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: 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: 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: Mirror Mirror – They’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Written by Jerome Bixby and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels There’s a theory about life and the decisions we make that is the basis for many science fiction television shows and movies. Each time we decide on a path to take, somewhere, in some “alternate universe” life goes on how it would if the otherContinue reading “Star Trek: Mirror Mirror – They’re Not in Kansas Anymore”

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: The Squire of Gothos – A Precursor to “Q”???

Written by Paul Schneider and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Don McDougall Many fans of both the original Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation have picked up on similarities in some of the stories presented. Of course the more recent show was a little more sophisticated and generally had better effects, but there were manyContinue reading “Star Trek: The Squire of Gothos – A Precursor to “Q”???”

Star Trek: Shore Leave – Hijinks With the Crew of the Enterprise

Written by Gene Roddenberry and Theodore SturgeonDirected by Robert Sparr Sounds great to me. I would love a place where I could go and sit in Shea Stadium all over again watching Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. I could watch the ball go through Bill Buckner’s legs all over again sitting with aContinue reading “Star Trek: Shore Leave – Hijinks With the Crew of the Enterprise”

Star Trek: The Original Series – The Enemy Within

Written by Richard Matheson and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Leo Penn You’d think with the number of issues with the transporter through the years, there would have been a recall. I can’t imagine in our day and age using something like this which seemed to seriously malfunction so much of the time. This is especially ofContinue reading “Star Trek: The Original Series – The Enemy Within”

Star Trek: The Original Series – The Naked Time

Written by John D.F. Black and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels With the introduction of a character who was from an entirely different race of beings, Star Trek needed time to get a good footing on the character, as did Leonard Nimoy. The Naked Time went a long way to helping fill in a lotContinue reading “Star Trek: The Original Series – The Naked Time”

Star Trek: The Original Series – The Man Trap

Written by Gene Roddenberry and George Clayton JohnsonDirected by Marc Daniels Captain’s log, stardate 1513.1. Our position, orbiting planet M-113. On board the Enterprise, Mr. Spock, temporarily in command. On the planet, the ruins of an ancient and long-dead civilization. Ship’s surgeon McCoy and myself are now beaming down to the planet’s surface. Our mission:Continue reading “Star Trek: The Original Series – The Man Trap”