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A Piece of the Action: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Kirk takes Spock and McCoy down to the surface of a planet with which the federation hasn’t made contact in about 100 years. In that time the planet has decided to run itself according to the rules of 1920s Chicago gangsters. There’s a lot of talk about bagging and heaters and percentages, all of which…

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The Gamesters of Triskelion: Three Cheers for Captain Obvious

This week’s adventure has Kirk destroying a social structure (which actually full-on sucks this time) while teaching a young woman about love; a young woman whose ensemble can best be described as shiny panties and whose innocence reminds me of a certain Shepard Book warning a certain Captain Tight-pants about a “special kind of hell” reserved…

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Trouble with Tribbles: Tribble’s My Middle Name

Tribbles. So infamous even non-Trekkies know the name. What are they? Little balls of purring fur born pregnant with a litter of ten which they birth after digesting enough food. Also, they’re Klingon detectors. That begs the question: why were Klingons made into such an obviously alien species after The Original Series? You know, with…

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Wolf in the Fold: Put On The Red Light

Forget that Scotty is on trial for murder (which over the course of the episode becomes a triple homicide). Forget the weird implications of human history, and how in the 60s folks still couldn’t quite believe that serial killing was a thing that people did (and do). Forget that the ship’s computer — which has been hacked/tricked…

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Obsession: Run, you clever boy, and remember me

Here it is, folks, the precedent for Kirk acting before really thinking something through and being the first person to always volunteer risking his neck for the sake of all. Kirk was a lieutenant who hesitated to fire for “a grand total of two seconds” when a sickly-sweet smelling creature of gaseous corporeality capable of altering its…

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