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Seasons of Seasons: Star Trek Season 1, “The Corbomite Maneuver” & “The Menagerie pt. I & II”

There may not be a strong thematic thread evident through each of these installments, but they’re perhaps the strangest collective bunch of the show so far. One deals with an incredibly straightforward premise, and the other’s plot is so memorable and complex that I mostly knew of it from the spoof that Futurama produced. 

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Seasons of Seasons: Star Trek Season 1, “Miri” & “Dagger of the Mind”

Let’s talk about pacing. So far it’s been the least enjoyable aspect of Star Trek by a long shot, though I don’t exactly place the blame at the feet of Roddenberry or any of the creative team. I would imagine that virtually every hour-long program of its era had similar issues, but I’ve felt it during some of these episodes so far, and the most during both of these episodes. Every episode has been 50 minutes, and of course the show had to find ways to stretch the storylines to fit that requirement. But sometimes the show will occasionally hit patterns where it will repeat itself without much plot development to speak of.

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Seasons of Seasons: Star Trek Season 1, “Mudd’s Women” & “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

You don’t need me to tell you that the 60s were a decade of political and social upheaval, a rejection of society’s norms that saw a radical change to daily life for many Americans. One of those areas of change was in women’s rights, going from a place of subservience to independence. Part of Star Trek’s enduring appeal is in its ability to mine stories based on the events of the day and place them in a sci-fi context, and this week’s episodes contain the most overt examples of this phenomenon.

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Seasons of Seasons: Star Trek Season 1, “The Naked Time” & “The Enemy Within”

Before I started watching Star Trek I envisioned a show that would deal with aliens and new, exotic worlds on a weekly basis. So far, that hasn’t been the case. Instead, the show has mostly dealt with existential conundrums within its sci-fi trappings. Of course, the grounded concepts are probably the result of the show’s limited budget – this is a network TV show in the 60s, after all. The results have been mostly great so far, but it’s tempered my expectations going forward.

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