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
Who Mourns for Adonais? is, in my opinion, a big misstep in this second season which just started. After a brilliant start with Amok Time, this second episode merely reused old ideas even though the premise could have led to an interesting story. That’s a pity, and below I will try to explain the reasons … More Star Trek: TOS – S02E02, Who Mourns for Adonais?
Let’s start with the second season! After a splendid first season full of fantastic stories, with this first episode written by Theodore Sturgeon (also author of an episode of the first season, Shore Leave), it’s like Gene Roddenberry declared to have no intention of decelerating. Star Trek was to continue to offer first-rate science fiction without trying to … More Star Trek: TOS – S02E01, Amok Time
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!
The City on the Edge of Forever: even before watching this episode I was fascinated by its title, so captivating, mysterious, and evocative. And then it only improves on that, this is truly a masterpiece! It’s the second episode dealing with time travel after Tomorrow is Yesterday, but this one is far superior! There’s little … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E28, The City on the Edge of Forever
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
At long last, the Klingons! Here come perhaps the most iconic aliens of the whole Star Trek Universe, though, come to think of it, this is probably true only thanks to the films with the crew led by Captain Kirk and the series The Next Generation. In any case, Errand Of Mercy expands the mythology once again … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E26, Errand Of Mercy
Episode number 21, The Return Of The Archons. It explores a theme that was already discussed in The Galileo Seven (the roles of logic and of emotions) and there’s a problem already noted in Miri, namely that of shooting every scene in a pre-existing set, in this case reminding the early twentieth century with semi-medieval … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E21, The Return Of The Archons
Court Martial is the twentieth episode of the first season of the original series of Star Trek. Even if it’s not as innovative as other episodes we’ve seen so far like Balance Of Terror and Tomorrow Is Yesterday, it’s yet another extremely solid episode from beginning to end and it’s one of the countless courtroom … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E20, Court Martial
After the introduction and the previous post, here is the concluding part of my Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 1 “capsule reviews”. Season 1 was shorter than the rest of the seasons as it started towards the end of the 1992-1993 television season during TNG‘s season 6 — still, it had an impressive 20 … More ST:DS9 in 2019 : Season 1 (Part 3)