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Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 6:32am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Mirror, Mirror

A good one! Nice to see more of Scotty, Uhura, and Sulu.

Especially enjoyed the Sulu Uhura scene where she pulls a knife.

DS9 sorta ruined the mirror universe, but this was a great start. Shatner was very Shatner in his portrayal of mirror universe Kirk. Loved Spock all around.

A classic.
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Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 5:39am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: The Changeling

Standard issue fare for TOS, hitting all the notes except "starry-eyed sexy lady falling for Kirk." Instead, it is an eyeless, floating piece of metal which falls for Kirk.

The Uhura thing was beyond silly, though it was nice to see her get some screen time.

A good sci fi concept, not particularly well played out. Average.
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Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 4:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Who Mourns for Adonais?

Pretty good concept, though the spoon-feeding exposition dialogue from Kirk was a bit over-the-top.

A lot of it was over-the-top: Apollo's lonely angst and complete inability to reason, Carolyn's instant great love for Apollo, Scotty acting like Carolyn was his woman (after she agreed to a cup of coffee with him) . . .

Sort of silly. Average ep overall - maybe slightly below.
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Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 3:50pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S2: Amok Time

Well, at first I found it both funny and remarkable that Spock could overcome his urge to mate by tussling a bit with Kirk.

Watching it again, I see that it isn't so much the tussle, as the belief that he had killed Kirk, that seemed to knock the libido right out of Spock. It's still pretty odd, given how crazy-gone he was.

Nimoy does a truly great job. He and Shatner are good together as Kirk teases the facts out of Spock. Some funny lines as well as serious, and nicely played.

I love that they were all so in awe of T-Pau. Again, despite the rampant sexism in the show, it was still ahead of it's time. They were trying.

The whole idea of the Ponn Fahr is kinda nutty, and sort of burdened the series when it came to Vulcan portrayal, but nicely alien.

An above average offering, I'd say.
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Tue, Apr 9, 2019, 6:43pm (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S4: The Muse

@William B

Take care of yourself first and foremost.

I will certainly miss you and hope you get to feeling better and return.

I remember you sometimes commenting that my BtVS reviews helped you enjoy it - know that your insights and questions and thoughts added so much to my Trek viewing - to my DS9 experience, in particular.

It was so fun to find you here and reconnect a bit.

Be well!
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Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 7:42pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Operation--Annihilate!

Standard TOS fare.

I liked the character development for Kirk, though there was an awkwardness to both the the dialogue and the performances as Kirk suddenly looses a brother and a sister-in-law and has an orphaned nephew.

The creatures and the technobabble were also contrived and awkward.

Just not smooth flowing.

Nimoy does a good job with a challenging story for his character.
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Mon, Apr 8, 2019, 7:30pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The City on the Edge of Forever

A good one. Held my interest and was well done overall.

@LouBotts: maybe I've misunderstood you here, but I don't think Spock was ever tying into the ships computers. He had recorded everything showing on the gateway, and was sifting through his recording.

ALL THE COMMENTS ABOUT WHY KIRK DIDN'T TAKE EDITH BACK WITH HIM: First, they couldn't be sure things would happen the same way if she didn't die as just as she was meant to. Second, Edith is an autonomous individual. Kirk can't just take her back as if she were a pretty rock he found. I doubt very much she'd Jane wanted to go back with him.

Nicely done and while I don't think it's the best of the franchise, it's certainly the best ep of TOS so far.

Good performances, especially from Kelley. Joan Collins is great in it also.
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Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 8:28am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Alternative Factor

Boring and nonsensical, not a good combination. Awful.

But plusses:

Robert Brown is good looking.

Props for the Lt Masters character, a black woman with a short fro even, and in Engineering! She's taken seriously and given important responsibility. Really daring for its time.
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Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 8:17am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Errand of Mercy

Not a favorite. Slow moving and predictable. The Organians kept telling Kirk and Spock that there was no danger and they didn't understand, but (unbelievably) neither Kirk more Spock took the time to press them as to why they were so serenely confident - even after they demonstrated unusual powers (by knowing the Klingons' movements).

The message was certainly classic Trek, but awkwardly delivered.

I liked seeing Sulu in charge of the ship.
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Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 12:28am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Devil in the Dark

Somewhat silly in plot - with its mystery not very mysterious - but entertaining.

Classic Trek in its sensibilities.

The creature was as bad as the Gorn, but I give TOS a pass.
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Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 9:38pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: This Side of Paradise

I liked this one. It was fun. And Jill Ireland - I'd forgotten how luminous she was.

Nice character development for Spock, as we glimpse what lies beneath his icy exterior.

I had to wonder: where were the kids? They'd been there 3 years, all enveloped in their love for one another . . . but no kids. And we see from the Spock-Leila interaction that the spores don't interfere with sexual attraction.

I noticed this because everyone seemed to lack a sense of purpose, nothing really challenged them, everyone was so happy and easy going, and nothing ever happened to truly upset them. And a couple of babies would have turned all that on its head right away.

Even exposed to the spores (any babies would have died within a couple of weeks otherwise), babies would remain excessively needy creatures, and therefore remain sources of purpose, challenge, and frustration (enough to neutralize those spores in seconds!).

I definitely agree with the shows message that true happiness is only deeply experienced when sadness is also a possibility, and that human beings require challenging occasions in order to rise to them.

Lots of fun moments. Above average and memorable (I say that because I actually remembered this one - but maybe that's because I was once in a birthday skit for a Trekkie friend, called "The Other Side of Paradise." I played Nurse Chapel. It was 1977, I think.)
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Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 12:41pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: A Taste of Armageddon

I give it points for creativity.

An average ep overall: Kirk saving the day in his know-it-all way.

Sexy Lady was not that into him, but he saved her anyhow.

On to the next one.
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Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 12:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Space Seed

A good episode. Ricardo is perfect in this and in TWOK. Cumberbatch was an unforgivably ridiculous choice for Khan and can't hold a candle to Montalban.

There do exist women like McGivers, even among professional women and even now in 2019. And she is fairly well fleshed out given the time available. Still, it is tinged by the sexism of the 60s in its presentation. I did appreciate the counterpoint with the decidedly uncharmed and defiant Uhura. Nichelle sure can talk with those smoldering eyes of hers.

I liked the exploration of heart vs head, of being honest with yourself vs denying your feelings, of having feelings vs acting on those feelings. It's only because McGivers is honest with herself, acknowledges her controversial but real feelings, that she's able to act clear headedly when the time comes to save Kirk. Ultimately, she's a sad case, though.

I don't mind Kirk's decision in the end. Isolating that bunch is not a bad idea. I sure hope the Federation knows enough to keep a close eye on them, check on them now and then . . . :)

The talk about admiring tyrants was interesting, but I would have liked to hear more real discussion, than listening to Spock just getting shut down, in the usually condescending way. Though Kirk is not wrong that there can be something to admire in the tyrant's story of his rise and rule, there are lines there. Would have liked a little more talk on that.

I can definitely think of tyrant types I don't admire at all. Zero. I find them wholly despicable.

There's quite a bit going on on this episode, and though there's some contrivance, and some hokey and cringy in the presentation, it's well done.
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Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 9:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Return of the Archons

Kind of silly and a below average ep overall - I don't much care for "Kirk outsmarts the Machine" eps, in general. It's Shatner at his worst.

I did like the way it reminded me of The Borg.
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Wed, Apr 3, 2019, 8:33pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Court Martial

First, thanks to @Random Thoughts and William B and anyone else who commented, for your encouragement in getting through TOS.

So far, it's been more fun than I thought it would be, though I have gone from being retired to recently re-entering the workforce, so I have lot less time I'm afraid my comments are likely to be a lot more perfunctory - for that reason, and also because . . . it's TOS.

I liked this one. The mandatory "sexy lady who's into Kirk" did make an appearance, but she was interesting and intelligent and a lawyer! Yay!

The plot moved along at a good pace and held my interest. Of course I knew that Jim wasn't guilty, but I thought the mystery was handled well.

I wonder what Ben's plan was for after Jim was convicted? Sneak off the Enterprise and begin a new career?

Anyhow, a good ep.
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Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 11:16pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Tomorrow Is Yesterday

Loved it.

Just pure fun.
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Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 9:09am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Arena

That Gorn is just too much.

But it's not fair to knock TOS on the basis of bad special effects. The story is fairly creative but plodding.

Below average.
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Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 8:30am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Squire of Gothos

Silly in the extreme.

TOS version of a bad Holodeck ep.

Below average.
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Thu, Mar 21, 2019, 9:36pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Galileo Seven

A very standard shuttle craft accident episode, but hey, it's the first, so credit for that. And a very standard last minute rescue.

The ending was kinda irritating, where Spock was being razzed for no real reason. That was an irritating aspect of the whole ep, actually. But it kinda works because the cast does have a certain chemistry.

An average ep overall.
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Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 10:05pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Shore Leave

Requisite Flirty Sexy Lady makes an early appearance as a beautiful young yeoman gives the Captain a quicky back massage while he sits in the captain's chair.

Well, we're off to a strange start, as McCoy sees Alice in Wonderland characters on a planet he's scouting with Sulu.

Pretty silly so far, as the crew's random daydreams come to life.

Now the yeoman is flirting with McCoy who's flirting back. She looks young enough to be his daughter. But McCoy dies before this pairing can go any father. I mean farther.

Endless fight with Finnegan. Endless.

McCoy is back from the dead and no one notices or cares that "dead" crew member Angela is still missing.

Below average. Too much silly.
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Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 7:18am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Balance of Terror

A good one and a nice intro for the Romulans.

This episode managed without the addition of a sexy siren twinkling at Kirk! YAY!

I always enjoy seeing Mark L and had forgotten his turn in this.

I liked the parallels between the two commanders even if it was heavy handed. Vaguely Khan-like.

A classic for its introduction of many things - Romulans, the NZ, cloaking, some Federation history.
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Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 7:03am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Conscience of the King

Obligatory sex pot flirting with Kirk turns out to be Lenore, daughter of suspected Kodos.

Nimoy and Kelly are just so great together. They make the show.

Lenore talks about the "surging, throbbing" power of the ship and asks Jim if he's the same way. Subtle.

Nichelle Nichols' performances are force fit, but she is a beautiful, talented lady.

"Even in this corner of the Galaxy, two plus two equals four." Good line from Spock.

I enjoyed it. Above average.
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Tue, Mar 19, 2019, 12:12am (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Menagerie

This is a great ep, the best so far. It has some flaws, but the pilot footage was used very creatively and a compelling, touching story was told.

Deforrest Kelly is so great as McCoy and Nimoy is really coming into his own. The story drags a bit when they're showing the transmission from Talos, but not too badly.

Miss Piper is the mandatory, gratuitously sexy lady in this ep, batting her eyes at Kirk and flirtatiously mentioning his past dalliance with a friend of hers. But Susan Oliver and Jeffrey Hunter win the all-time gorgeous couple award. Wow. Pretty people.

The guy playing disabled Pike is effectively cast, and the yes-or-no beeping was surprisingly moving. A sense of urgency was conveyed despite the limited communication. It was surprisingly obvious that Pike cared for Spock, still had a captain's sense of responsibility toward him, and was begging Spock not to endanger his life and career.

Nicely done!
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Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 11:03pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: The Corbomite Maneuver

Watching and commenting:

--The Enterprise is mapping new areas when they run into a colorful spinning space bouy.

--The cube keeps moving to block the Enterprise's progress. They destroy it.

--Very, very little going on. Rand makes an appearance so she can be referred to as a possible object of sexual desire. So the required sexy-sexy part is over, I think, with Rand serving as the usual fallback female when no there are no sultry-siren guest stars.

--Now, they've run into a sphere. Lt Bailey getting freaked out. The sphere plans to destroy the Enterprise in ten minutes, generously giving them time to prepare themselves to meet their maker.

--Jim has a weird, forced, nonsensical exchange about bluffing with the Doc, plainly giving us a clue about how this will be resolved.

--The ever brash Kirk fakes out the enemy with a big ol' classic Kirky bluff.

--The small ship dragging around the Enterprise reminds me of when I tried to tow a little trailer with my Honda. I sure hope the ship won't have to go uphill, 'cause that's not gonna work

--Eons go by as we watch the small ship out front. Eons and more eons. Finally the Space-Honda has to give up, and the Enterprise goes to help the now disabled Civic.

--OMG, little Clint Howard is driving the ship. Oh, my, my.  He does a good job.

--Moral of the story: Size doesn't matter. Ok, Roddenberry, whatever you say.

Slow moving, not great.
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Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 9:53pm (UTC -5)
Re: TOS S1: Dagger of the Mind

Watching and commenting:

--The Enterprise beams up cargo from a penal colony with an violent escapee aboard. Good hook.

--The escapee, Simon, is begging not to be taken back. He seems to have had memories erased, and they're plainly hiding something on the penal colony.

--Requisite sexpot of the episode is introduced: The beautiful Dr Helen Noel, a technical, medical advisor to Kirk as they visit the colony. She talks in a husky, sexy voice and flirts with the apparently always irresistible Kirk. She's also so completely taken with the colony Director, Dr Adams, she had no ability to judge ANYTHING going on around her. NOTHING. Some advisor.

--Yay! The first Vulcan mind meld is used to find out what's inside Simon. The Simon actor doing a good job.

--Helen and Jim discover there's a machine that blanks out people's thoughts and replaces them with whatever the machine operator wants. Sounds dastardly.

--Adams attempts to manipulate Kirk's mind. Kirk is twice the manly man Simon is, and doesn't submit so easily. Helen sabotages the equipment. She is rewarded by a kiss from Kirk. I'm beginning to believe Shatner had this sort of thing written into his contract.

--A solid, interesting episode.
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