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11 January 2010 @ 07:19 pm
[Poll] Pick the next recap episode!  
So. My three-season DVD set of TOS arrived today. (I'm sorry, amireal; I COULD NOT WAIT. It was like a horrible sickness compelled me to spend a small fortune on ancient, overpriced, but remarkably awesome television. I don't know what came over me.) Obviously, the question is: what should I watch next? I could just do a poll with all the episodes in order, except a) 80 episodes, OMG and b) I'm really afraid you'd all pick Spock's Brain just to see me suffer. I know you, okay? You have a sick sense of humor.

So I went through the original suggestion post and I think I pulled out all the ones that got recommended there (if I missed anything that should be here for reasons of awesome, let me know), and I'm letting you guys guide me. (Although I cannot promise that the one with the most votes will be the first one posted or anything. The ways of Trek love are peculiar, unpredictable, and kind of unnatural, I'm finding.)

This, obviously, is for the dozen of you who have actually seen these episodes and who care which ones get recapped at ridiculous length next.


Poll #1510412 Ep Poll

Which TOS episode should I watch next?

All Our Yesterdays
0(0.0%)
Balance of Terror
3(1.4%)
The Conscience of the King
4(1.8%)
The Corbomite Maneuver
2(0.9%)
Day of the Dove
0(0.0%)
Devil in the Dark
12(5.5%)
The Doomsday Machine
1(0.5%)
The Empath
1(0.5%)
The Enemy Within
1(0.5%)
The Enterprise Incident
1(0.5%)
The Immunity Syndrome
1(0.5%)
Is There in Truth No Beauty
0(0.0%)
Journey to Babel
11(5.0%)
The Menagerie
1(0.5%)
Mirror, Mirror
29(13.2%)
The Naked Time
12(5.5%)
Operation: Annihilate
0(0.0%)
Patterns of Force
0(0.0%)
A Piece of the Action
4(1.8%)
Space Seed
2(0.9%)
The Tholian Web
1(0.5%)
This Side of Paradise
0(0.0%)
Turnabout Intruder
3(1.4%)

 
 
 
the opposite of batmanpearl_o on January 12th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
I think you would really enjoy Journey to Babel, because the entire main plot is about Spock and his relationship with his mommy and daddy. (And also Kirk meeting the in-laws for the first time.)
John Stamos Took It Too Farbrooklinegirl on January 12th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
AGREED. PEARL SAYS SMART THINGS.
(no subject) - pearl_o on January 12th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - illariy on January 12th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
_medley_: st approve by whenisadoor_medley_ on January 12th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Let me just say this about The Empath. Dumbest plot ever, practically nonexistent, but it's very Kirk/Spock/McCoy and there's h/c. And them protecting each other. Which entirely makes up for the plot in my opinion.
Amirealamireal on January 12th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
It is what we call a '50 cent epispde'. Notice the lack of scenery? IT IS ALL DONE WITH MAGICAL LIGHTING!
(no subject) - _medley_ on January 12th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ellen_fremedon on January 12th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _medley_ on January 12th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - amireal on January 12th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - eruthros on January 12th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - amireal on January 12th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - travels_in_time on January 12th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - giandujakiss on January 12th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _medley_ on January 12th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - travels_in_time on January 12th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _medley_ on January 12th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - travels_in_time on January 12th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - xparrot on January 12th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - _medley_ on January 12th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - xparrot on January 12th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - xparrot on January 12th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - xparrot on January 12th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - merryish on January 12th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - travels_in_time on January 12th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - _medley_ on January 12th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - strangerian on January 13th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
John Stamos Took It Too Far: tivo box!brooklinegirl on January 12th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Journey to Babel is one of my FAVORITES OMG. But omg, ENEMY WITHIN. MIRROR MIRROR. NAKED TIME. Dude, seriously, when my parents bought one of the FIRST VCRS back in 1983, they also bought four Star Trek tapes, WHICH I STILL OWN, and they were, I think, forty bucks for EACH TAPE? and SO WORTH IT. I imprinted on those four eps I mentioned up there. ♥ ♥ ♥ (It's awesome, b/c those VHS tapes weigh SO MUCH MORE than any tape you'd pick up today. God, I love the cusp of technology.)

SAVE Turnabout Intruder. SAVE IT. you have to BUILD UP TO IT.
Ellen Fremedonellen_fremedon on January 12th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
SAVE Turnabout Intruder. SAVE IT. you have to BUILD UP TO IT.

AGREED. The Kirk-and-Spock (and Kirk/Spock) stuff is SO STRONG-- and the rest of the story is so toxic-- and you really have to build up antibodies to both of them.
(no subject) - cellia on January 12th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - strangerian on January 13th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
Amirealamireal on January 12th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
First I will note that you did not include Spock's Brain, so I hearby cast my WRITE IN VOTE just to be mean.

Secondly, oh TFV, and here I thought you were sensible, welcome to the Dark Side of the Force. We have dental and Evil Cackles (tm).

Third, The Conscious of the King is truly and interesting and nibbly episode. It's very nuanced and more dimensional than most other episodes. I like it for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is backstory that's unusual and level headed thinking in the face of emotional turmoil.

Edited at 2010-01-12 03:47 am (UTC)
Admission to the Burning Ruins — 10¢laughingacademy on January 12th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
It also has one scene between Kirk and whatsferface, the actress he leads on a private tour of the Enterprise, which has some wonderfully cheesy, badfic-level dialogue.
(no subject) - angevin2 on January 12th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - amireal on January 12th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cellia on January 12th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
laurajacquez on January 12th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I WANT TO CHECK THEM ALLLLLLL
laura: star trek one true pairingjacquez on January 12th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
AHAHA I NOTE THAT DEVIL IN THE DARK HAS THE MOST VOTES *points at icon*
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
Sanjsanj on January 12th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Devil in the Dark. Seriously. Because I NEED to know what you think of the aliens and of (probably) the first telepathy on TV OMG.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
It's in the top four! Which is good, because now I need to SEE the first telepathy on TV OMG. (For a telepathy-phobic person - no, really, I regularly tell Best Beloved that I love her, but if she becomes telepathic, it's over, to which she replies, "Yes, I know" - this should be an interesting experience. Scary! And wrong! And yet SPOCK! It adds a frisson, you know?)
proleptic_fancy: Trek - FUCK YEAH SULUproleptic_fancy on January 12th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
The Naked Time is really the best thing ever, and Mirror, Mirror is classic. However, for pure Kirk/Spock spacemarried goodness, you really can't go wrong with Devil in the Dark or Journey to Babel.

Now I want to watch Star Trek.
Nora Bombaynorabombay on January 12th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
That is the phrase of the day! "spacemarried". I think I love it.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
nestra on January 12th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Excuse me, where is the space hippies episode?
John Stamos Took It Too Far: alex!brooklinegirl on January 12th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
SPACE HIPPIES OMG I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT THE SPACE HIPPIES.
(no subject) - mojavedragonfly on January 12th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - travels_in_time on January 12th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shinealightonme on January 12th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC) (Expand)
Auburnauburnnothenna on January 12th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
FV, I have to throw in my votes for The Empath and Mirror, Mirror. Especially Mirror, Mirror. This is the prototype for all other AUs with evil goateed counterparts. And I love Uhura in it. (My memory of episode titles is atrocious, so I'm checking that Mirror, Mirror is in fact the episode I think it is. ETA, yep.) Go, watch, entertain me with a great review. Err, and enjoy.

In some ways, watching Original Star Trek is like due diligence to understand fan fiction, I swear. It might not have done everything well, but it did a lot of it for the first time.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
I am in fact watching Mirror, Mirror. (No, I can't get through an episode in one night. I, um, am very slow. And this is a breakneck pace for me, you understand.)

In some ways, watching Original Star Trek is like due diligence to understand fan fiction, I swear. It might not have done everything well, but it did a lot of it for the first time.

I am starting to understand this! Why did no one TELL me that TOS was a prereq? I've been so confused all this time!
(no subject) - (Anonymous) on January 22nd, 2010 04:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Ellen Fremedonellen_fremedon on January 12th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I think you probably want to watch "Balance of Terror" before seeing "The Enterprise Incident," but "The Enterprise Incident" is not to be missed. Vulcan handporn! By which I mean, Spock's hands get the Vaseline-lens treatment normally restricted to female co-stars! They are lovingly lingered on by a deeply sympathetic camera.

You know. If that sort of thing is relevant to your interests.
Sanj: pic#89446933sanj on January 12th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Hey! You have to be proud of me! I had an opinion!!
(no subject) - ellen_fremedon on January 12th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.: ST Spock Smash 404 File Not Foundsvmadelyn on January 12th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
MIRROR MIRROR.

WHEN HAVE I EVER LEAD YOU ASTRAY.
Amirealamireal on January 12th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Do you want that by date, or in alphabetical order?
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 12th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - svmadelyn on January 12th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
nightcamedown: beautifulnightcamedown on January 12th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I love The Menagerie. Not a particularly strong K/S episode, as I recall - but I love both the story itself (Spock backstory! Previous adventures of the starship Enterprise! Christopher Pike!) and the way it's structured (the integration of the footage from the original pilot is very cool, and I'm a sucker for courtroom drama).
Amirealamireal on January 12th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
It is totally K/S! BETRAYAL! EVERYWHERE!
(no subject) - nightcamedown on January 12th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - brown_betty on January 12th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 13th, 2010 08:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
you're always running into people's unconscious: trek newverse: spock is reading what?innocentsmith on January 12th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
The Naked Time.

IT'S CALLED "THE NAKED TIME," COME ON. How could that not be relevant to your interests? Also, emo!Spock and shirtless!fencing!Sulu.
tried to eat the safe banana: ST OMGthefourthvine on January 13th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Long, long ago, before the Trek bug took me, I actually TRIED watching The Naked Time, and even though I can barely remember it, I tell you what: IT IS SO RELEVANT TO MY INTERESTS.
Nora Bombaynorabombay on January 12th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
Mirror Mirror! The foundation on which all evil facial hair has been formed!
tried to eat the safe banana: ST I'm on a shipthefourthvine on January 13th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
So I have just discovered! OMG, I had never known where the "evil goatee" concept CAME from. (Answer: the world's most evil goatee. What the FUCK happened to Spock's FACE?)
Abyssisabyssinia4077 on January 12th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
DEVIL IN THE DARK! So good!

(also, I keep wanting to shout "the one with Trelane, Squire of Gothos!" only I can't remember the title of his episode.)
Bettybrown_betty on January 12th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Comes in behind Mirror, Mirror, as “Episode which inspired most BDSM fic,” I believe.
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