Star Trek: Patterns of Force – It Might Happen Here, But It Couldn’t Happen There

Written by John Meredyth Lucas and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Vincent McEveety The second season of the original Star Trek series seemed to find certain plots that worked well and then beat them to death. The most egregious was the use of a world with some sort of intelligent humanoid life that ends up developing parallelContinue reading “Star Trek: Patterns of Force – It Might Happen Here, But It Couldn’t Happen There”

Sharpe’s Justice – Stick With the War Sharpe, Civilian Life Doesn’t Suit You

Written by Patrick Harbinson and Bernard CornwellDirected by Tom Clegg 1814. Peace – Napoleon has been exiled to the Island of Elba. The King of France has been returned to his throne. And Sharpe has returned to England. This was not adapted from one of Cornwell’s books, and unfortunately it shows. Once the war wasContinue reading “Sharpe’s Justice – Stick With the War Sharpe, Civilian Life Doesn’t Suit You”

Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow – The Perils of Carrying a Grudge for 500,000 Years

Written by John T. Dugan and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky Tackling subjects not commonly talked about back in the day was one of the strengths of the original series of Star Trek. It made the show far more interesting and different from anything else that was on the air at the time. Looking backContinue reading “Star Trek: Return to Tomorrow – The Perils of Carrying a Grudge for 500,000 Years”

Star Trek: A Private Little War – What Is It Good For?

Written by Don Ingalls and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Danielss There are quite a number of episodes that draw on the history of the crew of the Enterprise prior to the current time. Many of them seem to be there to build a history for Captain Kirk (William Shatner). At 32, he became the youngestContinue reading “Star Trek: A Private Little War – What Is It Good For?”

The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait

It is well that war is so terrible… we should grow too fond of it… – Robert E. Lee watching the battle of Fredericksburg. An anecdote about Wilmer McClain, who moved his family from Bull Run, where a Union shell landed in the summer kitchen of his house, to Appomattox Court House, where Lee surrenderedContinue reading “The Civil War: A Documentary by Ken Burns – A Definitive Portrait”

Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome – The Monster of the Week

Written by Robert Sabaroff and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney How much right does a life-form have to exist? That’s the question here when a new life-form is encountered that threatens the entire galaxy On their way to Starbase 6 for some much-needed R&R, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) has an Obi-Wan Kenobi moment when heContinue reading “Star Trek: The Immunity Syndrome – The Monster of the Week”

Star Trek: A Piece of the Action – All That You Leave Behind

Written by David P. Harmon, Gene Coon, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by James Komack Imagine a primitive society that is visited by more advanced people. When the more advanced race leaves, they accidentally leave behind a book from their world. The more primitive society, thinking this is the key to enlightenment and wanting to emulate theContinue reading “Star Trek: A Piece of the Action – All That You Leave Behind”

Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion – The Hunger Games in Space

Written by Margaret Armen and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Gene Nelson This is one of those episodes that begs the question “where to begin?” There’s so much to digest here. On one hand, it’s got many negatives going for it. However, it also manages to take a few risks that simply can’t be dismissed. The EnterpriseContinue reading “Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion – The Hunger Games in Space”

Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles – A Favorite, Near Flawless Episode

Written by David Gerrold and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney The Enterprise is summoned to Space Station K-7 by a priority distress call, which is a disaster call. They arrive at the station armed for battle, expecting to find the Klingons attacking the Space Station. Yet, all is quiet when they arrive. Captain Kirk (WilliamContinue reading “Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles – A Favorite, Near Flawless Episode”

Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold – Murder Mystery in Space

Written by Robert Bloch and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney The legend of Jack the Ripper…. What if… What if it wasn’t a human who committed all of those horrible murders? What if it was some kind of energy that could be present at different times and places in the universe? This is one ofContinue reading “Star Trek: Wolf in the Fold – Murder Mystery in Space”