Season 1, Episode 1: “The Man Trap”
Original Airdate: 8 September 1966
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Wikipedia synopsis:”The Enterprise visits planet M-113 for a routine medical inspection of the husband-wife archaeological team stationed there, but the crew finds that the wife has been replaced by a deadly, shape-shifting creature.”
I didn’t get a favorite quote or do a commentary for this one, sorry about that.
I found the plot of this one pretty ridiculous. I’m not even sure why, because it’s just as ridiculous as the rest of them, but maybe because this was their first episode and it really didn’t have a first episode kind of feel to it (since they didn’t air the pilots I guess). I’m also really conflicted about Bones basically being the main character here. I mean, he is my favorite, but it was weird to see him as the main character because that meant he was being more serious and less sarcastic and hilarious than usual, which put me off somewhat. I really loved the part where Uhura was flirting with Spock and Spock was not having any of it. I kind of see where the complaints about them being together in the reboot come from because old series Spock would not even go there. I think Uhura’s cooler in the new ones though, so I guess I’m still okay with it.
Season 1, Episode 2: “Charlie X”
Original Airdate: 15 September 1966
Directed by: Lawrence Dobkin
Wikipedia synopsis: “While traveling aboard the Enterprise, a dangerous young man named Charlie Evans terrorizes the crew with his unusual mental powers.This episode serves as the backstory for the unofficial mini-series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.”
Favorite quote: “No laughing!”
So this was interesting. I definitely think they’re still getting into their groove here, but maybe that will last for the entire season or something, I don’t know. The best thing about this episode was probably that Kirk was trying to be a father figure to Charlie and completely failed. While this hasn’t really been developed yet, we all know Kirk is a pretty big womanizer so him giving advice to Charlie on women really cracked me up. I realize it’s not really a problem since Kirk is technically not portrayed that way very much as of yet, but still. I was having a hard time with that one. I also really liked when Kirk and McCoy were fighting over who would take the parenting duties; that was great. Also I was disappointed that Spock lost to Kirk in chess; that feels totally unrealistic to me. Uhura singing was also kind of weird, but she was actually pretty decent.
Season 1, Episode 3: “Where No Man Has Gone Before”
Original Airdate: 22 September 1966
Directed by: James Goldstone
Wikipedia synopsis: “After the Enterprise attempts to cross the Great Barrier at the edge of the galaxy, crew members Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner develop ‘godlike’ psychic powers which threaten the safety of the crew.”
Favorite Quote: “I need recommendations Spock, not vague warnings.”
This one was pretty good but it was also really weird because a lot of things were different. McCoy and Uhura weren’t even there, and Chekov was also not there but he hasn’t been in any of these so far so that’s not unusual. This episode really reminded me of the fifth movie with it’s ideas about a benevolent god, though I think the movie may have handled it better because they were actually setting out to find god whereas here there was no doubt they were actually people with superhuman powers. The superhuman powers reminded me a lot of Star Wars actually, I wonder if that’s a coincidence?
Season 1, Episode 4: “The Naked Time”
Original Airdate: 29 September 1966
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Wikipedia synopsis: “A strange, intoxicating infection, which lowers the crew’s emotional inhibitions, spreads throughout the Enterprise. As the madness spreads, the entire ship is endangered.”
Favorite Quote: “You don’t outrank me and you don’t have pointed ears so just get off my neck!”
This is the best one in the series so far, hands down. Everybody starts revealing their inner personalities and it’s great. Spock cries for about five minutes, which is definitely a sight to see. Basically the entire ship goes crazy, which happens in every episode really, but in this one it’s because they’re being themselves so it’s interesting. This episode really shows that the Vulcan idea of controlling your emotions, which all the humans seem to have problems with a lot, is actually a very good idea. This was a really good episode. I laughed, I cried, oh it was great.
Season 1, Episode 5: “The Enemy Within”
Original Airdate: 6 October 1966
Directed by: Leo Penn
Wikipedia synopsis: “While beaming up from planet Alpha 177, a transporter accident splits Captain Kirk into two beings: one “good,” who is weak and indecisive, and one “evil,” who is overly aggressive and domineering.”
Favorite quote: “I’M CAPTAIN KIRK!”
This one explores one of my favorite themes: the good and evil within oneself. While it’s no Heart of Darkness or anything, it’s the same basic idea and being Star Trek is clearly easier to digest. This episode was unusual because I was actually able to predict what was going to happen, and I’m usually terrible at predicting things. That disapointed me somewhat as it had me questioning Spock’s intelligence which is never a good thing. Shatner got a chance to show off in this episode as he had to play two different parts of himself, and he actually did a pretty good job considering. Kirk and Spock had a great bonding moment as well when Spock confesses that the human side of himself and the Vulcan side of himself are always at war with each other, and it’s intelligence that keeps him going.
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