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The Doomsday Machine

TOS Season 2, Episode 6

WRITTEN BY

Norman Spinrad

DIRECTED BY

Marc Daniels

First Aired Oct 20, 1967

Stardate 4202.9

Investigating the destruction of several planetary systems, the Enterprise discovers a crippled starship floating in space. Commodore Decker is the only one left on the ship and is soon found to be less than sound-minded when he takes control of the Enterprise and exposes it to lethal danger.

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Meh, can't say this was anything special, but I did actually like Kirk in this episode, which is something. 6.

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This is one of my favorite TOS episodes. I adore Commodore Matt Decker! :thumbsup2: And I also adore the idea of that planet killer thing. *shudder* Scary, scary!

This episode totally gets a 9 from me. :thumbsup2:

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And I also adore the idea of that planet killer thing. *shudder* Scary, scary!

Me, too! It's a shame that the concept of the Planet Killer was never translated to film.... :sad:

Wait--someone patent it before Abrams makes it into the next film! :P

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Me, too! It's a shame that the concept of the Planet Killer was never translated to film.... :sad:

Wait--someone patent it before Abrams makes it into the next film! :P

:laugh:

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9.

has some excellent incidental music, Kirk being stuck on the Constellation, Spock/Decker scene and the closest perhaps to a Best of Both Worlds-style episode for TOS.

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:laugh:

It's true! Someone keep the idea away from him! He'd probably end up turning the Planet Destroyer into a giant alien that literally eats planets! Oh, wait--sorry, I was thinking of Galactus. What if he turns it into a giant gaseous space cloud that consumes the thermal energy from planets' cores? Oh, wait--that's what Galactus was in "Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer."

Well--what if he turned the Doomsday Machine into a giant, planet-shaped space station that had the power to obliterate entire plan--oops. Sorry...that was the Narada--I mean, Death Star.

:dontgetit:

Oh, no, I've gone cross-eyed.

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It's true! Someone keep the idea away from him! He'd probably end up turning the Planet Destroyer into a giant alien that literally eats planets! Oh, wait--sorry, I was thinking of Galactus. What if he turns it into a giant gaseous space cloud that consumes the thermal energy from planets' cores? Oh, wait--that's what Galactus was in "Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer."

Well--what if he turned the Doomsday Machine into a giant, planet-shaped space station that had the power to obliterate entire plan--oops. Sorry...that was the Narada--I mean, Death Star.

:dontgetit:

Oh, no, I've gone cross-eyed.

What if he turned the Planet Killer into some mechanised psychopath that could transform into a robo...oh wait, that was Unicron :giggle:

The music kicked arse, and the TOS-R effects push this ep even further into the stratosphere for me :thumbup:

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I loved Doomsday Machine, it's one of my favorite episodes - great lines, great character dynamic, great drama, awesome action episode all around.

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Oh so this is what you meant Voyager. I was about to mention Unicron.

But what if he turns the doomsday machine into a giant bug that destroys and eats planets...oh wait.,..That was Lexx.

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Me, too! It's a shame that the concept of the Planet Killer was never translated to film.... :sad:

Wait--someone patent it before Abrams makes it into the next film! :P

I really understand what you are saying here... I would be like having anyone but Roger Stern write the screenplay for a Superman vs. Doomsday movie adaptation...I saw what they did on the animated movie adaptation and it really pissed me off...None of the key elements were observed that made the story great in the first place. It was a little different from Trek XI because there was not interference in the story from an outside source. They just tried passing it off as if this is how it really happened no attempt at an explaination...JJ and crew at least made that attempt.

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Me, too! It's a shame that the concept of the Planet Killer was never translated to film.... :sad:

Wait--someone patent it before Abrams makes it into the next film! :P

think James Cawley beat ya toit with In Harm's Way ;):P

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think James Cawley beat ya toit with In Harm's Way ;):P

I saw that once before. Totally awesome; great way to do time travel. And it involves classic film-era Kirk! ;)

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Oh so this is what you meant Voyager. I was about to mention Unicron.

But what if he turns the doomsday machine into a giant bug that destroys and eats planets...oh wait.,..That was Lexx.

Yeah, this is what I was talking about. When I saw that other thread I couldn't believe it, it just seemed unreal lol!

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A good ep. William Windom did a great job as a vengeful captain that lost his crew. :thumbup:

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Yes, indeed he did. And he completely deserved his fate too. Probably the episode that benefited the most from the CGI FX in the HD version.

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I gave it a 10. Great concept in keeping with the atomic bomb being our doomsday weapon. Some weapon powerful enough to take out a starship and fire antiproton beam. Not antimatter, but close enough. Think of what would happen if it were an antineutron beam ...

And of course the music. Dadadada ...Dadadadada

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I find this to be a really good episode, the tense music is almost as classic as the "Amok Time" theme I'd say, and Matt Decker is evil. I'll give it the 9 it deserves.

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I just saw this again tonight. Alright episode overall, one of the better ones below the top tier. It was basically Moby Dick in space. Scotty gets a lot of screen time, which may be why he named this episode as his favorite. They didn't go with their first choice when casting for Decker, which is too bad because this guy over-acts worse than Shatner. They had already said that Decker was in a state of shock and was unhinged when Kirk and McCoy found him, I don't know why he needed more medical evidence to have him relieved of duty. Security was also obviously lax, one escort and he gets fairly easily overpowered, allowing Decker to steal a shuttlecraft.

I thought the exchange between Kirk and Spock was funny. '97 megatonnes? No actually, 97.83 megatonnes.' Kirk rolls his eyes.

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A solid nine. Loved the "Ahab in Space" angle. This was high space opera long before "Star Wars" and "Battlestar Galactica". The original FX are somewhat crude, but the remastered version makes that somewhat less of a problem. My only nits? The late William Windom's wild overacting (seriously, his mugging in the shuttlecraft is a bit cringeworthy, even for '60s TV), and Spock allowing a clearly unstable man to endanger the ship. Spock seemed overly bound to regulations in this one for some reason. Spock likes to cite regulations, but he (like Kirk) was not averse to bending them for the ship's sake. Seemed to me that Spock would've neck-pinched Decker long before he put the Enterprise in such danger....

But other than that? This one's a roller coaster. :thumbup:

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