What I've got is the new releases with the enhanced special effects - I'll comment on these as best I can, shame I haven't got the originals to compare and contrast, but such is life. I put up the "spoiler" just on the off chance that there's someone here that hasn't seen all these a million times - you never know, I suppose.

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Friday's Child:

Written by D.C. Fontana

Directed by Joseph Pevney


Synopsis: The one with JULIE NEWMAR!



1)I notice that the UFP seems less concerned about interfering with lesser cultures when there's mining rights to be negotiated.


2)"It would appear, Captain, that he finds you a disappointment."


3)"No! Only Mak-Koy!"


4)"Look, I'm a doctor, not an escalator! Spock, give me a hand."


5)"A vessel doesn't just disappear." Unless, of course, it's got a cloaking device.


6)"'Our' child?" "I'll explain later." "That should prove very interesting."


7)"There's an old, old saying on Earth, Mister Sulu: 'Fool me once, shame on you. Foll me twice, shame on me.'" "I know this saying, it was invented in Russia."  I like the way that Chekov grins when he says this.  It makes it clear that all this "Everything was invented in Russia" business is just a gag with him.


8)"The cavalry doesn't come over the hill in the nick of time anymore."


9)"'Oochy-woochy-koochy-koo', Captain?"


10)"The child was named 'Leonard James Akaar'?" "Has a kind of a ring to it, don't you think, James?" "I think it's a name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Spock?" "I think you're both going to be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month. Sir."   Be funny if the kid grew up to be a terrible dictator and the name was reviled throughout the civilized universe and Canada.


11)Tige Andrews was good as Kras, all plausible and weaselly.



This is the greatest episode of Star Trek ever because JULIE NEWMAR.

I know, Pete but that would have made the wording to complex. But she was mentioned in the episode Sarek.

Also that Spock would have a stepmother far younger than him!
PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod said:

Philip Portelli: "Sarek and Amanda reappeared in the animated series, the novels, the movies, the comic books and Next Generation and rightfully so."

Sarek appeared in Next Generation, but Amanda did not. Sarek had a different wife at that time.

It's off-topic, but Stooge Trek.

Nuyk, nuyk, nuyk....

PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod said:

It's off-topic, but Stooge Trek.

BY ANY OTHER NAME is an episode that some fans dismiss, but I'd put in the middle-level of quality.  It starts out with a race of alien invaders, who've taken human form, "conquering" Kirk and taking over The Enterprise.  Their intent is to take the ship back to their home galaxy of Andromeda, as the first step of an over-all invasion of conquest... even though the round-trip will take 600 years.  First they plow thru the barrier at the edge of the galaxy (see WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE), then they reduce most of the crew to their chemical components (see the BATMAN feature film-- heehee), then they settle in for the long haul, knowing they will all die and it will be their descendants who finish the voyage.

To prevent this from happening, Scotty jury-rigs something that will DESTROY the Enterprise when it enters the barrier.  But Kirk CANNOT go thru with it!  ("Never lose you-- NEVER!" from THE NAKED TIME comes to mind.)  Instead, on observing that the really alien aliens are having all-too human reactions from being in human form (see CATSPAW), they decide to use that to their advantage.  So McCoy gives one of them "vitamin" injections which cause him to be irritable.  Scotty gets another one STINKING DRUNK.  And Kirk makes a play for the leader's woman. (Well, gee, who didn't see THAT coming?)  Unlike the "woman" in CATSPAW, this one (played by Barbara Bouchet, who also played "Miss Moneypenny" in the 1967 atrocity, CASINO ROYALE), doesn't seem to mind.  "Would you apologize to me again?" she asks Kirk.  (I'm reminded of the much-later Neil Simon film THE CHEAP DETECTIVE, where Peter Falk's secretary, Stockard Channing, wants to be "thanked"-- heh.  "I've NEVER been thanked!!")  As a result, a story that started out deadly serious and utterly bleak, in its 2nd half, turns into a bordeline comedy.  You know what?  I've never minded.

This episode was my introduction to Warren Stevens, who I'm sure I've seen in a pile of things over the years.  The one that most stands out in my mind was the film MADIGAN, where he had a brief fling with Richard Widmark's wife, who then found she couldn't go thru with it.  That's gotta hurt.  Several episodes written by D.C. Fontana involved "continuity", either referring back to previous events (as when Spock used his telepathic powers in A TASTE OF ARMGEDDON to escape imprisonment), or expanding our view of Federation space.  It's no wonder her scripts wind up so much fun to watch, especially with their emphasis on the personalities of the main characters.

You know, that barrier at the edge of the galaxy has always bothered me.  What the hell IS that thing?  How does it exist where it does, and are we supposed to believe it somehow exists all the way around the edge of the galaxy (which should simply be open, empty space)?  And since the main feature of the barrier, originally, was to kill or imbue certain individuals with god-like power (it happened at least twice), why is that feature of it never even mentioned here?

And speaking of beings with god-like powers... RETURN TO TOMORROW is another one I've always considered "mid-level", but very enjoyable to watch.  The Enterprise encounters 3 beings who have survived purely as energy for half a million years, who may have seeded the galaxy in the distant past, and who wish to create android bodies to "live again" in.  Kirk has one of his most inspiring speeches in here, when he talks about how danger and risk is their business, it's why they're out there in the first place.

Sargon, his wife Thelasa, and their former (?) enemy, Henoch, all seem rather similar to the Organians, except for needing (?) "receptacles" to keep their live-energy alive in. Building android bodies to house their minds reminds me of both WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS MADE OF? and I MUDD, and makes me wonder why the whole concept of building androids seem to "out there" to Scotty, when he's seen very lifelike androids before. It's interesting that Sargon suggest Earth's legend of Adam & Eve may have been two of his people, and later in the episode, Sargon, Thelasa & Henoch wind up acting out the parts of Adam, Eve, and SATAN!!!  This show does seem to have a fixation on "The Garden of Eden" story, don't they? 

While in an earlier episode, Kirk once playfully taunted Spock by asking, "Do you know anyone on this ship who resembles Satan?", Henoch, in Spock's body, certainly acts like him.  From the start, he's laughing, arrogant, then secretly plans to kill Sargon AND Kirk, then taunts Thelasa so she comes to hate the idea of existing in an android body (just as in the Bible story, Satan urged Eve to eat the apple and thus defy the will of God).  But this time, "Eve" comes to her senses, "Adam" is overjoyed, and the two quickly plot the downfall of their enemy, who at that moment is already in the process of taking over the ship.  (Patrick Macnee played a similar character in a 2-part BATTLESTAR GALACTICA story, "War of the Gods".)

Nurse Chapel gets some terrific scenes in this one.  First, she's the recipient of compliments from Henoch (in Spock's body); then she's hypnotized by Henoch into helping him kill Sargon without being able to remember it; then we learn that to save Spock, his mind was transferred into HER, so that, for awhile, they "shared consciousness".  From the looks on their faces, it's clear she found this a wonderful (perhaps even romantic) experience, while Spock, in typical Vulcan fashion, merely shrugs. But he doesn't seem to object.  Watching this again tonight, I can't help but feel that, by rights, had the show been allowed to continue on its natural development, that Spock & Christine would eventually have become lovers.

George Duning was credited this time, which was no surprise, as it seemed to me the bulk of this episode's score was recycled from METAMORPHOSIS.

By the way, while it seems Kirk was wearing that green v-neck shirt for the first half of this season (production order-wise), it seems to me that when John Meredyth Lucas took over as producer, he put Kirk back in his traditional yellow shirt. I never noticed this before!

Oh, and I can't discuss this episode without mentioning Diana Muldaur, that epitome of "upper class" beauty, who not only gets to play 2 different roles in 1 episode, but comes across as both attractive, and likeable here.  Something she wasn't when she became a regular on the 2nd season of ST:TNG.  A few years after this, she was an on-again-off-again regular on Glen Larson's McCLOUD, playing Deputy Marshall Sam McCloud's recurring love interest, Chris Caughlin. I'm reminded of how, in one episode, she was the one on whose urging Teri Garr (see ASSIGNMENT EARTH) wound up being put in charge of the Precinct, when Chief Clifford got the flu, and Joe Broadhurst was kidnapped (right out of police HQ!!). 

It seems a shame Muldaur's character of Ann Mulhall didn't become a recurring character on this show.  Maybe if Roddenberry had returned as producer... during his half-year run, the show was always a lot more complex, and more of an "ensemble" cast, rather than being simplified down to the 3 main characters, and everyone else just being support.

One mystery about both these episodes... what's up with the titles?  Making a reference to a line from Shakespeare ("by any other name") doesn't seem to make much sense here, any more than the name "You Only Live Twice" did in the film version of that story.  "Return To Tomorrow" makes more sense, but one has to think about it within the context of the story.

The Deadly Years:

Written by David P. Harmon

Directed by Joseph Pevney


Synopsis:  Kirk and company get old real fast.



1)Lucky for Chekov he's easily spooked.


2)And we meet yet another "old friend" of Kirk's who's a young hottie.


3)The old age make-up is a mixed bag - Spock's is fairly convincing, some of the others' not so much.


4)"Come along, Ensign, it won't hurt. Much."


5)"If I live long enough, I'm going to run out of samples."  Chekov's funny when he's whiny.


6)Kirk in this reminds me of an old guy not wanting to have to give up his driver's license.


7)"I'm not a magician, Spock,  just an old country doctor." "As I always suspected."


8)"The man's a chair-bound paper-pusher."  I wouldn't have thought a regulation-happy guy like Stocker would have been so quick to charge across the Neutral Zone.


9)"Adrenal activity!"


10)Lucky for our heroes thatthe Romulans don't seem to be using their wave motion guns any more, or the Enterprise wouldn't have lasted so long.


11)"The Romulans are notorious for not listening to explanations, sir."


12)"Sir, the Romulans don't take captives."


13)Kirk pulls the corbomite gag again. That's only going to work just so many times before word gets around.


14)Lucky for our heroes the wonder serum restores their hair color and smooths out their skin as well.



An OK episode - generally the actors do a good job of portraying people who are rapidly aging.



Written by Art Wallace

Directed by Ralph Senensky


Synopsis:  In which Kirk encounters a creature he failed to kill many years previously.



1)"Pure tritanium."  "Fantastic. Twenty times as hard as diamond." Also, onion-flavored, for some reason.


2)We meet Ensign Garrovick, the son of Kirk's old commander, and who hesitates in exactly the same way Kirk did years before.


3)"You were a little hard on the boy, Jim."


4)"I need your advice."  "Then I need a drink."  Between McCoy and Scotty, they's a whole bunch o' drinkin' going on on this ship.


5)"He was my commanding officer from the day I left the Academy."


6)Shatner does some good acting in this. He takes alot of jib - and rightly so, in my opinion - for his tendency to overact, but when he puts his mind to it, he can act pretty well. He gives a really good show as a man haunted by his previous mistake, here.


7)Barrett gets some good scenes in this, too - particularly when she interacts with Garrovick.


8)"Don't misunderstand my next question - Mister Spock, why aren't you dead?" "It's that green blood of his." "My hemoglobin is based on copper, not iron."


9)"Mister Scott, there was no deity involved. It was my cross-circuiting to B that recovered them."



Not an episode I've re-watched much, but actually quite a good little story.

Wolf in the Fold:

Written by Robert Bloch

Directed by Joseph Pevney


Synopsis:  Our heroes meet Jack the Ripper.



1)"Captain, I think I'm going to like Argelius."  Famous last words.


2)"Now, that's what I call a real Captain, always thinkin' of his men." Of how to get them drunk and/or lucky.


3)"...An old Aberdeen pub-crawler..."  One of the first times I ever saw Craig Ferguson, he did an hysterical bit mocking the "non-genuineness" of Doohan's Scottish accent.


4)Mister Hengist of Rigel IV (Wow, that Rigel system sure is crowded!) is played by the unmistakable John Fiedler, who was in almost everything back then.


5)"Argelius hires its administrative officials from other planets."  I wonder what they did before they discovered life on other planets.


6)"I was up ahead, trying to lead the way." I don't think Scotty quite understands the whole "walking a girl home in the fog"' business.


7)Nice of the Argelians to give Landru a job.


8)Hengist is a little too against everything.


9)It would have made for an interesting twist if Scotty was the murderer.


10)Maybe it wasn't such a brilliant idea to bring Scotty on shore leave if he was suffering from a concussion.  Also, I don't buy the whole "a woman causing an explosion causes Scotty to resent all women" business. "The particular woman who caused the explosion", sure, but not all women.


11)"It has a name - Beratis, Kesla, Redjac." That's three of his names. But well.


12)"On the Enterprise, we can make a recording of Mister Scott's conscious and subconscious minds."  So, Starfleet has a mind probe?  I'm surprised they didn't use that at Kirk's trial in "Court Martial". For that matter, why didn't they use this apparently infallible space polygraph at Kirk's trial?  Or did the both the psycho-tricorder and space polygraphs  get invented and perfected and installed on the ship between that episode and this?


13)"Other Earth synonym: Jack the Ripper."


14)"In the strict scientific sense, Doctor, we all feed on death - even vegetarians."


15)"Fairy tales, ghosts, and goblins!"


16)"..And I suspect preys on women because women are more easily and more deeply terrified, generating more sheer horror than the male of the species."   Hot damn, but this show comes across as wicked sexist by today's standards!


17)"You come from Rigel IV." "Well, many people do, it's not a crime."  Centuries of experience at murder, and it doesn't occur to him not to use a knife whose origins point directly at him?


18)Why does McCoy bother having Scotty help him put Hengist's "body" into a chair? To make it easier for him to "spring back to life" later in the episode?


19)"This is the first time I've heard a malfunction threaten us."  In some ways, Redjac seems almost a prototype for Freddy Krueger - the undying killer who seeks to terrify his victims before killing them.


20)"Whoever he is, he sure talks gloomy."  Haven't they learned better than to get Sulu wasted by now? Of course, with the whole crew except Kirk and Spock on McCoy's happy juice, they'll be lucky if they don't crash the ship into the planet.



A fun episode with a fun premise - a nice return to form for Bloch after the disaster that was "Catspaw".

PATTERNS OF FORCE was described by someone at the IMDB as "the serious version of A PIECE OF THE ACTION".  That's about right.  Unlike the alleged "parallel evolution" of THE OMEGA GLORY and BREAD AND CIRCUSES, the gangster planet and Nazi planet were both the direct results of Earth missions contaminating the indiginous cultures.  Of course, this meant in both cases, Kirk was free to "interfere", since he was trying to put right was was put wrong from previous interference.

This was one intense, nasty episode... and yet, unlike B&C, it's eminently watchable, even entertaining.  I wonder, maybe Nazi stories are easier to deal with than Roman Empire stories, because in WW2, there were, in the long run, much greater powers poised to take down an obviously insane, hate-filled, self-destructive country... while, with Rome, there was nothing to stop them (apart from a mesage of peace and brotherhood, which itself became perverted when a Roman emperor decided to CO-OPT it as his new STATE RELIGION).

THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER has always bothered me.  There's some very real issues at stake, with machine replacing mankind, of putting people out of jobs unnecessarily, which are all brushed aside when, abruptly, we find out the damned machine is malfunctioning.  And why is it doing it? Because its creator, without telling anyone, tried to create a genuine THINKING computer... a machine that could duplicate the human brain... and did so by trying to create a duplicate of a human brain... HIS OWN.  And, unfortunately, the damned thing's creator is NOT in his right mind.  And so-- NEITHER is the DAMNED machine!!!

Warning signs should have been setting off red lights in everyone's heads.  WHY is a computer "drawing more power" as it continuesd to function?  WHY-- or HOW-- does a computer have its own protective force-field, which apparently, nobody on the ship was even aware of, until it decided to turn it on?  Didn't ANYONE in Starfleet Command have a real look at the blueprints of this thing? Next thing you know, it goes out of its way to destroy a robot freighter, and then, it FRIES a crewman who happened to be standing in the path of a power beam.  As someone who has worked in factory shops, both in school and in business over the years, I echo the implied question in the story.  WHO designs any machine WITHOUT an OFF switch? This is how you get Landru, or the Doomsday Machine, or Nomad, or Vaal, or, soon to come, the Oracle.

Many people refer to BLACULA (a great movie with a stupid name) when discussing William Marshall. But by the time this episode made its debut near the end of the '66-'67 season, I had already seen Marshall as the villain the classic 2-part TARZAN story, THE BLUE STONE OF HEAVEN.  He's up there with Jock Mahoney among the greatest villains ever seen on Ron Ely's jungle TV series.

I know it's common for actors to play more than one role when guest-starring on TV series over a period of time (just as it's also common to have more than one actor play the same recurring roles).  Even so, it must have been a bit jarring to anyone who'd seen THE DEVIL IN THE DARK to see actor Barry Russo come back in a different role, as Commodore Bob Wesley. The guy seems far too eager to push Kirk out of a job, and even to belittle him when the M-5 computer does its job well.  So WHY does he turn around and think that KIRK is the one attacking his ship? I swear, Starfleet sure seems to have a lot of incompetent or wrong-headed people in its top positions.

THE OMEGA GLORY-- ah, that wondrous train-wreck of a story.  It starts out with a scary-as-hell biological plague to be diagnosed and cured, but with each scene, veers farther and farther from that, into something totally different.  The whole episode makes far more sense than it appears, if one realizes what went on behind-the-scenes.  TOG was one of the earliest ST scripts written, introduces a plethora of concepts that wound up getting used in many other episodes before it was finally filmed itself (after being apparently SHELVED early-on!!).  It was also written before Gene Roddenberry had even determined how far in the future STAR TREK was supposed to take place.  You see... unlike BREAD AND CIRCUSES (which I strongly suspect may ALSO have been written before the show even went into production), OMEGA was not meant to be a case of "parallel development".  It was SUPPOSED to be about a "lost colony"-- FROM EARTH-- who got written off 1000 years before the story took place!  That way, the Yangs, the Cohms, the American Flag, the Bible, and the U.S. Constitution's presence at the end of the story would all make perfect sense!

Instead, the story was shelved... then, some of its concepts (a planet IDENTICAL to Earth, a biological plague, and the resulting effect of people living for centuries) were turned into a new script, MIRI.  The Prime Directive, also a HUGE part of B&C, turned up around RETURN OF THE ARCHONS.  The general idea of "parallel Earths", while mostly abandoned for the 1st season, was revived midway thru the 2nd season, with "Roman world", "gangster world", "Nazi world", and, finally, "post-WW3 world", dug out when they were probably running desperately low on scripts.

I'll say one thing-- Morgan Woodward's Captain Ron Tracey is one of ST's most memorable-- and INSANE-- villains!  I love the description someone at the IMDB had for him-- saying he looks like Kirk's older, tougher, EVIL brother. He seems reasonable when we first meet him, but with each consecutive scene, he goes more and more over the edge.  His best line may be when he returns after the battle with the savages.  "We killed THOUSANDS-- and they STILL came!!!"  Kirk gets into no less than 3 brutal fights with the guy in this single story, and that's on top of his equally brutal battle with "Cloud William" (Roy Jenson), leader of the savages.

I can't help but wonder... it looks like at the very end, Kirk, Spock & McCoy are all ready to beam up to the Enterprise.  But what about Sulu?  He had Tracey in custody.  I have to assume SOMEBODY remembered that Sulu and his landing party could NOT beam back up to the Enterprise until enough time had passed for them to be immunized against the plague.  Otherwise, the entire crew of the Enterprise would be DEAD within an hour or so!

Roy Jenson turned up on an episode of THE FUGITIVE as an insane strangler who never spoke a word.  Typecasting maybe?  The funny thing is, BOTH Morgan Woodward AND Roy Jenson turned up, together, as a pair of hired thugs in a TARZAN episode, "King of the Dwasari", which was made the same season as this.  That kinda thing cracks me up.

As a kid, I had no clue that ASSIGNMENT: EARTH was designed as a "backdoor pilot" for a spin-off show. But there had to be some reason Robert Lansing was the ONLY guest-star in 3 seasons to be listed in the opening credits!  To this day, I have still never seen the TV series TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH, so this was my intro to Lansing... although, I did get to see him, much later, as a regular on the first 2 seasons of KUNG FU: THE LEGEND CONTINUES.  He brings a real serous intensity to the role of "Gary Seven", a 20th Century man raised on another planet, who finds our modern-day Earth so primitive, he wonders "how can anyone live like this?"

This was also my first exposure to Teri Garr.  As the computer described her character "Roberta Lincoln", "despite seeming chaotic behavior, she has a high I.Q.". Several years later, she cracked me up when she became a recurring character on McCLOUD.  It only occurs to me now, it seems a shame nobody ever thought to have her guest-star on an episode of KUNG FU: TLC.  A Lansing-Garr reunion could have been fun.

It's strange that, if you watch in production order, the 2nd season both begins and ends with stories involving a black cat who turns into a woman... or is that the other way round?

Considering the extreme difficulty and great danger involved in the Enterprise going back in time-- then returning to its own time, in TOMORROW IS YESTERDAY, this stylistic "sequel" of sorts barely touches on it, and seems to treat Enterprise time-travel as somehow "normal" by this point.

And here's something I never connected before... Art Wallace, who wrote this one, was one of the regular writers on DARK SHADOWS, and is credited at the IMDB with over 1000 episodes of that show!  (I doubt that's accurate, but who knows?)

Which brings me to Season 3...

SPECTRE OF THE GUN-- would this have made a good season opener?  Maybe.  It starts out like THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER-- the ship is confronted by a "marker bouy" that warns them away.  Kirk has orders to establish friendly relations with the Melkotian at any cost-- like in A TASTE OF ARMAGEDDON.  The Melkotians turn out to be VERY powerful telepaths, capable of creating illusions in other's minds so real, so convincing, it's almost impossible to tell what's real and what isn't... like in THE CAGE.  And despite the seemingly "obvious" unrealty of their situation, the longer it goes on, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty & Chekov all seem to believe that they're somehow back in Tonbstone, Arizona in 1881. Only this ISN'T a time-travel story!

Strangely enough, this was my intro to the whole "Wyatt Earp" / "Gunfight at the OK Corral" situation.  I've seen multiple versions of the story in feature films and TV shows (including the very entertaining one played for comedy on DOCTOR WHO).  But there's probably never been a more psychopathic bunch of Earps (and Doc Holiday) than seen here. This could almost be seen as "revisionist history", in that the Earps are really portrayed as THE BAD GUYS, so rotten, so EVIL, so BLOOD-THIRSTY and murderous, that everyone in the town (or so we're told) are hoping the Clanton Gang will get rid of them!

The most interesting scene in the story is when the smoke grenade fails to put Scotty to sleep.  Spock has to explain, the rest of them do not get what just happened.  And what amazes me is, when Spock does explain... he's SMILING!  it's subtle, but it's there.  Spock has very cleverly figured out something that seems inexplicable... and he's marveling in it, as a wonder of the universe, genuinely enjoying the moment of mental discovery.  The rest of the landing party aren't smiling.  They know they could DIE unless they can find a way to be as sure as Spock is.  At which point, Kirk suggests the Vulcan Mind Meld.  Oh well, but this point, who didn't see that coming?

Despite not killing, Kirk did seem to take real pleasure in beating the crap out of Wyatt Earp, before tossing his gun away.  When, an instant later, we see them on the bridge, McCoy looking over a still-alive Chekov, one has to wonder... did they ever even beam down to the planet AT ALL?  Or did the entire illusion begin while they were still on the bridge of the Enterprise, and they didn't know it?

I also have to wonder... given the worries about the telepaths on Talos IV (THE MENAGERIE), doesn't it seem strange for the Federation to be deliberately trying to establish relations with another set of telepaths, who seem equally as powerful?

The Baron said:


"And I suspect preys on women because women are more easily and more deeply terrified, generating more sheer horror than the male of the species."   Hot damn, but this show comes across as wicked sexist by today's standards!


Or refreshingly candid, in these politically correct, mustn't-say-anything-that-might-upset-anyone days we live in, now.

The Trouble With Tribbles:

Written by David Gerrold

Directed by Joseph Pevney


Synopsis:  A space station is plagued by Klingons and prolific fuzzballs.



1)"I was making a little joke, sir." "Extremely little, Ensign."


2)"Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, one side or the other must prove it can develop the planet the most efficiently." How does that work, I wonder?  Is there an independent judging committee, or something?


3)I always liked the design of Space Station K-7.


4)Ah, always glad to see the great and pwerful William Schallert, here as NIlz Baris. Always loved that man's voice.


5)Also, good to see that General Kirk's descendants still hold positions of authority in the future, this time running a space station. It would be too much, I imagine, to suppose that General Kirk was somehow related to ,,, nahhh.


6)"The storage compartments containing the quadrotriticale." "Thewhatthewhat?"  Weird line reading there from Shatner.


7)"I have never questioned the orders or the intelligence of any representative of the Federation. Until now."  I'm pretty sure we've seen him do that a couple of times, actually.


8)"Does everybody know about this wheat but me?"  Apparently.


9)Stanley Adams is fun as Cyrano Jones.  I have to say, though, that a tribble is a lousy sales item - it gluts its own market. You sell one to one person, and pretty soon they have dozens to give away to their pals.  I can't see how you'd ever sell more than a very few in any given market.


10)"Hey, it's eating my grain." Well, then. don't leave it lying around.


11)"Ah, my dear Captain Kirk." "My dear Captain Koloth." There's William Campbell again as Koloth.Nothing against Campbell, who does a fine job here, but he's such a distinctive-looking guy that you find yourself wondering why Kirk doesn't ask what Trelane is doing running a Klingon ship.


12)"We Klingons are not as luxury-minded as you Earthers."


13)"Another technical journal, Scooty." "No, thanks, I already ate."


14)"Kirk, this station is swarming with Klingons." "I was not aware, Mister Baris, that twelve Klingons constitutes a swarm."


15)"Almost 50% of the creature's metabolism is geared for reproduction. Do you know what you get if you feed a tribble too much?"  "A fat tribble." "No, you get a whole bunch of hungry little tribbles."


16)Michael Pataki really goes to town as Korax. "There is one Earthman who doesn't remind us of a Regulan bloodworm. A Regulan bloodworm is soft and spineless. But Kirk isn't soft. Kirk  may be a swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood. But he's not soft." 


17)The best exchange in all of Star Trek: "Laddy, don't you think you should rephrase that?"  ""You're right, I should. I didn't mean to say that the Enterprise should be hauling garbage. I meant to say that it should be hauled away as garbage."


18)The bar brawl is one of my favorite bits - I especially liked how utterly ineffectual Chekov was.


19)"Freeman - who started the fight?"  We'll be coming back to Freeman.


20)I like Kirk quizzing Scotty and his look when he hears why Scotty started the fight. "Well, sir, this was a matter of pride."


21)"Don't tell me you've got a feeling?" "Don't be insulting, Doctor. They remind me of the lilies of the field. They toil not, neither do they spin."


22)"They do indeed have one redeeming characteristic." "What's that?" "They do not talk too much."


23)"Well, the nearest thing that I can figure out is that they're born pregnant. Which seems to be quite a time-saver."


24)"It seems they're bisexual, reproducing at will. And brother, have they got a lotta will."


25)"He simply could not believe his ears."


26)"My chicken sandwich and coffee."


27)I love the look on Shatner's face when the tribbles fall on him.


28)"One million, seven hundred seventy-one thousand, five hundred sixty-one."


29)"You've been most uncourteous, Captain Kirk."


30)"Obviously, tribbles are very perceptive creatures, Captain." "Obviously."


31)"Jim, this man is a Klingon."


32)I do find it amusing that the Klingons' deadliest enemies are little fuzzballs.


33)"Pick up every tribble on the space station."


34)"You'll do it."  "He'll do it." "I'll do it!"


35)"Before they went into warp, I transported the whole kit and caboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all." Yes, ha-ha-ha, all very funny, good thing the Klingons didn't treat this as an attack and declare war, I guess practical jokes don't violate the Organian Peace Treaty.  Also, just a second before, Kirk asked Scotty if he'd simply beamed the tribbles out into space and an outraged Scotty protests that that would've been inhuman. But beaming them aboard the Klingon ship, where the Klingons will simply slaughter them all, or, more likely, beam them all out into space themselves, that isn't "inhuman"?



A fun episode - proof that they could do comedy and still maintain the integrity of the show.


And some bonus episodes:


More Tribbles, More Troubles:

Written by David Gerrold

Directed by Hal Sutherland


Synopsis:  A tribble predator and a new Klingon weapon make trouble for our heroes.



1)This is from 1973, an episode of the animated series.


2)"Quintrotriticale" - it got promoted!


3)Koloth is voiced here by James Doohan, sounding not at all like William Campbell.


4)"This is a tribble predator - it's called a 'glommer'."  Gerrold does a commentary track in which he explains that this story was originally intended for Season Three of the original series, but that Fred Freiberger didn't like the idea of another comedy episode. In Gerrold's original idea, the tribble predator was going to start chowing down on random crewmen!


5)Gerrold also explains that Arex - the three-armed fellow - was introduced because the animated show didn't have the budget to include Chekov.



It's OK, but by Gerrold's own admission, it's a little too "Saturday morning cartoon", for me particularly the scene with the glommer doing comedy "running away" and the whole "Scooby-Doo wrap-up" feeling of the joke at the end.



Trials and Tribble-ations:

Teleplay by Ronald D. Moore & René Echevarria/Story by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler & Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Directed by Jonathan West


Synopsis:  The Niners must prevent Arne Darvin from changing history.



1)This is an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, from 1996, done as part of the show's thirtieth anniversary celebration.


2)"Dulmer" and "Lucsly" are anagrams of "Mulder" and "Scully".


3)Ah, the Plot Device Orb of Time...


4)"You know what Cardassians drink in the morning? Fish juice, Hot fish juice."


5)"Even if they are foul-smelling barbarians."  Charlie Brill makes old Arne Darvin a much more interesting character than he had a chance to do back in the 60's.


6)"I rather like the way you smell."


7)"That's..." "...the Enterprise."


8)"Seventeen separate temporal violations - the biggest file on record."


9)"I'm a doctor, not an historian."


10)It was interesting seeing the Niners in the old uniforms - especially Dax! "And women wore less." "I think I'm going to like history."


11)I have to say, they re-created the old sets well - and did a god job splicing the new characters into the old scenes.


12)"They really packed 'en in on these old ships." I think they made the ship a little too crowded.


13)"They were once considered mortal enemies of the Klingon Empire."


14)"Hundreds of warriors were sent to track them down throughout the galaxy. An armada obliterated the tribble homeworld. By the end of the Twenty-third Century, they had been eradicated."


15)"Tell me, do they still sing songs of the Great Tribble Hunt?"


16)I like the gag where Sisko slaps his chest emblem.


17)"The IKS Gr'oth." "That's Koloth's old ship!" "Curzon's old friend?"


18):Come on, Chief, surely you took Elementary Temporal Mechanics at the Academy?"  Would Chief O'Brien have been to the Academy?  That's something I don't recall them addressing on these shows - how do the rank and file types join Starfleet? Not everyone aboard can be an officer, how does Spaceman Second Class J'onzz get aboard the Enterprise?


19)"But I can't wait to get back to Deep Space Nine and see your face when you find out that I never existed!"


20)Amusing that Dax has the hots for Spock and not Kirk.


21)"We do not discuss it with outsiders."  This is the closest they come to discussing why Klingons looked different in the old days, and they basically weasel around it.  I gather Enterprise addressed the issue more directly, but since finding out would most likely involve actually watching Enterprise, I guess I'll never know. I suppose it's just lucky that none of the Klingons in the bar had time to get a good look at Worf.


22)The guy who nabs O'Brien looks as though he was born to play a guard.


23)OK, in this episode, O'Brien and Bashir take the places in the line-up formerly occupied by Freeman (remember him?) and one other guy. So, my question is, what happened to Freeman and his pal?  Did they miss getting nabbed?  I like to imagine that they didn't get nabbed, and that the timeline is now altered. Without the black mark of being involved in a brawl on his record, Freeman gets a promotion that he didn't get in the original timeline, and he has a whole different career than he originallly had, and all of history is different now.


24)In the scene where O'Brien and Bashir view a hallway full of tribbles, the crewman down on one knee bothering a tribble is David Gerrold.


25)"Our statues can be so generic sometimes, don't you think?"


26)I like that Dax estimates the same number of tribbles as Spock.


27)"Leonard McCoy. I knew him when he was a student at Old Miss."  Oh,Dax just knew everybody.


28)It's also amusing to see that the tribbles that fell on Kirk were being dropped by Dax and SIsko.


29)Sure hope no one on the Enterprise detected the exploding tribble and wondered what that was.


30)The scene where Sisko gets Kirk's autograph - which strikes me as a bit out of character for our Ben - was not from "The Trouble With Tribbles", but from "Mirror, Mirror". It's the scene where Kirk meets his universe's Marlena Moreau. What's funny is Uhura's expression. In the "Mirror, Mirror" version of the scene, she's got this look of "Oh, wow it's her!" on her face.  In the "Trials and Tribble-ations" version of the scene, it now looks as though she's checking out SIsko, and is impressed by what she sees!


31)And we end with Quark surrounded by Tribbles, echoing the bartender from the original episode.



A vey fun episode, and technically very impressive.








Commander Benson said:

The Baron said:


"And I suspect preys on women because women are more easily and more deeply terrified, generating more sheer horror than the male of the species."   Hot damn, but this show comes across as wicked sexist by today's standards!


Or refreshingly candid, in these politically correct, mustn't-say-anything-that-might-upset-anyone days we live in, now.


All I will say to that is that anyone who geuinely believes that women are  "more easily and more deeply terrified, generating more sheer horror than the male of the species" hasn't known the same women - or for that matter, men - that I have. 


And I note for the record that I'm aware that the Commander was not necessarily saying that that was what he believes.

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