The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Time Trap

the council of aliens in Elysia the council of aliens in Elysia

The Enterprise is tasked with investigating the Delta Triangle, a region of space where many starships have mysteriously disappeared. However, when the ship comes under fire from the Klingons, the crew have no choice but to fly directly into the triangle themselves. They end up ensnared in a pocket universe inhabited by the crews of all the ships that disappeared before them – and with little hope of ever getting out. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Terratin Incident

A satellite dish situated among a crystalline formation

When the Enterprise heads to the source of a mysterious transmission, the ship finds itself bombarded with waves that cause all organic matter on board to shrink. It’s a race against time for the crew to figure out what’s going – before they all become too small to operate the controls.

Apart from its general mediocrity, if there’s one thing TAS really suffers from, it’s that it wants to tell 42 minute stories in a 22 minute timeframe. This means that episodes that might have worked in TOS just become rushed in this format. With its rushed conclusion, The Terratin Incident is another example of an episode that suffers because of this. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: Mudd’s Passion

Harry Mudd proffers a love crystal

The Enterprise catches up with interstellar con man Harry Mudd, who is currently peddling a new brand of “love crystal”. Determined to escape Federation custody once again, Harry offers a crystal to Christine Chapel, hoping to bank on her unrequited love for Spock.

I think I’ve made it clear by now that I don’t like Harry Mudd. His TOS appearances were pretty painful to watch, and this episode is no different. It’s another showcase of terrible tropes that seems painfully outdated and cringeworthy when viewed with modern sensibilities. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: Once Upon a Planet

A giant cat menaces the landing party

The Enterprise returns to the “shore leave planet” for some much needed rest and recreation. Unfortunately, this once welcoming world has turned deadly. Can Kirk and crew get to the bottom of why things have changed?

A follow-up to TOS’s Shore Leave, Once Upon a Planet is neither particularly entertaining or particularly awful – it’s just entirely dull. These episodes are only 22 minutes each, but even so, around the 14 minute mark I found myself struggling to continue. Nonetheless, I bravely made it through so I could bring you this review. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Infinite Vulcan

The away team encounter giant Spock

 

On an away mission, Kirk and his landing party encounter a race of sentient, mobile plant-based life. Although they claim to be peaceful, events take a drastic turn when their “Master” – a human giant – orders the abduction of Mr Spock.

It’s my firm belief that I have watched all of TAS before, but I have zero recollection of previously seeing this most ridiculous of episodes. Penned by none other than Walter Koenig himself, this episode feels like a massive “hold my beer” response to the ridiculousness of Spock’s Brain. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Survivor

The Enterprise comes to the rescue of Carter Winston, a famous Federation philanthropist who has long been missing, presumed dead. Although Carter appears to be perfectly fine, something doesn’t quite add up – and it soon becomes clear he is not quite who he claims to be.

Those of you with some TOS knowledge will recall that there was an episode in which Christine Chapel encountered her long-missing ex-fiancé, seemingly alive and well but actually now transferred into the body of an android. If you don’t remember that episode, fear not, because I’ve got your back – you can read my review of it here. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: More Trouble, More Tribbles

Kirk in a pile of tribbles

While transporting much-needed food supplies to Sherman’s Planet, the Enterprise runs afoul of a new Klingon weapon when they stop to rescue a smaller ship. Much to Kirk’s dismay, the ship contains one Cyrano Jones and a whole pile of genetically modified non-breeding tribbles. Pretty soon, the tribbles are gorging on the precious food supplies, whilst the Klingons seem hell bent on recovering Jones. Continue reading

The Great Star Trek TAS Rewatch: The Lorelei Signal

The landing party wander through the women's compound.

When the Enterprise answers a distress call from the Taurean system, they discover a colony of beautiful women. While the men on the ship are lured down to meet these mysterious sirens, Uhura and Chapel discover that something is amiss.

Tropes! Get your tropes here! We’ve got tropes by the pound! Buy four tropes, get another one free! Yes, this is one of those episodes. Continue reading