Star Trek: Operation Annihilate! – Strong Conclusion to the First Season

Written by Steven W. Carabatsos and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Herschel Daugherty The first season of the original Star Trek series finished quite strongly. There were a number of episodes among the last few which are some of the best of the series. Operation: Annihilate! might have something of a strange title, but the story hereContinue reading “Star Trek: Operation Annihilate! – Strong Conclusion to the First Season”

Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever

Written by Harlan Ellison and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney Fifty four years ago, what is arguably one of the best stories ever in Star Trek was aired. The City on the Edge of Forever tells the story of personal sacrifice for the good of all humanity. After accidentally being overdosed with a hallucinogenic drug,Continue reading “Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever”

Star Trek: The Alternative Factor – The First Alternate Universe Story, Not the Best

Written by Don Ingalls and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Gerd Oswald There are some episodes of the original Star Trek series that I look at right from the beginning and say “I know this one! I loved this!” Then there are others that I know I will hate. Surprisingly, as I’ve viewed them in the orderContinue reading “Star Trek: The Alternative Factor – The First Alternate Universe Story, Not the Best”

Star Trek Review: Errand of Mercy – Are We Really That Different?

Written by Gene L. Coon and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Newland The Star Trek episode Errand of Mercy is a wonderfully written episode that has a deeper message beneath the seemingly benign story that is aired. This is the episode which introduced us to the Klingons for the first time. A trivia answer is hereContinue reading “Star Trek Review: Errand of Mercy – Are We Really That Different?”

Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark – The Horta Looks Like a Rock Lobster

Written by Gene L. Coon and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney If I had to list my favorite episodes of the original Star Trek series, there’s only a few episodes that I know for sure would be on the list. The Devil in the Dark is an episode that I know would be on theContinue reading “Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark – The Horta Looks Like a Rock Lobster”

Star Trek: This Side of Paradise – It Sure Don’t Look Like Eden

Written by D.C. Fontana, Jerry Sohl, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky Paradise is different things for different people, but the finding of an idyllic world seems to be a topic worth repeating in the Star Trek universe. Sometimes that idyllic world is due to changing the world to suit the inhabitants while at otherContinue reading “Star Trek: This Side of Paradise – It Sure Don’t Look Like Eden”

Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon – Kill the People, not the Places

Written by Robert Hammer, Gene L. Coon, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney Something I remember hearing quite a bit about during the Cold War when I was younger were bombs that would kill the citizenry but leave cities intact. It was a concept that always seemed quite odd, must have made sense to thoseContinue reading “Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon – Kill the People, not the Places”

Star Trek: Space Seed – Welcome to Fantasy Island, Eugenics Style

Written by Gene L. Coon, Carey Wilber, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels It’s pretty much a given among Star Trek fans that Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the better of the Star Trek movies, and most will say it was the best. The seeds for that film were sownContinue reading “Star Trek: Space Seed – Welcome to Fantasy Island, Eugenics Style”

Star Trek: The Return of the Archons – Technology Runs Amok

Written by Boris Sobelman and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney A theme that ran through many of the science fiction shows in the 1960’s was the fear of technology taking control of man, rather than the other way around. The theme reached its peak in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Star Trek touched onContinue reading “Star Trek: The Return of the Archons – Technology Runs Amok”

Star Trek: Court Martial – Star Trek or a Bad Sixties Legal Show?

Written by Don Mankiewicz, Steven W. Carabatsos, ad Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels Every now and then it seems that Star Trek has to remind us that as much as us fans enjoyed the original incarnation of the show for being a huge contrast to other shows of the 1960’s, it still was a productContinue reading “Star Trek: Court Martial – Star Trek or a Bad Sixties Legal Show?”