azriona: (cat in a box)
1. Cooking. I continue to be a lean, mean, recipe-testing machine. I remade the spinach on Friday night and it turned out MUCH better, though could still use some tweaking. Picture/recipe to follow. I also made Anzac Biscuits with the golden syrup, and they are quite yummy and being passed around. Currently there is a chicken in the oven, rubbed with garlic and parsley and balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil. Eventually, it will end up in risotto.

(The chicken, incidentally, is not for Mise; it's just because I have a chicken and risotto rice and wanted to do something with them.)

Later this week: English bangers, but without the sausage casings because pig parts are proving to be difficult to source in a Muslim country - SHOCKING, I KNOW - and a carrot-ginger soup, because I might convince Andrew to eat it.

2. Cross-stitch. I AM DONE WITH BABY ANNOUNCEMENTS. I finally finished the last one a few days ago and so I'm back to working on Erised - which means there will have been PROGRESS by the time its anniversary rolls around next month.

All I have to say is, no one's allowed to get pregnant now, because dammit, I want to finish Page 7 of Erised before Andrew starts kindergarten.

3. Television Watching. I got the next disc of To the Ends of the Earth. Hurrah! Pirate-shirted Benedict Cumberbatch is in my future; let's see if Edmund continues to be a jerk or if he gets his comeuppance in the last episode.

Bill and I have also started watching Star Trek TOS again. I have not been doing recaps, mostly because I've been caught up with other things. But OMG, the second season seems to be all about trying to kill Spock and leaving Scotty in charge of the ship. And Chekov keeps getting the girls. It's very strange.

4. Paris. Three people I know have been to Paris in the last month. I am jealous, but mostly because of the food.

5. Bill has written a haiku, based on current events in the UL and the fact that the news tends to blow things out of proportion.

UL is burning.
We are fine; do not worry.
Today ends in Y.
azriona: (star trek)
So I went a trollin' on the internet, and found a very amusing list of ten tropes you'll find in sci-fi. Pretty much all the big sci fi shows/books/movies are mentioned, and I suspect most of you could name four or five right off the top of your heads. (Actually, there's a challenge for you: try to name all ten, without looking. Anyone who gets all ten in the comments without looking at that list, gets a cross-stitch bookmark with your choice of character, or something similar since my cross-stitch-bookmark supplies are still on the back of a camel somewhere. Scout's honor, now.)

To a certain extent, however, this week's Star Trek episode, "The Return of the Archons", doesn't exemplify any of the ten other than in the usual Star Trek ways. Except, gosh, it sure feels like it should.

Summary: Investigating the disappearance of the U.S.S. Archon 100 years earlier, Kirk discovers the entire culture on planet Beta III is controlled by a group of 'lawgivers' known as "The Body" who are, in turn, controlled by the omniscient Landru.

Doesn't sound like much, no. But this episode turned out to be the oddest Star Trek episode I've seen yet. Mostly because it didn't feel like a Star Trek episode at all.

Wait, what show am I meant to be watching? )

But, I did promise songs, in the plural, and not just Craig Ferguson either. Bill found this - I have no idea how - but it is so, so worth watching, and if it's not in the upcoming film, we will both be bitterly disappointed.

Tune in next time when I recap "Space Seed", in which we very notably do not have Klingons.
azriona: (star trek)
Before we begin, an extremely belated congrats to [ profile] crimedoc1 for being the first to spot the grammatical error in TrekCore's summary of the last episode recapped. Why, yes, that was two months ago, well spotted you! Anyway, [ profile] crimedoc1 unintentionally gave me something of a challenge: the TARDIS, and maybe the Doctor. You can see the result here.

Moving on......

Once upon a time, in a land called Hollywood, a bunch of writers working for Star Trek wondered what would happen if they put their characters in an episode of Law and Order.

Summary: Kirk is ordered to face a Court Martial on Starbase 11 when the circumstances surrounding a crewman's death are thrown into doubt. Kirk's lawyer Samuel T. Cogley must call on the assistance of the Enterprise crew in order to clear Kirk's name.

This is their story.


No, seriously, I couldn't watch the episode without that music in my head. )

And with that, I think I'm going to have to conclude this recap. All I really have to say is that it's a good thing Star Trek didn't keep up with the courtroom dramas. Tune in next time when we recap "The Return of the Argons", which has borrowed costumes, borrowed sets, and I'm willing to bet a borrowed storyline, too.
azriona: (star trek)
First, and most importantly:

OMG, FLIST. Why did none of you tell me about the Star Trek/Doctor Who comic book crossover? Bad Flist! Go to your rooms!

(Also, OMGWANT. Actually, I could make the argument that I need this comic in order to fully do justice to the Star Trek Rewatch. Yes. Absolutely. that sounds reasonable. Who wants to mail it to me in Unknown Location?)

Moving on....

There is something about sci-fi that makes people want to time travel. That's one explanation, anyway. Other explanations would involve producers wanting to put futuristic characters into modern-day dress/locations in order to save on production costs, but that would be a very jaded view.

(Accurate, perhaps, but still jaded.)

You therefore expect that an episode involving the Star Trek crew finding themselves in the 1960s would be one of those introspective and self-commenting type of shows. You don't expect it to be as hysterically funny as it turns out to be.

Summary: When the U.S.S. Enterprise is thrown into a time warp, it ends up orbiting Earth in the 20th century. However when the Enterprise accidentally destroys a fighter plane, Kirk must think up a plan to return it's captain to Earth without being discovered.

Oh, TrekCore. Why the Grammar!Fail? Sigh. Fine. Mini-contest, I suppose. First person to spot the grammatical error in that summary gets a cross-stitch bookmark of your choice.

But before you all frantically scan your copies of Strunk & White, let's count how many times Bill says 'dude' in the course of this recap. )

Tune in next time when I recap "Court Martial", in which we have some fabulous earrings, a lawyer with a fabulous C.V., and a distinct lack of Law & Order music. And theoretically a winner to the TrekCore Grammar!Fail Contest.
azriona: (star trek)
Bill and I had so much fun doing our recap over IM, we decided to repeat for "Arena". This is mostly because Bill is quite a few hours ahead of me (time-zone wise), so I wasn't online when he was watching. He started sending me comments over IM, which IM handily saved until I was online to receive them.

Doing a recap over IM has its good and bad points. The good thing is that all of our incredibly pithy, witty, and intelligent commentary is saved for posterity, assuming I remember to save the conversation.

The bad part is sometimes, you miss the regular ebb and flow of an actual conversation. I've edited as much as I can to make this look like it flowed so nicely, but it didn't really.

Plus, I don't know about your IM conversations, but me, I tend to drop capitals when I'm IMing. Which makes for a lot of editing later on...ugh.

Summary: Pursuing a Gorn ship responsible for the destruction of an entire Earth colony, the Enterprise is forced into an encounter with the Metreons, a powerful race who abhor violence. They place Kirk and the Gorn captain on a desolate world where they are left to fight to the death.

You know, for a race that says they abhor violence, that's an awfully violent way to solve the problem. Especially since they then televise the fight. (Hmm. Sounds a bit like the premise of the latest upcoming big-budget based-on-a-young-adult novel, doesn't it?)

Also, Gladiator-type stuff. And distinct possibility of a shirtless Kirk. (SHOCKING, I know.)

Snark Ahoy )

Tune in next time, when we recap "Tomorrow is Yesterday", in which we have time travel, Sulu Being Awesome, and the most fantastic computer voice known to man.
azriona: (star trek)
You know, sometimes I have a sneaking suspicion that at least once a season, the following conversation takes place deep in the bowels of television studios:

Costume Department: Hey, look! Here's some old costumes from a time period our show isn't set in! Let's find a way to use them!
Writers: We can make our heroes travel in time or meet some alien race that is set in some old Earth time period!
Producers: Great idea!

Okay, maybe that's not the reason for every show which involves old costumes, but I'm sure it's happened once or twice. I mean, heck - there's an entire website devoted to documenting costumes which have been used previously. (Beware if you click that - it's a seriously addictive site.) I'm not saying there's anything wrong with recycling costumes, particularly the period ones. It takes a lot of time and money to make a good period costume, so I totally get why they'd be used again. And sure, you can't always write a show around some really awesome prop or set piece that you've got lying around. But I'm sure it's nice when you can sort of fit them in without paying much attention to whether or not it makes sense.

Summary: Discovering a planet which seems to have appeared from nowhere, the Enterprise crew encounter Trelane a, a humanoid with tremendous psionic powers and a passion for Earth's 18th-century military history.

i.e., Someone on the production staff noticed a whole bunch of awesome 18th century props lying around somewhere....

If I were truly dedicated, I would play Spot the Prop, but I'm not that dedicated. I am, however, that snarky. )

Tune in next time when I recap "Arena", in which we have plastic lizards, barren landscapes, and a heated discussion about recycling.

Summary & Screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (star trek)
One of the problems with going back and watching the old episodes of Star Trek is that in some ways, the viewer is smarter than the characters. Well, smarter is a bit strong - I think a better way of putting it is that we're so used to the various idiosyncrasies and characterizations that we don't need continual bashing over the head over various details, such as "Spock is an alien." We know Spock is a Vulcan, that the Vulcans value logic over emotion, that Spock in particular tends to be more logical than most because he's got Mommy & Daddy issues, not that he'd admit it.

So take an episode like today's recap, "The Galileo Seven", and it becomes more of an exercise in tedium than actual enjoyment.

Summary: The Galileo shuttlecraft is pulled off course from investigating the quasar phenomenon of Murasaki 312 and crash-lands on an uncharted planet. The seven crewmembers, led by Commander Spock, soon find they are not alone on the planet.

Basically, it becomes a whole question of what qualities you look for in a leader. Do you look for someone who is going to adhere to regulations, facts, and scientific analysis, or do you look for someone who goes with his gut and responds to the emotional needs of the moment? I mean, think about it: you're stranded on a dangerous planet, with little hope of escape and even less hope of long-term survival. Who do you want in charge?

(It should be noted that this is something of a running theme in TOS, particularly when looking at the leadership styles of Spock v. Kirk. Do you rule with your head, or your heart? It's why the Spock and Kirk dynamic (whether slashed or not) is so interesting, and I suspect there have been thousands of essays written on this subject, particularly if you take the time period in which the show was written into account. I mean, think about it: you've got a generation who tended to see the world in black-and-white terms (i.e., logically), and then you get the next generation who tends to pay attention to their feelings more (which then slides into Woodstock and the feel-good 70s). I should warn you that this recap will not go into that discussion. For one thing, it's been done before, and by better historians/Trekkers than me. For another, I've had a serious headache-bordering-on-migraine most of the evening, and my only choices of weapon were chugging Andrew's children's ibuprofen, or Tylenol. I took the Tylenol, which was probably not the wiser choice, because it took two hours to work, and I can still sort of feel the rubber bands around my brain, even though they don't technically hurt. So I'm not really up to writing a meta-filled post about logic v. emotion. Which I realize is probably a very lengthy statement, but I blame the headache.)

Anyway, this episode marks the start of what will become a main theme in TOS: who do you want to be in charge in time of crisis?

Sadly, the Doctor is not an option. )

Tune in next time when we recap "The Squire of Gothos", in which we revisit Earth history by way of interstellar observation.
azriona: (star trek)
I think it's well-known that Bill and I are doing this rewatch in two different parts of the world. Bill is watching the DVDs; I'm watching on NetFlix instant streaming. We watch when we get a chance, and then discuss the episodes over Skype. (Which, when you come to think of it, are three technologies that did not exist when these episodes aired, and moreover, would have been considered very futuristic in the 1960s anyway. A disc that contains a whole movie? Using a box the size of a three-ring binder to see and converse with someone on the other side of the ocean? Wow!)

Anyway, for today's episode, we ended up doing most of the conversation via not Skype, but IM - which means that I have a record of what we said. (Most of it, anyway - we had discussed the first half of the show over Skype the previous day, so I've inserted those bits in, but not as IMs.)

Summary: Enjoying a much needed shore leave, the crew soon discover their fantasies are turning into reality with the appearance of imaginary characters from Alice in Wonderland. Things soon turn dangerous with the appearance of a deadly knight who swiftly kills Dr. McCoy...

You know, I don't think this episode was meant to be funny in quite this way... )

Bill: Anyway, I thought the episode wasn't bad.
Me: No, it was kind of fun. A good first foray into humor.
Me: And we get alien-of-the-week on the next one.

And we do. Join us next time for "The Galileo Seven"...

Summary and Screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (star trek)
You may have picked up by now that Bill and I are not newbies to the world of Star Trek. We're not insane about it (says the woman who dressed her 2-year-old as Lieutenant Worf for Halloween), but we do know our stuff. This is because we were both raised by fathers who are, without a doubt, Trekkers. Bill's father even signs his emails "LLAP".

For today's episode, I was lucky enough to have Bill's father in town, and he agreed to watch along with me. He rewatched all the TOS episodes himself about a year ago, so he was somewhat familiar with them already. Even better, "Balance of Terror" is a Vulcan-centric episode, more or less, and the Vulcans are my father-in-laws favorite aliens in Trek.

Summary: The Enterprise is forced into a deadly game of "cat and mouse" when a Romulan bird of prey is spotted close to Federation territory. Kirk must outwit the highly intelligent Romulan Commander if he is to stand any chance of saving his crew.

Ooo, a Romulan captain! I wonder who that could be!

Those Romulans look familiar..... )

So I finally get the feeling that Star Trek is hitting its stride, minor issues like concrete and Romulans notwithstanding. Either that or Bill and I are getting steadily punchier as we watch. Both are possibilities.

Anyway, tune in next week when we watch "Shore Leave", in which we have bunnies, samurai warriors, and showgirls. No, really, I'm serious, all of those in one episode.

Summary and Screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (star trek)
People. Do you realize the importance of this episode? No, it has nothing to do with Star Trek lore as it were, but the fact that this episode was the first time I wrote the recap immediately after watching and reassessing it with Bill. That means I am all caught up.

Picture me now doing the Happy Dance. It looks a lot like the Happy Dance from Perfect Strangers, the one that Balki and Larry did all the time, and which I've never been able to find on YouTube, which is a shame, because I would totally embed it about twice a week, especially on mornings when Andrew's slept through the night. (And that includes today, actually, because that kid is still asleep like gangbusters, and he didn't cough once all night, so I have high hopes for his health today.)

Anyway, I had to make note of that, and thus, on with the show!


I had high hopes for this episode - I don't know why, exactly. Maybe there was something about the summary that intrigued me.

Summary: When a number of crewmembers and planetary personnel are found dead or poisoned, the visiting playwright Anton Karidian is put in the frame for mass genocide on Tarsus IV.

Well, okay, not that summary. Which isn't even really right, come to that. No, the summary I was excited about was the one on NetFlix's description.

Kodos, a fugitive wanted for mass murder, is allegedly living as a 23rd-century Shakespearean actor. Kirk's friend tips him off about Kodos and is murdered. When Kirk brings a Shakespearean acting troupe aboard to investigate, the body count grows.

Well...reasonably better, although Kodos isn't so much a fugitive wanted for mass murder as he faked his own death 20 years previously, and the 14 or so people who can positively identify him have been mysteriously dying one by one. What's more, the last two are on board the Enterprise - and one of them is Kirk.

So what does the captain do? Well, obviously he brings the man onto the ship because he's got the hots for the guy's daughter. Duh.

Oh, Kirk. Never change. )

And with that, I leave you. Not quite the episode I'd expected, but entertaining nonetheless. Next time, we'll recap Episode 15, "Balance of Terror," in which we learn why it's never a good idea to declare something on a sci-fi show.

Summary and screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (star trek)
Before Star Trek was the big franchise we all know and love, they were just like any other new television show, scrambling for funding from their network, trying desperately to save a few pennies. Halfway through the first season, the producers realized they were running dangerously low on funds.

Which is when they remembered the unaired pilot episode they'd shot quite some time before.

Producers: But we can't use that episode! None of the characters are the same, except for Spock! None of the costumes are the same! For crying out loud, the first mate is female!!!
Writers: We can fix that! We'll make the whole thing a flashback episode!
Producers: A what?
Writers: It's a soon to be overused television cliche that uses prior footage to create a new show without spending a whole lot of money. But that's not important right now.*

(*Probably not how the conversation actually went, but I bet I'm not far off.)

And that, kids, is how the pilot episode "The Cage" became part of the two-parter "The Menagerie". (See what the writers did there with the titles?!? Aren't they clever, those writers?)

Summary: The crew meet the Enterprise's former commander, Captain Pike at Starbase 11 only to find he has been severely crippled by radiation burns. Spock inexplicably kidnaps Pike and takes control of the Enterprise, locking it into a course for the quarantined planet Talos IV. Kirk and Commodore Mendez are forced to court martial Spock for his actions but soon discover the enigmatic Talosians, first encountered by Captain Pike years earlier, have once again been making their presence felt.

Netflix instant streaming had allowed me to watch The Cage back when we started the rewatch, and I have to admit I wasn't all that fond of it on the first go. I did, however, keep notes, so I decided to fast forward through those bits while rewatching. It makes for a very abbreviated episode.

Let's all take a trip down memory lane, shall we? )

Tune in next time when I recap "The Conscience of the King", in which we get Shakespeare, murder, mystery, and intrigue....which is four ways of saying exactly the same thing.
azriona: (star trek)
After a turkey-related delay, we now continue with our regularly scheduled recapping of Star Trek, which will include the winner of the "My Alien is Faker Than Your Alien" contest. Up next is the episode "The Corbomite Maneuver".

Summary: The Enterprise becomes trapped by a huge crystalline-type vessel whose menacing commander swiftly informs Kirk that he has trespassed into the territory of the First Federation and must face destruction. Kirk must think fast in order to save his ship, but soon faces another problem when the previously menacing alien commander turns out to be a mere child.

Well, gosh, let's just give the ending away, shall we? *sigh*

Carrying on )

But, of course, what you're all waiting for: the Second Fakest Alien on Television. I say "second fakest" because [ profile] ramblinsuze did find a faker-looking one - and from Doctor Who, King of the Low-Budget Sci-Fi shows, which is really no surprise. (And please don't get me wrong: I love me some Doctor Who, but if you thought Star Trek had a low budget, Doctor Who was literally operating on pennies.)

Must Be Seen to Be Believed, and Even That Might Not Be Enough )

Tune in next week for my recap of "The Menagerie Parts One and Two", which is not only a double episode, but proof that writers in the 1960s knew how to recycle.
azriona: (star trek)
The My-Alien-Is-Faker-Than-Your-Alien Contest

"The Corbomite Maneuver", the next episode in my Star Trek recap, has what has got to be the fakest looking alien I have ever seen in my entire life - and yet the crew of the Enterprise is taken in by it. (They apparently don't watch a lot of low-budget television in their spare time.)

Therefore, I challenge you to find me a faker-looking alien. The alien must be from a movie or television show and must have been perceived as "real" by other characters within that show. (The alien from this Star Trek episode obviously does not count. Other Star Trek episodes are fair game, though.)

The winner gets their choice of a cross-stitch bookmark or, as the holidays are approaching, a cross-stitch ornament, featuring your favorite sci-fi character.

Please post your fake-looking alien pictures as comments in this post. I'd prefer you embed the images, but links are fine, too. Please provide the source for the alien (that is, the television show or movie), and respect the original locations and do not hotlink.

The contest will remain open until I actually post the recap to "The Carbonite Maneuver", which will happen after Thanksgiving Day, and I'll announce the winner (if there is one) in that post.

The Fake Looking Alien By Which Your Aliens Will Be Judged )
Good luck!
azriona: (star trek)
I've been avoiding writing about the next Star Trek episode, "Dagger of the Mind". I'm not entirely sure why - in many ways, it was just as laughable an episode as the rest of them. But as someone on my flist pointed out not too long ago, there seems to be a plethora of folks online recently who are suffering from depression, and considering what this episode is about, I don't particularly want to be making fun of psychological issues right now.

Summary: Dr Simon Van Gelder "escapes" from the psychiatric team on the Tantalus Penal Colony and causes Dr. McCoy sufficient concern to demand Kirk looks into the colony's professional methods. McCoy's concerns are soon found to be warranted when Kirk is kidnapped and subjected to a deadly Neural Neutralizer.

Bill: So basically, this episode is about the horrors of psychological research.

He's not far wrong. And you see my dilemma. I might be making a mountain out of a molehill, but to me, it's still a mountain.

Argh. )

So ends a fairly uncomfortable episode, as far as episodes go. Tune in next time when we recap "The Corbomite Maneuver", in which we see what is possibly the fakest looking alien ever. In fact, I challenge you guys to find me an alien that looks faker than this one - and you know what? I think I'll make a contest of it. (But in another post, so stay tuned. And perhaps start trolling for fake-looking aliens.)

Summary and screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (star trek)
You know, we joke that Kirk would flirt with anything that moves. In today's episode, "Miri", we learn that age is definitely not a factor.

Summary: Responding to an ancient distress call, the Enterprise discovers a group of abandoned children on the surface of a planet which exactly duplicates 1960s Earth. Dr. McCoy soon realises that all the adults have been wiped out by a deadly disease - a disease which soon makes it way to the unsuspecting landing party.

Gosh, 1960s Earth. How convenient.

The Star Trek Lolita. Also, I talk a lot of semi-nonsense about linguistics. )

So I'd say "Miri" ranks right up there with some of Kirk's Not Finest Moments. But I think it's one of the first times where we really get to see another planet's culture - granted, it's an alternate Earth, but it's definitely the beginnings of a different culture. One of the things I've always loved about Star Trek is the window into other cultures, so on that level, it's a neat episode.

Then again, the creepiness of Kirk's flirting sort of outweighs that. Ah well.

Tune in next time when we watch "Dagger of the Mind", in which we discover the horrors of psychological research, more entertaining costume choices, and a possible explanation for Lost.

Summary and Screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (star trek)
I had this long, lovely, witty entry written up about Andrew and grocery shopping and voting and all that. Except I wrote it in my head last night before bed, which isn't a very permanent way to write anything, and now in the clear light of morning, it doesn't seem half as witty as it did last night. Nothing ever does.

Anyway, have a Star Trek Recap instead.

It's fun watching old Star Trek episodes. For one thing, the costumes in the 1960s are just more entertaining. (And here I'm talking about those for the guest stars, including one from this week which is apparently one of the more famous offerings.)

But the other entertaining thing is watching the train wreck in terms of continuity. You know, the little things, like musical navigators, and who wears what color shirt when, and Advancements in Androids.

I'm getting ahead of myself.

Summary: Visiting planet Exo III, Nurse Chapel is reunited with her long lost fiancé, Dr. Roger Korby. However when Kirk is kidnapped and duplicated by one of Korby's home-made androids, the crew is placed in an impossible predicament of picking out the real captain.

Ah, Nurse Chapel. We meet at last.

Also, Kirk is shirtless. Surprise, surprise. )

So, tune in next time when we watch "Miri", in which kids take over the world, and Kirk takes a page from Vladimir Nabokov.

Summary and ST screencaps from TrekCore. Doctor Who screencaps from Sonic Biro.
azriona: (rewatch)
Warning: If you are easily appalled by the objectification of women as objects, then don't watch this episode. It will cause you pain. I mean, I realize there's a certain amount of objectification of women in Star Trek to start with, but this week takes the cake. And the pie. And the cookies in the back of the cupboard that you thought no one knew about.

Summary: The Enterprise rescues galactic rogue Harcourt Fenton Mudd and a bevy of beauties from a ship in distress. Before Kirk can charge Mudd with numerous crimes, the Enterprise is thrown into turmoil with the burning out of its' lithium crystals. Kirk makes haste to the nearest mining colony where he makes a damning discovery about Mudd's "cargo"...

See, even in the summary, there's a reference to "cargo". Go on, don't even bother to guess. We all know what that "cargo" refers to.

There's also this bit about the shirts. )

Tune in next time when we attempt to answer "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", which apparently is far more complex than sugar, spice, and everything nice.

Summary and screencaps from TrekCore, which is quickly becoming the most awesome resource ever. Why has no one done something this thorough for Doctor Who?
azriona: (ST - Spock/Uhura)
You know, I don't even know where to begin with today's TOS episode. I mean, whatever episode we were watching was kind of doomed to be ridiculed mercilessly, because for the first time since starting the rewatch, Bill and I were watching it at the same time, in the same place. There was no way any episode was going to escape the doubled force of our snark.

So, of course, that episode had to be "The Enemy Within".

Summary: A transporter accident splits Kirk into two separate beings - one good, one evil. Whilst the evil half of the Captain runs riot on the ship committing violent acts, the good Kirk is weakening and finds himself unable to make command decisions. Scotty has a solution in mind, but there's no guarantee the Captain will survive.


Two Kirks?

Oh dear.

Because One Shatner is NEVER enough. )

To wrap up from last week, the voting seems to indicate that since Joey the Stupid Crewman was wearing red while on the planet that eventually killed him, he should therefore be counted as a Red Shirt. Thus, Joey gets the dubious distinction of being the first Red Shirt to die on Star Trek.

Congratulations, Joey?

Tune in next time, when we watch episode TOS 1:6, "Mudd's Women", in which we revisit questionable shirts, the blatant objectification of women, and the marvels of medical science. Not that any of these are related, except that they sort of are.
azriona: (ST - Spock/Uhura)
I've been taking notes as I watch the episodes, but apparently they weren't good enough for "The Naked Time" - when I started looking through the screencaps, I realized I couldn't remember one of the most pivotal scenes of all. I mean, how often do you see a Vulcan cry? And don't you think you'd remember if you did? So during Andrew's nap this afternoon, I watched the episode again. It at least goes down well on the second go - probably the first of of any of the episodes I've seen that I've been happy to watch again. Better yet, I caught some underlying Spock/Uhuraness, which just makes me happy.

So, without further ado, let's begin.

Summary: Returning from planet Psi 2000, a landing party inadvertently spreads a rampant disease which has a feverish intoxicating effect on the crew. Seemingly harmless at first, Kirk must race to find a cure when Lieutenant Riley seizes control of Engineering and places the Enterprise directly in the path of destruction.

Somewhere, there is a porn movie making fun of this episode. (Warning: very image heavy this time.) )

[Poll #1790241]

Tune in next time when we recap "The Enemy Within", which is the episode that RTD was born to direct. God help us all.

Summary and screencaps from TrekCore.
azriona: (ST - Spock/Uhura)
Confession: Bill and I have been watching Star Trek episodes since August, so I've got a backlog of recaps. My goal is two a week until we're caught up, and then I'll post as we go. Because Bill finally got both his Air and his HHE shipments (oh, the saga of sending things overseas), he's got a plethora of things to watch, so he's not whipping through ST as quickly as he was before. (I think he's rewatching all the James Bond movies at the moment. Dr No is apparently hysterically funny, 40 years later.)

Anyway, without further ado, we move on to Episode S1:E4, "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

Except, of course, men DID go before, and apparently, they found shimmery shiny contact lenses there. )

Next up: The Naked Time, in which surprisingly, Kirk is not the one who goes shirtless.

Summary & screencaps obtained from TrekCore.

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