|Lieutenant Commander Scott and|
anthropologist Lieutenant Palamas
Trek 22. When I was young I read Chariots of the Gods? and began imagining "ancient aliens" who might have long ago visited Earth. I was amused by 'Who Mourns for Adonais?', but I could not accept that technologically advanced god-like visitors to Earth would be dicks like Michael Forest. Nor that Leslie Parrish would ignore a poor lovable nerd like Scotty and swoon for Apollo.
Gilbert Ralston died in 1999.
|Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles|
|our reaction, exactly|
Trek 23.5 Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Persis Khambatta died in 1998, she was only 49.
|Captain's woman: Marlena Moreau|
I'm a fan of alternate history fiction, but I wish someone would have written an alternate Star Trek universe that was more creative than 'Mirror, Mirror'. Jerome Bixby got lazy when he fell back on a tired good vs. evil plot.
Maybe in this millennium there could be an episode of Star Trek where a coherent theory of alternate universes and travel between them could be presented. Otherwise, the mirror universe is just some kind of fantasy where the crew gets to play new roles.
Roger Carmel died in 1986 before he could appear in a Next Generation episode.
Trek 26. 'Journey to Babel' allowed viewers the opportunity to meet some new aliens such as the Andorans, but suddenly the crew of the Enterprise was not out exploring the galaxy, but rather it was caught up in some stupid political squabbling.
"Star Trek science consultant and writer André Bormanis has revealed that telepathy within the Star Trek universe works via the "psionic field." According to Bormanis, a psionic field is the "medium" through which unspoken thoughts and feelings are communicated through space. Some humanoids can tap into this field through a kind of sense organ located in the brain (e.g. the paracortex)." (source)
|McCoy telepathically greets the future Leonard James Akaar|
27.5 Later in Season Two, the cold war with Klingons continued in 'A Private Little War'.
Don Ingalls died in 2014.
|Nazis in space|
Trek 28. In 'The Immunity Syndrome', we were told that Spock experienced telepathic contact with a spaceship full of dying Vulcans. This telepathic connection existed over vast interstellar distances, so the "psionic field" must allow telepaths to communicate at faster-than-light speeds.
|11,000 mile long, energy eating cell in space|
The "negative energy field" was one of the many idiotic plot devices of the Star Trek fictional universe. In 'The Immunity Syndrome', a giant space-faring cell surrounded itself with an energy field where the normal laws of physics were reversed!
|Kirk fingers an alien invader|
Trek 29. 'By Any Other Name' took the tired old Sci Fi alien invasion plot to intergalactic lengths. 'Cats Paw' provided another approach to intergalactic visitors.
Sadly, the Kelvan Empire was just a platform for yet another lame alien invasion story. Lucky for the Enterprise, no matter how advanced the technology of evil aliens, Kirk always had the magic touch that was required to defeat them.
Trek 30. It's a small galaxy, after-all. In 'Bread and Circuses', Kirk finds an old school chum living on a planet where the aliens look like humans, speak English and have a culture amazingly like that of ancient Rome. Yes, if you need another hour-long episode for your Sci Fi show, just trot out some old chapter in Earth's history for a rehash on a distant planet. Oh, and don't forget to provide Kirk with a slave girl.
This blog post (above) is the third in a series of posts that look back at Star Trek.
Also in this series:
1) Ten of my favorite episodes
2) comments on other mostly Season One episodes.
Next: comments on some Season Three episodes
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