Episode 31: Who Mourns for Adonais?: I weep for Adonais—he is dead!

We’re still watching Star Trek, and this time we’ve hit the TOS episode “Who Mourns for Adonais?” This is the one with Apollo!

Kirk is a huge Ancient Aliens fan, Chekov rules, a costume requires glue, and we figure out the inspirations behind everything in the show Steven Universe. This is somehow the horniest episode of Trek we’ve seen yet, and we just did Amok Time.

 

TALLIES:

Omnipotent beings this episode: 1

Omnipotent beings: 9

Crew deaths this episode: 0

Crew deaths: 29 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 6, Unknown Crew: 11)

Other deaths this episode: 0

Others: 49 + 1 Klingon ship (unknown number of crew)

Total deaths: 78 + 1 ship

Episode 30: Amok Time: Chekov’s Here!

Chekov is here! Everyone! We made it to Chekov!

Our mission to watch every episode of Star Trek gets even easier with the advent of our good Russian space friend. This time, we watched the first episode of season 2 of the original series, “Amok Time.” The is the one with pon farr!

We rejoice in the advent of Chekov, Spock is a grumpy boy who throws his soup, secrets aren’t kept for long, Kirk loves space NPR and is up to date with politics, and, oh, yeah, there’s a fight to the death and Spock’s mad space horny or whatever. No big deal. Did I mention Chekov yet?

TALLIES:

Omnipotent beings: 8

Crew deaths this episode: 0

Crew deaths: 29 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 6, Unknown Crew: 11)

Other deaths this episode: 0

Others: 49 + 1 Klingon ship (unknown number of crew)

Total deaths: 78 + 1 ship

Episode 29: Operation: Annihilate!: Let’s: Punctuate!

At last, we’ve reached our first waypoint – it’s the end of season one of Star Trek: The Original series! Our mission continues, but for now, we talk about the episode “Operation: Annihilate!” and all the wonders it contains. This is the one with the giant brain cells!

This time, we fail to meet Kirk’s brother, some guy Icaruses himself, there’s a whole lot of screaming from the Denevans, and the aliens just love to squeak. Spock gets brutally owned by a wobbly flying pancake, Bones blinds us with science, and Kirk has the least important nephew of all time.

TALLIES

Omnipotent beings: 8

Crew deaths this episode: 0

Crew deaths: 29 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 6, Unknown Crew: 11)

Other deaths this episode: 2

Others: 49 + 1 Klingon ship (unknown number of crew)

Total deaths: 78 + 1 ship

Episode 28: The City on the Edge of Forever: “Repent, Harlan!” Says the Podcast Host

Our effort to watch all of Star Trek forever continues, and we’re finally at that one episode Harlan Ellison wrote for TOS. It’s the Hugo award-winning “The City on the Edge of Forever!” This is the one where Bones get blotchy! We’re joined by SEM’s elusive ghost friend David.

Disclaimer: There’s some huge audio issues in this episode. I’m so sorry. I did my best.

Anyway, this time, we discover the links between Trek and Mission Impossible, ponder the implications of the Assassins Creed crossover, think about Clark Gable movies, and appreciate the color coding of the cast’s outfits. Bones drugs himself, Spock is obviously Chinese, mnemonic memory devices can be made out of garbage,

Also, SEM reads our first review out loud because it’s very good.

TALLIES

Omnipotent beings: 8

Crew deaths: 29 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 6, Unknown Crew: 11)

Others: 47 + 1 Klingon ship (unknown number of crew)

Total deaths: 76 + 1 ship

Episode 27: The Alternative Factor: The Elements of Beard Style

We’re still watching Star Trek: The Original series, and we’re almost through season one! This time, we watched “The Alternative Factor.” This one doesn’t have Drew Barrymore’s dad in it! Also, Chelsea’s mom guest stars again. Go follow her on Instagram.

This time, a guest on the Enterprise isn’t immediately given a uniform, psychedelic visual effects are repeated, and an away team goes down to the surface and back at least three times. This episode isn’t very good. Of TOS, I mean. Our podcast is good. Please listen to us and don’t ever watch this one (again?) unless you’re a completist.

TALLIES

Omnipotent beings: 7

Crew deaths: 29 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 6, Unknown Crew: 11)

Others: 45 + 1 Klingon ship (unknown number of crew)

Total deaths: 74 + 1 ship

Episode 26: Errand of Mercy: You Can’t Just Call A Guy Kirk

NOTE: THIS VERSION OF THE EPISODE DOESN’T HAVE ANY INTRO/OUTRO MUSIC. THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE. SORRY? ENJOY?

We’re still watching Star Trek, and you can’t stop us! Season one of the original series rolls ever onward with its 26th episode, “Errand of Mercy.” This is the one where the Klingons show up!

The Organians are Armenia, the Klingons are the USSR, and the Federation is the US military circa 2003. Kirk and Spock get some great costumes, this episode would make a good video game, and Kor is simultaneously cool and sort of a weird racist caricature. There’s a lot to deal with in this one, y’all.

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

QWOP 

Friends at the Table

TALLIES

Omnipotent beings: 7

Crew deaths: 29 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 6, Unknown Crew: 11)

Others: 45 + 1 Klingon ship (unknown number of crew)

Total deaths: 74 + 1 ship

 

Episode 25: The Devil In The Dark: Asbestos Lessons

Our quest to watch every single episode of Star Trek ever continues as we shamble toward the close of the first season of the original series. This week, we watched “The Devil In The Dark.” This is the one with the lava monster!

 

Redshirts die, misunderstandings are had, and there’s a fiery noise. Some rowdy boys with clubs cause a ruckus and Spock mind-melds with a silicon-based life form. Also, we talk chemistry and geology for a while, because what else did you expect?

Episode 24: This Side of Paradise: Thank You Based Fontana

Our quest to watch every single episode of Star Trek ever continues as we shamble toward the close of the first season of the original series. This week, we watched “This Side of Paradise.” This is the one where Spock no longer has tfw no gf!

This time, we learn all about Bertold Rays, Spock catches feelings, Spore is a bad video game, and an important fanfiction trope is born. The week’s soft focus blonde joneses for Spock for once, McCoy’s southern drawl turns it to 11, and Kirk gets into a fist-fight with Spock to save the Enterprise. It’s very good.

DEATH TOLLS + MISCELLANY

Omnipotent beings: 6

Crew Deaths: 28 total (7 Gold, 5 Blue, 5 Red, 11 Unknown)

Non-crew Deaths: 43

Total deaths: 71

Episode 23: A Taste of Armageddon: War Never Changes

We watched “A Taste of Armageddon” from Star Trek: The Original Series this week, and then we talked about it! No guests, just right. This is the one with the serious Cold War overtones!

 

Fox is good at diplomacy but bad at being a decent person, Anan 7 has a number in his name, and a 500 year war is waged by computers. No, it doesn’t make much sense. It’s still pretty great.

 

updated numbers to be edited in later

Episode 22: Space Seed: VH1’s I Love The 90’s!

Our endless mission to watch all of Star Trek continues, this time with “Space Seed.” This is the episode with Khan!

McGivers needs to get her act together and get a better writer, some 90’s fashion is predicted almost successfully, and Khan is a very good villain. Now imagine him listening to a Jock Jams cassette tape. History is revealed, timelines confused, and Kirk makes some terrible choices.

 

Total Omnipotent Beings Encountered: 6

Total Crew Deaths: 28 (Gold: 7, Blue: 5, Red: 5, Unknown: 11)

Non-Crew Deaths: 38

Total Deaths: 66