Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon – Failed Execution in Many Ways

Written by George F. Slavin, Stanley Adams, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor Sometimes a story sounds great on the surface; I can hear the pitch for this one now: “You’ve got this planet that’s overpopulated because they’ve eradicated disease and they concoct an elaborate ruse to steal Captain Kirk’s germs…” Okay,Continue reading “Star Trek: The Mark of Gideon – Failed Execution in Many Ways”

Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield – All Lives Do Matter

Written by Oliver Crawford, Lee Cronin, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor Star Trek got away with many cultural commentaries over its short run, due to the fact that couched in the science-fiction setting, many of the commentaries went right over the head of the censors. That’s not the case with LetContinue reading “Star Trek: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield – All Lives Do Matter”

Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy – Mental Illness in the 23rd Century

Written by Lee Erwin, Jerry Sohl, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Herb Wallerstein The problem with writing for the future is that the writers craft stories from the time they are in. Since the 1960’s, we’ve made great strides in understanding mental health and realizing that there are many aspects to it. OfContinue reading “Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy – Mental Illness in the 23rd Century”

Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius – My Fair Elasian

Written by John Meredyth Lucas, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Meredyth Lucas Running out of plot ideas in this third season, the writers here turn to Shakespeare and craft their own version of The Taming of the Shrew, involving a reluctant bride, a stuffy ambassador, and the Captain of the Enterprise. TheContinue reading “Star Trek: Elaan of Troyius – My Fair Elasian”

Star Trek: The Empath – The Oxymoron of Torturing People to Teach Love

Written by Joyce Muskat, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Erman When I’m writing these review, I usually watch the episode at least twice to feel like I have a comprehensive understanding of what’s going on in the story. With The Empath, I really didn’t want to watch it a second time. IContinue reading “Star Trek: The Empath – The Oxymoron of Torturing People to Teach Love”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Enemy

Written by David Kemper, Michael Piller, and Richard DanusDirected by David Carson Almost as a coda to this episode, Star Trek: Nemesis focuses on the strive for peace between the Romulans and the Federation, much the same way Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country focuses on the beginnings of peace between the Klingons and the Federation.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Enemy”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Booby Trap

Written by Ron Roman, Michael Piller, Richard Danus, and Michael WagnerDirected by Gabrielle Beaumont The Enterprise picks up distress code and immediately goes to source of code. The crew finds an ancient Promellian battle cruiser which initiated code over 1,000 years before. Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart), demonstrates an interest in archaeology – something that willContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Booby Trap”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Bonding

Written by Ronald D. MooreDirected by Winrich Kolbe Security Chief’s Log, Stardate 43198.7 This is Security Chief Worf. Today I was leading what should have been a routine survey mission of the Koinonians, a race believed to have waged war on itself to extinction. The tunnel we were surveying was scanned and deemed safe. MarlaContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Bonding”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Who Watches the Watchers

Written by Richard Manning and Hans BeimlerDirected by Robert Wiemer One item often mentioned in the Star Trek universe is the Prime Directive. This is a statement that superior cultures should not interfere with the development of inferior cultures. It seems to stem from the Vulcan race who first travel to Earth in the movieContinue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – Who Watches the Watchers”

Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Survivors

Written by Michael WagnerDirected by Les Landau Most Star Trek fans, when composing a list of their top ten episodes fail to include this little gem called The Survivors. You’ll hear about the huge starship battles between the Federation and The Borg, the Federation and the Romulans, the wonderful character development within the Klingon race.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Survivors”