Star Trek: TOS – S03E21, The Cloud Minders

The Cloud Minders is truly explicit regarding the message it wants to convey. The episode deals with class struggle and social injustice in a setting that reminded me of many other books and films, from Metropolis (1927) to Elysium (2013) to mention just a couple. There’s yet another pandemic on a Federation planet and the Enterprise … More Star Trek: TOS – S03E21, The Cloud Minders

Star Trek: TOS – S03E19, Requiem for Methuselah

Requiem for Methuselah relies on a brilliant idea, but it seemed to me hastily executed, with little attention to detail. And that’s a real shame! Let’s start forom the plot. The Enterprise arrives at a planet in the Omega system and the situation on board is critical: the Rigelian fever is decimating the crew and … More Star Trek: TOS – S03E19, Requiem for Methuselah

Star Trek: TOS – S03E17, That Which Survives

There are three reasons that makes me moderately happy that I watched That Which Survives: the beautiful Lee Meriwether; Spock in command of the Enterprise questioning everyone on little and meaningless details; the beautiful Lee Meriwether. So let’s talk about Lee Meriwether. Here she is: Miss America in 1955, she also interpreted Catwoman in the … More Star Trek: TOS – S03E17, That Which Survives

Star Trek: TOS – S03E16, The Mark of Gideon

The Mark of Gideon deals with an interesting theme, overpopulation, but unfortunately it’s very confusing and at the end doesn’t convey a serious message about it. It also suffers from pacing problems: the rhythm is really soporific here, and there are various inconsistencies that make the plot difficult to follow. So let’s talk about the … More Star Trek: TOS – S03E16, The Mark of Gideon

Star Trek: TOS – S03E15, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

I think that Let That Be Your Last Battlefield is a splendid episode. Finally, here come some original ideas again, something rare in this third season! For the first time a self-destruction sequence is activated on a Starfleet ship, for example, a trick that would be used again both in Star Trek III: The Search … More Star Trek: TOS – S03E15, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield