50th Anniversary Rewatch Thread

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  1. erastus25

    erastus25 Commodore Commodore

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    Man, that briefing room scene realllly drags. You can feel the producers stretching a 30 minute plot out to 51 minutes.
     
  2. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Goo goo goo joob Moderator

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    :lol: I nodded off a bit during that scene...long enough that it was clear that I'd missed a couple of story beats, yet they were still in the briefing room!
     
  3. dodge

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    This episode nearly induced a "total resentment towards men" in me, luckily my professional doctor who's up to date with all the medical journals advised me to go to a Chippendales gig as a preventive measure(well... I watched The Full Monty, so close enough :D).

    What's more annoying is they don't do anything with it... at no point does the show actually entertain the thought that Scotty did it even though the evidence against him is overwhelming.

    It would seem so, but there are some unexplained moments, like why didn't Scotty remember anything for the first two murders then? Is it possible that it was originally intended for Scotty to commit the first two murders, but they hastily rewrote it because our heroes can't be killers* even involuntarily?

    *(it's okay if they're sexist and misogynistic as fuck though)

    I suppose he assumed none of his crew were likely to commit murder... ;)


    P.S. Leslie is alive! :techman:
     
  4. omnirad

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    Despite any of 'Wolf's short comings, we'll always have the scene where Mr. Hengist grows eight inches, gets a bald scull cap, and goes bat shit crazy. "DIE, DIE! KILL YOU ALL!!"
     
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  5. wayne66

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    A hunger that never dies. An episode that I always liked. I have no problem with the briefing room scene. I particularly like it when they start to close in on Hengist and when they discover the meaning of those unusual words. I found it creepy to think that creature went out into space with humans. Good scene. Also I like it when Kirk is wearing the green wraparound uniform.
     
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  6. dodge

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    Yeah, that's a so bad it's good moment if there ever was one, also how they just left his dead body there to be conveniently repossessed. :D
     
  7. johnnybear

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    I wonder if they meant to show that the entity had originated on the earth with that sentence? It would have been interesting to have seen what other kinds of life existed with humanity on the planet but were not able to be physically seen or identified!
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  8. dodge

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    "The Trouble with Tribbles", Episode 44, December 29th

    Tonight's Episode: The tribblesome Klingons are back and up to no good!
     
  9. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Goo goo goo joob Moderator

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    Star Trek
    "The Trouble with Tribbles"
    Originally aired December 29, 1967
    Stardate 4523.3
    What was going on the week the episode aired.

    This has consistently ranked as one of Star Trek's top episodes going back to when Star Trek was just Star Trek. It has its detractors, but I always appreciated when Trek showed a sense of humor, and here it goes all out. Overall, I find it to be a very entertaining episode that only suffers from having been seen so many times. Nevertheless, it evoked a good amount of giggling and snickering from me this viewing.

    This episode feels more ensemble-based. It's too bad that Sulu was otherwise engaged, but Chekov and Uhura are an interesting pairing; and Scotty gets some of his best moments in the series. The scene between Kirk and Scotty after the fight is the comedic high point of the episode.

    Continuity-wise, we get some exposition about the Organian Peace Treaty. From Kirk's familiarity with Koloth, one gets the vibe that perhaps they'd intended to bring Kor back. That would've been nice. Why does this Klingon remind me of Liberace...?

    The haggling between the bartender and Cyrano Jones tells us that there definitely was a credits-based economy in this era.

    Calling Kirk a swaggering, overbearing dictator would probably be a compliment coming from a TNG-era Klingon.

    I know that it's ruining the joke, but you have to wonder if transporting the tribbles to the Klingon ship wasn't potentially less humane than transporting them into space.

    Next week, we get a peek at one of the new fashions for 2268: Tin foil, but not too much...
     
  10. Commishsleer

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    Fun episode.
    An episode that shows that Kirk is far from perfect. He spent the whole episode cranky - which happens to the best of us.
    My only real criticism is that McCoy was a little too bitchy to Spock.
     
  11. The Old Mixer

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    I meant to note how, needless to say, Nimoy has Spock down pat by this point...hence his ability to so subtly get humor across while staying in character, most notably in the tribble-petting bit.
     
  12. GNDN18

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    “You issued a Priority 1 distress call for a couple of tons of wheat?” This entire episode was a clinic in sarcasm and a near perfect exposition of the bureaucratic mind and effective responses to its workings. I still look for the opportunity to work in “…it is you I take lightly.”

    It has sort of a MASH feel to it. I know Coon did a lot of polishing: there’s something about tv written by people with military experience.

    As for Koloth, when I was a kid, I thought he was Liberace!
     
  13. johnnybear

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    No, he was more Liberace when he was The Squire of Gothos!
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  14. dodge

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    Chekov goes full Russian for this episode. I'm surprised, given everything that was mentioned as a Russian Inwention in this episode and Spock's speech about Tribbles having no practical purpose, that this wasn't brought up:
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    :whistle:

    As Blackadder would say: "A fate worse than the fate worse than death... that's pretty bad." ;)

    Might rewatch the DS9 one as well later as a bonus. :techman:
     
  15. johnnybear

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    According to Chekov the inventor of Quadrotriticale was Ivan Burkoff but Mr.Spock corrects him that it was John Burke, but that the creation of the grain was invented in Russia I recall!
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  16. scotpens

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    Actually Chekov says the area of space around Sherman's Planet was first mapped by "the famous Russian astronomer Ivan Burkov." Spock corrects him, saying it was the English astronomer John Burke.

    According to Wiki, triticale (the RL ancestor of quadrotriticale) is a hybrid of wheat and rye, first bred in Scotland and Germany in the late 19th century. Spock apparently has his facts wrong, saying the root grain "can trace its ancestry all the way back to twentieth-century Canada."
     
  17. GNDN18

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    Blame the Saturday Evening Post.
     
  18. omnirad

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    We went for the full Tribble trifecta this Friday with "More Troubles, More Tribbles" from TAS, then "Trials and Tribble-ations" from DS9. The more the merrier! Had my pet 'Tribby' to watch along, if it had eyes, or ears.
    Shatner's vocal delivery in this TAS episode was not phoned in from a bathroom, as a definite comedic flair was apparent in his delivery.
    DS9's 30th anniversary tribute is one of my favorite episodes of that show, despite "Tribbles" not even making my top 10 for TOS. The love that went into this tribute is a joy to watch,again and again!
     
  19. johnnybear

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    My apologies to John Burke! I remember the scene very clearly now of course! :crazy:
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    I don't have a problem with that. He likely means that the single sub-strain of triticale that lead to quadrotriticale (perhaps a handful of plants) were bred in Canada. So like tracing all members of a breed of dog to a single littler of pups, regardless of where the sire and dam were born.