Hevy782 takes a look at the two part Jar Jar and Mace arc.
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This week’s classic Star Trek episode is The Omega Glory. The episode synopsis is here. The Enterprise finds the starship Exeter in orbit around Omega IV beaming over to the ship the boarding party finds that the crew has been reduced to piles of basic elements by a biological agent brought back from the planet. Accessing the ships log the crew discover that the planet holds immunity to the agent and they quickly beam to the surface.
Upon arriving on the planet Kirk finds the captain of the Exeter Captain Tracey has survived and in a disturbing turn of events Tracy has been violating the prime directive and interfering in a conflict between the Kohms who inhabit the village and the Yangs who roam the country side. Kirk confronts Tracey as to why he has violated the prime directive. Tracey tells Kirk of the long lifespans of the native population and immunity to the biological agent and believes he has found the fountain of youth if they can isolate the immunity factor. Tracey tells kirk that they are trapped there until they can discover the reason for immunity. McCoy finds that the long lifespans are not the result of anything but the native people adapting to their environment and there is no fountain of youth. He also discovers that had the Exeter landing party stayed on the planet a little longer they would have been rendered immune and would have not taken the biological agent back to the ship.
After a confrontation between the Yangs and Kohms in which Kirk refuses Tracey’s demand for phasers, The Yangs take control of the village. As they are imprisoned Kirk and Spock begin to realize that the planet is a parallel of Earth in which the Kohms were the Communists and the Yangs were the Yankees and they fought the world war that earth avoided. Cloud William the leader of the Yangs begins a slurred version of the pledge of allegiance which Kirk recognizes and finishes. The Yangs surprised Kirk know there holy words and tests him. Cloud William ask Kirk to finish his words. Although he is reading the constitution Kirk fails to recognize it due to the way he slurs the words. Tracey trying to turn the Yangs on Kirk says Kirk is evil and will destroy them. The Yangs trying to decide who is telling the truth Tracey or Kirk pit the two captains against each other. While the confrontation is unfolding Spock using a Vulcan mind trick influences Sirah Cloud William’s mate to open one of their communicators contacting the ship, After Kirk gains the upper hand on Tracey and as Sulu arrives for backup he finishes the words Cloud William started winning the Yangs over and he tells them that their holy words are for all the people.
This episode brings up the theory of parallel planet development. We see this in several other episodes. This was a way that the show could tell stories in settings that wouldn’t have to be created as if they would travel to exotic alien worlds and would save on production costs. Instead of having to create sets props and costumes they could use existing sets props and costumes on the paramount lot.
This was also an interesting episode to see what happens to a captain when he loses his crew. We have seen Commodore Decker’s angst and sorrow at the mistake that cost him his crew. He eventually sacrifices himself to redeem his mistake. Here Tracey loses all sense of duty and succumbs to the temptation of the fountain of youth. It was surprising how Tracey a starship captain could crack so severely and violate everything he pledged to stand by.
The re-mastered parts of this episode consist of the standard Enterprise and planet upgrades. You can also see the Exeter in the Enterprise view screen as she approaches the planet. One little note of trivia this episode was submitted for the second pilot along with Mudd’s Women and Where No Man Has Gone Before after The Cage was rejected by the network.
When Cody turned on Obi-Wan in Episode III it was sad but not heartbreaking because although it was disappointing it seemed like clones had been trained to put the Republic first and follow any legal order they were given. They were little more than flesh and blood droids. I know some people still cling to that view of them but for me The Clone Wars changed everything.
As the seasons passed and we saw more and more examples of clones as individuals, capable of disobeying orders, deserting, even betraying their brothers, it seemed less and less believable that they would all kill their Jedi Generals so cold-bloodedly. There had to be an explanation. We couldn’t believe that our favourite clones would be that heartless, that disloyal, surely some would refuse?
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The Judoon are intergalactic police for hire and are part of the Shadow Proclamation. They look like upright rhinoceroses in space armour and what they lack in intelligence they make up for in bold and senseless determination. Anyone who gets in their way gets no warning, but an instant and immediately carried out execution. But this rather narrow view on justice does not mean that they are above giving compensation, although whether a human would know what to do with it or not is another question. After an incident with Balmoral Castle about one hundred years ago they were barred from Earth but that won’t stop them. They can’t use their H20 scoop technology to bring entire buildings, like the Royal Hope Hospital, to neutral space where they can deal with hidden criminals.
The Shadow Proclamation is a vast space station run and overseen by the Shadow Architect. From here they create and uphold different planetary laws agreed upon by the participating races. While the Judoon enforce these laws throughout the galaxy, a squad of them is permanently stationed here for security purposes. The Doctor and Donna go there to find out more about the mystery of the disappearing planets (Earth being one of them) and when they arrive they are met by a squad of Judoon ready to arrest them.
The Judoon first appeared in Smith and Jones written by Russell T Davies and featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha. During this the Royal Hope Hospital is transported to the moon by the Judoon with an investigating Doctor inside. Here he meets medical student Martha who is taking it all in her stride and together they try and work out what’s happening. Soon the Judoon show up and storm the hospital, looking for an alien disguised as a human. Knowing that she is in danger, the alien that they are looking for, Florence Finnegan, drinks the blood of a human and is able to trick the Judoon into thinking she’s human. With the Doctor in danger of being mistaken for the alien and the oxygen running out, the Doctor and Martha rush to find the real enemy. While Florence is putting the finishing touches on her machine which will microwave half the planet below, the Doctor manages to trick her into drinking his blood and the Judoon realise she is the alien and thus putting a stop to her plan. With their mission completed the Judoon return to their ships and the hospital is put back in it’s rightful place on Earth.
That’s all for the rhinos for hire, next week we move onto the intergalactic weed, the Krynoid.
In the wake of The Lost Missions arriving on Netflix Nexus Route site regulars are going to be sharing their thoughts on the individual arcs and the whole block over the next few days. We kick off with an overview of all 13 episodes by…
Season 6, it was awesome. I’m just speechless. After all this time, we finally see the last stories of The Clone Wars. I’m just still trying to rap mind around all of it. So in my epic return of blogging! I just want to talk Season 6 all day! “The Lost Missions”, no, the highly anticipated and legendary Season 6 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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A datacam tape is uncovered showing Aeryn as part of a Peacekeeper firing squad that executed a previous Pilot aboard Moya. The rest of the crew wants answers but Aeryn is recalcitrant about revisiting her past – especially her relationship with Velorek, the man charged with forcibly bonding a new Pilot to Moya. Pilot too refuses to communicate with the crew, not wanting to reveal his own complicity in the murky circumstances surrounding his instatement as Moya’s guide.
Farscape really did push the relationships between the crew to breaking point. Crichton is calmer than most about the revelations in this episode but he finds the news of Aeryn’s previous romance a little unsettling despite himself.
The TARDIS materialises in what seems to be a store room. The Doctor says that she seems to be having problems, Rose says that if he thinks there’s going to be trouble they can get back in and go somewhere else. They both laugh. As if!
They find they’re on a deep space exploration base. Sprayed on the wall is the phrase “Welcome to Hell” and below it a lot of writing in strange symbols which the TARDIS can’t translate, which means it must be old, impossibly old. They go to look for whoever is in charge and are quickly surrounded by aliens saying “We must feed”
“… you if you are hungry” Opps, electromagnetics interfering with their speech systems. They were just being polite. Then some of the human inhabitants turn up. They’re amazed rather than hostile and lead the Doctor and Rose to the command centre where everyone else is equally as puzzled but then a quake hits, shaking the whole base. The surface has caved in but Zack (the acting Captain) deflected it onto storage 5 through 8, they’ve lost them entirely. Toby the archiologist is sent to check it out.
Since it’s clear that Rose and the Doctor have no idea where they are the science officer Ida introduces them to the crew and then opens the roof to show a black hole. They are in orbit around a black hole. It’s impossible but here they are.
Toby is walking down a corridor when he hears a voice calling his name and the lights start to flicker.
Back in the control room Ida tells them a story, that the black hole was a demon and it was tricked into eating the planet, only to spit it out because it was poison. The Doctor is fascinated, this planet shouldn’t exist, the power required would be ridiculous. Rose is given refreshment by one of the aliens and politely asks it’s name. It says that it does not have a title, “we are as one”. Danny explains that they are Ood, a slave race. Rose is unsurprisingly upset about this. Meanwhile the Doctor is being told that the energy source buried in the planet is why the base is here, they’re drilling down to find it, to find out what it is. As the Doctor sees it, they came because it was there, a very human thing to do, and he decides to hug Zack. “Human beings, you are amazing” “Thank you” “But apart from that you’re absolutely mad. You should pack your bags, get back in that ship and fly for your lives”.
Which brings up the subject of how the Doctor and Rose got there and suddenly they realise that the TARDIS was in the storage area that’s not there any more. They rush off to check and yes, it’s gone, the TARDIS is gone. Zack won’t divert the drill to go looking for it. They’re trapped.
Jefferson the security chief is with the Ood. Scooti the trainee tech is working outside. Danny is counting Ood. Toby is examining ancient writing on pieces of pottery, when the voice starts talking to him again. He thinks someone is playing tricks.
Rose is getting her lunch and trying to make conversation with an Ood when it says “The Beast and his armies shall rise from the Pit to make war against God”. She’s a bit taken aback, but then the Ood returns to normal.
In the control room Zack is monitoring the drill, when he turns his back the image of the drill head is momentarily replaced by a horned figure.
Danny is closing a door while the automated system tells him to close it, but then says “He is awake”.
Again the voice calls to Toby, this time he knows it’s not Danny messing about. He asks “Who are you?” “I have so many names”. The voice tells him that he must not look behind him or he will die. Eventually as the voice says it’s getting closer and closer Toby can’t stand it any longer and looks around. There’s nobody there. He turns back to his work but finds that the pottery fragments he was examining are now plain. He removes his gloves and finds that the writing is now on his skin instead. Picking up a mirror he sees it on his face as well and his eyes are red. He collapses onto the floor.
The rest of the crew watch as a star system is consumed by the black hole. The Doctor and Rose discuss what they will do without the TARDIS assuming the crew can do as they’ve offered and give them a lift when they finally leave this planet. The Doctor is not keen on getting a job and house like normal people. It gets a little awkward when Rose touches on the idea of sharing a house. Then her phone rings. A voice says “He is awake” Rose throws the phone to the floor.
Tobby wakes up. Still red-eyed and covered in writing.
The Doctor and Rose go to see Danny to ask about the Ood, how they communicate (a low level telepathic field) and if they could have picked up any transmissions to explain what was said to Rose. Danny monitors the telepathic field, it’s only basic level 5 he says but as the Doctor and Rose watch the number starts to increase going up to 30. When Rose repeats what her phone said the Ood all say “and you will worship him”. The Doctor asks them who.
Scooti goes to see Toby but he’s not there. She hears door 41 open and close and goes to investigate because it’s an airlock. She tries to tell Zack but can’t get through. The Door says “He is awake. He is awake. He bathes in the black sun”. She opens a view port and looks out to see Toby standing outside without a spacesuit. He’s grinning and beckons to her but she’s terrified. He clenches his fist the glass smashes. The hull breach is detected and the rest of the crew rush to seal doors. Everyone except for Scooti is accounted for but she seems to be in Habitation 3 so they all go there. It’s empty, she isn’t there. Then the Doctor finds her. She’s floating outside, obviously dead. Ida closes the blast doors.
The drill has stopped, they’ve reached point zero. The Doctor volunteers to go down the drill shaft with Ida. They walk out into a massive cavern and Ida releases a gravity globe to illuminate it. It’s decorated with gigantic carvings.
The Ood are at Basic 100 which should mean they’re dead and Danny is starting to freak out. Zack tells him that if they’re not actually doing anything just to keep an eye on them.
The Doctor and Ida find a seal, or as the Doctor calls it a trap door. It’s covered in the writing. They call up to ask Toby if he’s deciphered them yet. He stands up, red-eyed and written on again and speaking in a voice that’s not his own. He knows Jefferson’s secrets and taunts him. Jefferson threatens to shoot. His eyes glow, the writing leaves his face and transfers into the Ood whose eyes now glow red. All the Ood are affected and move to attack. Below the seal opens.
The gravity field is weakening. The voice says “The pit is open and I am free”.
For me this episode stands out for the introduction of the Ood who we’ll see again in several future stories. Gotta love an Ood
Darth_Namialus : This episode (and arc) is by far one of the scariest of Doctor Who. I was up on a summer night, alone at around 2AM watching these episodes, and I was even tempted to turn off my laptop to continue in the morning. Having said that, this arc is also one of the most entertaining of the whole show and I loved it all.
I’d cover my face whenever a scene involving Toby appeared, and the flashing images of the Devil himself made me jump once or twice. It was freaky. I did like the fascinating environment, however, especially the Black Hole and the presence of humans on that planet – not just aliens. The team we got to meet was pretty cool, especially Ida. Scooti’s death was a little surprising too (I marked her as one of the characters who’d survive.)
And yes, the Ood! I liked the transformation they went through across Doctor Who – a slave race, then freed by Doctor-Donna, and then there to witness Ten’s death. This episode marks the introduction of one of the best aliens on the show. But they do look a little scary…
With a strong plot, fascinating environment, and freaky shots, I’d give this episode a rather high 9/10. I loved the arc.
This week’s classic Star Trek episode is By Any Other Name unfortunately the last part of season two is still unavailable on the official site but the episode synopsis is here.
Answering a distress call from a small planet the Enterprise encounters aliens from the Andromeda galaxy who have been sent to this galaxy to find worlds to conquer. The Kelvans incapacitate the landing party and take over the ship so they can make the return trip to Andromeda and complete their mission.
Spock using a Vulcan mind trick (I had to) tricks one of the Kelvans into believing they have escaped. When she opens the cell the landing party escapes but is quickly captured by the Kelvan paralysis field. Although the escape attempt fails costing the life of one of the crew Spock has learned through the Vulcan mind probe that the Kelvans are not human but immense beings with hundreds of tentacles who have taken human form.
The Kelvans alter the Enterprise to make the intergalactic voyage and after making it through the barrier reduce most of the crew to small cube like blocks leaving only Kirk, Spock, Scotty and McCoy. Spock recalling more from the mind meld hypothesizes that the Kelvans having taken human form have also taken on human senses and emotions that they may not be able to handle. Using this to their advantage the crew targets each of the Kelvans for sensory overload. Scotty introduces Tomar to the different spirits of the galaxy including some very old scotch. McCoy tells Hanar that he is malnourished and injects him with stimulants. While Kirk targets Kelinda and Rojan with the help of Spock to get Rojan jealous. After a brief fight Rojan Realizes that having taken human form his crew has changed and will be unrecognizable to the people of his world. Rojan relents and agrees to Kirk’s proposal to send a robot ship to Kelda with a peace proposal from the Federation and returns the ship and crew to Kirk.
Not a good start for a landing party two red shirts.
How did the Kelvans know what a perfect human would be?
How did Rojan know to pick the two crewman with the red shirts on?
Rojan is right about Kirk caring more for his crew then himself.
Rojan killing Yeoman Thompson in front of Kirk was just plain evil.
It’s funny after Spock tells the others what he saw during the mind meld that the Kelvan are really immense beings with a hundred tentacles and Kirks only concern is them operating the turbo lift.
Another episode before the warp 10 limit was thought up.
Never liked the whole barrier at the edge of the galaxy thing it would have to envelope the whole galaxy 360 degrees around if it didn’t why don’t they just go over it space is three dimensional although the re-mastered effects are cool.
That’s why the Enterprise crew is regarded as the best in Starfleet.
Love the music as the Kelvans neutralize the crew.
Yum Play-doh food.
Scotty’s got a new drinking buddy.
Why would Tomar let McCoy inject him with something?
Of course Kirk goes to see the alien girl, and once again I can hear McCoy in Star Trek VI “What is it with you anyway.”
Scotty: “I found this in ganaroom…err gammaer…” Tomar: “What is it?” Scotty; “Well it’s hmm its green.” There is a shout out to this scene in an episode of the Next Generation. In Relics Scotty returns. He is in Ten Forward and does not like Synthohol so Data gets a flask out of Guinan’s regular liquor and Scotty asks what it is and Data says “It is green”.
I want to play three dimensional checkers.
Spock is good at pushing Rogan’s buttons.
Little screw up when Scotty throws the “green” bottle you hear it smash but when he collapses in the door way you can see it laying on the floor at his feet.
Someone go wake up Tomar.
Brother: I think Kirk should have blown up the Enterprise. His hesitation seems uncharacteristic to me. Admittedly, when he threatens to destroy his own ship it’s usually in a fashion designed to get him his way in a situation, and that probably wouldn’t have worked here because the Kelvans would simply have frozen everyone rather than negotiate. Yet, we know that he IS in fact willing to destroy the Enterprise, and the threat presented here is nothing less than the complete conquest of the Milky Way Galaxy. And he is waaaay too happy to be seducing that woman. Why did he wait so long to steal her belt-clip-on-thingy? I guess it was important they all acquired them about the same time… And the moral of the episode is, Human vices are a lot of fun, but a definite weakness, I guess. Oh, one final thought, does anyone else think that sending a drone ship to the Andromeda Galaxy is courting disaster? Has Star Trek history been written as to what happens 600 years from now? (300 years for the drone to arrive, 300 more years to discover the Kelvans response.)
Sister: I basically agree with everything Brother just said, though I suppose I imagine that Captain Kirk is more hesitant to allow the Enterprise to be obliterated while his crew is still aboard. Perhaps this leads to an interesting discussion about whether he would have refused to allow the self-destruct sequence to finish in “Let That be Your Last Battlefield.” Ah, I found this quote on the Memory Alpha page for this episode that should not have been cut from the televised version on MeTV, “Do you not agree that this is a better thing for them than exploding the ship as you engineer had thought to do? We detected it, of course. Tomar has devised a mechanism to prevent any further tampering. Please accept your situation, Captain. It will make things much less painful.” Why do we need more commercials per show now compared to then? Rant, rant, rant, rant, rant, rant, rant.
While all of the Kelvans were quite calm to begin with, Hanar, (the Kelvan man wearing brown for those of us who can’t absorb the names of all the only-in-one-episode characters) comes across almost like a robot at first. Perhaps this was done on purpose to highlight the change brought about through McCoy’s injections.
Speaking of Bones, if I find myself on the Enterprise then hopefully someone else will explain how to use the food machines, because that was a far from thorough demonstration on his part.
Random fact: The white shapes the Kelvans reduce the humans to are called, “dodecahedrons,” which is a word for a solid figure with twelve faces. However, if you wish to get more precise and technical with the word you use to name the shape, then apparently you can call them, “cuboctahdrons,” thus assuring that the person you are talking to knows that you are describing a poly-hedron whose faces consist of six equal squares and eight equal equilateral triangles. Or possibly just assure that they have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
The Ice Warriors are a race of reptilian bipeds from the planet Mars. As Mars is a dying planet, they have been looking for a new world to colonise and tried to invade Earth several times, all of them meeting with failure because of a man called the Doctor. They are used to cold climates and are susceptible to heat, they will eventually melt if the temperature becomes to high for them. They are armed with deadly sonic weapons on their wrists and have a much larger and far more deviating version of these attached to their ships. One group of Ice Warriors crashed on Earth during the ice age and lay perfectly preserved in the ice for thousands of years. They were finally revived in 3000 AD when the Earth was facing another ice age and upon finding out that their planet is now dead the decide to make Earth theirs. A similar thing happened to another Ice Warrior who was thawed out on a Russian Submarine in the middle of the cold war and decided it would use the missiles on the submarine to wipe out man kind.
The Ice Warrior nobility, also called Ice Lords, are much less heavily armoured than the warrior class of their society. They have a more streamlined helmet and breastplate along with an ornamental cloak and belt worn for ceremonial purposes. Some higher ranking warriors, like Slaar who led the raid on the moonbase, have the more streamlined helmet and breastplate but lack the ceremonial garb. The Grand Marshal of the assault also wore this but had a more decorated helmet to signify his rank. Due to Earth’s atmosphere, the Ice Warriors voices come across as a strained hiss here whereas in their own atmosphere their voice is much deeper and their breathing less heavy.
In the far future, the Ice Warriors gave up their warrior ways of the past and joined the Federation alongside Earth. The Federation was a group of many different species who came together in an alliance, including humans and Ice Warriors. One planet considered for membership was Peladon which at this point was still fairly medieval and superstitious in its history and very mistrusting of outsiders. This led to some people on Peladon betraying their king and doing everything they could to stop their planet joining the Federation. The ambassador from Earth who called him self the Doctor worked together with the Ice Warriors to find those behind this plot and put a stop to it. Fifty years after this, the Federation became involved in a war with Galaxy Five and it was during this time with a group of Ice Warriors who wanted to return their warrior ways of the past betrayed the Federation. They try to gain control of a mineral supply from Peladon to help Galaxy Five win the war but are stopped by the Doctor.
The Ice Warriors first appearance was in The Ice Warriors written by Brian Hayles and featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria. During this a group of scientist combating a new ice age in the thirty-first century discover a prehistoric giant in the ice. The TARDIS lands near Brittanicus Base where the scientists are using their power ioniser to melt the glaciers rolling over Britain. After averting a disaster at the base, the Doctor then has to face an Ice Warrior, Varga, which has melted out of the ice and kidnapped Victoria. With her help he is able to revive his fellow Ice Warriors and prepare to take over the Earth. The humans dare not use the ioniser on the alien ship in case the explosion contaminates the area but the Ice Warriors attack and take over the base. The Doctor manages to get to the Ice Warriors ship and rescue Victoria and then use the Ice Warriors own sonic cannon against them and force them to retreat from the base. The humans are then forced to use the ioniser on the retreating warriors and stop the advancing glaciers.
The Ice Warriors second appearance was in The Seeds of Death written by Brian Hayles and featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. During this the TARDIS lands in the late twenty-first century where an instantaneous travel system called T-Mat has replaced all other forms of transport. It is controlled from the Moon and when all contact is lost with the control base the Doctor and his companions volunteer to go up their by rocket. When they arrive they learn that the Ice Warriors have invaded and are planning to distribute seed pods which will spread a fungus which will destroy all life on Earth and make the atmosphere perfect for the Ice Warriors to live in. But the Doctor learns that the fungus can be destroyed using water and causes a great rainfall which destroys all the fungus. He then deals with the invasion fleet by sending a false signal which sends the fleet straight into the orbit of the sun.
The Ice Warriors most recent appearance was in Cold War written by Mark Gatiss and featuring the Eleventh Doctor and Clara. During this the TARDIS lands on Russian submarine during the Cold War where and Ice Warrior has been discovered. After being provoked by the crew it begins to kill them off and leaves it’s armour to do so. Believing the rest of it’s species to be dead, it decides to destroy all life on Earth using the missiles on the submarine in one final act of glory. It then goes back into it’s armour and heads for the control room. The Doctor is trying to convince the warrior that there is another way when suddenly it is teleported to a Martian ship above which picked up it’s distress signal. But the Ice Warrior is still connected to the ships systems and can still fire the missiles at any time. Luckily, it chooses an act of mercy and the Warriors leave the planet. The Doctor then learns that the TARDIS, which moved itself earlier in the story to get out of danger, has landed up at the opposite side of the planet and the Doctor asks the captain of the submarine for a lift, to which he replies with a laugh.
That’s it for the lords of the red planet, next week we take a look at the intergalactic police for hire, the Judoon.