Chicken or Pledge, TOS: S2E23 “The Omega Glory”

Exploring the origins of a specific cultural belief often turns into a chicken or egg question.  Historians can speculate whether a society adopted a new creed based on the environmental pressures of the time, or if it was a natural progression of their already existing values.  The reality is most likely an intricate combination of … More Chicken or Pledge, TOS: S2E23 “The Omega Glory”

A Shift in Power, TOS: S2E21 “Patterns of Force”

If “A Piece of the Action” was a cursory view of cultural contamination, this episode’s adventure is a fully realized infection of the worst disease in philosophy.  Much like the mafia planet, the citizens of planet Ekos were introduced to an outside viewpoint by a Starfleet bungle.  This time, a historian and cultural observer John … More A Shift in Power, TOS: S2E21 “Patterns of Force”

Friend of my Enemy, TOS: S2E19 “A Private Little War”

With great power comes great…capacity to make things worse.  Starfleet wields amazing strength due to its superior weaponry and the governing capability of a united political force.  With so much influence, it is not surprising that many powerful organizations find themselves in dilemmas when weaker states look to them for help.  Is it immoral to … More Friend of my Enemy, TOS: S2E19 “A Private Little War”

Perception of Progress, TOS: S2E11 “Friday’s Child”

The Original Series of Star Trek was ground-breaking for its era, even if many of the stories seem dated by our standards today.  During a time when the initial idea of a female captain was rejected, as producers thought a woman would never rise to that level, Gene Roddenberry still pursued his vision of a … More Perception of Progress, TOS: S2E11 “Friday’s Child”

Eternal Childhood of the Forgotten Mind, TOS: S2E5 “The Apple”

Utopias and dystopias are often explored in science fiction, with speculative storytellers imagining vast possibilities of what the perfect world could look like.  One could argue that the first ‘utopia’ story found in many Western cultures is that of the Garden of Eden.  However, this legend is not concerned with the inner day to day … More Eternal Childhood of the Forgotten Mind, TOS: S2E5 “The Apple”

Contract or Character, TOS: S2E4 “Mirror, Mirror”

A person of strong moral character benefits the society of which he or she is a part, and the society itself was the most influential in fostering the individual’s beneficial traits.  The Enterprise crew faced their own test of character, but emerged championing the superior society.  When transporting through an ion storm, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, … More Contract or Character, TOS: S2E4 “Mirror, Mirror”

Timely Treatment, TOS: S1E28 “The City on the Edge of Forever”

What more can be said about one of the greatest episodes of Star Trek ever written?  “The City on the Edge of Forever” is praised by critics and fans for its perfect combination of emotional depth and inspirational SciFi storytelling.  After accidentally injecting himself with an overdose of cordrazine, a delirious Dr. McCoy transports himself … More Timely Treatment, TOS: S1E28 “The City on the Edge of Forever”

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”

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”