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T'Mar, T'Pol, Star Trek
City on the Edge of Forever

I believe that this is still considered to be one of the best Trek episodes ever, and it should be! This episode has everything: time travel (always guaranteed to hook people), love, humour, tenderness, drama, a wonderful setting, and some fine acting. Leonard Nimoy calls this episode "a classic Greek tragedy", and it is. Kirk wrestling with a decision that will affect the lives of millions is gripping to watch. One knows that he will have to choose the millions over Edith (logic dictates it), but one goes through the pain of it with him every time. The best scene in this episode, though, is the one where Kirk explains to the cop about Spock getting his ears caught in a "mechanical rice-picker". I've seen that scene dozens of times, and it never stops being funny. Truly the best episode.

Amok Time

I couldn't sleep the night this episode aired! I think I watched it two hundred times over the years (so often that I know all the dialogue and can watch the episode in my head), and it's still as gripping as the first time I saw it. The idea was unbelievably daring for 1967, and I'm amazed that it ever got on the air. Spock's pain and desperation are obvious, as is Kirk's need to help his friend. The scenes on Vulcan are wonderful, as is the scene when Spock confesses all to Kirk. Not to mention the scene where Spock smiles. 'Wow' just about sums it up.

Mirror, Mirror

This one is straight entertainment, and it's wonderfully crafted. The very idea of a parallel universe inhabited by people with a different code of ethics is great, and so is the execution of it. I always loved the mirror Spock's ominous tones, especially in the scene where he informs Sulu that his operatives would avenge his death... "and some of them are Vulcans". I suppose everybody knows that the final scene (where Kirk spies Marlena Moreau on his own ship) was re-used in the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations, but who cares? It's still great!

The Menagerie

Excellent, excellent, excellent. I loved seeing the Enterprise as it was prior to Kirk's time. Loved the Talosians (their addiction to reliving the thought-records isn't so far-fetched when one sees how easily people become addicted to TV, or to computers) and the fact that they really were not evil the way they first came across. Loved Captain Pike, Doctor Boyce, Number One... everyone. The framing story is written so well that one isn't aware while watching that the story of Pike wasn't always meant to be used this way. The ending gets me every time, too, when a mentally restored Pike goes back with Vina. Ah, sweet. A lovely episode.

Balance of Terror

This is basically a submarine drama, and it works because of this. Kirk wrestling once again with heavy decisions, McCoy giving him the "don't destroy the one named Kirk" speech, the Romulan Commander being basically a decent guy who follows orders but doesn't want war, Stiles hating Vulcans because his family was killed by the Romulans, the Enterprise's eventual victory. It doesn't get much better than this.

The Naked Time

Forget the way that TNG massacred the premise of this episode, watch this episode for itself. It's damn dramatic. The deep hopes and fears of each crewmember are revealed. We find Kirk is married to his ship and will never get that "beach to walk on", Spock has a tough time controlling his human side, Chapel is in love with Spock, Sulu deep down wants to swashbuckle like the Three Musketeers... It's funny in parts, but it's also drama at its best.

This Side of Paradise

A love story for Spock. What more could one ask? It's amusing how in this one, Kirk is the party-pooper: Kirk is the one who remains unaffected by the spores and drags everybody out of Paradise. This episode is worth it just for the scene of Spock hanging from the tree. My favourite scene, though, is the "I am what I am, Leila" scene, and of course the final line from the show, "For the first time in my life, I was happy."

Tomorrow is Yesterday

Just a fun romp, this episode never gets boring despite repeated viewings. The time travel angle is well-played, and there are lots of great lines and scenes. The look on Captain Christopher's face when he first sees Spock is an absolute picture, and the scene on the military base when the Colonel is interrogating Kirk is hysterical.

The Devil in the Dark

One of the first episodes where the Trek premise of "to be different is not necessarily to be wrong" is played out. The Horta seems terrifying and alien, until we realise just what is at stake for her, and the crew has come a long way since they killed the Salt Vampire. Here they realise that understanding can bring tolerance and friendship. The only thing missing here is a look at a baby Horta. Bet they're cute!

Wolf in the Fold

This is just a fun episode with some really cool bits. Scotty chatting up the dancer, Mister Hengist acting all concerned, Spock playing detective using the computer, Sulu's grin when he's shot full of tranquilizer... And I can't help it; I love the fact that the killer turned out to be Jack the Ripper.

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celli
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I was in a Star Trek panel at a convention this weekend, and we were discussing our favorite eps. I picked The Menagerie. :)
taraljc
Jun. 25th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
*makes flappy hands of joy*
jeanette1832
Jul. 9th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Wolf in the Fold was my very first Star Trek episode! I was seven, and thought Jack the Ripper was going to get me, but I've been addicted to Star Trek ever since. :)
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