I rarely watch Star Trek in sequence. After nearly 48 years (that I can remember - I was 4 or younger when I started watching), I usually just pop in episodes I’m in the mood for. This means I hit the same group of episodes more often than others. I am taking the opportunity to seek out those episodes I don’t visit that much because I don’t enjoy them as much as others. A chance to re-evaluate. Starting with The Deadly Years: never a go-to episode, but one I had a good time revisiting. It has a really great teaser, and the reveal of the dead old man and Chekov’s intense panic is a great “horror” moment. When Robert and Elaine Johnson come in, Elaine’s very matter of fact “I’m twenty seven” is a great place to hang the opening. Janet Wallace doesn’t do much for me and her “Oh Jim, I’m sorry. Truly I am” always made my sister and I laugh as kids. She doesn’t add much to the story, to be honest. This episode is a little too busy. The disease, Kirk’s hearing and relief of command, Stocker’s single-minded obsession with getting to his new job, Stocker shitting his pants on the bridge as he violates the Romulan Neutral Zone, and then finally Janet’s story. It’s too much. Stocker is one-note – neither likable nor unlikable, the guy exists to create the action ending. That aside, the actors are having a great time simulating advanced age. De Kelley is amazing, Shatner gets totally into it and it’s all very sad and fun at the same time. Zooming in on Shatner’s taint to illustrate his returning youth was another laugh getter for us. Yet when he appeared on the bridge, totally back to normal, it’s a great fist in the air moment. With nothing to use but stock footage, the battle scenes are a letdown (I always watch the original effects), but Shatner’s dramatic reading of “warp facto eight…now!” still appeals to this young Trekkie who told his guidance counselors that he wanted to be a Starship Captain when he grew up. Still not a favorite, but more fun than I remembered. Nice High Concept Trek. More to come. Feel free to chime in with yours!