Snow and Books! The Jay Dee Show 1

Get ready for a lot of videos. As I promised, I’m doing a weekly digest of my YouTube videos, so you can watch them all in one place! First up are the videos from my main channel, then those from my vlog channel. I strongly suggest you subscribe to them!

So, check out my main channel’s videos!

First up, you can see what happened three days before we left Japan. I went to Tokyo with my friend and looked at cherry blossoms.

Next up, a review of Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds.

And then I talk about some lesser-known authors I recommend in Authors Answer #13.

And return to some silliness with my daughter in her second library book haul.

September ended, so I talked about my September reading in this wrap-up video.

I then talked about what I plan to read in October.

I was tagged to do the Author Goals Tag, so I talk about five things I want to happen as an author. Definitely watch for #5.

And then my most popular video recently, it’s a video I took the day before we left Japan. I talked about how I was going to miss Japan, and that I felt like I didn’t want to leave. Kind of a bittersweet day.

And then, I did a review of Gunship, by John M. Davis.

And finally, I talked about what I think of first, the character or the plot in Authors Answer #14.

Next up are the most recent videos from my vlog channel. And there’s snow. It snowed!

In the first one, I went to work for a day of training. It was quite a bit of training, actually.

Next up, my knee has been acting up. It’s become stiff and sore.

Snow started falling in Canada! But not in Edmonton yet.

Then I had a great day at work, and I also talked about flying drones.

There was a news story I read about a restaurant in Osaka giving foreigners more wasabi than usual. This is my opinion about it.

We had a couple really cold mornings with frost. I had to get up early to go to work.

And finally, it snowed! It really snowed!

That’s a lot of videos. You don’t have to watch all of them, but I encourage you to watch whichever ones interest you. If you have any comments or questions, please leave them in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed the videos!

Star Trek S1E07 – What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgI always thought this was an odd episode. So few of the main characters are in this episode, and it focuses mainly on Nurse Chapel and Captain Kirk. Although Spock and Uhura are in it, no one else is. Did everyone just have a holiday that week? And it’s the episode with Lurch! So, as usual, there are spoilers!

Season 1, Episode 7: What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Original Air Date: October 20, 1966

Stardate 2712.4

Planet: Exo III

Featured Alien: Androids

Main Cast: Kirk, Chapel, Spock, Uhura

Main Guest Characters: Dr. Roger Korby (Michael Strong), Dr. Brown (Harry Basch), Ruk (Ted Cassidy), Andrea (Sherry Jackson)

Things I Noticed

At first, I was wondering what I can nitpick about this episode. It wasn’t easy at first, but things started appearing.

Chapel had a really weird smile when talking to Korby from the bridge of the Enterprise. It was awkward watching her.

You can really notice how short the women’s uniforms are in this episode. You could see the bottom of Uhura’s butt!

When Kirk and Chapel beam down to the planet, they’re not wearing anything warm, even though it’s an icy planet. However, the entrance may actually be a window.

Kirk helps Chapel down the cavern by holding her hand like she’s a scared little girl. You’d think as a Starfleet officer, she’d be a bit braver than that.

Dr. Brown is kind of creepy. He wasn’t programmed very well if he doesn’t speak or behave like a human.

More wooden furniture! I’m so surprised at how many episodes have wooden furniture. And it’s yet another episode of people working alone or in very small groups on a planet with little outside contact.

Andrea’s outfit is rather skimpy. But that’s pretty common in Star Trek. And maybe Korby wasn’t entirely honest about his relationship with Andrea.

Korby talks a bit funny. It’s not just his voice, but his accent doesn’t seem to match anything modern.

Kirk’s roll seemed unnecessary and rather awkward. But you know, Shatner isn’t really an action star.

Strange that the blank android looks like foam. The android creation process seems rather improbable. The speed at which the turntable turns would probably seriously incapacitate Kirk, but he seemed fine.

A first look at some Star Trek food. It looked like waxy pieces of gelatin. Not very appetising.

Shatner’s double walks so differently than Shatner. It was obvious it wasn’t him.

The stalactite Kirk used to attack Ruk looked like foam.

When Korby and Andrea were destroyed, was that an accident or did Korby commit suicide?

My Impressions

This episode was another awkward one. It was downright creepy. And I mean Michael Strong’s portrayal of Dr. Korby. Was he intentionally creepy, or is that how he usually acted?

This was never one of my favourite episodes. It doesn’t have the best acting or the best cast. No McCoy, no Scotty, no Sulu. That’s unusual. There just wasn’t the usual banter between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I miss that! Majel Barrett wasn’t doing her best acting when she smiled bashfully while talking to Korby. However, I’ve seen her do that as Lwaxana Troi in The Next Generation.

The whole premise behind Korby’s plan to replace humanity with androids seemed unlikely, too. He seemed to think that everyone would love to have android bodies so they would never get sick or old. But then, they’d never experience the joys of having children or eating delicious food. Machines wear out and break down eventually. What happens when they all stop working? Can’t have children to continue the species.

Like I said, this isn’t my favourite episode. It was okay, just not one I really looked forward to. The only thing I found memorable about it was Ruk realising there can be no peace, and that Korby was bringing conflict to Exo III again. It should be mentioned that Ted Cassidy (Ruk) is best known as the actor who portrayed Lurch in The Addams Family.

Verdict

★★★

Your Voice

What did you think of this episode? Do you agree it was one of the weaker episodes, or did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments section below.