Like I mentioned earlier, we are about to enter a really strong run. I myself am anxious for a particularly terrifying episode. Yet one might also call it the most balanced as well.
So Amok Time then?
This up coming episode was ruined by the new graphic fix. Tell me if you can tell when it happens. You get @Navaronegun to give you a dollar.
Gold pressed latinum my friend. Credits, pshhh.
I wish there was a Scrooge McDuck Money bin gif of Quark. I’d watch it all day long on a loop and laugh.
I kept flipping between them and didn’t see anything out of place! I’m now more excited for @RichVRs reveal than @Navaronegun is to watch the episode again!
Be aware, regardless of @RichVR’s offer of my resources, no prize money will be forthcoming.
@krayzkrok, @Gordon_Cameron, @Pod, @Rock8man and all other potentially interseted parties. The final poll for the Week 9 Guest Star Death Match is about to close in 3 Hours. I changed my vote to Gary Lockwood.
My Amazon page suggests I get this for my 4-year-old daughter. I’m inclined to take them up on it.
Get a two-fer. She deserves it!
Why not? It is her birthday tomorrow!
The Spock author sounds like a kick-ass lady:
ELIZABETH SCHAEFER lives and works in New York City. As a child, she spent hours imagining stories about daring adventurers, kick-butt princesses, and strange new worlds. Remarkably, she grew up and found a job where she could keep doing exactly that. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading great literary novels, composing classical symphonies, or playing video games. (Usually that last one.)
Your little lady might dig that bio blurb. :)
Season 1 Week 9 Guest Star Death Match Winner
Gary Lockwood as Gary Mitchell in Where No Man Has Gone Before.
The "What Qt3 taught me Today" Thread
Spoilers for this week’s episode follow. Read after you’ve seen it.
The Corbomite Maneuver
So the Enterprise is out there, taking screenshots of the viewscreen to map the stars, presumably, when it encounters a vessel. It won’t respond to hails, and it looks like a spinning cube. It’s blocking the Enterprise from going anywhere. They say the got past the deflectors, so the deflectors are normally supposed to keep objects away from the Enterprise? Spock orders red alert.
Meanwhile the Captain is getting his physical. When he leaves sickbay there’s a really crowded hallway, presumably full of people getting to their posts, maybe? There’s one guy who is hilariously checking the hull integrity of the ship with his hands.
What follows is an episode that’s equal parts intriguing and slow. Bones’ teasing of Kirk is in full swing here. The helmsman is strangely the focus of this episode. Even when the crew is under threat later and they’ve got 2 minutes to live, Dr McCoy is telling Kirk he shouldn’t have pushed the boy so far.
The boy, as it were, is frustrated that the ship is in dire straits, and the crew is acting as if they can sit around all day and discuss the weather. The reason I mention this is because later in the episode, he overcomes his fear and asks permission to come back to the bridge. And what’s going on? Why, Yeoman Rand is up there serving the Captain some coffee. Because what life threatening emergency can’t wait when you have a good cup of Joe handy? My eyes turn to the helmsman. Is he going to freak out over this irresponsibly casual behavior by the crew? No, it seems he took some chemical help, perhaps some Mary J, and he’s all mellow now.
The ending of this episode is just ridiculous. I’m usually a big fan of child actors, but this hideous child they found is only there to make us laugh. And it doesn’t work, because the HD version of this episode does a lot to improve the special effects, but the one thing it can’t do is replace this hideous child alien.
So, the episode starts with an intriguing premise: a dangerous voyage into the unknown, an encounter with a hostile lifeform. The episode is very slow, and yet it maintains it’s tension well. The young helmsman does a good job as the weird focus of the episode. The alien threat was convincing, but ultimately laughable. It feels like I enjoyed myself and yet somehow, at the same time, I felt like I just wasted my time. As Spock would say: Intriguing.
All right, here we go again! As Rock8man says, it’s time for a little Corbomite Maneuvering. And we’ve finally reached an episode that might reach for classic status. We still have even better ahead, in my opinion, but this is Trek, distilled and pure. A lot happens in the episode, and yet it’s also kind of a bottle episode - it takes almost entirely on the Enterprise’s bridge. But it shows you what you need to know about what the Federation is all about, and how Kirk and the Enterprise’s crew work to represent the Federation. But first a few details -
Just about everyone gets a little quip! McCoy gets his first, “I’m a doctor, not a …” and then as Kirk leaves sick bay in annoyance for an emergency, McCoy grumbles to himself that if he jumped every time a light flashed on the Enterprise, he’d end up talking to himself. Then Bailey tries to correct Spock that raising his voice doesn’t mean he’s scared, just that as a human he has an adrenaline gland. To which Spock retorts that this sounds inconvenient, he should consider having it removed. There are more, but those cracked me up the most.
But what stands out to me is that this episode shows the ship and its crew at its best. Bailey’s problems serve as a good counterbalance to this, he’s allowed to be the impulsive one this time around while Kirk provides the steady hand and wise leader as the other side of the coin. Kirk is firm when he needs to be, such as when Bailey suggests just blasting the cube with phasers, and Kirk replies that he’ll take that suggestion under advisement when the ship becomes a democracy. But he’s patient with Bailey’s failures, possibly as McCoy points out, because he sees a lot of himself as a younger man. And his patience is ultimately rewarded as Bailey does collect himself and recognizes that maybe the unknown isn’t to be feared, but to be embraced.
Also, while to the best of my recollection this is the first time the Enterprise fires on another vessel, it’s obviously a last resort option for them. Kirk goes out of his way to seek options around the probe, only destroying it when the lives of the crew are at stake. And when at the end, when Balok is (he believes) floating powerless and losing life support, he extends mercy and tries to board to rescue the being that threatened the Enterprise with destruction just moments before. Kirk is practical but believes in ideals, and he lives them. These are the reasons Kirk has always been my favorite captain.
So yeah, great stuff. It’s not difficult for me to say this is my favorite episode so far. But only for a few more weeks …
edit: forgot to mention, I liked how Balok’s testing of Kirk and the Enterprise somewhat mirrored Kirk’s testing of Bailey. Each is pushing the other into stressful territory to see if they will rise above the circumstances, and it pays off with both of them. Good ol’ 60s optimism! Probably won’t see stuff like that on Discovery.
Oh hell yes! Now we’re cookin’.
Although this was clearly shot very early in their production run, The Corbomite Maneuver is a fantastic episode. I can even forgive the “What were they thinking” opening shot on the bridge that goes from Spock’s Console allllll the wayyyy over to the helm’s console.
What we get here is a surprisingly tense episode of Kirk and crew dealing with the unknown, contemplating their options, taking chances, and generally behaving how I imagine the crew of the Enterprise would.
There are also great moments between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. And this is what I like most about TOS. There’s something very genuine about how these characters relate to one another. It’s a believable mix of the personal and the professional.
As mentioned before, the wife has been watching along with me and for the last couple of episodes, her attention has kind of wandered. Not so with The Corbomite Maneuver. It’s that good.
As silly as Clint Howard appears as Balok, I still love the whole damn episode.
- Excessive Shirtless Kirk!
Bonus tracking Kirk butt shot as he leaves Sick Bay.
I love how the Alien totally looks like a puppet. And then it turns out to be a puppet.
Beautiful shot of the giant alien ship dwarfing the Enterprise as it approaches.
Clint sure loves his Tranya
“We think much alike, Captain. You and I.” That just perfectly sums up the interplay between them in this episode.