7/31/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Turnabout Intruder"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E24
Air Date: June 3, 1969
Written by: Arthur H. Singer & Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein

Premise
Crazy woman switches bodies with Kirk because she hates being a woman, hates Kirk, and pretty much hates everything.

Review
So there's one last distress call for the intrepid crew of the live-action Enterprise NCC-1701 and this one takes them to the mad scientist laboratory of Dr. Janice Lester, a woman who Kirk once loved and left. And we'll see why in a minute. But first, she's gravely ill with radiation poisoning. When they arrive, she's out cold, but she starts to get antsy at around the same time Spock picks up life form readings. Bones tells Kirk that he should stay by her bedside while he and Spock check out the readings with Janice's personal physician, Dr. Coleman. Which is perfect, because while they're away, she regains full consciousness, pushes Kirk against a wall, activates a machine and switches bodies with him. All according to plan.

7/30/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "All Our Yesterdays"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E23
Air Date: March 14, 1969
Written by: Jean Lissette Aroeste
Directed by: Marvin Chomsky

Premise
Bones, Spock and Kirk try to warn a planet of the impending explosion of their star when they end up in that planet's past. Spock inadvertently shows his feels.

Review
When the landing party lands, they expect to find a civilization to warn. What they find instead is a big library with only one occupant: Mr. Atoz. Kirk tries to find out where everyone went, but Mr. Atoz and his two replicas are pretty dense. They believe Kirk and his friends are native to that planet and that they are late for their temporal displacement. See, that's where everyone went: to the past.

7/29/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Savage Curtain"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E22
Air Date: March 7, 1969
Written by: Gene Roddenberry and Arthur Heinemann
Directed by: Herschel Daughtery

Premise
Kirk and Spock are pitted with and against galactic historical figures in a competition between good and evil. Abraham Lincoln runs out of vampires to hunt.

Review
While exploring a planet that is completely inhospitable to carbon-based life, the Enterprise inexplicably picks up carbon-based life signs. Kirk is about to give up on the life signs due to the toxic nature of the planet when suddenly ABRAHAM LINCOLN! The tallest president appears on screen and says something along the lines of, "Yes, I know, you don't think I'm real, but I assure you I am. You can bring me aboard and examine me when you pass over my position on the planet in 12 minutes." Meanwhile, a space about the size and shape of Australia on the planet forms into a habitable, Earth-like atmosphere and Kirk is convinced that his personal hero must come aboard.

7/24/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - The Way to Methuselah's Cloud Minders"

As I sit and reflect on the last 6 months, it's been a really fun time going through The Original Series. But before I enter my final Chief Engineer's log entry, we have to take care of one more thing - the penultimate Aftermath episode of Star Trek: Asterisk's run of The Original Series!

This week, the Captain and I tackle three more episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Requiem for Methuselah", The Way to Eden", and "The Cloud Minders". Join us in our not-quite-in-depth discussion here.

Hey, go read Steve's reviews of the episodes, would ya? And finish listening to the Officer's Lounge before you do anything else! Oh, and keep in mind that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this Thursday at 6PM Eastern for our final live performance of The Original Series. Now get out of here before I get all misty eyed!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - The Way to Methuselah's Cloud Minders"

A sad, sad day is upon us. Next week is our last week of The Original Series here on Star Trek: Asterisk. But before we warp into The Animated Series, we have a few things we need to take care of first - like a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Join us this week and shed tears while doubled over in laughter as we cover three more episodes from The Original Series: "Requiem for Methuselah", "The Way to Eden", and "The Cloud Minders". Feel the burn while giggling yourself at the juicy audio bits found here.

Be sure to check out Steve's written reviews for this week's episodes, and stay tuned for the Aftermath, coming shortly. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk questions and comments. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. What are you waiting for?! Get to listening!

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Cloud Minders"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E21
Air Date: February 28, 1969
Written by: David Gerrold and Oliver Crawford
Directed by: Jud Taylor

Premise
In the search for another cure, this time for a different planet, Kirk and friends get caught up in class rivalry on the planet Ardana.

Review
The planet Merak II is in desperate need of zenite to cure their planet-wide botanical plague. And the closest place to produce zenite is Ardana. When they arrive, they beam down to the mines and look up at the cloud city, Stratos. The rulers live up there while the workers, Troglytes, stay on the ground and work the mines. At least... they were working the mines. Now they're on strike. They don't have the zenite ready, and they don't care. In fact, when Kirk and Spock arrive, they attack!

7/23/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Way to Eden"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E20
Air Date: February 21, 1969
Written by: Arthur Heinemann and Michael Richards
Directed by: David Alexander

Premise
Crazy space hippies take over the ship in their quest to find the planet Eden.

Review
The USS Aurora has been stolen and the Enterprise is on its way to capture it, but when the thieves try to escape, they overload their engines. Moments before the ship explodes, Scotty gets a transporter lock on the crew and beams them aboard. I can imagine off screen Scotty finds which one of the crazy space hippies they brought on board was responsible for engineering and scolds him for not being able to hold the engines together. In either case, one of the hippies is the son of an ambassador, so Kirk is under orders not to arrest them, but rather to retrieve them.

7/22/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Requiem for Methusela"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E19
Air Date: February 14, 1969
Written by: Jerome Bixby
Directed by: Murray Golden

Premise
In search for a cure for his ailing crew, Kirk comes across Flint who is a lot more than he seems, and his daughter, Rayna.

Review
It's probably just as well that we never see the inside of the ship until the end of this episode. Most of the crew is stricken with Rigelian flu and Bones is on the landing party, so no doubt the walls are covered in vomit. On the planet, Kirk, Bones and Spock search for ryetalyn, a rare mineral that can cure Rigelian flu. But what they find is a hovering robot that comes to attack them. Thankfully, the robot's owner, Flint, comes along just in time to call the robot off. And then demand that the landing party leave.

7/19/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - That Which Gideon Lights"

Man, this PADD is GREAT!! It has a TON of apps... I've even started developing some of my own. In fact, I think you'll really like this particular one. What does it do, you ask? Why, it beams a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk directly to you. Check it out!

This week, Steve and I processed data from three more episodes of season 3 of The Original Series: "The Mark of Gideon", "That Which Survives", and "The Lights of Zetar". Download the update here.

By now, you should have read Steve's written reviews. If you haven't... Shame on you! Go do it! Then, go back and check out the Officer's Lounge. Also, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek questions or comments. Finally, be sure to check out the live show this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern. Now upgrade those data plans and get going!

7/18/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - That Which Gideon Lights"

Well, after anticipating the arrival of a new PADD from Starfleet Command, I finally got it! I'm trying to make sure I don't forget anything with the setup of this thing... But before I forget anything else, you guys need a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, the Captain and I laughed at the expense of three more episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "The Mark of Gideon", "That Which Survives", and "The Lights of Zetar". Join us in our mockery here.

In case you haven't already, be sure to go back and read Steve's written reviews. Also, stay tuned later today for the Aftermath. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now get to it!

7/17/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Lights of Zetar"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E18
Air Date: January 31, 1969
Written by: Jeremy Tarcher and Shari Lewis
Directed by: Herb Kenwith

Premise
Scotty falls in love with a pretty young lass who ends up being host to a race of dead aliens.

Review
Lt. Mira Romaine is her name and learning stuff is her game, so the Enterprise is taking her to Memory Alpha, the storage place for all of the Federation's knowledge, so she can get smarter. Along the way, Scotty takes a fancy to her and the two of them end up spending a lot of time together. Spock, however, detects a storm in their path. A storm that's traveling at warp speeds. Which, as we all know, is impossible, since natural things don't travel past the speed of light. That's when the crap hits the fan.

7/16/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "That Which Survives"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E17
Air Date: January 24, 1969
Written by: John Meredyth Lucas and Michael Richards
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein

Premise
On a mysterious planetoid, Kirk, Bones and Sulu encounter a woman with a deadly touch. Which really narrows it down, doesn't it?

Review
The Enterprise encounters an impossible planet. It's about the size of Earth's moon, but with the mass and atmosphere of Earth. What's more, the age of the planet does not match with the apparent age of the plants and geological formations. Obviously, they must investigate. When they gather an away team, they head to the transporter and right in the middle of transport a woman appears in the room, touches the redshirt transporter operator and the operator falls to the ground dead.

7/15/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Mark of Gideon"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E16
Air Date: January 17, 1969
Written by: George F. Slaven and Stanley Adams
Directed by: Jud Taylor

Premise
Kirk finds himself stranded on an empty version of the Enterprise. Empty except, of course, for a hot chick.

Review
So, the planet Gideon has been holding out on joining the Federation for quite some time, but now, for some reason, have finally agreed to open negotiations. They describe their planet as a germ-free paradise, but won't allow anyone to scan them. And their one stipulation for Federation membership: only James T. Kirk can beam down for negotiations. An odd request, but they follow it. Kirk gets on the transporter pad and then Spock beams him down to the coordinates given which lead directly onto... the transporter pad.

7/11/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Elaan Destroyed Your Last Battlefield"

Alright, I think I'm finally back into the swing of things around here, and it's just in time, too. We've got a live show to do tomorrow. But before all of that, there's one final order of business - a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Join Shaggy, Scoob, and the gang as we solve the mystery of this week's episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Elaan of Troyius", "Whom Gods Destroy", and "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". You'll be able to unmask the villain once you find him here.

By now, you should have read Steve's written reviews. If you haven't, shame on you! GO READ THEM! Also, go back and check out the Officer's Lounge. Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek questions or comments. Finally, join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now you better get going before that creepy- ZOINKS!! *runs*

7/10/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Elaan Destroyed Your Last Battlefield"

I decided to take a little shore leave from the ship after the holiday, but I had to get back before Thursday so that I can take care of a couple of things - like getting you guys a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

This week, we sailed along with three more episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Elaan of Troyius", "Whom Gods Destroy", and "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". Cruise alongside and find the fun here.

If you haven't already, be sure to go back and read Steve's written reviews. Also, keep it tuned here for the Aftermath, coming tomorrow. Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk questions or comments. Finally, be sure to come back here this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now get out there! And be careful - there are sharks in that water!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E15
Air Date: January 10, 1969
Written by: Oliver Crawford and Lee Cronin (Gene L. Coon)
Directed by: Jud Taylor

Premise
The Riddler tracks down American Martin Freeman to the Enterprise and teaches us all a valuable lesson about racism.

Review
In this infamous episode, we find the Enterprise on a decontamination mission to Ariannus when suddenly a stolen shuttlecraft races out of the atmosphere and straight past them. It's been severely damaged and Spock deduces that whoever's driving the thing could be suffocating from the lack of oxygen. So Kirk orders that the shuttlecraft be taken in. After another beautiful display of the shuttle bay, Lokai walks out and collapses on the floor. He displays an unusual appearance: black on left side of his face, white on the right.

7/9/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Whom Gods Destroy"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E14
Air Date: January 3, 1969
Written by: Jerry Sohl and Lee Erwin
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein

Premise
Crazy Captain Garth holds Kirk and Spock hostage while he takes over the asylum and tries to commandeer the Enterprise.

Review
Kirk and Spock beam down to the asylum and are greeted by a man who introduces himself as Dr. Cory, the governor of the asylum. They are there to test a new serum that could revolutionize modern psychology. But first, a tour! Dr. Cory takes them along some of the force field cages and introduces them to an Orion girl who insists that Dr. Cory isn't who he says he is. But she's crazy - what does she know? They walk on by and get to Captain Garth's cage. And in Captain Garth's cage is Dr. Cory. But, wait, Dr. Cory is taking them on the tour... BUT WAIT, the tour guide shimmers and turns into Captain Garth!! Laughing maniacally, he introduces them to the REAL Dr. Cory, who is helpless inside of the cage.

7/8/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Elaan of Troyius"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E13
Air Date: December 20, 1968
Written by: John Meredyth Lucas
Directed by: John Meredyth Lucas

Premise
The Enterprise drags Elaan to Troyius kicking and screaming to an arranged marriage. Suddenly, Klingons!

Review
So the Enterprise picked up a Troyian ambassador named Petri and and then went on their way to Elas to pick up Elaan. Apparently there has been a war between these two planets and Elaan is to be married to a Troyian in order to make peace. So Elaan beams aboard and she's a beautiful exotic woman who is also an impossibly spoiled brat. As they make their way back to Troyius, Petri makes it his goal to teach Elaan basic manners. He completely fails at this goal.

7/4/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Weekly Aftermath - Wink of Plato's Empath"

It's the 4th of July here in the US, but before we fire off some "disruptors" of our own, we have a VERY important tradition that we must follow - giving you guys a new episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Join us this week as we wrap up three more episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Plato's Stepchildren", "Wink of an Eye", and "The Empath". Open a box full of fun here.

If you haven't already, be sure to go back and read Steve's written reviews, and check out this past week's Officer's Lounge. Plus, HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475) for all of your questions or comments about Star Trek or Star Trek: Asterisk. Finally, be sure to join us this and every Thursday at 6PM Eastern for the live show. Now get out there and blow something up - for America!! Oh, and be safe, huh?

7/3/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "The Empath"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E12
Air Date: December 6, 1968
Written by: Joyce Muskat
Directed by: John Erman

Premise
On their way to pick up some scientists, the crew of the Enterprise encounter a mute alien whom Bones names "Gem". Spock gets drugged.

Review
The mission: to evacuate a team of scientists on a planet the star for which is about to go nova. The problem: the scientists mysteriously disappear. When the crew arrive, they find the station empty with no trace of anyone. They consult the security recordings and find that the team literally vanished. Well, it doesn't take long until the landing party, consisting of Kirk, Spock and Bones, vanish themselves. And they awaken to find... nothing. No, really... they're in a room that's just... black.

7/2/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Officer's Lounge - Wink of Plato's Empath"

Well, we're gearing up here in the States for the 4th, but in the meantime, us Starfleet types still have a job to do - like getting out an episode of Star Trek: Asterisk!

Join the Captain and I this week as we explore three more episodes from season 3 of The Original Series: "Plato's Stepchildren", "Wink of an Eye", and "The Empath". Replicate our laughter with the instruction set found here.

Have you started reading Steve's written reviews? Why not?! Well, in that case, listen to the live show, read his reviews that he's already posted, and stay tuned tomorrow for the Aftermath. Plus, remember that HAILING FREQUENCIES ARE OPEN at 513-ASTRISK (278-7475). Now get crackin' on that live show!

Star Trek: Asterisk "Wink of an Eye"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E11
Air Date: November 29, 1968
Written by: Arthur Heinemann and Lee Cronin (Gene L. Coon)
Directed by: Jud Taylor

Premise
Kirk takes a drink of coffee and is super-accelerated to see the invisible foes trying to take over the ship! This is the last time he would ever drink coffee again.

Review
Answering a distress call on the planet Scalos, Kirk and the landing party find the city to be completely abandoned save for an insect-like buzzing floating around everywhere. So they investigate the beautiful city and a redshirt takes a sample of water from a nearby fountain. As he's taking the sample, he disappears right in front of Bones' eyes in a flurry of insect-like buzzing! Welp, that's enough for investigation... time to go back to the ship.

7/1/12

Star Trek: Asterisk "Plato's Stepchildren"

Vital Information
Series: The Original Series
Episode: S03E10
Air Date: November 22, 1968
Written by: Meyer Dolinsky
Directed by: David Alexander

Premise
Answering a distress call, the crew find a Platonic race of telekinetic beings who hold Bones captive and force Kirk to make history with Uhura.

Review
Landing on the planet Plutonus, Kirk, Spock and Bones immediately meet a midget named Alexander who fakes them out by casting a huge shadow. Frankly, I don't know what they could have been scared of. They faced the huge shadow of a cat back in season two and it turned out to be just a regular-sized cat. And not even a real cat. But Alexander is real, and he's pretty much the only normal one on the planet, aside from his size.