14, 2009

I really don’t know how I felt about these two episodes. Having just watched “The Cage,” it comes as unnecessary to do a review of those elements. “The Cage?” Awesome, but that was “The Cage.” This . . . is weird.

Taking it on its framing story, it’s okay. I liked the way Spock stole the Enterprise; that part was really cool. The Talosians were very effective here and provided a good way to show “The Cage.” But at the same time, the way Spock was being handled bothered me.

Like, really bothered me.

He kidnaps Pike – even against Pike’s wishes, though that was mainly for Spock’s reputation. He takes him to a dangerous planet that going to get Spock a death sentence (why?). And then, in the end, everything’s fine and Kirk just says “we’ll have a talk later.” I mean, really? There’s no talk about violation of trust, no ramifications of this incident?

And why is there a death sentence placed on going there? It is just a mentality thing, to make it seem more dangerous than it is? Why not just tell people “there are telepaths there that will mess with your head and make it seem like you’re mating with your dream girl, who wants no more than to fulfill kinkiest fantasies. Don’t go – it’s worse than it sounds.” I don’t get it.

I also thought that Pike’s handicap was incredibly stupid. I suppose I need to tell myself that the delta radiation made it impossible for them to create some sort of interface or . . . something like that. It bothered me also that Pike ended up like that, though it says something to his character that he did by pulling out every one of those cadets.
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Old February 28 2010, 06:31 PM   #207
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Wonder how many hours would be needed to watch all of it.
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Old March 1 2010, 02:53 PM   #208
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “Shore Leave”
Trek Installment # 111
Grade: B
Viewing Date: December 26, 2009

I love this episode. Everyone’s running on all cylinders, its fun, and a little tongue-in-cheek. It presents a mystery that – while Martine and McCoy “died” – wasn’t grim and didn’t cast a pall over the story. Sulu had some shining moments, as did Bones and Spock. I also really liked Yeoman Barrows, as she was 1) hot and 2) not a cardboard cut-out.

Favorite scenes:

- Bones’ initial reaction to the white rabbit and Alice was priceless

- The cabaret girl from Rigel 2 walking over to Spock and hitting on him (Rigel – most popular system ever)

- Kirk and Spock smashing into the samurai while being chased by a tiger

- Bones’ “not watching” Barrows change
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Old March 3 2010, 12:32 AM   #209
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Series: The Original Series – Season One
Episode: “The Squire of Gothos”
Trek Installment # 112
Grade: B
Viewing Date: December 26, 2009

I liked this episode pretty much for the same reasons I liked “Shore Leave.” It was fun and had a great sense of adventure. Trelane himself was a fun character, played very well by William Campbell. I loved his out-dated love of humanity – including his spouting off ancestry, his German dance, and his fancy house. The Salt Monster and McCoy’s reaction to it were nice touches.

Spock’s command style while trying to rescue the crew feels like its evolved since “The Galileo Seven.” Kirk was on top of his game him. He didn’t try to push Trelane around, he was trying to beat him by his own rules. Being patient, talking him into doing something more “fun,” talking him down, etc. Great Kirk there.

The whole twist at the end really got me thinking about the location of Gothos. Part of me actually wondered if perhaps Trelane’s parents people created the Shore Leave planet for their children, so they don’t interfere with other civilizations. And, in addition to that, it seemed like Trelane gained a lot of his power from technology – but his parents were energy blobs. I’m waxing fanon, but it’s very interesting.
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Old March 3 2010, 12:38 AM   #210
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I think Trelane was a Q kid. Possibly THE Q himself, but I doubt they mature in a century. Still, I expect lots of people must have thought "That's Trelane, all grown up" when they first saw Q in Encounter at Farpoint.
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