The 50s

October 20th, 1967: premiere date of Star Trek episode ‘The Doomsday Machine’.

I’ve said elsewhere that this is one of my all-time favorite episodes, and one that I can watch over and over and over.

I named my first Star Trek Role Playing Game character Mackenzie Decker, and made him the nephew of Commodore Matt Decker.

So much great quotable dialogue came from this episode.

  • They say there’s no devil, Jim, but there is, right out of Hell. I saw it!
    Matt, where’s your crew?
    On the third planet.
    There IS no third planet!
    Don’t you think I know that? There was, but not anymore! They called me; they BEGGED me for help, four hundred of them! I couldn’t… I-I couldn’t…
  • Bones, you ever hear of a doomsday machine?No, I’m a doctor, not a mechanic.
  • If I only had some phasers.
    Phasers – you’ve got ’em. I have one bank recharged.
    Scotty, you just earned your pay for the week.
  • Vulcans never bluff.
  • A commander is responsible for the lives of his crew, and for their deaths. Well… I should have died with mine.
  • We’re stronger with you than without you!
  • Gentlemen, beam me aboard.

One of the highlights of that Star Trek concert that I attended last year was a live performance of the music (entitled “Kirk Does It Again”) from the final act of the episode.

You’ve seen the episode enough times, you can recite the dialogue as the music plays.

Most if not all of this music was repurposed for the episode ‘The Ultimate Computer’.

I’ll probably watch this one sometime later today.

The 50s

October 13, 1967: premiere date of Star Trek episode ‘The Apple’.

The crew of the Enterprise visits a mysterious and deadly paradise planet which they discover is controlled by a machine called Vaal.

This episode ties a record for the number of red shirt deaths in a Star Trek episode (4, same number as in ‘Obsession’).

  • Hendorff – Killed by thorns of a poisonous plant
  • Kaplan – Struck by lightning
  • Mallory – Killed by explosive rock
  • Marple – Hit with a stick by Akuta

Other highlights of this episodes include Vaal:

And David Soul as Makora:

The 50s

I feel bad that I didn’t continue doing this throughout the year, either for my friends who turned 50, nor the Star Trek episodes that premiered 50 years ago, or movies that first screened in 1967.

That said, Happy Birthday to all of my friends who have turned, or are turning, 50 this year.  May you all live longer and continue to prosper.

October 6, 1967, premiere date of Star trek episode ‘Mirror, Mirror’.

A transporter mishap slips Captain Kirk and his companions into a parallel universe, where the Enterprise serves a barbaric Empire instead of the Federation. This episode spun off several plotlines in Deep Space Nine and Enterprise.

Spock with a beard is an image that always intrigued me.  It’s why I tried to maintain a similar style of facial hair back in my 30s.

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Years later I would meet Barbara Luna (Marlena Moreau) at WonderCon in San Francisco.

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The one thing that always puzzled me was the idea that the Terran Empire’s ships orbited planets clockwise, instead of counter-clockwise.

Never really looked for an explanation.  It just seems silly.

Set phasers to stun…

Yesterday I decided to cancel my pre-order for Star Wars Battlefront II.

*pause for shock*

I simply cannot play many video games anymore, especially newer ones, due to RSI or just not enough free time to play.  I barely played the first Battlefront, and haven’t really touched Injustice 2 or Overwatch or Agents of Mayhem.

When I cancelled my order at Best Buy, I got back a $25 reward certificate.  I already had a couple of $5 ones, and a $10 gift card.  I browsed the site and found that they Wand Company’s Original Series Phaser remote was on sale, and along with my certificates and gift card, it was about 50% off.

What the heck, I thought.  I already had the bluetooth communicator, so why not complete the set?



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35th Anniversary Observations

  • There was a 20 minute interview with William Shatner before the movie started
  • As the opening credits rolled, I was taken aback at the number of actors from this movie who have passed away, and not just the regulars from Star Trek: Paul Winfield, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Ricardo Montalban
  • Real theatre sound will always trump even the best home theatre systems
  • Explosions were much brighter than I remember
  • Transporters are LOUD
  • Signage was clear and readable
  • Some scenes actually looked blurry, I wonder if these were the Director’s Cut clips that were added, but don’t look that bad at home on blu-ray
  • Spock’s death scene seemed quieter in the theatre, as if everyone was holding their breath
  • Glenn: “We’re older than Kirk was in this movie.”


I just finished watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the umpteenth time.

This time it was for the 35th anniversary of it’s theatrical release.

I wish I had know that it was going to be part of one of Cinemark’s Movie Classics program last Fall.  I haven’t seen this in the theatre in… 35 years.

Looking back on that day in 1982, when my classmates and I took MUNI down to the Regency I theatre on Van Ness Boulevard, I can’t recall everyone who was there.

Stupid aging.

And to this day, like every time before, I still cry when Spock dies.

It’s gotten worse since Leonard Nimoy passed away.

This remains my favorite Star Trek film.  Period.


More ships for Attack Wing came in.  Yay!

I still have a few more ships coming in.  Yikes.

Also, update!

IKS Gr’oth repaint, D7-class
IRW Algeron, D7-class (Romulan)

Sports gaming week overlapped into this week.  I knew a schedule wouldn’t work.

Star Trek Attack Wing has me watching the Star Trek films again.  Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.

Weird not having my usual shows on TV, until Fall.