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John Byrne

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Posted: 12 March 2020 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Memorable as Elias Sandoval in “This Side of Paradise”, he died of a heart attack less than a month after the episode was first broadcast.
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 13 March 2020 at 8:00am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

A shame. Memorable performance in a great episode.
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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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Posted: 13 March 2020 at 5:11pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I recently rewatched “This Side of Paradise” and was blown away by how good it is. I never considered it to be a favorite episode so would usually pass it by. It really shows how good the first season was. I watched thinking that it had concepts that could have come off as silly but they played as realistic. Great performances, reveals and effective Star Trek tropes (not meant as a pejorative). As a kid I thought of the Kirk/Spock fight at the end but it is some much more. 
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 13 March 2020 at 9:07pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

“For the first time in my life...I was happy.” is one of the great bittersweet tag moments in a series full of them.

I also often find myself thinking of the scene where Kirk steps onto the empty Bridge (set to that wonderful music cue from “The Naked Time”) when I have a moment alone to reflect at work or at home.

Plenty of great moments and lines. Sandoval popping up, alive, at the end of the teaser. Spock talking back to Kirk. Mr. Leslie talking back to Kirk. Uhura talking back to Kirk. Sandoval coming to his senses and realizing that the colonists have accomplished nothing while under the influence of the spores. Leila breaking down and realizing the spores inside her are gone. And so on and so on. 


...and may the gods strike my tablet down for trying to auto-correct the spelling of “Uhura”. Sigh.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 14 March 2020 at 5:31am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I wonder what the Federation did with that planet? Did it become the ultimate spa? After all, the episode established the spores left no negative after effects.
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 14 March 2020 at 9:41am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Maybe they renamed it “Risa”?

Kidding aside, the spores fall under the unbrella of “conveniently forgotten because this is 1960s episodic TV”, along with things like the Kelvans’ engine technology, which allowed for travel to other galaxies within a (relatively) short timespan. That certainly would have been useful to the Voyager crew!


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John Byrne

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Posted: 14 March 2020 at 10:25am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Caught a few seconds of a NextGen yesterday that had a classic Star-Trek-doesn’t-get-itself moment. A character had become pinned under a beam, which had to be moved before he could be beamed up.

sigh

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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 14 March 2020 at 10:30am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I guess you can’t get beamed up if you’ve already been downed by a beam.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 14 March 2020 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Kirkmaaaaaaaan!!!!!!!
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Greg Kirkman
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Posted: 14 March 2020 at 1:28pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

(Insert Khan-style evilgasm sigh here.)
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Peter Hicks
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Posted: 15 March 2020 at 8:45pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Similarly, in the most recent Picard, as Deana discussed a loved one who died from a degenerative disease, I thought "Didn't you all make considerable effort to preserve a planet that heals all maladies in the movie Insurrection?"
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John Byrne

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Posted: 16 March 2020 at 6:51am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Not using the transporter as a medical instrument frustrated me no end as a fan. Broken bones, diseased organs, you name it, easily fixed. Might cost a few days of memory, but worth it, surely.
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