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« Reply #220 on: February 20, 2020, 06:19:13 PM »

“The Changeling”

9/29/67 (Original Airdate)

2/02/08 (Remastered Airdate)

The basic plot to this is revisited in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Like the NASA space probe Voyager VI, Nomad was launched to collect data for return and study to Earth.  Similarly, it was altered during its’ journey, in turn becoming a danger to all life forms it would encounter. 

It’s entertaining to see Kirk expose Nomad’s flaw in its’ memory bank and pointing out that it is “in error” which leads to the probes’ self destruction.  It probably would’ve made more sense to have the logical Mr. Spock execute this task but Kirk did it in a more passionate and entertaining manner.





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« Reply #221 on: February 21, 2020, 07:31:45 AM »

Not to interrupt your flow, Jed, but a few months ago I bought a DVD set of the six Star Trek movies with the original cast. I've seen them before and enjoyed them. I'd watched just a few episodes of the original series before watching them just to get a general idea of what they were like (this also came after seeing the 2009 movie). It'd probably be worth going back into the original series (I don't remember if Netflix still has it).
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« Reply #222 on: February 24, 2020, 01:29:16 PM »

Not to interrupt your flow, Jed, but a few months ago I bought a DVD set of the six Star Trek movies with the original cast. I've seen them before and enjoyed them. I'd watched just a few episodes of the original series before watching them just to get a general idea of what they were like (this also came after seeing the 2009 movie). It'd probably be worth going back into the original series (I don't remember if Netflix still has it).

No worries, man.  Glad to hear you’re checking them out.  I only began revisiting the 2nd season recently, along with the 1st season of Rawhide.  Lately, I’ve been revisiting The Wrath Of Khan repeatedly.  Still my favorite.  “Khaaaaaan!!!” 

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« Reply #223 on: March 16, 2020, 05:51:38 PM »

Just returned home from a screening of The Wrath of Khan at London's Apollo Theatre Hammersmith accompanied by a talk and Q&A with William Shatner. Most entertaining.. He's still razor sharp with a wicked sense of humour.. Lots of great stories
about the making of this movie... and the film itself stands up well..

Sadly this will probably be the last event I'll be attending for a while as all theatres and clubs etc are closing down now due to the virus..
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« Reply #224 on: April 15, 2020, 05:22:34 PM »

That’s great, Gant.  I’m glad you enjoyed it.  I did the same with Tina a couple of years ago and we both enjoyed it.  Of my boyhood heroes I can say I actually got to meet one of them.  The King is dead, so, that’s off the table.  Out of who remains, Shatner and Eastwood, if I had the luxury of a choice I’d prefer to meet Clint because he seems more personable and receptive to fans.

The closest I ever came was when Eastwood was in Cambridge, Massachusetts to accept his Hasty Puddings Man Of The Year Award from Harvard University in 1991.  I remember talking with a friend about it on the phone and he asked if I planned on going.  Still a fan, but jaded over Pink Cadillac, White Hunter, Black Heart and The Rookie I had no desire to make the attempt.  I now wish I had.

The second time Clint was in the vicinity was 11 years later, filming Mystic River in Boston in 2002.  I knew there was slim chance even seeing him, much less actually meeting him so I decided to not even bother trying. 

I’m glad I went out of my way to see William “Captain Kirk” Shatner talk to us in the audience after a screening of The Wrath Of Khan.  That was very fun and entertaining.  I went against my better judgment of paying for a photo with him but my biggest regret is not shaking his hand and thanking him.  If he comes by again I’ll do it right next time and have Tina take a photo of us shaking hands.  That way, I’ll have two separate images of the moment captured and the satisfaction of expressing my gratitude.

Captain Kirk was my first boyhood hero.  I loved Shatner’s portrayal.  He was courageous, tough and determined.  Yeah, there were moments he overacted but at his best he was the ultimate space exploring hero.  I would get caught up in the fights he won, the passionate speeches he gave and the women he loved, alien and human.  The glimpses of his sense of humor revealed was the icing on the cake, especially when displayed with the camaraderie he shared with Leonard Nimoy as Spock and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy.  To me, Shatner as Kirk is the epitome of Star Trek. 






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« Reply #225 on: April 18, 2020, 12:13:11 AM »

Agreed Jed. Same with me growing up..
It’s strange to think that seeing Mr Shatner live was my very last night out before lockdown. Many of his other shows
were cancelled and London literally shut down the very next day. We were so lucky to see him.. Great watching the film with such a large audience too..
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« Reply #226 on: February 12, 2021, 10:06:16 AM »

Mirror, Mirror

10/06/67 (Original Airdate)

11/06/06 (Remastered Airdate)

This gets my vote for best episode of the series.  A transporter malfunction caused by an Ion storm upon beaming up from the Halkan homeworld amidst negotiations for the Federation to acquire Dilithium crystals thrusts Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura into a parallel universe.  The very different look and feel of their surroundings and the way things are done are immediate.  Luckily, they adapt quickly and are able to move about freely to figure out what happened and how to return to their own universe. 

The best exchange of dialogue takes place in the corridor of the I.S.S. Enterprise when the parallel universe First Officer confronts the Captain in an attempt to understand his commander?s recent actions.

Kirk:  ?You would find me a formidable enemy.?

Spock:  ?I am aware of that, Captain.  I trust that you are aware of the reverse.?












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« Reply #227 on: February 13, 2021, 04:59:46 AM »

Great episode.... but it has to be City on the Edge of Forever for me.. 😊
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« Reply #228 on: February 13, 2021, 05:38:11 AM »

Great episode.... but it has to be City on the Edge of Forever for me.. 😊
That?s a great one, too, I agree. 


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« Reply #229 on: February 13, 2021, 05:42:44 PM »

The Apple

10/13/67 (Original Airdate)

3/01/08 (Remastered Airdate)

An Enterprise landing party scouting mission goes awry on Gamma Trianguli VI, a planet controlled by a computer called Vaal, whose inhabitants worship and feed it through a large cave opening shaped like a snake?s head.

Vaal is affecting the Enterprise?s antimatter pods, which will cause it to lose gravity, crash upon the planet surface and kill the entire crew.  Kirk orders Scotty to fire the ship?s phasers at Vaal, destroying it.  This action also forces the natives to learn how to care for themselves, rather than to continue relying on a machine.

It?s not a good mission for ?red shirts?, as four of them are killed.  It?s no, ahem, walk in the park for Mr. Spock, either as he gets hit by plant darts and a lightning bolt!  Being Vulcan, he survives.  Not a standout episode for me, average. 












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« Reply #230 on: February 14, 2021, 11:50:16 AM »

The Doomsday Machine

10/20/67 (Original Airdate)

2/10/07 (Remastered Airdate)

It?s episodes like this that continue to make this show endure and relevant.  There?s some great exchanges that take place throughout this episode, this one between Commodore Matt Decker and Captain Kirk in the Auxiliary Control room of Decker?s ship, the U.S.S. Constellation:

Kirk:  "Matt, where's your crew?"

Decker:  "On the third planet."

Kirk:  "There is no third planet."

Decker:  "Don't you think I know that? There was, but not any more!"

Another between them with Decker having taken command of the Enterprise while Kirk is aboard Matt?s ship:

Decker:  ?We are going to turn and attack!?

Kirk:  ?Not with my ship, you don?t.?

And this, between Decker and Mr. Spock as the First Officer relieves the Commodore of command:

Spock:  "Commodore Decker, you're relieved of your command."

Decker:  "I don't recognize your authority to relieve me!"

Spock:  "You may file a formal protest with Starfleet Command, assuming we survive to reach a Starbase, but you are relieved. Commodore, I do not wish to place you under arrest."

Decker:  "You wouldn't dare." (Spock signals the guards forward) "You're bluffing."

Spock:  "Vulcans never bluff."

William Windom?s portrayal as Commodore Decker is both convincing and entertaining.  The tension is palpable as he takes command of the Enterprise in an attempt to destroy the ?Planet Killer? and avenge his crew?s death.












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« Reply #231 on: March 09, 2021, 09:30:24 PM »

Catspaw

10/27/67 (Original Airdate)

10/28/06 (Remastered Airdate)

While the Enterprise is in orbit above Pyris VII, three crew members are on a landing party mission when Jackson beams aboard, collapses from the Transporter Room platform and dies, then an eerie message comes from his mouth threatening death to all unless they leave.  This leaves Scotty and Sulu unaccounted for, so Kirk orders Spock and McCoy to accompany him to the planet surface to search for them and find out what happened to Jackson.

There are further, eerie attempts to dissuade the trio from pursuing their goal, but are unsuccessful.  Eventually, they enter a castle to find Korob and Sylvia, two aliens that have taken human form and have brainwashed Sulu and Scotty.  The same happens to McCoy but Korob decides to free Kirk and Spock after an argument with Sylvia.  Through their escape attempt, Kirk is able to destroy the aliens? power source, reducing them to their original forms which kills them because they can?t withstand the planet?s atmosphere.  McCoy, Scotty and Sulu are released from their trance-like state of mind and all five return to the Enterprise. 

A good episode.  It?s too bad the remastering couldn?t fix the hokey-looking oversized cat.   Had an effort been made, I think it could?ve been improved.  At least the strings holding up the tiny alien creature versions of Korob and Sylvia are no longer painfully visible.












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« Reply #233 on: March 15, 2021, 01:38:29 PM »

?Metamorphosis?

11/10/67 (Original Airdate)

11/03/07 (Remastered Airdate)

Commissioner Nancy Hedford is being escorted via the Galileo shuttlecraft to the Enterprise by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy when the encounter a ?cloud? that envelopes them and brings them to a nearby planet.  They are approached by a man that invites them back to his living space.  Ultimately, they discover he is Zephram Cochrane, inventor of the space warp drive, missing for 150 years.  It?s revealed that the same cloud that brought them to him is what he calls The Companion, an alien entity that has kept him alive.  Meanwhile, Hedford has become deathly ill and The Companion has taken over her body, providing Cochrane with company as they?ve decide to stay.












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« Reply #234 on: March 15, 2021, 02:58:38 PM »

?Journey To Babel?

11/17/67 (Original Airdate)

2/03/07 (Remastered Airdate)

In this episode, we are introduced to Spock?s parents.  His Vulcan father, Sarek, disapproved of his son?s decision to join Starfleet and his mother is human.  There are alien dignitaries aboard the Enterprise, being transported to an interplanetary conference.  A murder-mystery plot unfolds, all the while it?s learned Ambassador Sarek must undergo surgery, aided by his son as he is the only individual on board that has the same blood type. 

It?s fun seeing the camaraderie continue to develop between Kirk, Spock and McCoy here.  For once, McCoy gets the last word over his Captain and First Officer, both friends, as they are patients of his in Sickbay.












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« Reply #235 on: March 16, 2021, 03:07:38 PM »

?Friday?s Child?

12/01/67 (Original Airdate)

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On assignment from Starfleet, Kirk leads a landing party to the planet surface of Capella IV, intent on gaining mining rights for Topaline.  They discover Kras, a Klingon representative there for the same reason.  What they don?t know is that the Klingons sent a fake distress signal for the Enterprise to respond to, luring them away from Capella IV and stranding the landing party.   Ultimately, the mission is a success  and McCoy helps the Capellan leader?s wife give birth to a son, whom she names Leonard James Akaar, after McCoy and Kirk.

A season and a half through this series, I come away from this episode disappointed with the portrayal of the Klingon, Kras.  He wasn?t threatening or intimidating, as the ones that had come before him were. 












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« Reply #236 on: March 31, 2021, 10:06:35 AM »

Paramount+ has a number of Star Trek series and a few movies, so I've caught a couple select episodes of the original series recently, plus I watched the first episode of the animated series.

I watched season 1, episode 5 "The Enemy Within" because it was written by Richard Matheson. As I mentioned in my last post in this thread over a year ago, I've only seen a few episodes of the series. I enjoyed what I've seen of it so far. "The Enemy Within" was a fun episode, with Captain Kirk being split between his good and bad side. It seemed like Shatner enjoyed playing the bad side.

A few weeks ago I caught just a few moments of an episode that featured Khan. I never knew he'd been in the original series, so I looked up which episode that was (season 1, episode 22) and watched "Space Seed." I figure another viewing of Star Trek II will be coming up soon.

I also enjoyed the first episode of the animated series. Very cool that the original cast came back to voice their characters for it.
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« Reply #237 on: April 03, 2021, 08:33:04 AM »

I?m glad you?re enjoying what you?ve been seeing so far, Christopher.  The Enemy Within and Space Seed are among their best.    I recently rewatched The Wrath Of Khan again, still my favorite. 


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« Reply #238 on: April 22, 2021, 11:09:16 AM »

How do people feel about the remastered versions compared to the original? I've noticed that some of the space shots must be way different looking than they originally would have in the 1960s. I'm not sure if anything else has been remastered (or just flat out changed to make it look more modern).
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« Reply #239 on: April 26, 2021, 04:54:44 AM »

How do people feel about the remastered versions compared to the original? I've noticed that some of the space shots must be way different looking than they originally would have in the 1960s. I'm not sure if anything else has been remastered (or just flat out changed to make it look more modern).
Hi Christopher,  I love the improvements.  I don?t see the gripes by those who favor the originals.  I mean, I get it.  They?re classics.  So, if that?s what you favor then continue to do so without the irrelevant negativity spewed about the new versions that so many of us do enjoy.  There?s room for everybody. 🙂







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