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Old March 13 2014, 08:52 PM   #1
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Season 3, in an earlier time...

Thought exercise.

Is there a Season 3 episode you would like to have seen done in either Season 1 or 2 when things were a bit different? And if so how do you think it would have been different?

Anyone?
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Old March 13 2014, 09:20 PM   #2
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

Overall, no. During the NBC run, I was 17-18 during the 3rd Season, and could see at the time how production quality was deteriorating, especially with some of the scripts that had the potential to be great, but kept falling short.

The first impulse would be to say episodes like "The Enterprise Incident", "Day of the Dove", and "Elaan of Troyius" might have worked better in earlier seasons, but since there was no Klingon battle cruiser model before then, they're best left where they are.

The only episode that I think might have been improved was "The Tholian Web". The story always seemed a bit odd to me that Kirk gets whisked off to limbo for most of the show, with probably fewer lines that he'd had in any other episode. Sometimes I wonder if it was some sort of punishment toward Shatner, or maybe he just needed a light schedule that week to do some important personal business. Seemed odd to give your top-billed star so few lines and physical presence.
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Old March 13 2014, 10:04 PM   #3
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THOLIAN WEB definitely, because Ralph Senensky would not have gotten fired halfway through for being a few hours behind schedule before Paramount bought Desilu. And we'd have a much closer to perfect show as a result.

SPOCK'S BRAIN would have been an intentional comedy, so it probably would have been better. I actually enjoy SPECTRE OF THE GUN as-is, so I don't know if Coon's original intended approach would have been better or not.

WAY TO EDEN would have been a lot more interesting, because it would have been filmed as JOANNA, about Kirk getting involved with McCoy's daughter. 3rd season producer insisted McCoy & Kirk were the same age (!?) and therefore McCoy couldn't have a grown daughter, and the story somehow morphed into Cauliflower Ear and his groovy followers.

I wonder if TURNABOUT INTRUDER might have been done with Diana Muldaur. No problem with Sandra Smith, but just saying it might have been cast differently (which also suggests that DAY OF THE DOVE would have featured Koloth rather than Kang, which would have been a disimprovement.)

That's off the top of my head, if I think of more I'll come back.
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Old March 13 2014, 11:46 PM   #4
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Definitely would have loved to see "the Way to Eden" done as "Joanna" as mentioned before. It could have injected some new chemistry between Kirk and McCoy if Kirk did have any interests in McCoy's daughter.

Also would have liked "The Enterprise Incident" done as the Pueblo incident as D.C. Fontana's original story was based on.

It would have been interesting to have David Gerrold's tribble sequel, too. There was an article about how he adapted it for Star Trek-Animated but how it was diluted down for a kids' cartoon. Something about the glommers were just as prolific as the tribbles and started attacking the crew as the food supply (tribbles) was running out. It sounded like a different (and dark) follow up instead of the repetitve cookie cutter comedy clone we finally ended up with.
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Old March 14 2014, 12:17 AM   #5
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

When I look at these episodes I can't think of how they could gave been made distinctly better. For me they work fine as is.

“Elaan Of Troyius” (Better costuming please for the Elassians, particularly the men.)
“The Enterprise Incident” (dressing up the Romulan ship interiors more would have been appreciated.)
“Is There In Truth No Beauty?”
“The Tholian Web”


When I consider these I don't see them that far off, but a mild rewrite wouldn't have hurt. In these cases it's more a matter of having a little more money to dress up the episodes a bit more.

“Spectre Of The Gun”
“The Empath” (A bit more money please.)
“Day Of The Dove” (I'm not sure how this could have been a bit better, but it could have been.)
“Plato’s Stepchildren” (I really don't have much problem with this as is, but a little polish wouldn't hurt.)
“That Which Survives” (Spock seems just a bit too stiff and anal, for lack of a better word. And Scotty comes across at times as a little too excitable. A bit more money to dress this episode up more would have been appreciated.)
“The Cloud Minders” (I quite like this, but it could use a bit more punch, more edge and a polish in some spots)
“The Way To Eden” (In some respects this harkens back to "This Side Of Paradise." It could have used that episode's nuance as well as toning down the Space Hippy depiction)
“Requiem For Methuselah” (The only serious beef is Kirk falling for Rayna so hard and so fast. Maybe if we had some inkling some added manipulation of Kirk was in play)


These are just okay, but definitely need some rethinking.

“The Paradise Syndrome” (My biggest criticisms are in regard to some of the thinking behind the Enterprise having to intercept the asteroid, how easily the ship is crippled and Spock's methods in trying to deflect it. SOme of the scenes strike me as a bit too cheesy.)
“For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky” (Things happen just too quickly to be believable.)
“Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” (All this story really lacks is nuance.)
“The Lights Of Zetar” (Scotty has already acted weird with a woman before in "Who Mourns For Adonais?," but Mira Romaine is so uninspired compared to Carolyn Palamas.)
“The Savage Curtain” (The Excalbians come off as yet another all powerful race with abilities beyond technology. There are some interesting one-off characters introduced and I'd have liked to have learned a bit more about them)
“All Our Yesterdays” (Spock reverting to his ancestors' behaviour just doesn't wash for me)


In each of these is a viable story idea screaming to get out.

“Spock’s Brain” (A solid science fiction story idea handled in a regrettably clumsy manner. It's really a matter of botched details and overall lack in execution.)
“The Mark Of Gideon” (Ludicrous concepts and expecting too much suspension of disbelief. I don't know if this could even be salvaged.)
“Turnabout Intruder” (An episode like "Return To Tomorrow" would be a decent reference point to turn this into something more respectable)
“And The Children Shall Lead” (Potential valid horror story ruined by embarrassing overacting, poor villain concept and performance and kids.)
“Wink Of An Eye” (Atrocious science even for sci-fi. The characterizations in this are also wanting.)
“Whom Gods Destroy” (Everything about this screams "cheap" in production and in thinking. It certainly doesn't have any of the chilling sensibility of "Dagger Of The Mind.")
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Old March 14 2014, 12:20 AM   #6
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

I'm rather glad they didn't do "Joanna." I think that would have just been creepy to paint Kirk in that light. No, thank you.

And I certaily had no interest to ever see the tribbles again.
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Old March 14 2014, 12:43 AM   #7
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

Warped9 wrote: View Post
I'm rather glad they didn't do "Joanna." I think that would have just been creepy to paint Kirk in that light. No, thank you.

And I certaily had no interest to ever see the tribbles again.
Agreed on BOTH accounts...

Now if it turned out that McCoy's daughter was a tribble salesman... er, saleslady... er salesperson, and Kirk was OH JUST NEVER MIND!
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Old March 14 2014, 12:57 AM   #8
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

I think that The Enterprise Incident and The Tholian Web would have been better had they been produced during seasons one or two. They are still two bright spots in the otherwise drab third season, but add in the same kind of tension that The Cornomite Maneuver and Balance of Terror had, and these good episodes would become great.
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Old March 14 2014, 03:26 AM   #9
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

I'm pretty happy with how the third season turned out. It had a different flavor compared to the first two seasons but is still "Star Trek".
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Old March 14 2014, 04:07 AM   #10
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I'm pretty happy with how the third season turned out. It had a different flavor compared to the first two seasons but is still "Star Trek".
There's a lot I like in TOS' third season. This thread or discussion is really just a thought exercise and not an indictment of the season as a whole.
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Old March 14 2014, 09:41 AM   #11
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

I would've liked to see Joanna, but without the Kirk romance angle. Seeing McCoy interact with his daughter would've been amazing.
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Old March 14 2014, 11:03 AM   #12
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Warped9 wrote: View Post
“Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” (All this story really lacks is nuance.)
What it also lacks is a plot.


“Whom Gods Destroy” (Everything about this screams "cheap" in production and in thinking. It certainly doesn't have any of the chilling sensibility of "Dagger Of The Mind.")
No, but what it does have is Yvonne Craig.
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Old March 14 2014, 01:35 PM   #13
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Re: Season 3, in an earlier time...

Going over the list of third season episodes, I noticed two things: a) the really good episodes I wouldn't to change very much and 2) all of those episodes occurred during Bob Justman’s tenure. After he left, there was a sharp decline in story quality. The execution got really sloppy. That’s not to say there were no duds on his watch – there were. But all of the episodes I consider the best of the season happened while he was there. No coincidence, surely. Although I still have Freiberger a lot more respect than most people.

Anyway: Requiem for Methuselah is a great concept that would have been given better treatment in the second season. Spock’s Brain doesn’t really need at that much work. Make the women less ridiculous, put Spock’s head in bandages (or explain they you don’t need them), don’t have Spock direct his own operation – hell, don’t have Spock down there at all until you really need him – and this could be a real fun episode. It’s still fun for me, but not like it could have been.

Some episodes just shouldn't have been approved at all and probably wouldn't have been on the first and second season team’s watch.
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Old March 14 2014, 02:02 PM   #14
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Going over the list of third season episodes, I noticed two things: a) the really good episodes I wouldn't to change very much and 2) all of those episodes occurred during Bob Justman’s tenure. After he left, there was a sharp decline in story quality. The execution got really sloppy. That’s not to say there were no duds on his watch – there were. But all of the episodes I consider the best of the season happened while he was there. No coincidence, surely. Although I still have Freiberger a lot more respect than most people.
Would some of these episodes been better executed during seasons one and two? Maybe? But some of these episodes may not have been made at all, for good or ill. I think one of the strengths of the third season is, good episode or bad, it has a different "feel".

I think the spinoffs would've benefited from having gone through similar shake-ups regularly. It all started to "feel" the same after a while with the same person in charge and the same behind-the-scenes people working on the shows for such a long time.
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Old March 14 2014, 02:03 PM   #15
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I agree that those episodes I really like in third season I would change little to nothing.

Those episodes I think fall on their face can still have respectable concepts, but they're handled terribly. "And The Children Shall Lead" is a prime example. This could have been a truly chilling horror story (assuming you could achieve X-Files levels of creeping people out in the era), but they completely missed the boat. Even as is there are chilling moments in it yet it's all derailed by so much else that's embarrassing.
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