Trekabout Episode 43: More Tribbles, More Troubles/The Survivor

This week, on Trekabout: Episode 23, Eric and Richard discuss “The Trouble… wait, what? That can’t be right. Everything is animated! Oh, this episode is called “More Tribbles, More Troubles”, and it’s… adequate? Then, on “The Survivor”, we’re faced with a member of the 1% who is actually a monster. Not that different from the 21st Century, eh?

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Trekabout Episode 42: One of Our Planets Is Missing/The Lorelai Signal

The Animated Series is hungry this week. In “One of Our Planets Is Missing”, a giant intelligent space cloud is eating planets–and the people too! In “The Lorelei Signal”,¬†Amazon vampire ladies are luring men to their deaths because the women are infertile, or something. Look, Uhura and Nurse Chapel shoot people in this episode, so it’s not all bad. Also! Richard hates children and wants them to suffer.

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Trekabout Episode 41: Beyond the Farthest Star/Yesteryear

You can’t tell, since this is an audio podcast, but in honor of our move into The Animated Series, we’ve replaced ourselves with cartoon facsimiles. And just in time, too, as “Beyond the Farthest Star” and “Yesteryear” assuage Richard’s fears about an animated Trek. The former provides a possible template for the show–trippy visuals with Star Trek action surrounding it, while “Yesteryear” is perhaps one of the finest episodes of Star Trek ever produced. Yep, it’s that good. Also! Young Spock dresses like He-Man.

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Trekabout Episode 40: All Our Yesterdays/Turnabout Intruder

Spock and McCoy share a moment.

Our 9-month mission is over, as we reach the end of The Original Series with “All Our Yesterdays” and “Turnabout Intruder”. If only we could go back in time to the first or second seasons–but no women, please, they’re nuts! Plus! Eric lays out a roadmap for the future of Trekabout.

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Trekabout Episode 39: The Cloud Minders/The Savage Curtain

Spock has a concern.

As we inch closer to the end of The Original Series, we’ve hit the brakes with “The Cloud Minders” and “The Savage Curtain”, two more episodes with intriguing premises that get bored with themselves halfway through. Plus! Abraham Lincoln dies again.

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Trekabout Episode 38: Requiem for Methuselah/The Way to Eden

Captain Kirk is looking at you.

It seems that Spock is getting restless. In “Requiem for Methuselah”, he surprises everyone by expressing a desire to get drunk while listening to some sick Brahms’ sonatas. Later, in “The Way to Eden”, he drops out, turns on, and tunes in with the cast of a 23rd Century traveling production of Hair. Plus! Richard is very worried about Abraham Lincoln.

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Trekabout Episode 37: That Which Survives/The Lights of Zetar

Scotty is needy.

We’ve had some strong contenders, but, finally, we’ve found an episode of The Original Series that’s as terrible as “The Alternative Factor”: “That Which Survives”. The less said about it, the better, so let’s move right along to “The Lights of Zetar”, which isn’t much better, but at least features a strong and capable female character written by Shari Lewis. So you know, that’s something.

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Trekabout Episode 36: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield/The Mark of Gideon

Spock, helping.

Ah, 1969. America’s Gandhi was dead. Race riots had broken out in many American cities. The Cold War was at full tilt. But don’t worry! Here is “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” to browbeat us with the message that “racism is bad”! Later, “The Mark of Gideon” tries to convince us that mass sterilization is the appropriate way to control population growth. Seriously, Star Trek? Go find an analyst. It’s socially acceptable to go to one. It’s 1969.

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Trekabout Episode 35: Elaan of Troyius/Whom Gods Destroy

Kirk and Spock are having none of this.

The third season of The Original Series has slowed its rate of terribleness with “Elaan of Troyius” and “Whom Gods Destroy”. While not classic episodes, they’re at least entertaining pulp nonsense, and at this point, that’s about all we can ask. Also! Richard can’t hear.

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Trekabout Episode 34: Wink of an Eye/The Empath

Kirk has a gut.

The Original Series continues its problematic relationship with female guests stars this week. In “Wink of an Eye”, our female guest star’s personality switches multiple times over the course of the episode because plot. In “The Empath”, the show manages to one-up that treatment and give us a female character with literally no personality. Oh, and she can’t talk. Yeah.

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