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Just The Thing For People Who Like This Kind of Thing

Well, it looks like somebody remembered that the show is called Star Trek, and that minimum daily requirements need to be met to call something Star Trek: make sure it has at least 80% Star Trek in it and it originates in the Star Trek region of France.

Court martial episode, check. Thinly-veiled, boot-to-the-head social commentary? Check. Cool, stately shots of the Enterprise soaring through the firmament like a big ol’ damn brand new 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 you’re trying to learn parallel parking on and not swooping around like lost Millennium Falcon outtakes? Check. Cool lines (“I’m sorry you had to witness that outburst.”), cooler dress uniforms, a shot of Spock with his rank braid clearly denoting he’s a lieutenant commander and not a lieutenant, pissy Vulcan guest stars out-logicked by… another pissy guest star but she’s on our side, like a real Star Trek episode? Yes, please. This one added up to absolute awesome, even with all the Zoom meeting shots from behind the crew we all tuned into see just meekly watching the proceedings? I’ll allow it.

Honestly, this was just the thing to see after Nurse Chapel fighting twenty Klingons in a hallway like Daredevil,* but at least this episode had all the Star Trek in it. More of that, please.

* © 2023 Peter Secosh

Larry Young
Larry Young
Larry Young is a writer: non-fiction, graphic novels, and pop culture criticism. His work has appeared in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, VARIETY, and THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION. A frequent guest on the video podcasts MILLION DOLLAR MAILBOX and WORD BALLOONS, he’s also co-host of SERIOUS STAR TREK and the sister YouTube channel of this website.


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