The Great Star Trek Rewatch: Obsession

When two crewman are killed by an energy creature that Kirk is certain he encountered as a young lieutenant, he becomes obsessed with hunting it down and finally putting an end to it. The creature is powerful and deadly to humans, but every hour that Kirk spends on this quest is one in which the beleaguered planet of Theta VII must wait for vital – and perishable – vaccines. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Rewatch: The Deadly Years

When Kirk and a landing party visit planet Gamma Hydra IV, they are disturbed to find that the relatively youthful scientists stationed there are all dying or dead of old age. And when the landing party returns to the ship, they too begin to age in both body and mind. With merely days to go before Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty all die of old age, can they find a cure before it’s too late? And just why was Chekov the only member of the landing party not to be affected? Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Rewatch: Friday’s Child

When Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to Capella IV to secure mining rights for the rare mineral topaline, they are disconcerted to find that a Klingon operative is there to do the same. When the Klingon incites his Capellan contact to overthrow the Teer, the leader of the Capellan tribes, Kirk, Spock and McCoy must flee into the hills, taking the murdered Teer’s wife, who is heavily pregnant with his unborn heir. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Rewatch: Journey to Babel

The Enterprise is playing host to over a hundred diplomats as it transports them to a conference on the planet code-named Babel, and with so many different aliens on board, things are bound to get heated. The Tellarites are being aggressive and argumentative, the Vulcan delegation is headed by Spock’s parents – and someone on board is a murderer. Can Kirk, Spock and McCoy hold things together long enough to get everyone to the conference? Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Rewatch: Metamorphosis

When a mysterious energy cloud forces the shuttlecraft Galileo to make a forced landing on an planetoid, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Federation Commissioner Nancy Hedford are surprised to learn that they are not alone. Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive, crashlanded here 150 years ago, and has since been rejuvenated and kept alive by The Companion, the very same energy cloud that brought them here. But with Hedford terminally ill, Kirk’s prime concern is escaping as quickly as possible. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek Rewatch: I, Mudd

When new crewmember Mr Norman takes control of the Enterprise and forces it to travel to a planet full of androids, the crew are surprised to find that the man in charge of this scheme is none other than interplanetary conman Harry Mudd. Harry plans to skip town aboard the Enterprise, leaving the crew down on the surface where the androids can study human emotions. Can Kirk best both the wily Harry Mudd and the eminently logical androids? Continue reading