The Way to Eden: Rappaccini’s Garden

Chekhov has a girlfriend. Does everybody get a romance in the last couple of episodes? One can only hope. Irena — Chekhov’s old flame — is a super-hippy. I have serious issues with the structure of the group and the episode trying to force the issue of Original Sin, but it was mostly very interesting. Super-hippies (with whom Spock feels…Read moreRead more

Requiem for Methuselah: Better to Have Loved and …

A recluse alone on a planet ends up being an ancient genius. The only beautiful woman falls for Kirk — despite the recluse loving her — and Kirk falls for her hard. Problem? She’s a robot and not being able to accustom herself to having feelings ends up killing her. Did I forget to say spoiler alert? Too bad…Read moreRead more

The Lights of Zetar: Star Trek’s Play-Along

Scotty has a girlfriend! Scotty has a girlfriend! This is completely thrilling. It’s her first deep-space mission AND an ancient alien race tries to take possession of her AND she’s Scotty’s girlfriend. Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate Shari Lewis of ‘Lamb Chop’ fame who wrote this episode because this was ridiculous AND sexist AND…Read moreRead more

That Which Survives: That Which Inspires

‘That Which Survives’ is weird, guys. It actually sent me on an hour-long google-quest to find Parasite Eve, a 1997 horror film from Japan that I found more thoughtful than frightening when I stumbled across it years ago when it was going by a Different Name on IFC. The two really don’t have all that much…Read moreRead more

The Mark of Gideon: No Room at the Inn

While everyone aboard the Enterprise is forced to put up with bureaucratic hoopla, Kirk is stranded with a lovely blonde on a fake Enterprise. The episode — and you can look this up — was supposed to explore the issue of overpopulation, but they don’t actually do that til the end of the episode while the rest is just…Read moreRead more