Category: Verse

Bread and Circuses: Oh, the Humanity!

Another planet is much too much like earth, but this one has all the modern conveniences of the 20th century with all the culture of Ancient Rome. No Latin, unfortunately. The episode gets a little too New Testament than I like my scifi, but it is nice to see Uhura putting the pieces together and having to…

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The Ultimate Computer: His Master’s Voice

Oh, the frustrating paradox of Kirk having to outsmart a super computer, without the paradox. Scientist insists on being in charge of Kirk’s ship. Boooh.Super computer starts killing people and the scientist who created it is too crazed with pride to own-up to it needing to be stopped (without going full-on cray-cray). Ah, but the computer was…

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Patterns of Force: The Sound and The Fuehrer

10 times out of 10, if anyone mentions the prime directive, the prime directive has been or is about to be violated. What this means for this episode is that somebody re-created Nazi-fascism on a planet and everyone’s favorite crew was put in charge of putting the breaks on the ‘final solution’. It goes as…

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Return to Tomorrow: Marriage is What Brings Us Together Today

Three disembodied voices require the bodies of Kirk, Spock, and a very attractive Astro-Biologist in order to build an android they can share while continuing their existence. Guess which body gets possessed by a villain and which two are too busy making googlie-eyes at each other to notice. While the husband-wife dynamic is all very…

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A Private Little War: Lilith, Thy Name is Nona

This episode’s teleplay was written by Roddenberry himself and draws an interesting parallel between Nurse Chapel helping Spock and some witch-woman-healer-person manipulating everyone for her own gain. Ever hear of Lilith? “Adam’s wife before the gift of Eve” — Dante Gabriel Rossetti I bring up Lilith because once again we are on a beautiful earth-like planet that Kirk can…

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