Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season, Episode #,and Episode Name: Season 1, Episode 3, “Charlie X”, Episode 4, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, and Episode 5, “The Naked Time”
Setting the Stage: I started at 7:00 pm on January 2, 2020, still watching via Netflix, so I’m using their viewing order. It has recently come to my attention that there’s this thing called “production order”, which I am clearly ignoring because I didn’t know about it. Professor Zoom was in attendance, but snoozing away. The husband joined for WNMHGB, but was occupied with his phone for some of it.
Quick Summary: “Charlie X” starts off with a fun moment, “Are you a girl?”, makes me think at first that he’s definitely on extacy. Why is Kirk wearing a weird green shirt? Okay, the butt slap thing was really funny, I mean I saw it coming a mile away after what Charlie witnessed in the hallway. I find it interesting Uhura has something akin to the OG Bluetooth. McCoy tries to get out of giving “the talk”, then Spock and McCoy argue like an old married couple. The interlude with the music and recreation time was a nice way to show the crew in their off time and it totally looks like there’s a little something going on between Spock and Uhura. Kirk is adorable and god-awful at trying to explain why you don’t smack a woman’s ass to a 17 year old boy who has been rather isolated. At least everyone gets turkey for Thanksgiving. I think the gym scene was just trying to get Kirk shirtless. The big question is, why are Rand’s bed clothes less revealing than her uniform?
“WNMHGB” is the second sighting of 3D chess, but it looks different than the last episode. Why are the uniforms turtlenecks? Our first sighting of Scotty, I have a soft spot for engineering, but oh no, the creepy doctor is back. The shot of the Enterprise going through space is pretty swank, actually… but why does the Yeoman look bored and then scared? Wait, did the two folks on deck just get electrocuted? Mitchell wakes up with strange eyes, and he knows he’s being watched (having just watched Babylon 5, he pulled a Lyta Alexander, well I guess she pulled a Gary Mitchell). Somehow Mitchell is reading faster, and able to control other things, and everyone is creeped out. They’ve decided to maroon the man on Delta Vega, but he’s got lightening fingers (looking at you Shazam! And Raiden). They finally get him sedated and try to get the ship repaired. Dude can withstand lasers AND he’s turned the psychologist into his crazy eyes. The crazy people die after a crazy fight.
The Naked Time opens on Hoth (okay, I’ll cool it with the Star Wars references. See what I did there, hehehehe, I’ll show myself out) and clearly there were no Tauntauns to keep everyone warm (okay, now I’m done). As they return, Joe thinks he can’t get the damn spot out as Sulu is talking about fencing, there’s a fight over the butter knife, and Joe gets stabbed. Sulu decides to play hookey and go to the gym as the rest of the crew also starts acting strangely. Now Sulu is shirtless, has a rapier, is chasing people around the ship, and apparently no one told Kirk that swords are sharp. Spock makes a very quick “Three Musketeers” reference, and I am all for it! I’ve noticed the uniforms are more in line with what I’ve seen at cons and in media, and I like these the best. Is Spock, crying?!, I didn’t think we did that here. Oh, so everyone is drunk… okay that sort of makes sense, and now we’re going to have a slugfest between Kirk and Spock. The end of the episode, leaves me feeling like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aizCMO-mI1Q
My Impressions: I liked all three episodes for wildly different reasons. I enjoyed “Charlie X” because a lot happened in this episode and I had the most reactions. My interest was held the entire episode. Charlie interacts with the whole crew, and you get to see some more parts to the ship. You can tell that everyone is out of practice in dealing with children, even though that one Yeoman was supposedly around Charlie’s age. The actor who played Charlie really got me invested in him as a character. I’m beginning to see the pattern in all these sad endings, though.
The “crazy eyes” episode, as I’m not referring to it as, really showed how committed Kirk is to to both his duty and those he calls his friends. Do you endanger the whole crew? Well I guess not after there’s NO WAY, but even at the end, Kirk still hesitates. I mean, he did the same thing in “Charlie X” when Charlie had clearly demonstrated he couldn’t be trusted, but maybe there’s still a chance? Oh, Kirk – I did not peg him for the optimist.
“The Naked Time” was just a fantastic display of acting, as everyone had to be their character and then not their character in the same episode. It was a fun episode, while still holding that sense of mortal peril because everyone was going to die if they didn’t come up with something. Scotty says he cannot change the laws of physics, and I’m glad to know that this science fiction show has some standards behind them. Sometimes, a show will make shit up to make things fit, but I like how they are trying to set up some boundaries to make it seem more real. Reminds me of the engineer in one of my favorite YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg; it’s long but absolutely worth it if you’ve ever been in a meeting with people who have no idea what they are talking about.