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 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: 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: 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: I, Mudd – Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Written by Stephen Kandel and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels Of all the characters in the original Star Trek series to be brought back for a repeat viewing, I would have never chosen Harry Mudd from the first season episode Mudd’s Women. I could understand the Klingon, Kor – great character. Another episode with KhanContinue reading “Star Trek: I, Mudd – Stupid Is As Stupid Does”

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: Who Mourns for Adonais – So Much Potential Wasted

Written by Gilbert Ralston and Gene RoddenberryDirected by Marc Daniels Every now and then there are concepts behind an episode that are just so well thought-out that they should work. Imagine presenting the legends of the Greek gods as alien beings so powerful they seemed like Gods to the humans who lived on Earth atContinue reading “Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais – So Much Potential Wasted”