TOS: Season 2, Episodes 19 – 21 (Jan 20, 2020)

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

Episode #,and Episode Name: 19 – “A Private Little War”, 20 – “Return to Tomorrow”, and 21 – “Patterns of Force”

Setting the Stage: I started at 6:30 pm on January 20, 2020, still watching Netflix and using their viewing order. At first, I was all alone! Not a soul was within my line of sight for at least the first episode. Later, Professor Zoom and my husband watched at bit while we all ate dinner. While writing tonight, I am listing to a mix of: El Ten Eleven, the Brobdingnagian Bards, and Joe Satriani. There was also a rendition of “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers.

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Quick Summary with my Impressions: “A Private Little War” opens with Kirk finishing a not-so-short speech about how peaceful the inhabitants are, when they see men with guns about to shoot men with arrows, so naturally Kirk interferes. Spock is shot, his phaser is lost, and the party beams up. Uhura sounds the alert, it’s Klingons! I like Kirk in command gold, the green just doesn’t look as great. Okay, what was that white creature? Oh snap, Kirk was bit. I mean we all know he’s not going to die, but the scene is quite dramatic. Okay, so things between the leader and his wife get all hot and heavy, and quite scandalous for the 1960’s. Back on the Enterprise, Chapel is holding Spock’s hand… my, my this episode is just steaming up. Kirk is healed, after another steamy scene, and McCoy is mystified at the technique. The wife, Nona, seems to be on the same page as Kirk, but Tyree puts up a big “MEN ONLY” sign to join the meeting, sigh. Of course the Klingons are involved in helping some of the tribe to gain knowledge about weapons. Spock asks Chapel to hit him… “harder”, seriously what’s with all the innuendo in this episode? So Kirk falls under the spell of Nona and the parsley leaf, Tyree sees this and gets mad, and then they get attacked by that weird white creature again. Nona steals the phaser and tries to defect to the other side, but the men just want a piece of her. I’m kind of over the rape-like scenes, it’s just not okay. She gets stabbed, McCoy gets shot, and a fight ensues. Although Tyree eventually agrees to the guns, Kirk decides it would be better to leave them as is, even with Klingon interference.

from picslyrics.net

So there were parts of this episode I really liked, and parts that I really didn’t like. I totally get the decision of Kirk to stick to his orders and let things play out, but there didn’t seem to be any repercussions for the Klingons that were clearly interfering with the society that had existed previously. I liked the character of Nona, she just wanted what was best for her husband, until she went and tried to switch sides. I can’t justify giving this episode any other rating other than the 5 of clubs.

“Return to Tomorrow” shows us that Sulu is back, but only for like 5 seconds. Oh, a disembodied voice is talking to Kirk, nifty! It is very specific with the people it wants to beam down, and it’s only four of the six that Kirk thought he was taking. The disembodied voice is a flashing, glowing ball, that inserts himself into Kirk. Spock and Mulhall are required for the other two survivors. They need mechanical bodies in order to leave the planet, and McCoy is not at all about it. I don’t understand why Kirk is making this ridiculously long speech, I mean it goes on forever, but eventually they all decide to do the body swap. Kirk, Mulhall, and Spock all get a being from one of the three receptacles, but only the one in Spock’s body can handle the stress. Oh man, the dude in Spock’s body is trying to get Sargon and Kirk killed, and then Kirk dies… or does he? And wait, Sargon isn’t dead yet either, interesting. Kirk is ALIVE but all three receptacles are now gone, including Spock’s. Okay, I hate listening to Uhura scream, but that woman has PIPES! Chapel kills Spock’s body, but Sargon saves the day and Spock lives too, because he was just unconscious. Chapel looks ALL TOO HAPPY to have shared consciousness with Spock, and Kirk and Mulhall grant the others one last goodbye. Awww, how sweet.

from startrek.com

I kinda liked this episode. It had a lot of elements that make a good story. We have the benevolent overlords who just need a body, in exchange for advancement. We have two people in love, and one with nefarious intentions, and we have the one who is cynical of the whole project. I now know I can lure Scotty into any trap by dangling engineering advancements in his face, I’ll file that away for later. The only thing I didn’t believe was how trusting Kirk was, as he usually isn’t, but he did get taken over first and who knows what he saw that convinced him. For some reason, I truly loved this line by Thalassa (sharing Mulhall’s body): “Oblivion together does not frighten me, beloved. Promise we’ll be together.” This episodes get 8 tacos, 8 burritos, and 8 orders of chips, salsa, and guacamole from me.

“Patterns of Force” starts off promising, there’s an unmanned probe with a warhead? My goodness! Let’s blow it up. Beaming down, it turns out that this will be the Nazi episode. The Nazi’s are scandalized by Spock’s ears. Turns out the guy who the Enterprise came looking for became the Fuhrer, uh not cool bro. Spock begins to understand the appeal of gambling, in the midst of crazy Nazi shit. The Chairman from earlier appears to not recognize Kirk and Spock, but I believe something is going on. That’s the only part of the episode that I like, when it might turn out that a high ranking official is trying to be the “good guy”. Turns out Gill’s been drugged and his second in command has been taking over and is the real evil behind the throne. Both top men get shot, and our three heroes beam back to the ship with the promise that the inhabitants will clean up and show their people a better life.

I think we all know that “good” and “bad” are relative terms, but we can all agree that discrimination is in the bad category. I’m giving this episode a combo #3, mostly because of Nimoy’s hairy chest, the magnificent use of red and green “blood” makeup, and for the Nazi’s being defeated. Oh, and that one scene where Spock was standing on Kirk and kept pausing to ask Kirk questions, that was comedy gold. At least this time we got to see bare-chested Spock more than bare-chested Kirk, but not by much. If I ever do a re-watch I’m going to devise a drinking game and take a shot every time Kirk is missing an item of clothing. I don’t think I’ll make it to Season 3, haha.

shirtless Spock and Kirk, from pintrest.com

TOS: Season 2, Episodes 17 and 18 (Jan 19, 2020)

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

Episode #,and Episode Name: 17 – “A Piece of the Action” and 18 – “The Immunity Syndrome”

Setting the Stage: I started at 7:30 pm on January 19, 2020, still watching Netflix and using their viewing order. Professor Zoom was ever present, as was the husband, although he was playing video games. Jazz and Tempura also joined us this evening, and Thor stopped by at least once. Loki seems to have zero interest in anything Trek related, and will stay in the dining room or on the cat tower anytime I’m watching television. While writing tonight, I am listing to a mix of: The London Symphony Orchestra (Star Wars), Ramin Djawadi (the Ironman soundtrack), and Tool (specifically, Lateralus).

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “A Piece of the Action” has the grand trio of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beaming down to a place that looks like the set of Johnny Dangerously, complete with three piece suits and machine guns. Apparently the Horizon left a book about Chicago mobsters over 100 years ago, and the culture became a direct imitation. Kirk and co. get held hostage, so Kirk makes up a card game to distract their captors and steal the guns. McCoy and Spock reach Uhura, while Kirk gets a meeting with the other boss. Kirk escapes his second captivity and devises a plan, since logic is not helping and Spock has no ideas. It’s quite funny to watch Kirk try to drive a car, oh that poor clutch. Spock likes the kid that’s trying to help them because he’s logical, of course he does. Kirk figures out the society quickly and tries to make a deal with one of the bosses, he steps into character quite well while Spock is a little slow but eventually gets it. Kirk has Oxmyx call all of the other bosses and they’re all transported to the same place so they can have a sort of war council. Kirk fixes the situation as much as he can and Scotty is totally adorable when he does not understand a thing that is going on, which is pretty much the entire episode.

Michael Keaton as the titular character in Johnny Dangerously (1984), from imdb.com

As an Italian-American, I’ve always had a great affinity for mobster movies. Johnny Dangerously is one of my favorites and I quote it often, for the sheer comedy value. This episode does not disappoint in harnessing the stereotypes of the 1920’s mobsters of Chicago. It was a silly episode, and one that showed how quick Kirk really is on his feet. I genuinely enjoyed it, but I’m sure it’s not an important episode in the grand scheme of things. Aside from trying to fix a mistake another starship made years ago and establishing “WE DO NOT MESS WITH THE DOMINANT CULTURE” as a rule, I’m not sure what else it brings to the table. I give this episode 8 maids a milking and a partridge in a pear tree.

“The Immunity Syndrome” starts off rather somber as everything is dead, including a whole ship of Vulcans and an entire star system – what is going on? And what is that black hole up ahead? Okay, that noise was ANNOYING. Spock is quite handsy with Uhura, in the name of helping her back up of course, I definitely think something is going on with them, well as much as they can show in the 1960’s that is. Kirk and Spock cannot come to a consensus on what the energy cloud is. After the second really annoying noise, Chekov exclaims that the stars are gone – and by golly, he is right. Kirk is getting annoyed with his science officer not knowing any science that will be helpful, and his chief engineer not knowing how or why things are happening in engineering. McCoy is equally as unhelpful regarding the medical end of things, until the life monitors show the entire crew is dying. Kirk is now super annoyed and super tired, as the energy drain is affecting him as well. As they try to get out of whatever hole they are in, some strange multi-colored entity approaches the ship. Kirk, McCoy, and Spock have an argument over who is going to go investigate. Kirk chooses Spock, who gets stuck in the creature while the rest of the Enterprise tries to figure out how to destroy it. Kirk and Spock both give their last will and testament, while Kirk attacks the crap out of the creature using anti-matter. They find Spock in the creature, sassy Spock is extra sassy, the explosion kills the creature, and everyone makes it out alive! I don’t think a single person dies in this episode, great Scott!

Great Scott! from Back to the Future, from giphy.com

This episode was very similar, in my opinion, to The Doomsday Machine. There’s a thing destroying planets and ships, oh no it’s attacking us, oh we’re going to ram something in it and blow it up and escape unharmed! I think I liked this one a bit better, because no one knew what was going on and it annoyed Kirk. I’m torn between a 6 and a 7 on this one. I mean nothing overtly sexist happened, all three of our leading men were willing to risk themselves to save everyone else, and no one died. Let’s go with 6.75 gallons of Bojangles sweet tea.

Also, I find I’m really missing Sulu, come back!

Sulu, high from a few episodes ago, from soundcloud.com

TOS: Season 2, Episodes 13 – 16 (Jan 18, 2020)

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

Episode #,and Episode Name: 13 – “Obsession”, 14 – “Wolf in the Fold”, 15 – “The Trouble with Tribbles”, and 16 – “The Gamesters of Triskelion”

Setting the Stage: I started at 12 pm on January 18, 2020, still watching Netflix and using their viewing order. Professor Zoom was attached to my side for all four episodes, husband sat in on Tribbles, and all of the cats were around at one point or another. Today was laundry day, so it took longer to get through the episodes for the various breaks of walk down the stairs, move the things, start the machines, rinse and repeat. There was also a break for burgers and soda at one of our favorite places, Corbett’s. Tonight, I am writing to a mix of Daft Punk and El Ten Eleven.

For those who are unaware, I was not an English major. English is my first language, but I have never been much of a speller. I do try my best to edit before I post, but I’m also usually posting late at night and when I’m super tired. I appreciate those who have pointed out typos and I’ll do my best to keep a better eye out. One of my favorite writers, Laurell K. Hamilton, posted this on social media a while ago, and it’s stuck with me ever since.

from twitter.com

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “Obsession” opens with Kirk and Spock surveying a rock when a strange white cloud appears in the background, and Kirk has a sensory memory. As security goes to check things out the men are attacked and only one survives, albeit briefly. Kirk and a bunch of security beam back down, two of the men are attacked but one gets a shot off. Scotty, McCoy, and Spock all believe that they should move onto deliver the vaccines, but Kirk is obsessed (hence the title of the episode). I’m glad they made it clear by naming the episode that, having Shatner act it out, and having Spock point it out. Really, I wouldn’t have gotten it otherwise.

Spock relays to McCoy that Kirk was on the U. S. S. Farragut when this same entity attacked over 200 crew members and the new security guard that froze, is the son of the captain that was killed all of those years ago. Kirk feels guilty while also wondering if he is making the right decision, and he’s quite emotional and a bit irrational. This totally makes sense, he has a bit of PTSD and is on a one-man mission to destroy this thing once and for all. McCoy and Spock prepare a medical entry to decide if Kirk has lost it, and Kirk begins to get a little paranoid that everyone is conspiring against him. The cloud runs out to space, but then enters the Enterprise, and doesn’t find Spock too tasty. Kirk realizes the phaser won’t make a difference, but Scotty might have a fix. After some dramatics, the smoke monster is blown up and the transporter works the way it was intended, at the most dramatic last minute ever. This episode was a solid 6 for me, but I’m not sure why. I like seeing Kirk a little out of character, a little out of control, but it was too neat and clean to have the new guy be the son of the captain who died, and then new guy makes the same damn mistake Kirk did 11 years ago? Come on!

from dangermouse.net , it’s a cloud!

“Wolf in the Fold” begins with Scotty, McCoy, and Kirk watching a belly dancer, and the scene goes on forever. I get it, she’s dancing, let’s move on. Scotty takes the dancer out for a walk but is later found with a knife in his hand, and the dancer has been stabbed… another murder mystery, hoorah! No seriously, I absolutely love murder mysteries. A technician from the Enterprise beams down to work some magic on Scotty, but she is also stabbed, again appearing like it was Scotty. I suspect someone is framing him, but it’s too hard to tell how. As the wife of the Prefect is killed, and Scotty is standing over her with a knife, they decide to go to the Enterprise to use the capability of the computer. Although Scotty doesn’t remember anything about the first two murders, he suspects there is something – not someone – that killed the wife. Okay, I did NOT see Jack the Ripper coming. They also did that on Babylon 5, by the way. I know, Babylon 5 came after, but interesting to see where the idea might have come from.

Sebastian (aka Jack the Ripper) from Babylon 5, from pintrest.com

The administrator that came from Rigel IV is clearly up to something, he’s been blaming Scotty the whole time and against anything that tries to blame someone else, when we find out the murders on Rigel IV came just one year ago… dun dun dun. “Jack” gets loose in the computer of the ship and starts to control all things, including life support. Everyone gets an injection of sedatives in order to stave off the fear, Sulu is high as fuck and plays it well, while Spock orders the computer to try and evaluate the last digit of Pi (which is not possible) in order to push Jack out of the computer. The spirit of Jack keeps jumping from body to body until they are able to put it into space. Everyone on the crew, except Spock and Kirk, are high from the sedative and we end scene.

So I totally knew something was up with the guy who turned out to be hiding Jack’s spirit, but I didn’t see Jack the Ripper coming. I mean I should have with all the stab wounds, but I didn’t. McCoy does everything he can this episode to try to steer those in charge to the conclusion that either Scotty could never, or if he did it was because of the concussion. Sure, random multiple stabbing of women is totally possible for a concussed man because it was a woman that caused the concussion. First off, that woman was an android (if I’m remembering which time Scotty got his ass handed to him correctly, there have been quite a few this season), and secondly that’s not how the brain works! /end rant/ I still enjoyed the plot twist, although it was at the sake of three women and Kirk doesn’t get as bent out of shape about losing this particular crew member as he does the men, but we’ll chalk that up to the 60’s. This episode receives 6 and three-quarter polka dots from me.

“The Trouble with Tribbles” is an episode that came with a lot of hype, and I absolutely loved it. The Enterprise is heading toward a planet that has both Federation and Klingon claims, the Organian peace treaty from Season 1 is mentioned, and then there’s a Priority 1 distress call and they head to the space station that’s, wait *checks notes*, not actually in distress. Oh great there are two men in suits being asses, and Spock puts them in their place with his superior knowledge. Kirk is aghast that they’ve been called to protect wheat (okay it’s something else that has a long name), but they stay anyway and some of the crew gets shore leave. Uhura falls in love with a Tribble (cute little purring ball of fur), but it begins to eat some of the wheat-stuff and I’m instantly going “oh no”. I know it will be important later. The trader gives Uhura the Tribble and life goes on… for now.

The Klingons have arrived but not to attack, instead to invoke shore leave. Back on the Enterprise, the Tribble has procreated and everyone, including Spock is enamoured. Scotty tells Chekov to calm down when the Captain is insulted, but then the drunk Klingon insults the Enterprise and Scotty gets a nice right hook in. One does not simply insult Scotty’s lady love, so we have a BAR FIGHT! Back in sickbay, the Tribbles are multiplying. McCoy and Spock share a sassy exchange, and everyone starts to realize that the Tribbles have infiltrated all areas of the ship, including the bridge. The sheer number of Tribbles is ridiculous and the comedy factor is off the charts, including when Kirk opens the grain silo and the Tribbles all fall out, an exact number that Spock calculates in seconds.

Kirk in a pile of Tribbles, from memory-alpha.fandom.com

Some of them are dead and Kirk believes that there is something wrong with the grain or possibly the Tribbles. Apparently Tribbles do not like Klingons and they react poorly to the assistant as he enters the room… guess we found the spy! In true I Love Lucy style, the trader begins stuffing Tribbles anywhere he can. Back on the Enterprise, everyone seems apprehensive to tell Kirk what happened to the Tribbles. Apparently, Scotty transported them into the Klingon ship’s engine room, and here I am laughing 5 hours later. That ending alone makes the entire episode worth it. I’m not sure what I ranked “Amok Time”, but this is my second favorite episode after that. As RuPaul would say, “10s, 10s across the board”.

“The Gamesters of Triskelion” have Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov land somewhere they did not anticipate and they are surrounded by four strangers with weapons. Our three heroes are going to be trained to be slaves, apparently. WHAT IS GOING ON IN Uhura’s CELL? Guys, this is NOT okay. Oh dear lord, Chekov is a babe in the woods in this episode. Kirk is doing what Kirk does best, laying the charm on thick in order to get information. During training they do not want to participate, but Kirk winds up impressing the providers and they are all sold. We get some more shirtless, flirty Kirk and the Enterprise is on a wild goose chase to try and find their three missing crew members. The providers are finally displayed and they are… tiny little brains? What the hell is going on in this episode? Didn’t these brains get the note that humans don’t like being enslaved? I mean it was part of the pilot episode. Kirk figures out they like to gamble, but so does he and Kirk wins, of course. The slaves are freed and will be trained, while the Enterprise gets to go free and back on their merry way.

I have SO MANY PROBLEMS with this episode. I can’t even. Therefore, I will simply tell you this is the worst episode of Star Trek I have watched so far. Unfortunately, I am told there are still worse ones to come. Le sigh. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. We’re in the second half of the second season, as well as the second half of January. Progress is being made!

TOS: Season 2, Episodes 11 and 12 (Jan 17, 2020)

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

Episode #,and Episode Name: 11 – “Friday’s Child” and 12 – “The Deadly Years”

Setting the Stage: I started at 7:30 pm on January 17th, 2020 still watching via Netflix and using their episode order. I am with the (now) usual suspects: my husband, Tempura, and Professor Zoom. I am back to listening to instrumental music while I work, something I picked up in my undergraduate years. If I work while listening to songs that have lyrics, the lyrics either distract me or wind up in my writing. Tonight is a blend of Hans Zimmer (Man of Steel soundtrack), The London Symphony Orchestra (Star Wars), and Minus the Bear. For those of you who have caught on to my many Star Wars references, or for those who are new and have this ridiculous idea that you have to choose, I say…

from me.me and the terribly underrated movie, El Dorado

Quick Summary with my Impressions: “Friday’s Child” has McCoy giving a report on a new planet. There are tall people with weapons, the Klingons are back, and a red shirt gets killed – all in the first five minutes, oh my! Two of the tribe leaders seems to be in conflict over who to barter with; will they choose the Federation or the Klingon Empire? The leader who liked the Federation is dead, killed in the scuffle, and the one who had a deal with the Klingons is now in charge. Kirk’s quick thinking helps the new leader consider his options, but then he touches the pregnant wife of the old leader (to stop her from being killed) and gets himself in trouble. The Enterprise leaves orbit to assist with another Federation vessel after failing to communicate with the landing party, Scotty is at the helm. This Klingon delegate doesn’t seem as “Klingon” as the last leader we encountered. He seems anxious and, to be honest, a little on the cowardly side. Husband tells me that if we knew any Klingons, they would have to kill me for writing that. McCoy has awful bedside manner, as usual, and SLAPS A PREGNANT WOMAN! I mean, she slapped him twice but daaaaamn son. Spock makes the rocks explode, and the dudes wearing muppet fur take a dive. Back on the Enterprise, Scotty figures out it’s a trap!

from giphy.com … and yes, I have no shame and will use Star Wars references often

The baby is born while Spock and Kirk make bows, the kind you use to shoot arrows and not the kind you might put on a baby’s head. Spock doesn’t want to hold the baby (I relate to him more and more) and McCoy is apparently now the assumed father? Ummm, okay so new mom just bounces up after having a child – I’m pretty sure that’s not how that works. But she lies to the incoming party, telling them her child and the Enterprise crew are dead, interesting. The Klingon wants to verify her story, but Spock and Kirk attack and there’s a whole lot of fighting and even more dead men. Watching McCoy coo over the baby is ridiculous and we have a mostly happy ending.

I liked some of the things in this episode, like the woman becoming the regent at the end, the tribe reviewing all offers for whom to trade with, and Kirk’s outrage over his killed crew member, but a lot of other things felt off or I wasn’t very fond of. Overall I give this episode a 5.2, especially because they killed muppets. Faux fur or bust!

“The Deadly Years” has the landing party arriving to a seemingly empty outpost. Chekov finds an elderly man, who apparently died of old age, until Spock reveals no one was over the age of 40. Two other old people show up, and we find out that they have aged decades in a matter of weeks. Back on the ship, everyone except for Chekov starts to show signs of aging (forgetfulness, hearing loss, etc.) and we again see shirtless Kirk. I wonder if he had something in his contract about it? Why does McCoy’s accent get more Southern as he gets more agitated? It’s not a good Southern either, it’s much to drawn out. Mind you I say that as a Jersey girl who lives in NC, but I digress.

an actual mint julep, for McCoy, from tipsybartender.com

Chekov is talking to himself and Sulu is amused, I am really enjoying the two of them. Spock’s aging makeup is quite subtle, at first, and Kirk’s memory is getting worse by the minute. A competency hearing is created to determine if Kirk is fit to keep running the Enterprise. Wait, why can’t Sulu take command? I mean he’s done it before, I think, sometime in Season 1. As Kirk is deemed unfit, so is Spock who is now most certainly showing more signs of aging and is quite cold. The Commodore takes over, like we haven’t seen that before, but just then the Romulans attack! The Commodore freezes, unable to give commands to the crew, but of course the shot works just in time for Kirk to take back over. Oooh, we get a throw back to corbomite and Kirk really knows how to bluff like that best of them. He catches the Romulans off guard and makes an escape, while everyone else gets the injections to save their lives.

I liked the subtle ways the aging started to affect each crew member, but it disappoints me that Kirk wasn’t more upset about losing the female medical crew member as he has been for the various red shirts that have died in recent episodes. I also feel like random Commodore was played very stiff and I’m not even sure why he was there. Maybe I missed something earlier in the episode, or because I’m not watching in production order, but whatever the reason he was not great. Overall, I also give this episode a 5.2 on the corbomite scale.

I have to say I really liked the throwbacks in both of these episodes to things from Season 1 with the return of the Klingons, Romulans, and even Corbomite. A few episodes ago we saw the return of Mudd, so maybe we’ll continue to see some more things that are familiar as time goes on. Until tomorrow…

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?!

from ifunny.co

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.

from startrek.com

“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!