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Star Trek S1E08 – Miri

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgWhat’s with the episodes with a high creep factor? Honestly, looking back at these episodes after several years of not watching them, I notice these things so much more. This is just yet another episode that has some awkward situations. As always, there are spoilers!

Season 1, Episode 8: Miri

Original Air Date: October 27, 1966

Stardate 2713.5

Planet: Parallel Earth

Featured Alien: Humans?

Main Cast: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Rand

Main Guest Characters: Miri (Kim Darby), Jahn (Michael J. Pollard), Farrell (Jim Goodwin), Redheaded Boy (Steven McEveety)

Things I Noticed

To start off, the age of this show is apparent. The planet’s size and mass were given in miles and tons. Yeah, right.

Also, you have to really suspend your disbelief with this episode. Another Earth? Yeah, right. What are the odds of that happening? So unlikely that it’s practically zero. Not only that, this wasn’t a parallel universe or an alternate timeline. This was in the same region of the galaxy that we live in. This is probably one of my biggest problems with this episode.

Why was Rand on the away team? I’m curious about what skills she has that are useful. It appears that her job on the ship is to attend the Captain and deliver reports for him to sign. She seems more like a secretary. But what’s she doing on the away team? That should be reserved for specialists.

I have to keep commenting on Shatner’s physical abilities. He runs funny.

When Spock uses his tricorder, all that happens is that it makes a sound. No image on the screen. It merely seems like a sound-making device. Even though he looks at it, it doesn’t seem to do much.

The trees and plants around the church look well-kept. They really shouldn’t. Also, plants should have taken over much of the roads and buildings if this world had been like this for 300 years. I doubt that children would be very interested in gardening if all they do is play in a Lord of the Flies-like fashion.

The interactions between Kirk and Miri were awkward. She’s an adolescent, but the way Kirk talks to her is creepy. This is a major red flag for me. I was cringing!

Miri hasn’t reached puberty yet, but her actress was 19 at the time. Jahn’s actor was 27. Not very convincing children. They seemed like teenagers at least, not 12 year old children.

Kirk said “you can help us best by clearing the computer banks.” Why? What purpose does it serve to clear a computer’s memory?

The bio computer is interesting. Just a box with buttons and red lights. How is data input? How do they read the data given out? Just how do these flashy blinky boxes work??

After 300 years, how do the kids’ clothes stay in such good shape? I doubt they have any good tailors.

Both Kirk and McCoy’s uniforms have opened on their left shoulders. Kirk has nothing underneath, while McCoy has a black shirt. Is this intentional?

The children have only a few months of food left. But how could they have had 300 years worth of food before? How much is that? And how could it be stored for 300 years? Wouldn’t it go bad?

Kirk tears his sleeves. Typical Kirk.

When the vaccine was found, there’s something that bothered me. How do blemishes fade that quickly? That’s not possible. Especially scab-like blemishes.

At the end, they leave the system at warp 1. Why go to warp 1? That’s only light speed. It would take them years to get anywhere.

My Impressions

This episode doesn’t get off to a good start. With the parallel Earth story, I just couldn’t get past the fact that there’s a planet in our part of the galaxy that’s identical to the Earth. That just doesn’t happen! But I guess after pushing that doubt aside, it was a decent episode. Nothing spectacular. There are just too many things that make it unlikely:

  • 300 year old children who haven’t advanced mentally. I have more faith in modern children on our Earth today.
  • Well-maintained trees and plants.
  • The kids aren’t wearing rags or completely naked.
  • Miri is a “child” yet looks like an older teenager. Jahn is also supposed to be a child, but looks even older than that. If they die at puberty, why has his voice changed?
  • A 300 year supply of food? Really? How?

Too many questions! I don’t think the writers were thinking about it very much.

As for the acting, it’s pretty typical. Kim Darby is decent as Miri. Michael J. Pollard irritated me as Jahn. Steven McEveety as the unnamed redheaded boy was even worse. But Kirk’s interaction with Miri was at times cringeworthy. I just felt embarrassed watching it.

Later on in the episode, Kirk, McCoy, and Rand were getting angry at each other quite a bit. Spock didn’t, since he wasn’t affected by the disease. I wasn’t impressed or unimpressed by their performances. Very neutral, to be honest.

Overall, I thought this was a decent episode. Not a strong one, but not terrible. Just too many awkward things going on.

Verdict

★★★ 1/2

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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

★★★

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Star Trek S1E06 – Mudd’s Women

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgI went into this episode thinking it was a different episode. You see, there are two episodes featuring Harcourt Fenton Mudd, a serious one, and a silly one. Well, what we get here is the serious one. And of course, spoilers!

Season 1, Episode 6: Mudd’s Women

Original Air Date: October 13, 1966

Stardate 1329.8

Planet: Rigel XII

Featured Alien: None

Main Cast: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Uhura

Main Guest Characters: Harcourt Fenton Mudd (Roger C. Carmel), Eve McHuron (Karen Steele), Ruth Bonaventure (Maggie Thrett), Magda Kovacs (Susan Denberg), Ben Childress (Gene Dynarski), Herm Gossett (John Kowal), Benton (Seamon Glass), Farrell (Jim Goodwin)

Things I Noticed

Talk about a lot of guest stars. This is the first time we get to see Harcourt Fenton Mudd, the con man. He went by the name Captain Leo Walsh.

There’s another uniform change. This time, Uhura was wearing yellow. But this was one of the earliest episodes made, and was considered for the second pilot episode.

As we move on, we see an asteroid belt. Now, I blame the digital remake of this scene. There were too many asteroids. Asteroid belts are not that dense. You’re unlikely to ever see an asteroid as you pass through a belt.

This is also the first time we hear about lithium crystals. As we all know, dilithium crystals are used in starships. But since this is an early episode, I don’t think they’d established dilithium crystals as the focal point for matter and antimatter streams. I have the technical manual. I know how it works.

Mudd has a rather hairy neck. It’s a bit odd.

In the transporter room, this is the first time we hear about McCoy’s distrust of transporters.

I’d like to know how Mudd knows Spock is only part Vulcan, or as he says, Vulcanian.

I’d also like to know why there was a sine wave on the monitor during the lie detector test.

The police record on Mudd is somewhat humourous. Of course, no metric. Looks like a typed card with a colour mugshot. I love being able to pause to see things like this.

The women’s lives were basically described as being women who did the cooking and mending clothes on farm worlds, merely doing traditional women’s roles. Very outdated, and I wouldn’t have thought they’d be like this in the 23rd century.

Mudd says the lithium miners are rich. I thought money was not a factor in Star Trek. At least in Starfleet, they don’t need it.

I find it humourous that Mudd thinks he could buy the Enterprise and become Kirk’s commander. You can’t buy a Starfleet ship and command its crew. That’s like some rich con man buying an American aircraft carrier and assuming command of its crew.

Mudd says lithium is worth hundreds of times more than diamonds and thousands more than gold. Didn’t know they were trade commodities in the 23rd century.

The mining camp’s doors look like giant styrofoam blocks, not rock. Incredibly low tech for the 23rd century, including pans and wood furniture. The outside of the quarters are futuristic-looking, but the inside is like a cave. Weird.

I have issues with the mining camp’s attitude and willingness to collude with Mudd, basically holding the Enterprise hostage. Wouldn’t that result in the arrest and charging of the miners? I mean, they’re Federation citizens betraying the Federation’s military.

They have circular playing cards. Maybe they exist today, but I haven’t seen them.

So, a placebo can actually make someone’s appearance and skin condition change within seconds? Wow.

My Impressions

Another classic, especially with Mudd. He’s made the two episodes he’s in fun. I enjoyed this episode, though it wasn’t incredibly strong. There were so many things in this episode that made me question whether it’s supposed to portray the 23rd century. Star Trek was quite progressive for the 1960s, but it’s so incredibly outdated, especially regarding the attitude towards women. It handles race as being something that’s completely accepted. There are no racial issues. However it still treats women as being the “weaker sex” and objects for men’s desire.

Regardless, I still enjoyed the episode. Of the main characters, Kirk was the focus. Spock was a secondary focus, but it was mostly Kirk, Mudd, the women, and the miners. People criticise Shatner’s acting all the time, but I thought he was good in this episode. For one thing, he completely resisted the women! Amazing!

Verdict

★★★★

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Star Trek S1E05 – The Enemy Within

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgThe early part of Star Trek has some really good episodes. This is another one of those episodes that people think of when they imagine classic Trek. And in this one, we get to experience William Shatner’s acting range. Warning: there are spoilers!

Season 1, Episode 5: The Enemy Within

Original Air Date: October 6, 1966

Stardate 1672.1

Planet: Alpha 177

Featured Alien: Alien dog

Main Cast: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Rand

Main Guest Characters: No one notable

Things I Noticed

Right at the beginning, we notice how cheap the production is. The alien dog looks like a dog in a costume. Honestly, you can easily tell it’s a dog.

In the transporter room, Scotty uses a sensor that looks like cheap plastic. More cheapness.

There was a continuity error, as well. When Kirk beamed up (both good and evil Kirk), his uniform insignia was missing. But soon after, it was back. How’d they not notice that?

And in sick bay, the plastic 20th century spray bottles are back!

On to the crew quarters, they have interesting decor. They’re so industrial-looking. Also, Rand’s mirror is so foggy or scuffed up so much, you can’t really see a reflection very well.

Also, every time I see Rand, I wonder how long it takes her to do her hair like that. It seems so elaborate.

And in Kirk’s quarters, I noticed that he has makeup. Why?

While Sulu and the others are trapped on the surface of the planet with freezing temperatures, they try to fix the transporter on the Enterprise. Why not just send a shuttlecraft? Of course, they hadn’t been designed for the show yet.

What really surprised me is how deserted Engineering is. Doesn’t anyone work there?

When good and evil Kirk fight each other, you can see that Shatner’s double is taller than him.

This is the first episode that McCoy uses the exact phrase, “He’s dead, Jim.”

In the scene on the bridge later in the episode, the scratches switched cheeks on evil Kirk. I guess they just mirrored the film.

Sulu and the others were left on the planet at nearly -120 degrees. How could they survive? They were wrapped in thin blankets.

My Impressions

I really enjoyed this episode. This is definitely classic Trek. It’s one of those episodes I looked forward to watching. As this centres on Kirk, we get to see a lot of his acting. As good Kirk, he’s quite normal. He doesn’t do any over the top acting at all. I was impressed. But as evil Kirk, he is overly dramatic. It’s so goofy-looking.

Kirk’s acting is definitely the highlight of this episode. Both good and bad. All the other characters are as I would expect them. Their personalities are set by this time, and it looks like they’ve settled into their roles.

Overall, I think this is one of the better episodes. Good stuff!

Verdict

★★★★1/2

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Star Trek S1E04 – The Naked Time

Star_Trek_TOS_logo.svgI feel like this is the episode that feels like regular Star Trek. The main characters are all there, they’re all acting as they should (under normal circumstances), and this is one of those episodes that some may consider to be an all time classic. And just remember, this post contains spoilers!

Season 1, Episode 4: The Naked Time

Original Air Date: September 29, 1966

Stardate 1704.2

Planet: Psi 2000

Featured Alien: None

Main Cast: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Uhura, Sulu, Rand, Chapel

Main Guest Characters: Lt. Kevin Thomas Riley, Lt. Joe Tormolen

Things I Noticed

At the beginning, we see Spock and Tormolen wearing environment suits. They are ridiculous. They could even stick their hands inside and scratch their noses. No protection at all. They look like cheap hazmat suits. And how could Tormolen be so absentminded to take off his glove and forget it?

Psi 2000 is collapsing. I’m just wondering how a planet collapses. It’s old, but what are the mechanics for it?

I like how the spectral analysis tapes look like the regular visible spectrum.

We get to see the food dispensers for the first time in this episode. Put a tape in and the food comes out. At least we didn’t see gelatin cubes.

This episode is Riley’s first appearance. We do get to see him again, I believe. Unless my memory is faulty. Pretty sure we do see him again.

In the last episode, sick bay was an awful shade of green. Now it’s quite dark during surgery. Isn’t that dangerous? You’d think it would be well-lit during surgery.

The planet’s collapse is still bugging me at this time. Just because the planet is collapsing doesn’t change the mass. So why would the orbit of the Enterprise degrade? It shouldn’t! The gravitational pull should be the same no matter how small it gets. This is simple physics.

I’m amazed they mentioned universal suffrage in this episode. This is the 23rd century, when that shouldn’t even be an issue. Why would anyone even mention that it’s great that they’re giving women a chance to do things like control the helm?

And back to sick bay. Did you notice there are 20th century spray bottles? Low tech!

I sound pretty nitpicky, don’t I? Well, up next is the shirtless Sulu scene! This is one of the best scenes in all of Star Trek!

Some more firsts in this episode. It’s the first time we see Spock’s Vulcan neck pinch. It’s also the first time we get to see engineering. It features prominently in this episode.

It’s amazing how much romantic interest there is in Spock in these early episodes. Now it’s Nurse Chapel, who is making her first appearance. She confesses she’s in love with Spock.

Love Spock in this one. McCoy and Scott are their usual selves. Kirk, well, he’s a bit over the top. But I think this is the first episode we actually get to see the characters acting as we expect them to. They’ve established the characters at this point.

Kirk says he will never lose you (meaning the Enterprise). The Enterprise is his love. But he has feelings for Rand. How interesting. This establishes his love affair with his ship.

McCoy ripped Kirk’s uniform. Was that necessary to give him a hypospray? But then, his uniform is often ripped. I think that’s a rule for Kirk. Must rip his shirt!

Interesting how they say they’re going faster than is possible for normal space. That would mean exceeding the speed of light. Warp is not normal space, so they can exceed light speed in that way. Superluminal speed in normal space would mean a time warp. Since the formula worked, they now have the ability to travel back in time, something they do in future episodes, but rarely.

This episode sets the stage for the TNG episode “The Naked Now.” The same thing happened, and everyone acts drunk. But I think The Original Series did it better.

My Impressions

Wow. This is one of my favourite episodes of Star Trek. And for it to be so early in the series, that’s saying something. But then, the first season had a lot of good episodes. I really enjoyed the acting in this episode. Spock showing his emotions as he loses control was one of the highlights. Kirk also lost control, but his acting is over the top. Leonard Nimoy was a better actor than William Shatner ever was, I think. McCoy and Scotty were their usual selves, as well. Nice to see. And then there’s Sulu. That shirtless fencing scene was great.

I’d say that this is a classic episode. It often appears on lists of the best Star Trek episodes, not only for this series, but all series. And I agree. It really was one of the best. There’s not much more I can about it.

Verdict

★★★★★

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