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mark211Most inspiring or enjoyable episode of 'Star Trek'?2015-03-01 04:25:51
mark211You will by now I'm sure have heard that the actor Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) passed away on Friday, so I thought it would be a fitting (if albeit small) tribute to ask people if they have a favourite 'Star Trek' moment.2015-03-01 04:29:44
mark211This doesn't have to be limited to those episodes in which Nimoy's character Mr Spock appeared - although these are the more obvious ones in the context - but as the series and the spin-offs have by now fascinated and inspired several generations of TV viewers - what are your favourite moments?2015-03-01 04:31:19
mark211One of my absolute favourites is the first episode of Star Trek that I think I ever saw - it's called "The Devil in the Dark" and it involves a kind of murder mystery on a mining colony. As the Enterprise crew investigate, it soon transpires that 'the killer' is a lava-like lifeform. The gripping bit for me was when they track down the creature and Spock attempts to communicate with it telepathically. I've got to say I was pretty gripped by this, even at age 8.2015-03-01 04:40:10
jessbaumI'm not a major trekkie, but the show is a monster influence in the world of Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Of course my fav episode would have to be The Trouble with Tribbles. It's so iconic and memorable everyone references it. haha And I of course want a tribble.2015-03-01 06:02:19
John David RoseSometimes when I come across a vicious argument in a forum on the internet, I think of the battle between Spock and Kirk in "Amok Time." That's the one where they have to return to Vulcan so Spock can complete a mating ritual and Kirk gets roped into fighting him. It's really great when they are armed with lirpas and the classic fight music starts. Da da daaah daaah daaah, daaah dee dee daaah daaah. Here's a low rez link just to give you the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCamCYip2t42015-03-01 13:34:35
GordonRowlinsonI'll mention a couple of favorites and inspirational episodes. I always liked: Devil in the Dark Trouble With Tribbles Wolf in the Fold These stories centered around a extraterrestrial life form that turned out to be different than you thought at first. To make such twists in the story requires good writing. It is impossible not to like: Where No Man Has Gone Before An Errand of Mercy Both these episodes are about the nature of human beings. Where no man has gone before is about how human weaknesses are exposed as a friend of Kirk's develops supernatural powers. An Errand of Mercy is about a superior race called the Organians stopping an all out war between the Klingons and the Federation. Mr. Spock in both these shows acts as the voice of reason as Kirk's emotions get the better of him. It is particularly interesting to see Kirk being embarrassed after arguing that the Organians have no right to stop a war against the Klingons. Logically such a war can't be a good idea. Perhaps my all time favorite is City on the Edge of Forever. This one was written by Harlan Ellison and dealt with a time travel back to the depression era. It is memorable as the time travel plot makes you think and the drama of a very good person dying to correct history leaves you with an emotional impact. Once again, Spock is the voice of reason telling Kirk what must be done. I guess I wrote too much here and you all probably think I'm a nerd. 2015-03-02 16:29:56
micheledutcherHard to limit yourself to one episode. Of course there's AMOK Time (like things are 'running amok' I suppose). Someone mentioned Trouble With Tribbles - overall, most people's favorite episode. Really, I liked the original pilot 'The Cage' as one of my favorites. It set up the ideas: that just because one civilization is more technologically advanced than another, that doesn't give them the right to play with sentient beings however they wish; that what we see isn't necessarily what is really going one; that human emotions have a purpose; and the end result of a reliance on technology can be the debasing of a race. I thought it was brilliant to reuse this pilot with the original captain going back to the planet. 2015-03-03 05:18:06
mark211@GordonRowlinson:"This one was written by Harlan Ellison and dealt with a time travel back to the depression era." Oh my God, I remember that one really well - *that* was Harlan Ellison? Wow! Never knew he wrote for 'Star Trek'.2015-03-03 11:38:42
GordonRowlinsonI dont know much about Ellison's writing. But I have two stories about him. After writing the teleplay City on the Edge of Forever, Gene Roddenberry found a lot wrong with the script. It was too long. It had too many minor characters. It had a character addicted to drugs which the network would censor. It had Kirk wanting to abandon his crew and stay with Edith Keeler. Kirk liked the ladies, but he would never leave his crew. Also the script called for a crowd scene and expensive special effects. Roddenberry and several writers made many changes in Ellisons script. Ellison was outraged and never forgave Roddenberry for the major changes. He eventually published the original script in book form. I was recently watching my VHS copy of the movie the Terminator. In the credits it said the movie was inspired by Harlan Ellison. I looked around on the internet and found James Cameron stole the idea from two episodes of the Outer Limits written by Harlan Ellison. Ellison sued Cameron and forced him to pay him $70,000 for the idea.2015-03-08 08:53:41
MicheleDutcherPresident Obama has marked the passing of Leonard Nimoy with a moving statement released by the White House: “Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock.” 2015-03-08 12:01:42
SitrucTrouble With Tribbles in both the orignal Star Trek episode and in the Deep Space Nine episode.2015-12-09 11:01:46

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