TOS: Season 2, Episodes 8 – 10 (Jan 16, 2020)

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Series and Season: Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2

Episode #,and Episode Name: 8 – “I, Mudd”, 9 – “Metamorphosis”, and 10 – “Journey to Babel”

Setting the Stage: I started at 7:30 pm on January 16th, 2020 with the husband, Tempura (on his lap), and Professor Zoom laying next to me and feeling MUCH better than he was yesterday. I took a nap earlier today and I feel better too. Remember, kids, you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Oh, and I’m still watching via Netflix and using their episode order.

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “I, Mudd” begins with a discussion where McCoy puts his foot in his mouth with Spock, but tries to make up for it by complimenting his ears. The new guy on the ship does something and Sulu can’t take back over navigation, he also busts into engineering and is a one man fighting show, owning everyone, and then heads up to the bridge. Turns out new guy is an android and has the Shatner comma down pat, because that’s how androids talk apparently. At least he’s a polite android. Oh no, it’s Harry Mudd! He’s the “lord” of a world of androids and he wants to leave the planet and put the crew of the Enterprise in his place. Kirk is not swayed, unlike his crew, he has only a one track mind – the Enterprise. Okay, does no woman wear a bra in space?!

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The androids decide they need to take over the galaxy in order to control the humans, they’re too greedy and need someone to take care of them. Kirk comes up with a plan, and… what the what is going on with the dancing? Oh, they are trying to break the minds of the androids, like we haven’t seen that before. Can you hear my eyes rolling? Okay the shenanigans and tomfoolery the crew is doing for the benefit of breaking the minds of the androids is amazing and ridiculous. I absolutely love it, this one is the best of “I’m going to talk the machine to death and break it’s logical brain” so far. Poor Norman. I notice the trend of this season is for our three leading men to have the last word in a closed circle. Harry Mudd is to be stranded while the androids are re-programmed, and he gets a “bonus” caretaker – many android versions of his wife who will certainly nag him to death, poor bastard. The comedy factor on this episode puts it at a solid 8 for me. I’m still laughing hours later.

“Metamorphosis” starts with our three leading men in the Galileo shuttle transporting a commissioner who has contracted some sort of disease when a cloud approaches and strands the shuttle on a nearby planet. They meet some dude who seems to be obsessed with the commissioner, ooooh a woman. Kirk and McCoy think Cochran looks familiar, and they endeavor to find out why. Apparently, he is 150 years old and was important to the history of the Federation. He has a “companion”, a piece of light that brought the crew there to keep him company. Kirk asks Cochran to see if his companion will heal the commissioner, which it says it will not, and then it attacks Spock. The device Spock says “can’t fail” does, and the companion attacks Kirk and Spock. They figure out how to communicate with the companion, who is apparently a female entity and in love with Cochran. Cochran shows his old timey ways by being totally disgusted by the love the companion has for him, apparently it is unnatural. Kirk apparently has a knack for talking to logical entities and trying to get them to understand why they need to do what he asks. Suddenly the commissioner is up and well, because the companion has taken over her body and merged with her. The soft glow shown over female characters is back while Cochran and the commissioner/companion hybrid go fall in love. The Enterprise comes back for the crew, but Cochran decides to stay with his new-ish lady love and they endeavor to grow old together. This was a strange episode, which eventually made sense and had a sweet ending. I give it a solid 6 copper pennies.

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“Journey to Babel” has the Enterprise picking up delegates, the last of which are Vulcans… and Spock’s parents! Apparently Sarek holds a grudge against Spock for not staying on Vulcan and going to their Science Academy, which I have to point out is a human emotion, as is stubbornness. Spock had a teddy bear-like creature when he was a child (called a sehlat) and that’s the most adorable thing ever, even if it has fangs. Of course, they found a way to show shirtless Kirk and now there’s a murder mystery! Sarek is not well and needs blood, which Spock is a match and offers at first but then Kirk is attacked, there’s another ship after the Enterprise, and Spock chooses duty over saving his father… the plot thickens. More shirtless Kirk! Kirk and McCoy lie to Spock to get him to sickbay, but the alien vessel is getting closer and Kirk stays in command. Someone on board is a spy and Kirk destroys the alien vessel, but the vessel and spy both commit suicide rather than be questioned. However, Spock and Kirk figure out who was behind the attacks and McCoy gets to yell at everyone for not following their doctor’s orders.

Here’s my favorite part of the episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN0oVavm2Eo

I enjoyed that there was intrigue, political banter, a murder mystery, a medical issue, and family drama all in one episode. I also enjoyed that Spock’s mom, Amanda, was still very much human, and very much a mom, despite having lived on Vulcan for many years. Also, at least she was wearing a bra in space! Her husband and son were able to have a quick bonding moment over her emotional outburst, but I’m sure she knew that would happen anyway – moms always know! I give this episode 8 fresh mozzarella balls and a side of balsamic vinegar. Until tomorrow, my friends!

TOS: Season 2, Episodes 6 and 7 (Jan 15, 2020)

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Series and Season: Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2

Episode #,and Episode Name: 6 – “The Doomsday Machine” and 7 – “Catspaw”

Setting the Stage: I started at 6:45 pm on January 15th, 2020 with the husband, Tempura (on his lap), and our sick pupper (he has an upset stomach) on my lap. I’m still watching via Netflix and using their episode order. The plan was for three episodes today, but that clearly didn’t happen. Sorry kids, maybe tomorrow!

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “The Doomsday Machine” starts out with no Uhura, seven planets that seem to have vanished, and a broken down U.S.S. Constellation. While surveying the ship, Kirk finds Commodore Decker in a total state of shock and PTSD. They apparently encountered a planet killer (think some strange combination of Galactus and the Death Star) that proceeded to kill the planet Decker sent his crew to, and he is devastated. At first Decker defers to Kirk, but later seems to grow a backbone and is hellbent on destroying the machine. Apparently, this is the season of the broken transporter. Decker tries everything he can to destroy the machine, and won’t give up. Eventually he commandeers one of the shuttles and rams it into the machine, killing himself in the process. This gives Kirk the idea to do the same with the Constellation, but with the transporter on the fritz we get a very dramatic last second rescue of Kirk. I mean, obviously you can’t kill Shatner… but they wanted to keep us on the edge of our seats. The plan works, our heroes escape, and the machine is dead! I liked the drama of this episode, no matter how over the top it was, but I wasn’t so keen on Decker (or the actor who played him). I give this episode 4 tomatoes and a carrot.

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“Catspaw” sees Uhura back in her rightful place on the bridge, but wait… why aren’t Scotty and Sulu beaming back? The guy who beams back dies almost as soon as he arrives and a strange, beaming voice warns that there’s a curse on the ship and they should leave or they will all die, how dramatic! Our three leading men beam down and they encounter three old lady apparitions. Sassy Spock is back, a castle appears in the distance, and there’s a KITTY (that’s apparently scared of Spock, haha). Back on the Enterprise some random red shirt is in command, what’s up with that? I mean, I get that all 5 of the usual command staff is down below… but who is this guy?

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Our three heroes find Scotty and Sulu, who are clearly under some mind control or drugs, and they encounter a wizard of sorts named Korob. Korob has a black cat, who turns out to be a woman named Sylvia, and they have immense power to cause things to appear and happen with just a thought. Sylvia has the hots for Kirk. I mean who else was going to get some kissing time on screen? However, she realizes that Kirk is using her and she freaks out. Korob realizes that Sylvia has gone off the deep end and tries to help the landing party. Eventually, Kirk destroys the transmuter and everything disappears and is set back to normal. We are left with these weird looking aliens that die within a minute.

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What strikes me about this episode is how much Kirk cares and feels the loss of every crew member. He seems to take it to heart, even if only for a little, and he really understands that he is making life and death decisions all the time. No matter his other flaws, he really does try to be the best captain who attempts to make the best decisions for the majority of his crew. I liked the ridiculousness of this episode, so I give it solid gold 7.

TOS: Season 2, Episodes 4 and 5 (Jan 14, 2020)

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Series and Season: Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2

Episode #, and Episode Name: 4 – “Mirror, Mirror” and 5 – “The Apple”

Setting the Stage: I started at 8:00 pm on January 14th, 2020 with the husband and pupper, mostly because husband requested to watch this one with me because “it’s important”. I watched the second while working out, but it was a long day and I’m exhausted, so only two episodes today. I’m still watching via Netflix and using their episode order.

As a point of order, a dear friend of mine (and Trek fan since birth) pointed out that the Season 2 credits did change a bit… they now list Kelley in the credits. I totally missed that in my last post, my bad Bones!

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “Mirror, Mirror” starts off with four of the crew being sent to the Mirror Universe. It’s interesting that I’ve seen so many versions of it, but now I get to see the original. Spock is sporting a beard, everyone has funky outfits, and apparently corporal punishment is a thing on the Mirror Enterprise. Kirk seems to jump to the correct conclusion quite quickly and this is not the first time that’s happened. The leap in logic is a little much for me. They really are laying the Nazi stuff on thick this episode, like we didn’t already know this universe was supposed to be the “bad” one. Oh Sulu that’s not a good look on you, and I’m not talking about the scar but instead his intentions toward Uhura. Chekov is an ambitious little Slytherin in this episode, but gets owned. In our Enterprise, Spock knows what’s up and imprisons the Mirror landing party. Back on the other ship, Kirk is SHOCKED to find a woman in his bed. Mirror Spock has been ordered to kill Kirk, and Uhura is the biggest badass on the ship when she has it out with Mirror Sulu. Cue the big fight scene, where the Mirror Spock stunt guy totally sticks out like a sore thumb. Mirror Kirk’s lady love takes out most of Mirror Sulu’s men, and the landing party heads to the transporter room where the parties swap back to their respective universes.

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I enjoyed this episode as it was the tried and true “good vs. evil” episode, before it was tried and true. I do like Spock better with a beard, and I hate that I agree with McCoy on something. It was fun to see the crew have to act as themselves part of the time, and their “evil” half the other part. I give this episode 9 gold stars and a pat on the head.

In “The Apple” I find that Chekov reminds me of the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but instead of everything being Greek, it’s Russian. Oh no, more killer flowers! Didn’t we do this already? Spock finds a rock and throws it out, only to blow up some part of the path ahead. Scotty is having a problem with the Enterprise, but it’s because of something on the surface of the planet. Why are we having issues with the transporter again? Spock is hit with the same killer flower after pushing Kirk out of the way, and the two men have a very interesting exchange. Wait, now there is killer lightening, what the hell is going on? Kirk is showing uncharacteristic regret about staying on the planet because it cost the lives of three of his men. He’s starting to display the pressure of command. By far the funniest line of the episode is “I wont hurt you”, which is said after Kirk just punched the guy, sigh. We meet the strange villagers who do not understand a lot of concepts and are another set of miracles mysteries to McCoy. I still don’t understand why they thought Spock’s name was so funny. Oh no, not another machine controlling the planet! The machine, Vaal, gets upset when two of the villagers begin to kiss and orders his minions to kill the landing party because they are too dangerous. Kirk seems to be struggling with the impending doom of the Enterprise and its crew, but then has an idea (just in the nick of time) when Vaal wants to be fed. Kirk destroys the machine, “frees” the village, and the Enterprise is back to usual. McCoy and Spock argue scripture a bit, and they make a really awful joke about Spock looking like Satan.

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I wasn’t a fan of the dialogue in this episode. Chekov was a total horn dog, the humor between Kirk and Scotty just didn’t land right, and there was a lot of heteronormativity (I know, I know, it’s the 60s). I did like the story line and was glad that Kirk destroyed the machine with phaser beams instead of talking to it until it explodes. I give this episode 4 and three-quarter milkshakes.

TOS: Season 2, Episodes 1 – 3 (Jan 13, 2020)

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Series and Season: Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 2

Episode #, and Episode Name: 1 – “Amok Time”, 2 – “Who Mourns for Adonais?”, and 3 – “The Changeling”

Setting the Stage: I started at 7:30 pm on January 13, 2020. Still watching via Netflix and using their viewing order. Husband and I ate dinner while we watched the first two episodes. I worked out during the last episode. Professor Zoom has decided he likes this Star Trek stuff and was present for all three episodes. As this was a new season, I watched the introduction on the first episode. Spoiler alert: it hasn’t changed.

I’ve also updated how I’ll run these posts with my Summary and Impressions all mixed together. I’m also going to try to do better on rating each episode, but they will be inconsistent just for funsies.

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “Amok Time” begins with a volatile and very emotional Spock. Oh my goodness, it’s babyface Walter Koenig and he’s in an AWFUL wig. McCoy is trying to be chummy with Spock instead of antagonistic, I like that. Spock is deeply uncomfortable and apparently he’s going to die if he doesn’t get laid. I really like the Sulu and Chekov dynamic, I hope to see more of it as the season progresses. Wait, is Spock hitting on Chapel?! Okay, so we get to the planet Vulcan and Spock calls Kirk and McCoy his closest friends, in the most Vulcan way possible, and it’s super adorable.

Spock and his lady “love” exchange very Vulcan pleasantries and the three men beam down to begin the ceremony. There is so much dramatic music, Kirk and McCoy are clearly confused, and apparently his “wife” decides she wants Spock to fight for her. She chooses Kirk instead of the random dude with a green sash who she apparently made an earlier agreement with. Okay, what is with the damn bells? This is going to be interesting, there are axes… oh, and combat is to the death, whoops. Had to show off Kirk’s chest, really? Watching the stuntmen go at it is kind of funny, because it’s very clear when Shatner and Nimoy are not the ones fighting . McCoy helps even things out for Kirk when a time out is called. Now, there are lasso-like belts and Spock is totally winning… he seems to come to his senses when it looks like he’s killed Kirk. Methinks McCoy gave him something to appear dead, calling Romeo and Juliet. Spock’s bride-to-be did want the other dude and Spock gladly parts with her, praising her logic. I hear “live long and prosper” for the first time! When Spock turns around to see Kirk is alive and he smiles, it’s the best scene ever. We end on a high note and some sassy commentary between our three leading men. I absolutely loved this episode, 10/10 would recommend.

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“Who Mourns for Adonais?” opens with Scotty is pulling the moves, McCoy being misogynistic, and Kirk lamenting about a future where he would lose an officer when they see a green puff of smoke in the shape of a hand that grabs the ship. There’s a dude on the screen but Kirk thinks he’s the boss and tries to puff his chest out at iot. Spock is not allowed on the planet because he’s a killjoy, according to the mysterious man. At least this time the man, Apollo, is in a skimpy outfit. I’m noticing more that they definitely do something to make all the women be seen in a softer light. Apollo is in thrall with Carolyn and Scotty ain’t having that… but it’s no use, she likes her pretty pink outfit. Let’s be honest, I like it too and that would be awesome to cosplay in the damn Atlanta heat. What’s with Kirk getting choked out two episodes in a row? Uhura will not be rushed with her repairs and Spock is kind in turn, understanding the situation. Carolyn smashes Apollo’s heart in the best way possible, she’s cold as ice, and then he goes apeshit while the Enterprise tries to smash his structure. Apollo starts crying and begs the other gods to take him home. This episode was okay, I give it 5 avocados.

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“The Changeling” opens with a problem, where did the 4 billion people go? More weird green objects coming at the ship, what is this Disney villain hour?  Spock essentially says good things come in small packages, yay for me at 5 foot tall. A machine beams aboard and NOMAD reminds me of Brainiac from Superman. Nope, apparently it’s Ultron and has to exterminate anything that isn’t perfect. NOMAD is all about Uhura’s voice, but then doesn’t understand the concept of music and wipes Uhura’s brains. Man, Scotty keeps getting owned… WHAT THE FUCK, Scotty is dead? Uhura is stoned? What is happening? OF COURSE I WANT YOU TO REPAIR THE UNIT, is what Kirk should have said.  Also I love that they are using floppy disks, not sure I made the connection before. NOMAD “repairs” Scotty, whew, but Uhura has to relearn everything. This makes for an adorable moment between Uhura and Chapel. Spock wants to do some Vulcan mind magic, that almost breaks him, so in turn Kirk breaks the mind of NOMAD with a logic error. Man, the redshirts are getting OWNED this episode. Kirk continues to probe at NOMAD until it breaks down. Spock and Kirk take NOMAD back to the transporter room a la Batman ( https://vimeo.com/91815457 ) and they transport it off the ship just in time for it to explode. Uhura is smart as hell, she relearns quite quickly, and I’m sure will be back to her usual in no time. “My son, the doctor” is one of my new favorite lines from Kirk. I really liked the dialogue in this episode, so it’s a solid 7 or 8 from me even though we see Kirk out-logicing a robot, again.

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January 12, 2020: The End of Season 1 (29 – 30)

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series

SeasonEpisode #,and Episode Name: Season 1, Episode 29, “The City on the Edge of Forever” and Episode 30, “Operation: Annihilate!”

Setting the Stage: I started at 5:00 pm on January 12, 2020, still watching via Netflix, so I’m using their viewing order. I had a special request from the husband that he be present to watch the first episode, but after that he disappeared. Thor and Professor Zoom were around, but Zoom was tuckered out. He had way too much birthday yesterday. He would, however, love to know if you think he’s the best pupper… so you should leave a comment on his birthday post.

Quick Summary with my reactions: “The City on the Edge of Forever” opens with Sulu’s panel exploding and McCoy having to do some dangerous medicine. The ship rocks and McCoy accidentally injects himself, goes crazy, and beams himself down to the planet (that’s having some weird time stuff). I love seeing Uhura in the landing party, glad to see her getting out and stretching her legs. The party finds a weird structure that begins talking and showing them Earth’s history, when McCoy suddenly jumps in, and the Enterprise vanishes because McCoy has changed time! Spock and Kirk jump into time a little ahead of where McCoy might be, they land in the 1930s, and Kirk falls in love. Turns out, Kirk’s lady love needs to die in order for history to go back to the way it was. Watching Kirk make the choice to not save a woman he is in love with is one of the saddest things I have watched. Not as sad as that scene in John Wick, but it’s up there.

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“Operation: Annihilate!” is the season finale and it doesn’t disappoint with the drama of some ship making a beeline for the sun of that system and being excited about being “free”. The landing party finds Kirk’s brother dead, but his nephew and sister-in-law have survived the strange creatures that seem to have taken over the people of the system. While investigating, Spock gets attacked by a creature and is incapacitated until he can lean on his Vulcan side to avoid the pain. McCoy blinds Spock in trying to kill the creatures, but we find out that it could have been avoided! As McCoy and Kirk are all despondent, and the creatures on the planet are dying, Spock regains his vision due to Vulcan anatomy magic. A very bittersweet ending to Season 1.

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My Impressions: “The City on the Edge of Forever” is an episode I have been looking forward to because husband and work mom hyped it up. They were not wrong about it’s awesomeness, mostly because it had to do with time travel and didn’t make my head hurt! They corrected whatever McCoy had done and got back as if no time had passed with presumably nothing changed in their own past. It was quite funny to watch Kirk being absolutely terrible at improv when they ran into the police officer, and so terribly sad when Kirk’s lady love had to die. I also enjoyed watching Spock in total disgust at having to work with such “subprime” tools and materials, but also being able to put together what was needed.

Uhura and Scotty were both fantastic in “Operation: Annihilate!”. Uhura doesn’t take shit from Kirk when he’s being impatient and is able to explain that it just can’t be done. Scotty doesn’t take shit from Spock, even though Spock is his superior officer and gave a direct order. They may not have had many lines, but they were my absolute favorites.

Overall, I thought Season 1 of Star Trek: The Original Series had its ups and downs. There were some episodes that did not age well, did not sit well, and had some real strange choices made. There were other episodes that still ring true today, or were relatable in some way. To see what technology is still science fiction in the 2020s and what things we are maybe decades away from is interesting. I am absolutely “Team Spock”, it’s clearly the logical choice. Tomorrow, I’ll begin Season 2. Here’s to hoping there’s more Sulu and Scotty.