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Recap of Star Trek TOS 2x05: The Apple

This episode is one of my favorite TOS episodes. Why? I'm not quite sure. Maybe it's the philosophical bickering between Spock and McCoy that goes beyond the usual illogical/green-blooded insults. Or maybe it's Kirk's complete dismissal of the prime directive. Or maybe the constant references to sex.

In the following episode, Spock gets heroically injured twice, Chekov has a girlfriend, and the word of the day is "Paradise".

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Recap of Star Trek TOS 1X09: Balance of Terror

I dedicate this recap to my friend Steve who adamantly insists that this is the best episode ever. I’d even ask him to guest recap it, but I don’t think he’d do a recap, and besides, I have a feeling the entire thing would read like a love letter to Mark Lenard.

I have to admit, it is a great episode. There are Romulans, Bird of Preys, and a Neutral Zone. Also, it features my favorite Leonards: Leonard Nimoy, Leonard McCoy, and Mark Lenard.

In the following episode, Spock's "dad" kills people, I miss Chekov, and Kirk is valiant.

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Star Trek: 1.6 The Naked Time

The Naked Time is one of the most popular TOS episodes, despite the fact that no one actually gets naked. I guess the episode title is referring to how they all "bare their emotions", but to me, it just sets up a let down. When I am promised naked Nimoy, I want some goddamn naked Nimoy!

In the following episode, Shatner overacts, Spock cries, and Sulu swashbuckles.

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Star Trek: 1.5 The Man Trap

Hi, guys, I'm recapsule and I'll be sharing the honor of recapping TOS with redcoast.


Before I start recapping this episode, I’d like to point out that it was, in fact, the first episode aired, but not the first one produced. If you are reading this one first, it might result in a lack of continuity...

Haha! Just kidding! There is nothing remotely resembling continuity in Star Trek. Got it? Good.

In the following episode, Spock promotes domestic violence, Kirk is emotionally unstable, and McCoy "gets" "the girl", but he doesn't get her, and she is not a girl.

Ladies and Gentlemen: The Man Trap

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TOS 1.3: Mudd's Women

This episode seems like it would be a good opportunity to get really indignant and lambast the Enterprise crew, its sexist, womanizing captain, and its short-skirt wearing, hostess female officers, but I can't seem to do other than really enjoy everything about it. So please don't read this expecting a really deep feminist critique, because I fail so badly at that.

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TOS 1.3: The Corbomite Maneuver

So, that last episode was pretty good. Pretty cool. I mean, there were people with psionic powers attempting to take over the galaxy, space chess, space poetry, philosophy and stuff, and the Enterprise attempting to overcome its greatest challenge yet: desert food.

But this is even better. It's more like a normal Trek episode in a lot of ways; Bones, Uhura, and Yeoman Janice Rand makes their debuts. Kirk takes off his shirt and decides he needs to go on a diet. Spock wears a blue shirt, almost apologizes, and talks about his childhood. Bones makes fun of Kirk the whole episode. Grapefruit juice. Mom jeans. The navigator's position threatens comparison with the Spinal Tap drummer.

And if that can't convince you to read the recap, consider this: behind this cut is the most horrifying thing you will ever lay eyes on. And it's not Shatner's nipples.

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TOS 1.2: Where No Man Has Gone Before

I’m a Star Trek virgin. More or less, that is. Though now I do know a bit more than when I wrote this post - it’s amazing what you can gather from SpikeTV shows on in the background! Like, now I think I can name all the members of TNG main cast. (Picard, Worf, Wesley, Wesley’s mom, the Greek chick, Data, Picard - no, wait - the blonde security chick - no, wait - )

But, for the most part, I really don’t know what this is all about. Aside from Kirk/Spock sex, of course. Now, some people may demand I resign my geek card. I say this makes the ideal person to comment on the series. I’m unbiased! I know nothing about the fandom! (Except for Kirk/Spock.)

If you really want me to explain how I managed to live as long as I have and never laid eyes on Bill Shatner's exposed Canadian nipples, read that thread I linked to. Of course, I'm not completely unspoiled. I mean, who isn't? It's really hard not to run into certain aspects of the fandom. And I have watched about, oh say - well, I'm on Vol. 10 in Netflix, so let's say twenty episodes of the original series. That is to say, about 2.7%, or my math is wrong, and it probably is. So, in summary, Star Trek virgin, unbiased reporter. On to the recap!

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