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?
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!
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
Space seed is a thrilling episode. I got excited as soon as the name Botany Bay was revealed, of course, because I immediately made the connection with Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)! The fantastic film directed by Nicholas Meyer is the direct sequel to this excellent episode of the first season of … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E22, Space Seed
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
I know, I’m repeating myself (see the review of Balance of terror), but I must reinforce the concept here: the first season of the original series of Star Trek series is so full of ideas! Virtually every episode explores a new theme, opens a new avenue for new adventures… and with this episode, number nineteen, here … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E19, Tomorrow Is Yesterday
Arena, the eighteenth episode of the first season of Star Trek, is a classic one, so much so that I had seen images and quotes well before watching it for the first time. The fight between Kirk and the Gorn, that is a man in a vaguely reptilian rubber costume, has become very famous over … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E18, Arena (English)
And so after my 2018 “best of” watch of Star Trek: The Next Generation, it’s now the turn of the big space saga, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine! DS9 celebrated its 25 year anniversary last year and its celebratory documentary “What We Left Behind” is getting a wide release later this year. While The Next … More ST:DS9 in 2019 : Season 1 (Part 1)