TLOZ Lover

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  • Birthday 12/16/1963

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    James T. Kirk
  • Favorite Trek Series
    The Original Series
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    All things Star Trek TOS and the Kelvin timeline. Also a major cat person! I also enjoy writing romance fiction--currently working on a Star Trek fan fiction project.

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  1. Skip Homeier has passed.

    I read on Twitter today that two-time TOS guest star Skip Homeier passed away on June 25, 2017 at age 86. Skip first appeared as Melakon in season two's "Patterns of Force" and returned in season three as Dr. Sevrin in "The Way to Eden". I must admit I never made the connection that Skip played both of these characters, as I believe he is better remembered in the latter episode. I'm only guessing, but I bet Dr. Sevrin is the only character whose ears took as long, if not longer, to create in makeup than Spock's. Ah well, R.I.P, sir!
  2. This is a priceless photo that was tweeted to me yesterday! These ladies are easily recognizable from the TOS character photo they are holding, but in case you need a little help I'll start from the back left: Lee Meriwether (Losira from "That Which Survives"), Celeste Yarnall (Yeoman Martha Landon from "The Apple"), Mariette Hartley (Zarabeth from "All Our Yesterdays", Sherry Jackson (Andrea from "What Are Little Girls Made Of?") and Barbara Luna (Lt. Marlena Moreau from "Mirror, Mirror"). There aren't many TOS stars or guest stars left anymore, so this photo is truly a treasure. Wish I could look half that good when I'm their age! I would love to meet them all, especially Lee Meriwether!
  3. 10 minor goofs you never noticed in 'Star Trek'

    My favorite goof is from the end of my favorite episode, The Lights of Zetar. If you look just below Spock's right elbow you will see a discarded newspaper laying in plain sight on the floor. As many times as I've seen this episode over the years, I had never noticed that until I read about it online. When I watched it again and saw that I thought, "Holy cow!" I don't know how many takes this scene got, perhaps only one, but even Nimoy apparently didn't notice, even though it was in his peripheral vision. Fascinating......
  4. By Any Other Name

    This has always been a must-watch episode for me, and I'd easily give it a 7 or 8 for enjoyment. As mentioned previously, it starts out with dead seriousness and gradually progresses toward a more lighthearted, comedic tone. Scotty, of course, is simply priceless in this episode. Who doesn't feel his pain when he realizes he must sacrifice his last, most cherished bottle of Scotch in an effort to save the ship? Poor man.... One thing I've always questioned is how the Kelvans obtained human form in the first place. Rojan is bewildered by the heightened senses "...of these shells in which we have encased ourselves." Did they encounter human(oid) beings somewhere along the way on the Andromeda side or once they crossed over into our galaxy? From his conversation with Hanar, it sounds like it happened not long before the Enterprise crew came along because they are still adjusting to their new form. The Kelvans' belt devices either immobilize people or turn them into polyhedrons, so how did they hijack the bodies? Inquiring minds want to know! Anyway, a great episode!
  5. Saw the news on Twitter yesterday. We remember him as Decius on "Balance of Terror" and as Stonn on "Amok Time". So sad to lose another one from TOS days.
  6. The Menagerie

    It's not among my favorites but a good episode nevertheless. Seeing it on BBC America again last night reminded me to look at the posts on this episode to see if anyone else had ever questioned this. Commodore Mendez informs Kirk of the space chatter that had been going on for months as to what had happened to Capt. Pike. Kirk is unaware of the accident which, as a Starfleet commanding officer, seems very odd. Like he wouldn't be in the know about something significant that had happened to another captain and one who was also the former commander of the Enterprise? Clearly Spock had learned of it which had given him sufficient time to plan the entire abduction of Pike. The main thing I don't understand is how with Talos IV being a forbidden planet did Spock make contact with the Talosians to inform them of Pike's condition? Another thing....Kirk points out that record tapes didn't exist in the kind of detail that were shown in the court martial, and afterwards we learn the Talosians were sending the images. With the Talosians power I can understand how they were able to see into the mind of Pike and know the events that had transpired prior to his arrival on the planet, but how would they have been able to capture that in a format that could be transmitted to Enterprise? Further, the images stop when Pike falls asleep at one point during the trial as the Talosians are somehow aware the captain is tired. Don't forget...the ship is still a long way from the planet. If the Talosians are that powerful, holy s-h-i-t......It's a wonder the entire Federation wasn't at risk. For those who might not know, actor Sean Kenney who played crippled Capt. Pike also played Lt. DePaul in "Arena" and "A Taste of Armageddon". My final observation? The Talosians' heads look like butts with varicose veins.
  7. Kirk's Reputation vs. Reality

    ^ That was one of the little touches I liked about ST Beyond; during the captain's log, when Kirk remarked about the crew having various interpersonal relationships, some successful and some not (Chekov getting kicked out of the Orion girl's quarters... cute scene). I got a real sense of the Enterprise crew as a community in space; or perhaps more akin to a coed university. That was Chekov getting chucked out? Will have to pay attention to that scene next time!
  8. Kirk's Reputation vs. Reality

    I've always thought of Kirk as the James Bond of Starfleet! You are correct in pointing out that many (not all) of his dalliances are goal-oriented to the mission at hand, namely to save his hide and that of the crew. He has the reputation of being a skirt junkie namely because the vast majority of each episode's action is centered on him, and nearly all episodes feature some prominent female he must deal with in one way or another. There are probably plenty of other Enterprise crewmen getting their gears greased each night besides their fearless leader.
  9. That Which Survives

    You're kidding! Wow, that's amazing! I guess there's no quality control over the dubbing, no oversight by the people who own Trek to make sure that it's done right or anything? Fascinating. The thing I like best about this episode is the way Losira turns sideways, becomes a line, and then the line squishes down into a point; that was a really cool special effect for 1969! But the idea that "beauty survives" is even more hokey and strange than the third-season average; I have to wonder if there was supposed to be some other ending that they didn't have time to film or something... I thought both Kirk and Spock were out of character in this episode; they seemed like caricatures of themselves, rather than their real selves. A woman who calls herself Plaid Adder has reviews of all the TOS episodes on Archive of Our Own, and in her review of this one she says, "I don’t know what Shatner and Nimoy did to piss Lucas (and perhaps Fontana) off, but both Kirk and Spock act like dicks in this episode. Kirk shuts down Sulu’s first attempt to be helpful by comparing the earthquake to the impact of a meteor that hit Siberia back in the day: “Mr. Sulu, if I’d wanted a Russian history lesson I’d have brought along Mr. Chekov.” (Yeah…where IS that guy, anyway?) Kirk does eventually ease up on him, but it’s hard to see why he’s so pissed off, and Sulu doesn’t seem to quite know how to respond to it. Spock, meanwhile, is a parody of himself. There’s no other way to put it. He is forced to make himself the butt of jokes about his Vulcanness nearly every time he opens his mouth. Instead of the snarky Spock who knows what the humans want from him but just isn’t interested in providing it, we have a naïve and terminally square Spock who never gets a joke or recognizes a figure of speech." So I'm not the only one who thought the guys were wildly out of character here. Still, the idea that all of the inhabitants of a planet had died, but their automatic defense systems were still defending them was poignant and creepy, which wasn't bad for third-season TOS. Yes, Losira turning into a thin line and squishing down to a point (as well as the spooky music) was a very cool, memorable and creative special effect for TOS! Speaking of special effects, I'm a huge fan of "The Lights of Zetar", and I have to smile whenever I read comments on how creeped out people are or were (especially as kids) to see the faces of the Reidonian technician and Mira contorting and changing colors as the Zetars attacked them. Really? That never phased me in the least, even as a kid. What I hated were the incredibly ugly, garbled sounds they made! In my previous comment on this episode I mentioned that engineer Watkins should have called out to Scotty immediately to alert him of the intruder in their area, but what good would it have done? If phasers couldn't stop her, there was certainly nothing Scotty or anyone else could have done (although they didn't know that). She might, however, have disappeared faster had Watkins called out sooner. What is weird is how quickly she managed to sabotage the m/am bypass valve after Watkins called out to Scotty, because Scotty was immediately running towards him, and the deed was already done. If she can work that quickly, one wonders why she didn't just dispense with Watkins at the outset. As stated previously, she knew exactly what the equipment was and how it worked, so her conversation with him was entirely superfluous. Kirk's comment that "beauty survives" seems odd and incredibly superficial. Losira was indeed a beautiful woman (bizarre eye makeup notwithstanding), but the fact that her replica had the power to hurl the Enterprise such a huge distance and sabotage it so quickly and expertly speaks volumes on how incredibly advanced her lost civilization was, as Spock points out. Kirk's sexist comments like "Are you l-o-n-e-l-y?" and "You better tell us" are simply ridiculous by comparison. Uh, captain....she better tell you or what? Perhaps the episode should have had a title more in line with all that Losira represented.
  10. That Which Survives

    I like this episode a lot, giving it at least a 7. Even though many people don't care for season 3, S3 happens to have a number of really good episodes, and "That Which Survives" is among them IMO. Yes, it was nice to see Sulu in this episode. Our helmsman doesn't always have the best luck as a landing party member, however. He nearly freezes to death in "The Enemy Within" and gets turned into a waxwork figure in "The Squire of Gothos". In this episode he nearly buys the farm (or perhaps the sushi restaurant?) when Losira touches him. I also really liked senior geologist D'Amato. A pity his character got killed off, but it just proves that it isn't always red shirts who bite the dust in TOS. Also nice to see the second appearance of Dr. M'Benga, and any chance to see Scotty in action makes an episode entirely worth watching, of course! He lets his excitable nature show a few times, but once again he saves the ship's bacon. Our hero! As to the actions of engineering assistant Watkins, what he should have done was call out to Scotty immediately letting him know there was an intruder in their section. When Losira asked him to explain how the matter/anti-matter bypass valve works (or whatever it was), to his credit he did at least deliberately lie to her. Losira obviously knew exactly what the equipment was and how it functioned but used the question and her non-threatening appearance to buy the time she needed to get Watkins out of the way, allowing her to sabotage the Enterprise. He may not have been wearing a red shirt, but apparently a red jumpsuit was just as unlucky! Here is one thing I don't understand. Normally, all members of a landing party are equipped with communicators, phasers, and at least one or two tricorders. Kirk's phaser overloads and explodes, presumably leaving two other working phasers. At the end when Kirk, McCoy and Sulu are faced with three Losira's closing in on them, why didn't McCoy or Sulu simply whip out one of the remaining phasers and fire at the computer? A deer-in-the-headlights moment for our landing party, perhaps? It was sheer luck that Spock and the other crewman beamed down at that exact moment in time to destroy it. Ah well..... Still a great episode!
  11. Anyone going to the Hollywood Show in LA today?

    Yes, this is a very rare opportunity to see so many TOS guest stars together in one place, especially considering their ages. Seems like every year we lose more. This is a Twitter photo of them. I recognize Joanne Linville, France Nuyen, Michael Forest (in glasses center back), Sally Kellerman and Morgan Woodward. If Jan Shutan had been there, I would have been on a plane in a New York minute! Has anyone ever seen her at a con?
  12. A cornucopia of Trek TOS guest stars scheduled to be in attendance including: Antoinette Bower (Sylvia from "Catspaw"), Charlie Brill (Arne Darvin from "The Trouble with Tribbles"), Bobby Clark (several TOS episodes including playing the Gorn from "Arena"), Julie Cobb (Yeoman Leslie Thompson from "By Any Other Name"), Joan Collins (Edith Keeler from "City on the Edge of Forever"), Michael Dante (Maab from "Friday's Child"), Jack Donner (Romulan sub Commander Tal from "The Enterprise Incident"), Pamelyn Ferdin (Mary Janowski from "And the Children Shall Lead"), Michael Forest (Apollo from "Who Mourns for Adonais?"), Sherry Jackson (Andrea from "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"), Sally Kellerman (Dr. Elizabeth Dehner from "Where No Man Has Gone Before"), Sean Kenney (Lt. DePaul in "Arena" & "A Taste of Armageddon" as well as crippled Christopher Pike in "The Menagerie"), Joanne Linville (Romulan Commander from "The Enterprise Incident"), Lisa LoCicero (Miral Paris from Star Trek Voyager), Gary Lockwood (Gary Mitchell from "Where No Man Has Gone Before"), Barbara Luna (Lt. Marlena Moreau from "Mirror, Mirror"), France Nuyen (Elaan of Troyius), Louise Sorel (Rayna Kapec from "Requiem for Methuselah"), Bevely Washburn (Lt. Arlene Galway from "The Deadly Years"), Morgan Woodward (Capt. Ronald Tracey from "The Omega Glory" and Simon Van Gelder from "Dagger of the Mind") and Celeste Yarnall (Yeoman Martha Landon from "The Apple"). If anyone is going, please take photos and share them with us!
  13. A Private Little War

    This is one episode I always enjoy watching. A lot of action to comment on! First, I have to say the mugatu is my favorite scary-assed creature from all of TOS! Ugly as hell, and that scream it makes is enough to scare the crap out of any anyone. (Can you imagine using that sound full blast as a burglary deterrent in your home?) I also laugh every time I watch McCoy throwing the rock and yelling "Ha!" in an attempt to scare it off. Finally though, the doc gets wise and sends it off to oblivion to meet its maker. When Kirk learns that Nona is the one who saved his life, his cold "congratulations" to her is enough to make me wish the mugatu's mate would enter the cave about then and give him another dose. I guess Kirk doesn't like women doing him favors unless they're of another kind... And where did Nona get that orange fur halter top? I'd like to see the village store that sells that fashion statement! Poor Spock gets the sh** end of the firestick in this episode, doesn't he? Always interesting to see him leaking green blood! I love the drama of watching him fight for his life and learning how Vulcans heal themselves. Coming to check on the patient, poor Scotty walks into Sickbay just in time to catch Christine waling away on Spock and then Dr. M'Benga following suit. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to leave Engineering. I never associated this episode with a statement on the Vietnam war since I was 4 when it aired, but given the time period I can understand it in hindsight. True, the whole matter of Klingon involvement should have been handled much differently. Goodhearted Tyree is too naive to realize that once his enemies had resorted to killing there would be no going back to their former ways of friendship. Even Nona was smart enough to see that. (Makes one wonder how the villagers in "The Apple" dealt with one another after the concept of killing had been introduced to them. I'd like to think possibly they stood a chance of maintaining their peaceful ways, but once the threat of punishment (Vaal) was removed, it's seems unlikely.) Nona is bitterly disappointed that Tyree refuses to arm his men, allowing them to defend themselves, and also with Kirk as he refuses to supply Tyree with superior weapons. Given the reality of the situation, her feelings are understandable. She seduces Kirk in an attempt to influence him to arm Tyree with phasers (or she's just a tramp--take your pick), but she is incredibly foolish in approaching the Apella's men offering to make him an even more powerful man with her newly acquired phaser. One lone woman against three horny villagers? C'mon.... Anyway, she pays for the mistake with her life, and so ends Nona. As an action-packed episode, I give it a 7.
  14. The Apple

    This episode was on BBC America again the other day, and I finally did notice the natives feeding Vaal rocks instead of fruits and veggies! I also mentioned in my previous post that David Soul (of "Starsky & Hutch" fame) plays Akuta, but learned that he, in fact, plays Makora, the young man who will soon be making new little natives with Sayana. Seems odd that Soul is usually listed on program guide descriptions instead of Keith Andes who plays Akuta and who has a much more prominent guest star role. Anyway, a fun episode to watch!
  15. RIP one and all...