Star Trek: Assignment Earth – How You Spin-Off a Space Series

Written by Art Wallace and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels This episode was conceived as an attempt to sell a new series to the networks. The series was much different from Star Trek, but Gene Roddenberry found a way to incorporate the characters from his potential new series into the Star Trek universe and attemptContinue reading “Star Trek: Assignment Earth – How You Spin-Off a Space Series”

Star Trek: Bread and Circuses – Rome If You Want To

Written by Gene L. Coon and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Ralph Senensky I get that budgets were an issue back in the 1960’s for television programs. For that reason, and the fact that actors and actresses are human, there are many episodes that intelligent life on other worlds are bipedal humanoids that remarkably resemble humans onContinue reading “Star Trek: Bread and Circuses – Rome If You Want To”

Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer – Rise of the Machines

Written by Laurence N. Wolfe, D.C. Fontana, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Meredyth Lucas Over the years there have been many cautionary tales about letting computers run our lives too much. From Battlestar Galactica with their human-hating robots to the Terminator series of films, there almost seems to be the message that if we letContinue reading “Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer – Rise of the Machines”

Star Trek: The Omega Glory – What The Hell?

Written by Gene RoddenberryDirected by Vincent McEveety Being a science-fiction fan requires some suspension of disbelief. I’m okay with believing that somehow technology in the future overcomes the issue of no gravity in space. I can buy that communication issues are overcome with the use of a universal translator. I can even ignore Voyager‘s never-ending-photon-torpedo-supply.Continue reading “Star Trek: The Omega Glory – What The Hell?”

Star Trek: By Any Other Name – Don’t Pick Up Space Hitch-Hikers

Written by D.C. Fontana, Jerome Bixby, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels Although better than the previous episode, we still are in the midst of a series of lackluster episodes of the original Star Trek. This one could have been a lot better, but the uneven writing kills it. That’s possibly due to the factContinue reading “Star Trek: By Any Other Name – Don’t Pick Up Space Hitch-Hikers”

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”

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?”

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”