Let's get this done in one...
|Posted: 23 July 2016 at 6:47am | IP Logged | 1
Spock's Brain - We fought to have the show renewed, and this was our reward. Essentially another Super Spock episode, wrapped in disjointed storytelling and a heaping teaspoon of sexism.
The Enterprise Incident - "Ripped from the headlines," with hammy acting and Spock "falling in love." Bookmark that as a theme this season!
The Paradise Syndrome - The best thing to be said about this episode is that it does no harm. I don't suppose the Native American population would be too thrilled if it was made today.
And The Children Shall Lead - There's not a whisper of redemption in this one. The stunt casting of Melvin Belli just pulls it further down. Mostly a bottle episode.
Is There In Truth No Beauty? - Pretentious title for a pretentious concept. Also, here comes the theme of the crew meeting "historical figures" (here, one of the designers of the Enterprise, who seems much too young for that job). Bottle episode.
Spectre Of The Gun - Super Spock again, and a mangled meeting of historical figures.
The Day Of The Dove - Really? All the world's ills were caused by this alien? And the solution is to... chase it away? Pretty much a bottle episode.
For The World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky - Winner for longest, most pretentious title -- and one that doesn't really make sense. There had been much talk in scientific circles at the time about hollowing out asteroids to make gigantic spaceships, but the writer of this episode seemed to have missed on just how the technique would work.
The Tholian Web - Much fuss at the time about the stop-motion animation, but the acting is hammy again, and the characters are not themselves. Bottle episode.
Plato's Stepchildren - Controversy!! But only if you're a racist ass. And, ultimately, a storm in a teacup. Heavy handed and hammy, again. (Coincidentally, while I had been amusing myself writing my own TOS fanfic the summer before, I'd had the idea of Michael Dunn playing a giant, which is how he briefly appears at the beginning of this episode.)
Wink Of An Eye - Kirk gets laid, and a metaphor is created. But the story cannot seem to stay internally accurate. If the aliens are accelerated as much as would be necessary to create what we see, their whole lives would pass before the crew could really get involved. Plus, if even a tiny bit of cell damage causes rapid aging and death, just how DID Kirk have sex? Bottle episode.
The Empath - An episode that felt distinctly as if it was being made up as they went along, not helped at all by an absurd premise.
Elaan of Troyius - Winner for worst title of the whole series, and another load of malarkey. Bottle episode.
Whom Gods Destroy - Hammy, hammy, hammy! And the first appearance of an off-scale Orion slave girl.
Let That Be Your Last Battlefield - Most absurd premise of the whole season. Ham acting. Seriously lame "special effects." Bottle episode.
The Mark Of Gideon - "We're overcrowded, but we can afford the space and resources to build a full-scale replica of the Enterprise!" Worst example of a bottle episode. And, seriously, Spock doesn't immediately notice when different landing co-ordinates are given??.
That Which Survives - This one left so little impression on me that I do not even remember the actual story. Seemed like the whole thing was written to support one new special effect.
The Lights Of Zetar - Jan Shutan floating in that pressure chamber is literally the only thing I remember of this story. Oh, and Scotty falls in love. Mostly a bottle episode.
Requiem For Methuselah - Let's cram in as many historical figures as we can - and make them all the same guy!! Some stones needed to make Flint once having been Lazarus, but the rest
? Jame Daley did a nice job on Flint's memories of his immortal life, but the rest is poppycock. Another episode where we're okay having sex with robots. At least she matched Kirk's established "type."
The Way To Eden - One of the most painful things about the Third Season was the intrusion of the Sixties into hairstyles and costumes, and this was the worst. Also, NEVER GOOD WHEN PEOPLE SING ON STAR TREK!! Bottle episode.
The Cloud Minders - One of those stories that really has no proper beginning. Try to figure out how this society could have existed for centuries without anybody figuring out what was going on, yet the crew does it in about ten minutes. Spock falls in love again.
The Savage Curtain - Historical figures, real and imagined, and again we have aliens who can read minds but apparently not well enough to understand their subjects without "tests."
All Our Yesterdays - Perhaps the only salvageable episode of the whole season, but heavily flawed, and decades later stepped on by fanfickery. Spock falls in love again, as well as being Super. The premise is absolutely absurd, with the entire population of a planet "escaping into the Past." Hope they were all neutered before they went!
Turnabout Intruder - Last episode broadcast, last episode filmed. One can almost hear the sets being torn down around the actors. Sexist plot, and everyone seems SO tired. TV GUIDE singled out this episode to praise Shatner's acting. Bottle episode.