Star Trek : And The Children Shall Lead

April 28, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Siblings

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This week’s episode is And the Children Shall Lead, which can be watched here and the episode summary can be read here and the TV spot here.

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Star Trek : Spock’s Brain

April 7, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Mindless-Droid and Siblings

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This week’s classic Star Trek episode is Spock’s Brain which you can watch the original version on the official site here. While on routine patrol the Enterprise is approached by an alien vessel with advanced ion propulsion. As the ship approaches a transport beam is activated and an alien women appears on the bridge. Rendering the crew unconscious the alien walks over to Spock placing her hand on his head. After some time the crew awakens. All seems well until a frantic call from sick bay. It seems Spock’s brain has been removed and taken from the ship. With only hours till Spock’s body dies Kirk must engage in a desperate search to find Spock’s brain and save his friend.

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Star Trek : Bread and Circuses

March 24, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A Guest blog by Siblings and Mindless-Droid

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“My world, Proconsul, is my vessel, my oath, my crew.” – Kirk

Sister: Bread and Circuses is this week’s Star Trek episode. You can read a summary of the episode here, watch the short TV spot for the remastered episode, or spent an entire minute watching the original television advertisement.

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Star Trek : By Any Other Name

March 3, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

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A Guest blog by Mindless-Droid and Siblings

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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”.

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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.

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Doctor Who – An American perspective

November 19, 2013 in Dr Who, Guest Blogs by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Siblings

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The two of us can never hope to speak for all Americans. However, we do live in the United States and watch Doctor Who, so hopefully that makes us qualified enough to pretend we know what we’re talking about. Probably the two greatest differences when watching Doctor Who here in the States is that the show has more of a fantasy element, and the lack of cultural understanding of the franchise.

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Star Trek: The Apple

November 4, 2013 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Mindless-Droid and Siblings

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This week’s OS Star Trek episode The Apple you can watch the original version here http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/RcxS8k35_LdN and the episode synopsis is here http://www.startrek.com/database_article/apple-the another confrontation between Captain Kirk and a computer controlling a group of people. We’ve been here before and this episode certainly has its flaws. I think this was another of those episodes that started with a good concept but they didn’t quite pull it off. Kirk’s angst about not seeing the danger all around him was a nice sub plot and their dilemma about following the prime directive especially McCoy and Spock’s debate was interesting but some of the scenes on the planet seemed unnecessary. I did like the scenes of Scotty trying to save the ship from destruction and it was one time the “miracle worker” couldn’t come through.

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Star Trek: Mirror Mirror

October 28, 2013 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A guest blog Siblings and Mindless-Droid

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“Mirror, Mirror” is this week’s episode, in which Star Trek introduces us to what is usually referred to as the Mirror Universe, the second “parallel universe” to appear in the show, though perhaps “alternate universe” would be the more accurate title. It can by legally viewed here. http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/_nZxesyGu_Iu

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Star Trek: The Alternative Factor

September 16, 2013 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Siblings and Mindless-Droid

“Madness has no purpose or reason but it may have a goal” – Spock

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This week’s classic Star Trek episode is The Alternative Factor. Unfortunately we can’t use The Guardian of Forever and go back in time and remake this one. You can watch the original version here http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/FQ0uYc_WMlE9 and the episode synopsis is here http://www.startrek.com/database_article/the-alternative-factor.

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Star Trek: The Devil in the Dark

September 3, 2013 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Mindless-Droid and Siblings

“I’m a doctor not a bricklayer!” – Dr McCoy

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This week’s classic Star trek episode The Devil in the Dark is one of the best from season one and showcases one of the main themes of the series. You can watch the original version here http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/s_gomQnAhxVa and read the episode summary here http://www.startrek.com/database_article/devil-in-the-dark-the. The phrase “To seek out new life…” is in the introduction to each episode and as Spock at first rightly theorizes life can come in many different forms and it should never be assumed that just because it may take a different form it isn’t intelligent.
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Star Trek: This Side of Paradise

August 26, 2013 in Guest Blogs, Star Trek by GuestBlogs

A guest blog by Siblings and Mindless-Droid

“For the first time in my life I was happy” – Spock

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This week we are here to talk about the episode that was originally intended to be a romance for Mr. Sulu but by the final draft had instead become a romantic episode for Mr. Spock. That’s right; today’s episode is “This Side of Paradise.” If you would like a more detailed summary, you can read it here http://www.startrek.com/database_article/this-side-of-paradise, whereas if you would like to watch the episode you may do so here http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/HA0gB9aDK5fI?qid=835#trivia_box. Also, you can watch the episode preview at http://www.startrek.com/watch_video/episode-preview-this-side-of-paradise.
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