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: 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”

Star Trek: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky – Well-Worn Science Fiction Plot Device, Again

Written by Rik Vollaerts, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Tony Leader By the time we are this far into the third season, the storylines are really starting to be recycled. There are some that still manage to be decent stories, but too many of them feel like something we’ve seen before. Case inContinue reading “Star Trek: For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky – Well-Worn Science Fiction Plot Device, Again”

Star Trek: Day of the Dove – Peace in Our Time

Written by Jerome Bixby, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenerryDirected by Marvin J. Chomsky The third season of the original Star Trek series was the one that was the most erratic and bipolar. There were some terrific episodes and some of the worst of the series produced this season. The reasons for this generally hadContinue reading “Star Trek: Day of the Dove – Peace in Our Time”

Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun – No Phasers at the O.K. Corral

Written by Gene L. Coon, Arthur H. Singer and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Vincent McEveety Ever feel like you just want to be left alone? I have those moments. It’s one of the reasons I love where I live, surrounded by second homes. Lots of peace and quiet and I really don’t have to have aContinue reading “Star Trek: Spectre of the Gun – No Phasers at the O.K. Corral”

Star Trek: And The Children Shall Lead – Garbage In, Garbage Out

Written by Edward J. Lasko, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marvin J. Chomsky It’s episodes like these that make me think cancelling the original Star Trek series after just three seasons was really more of a mercy killing. I mean, if they had continued in this vein, would the series have become asContinue reading “Star Trek: And The Children Shall Lead – Garbage In, Garbage Out”

Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome – Paradise by the Obelisk Light

Written by Margaret Armen, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Jud Taylor I can remember a time when Star Trek reruns were on television every evening. That was the foundation for my love of science fiction. At the time, The Paradise Syndrome was one of my favorite episodes. I’m not quite sure what aboutContinue reading “Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome – Paradise by the Obelisk Light”

Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident – Romulan Girl Power

Written by D.C. Fontana, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by John Meredyth Lucas Proving once again she was integral to the success and popularity of the Star Trek series, D.C. Fontana pens what is arguably the best episode of the third season, and one of the best of the series. It’s filled with politicalContinue reading “Star Trek: The Enterprise Incident – Romulan Girl Power”

Star Trek: Spock’s Brain – The Third Season Can Only Get Better From Here

Written by Gene L. Coon, Arthur H. Singer, and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels The third season of Star Trek began with NBC slashing the budget for the series (the budget for the previous seasons had already compromised many of the scripts) and moving it to a terrible time-slot. The cast was weary of ridiculousContinue reading “Star Trek: Spock’s Brain – The Third Season Can Only Get Better From Here”

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”