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”

Sharpe’s Revenge – Destroying All Sharpe Has Worked So Hard to Build

Written by Eoghan Harris and Bernard CornwellDirected by Tom Clegg Toulouse. April, 1814. This is the last loyal town to Napoleon. This is the last battle. And if Napoleon loses, he will have to abdicate and make way for King Louis Phillipe. This twelfth entry in the Sharpe series of British tele-films which followed theContinue reading “Sharpe’s Revenge – Destroying All Sharpe Has Worked So Hard to Build”

Star Trek: Obsession – Captain Kirk Hunts His Whale

Written by Art Wallace and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky I wouldn’t say this episode gave birth to the idea of the “red shirt,” but it sure did rack up the body count of them. For those not in the know, the term came to mean members of the Enterprise crew who were a mereContinue reading “Star Trek: Obsession – Captain Kirk Hunts His Whale”

Star Trek: The Deadly Years – Getting Old Sucks

Written by David P. Harmon and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney There are few stories that seem to be novel in science fiction television. One of the rather worn-out cliches is that of the rapidly-aging cast who are in a race against time to stop it. Add to it the second cliche of an inexperiencedContinue reading “Star Trek: The Deadly Years – Getting Old Sucks”

Star Trek: Friday’s Child – Woe to Female Capellans in This Society

Written by D.C. Fontana and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney When the original Star Trek series was able to shift focus and give characters other than Captain Kirk a chance to do something, it often resulted in a great episode. Friday’s Child is one that gives a chance for Doctor McCoy to steal a bitContinue reading “Star Trek: Friday’s Child – Woe to Female Capellans in This Society”

Star Trek: Journey to Babel – Happy Vulcan Father’s Day

Written by D.C. Fontana and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney With no knowledge of what the future would hold for the Star Trek franchise, actor Mark Lenard took on his second role in the series so far. Considering the series was only in its second season, you would think having the same actor back inContinue reading “Star Trek: Journey to Babel – Happy Vulcan Father’s Day”

Star Trek: Metamorphosis – Introducing Zefram Cochrane

Written by Gene L. Coon and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky There are some episodes of the original Star Trek series that hold up better than others. The ones that don’t hold up so well are usually do to issues of it being dated to the era of the 1960’s. In the case of Metamorphosis,Continue reading “Star Trek: Metamorphosis – Introducing Zefram Cochrane”

Star Trek: I, Mudd – Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Written by Stephen Kandel and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels Of all the characters in the original Star Trek series to be brought back for a repeat viewing, I would have never chosen Harry Mudd from the first season episode Mudd’s Women. I could understand the Klingon, Kor – great character. Another episode with KhanContinue reading “Star Trek: I, Mudd – Stupid Is As Stupid Does”

Star Trek: Catspaw – Boo! It’s a Star Trek Halloween!

Written by Robert Block and GeneRoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney There are times when an episode seems so out of place in a series that I just know there has to be a deeper meaning behind it. In the case of the second season Star Trek episode Catspaw, looking into the history of the show itContinue reading “Star Trek: Catspaw – Boo! It’s a Star Trek Halloween!”

Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine – Planet Destroying Bombs, Planet Killing Machines

Written by Norman Spinrad and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels Quite often, Gene Roddenberry saw Star Trek as a way of discussing current events and social issues without having the network censors pick the show apart. The Doomsday Machine is an episode that seemed to start out with that same idea, but veered off trackContinue reading “Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine – Planet Destroying Bombs, Planet Killing Machines”