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.
Although, interestingly, our first sight of Chekov is him interacting with Sulu.
What may be surprising to some fans, watching the 1st season, is how few episodes Sulu was actually in. They had a regular rotating thing going on with those 2 positions on the bridge, just about every episode had somebody in there you never saw before or after. It was quite a change when it became Sulu and Chekov on a regular basis.
I just watched CATSPAW, the 1st episode filmed for the 2nd season, which was Chekov's 1st episode. Strangely, Sulu & Scotty were both part of an away team that got brainwashed. When Kirk, Spock & McCoy went down to the planet, Kirk left Scotty's assistant, DeSalle in charge of the ship. What a hard-case he was! Angrily yelling orders around, and kept calling Chekov "MISTER!" DeSalle had previously appeared in THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS !
It seems there were many elements in CATSPAW that were recycled from earlier episodes. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it gives the show a sense of familiarity, and allows the "new" elements of the story to stand out without having to do too much explanation. You've got someone beaming back up to the ship and collapsing, not to mention a dungeon scene, and McCoy coming back brainwashed (RETURN OF THE ARCHONS), and a castle (THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS).
I always got a big kick out of this one, and compared to GOTHOS, it's amazing how long it seems to take them to get to the castle in the story. Korab is kinda cool, and Sylvia is very slinky & seductive. It's sad that Theo Marcuse, who had such a career in the 60's, passed away shortly after making this episode. I've seen him in quite a few other things, but always connect him mostly with this. I've also seen Antoinette Bower in something else. Not the prettiest woman I've ever seen, but she definitely has something "exotic" going on.
It's interesting that you have 2 aliens together on a mission, and they're not on the same page at all when it comes to how they interpret their orders or goals. Korab obviously could have become friends with Kirk & crew, eventually, but Sylvia was really in it for the power, and the "sensations". I LOVED the look of the creatures at the end of the story. One of the MOST "alien" looking aliens to ever appear on the show.
A year after this, the 2nd season of SPIDER-MAN had an episode, "The Evil Sorcerer", where the key to defeating the guy was identical to here-- his "sceptre", which, when smashed, caused all the guy's power to evaporate.
It's very noticable if you watch these in production order, that this episode had a brand-new score written for it, one of the best, I feel, which wound up getting recycled endlessly over the next 2 years.
I’ve started watching one episode of Star Trek per night, picking up where I left off a while ago. I think I’m a couple of episodes ahead of you at this point, but that’s okay; I’ll probably fall behind soon enough. (Last night we watched “Metamorphosis”.) Whereas I think watching season one episodes in production order is vitally important (especially early on), I don’t feel that way about seasons two and three, and will be watching them in “DVD order,” same as you. Still playing catch-up, here are some thoughts about…
CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER
For years I heard that the primary difference between Ellison’s teleplay and the final version was the ending. In the broadcast version, Edith Keeler walks in front of a truck, McCoy sees and tries to save her, and Kirk stops him, sacrificing the woman he loves to save their future. But in Ellison’s original, it is the emotionless Mr. Spock who stops McCoy because Kirk is willing to sacrifice the future for the woman he loves. Quite a difference! But that’s the only one. The script begins with a landing party beaming down to a planet to execute a crew member by firing squad! Ellison was one of several writers who submitted first season scripts on the basis of nothing more than the series’ bible and having seen the second pilot. Ellison’s story, good as it was, was very “un-Star Trek,” and Roddenberry was, IMHO, perfectly justified in making any changes he saw fit for what was, after all, his show. Roddenberry did not do near the injustice to the original story Joan Collins would during interviews in later years, describing Edith Keeler as a character who “loved Hitler.”
I response to the question you asked, Bob, the Guardian popped up again in “Yesteryear,” the most popular episode of the animated series. The Federation has set up a research facility on the planet, and something happens to cause Spock to have died when he was a boy. Because he was at the center of the disturbance, the adult Spock must travel back in time in order to prevent his own death.
Roddenberry did not do near the injustice to the original story Joan Collins would during interviews in later years, describing Edith Keeler as a character who “loved Hitler.”
I hadn't heard Joan Collins quoted as saying that, but it sounds like her memory of the character was faulty, or confused with some other character. I do remember the line from the ST episode that her naive peace movement "was the right idea at the wrong time". This follows the conventional wisdom that nothing after Hitler was worth fighting against.
I loved it when Joan Collins turned up on THE NANNY. She played Max's father's 2nd wife. In effect, once Fran married Max, Joan became her step-mother-in-law. Max's father was played by Robert Vaughn!
Sidelight: While watching ST: First Contact, I also thought about the fact that we had met him before in Metamophosis. And I too wondered about the casting.
But I would have bet my bottom dollar that the script writers were going to pull a switch on us, that Cockrum was passed out drunk in his bunk when it came to liftoff time...and that it was the black woman who actually was the pilot, but that history had gotten it wrong...giving the credit for building the ship to Cockrum and later generations assumed that he had piloted it as well. Would have made for a better kick-ass ending to one-up everyone. (Guess having a successful black female pilot didn't fly in Hollywood, eh?)
What surprised me about Star Trek: First Contact not only were Geordi and Riker aboard Cochrane's ship but Riker started making decisions! "Well, this should be far enough!" Thanks, Will!
Still we got see a drunken Troi!
Who Mourns for Adonais?:
Written by Gilbert Ralston
Directed by Marc Daniels
Synopsis: Kirk and company meet Apollo.
1)The giant hand is one of the show's great goofy moments.
2)We see Chekov and Sulu working together - they seem to make a good comedy team.
3)"He is much like Pan, and Pan always bored me."
4)"I am Apollo." "And I am the Czar of All the Russias." And we get the beginnings of Chekov's exaggerated Russian chauvinism.
5)"To coin a phrase - fascinating."
6)"I would like to point out that we are quite capable of some wrath ourselves."
7)"You seem wise for a woman." As with Khan, yet another crew-woman who gets swept away by a charismatic superhuman.
8)"Besides, you stiff-necked thistle-head, you could've gotten yourself killed." I know guys get goofy over women (Boy, do I know!) but Scotty's a little too besotted in this.
9)"A god cannot survive as a memory."
10)"Spock's contaminating this boy, Jim."
11)"There's an extra organ in his chest that I can't even make a guess about." Root beer tap?
12)"You bloodthirsty Saracen!"
13)"Most mythology has its basis in fact." Really?
14)"Mankind has no need for gods, we find the one quite adequate." Guess there's no polytheists aboard the Enterprise.
15)"How old are you?" "Twenty-two, sir." "Then I'd better handle it."
16)"The way you ape human behavior is remarkable." I get that alot from women myself.
17)"Why, I could no more love you than I could love a new species of bacteria." That, too.
18)"Would it have hurt us, I wonder, just to have gathered a few laurel leaves?" Yes. Yes, it would.
Another fun episode. You know, I swear I remember seeing somewhere an implication that Palamas was revealed to have been made pregnant by Apollo, but there's nothing about it in the episode. Could there have been some kind of a novelization of this stpry that had that in it? You know, the way that the old Doctor Who novelizations often had all sorts of stuff that wasn't in the televised versions?
This episode deserves a really big hand.
You know, now that you mention it, I think the James Blish novelization of this episode did reveal that Carolyn Palamas was impregnated by Apollo. I'll check tonight and report back here tomorrow.