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20 December 2009 @ 06:44 pm
The Search for Spock  
Okay. This is going to be pathetic. I know that. I can't help it.

A little less than two weeks ago, I watched Star Trek XI, a departure from my normal non-canonical reading policy occasioned entirely by my love of Spock. We will not speak of the 94 pages and counting of STR drawerfic I have written in the last ten days (while having my Yuletide story beta-read and beta-reading another, and of course taking care of the earthling, and celebrating Hanukkah). What we will speak of, in sad, sad tones, is the lack of Spock in my life.

This is causing me to contemplate something entirely unprecedented: watching original Star Trek. For more Spock. (Actually seeing the movie gave me an unholy love not just of Reboot Spock but of Nimoy Spock, too. He is so awesome! He loves Jim so much! I want to squeeze his pointy ears OMG!)

But watching the whole series is entirely out of the question. I don't have the time, and I really really don't have the tolerance for television. So, dear people who have already seen the original series - if I'm only going to watch eight episodes, which is generally my max for any series, what should they be? (I am willing to watch both Spock-intensive and just generally awesome episodes. Also anything really slashy, of course. And if you want to include notes about why I should watch them, my love for you will be that much greater.)

Also helpful: any episodes that I should definitely avoid, for reasons of animal harm, child harm, or massive suckiness.

I thank you in advance. And so does Best Beloved, who will have to watch all these episodes at least twice - once without me, once with, so that she can explain what the hell is going on - and who is, frankly, just not that into Spock. If you want, I can even post episode reviews of the ones I end up watching, as an expression of my gratitude (and total Spock-driven insanity).
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I have a mitten and a chicken puppet!: star trek omgtzikeh on December 21st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Amok Time and City on the Edge of Forever are vital.

When I can remember the titles of some of the others I'm thinking of, I'll comment again.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Everyone everywhere seems to agree on Amok Time and City on the Edge of Forever! I am pleased to see that the first one was written by Theodore Sturgeon, and OMG terrified to see that Harlan Ellison was responsible for the second. (Although, wow, Star Trek brought the big guns in the writing department. Why don't shows ever do that now?)
(no subject) - lilacsigil on December 21st, 2009 08:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
Merlin Missy: Whut? (Kirk)mtgat on December 21st, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Amok Time!

*probably has more, but watch that one!!111eleventy*
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Amok Time is going to be the first one I watch, just going by the numbers.

Perhaps I should do a poll! All the ones that get nominated here, I can put in the poll, and then I can watch whichever ones get the most votes! Or, um, I can just watch things. That might make more sense.
je suis marxiste, tendance Groucho: st spock bones gangstersshinealightonme on December 21st, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Avoid the episode "Spock's Brain." Seriously.

My personal favorite episode is "The Way to Eden," but apparently there are some people in the world who aren't absolutely in love with space hippies. So, unless you are anti-space-hippie, I'd watch that; Spock gets some good scenes in that one ^__^
giandujakissgiandujakiss on December 21st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
See, I'd avoid the space hippies like the plague, but I'm a huge fan of the sheer hilarity that is Spock's Brain.
(no subject) - shinealightonme on December 21st, 2009 03:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thingswithwings on December 21st, 2009 05:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - supremegoddess1 on December 21st, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nwhepcat on December 21st, 2009 03:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shinealightonme on December 21st, 2009 07:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - redfiona99 on December 24th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Vassvassilissa on December 21st, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Spoiler note for TFV, who I know will want to know this: the whales make it. Repeat, the whales are OK.
(no subject) - travels_in_time on December 21st, 2009 05:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - 20thcenturyvole on December 21st, 2009 05:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - supremegoddess1 on December 21st, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:14 am (UTC) (Expand)
giandujakissgiandujakiss on December 21st, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Trouble with Tribbles, natch. This Side of Paradise for the sex pollen. Mirror, Mirror for evil!goatee!Spock. Turnabout Intruder because Kirk as a woman is hot like burning, despite all the other issues that episode has. Plato's Stepchildren for the ... I don't even know what the fuck you'd call it.

Oh, also The Empath, which is possibly the episode that created hurt/comfort. Trufax.

Edited at 2009-12-21 03:22 am (UTC)
Ellen Fremedonellen_fremedon on December 21st, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
... I don't even know what the fuck you'd call it.

You call it Aliens Make Them Do It! Because they do!
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - supremegoddess1 on December 21st, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Cimorene: burn down that bridgeminkhollow on December 21st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I don't know from titles, so it's entirely possible this is one of the recs you already have, but the Pon Farr one. Because yes.
(I'd also say The Trouble With Tribbles, But you can Google around and either find the LOLcat version or the 'illustrated in the style of Edward Gorey' version, and not really lose out. XD)
And... that's about all the old school Trek I've seen, so!

ETA: Tribbles, like so!
LOLcat-style and Gorey-style.

Edited at 2009-12-21 03:28 am (UTC)
Professor Liddle-Oldmanliddle_oldman on December 21st, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh, my gracious.



I think it's particularly funny that Spock's lines are straight Spock...
(no subject) - bleedtoblue on December 21st, 2009 03:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - minkhollow on December 21st, 2009 07:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Kakashi Chanserabut on December 21st, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
I second this list so hard.
(no subject) - raveninthewind on December 21st, 2009 04:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - reflectedeve on December 21st, 2009 04:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - malnpudl on December 21st, 2009 06:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
Imaginary Researcher: Rodney McKay & Radek Zelenka - zaneetashannahrorlove on December 21st, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Devil in the Dark for having a genuinely alien alien, Spock saving the day, and being good enough for one of my teachers to use it in school on a day they weren't hungover.
thingswithwingsthingswithwings on December 21st, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
plus, don't forget, best mindmeld scene of all time. Nimoy has a scene where he's acting against a giant shag carpet, and he totally pulls it off.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
Amirealamireal on December 21st, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
For sheer Spoooock. Make sure you ask for movie recs as well. As for the show, hmm, I have ideas but the names escape me.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
Best Beloved is also strongly advocating the movies, although I think that's partly because she fears the series and partly because she likes the One with the Whales. (Seriously, all I know about it is that there are whales. Maybe they are space whales!)
(no subject) - ratcreature on December 21st, 2009 10:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
P.R. Zed: kirk spockprzed on December 21st, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Here's some of my faves, minus the obviously essential Amok Time and City on the Edge of Forever:

The Galileo Seven: Spock takes charge of a disastrous away mission

Operation: Annihilate: Hurt/Comfort Spock-o-rama

This Side of Paradise: Spock infected by alien spores and acting, *gasp*, human!

Mirror, Mirror: Bearded, kinda evil, mirror universe Spock

Journey to Babel: Meet the original version of Sarek

Is There In Truth No Beauty: Just a beautifully written episode, with lots of Spock.
celliacellia on December 21st, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
I love so many if these but I seriously hate Galileo 7. It is the only TOS episode I pretend never happened. (The premise that people who think logically cannot comprehend that others do not is ugh. I feel like the writer just hated Spock and "logic" as concepts or something.)
(no subject) - przed on December 21st, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cellia on December 21st, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - przed on December 21st, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
the pirate queen of norway: emotionally compromisedashkitty on December 21st, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
As others have said, Amok Time (the One Where They Pretty Much Have Sex On Screen) and City on the Edge of Forever (The One Where Even Kirk's Love Interest Knows They're Married) are essential. Journey to Babel (The One Where Kirk Meets the In-Laws) is also good for seeing both Kirk be protective of Spock and understand him all too well. And Naked Time to see why he loves Jim best. So yeah. Those are all good Spock episodes. :)
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Those are all so definitely on the list. (Kirk/Spock forever omg <3!)
Professor Liddle-Oldmanliddle_oldman on December 21st, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Everyone else will tell you this, of course, but City At The Edge Of Forever is the very basis of ST slash. Galileo Seven is all Spock, just stupid. The one where they meet the nasty Nazi aliens who lock their asses up has half-naked Spock. The original pilot, if you can get it, has wild Spock.

Avoid The Empath and Spock's Brain. They suck.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 07:59 am (UTC)
At this point, it seems like half of the series is the basis for ST slash. Those were the days, my friend.

I will be avoiding The Empath, Spock's Brain, and Galileo Seven; I haven't got time for the pain.

(And I guess I should have known Voltaire was actually describing a real episode with the nasty Nazi alien. Oh, fans. <3!)
(no subject) - liddle_oldman on December 21st, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - liddle_oldman on December 21st, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on December 21st, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
AMOK TIME.

...which I actually have uploaded should you ah, require that.
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on December 21st, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh, and I have reviews of a couple of the movies here, should you want to--ah, get a movie fix. But be warned, this was when I had a crappy cap program and didn't know how to...you know, resize files. The actual picture size is fine, but the file size, well. If your computer is remotely slow, I cannot in good conscience recommend either post.

http://svmadelyn.livejournal.com/tag/captain+i+am+receiving+whalesong

Edited at 2009-12-21 03:49 am (UTC)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 08:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
can't find my drink or pants: kirk/spock by lindsey_grissomgeeklite on December 21st, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
I have no suggestions - just puzzlement that someone can be not that into Spock! I mean, hello! It's Spock!
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 08:37 am (UTC)
I guess it would be more accurate to say that while she likes Spock, she doesn't like him enough to suffer through a lot of sixties television. (Bad special effects! No budget! Gender and race politics enough to make any soul quail!)
(no subject) - supremegoddess1 on December 21st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
bleedtobluebleedtoblue on December 21st, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Fairly Ironic makes some excellent choices!

This Side of Paradise is a must...alien sex pollen and a smiling Spock, even though there is some regrettable het.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on December 21st, 2009 08:38 am (UTC)
Alien sex pollen is one of my most favorite things! (And "regrettable het" would make an awesome LJ name.)