Episode 13 – Space Seed

Space Seed

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Let’s Talk Spoilers

  • The show is so big, Jessica needed 11 sentences for her synopsis
  • Ok, not much spoilers for this episode but there will be tons when we get to The Next Generation

Let’s Talk Episode

  • Khan!!!!
  • Does Jessica love or hate the episode. She still can’t decide.
  • Maybe the worst choreographed TOS fight so far.
  • How evil Khan actually is.
  • Film and Television Icon, Ricardo Montaban.
  • Kirk did WHAT with Khan!!!???
  • Seriously, what do you do with Khan? How do you deal with him? What would you have done?
  • Were the writers as clever as it seems? Jury is still out.
  • Why didn’t Kirk use McGivers as a spy?

Jessica's Rating for Space Seed

3 of 5 waxed latin Khan chests

Let’s Talk Trek

  • Star Trek has 13 Movies (so far)
  • How the un-produced TV series, Star Trek: Phase 2 became Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Wrath of Khan explores our heroes getting older
  • The new movies, Andy’s shares his opinions and he’s not pulling punches
  • Jessica argues for Star Trek “the way it WAS”! and Andy does the dance of joy!

Animated Series

Let’s Talk Next Week

We'll be closing out The Original Series with the Animated Series, so for next week, we will be watching two episodes:
Yesteryear (season 1, episode 2) and The Lorelei Signal (season 1, episode 4)

Andy Recommends

Popcorn and a movie marathon for December.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- STII: The Wrath of Khan*
- STIII: The Search for Spock
- ST:IV: The Voyage Home
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- ST:VI: The Undiscovered Country*

*STII and STVI will be Bonus Episodes coming soon. Both are a great supplement to our Trek.

City on the Edge of Forever

Episode 12 – City on the Edge of Forever

City on the Edge of Forever

Andy and Jessica talk:
  • McCoy’s gross “sick” makeup - Over the top OR way over the top?
  • Starting out with a full cast in the landing party and ending up with a Kirk/Spock episode.
  • George Takei’s documentary, To Be Takei, chronicling World War II Internment Camps.
  • Andy’s belief that an optimistic, Star Trek future is possible.
  • Kirk is a Man of Action, forced to take no action
  • The Guardian of Forever must have been the inspiration for Stargate.
  • Author and Science Fiction award-winning writer, Harlan Ellison.
  • Who wouldn’t fall in love with Edith Keeler?
  • The incomparable Joan Collins.
  • The World War II generation actually watched this episode live.
  • Jessica shares her observations about the history of WWII.
  • Edith kisses Kirk, not the other way around.
  • Couldn’t they just bring Edith back with them?  Nope.
  • Andy reveals his ACTUAL FAVORITE EPISODE!
  • It’s all about one moment, “Jim, Edith Keeler must die.”

Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 Guardian of Forevers
4 out of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

Star Trek's got a lot of time travel, so if you enjoy looking at our history back in time, the suggestions are Tomorrow is Yesterday and Assignment Earth.

Space Seed Preview

Next Up: Space Seed

Jessica's Prediction

Since eugenics was mentioned, I think the Enterprise will have to deal with an alien device or virus that creates a super powerful or super fast human.

Mirror, Mirror

Episode 11 – Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

In this episode of Beginning the Trek Andy and Jessica discuss:
  • Classic Star Trek!
  • Sexy, evil clothes are more flattering
  • Evil Sulu’s scar and his interest in Uhura
  • Evil Spock is really Regular Spock
  • Spock and Kirk’s relationship. Soulmates?
  • Mirror Universes, parallel, dimensions in sci-fi shows
  • Technology in the 60s. Turns out computers didn’t have voice recognition. Or keyboards.
  • Andy knows A LOT about original punch card style old computers. A. LOT.
  • Marlena Mareau as a character and love interests for Kirk
  • Reverse the polarity!
  • The disappearing machine and we have no idea what happens to Other Kirk and other others
  • Uhura’s shining moments
  • The mind meld
  • Kirk’s word jiu jitsu

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Evil Spock Goatees
5 out of 5 rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you would like to see more mind melding, check out Specter of the Gun in season 3 of The Original Series. Or if you'd like to see more Kirk word jiu jitsu, The Ultimate Computer (season 2, episode 24) and Return of the Archons (season 1, episode 21).

City on the Edge of Forever Preview

Next Up

City on the Edge of Forever

Jessica's Prediction

It's going to be about a meeting with a civilization right on the cusp of evolutionary change. The Enterprise is going to witness or be involved in some kind of transformation.

Let that be your last battlefield

Episode 10 – Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

For this slow moving episode, Andy and Jessica discuss:
  • Just how subtle can Star Trek be
  • Super powerful aliens who don't make sense
  • Feels like batman from the 70s
  • Art directors, producers and hollywood 101
  • When you make avatars of your war
  • Jessica realizing that Star Trek looking all old and 80s is actually really impressive
  • The ship design
  • The Trekkie community

Jessica's Rating

2 of 5 Flashing Alarms
2 of 5 Rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you'd like to see racism handled a little differently, Day of the Dove might be up your alley. If you want to see more of escalating war, A Private Little War is suggested.

Mirror Mirror Preview

Next Up

Mirror, Mirror

Jessica's Prediction

Pretty obvious to anyone who has ever seen any sci-fi at all that this one is going to be about alternate timelines or a parallel universe. Bring on the other us!

Episode 09 – The Enterprise Incident

The Enterprise Incident

Andy and Jessica talk Enterprise Incident, which includes:
    • Was the romance between Lady Romulan Commander and Mr. Spock real?
    • Lady Romulan Commander's agenda (part 1)
    • This episodes special effects
    • Captain Kirk was the bad guy! Did you know?
    • Captain Kirk's glammin' it up as a Romulan
    • How naive was the Romulan Commander? 10.
    • The Federation are bad guys.
    • Costuming. Lots of it.
    • Lady Romulan Commander's agenda (part 2)
    • Captain Kirk and the dumbest Romulan guard ever.
    • Are Vulcans incapable of lying? Hells. No.
    • Kirk dead? Nope.

The Youtube CG effects showing side-by-side that Andy mentions are here for Corbomite Maneuver, here for Tomorrow if Yesterday, and here for Amok Time.

And if you're needing it, Achmed the Dead Terrorist doing Kirk threatening Spock.


Jessica's Rating

4 of 5 Glittery Gold Fake Romulan Eyebrows

4 out of 5 rating

 


Andy’s Suggestions

Things they took apart and made into a cloaking device are the inspiration for this week's suggestions: Nomad was in the Changeling and the ball is from Return to Tomorrow.

Let the be your last battlefield screenshot

Next Up

Let That be Your Last Battlefield

Jessica's Prediction

It's going to be about the Enterprise getting in over their heads in a war, where they lose a battle or fight and regret it.

Journey to Babel

Episode 08 – Journey to Babel

Journey to Babel

In this episode of Beginning the Trek Andy and Jessica discuss:
  • A check-in with Andy about this journey, and what we like and dislike and where we're going from here
  • Wardrobe loves their unitards and shiny, shiny outfits
  • All the alien races and extreme alien-ness
  • Jessica doesn't care about whatever vote was happening that they spent time on. FOCUS Star Trek!
  • Slow burn stories over full seasons and how that wasn't a thing in the 70s
  • Why doesn't everyone beam? Because transporter issues, McCoy says.
  • We can't forgive McCoy for not knowing Vulcan anatomy
  • The transmitter is in--wait for it--the antenna.
  • The Kirk fight. Impressive? Clunky? We're split on it.
  • The history of the Vulcan Salute
  • Exploring humanity through the eyes of Spock
  • Classic family discord via Vulcan drama
  • Vulcan history, emotion and yes, even prejudice
  • Jessica's issues with Spock's mom
  • Sarek & Romulans
  • Captain Kirk grew on Jessica. Finally.
  • Star Trek resolution scenes
  • Warp 10 is a lot of warps!

Jessica's Rating

3 of 5 Andorian Antennas


Andy’s Suggestions

If your thing transporter issues, Andy suggests The Enemy Within. You'll also see the first time Spock does the nerve pinch.

We only get two Romulan episodes. So if you want to get introduced to the Romulans (and see the actor who plays Sarek, Spock's dad, again) before we meet them with next week's episode, watch Balance of Terror.

Enterprise Incident

Next Up

We meet Romulans for the first time in The Enterprise Incident.

 

Trouble with Tribbles

Episode 07 – Trouble with Tribbles

Trouble with Tribbles

Wherein Andy and Jessica talk:
  • The snappiness of the episode—it’s fun!
  • Jessica’s absolute favorite moment of Star Trek so far: watching Shatner get bombarded with Tribbles!
  • Spock and McCoy insulting each other and that whole relationship
  • The joy of Scotty and his accent and character and starting the fight
  • The bar fight
  • Jessica believes the captain is in fact, a overbearing, swaggering dictator with delusions of godhood leading to Andy’s childhood hero drama
  • Passionate engineers in sci-fi shows
  • The scenes that drag on
  • The Klingon appearance changes
  • The new Star Trek show, Discovery
  • Fans acceptance of canon changes over time - Kirk isn’t actually real!
  • The Klingon attitudes last episode vs this episode
  • Characters we'll be meeting in the future
  • Nichelle Nichol's talent
  • The nonsense Priority 1 for Ambassador Ninny-face
  • What's the proper term for a creature that can reproduce asexually? Because that's not what bisexual means...
  • Chekov's accent

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Multiplying Tribbles
5 of 5 Tribbles Rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you'd like to see more of the lighter side of Star Trek there are super fun comedic episodes we aren't going to be able to watch, but are definitely worth checking out, including Squire of Gothos. Go watch it. Highly recommended. Want even with MORE fun? Go stream A Piece of the Action.

Next Up

Meeting with a whole bunches of new aliens in Journey to Babel.

Jessica's Prediction

It's tough getting all these aliens speaking the same language. Clearly something is going to get lost in translation in this next episode.

Errand of Mercy

Episode 06 – Errand of Mercy

Errand of Mercy

I lovedie-loved-loved this episode. Listen as Andy and I talk mostly actors and spot-on acting in this one. Also:

  • The hand gestures of the Organians
  • Captain Kirk’s reaction to the Organians and moment of shame in Errand of Mercy
  • Commander Kor and Kirk's relationship - are they basically the same character?
  • The Klingon commander actor-John Colicos-is a sci-fi staple and other things about Commander Kor
  • The Klingon makeup and appearance throughout the Star Trek universe
  • The organians being exactly spot on
  • Would the Organians have shared who they were in any other circumstance?
  • The perspective of Earth from an astronauts point of view
  • The propaganda of war
  • How Star Trek affected later sci-fi, in particular connecting this show to a very similar one in Stargate SG-1
  • 6 degrees of sci-fi fandom
  • Shatner. Pauses. Happened.
  • Single story television arcs
  • The future of Klingons in Star Trek
  • You never see the mind scanner!
  • The evolution of humans - from Captain Kirk’s shameful moment to the Organians higher level power

Jessica's Rating

5 of 5 Spock Blue Tights with Ren-Faire Uggs
5 of 5 Errand of Mercy Rating


Andy’s Suggestions

If you liked the Klingons, we're going to see much, much more of them. And if you'd like to see the propaganda a Klingon encoutners, I suggest searching out the episode titled Day of the Dove.

Next Up

Just to lighten things up, we'll be watching The Trouble with Tribbles next.

Jessica's Prediction

Tribbles are monsters that multiply when shot at.

The Cage

Episode 05 – The Cage

The Cage

This one was a long one! Lots and lots for Jessica and Andy to talk about, such as:

  • Spock’s skin color
  • How challenging it is to accept the old technology and lack of sophistication in effects
  • The new Star Trek Discovery show and how Trekkies handle every version of Star Trek that comes out
  • Captain Pike is a jerk
  • Changes from the pilot and TOS, how they made it more iconic in so many ways
  • My opinions on Number 1, which are very strong
  • The Menagerie
  • My opinions on simpering, saccharine female characters (also strong)
  • How I think this really would work better as a book and I agree that it’s too cerebral as a television show
  • So. Many. Plot. Holes. From tech to motivation.
  • Jessica’s determination to get through things she doesn’t like
  • The slave girl scene
  • How other shows of the time handled empowered women characters
  • How Star Trek grows over time to be not so misogynistic
  • The unbelievability of the show because of the culture of the 60’s (the most strong opinions)

Jessica's Rating

1 of 5 Throbbing Alien Head Veins
1 of 5


Andy’s Suggestions

This was a bit of an odd duck episode, so we didn't really get Andy's recommendations for The Original Series. However, he did recommend a listen of Inside Star Trek - Roddenberry's interview on YouTube.

Next Up

We'll be watching Errand of Mercy next, in which we will be meeting the Klingons for the first time!

Naked Time

Episode 04 – The Naked Time

The Naked Time

Wherein we discuss:
  • Gold glittery hazmat suits
  • My first introduction to Mr. Sulu and the immediate love
  • The Redshirt trope
  • The never-ending scorpion noise of infection
  • How I called the plot on this one
  • The confusion that came from how the virus affected people
  • Spock’s emotions
  • Lack of security measures on the Enterprise
  • Kirk’s apology to Uhura
  • Kirk’s reaction to the virus
  • The original cast’s age and who has passed away
  • More of Spock’s emotions...
  • Spock’s family and their emotions...
  • The awful horrible ending that is the time travel throw in (and my emotions!)
  • The bowling alley

Jessica's Rating

2 of 5 Ripped Captain's Shirts

2 of 5


Andy’s Suggestions

The fun thing about this episode was some of the guest stars. So if you liked Kevin Riley and want to see him not infected, he is also in Conscience of the King, and Nurse Chapel in What Little Girls are Made Of.

The Cage Screenshot

Next Up

We'll be watching the ultimate Star Trek original original, The Original Series Pilot: The Cage