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: 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: The Gamesters of Triskelion – The Hunger Games in Space

Written by Margaret Armen and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Gene Nelson This is one of those episodes that begs the question “where to begin?” There’s so much to digest here. On one hand, it’s got many negatives going for it. However, it also manages to take a few risks that simply can’t be dismissed. The EnterpriseContinue reading “Star Trek: The Gamesters of Triskelion – The Hunger Games in Space”

Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles – A Favorite, Near Flawless Episode

Written by David Gerrold and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Pevney The Enterprise is summoned to Space Station K-7 by a priority distress call, which is a disaster call. They arrive at the station armed for battle, expecting to find the Klingons attacking the Space Station. Yet, all is quiet when they arrive. Captain Kirk (WilliamContinue reading “Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles – A Favorite, Near Flawless Episode”

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”

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: 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: 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”