STTOS – The Man Trap

If it’s an episode called The Man Trap, you know the feminists are going to have a lot to say! Nominally the first episode in the the series (first to air – on 8 September 1966, 5th in production order), this outing is remarkable for how familiar the main characters already seem with each other,…

STTOS – Where No Man Has Gone Before

Where No Man Has Gone Before is actually the first of the TOS episodes that I saw in the most recent burst of viewing. If I’m only getting around to reviewing it now it’s in equal parts because I’m not sure how it fits into canon and because I don’t have much to say about…

Three Episodes into Boomtown and I’m Starting to Wonder

There are those who enjoy watching shows and those who enjoy thinking about the shows they just watched. I’m firmly in the latter category, and one of my friends recently asked me what the point was. Why read reviews of something you’ve already seen? It’s a fair question. At first blush, it does seem kind…

STTOS – Charlie X

Ah, Charlie X. This was never one of my favorites. I appreciate it a bit more now that I’m older, but it’s still a nice showcase of a lot of what’s wrong with Star Trek. The Enterprise rendezvous with the cargo ship (that’s later a transport ship that’s later a science probe: the writers really…

STTOS – The Naked Time

Recently, I’ve had a hankering to go back and rewatch the original Star Trek series. As any reader of this blog will know, I’m kind of an uneven fan. When I was younger, I really, really liked that show. To a kind of obsessive degree. But that was in the 80s, and there was as…

Justified has some Splainin to Do

Based on a string of good-to-great reviews and some recommendations from friends, I picked up Justified. So far, I’ve seen the pilot. Pilots are often poor indicators of how well a show will turn out, and I hope that’s the case here, because based on what I saw, this show is massively overrated. The plot…

Star Trek Fans Can’t Tell you why they Like It

Matthew Yglesias has an article about Star Trek which is triggering all of my normal rants. Really, it’s fascinating stuff. One day in the distant future when the dust has settled and alien anthropoligsts are digging through the ruins of AMERICA, they’re going to be utterly baffled by Star Trek fandom. So what did I…

Alex Hannaford is a Slippery Eel

Alex Hannaford is a slippery eel. The evidence: this column that he wrote about gun culture in the United States (Hannaford is a Brit – a writer for the Guardian). The first misleading thing about the column is the title: “What I Discovered when I Got a Gun.” Hannaford did, in fact, buy a gun,…