Star Trek: TOS – S02E03, The Changeling

The Changeling is a strange episode. On the one hand, it anticipates what many years later would be the plot of the first film in the Star Trek saga, Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), directed by Robert Wise. On the other hand, it recycles a couple of ideas already used in the first season: … More Star Trek: TOS – S02E03, The Changeling

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Star Trek: TOS – S01E29, Operation: Annihilate!

Operation: Annihilate! is an extremely dense episode. James T. Kirk finds his brother Sam and his sister-in-law Aurelan (Joan Swift) only to lose them soon after. He saves his nephew Peter (Craig Hundley) for whom he worries for half the episode and then forgets all about him: either he’s still in the infirmary or he’s … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E29, Operation: Annihilate!

Star Trek: TOS – S01E27, The Alternative Factor

The Alternative Factor, let’s face it, isn’t a very good episode. It’s too complicated, with a very intricate and dense plot, with a special effect repeated several times which is confusing more than anything else, and again security aboard the Enterprise looks ridiculous only for the sake of advancing the plot (through the theft of … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E27, The Alternative Factor

Star Trek: TOS – S01E24, This Side Of Paradise

In This side of Paradise, the USS Enterprise heads to a rural colony on a planet that has recently been subjected to radiations which are lethal to humans called Berthold rays. No one responds to the communication attempts, so Kirk is convinced that he can’t find survivors. Surprisingly, once on the surface, all the 150 colonists … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E24, This Side Of Paradise

Star Trek: TOS – S01E23, A Taste Of Armageddon

A Taste Of Armageddon is a very strange episode: it’s based on a funny basic idea, it carries a beautiful pacifist message, it’s beautifully realized, but it left me with some doubts. The Enterprise is headed to the planet Eminiar in the NGC321 star system for a diplomatic mission: it must establish relations with the … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E23, A Taste Of Armageddon