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”

Agent Carter: Now Is Not the End – Life Goes On

Written by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee, and Jack KirbyDirected by Louis D’Esposito My adventures in watching the Marvel Universe in chronological order now lead me to the series Agent Carter. I’ve watched this before and enjoyed it quite a bit, so watching it again is something I’d enjoy. New York City 1946. PeggyContinue reading “Agent Carter: Now Is Not the End – Life Goes On”

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”

DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947

In an animated world where mice, ducks, and even another dog all act like human beings, Pluto is an enigma: a dog who acts like a dog. Long recognized as Mickey’s canine companion and pal, Pluto actually at one time belonged to Minnie. Pluto’s earliest incarnation came in the animated short The Chain Gang whereContinue reading “DVD Review: Walt Disney Treasures – The Complete Pluto 1930-1947”

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: Wink of an Eye – Get Me A Flyswatter

Written by Arthur Heinemann, Gene L. Coon, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor I remember one time in a therapy session remarking to my therapist that when you look at our solar system and compare it to an atom with all of its orbiting electrons, I had to wonder if we weren’tContinue reading “Star Trek: Wink of an Eye – Get Me A Flyswatter”

Star Trek: Plato’s Stepchildren – That Kiss

Written by Meyer Dolinsky, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by David Alexander Amid an episode that is pretty awful in many ways, we have moments of social justice that Star Trek became known for. Indeed, I don’t know how people can call themselves fans of the series now and align themselves on the sideContinue reading “Star Trek: Plato’s Stepchildren – That Kiss”

DVD Review: New York Episode 8 – The Center of the World 1946-2003

When Ric Burns set out to make a documentary of the city of New York, he had no idea of what world events were about to transpire. Just as the sixth episode was about to air on PBS at the end of September 2001, the city was attacked and the landscape was forever changed. BurnsContinue reading “DVD Review: New York Episode 8 – The Center of the World 1946-2003”

Star Trek: The Tholian Web – Ghost in the Machine

Written by Judy Burns, Chet Richards, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Herb Wallerstein When I think back to when I used to watch Star Trek in nightly reruns at 6PM, The Tholian Web is one of those episodes that stands out. I have a clear memory of the effects in this episode, andContinue reading “Star Trek: The Tholian Web – Ghost in the Machine”