Star Trek: TOS – S02E01, Amok Time

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

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 – S01E28, The City on the Edge of Forever

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

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 – S01E21, The Return Of The Archons

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

Star Trek: TOS – S01E14, Balance Of Terror

It’s exciting to watch Star Trek: The Original Series because at every episode there’s a new idea popping up that I’ve seen developed in later series like The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. And in this fourteenth episode nothing less than the Romulans are introduced! In Balance of Terror, the USS Enterprise goes to … More Star Trek: TOS – S01E14, Balance Of Terror