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The Doomsday Machine: Fight Fire With Fire

When Spock says — again and again — that the exterior of an enemy vessel/machine is indestructible you should just know you have to fight it from the inside. There’s nothing funny about this episode. They destroy one weapon of mass destruction with another, the only positive use of such a thing. The theme here was revenge, mostly. Did the planet-eating…

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The Apple: The Snake in the Grass

Chekov’s hair has calmed down. I repeat, Chekov’s hair has calmed down. Also, a pretty blonde appears to be his girlfriend AND she’s throwing the word love around like it’s candy AND he isn’t even flinching. So, she has one-off written all over her. That would be the end of the post if it weren’t for Kirk and…

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Mirror, Mirror: Fairest of Them All

So, I could make an argument about how — in an alternate universe — Vulcans have reasoned among themselves that conquering people is a timesaver and they pulled humanity into that philosophy when we all met up in space. However, I would much rather meditate on Leibniz’s solution to the Problem of Evil, “we live in the best of…

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The Changeling: When Your Powers Combine, I Am A Dalek!

Once upon a time humanity sent an unmanned probe into space and it was hit by a meteor. Unable to recall its mission, the Nomad — as it was named — continued out into space and met a similarly damaged probe from an alien species. They merged, healing each other and creating a new directive — exterminate. On a whimsical note:…

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Who Mourns for Adonais? What The Hell Was That?!

Scotty’s got an unrequited crush, an expert on ancient civilizations and their myths who — coincidentally — spends the episode falling in love with an advanced being called Apollo who totally commits the thunder and lightning version of sexual assault when she pisses him off. Awesome. It’s just like Space Seed when the expert on Khan fell in love with Khan, but — this time — he’s 100%…

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