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Star Trek: The Original Series Episode Guide (1 of 5)
Startrek:TOS Guide Part I (of 5)
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Space, the final frontier.
These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds,
to seek out new life and new civilizations,
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Classifications of the Star System:
*/2: The best part is the opening credits.
*: Poor, scientifically-unsound plot, with mediocre acting.
* 1/2: Mediocre plot and acting, scientifically sound but highly
**: Average Star Trek, typical acting, not especially
** 1/2: A two-star show with some novel twist added.
***: A minimal "entertaining" episode.
*** 1/2: Fair, scientifically-sound plot, good acting. Usually has
at least one outstanding scene.
****: Good plot, damned good acting, no major flaws. To see such
an episode, a hard-core Trekkie would be willing to miss a
midterm in a non-departmental course.
**** 1/2: Excellent, well-developed plot, unparalleled acting. Only
flaw is in falling slightly short of full development of the
theme, or containing a minor error important to the plot. A
Trekkie would be willing to miss any midterm to see it.
*****: To see a 5-star episode, a Trekkie would be willing to skip
a final, to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous
fortune, to cross into the Romulan Neutral Zone, to boldly
go where no man has gone before.
The various classifications of the Star System were assigned between
stardates 1974.3 and 1975.5 by a general consensus among members of the
Bridge Crew, the regular Trek-watchers of Stevenson Hall, at Princeton
"THE MAN TRAP" [**]
Writer: George Clayton Johnson
Guest Cast: Jeanne Bal, Francine Pyne, Alfred Ryder, Michael Zaslow, Bruce
Watson, Vince Howard
First aired September 8, 1966. The Enterprise is ravaged by a creature
that sucks the salt from its victims' bodies, and that is capable of
assuming any identity.
"CHARLIE X" [***]
Writer: Dorothy Fontana
Guest Cast: Robert Walker, Jr., Abraham Sofaer, Patricia McNulty, Charles
J. Stewart, Dallas Mitchell
First aired September 15, 1966. A teenager, raised by aliens and
possessing some of their unusual powers, proves incapable of adjusting to
human society and emotions.
WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE" [****]
Writer: Samuel A. Peeples
Guest Cast: Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman, Paul Carr, Paul Fix, Andrea
Dromm, Lloyd Haynes
First aired September 22, 1966. In passing through an energy barrier at
the edge of the galaxy, some Enterprise crew members find their ESP powers
[Note: although this was the third episode aired, it was actually filmed
before the others and was the 2nd pilot made for the show. The first, "The
Cage" was later made into the two-part episode, "The Menagerie"]
"THE NAKED TIME" [*** 1/2]
Writer: John D. F. Black
Guest Cast: Bruce Hyde, Stewart Moss, John Bellah
First aired September 29, 1966. A strange malady strikes the crew of the
Enterprise, causing them to succumb to their innermost desires.
"THE ENEMY WITHIN" [* 1/2]
Writer: Richard Matheson
Guest Cast: Jim Goodwin, Edward Madden, Garland Thompson
First aired October 6, 1966. A transporter malfunction splits Kirk into
two personalities, one brutal and incapable of control, the other gentle
and incapable of command.
"MUDD'S WOMEN" [** 1/2]
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Guest Cast: Roger C. Carmel, Keren Steele, Susan Denberg, Maggie Thrett,
Gene Dynarski, Jim Goodwin, Jon Kowal, Seamon Glass
First aired October 13, 1966. Jack-of-all-illegal-trades Harry Mudd is
transported aboard the Enterprise along with his cargo, three irresistibly
"WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS MADE OF?" [**]
Writer: Robert Bloch
Guest Cast: Michael Strong, Sherry Jackson, Ted Cassidy, Harry Basch, Vince
Deadrick, Budd Albright
First aired October 20, 1966. Nurse Chapel's long-lost fiance turns up in
control of a mechanism capable of producing android replicas of live
Writer: Adrian Spies
Guest Cast: Kim Darby, Michael J. Pollard, Jim Goodwin, John Megna, Ed
McCready, Dawn Roddenberry
First aired October 27, 1966. The landing party contracts a disease that
strikes after puberty, while the children still alive on the planet refuse
to let them contact the ship for help.
"DAGGER OF THE MIND" [***]
Writer: Shimon Wincelberg
Guest Cast: James Gregory, Morgan Woodward, Marianna Hill, Suzanne Wasson
First aired November 3, 1966. A deranged escapee from a penal planet
causes Kirk to investigate the psychiatric treatments being administered
"THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER" [***]
Writer: Jerry Sohl
Guest Cast: Anthony Hall, Clint Howard
First aired November 10, 1966. To stave off an attack by an alien vessel,
Kirk concocts the now-famous "Corbomite" bluff.
"THE MENAGERIE (part I)" [**** 1/2]
"THE MENAGERIE (part II) [****]
Writer: Gene Roddenberry
Guest Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Susan Oliver, Malachi Throne, Julie Parrish,
Hagan Beggs, Peter Duryea, Meg Wylie, John Hoyt, Majel Barrett
First part aired November 17, 1966; second part aired November 24, 1966.
Spock risks the death penalty by hijacking his old commander, Captain Pike,
to Talos IV. Court-martial testimony (actually scenes taken from "The
Cage", Star Trek's original pilot episode) recreates the story of Pike's
earlier encounter with the Talosians.
End of Part I
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