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: Balance of Terror- One of the Best of the Original Series

Written by Paul Schneider and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Vincent McEveety Every now and then, the original Star Trek series got things just about perfect. This means a variety of things came together so well that it stands the test of time and holds up as well watching it now as it did forty years ago.Continue reading “Star Trek: Balance of Terror- One of the Best of the Original Series”

Star Trek – The Conscience of the King

Written by Barry Trivers and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Gerd Oswald In the early years of television, especially throughout the 1950’s, it was thought that all programs had to be happy and upbeat. There were no dramas of the likes we see today, that are serious with personal and family crises and tackle topical issues. IfContinue reading “Star Trek – The Conscience of the King”

Star Trek: The Menagerie – For Years, the Only Way to See the Original Pilot

Written by Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels For anyone who doesn’t know the story behind the original Star Trek series, the first pilot was scrapped for a variety of reasons by the network. All of the original characters were discarded with the exception of Mr. Spock. However, creator Gene Roddenberry didn’t want to throw awayContinue reading “Star Trek: The Menagerie – For Years, the Only Way to See the Original Pilot”

Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver – Captain Kirk Plays Poker with the Enterprise at Stake

Written by Jerry Sohl and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Joseph Sargent Early in the series, when it was still trying to hash out the characters and their roles, there were many opportunities to build the cast. The Corbomite Maneuver marks the first appearance of several of the main cast when viewed in the order filmed, whileContinue reading “Star Trek: The Corbomite Maneuver – Captain Kirk Plays Poker with the Enterprise at Stake”

Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind – When is the Cure Not Worth the Cost

Written by Shimon Wincelberg and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Vincent McEveety Like other science fiction shows of the day, Star Trek managed to comment on many issues of the day and couch it in a setting in outer space in the future. Many people wouldn’t “get” the reference while other saw the deeper meaning behind whatContinue reading “Star Trek: Dagger of the Mind – When is the Cure Not Worth the Cost”

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 – Where No Man Has Gone Before

Written by Samuel A. Peeples and Gene RoddenberryDirected by James Goldstone “Captain’s log, stardate 1312.4. The impossible has happened. From directly ahead, we’re picking up a recorded distress signal, the call letters of a vessel which has been missing for over two centuries. Did another Earth ship probe out of the galaxy as we intend to do? What happened to it out there?Continue reading “Star Trek: The Original Series – Where No Man Has Gone Before”

Star Trek: The Original Series – Charlie X

Written by D.C. Fontana and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Lawrence Dobkin Having children is a unique experience. Somehow, you have to tread the line between discipline and abuse, being careful not to squash the spirit and raise what will one day be productive members of society. No parent is perfect, but there are moments when weContinue reading “Star Trek: The Original Series – Charlie X”