This was a really good group of episodes that I was especially excited to get to because of “Space Seed” which is the introduction of Khan’s character, played by Ricardo Montalban! Little did I know that “Space Seed” would not even be the best episode of the bunch!
Season 1, Episode 21: “The Return of the Archons”
Original Airdate: February 9, 1967
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Wikipedia Synopsis: “The Enterprise discovers a planetary population controlled by a powerful being called Landru. While investigating, Captain Kirk and his landing party are taken captive and discover that the Enterprise crew will be the next to be “absorbed” into Landru’s control.”
Favorite quote: “Fascinating. This is merely a hollow tube, captain.”
This was a pretty good episode. Spock and Kirk had some pretty good moments and Bones went over to the dark side. Oh well. I can’t figure out why they’re dressed up like the nineteenth century though, that’s still weird. I get they’re supposed to be in a “simpler time” but why they the wild west I have no idea. Still, there were some funny moments here.
Season 1, Episode 22: “Space Seed”
Original Airdate: February 16, 1967
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Wikipedia synopsis: “The Enterprise discovers an ancient sleeper ship, the SS Botany Bay, which escaped from Earth’s Eugenics Wars in the late 20th century. The genetically engineered passengers, led by war criminal Khan Noonien Singh, seize control of the Enterprise and attempt to destroy the ship. (This episode serves as the backstory to the second Star Trek film).”
Favorite quote: “It would be interesting captain to return to that planet a hundred years from today, and see what crop sprung from the seed we planted today.”
I was looking forward to this episode a lot as it is the one where Khan is first introduced, and boy I was not disappointed. This is definitely one of the best episodes so far, if only because it sets up the second movie. (“Botany Bay?!?! BOTANY BAY?!?!”) Another reason is Ricardo Montalban! Ha! His hair might be ridiculous but he’s pretty awesome in this episode! I was wondering if the chick from the enterprise he took with him is the wife he references at the start of the second movie, but there’s no way to tell from this episode. I always assumed it was another genetically engineered person but it seems I’m wrong. Also, beside all the awesome tie-ins with later films, McCoy had some awesome lines in this one. Ha ha, the McCoy snark, I am always a fan! It really made want to see Into Darkness and Wrath of Khan again but unfortunately no dvds of them. 😦 Wrath of Khan is at home and Into Darkness doesn’t come out til September! I will just have to watch some more TOS episodes though, and that’s not so bad.
Season 1, Episode 23: “A Taste of Armageddon”
Original Airdate: February 23, 1967
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Wikipedia synopsis: “On Eminiar VII, the Enterprise finds a civilization at war with its planetary neighbor. Unable to discern any signs of battle from orbit, Captain Kirk leads a landing party to the surface where he discovers the entire war is fought by computer. Even though the war is simulated, citizens who are listed as virtual casualties still report to termination booths to be killed for real. After the Enterprise is destroyed in an attack simulation, Kirk must fight to keep his crew from death.”
Favorite quote: “”He’ll have more casualty lists than he knows what to do with if he doesn’t get in here and talk to me!””
Oh man, this is another really good episode! I was worried it wouldn’t be as good as “Space Seed” because that has to be one of the highlights of the entire series, considering Wrath of Khan was based off of it. Thank goodness there wasn’t a drop off of quality. This one had a lot of cool stuff to say about how war is waged, which is something I could relate to The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp which I am rapidly becoming obsessed with. We also got to see Scottie command, which was epic! Kirk and Spock both had several good moments; all around a really great episode.
Season 1, Episode 24: “This Side of Paradise”
Original Airdate: March 2, 1967
Directed by: Ralph Senensky
Wikipedia Synopsis: “Despite exposure to fatal radiation, the Federation colony on Omicron Ceti III appears to be thriving. A landing party from the Enterprise investigates, finding the colony’s population to be healthy beyond explanation. Leila Kalomi, an old friend of Mr. Spock, shows the landing party strange flowers that seem to impose a state of pure bliss on all exposed to its spores (even Spock), but at the cost of ambition and self-discipline. Will the Enterprise crew succumb to the effects?”
Favorite quote: “Alright you mutinous, disloyal, computerized half breed, we’ll see about you deserting my ship.”
Oh man. I probably would have to say that this is the best episode I’ve seen so far. Yup, I think it is. Remember that time in Star Trek (2009) when Kirk and Spock fought and he was emotionally compromised and that means everyone is emotionally compromised? I think they got that from this episode. Yeah. This episode is INTENSE emotionally speaking. A lot of times in this episode things are very funny because the plants make people do funny things, but it’s also really sad when people have to come out of it and also when Kirk is left alone. This episode is a lot like like “The Naked Time” because everybody reveals their true selves, but it’s also a lot sadder than that one because they realize more of what they are normally missing, and what they normally have. The differences are greater. It’s a really deep philosophical episode that’s also really sad and really funny.
Season 1, Episode 25: “The Devil in the Dark”
Original Airdate: March 9, 1967
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Wikipedia Synopsis: “Dispatched to the mining colony on Janus VI, the Enterprise is tasked to investigate rumors of a strange, subterranean creature responsible for destruction of equipment and the deaths of fifty miners. Kirk and Spock discover a silicon-based life form, a Horta, which lives in the surrounding rock. After Kirk and his Vulcan first officer find the strange creature, Spock performs a mind meld, discovering the reason behind the Horta’s attacks.”
Favorite quote: “It seems logical captain. The Horta has a very logical mind. And after close association with humans, I find that curiously refreshing.”
This was a pretty good episode, though it was a slight bring down from previous one, which was probably the best of season one. It dealt with the theme of extinction pretty well, though I was surprised that Spock didn’t bring up the prime directive and that it didn’t seem to play into the episode at all. Maybe because they had already inadvertently discovered the Horta so it didn’t seem to matter any more? Kirk and Spock had some great moments, where Spock actually seemed concerned for his well-being. Humanity is rubbing off on him. This also marks the first time (I think) McCoy protests at being asked to do something that’s not doctor-ey.
I am almost done with season one! Four more episode left! This was one of the best groups of episodes I have had so far. “Space Seed” and “This Side of Paradise” were especially great, but all of them were good. I’m really excited to get to the rest of season one!
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