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Bruce Brunger
Mon, Jun 3, 2019, 9:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Devil in the Dark

This episode featured a creature that frightened me as a kid in the 60’s: The Horta. It was right up there in my little kid nightmares as the Gorn, the ape-cavemen of the Galileo Seven, and the Salt Vampire.
But here in the Horta, you have a sympathetic creature as an alien — not humanoid in form, utterly “alien”, with no audible voice to know it was in pain until Spock mind-melds with it and then he screams “PAIN!!!” ....

That moment in the episode where Spock speaks as the creature really “got” to me as a kid, understanding that creatures without voices (like the trout I would catch when fishing, or beetles I would squish under my feet as a kid) can still suffer pain and be in anguish even though they may seem silent to our ears...that episode taught me as a kid to have greater understanding and empathy for other creatures.
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 11:17pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S3: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Funny how when the bridge scene view switched from facial shots of Chekov and Sulu at the helm, then switched to the over-the-shoulder view from the perspective of the Captain’s chair looking to the main viewscreen, we see that Chekov has been replaced by other stand-in actors several times....obvious reuse of other stock footage
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, 11:12pm (UTC -6)
Re: TNG S7: Masks

One of the key characters is called “Masaka” — In Japanese the word “masaka” has one meaning of “nonsense” — given the nonsensical jigsaw-like reveal of the characters as the story progresses, it seems fitting...I wonder if the writers of this episode had knowledge of Japanese language?
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 11:10pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

Oh — one more thing: it seemed odd to end the episode with everyone yucking it up on the bridge, making fun of Mr Spock when the deaths of the two crewman and one death in the landing party were still fresh...(Mr. Boman was noticably absent from the scene, yet the girl from the crew was there)...seems odd that they would have such disregard for the lost members and so quickly forget about them, ya think?
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Bruce Brunger
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 8:39pm (UTC -6)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

Next to the creepy flying monkeys of the Wizard of Oz, the hulking, spear-chucking ogre cavemen in The Galileo Seven are the ones who haunted my nightmares the most...For me, this was one of my most favorite episodes in TOD, right there with The Trouble with Tribbles, The Salt Monster, The Horta, the Enterprise Incident and a few others...
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