Mother and Instinct, TOS: S1E25 “The Devil in the Dark”

Living organisms are often driven by two main instincts: survival and reproduction. Our brain‘s fight or flight reaction keeps us vigilant of our surroundings, while the drive toward reproduction motivates us to overcome the risks of finding a mate, even in a dangerous environment. We carry the genes of those who were most successful with … More Mother and Instinct, TOS: S1E25 “The Devil in the Dark”

Sup-Planted, TOS: S1E24 “This Side of Paradise”

Plants are seldom the feature of most SciFi stories, which is a shame considering their vast diversity of interesting characteristics.  In this early episode, we meet an extra-terrestrial plant, as opposed to the usual bipedal, fin-faced Star Trek alien.  Travelling to Omicron Ceti III, the Enterprise crew expected its Federation colony to have perished from … More Sup-Planted, TOS: S1E24 “This Side of Paradise”

The Cost of War, TOS: S1E23 “A Taste of Armageddon”

Technology has a tendency to sanitize our experience of the world… and distance us.  We celebrate machines taking the grunt of our back-breaking physical labor, or completing a hazardous task in place of a human, but when is it more prudent to have a closer relationship with one’s task?  Even the art of war has … More The Cost of War, TOS: S1E23 “A Taste of Armageddon”

Predicting the Future, Rewriting the Past, TOS: S1E22 “Space Seed”

Throughout its five-year mission, the starship Enterprise endeavored to explore the galaxy, offering freedom and liberation from tyranny whenever necessary.  The United Federation of Planets represents the unification of entire worlds, within themselves and with each other.  Such a grand utopia was the Star Trek vision of the future.  Against Captain Kirk, the twentieth century … More Predicting the Future, Rewriting the Past, TOS: S1E22 “Space Seed”

The Will to Break Free, TOS: S1E21 “The Return of the Archons”

When the Enterprise arrives at the planet Beta III to investigate the disappearance of the USS Archon, only Lt. Sulu returned from the original landing party.  If this wasn’t enough to concern the crew, Sulu was acting strangely, as if in a dreamy trance.  Kirk, Spock, and the extras beam down to the planet for … More The Will to Break Free, TOS: S1E21 “The Return of the Archons”

A Shadow of Doubt, TOS: S1E20 “Court Martial”

The Enterprise breaks from its five year mission to indulge some tedious court proceedings.  Well, a murder trial is still more reminiscent a courthouse show, even if it is in space.  The space murderer in this case is Captain Kirk, who stands accused of jettisoning a research pod too early, thereby killing a lieutenant commander … More A Shadow of Doubt, TOS: S1E20 “Court Martial”

Significant Difference, TOS: S1E19 “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”

In an accidental blast to the past, Kirk and crew involve an Air Force pilot in their shenanigans.  The Enterprise finds itself flying through 1960’s Earth after an encounter with a black star, and is mistaken for a UFO.  The U.S. Air Force pilot tasked with investigating the mysterious ship is unwittingly taken aboard when … More Significant Difference, TOS: S1E19 “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”

A Boy and a Magnifying Glass, TOS: S1E17 “The Squire of Gothos”

On its way through interstellar space, the Enterprise encounters a mysterious and undetectable planet.  Lt. Sulu and Captain Kirk soon disappear from the bridge, and it is up to Spock and the extras to conduct a search of the planet’s toxic surface.  But instead of a deadly atmosphere, the officers find the planet to be … More A Boy and a Magnifying Glass, TOS: S1E17 “The Squire of Gothos”

Logical Dilemma, Emotional Choice, TOS: S1E16 “The Galileo Seven”

Spock’s wit and logic are put to the test in this harrowing life and death struggle during his first away team command.  The Enterprise is tasked with delivering precious medical supplies to the struggling planet Makus III, when they come upon a quasar phenomenon.  The quasar offered an amazing scientific opportunity, and Kirk couldn’t pass … More Logical Dilemma, Emotional Choice, TOS: S1E16 “The Galileo Seven”