Posts Tagged ‘Re-watch’

Disowning “Plato’s Stepchildren”

We’re back, Trek fans! Alas, it’s to bring you our Star Trek Re-watch recap and commentary on one of those episodes that most acolytes of The Great Bird of the Galaxy like to pretend didn’t happen: Plato’s Stepchildren.” Yes, the one where a dwarf rides Kirk like a horse and Spock sings “Maiden Wine.” I think Kirk’s expression in the photo below sums up our reaction perfectly:

Aw, go on, click the link and read the recap and analysis. You know you wanna. And in case you haven’t been keeping up, here’s the quick list of the weekly third-season recaps and analyses written by Dayton Ward and yours truly for the fine folks at TOR.COM

  1. Spock’s Brain
  2. The Enterprise Incident
  3. The Paradise Syndrome
  4. And the Children Shall Lead
  5. Is There in Truth No Beauty?
  6. Spectre of the Gun
  7. Day of the Dove
  8. For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
  9. The Tholian Web

Read, laugh, enjoy — and remember to leave a comment over on TOR.COM so we know you’re out there. (We can hear you breathing, but that doesn’t impress our masters at Tor.)

Until next week, may all your meals be laced with kironide.

Catching up with Star Trek Re-watch

Another turn of the page-a-day calendar brings us once more to Thor’s day (or Thursday, for those of a more modern persuasion), and that can mean only one thing: a new installment of‘s weekly feature Star Trek Re-watch, by Dayton Ward and yours truly.

A combination of illness, travel, and a holiday kept me from promoting last week’s Re-watch column, so this week you get a double feature — and what an “odd couple” of episodes this is. Back to back, we find one of the original series’ most laughable entries followed by one of its most laudable.

First up is For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky.” If you just couldn’t get enough of “The Paradise Syndrome” five weeks ago, then you’re in luck—most of that episode’s tropes (and effects shots) are recycled here for your viewing pleasure.

Then get ready to grab something heavy, because the next episode will blow you away: The Tholian Web is far away one of the finest hours in the 40-plus years of the Star Trek saga.

For you completists, here’s the list of my and Dayton’s contributions to the Star Trek Re-watch:

  1. Spock’s Brain
  2. The Enterprise Incident
  3. The Paradise Syndrome
  4. And the Children Shall Lead
  5. Is There in Truth No Beauty?
  6. Spectre of the Gun
  7. Day of the Dove
  8. For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
  9. The Tholian Web

Go check ’em out, and leave a comment over there to let us know you’re paying attention!

Star Trek Re-watch: “Day of the Dove”

Another sunrise brings us another Thursday, and with it another Star Trek Re-watch column by Dayton Ward and Yours Truly!

This week we release the hounds on Day of the Dove,” one of the third season’s less-awful hours of entertainment. It has everything you could ask for: swordfights, race hatred, hot Klingon babes, and a completely unexplained antagonist.

So, if you haven’t already been checking out our Re-watch columns, now is your chance. Head on over to and enjoy!

The Mack & Ward Star Trek Re-watch Archive

1. 3×6 Spock’s Brain Sept. 20, 1968
2. 3×4 The Enterprise Incident Sept. 27, 1968
3. 3×3 The Paradise Syndrome Oct. 4, 1968
4. 3×5 And the Children Shall Lead Oct. 11, 1968
5. 3×7 Is There in Truth No Beauty? Oct. 18, 1968
6. 3×1 Spectre of the Gun Oct. 26, 1968

Lock & Load for Star Trek Re-watch!

Rise and shine, campers! (And not just because it’s 2:30 in the afternoon.) It’s Thursday, and you know what that means — a brand new installment of‘s weekly feature, Star Trek Re-watch by Dayton Ward and yours truly. This week we take on the third-season episode Spectre of the Gun with both guns blazing.

What are you in for? Half-built sets, floating heads that look like mutant broccoli, and James T. Kirk up against the most infuriating no-win scenario since the Kobayashi Maru. It’s a good one this week, kids, so enjoy!

Blind Devotion on Star Trek Re-watch

It’s a dreary, drizzly Thursday here in New York City, but there’s a bright spot in the gloom: a brand-new installment of the series Star Trek Re-watch by yours truly, ably aided and abetted by Dayton Ward.

This week, Dayton and I sink our teeth into the third season’s fifth aired episode, Is There in Truth No Beauty? — and, for once, we’re not in complete agreement about its merits.

Watch the episode for free on the CBS website, then read our review and leave a comment to tell us what you think!

Thursday Snark: Star Trek Re-watch

She's crying because she knows this shitty episode will be listed on her IMDb profile forever.

It’s that time again, kids: me and my buddy Dayton Ward return with another installment of Star Trek Re-watch on

This week’s season-three stinker is And the Children Shall Lead.” Because Dayton and I suffered through watching this misbegotten turd from the south end of The Great Bird of the Galaxy, the least you guys can do is go read what we managed to write about in between failed attempts to claw out our own eyes.

But be warned: you’ll want to have a few stiff drinks first. This one really is that bad.

A wee bout of “The Paradise Syndrome”

The wait is over! (Okay, it’s only been seven days, but it was still a wait. Kind of.) The latest installment of the Star Trek Re-watch, by myself and Dayton Ward, is now live. See what we think of the third-season TOS episode The Paradise Syndrome.” (You know, the one where Kirk goes and lives with the Indians? “Dances with Obelisks”? Yeah, that one.)

In a new feature, I will present here two uncensored versions of paragraphs from our column that were expurgated by the eminently tasteful folks over at Tor, with the censored bits in boldface type:


The trio seeks out the nearest group of life-forms, who appear to be Native Americans—a colony comprising traits of the Navajo, Mohican, and Delaware tribes, according to Spock’s expert eye (and online subscription to Naughty Squaws magazine).


On the planet, Kirk—excuse me, Kirok—gets cut in a knife fight with Salish, who growls, “Behold a god who bleeds!” Never mind that—behold a grown man who can’t get over a bad breakup. Someone get this jackass a mug of fire water and send him on a vision quest before he hurts himself.

Good cuts or bad cuts? I’ll leave that call to the readers. Go read the full article and decide for yourself!