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Catspaw - Memory Alpha Link - Page 1 - 2

Metamorphosis - Memory Alpha Link - Page 2

Friday's Child - Memory Alpha Link - Page 2 - 3

Who Mourns for Adonais? - Memory Alpha Link - Page 3 - 4

Amok Time - Memory Alpha Link - Page 4

The Doomsday Machine - Memory Alpha Link - Page 4 - 5

A Wolf in the Fold - Memory Alpha Link - Page 5 - 6

The Changeling - Memory Alpha Link - Page 6 - 7

The Apple - Memory Alpha Link - Page 7 - 8

Mirror, Mirror - Memory Alpha Link - Page 8 - 9

The Deadly Years - Memory Alpha Link - Page 9

I, Mudd - Memory Alpha Link - Page 9 - 10

The Trouble with Tribbles - Memory Alpha Link - Page 10 - 11

Bread and Circuses - Memory Alpha Link - Page 11

Journey to Babel - Memory Alpha Link - Page 11 - 12

A Private Little War - Memory Alpha Link - Page 12

The Gamesters of Triskelion - Memory Alpha Link - Page 12

Obsession - Memory Alpha Link - Page 12 - 13

The Immunity Syndrome - Memory Alpha Link - Page 13

A Piece of the Action - Memory Alpha Link - Page 13 - 14

By Any Other Name - Memory Alpha Link - Page 14

Return to Tomorrow - Memory Alpha Link Page 14 -



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A classic Halloween tale for our intrepid crew. Again, we face super powerful aliens, with nefarious intent. Taking human form seems to present an opportunity. Can Captain Kirk find a way to free his ship and his crew from the grip of foes whose technology mimics the effects of magic?

Not one of my favorites growing up - but it has "grown" on me over the years. One of the few female leads who could really go toe-to-toe with the Shat.

Although primarily on the small screen, Antoinette Bower (Sylvia) had approximately 90 appearances on television series from 1959 to the early 1980s.

Little of the episode takes place on the Enterprise and the silly ending effects sequence has been much improved by the 2.0 revisions. Looks great now, the colors, sets and alien costumes really stand out from the average episode (similar to Squire of Gothos).

Theo Marcuse, another television vet was great in this as well - the henpecked, ostensible "commander" who loses control and feels compelled to assist Kirk at the end. He was in the wonderful Twilight Zone episode, "To Serve Man". He died the month after Catspaw first aired.






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Bump for Monday.

Let's kick this off.






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Catspaw is not a very highly thought of episode, but it is a guilty pleasure of mine.

I always loved the wailing witches at the beginning, as well as the other "spooky" elements of the episode like the dungeon and black cat.

When I was a child, I would have killed to have that miniature Enterprise model. You can get things like that easily now, but back then it was my Holy Grail.






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Catspaw is not a very highly thought of episode, but it is a guilty pleasure of mine.


I admit - it would have been in my bottom 5 (down there with Spock's Brain) - but it has moved up in the world. I try to find the best elements of each episode - I have to admit, seeing Kirk opposite a much more powerful female, of approximately the same apparent age (all too often the romantic female guests were significantly younger that the male lead) - Antoinette Bower really gives it all in this episode - her body language, inflection, the way she is able to redirect Kirk's hostility towards her and the situation, into a relationship with significant sexual tension borders on masterful (at least for a television actor of the time).

The script is not solid, but serviceable. The pacing is a little uneven, but - all-in-all, this episode, hokey and clearly produced for the US Halloween holiday, literally and figuratively, provides some gems - mainly Kirk and Sylvia.






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The "pendant" Enterprise appears to be another example of Big Gene trying to sell products - at least in this case, it was important to the plot. The show really was a pioneer in many ways - there had been science fiction series and merchandising before, but this package and strategy was sort of new ground. Following a hybrid template of Wagon Train and Forbidden Planet, it is sort of a "smart" western, set in the future. It completely paved the way for Star Wars to follow 10 years later, including the merchandising strategy (which, had not been really big for movies before - there was merchandising associated with stars before - Roy Rogers, particularly, and the odd film or television series, but nothing like the scope and coordinated strategy of Star Trek - particularly once it went into syndication and the convention cycle picked up - for television or Star Wars for film.)


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I always kinda liked this one even though it had its weak moments - guess I liked the Halloween aspect in part.

Bower was a good strong woman counterpart for Kirk. I'll always remember her as "Eve" from Probe 7 -Over and Out on The Twilight Zone. And of course Kirk tries to seduce her - whether for pleasure or to try to save his ship, Kirk is always ready.

Marcuse was good too, always remember him from The Trade Ins on the Zone.

As for the enhanced special effects versions I never cared for them. I like the original crappy effects just as I first saw them.






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I like the original crappy effects just as I first saw them.



Most of them I can live with, but the original ending of Catspaw - you could see the strings on the little toys. It is one of the most embarrassing effects in TOS (along with the bubble wrap environmental suit in The Naked Time).

Normally I am against any such "enhancements" (particularly if it is Spielberg and/or Lucas doing them) - however, the Star Trek 2.0 stuff is really non-offensive and a net improvement - particularly all the spacecraft exteriors are much closer to the TNG/DS9/VOY/ENT standard.






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"Comments, Mr Spock?"
"Very Bad Poetry, Captain."


Bad special effects in the episode, particularly the original puppets, but fantastic sets. The dungeon, dining room, and outdoor area looked great.

This was also the first appearance of Mr Chekov and his infamous wig.



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Kirk: "Bones ..." (turning to see an iron maiden with a skeleton in it) ... "Doc?"





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Desalle delivers one of the best lines by someone in acting command of the Enterprise:

(about the force field)
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Maybe we can't break it. But I'll bet you credits to navy beans we can put a dent in it.






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Kirk: "Bones ..." (turning to see an iron maiden with a skeleton in it) ... "Doc?"


A great example of Shatner's acting - I cannot confirm it, but I suspect he improvised that take.







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Friday bump.

(And not to get too far ahead - we switched episodes approximately 2 times per week last time - if it will give us more opportunities to pull people in - I'm willing to try 1 per week - which will take us 6 months to cover Season 2 - so Metamorphasis for Sunday).

Crewman Jackson is our only casualty in Catspaw - played by Jay D. "Jimmy" Jones, primarily a stunt double on Star Trek. He would appear as Mallory in "The Apple", a literal "redshirt" and get killed in that bloodbath episode (sorry, spoilers for later this season). He was also Jimmy Doohan's stunt double on several occasions.







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Wasn't this episode written by horror writer Robert Bloch (Psycho)?





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Wasn't this episode written by horror writer Robert Bloch (Psycho)?


Yes - along with Season 1 episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" and another Season 2 episode, "Wolf in the Fold".







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One of my favorite Star Trek episodes. Yea, it was hokey but Sylvia was awesome. Check out that hair.





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Crewman Jackson is our only casualty in Catspaw - played by Jay D. "Jimmy" Jones, primarily a stunt double on Star Trek.


He takes a pretty good fall off the transporter pad. I figured he was more than just an actor.






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Check out that hair.


TOS had some great wigs - no doubt. Nichelle Nichols, of course, but Grace Lee Whitney's wigs in the first season were epic.

Certainly that's true in Catspaw.






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