Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Original Series, Season 1: Operation -- Annihilate!

The Original Series, Season 1
"Operation -- Annihilate!"
Airdate: April 13, 1967
30 of 80 produced
29 of 80 released
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The Enterprise crew travel to Deneva, a Federation colony and home to Captain Kirk's brother Sam and his family. When they arrive, they find most of the colonists dead, the few remaining alive are violently mad. The cause is quickly discovered, a plague of giant neural parasites that cause mass insanity and seem impervious to all attempts to stop them. Can Captain Kirk protect his ship from this latest threat?

Future playgrounds look confusing and dangerous! Look out, Jimmy!

This episode is a sad let down from the previous City on the Edge of Forever. Hokey effects and pacing issues drag this episode down to a 2 from both of us for a total of 4. The best part of this episode is the interesting typographic choices in the title. A whimper of an ending to an otherwise bang-filled first season. Our next post will be recapping some thoughts on the first season of Star Trek, but for now, enjoy the episode and the podcast.

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