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11:39 pm - Beam Me Up, Finale!
Since I enjoyed Star Trek: The Original Reboot—is that what we're calling it? seriously?—so much, I got a hankering to watch Star Trek: The Original Series. Not the whole thing, but at least the classic, famous, important episodes. And then I discovered that they're all up on CBS.com!! (Hat tip to vonnie_k.) So using this helpful guide, maybe this list, and my pop-culture memory ("The Trouble with Tribbles"! "The Naked Time"! "Mirror, Mirror"!), I'm going to watch some TOS and see what all the fuss is about. If you have any suggestions for episodes I definitely ought to watch, let me know. I just watched "Where No Man Has Gone Been Before," and, man, that was so sixties! The sets and special effects! Spock has hilariously drawn eyebrows and funny ears! And thinks everything is logical or illogical! Kirk is really into humans and idealistic and shit! Sulu knows math because he's Asian! Scotty has a funny accent! There are fewer miniskirts than I was promised! Fisticuffs! Boy, they sure tackled some big philosophical questions in a really cheesy way.

But in a time of beginnings, there must always be endings! It's Finale Week!

Fringe

"Ma'am, we have some troubling news. Your son was sliced in half by a transdimensional portal."

They are going all-out on the alternate-reality shit! This show has become so cool! Who'd've thought?

WALTER TOTALLY STOLE OUR PETER FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION AFTER THE FIRST ONE DIED AND THAT IS WHY HE DOESN'T REMEMBER RANDOM SHIT FROM HIS CHILDHOOD. That is awesome. That is what I was guessing, but it's still awesome. What I had not even considered is, holy crap, what about the other Walter? He must be even crazier and also really angry at ours. And I notice they deliberately left Peter's mother covered in dust so as to keep casting options wide open. Walter's relationship with Peter just became so much more interesting. He clearly remembers bonding with Original Peter, and I wonder how much he misses him and considers his Peter "wrong."

I'm putting it out here in case I'm right: there is more than one of everything...except the Observer.

I also love how they totally explained why all the weird shit happens in the Boston area. SOFT SPOTS! THANKS A LOT, MASSIVE DYNAMIC.

I am not happy David Robert Jones is no more, but I'm sure we'll get one from the other dimension wreaking havoc. Which, by the way, there has to be more than one, right? Walter showed a bunch of forking timelines, and I think the Manifesto talks about a multiverse. So they could play with an infinite number of alternate realities now. Evil Olivia! Scarface Charlie! A world without shrimp!

And now Olivia is in an alternate reality with Spock William Bell. In the Twin Towers! With a new White House! Man, next season could be crazypants.

Lost

Lost is ALREADY crazypants! Craziest show on television, right here.

I really ought to read the Bible one of these days. So I would understand why everyone is calling Man #2 Esau. Jacob! He kind of seems like a nice guy! What! And he's been going around touching people and hilariously reading Flannery O'Connor while they fall from the sky. So he knew they were going to come to the Island or did he bring them to the Island to begin with? See, I'm not sure whether I like the implication that Our Heroes have been cherry-picked from the human race to play on the Island because it completely ignores everyone else on the plane. A lot more people arrived on the Island than Our Heroes, but they didn't really do anything. I guess in that sense they weren't important, but I don't know how much of an element of destiny I want. I would appreciate more happenstance in getting the Lostaways on Oceanic 815. But Jacob was also key in getting Sayid and Hurley back to the Island, and I'm okay with those. Especially Hurley, because that was interesting. It was the only time he was really upfront about what was going on...except for whatever the hell he was talking about with Ilana. I don't know! Jacob!

I generally do not hate Jack as much as everyone else and I have found him an interesting character at times. BUT OMG I WANTED TO RIP HIS FUCKING FACE OFF THIS WHOLE EPISODE. REALLY, JACK? YOU ARE GOING TO BLOW UP THE ISLAND AND CHANGE HISTORY BECAUSE YOU WANT KATE? THERE ARE EASIER FUCKING WAYS TO GET INTO A WOMAN'S PANTS, I SWEAR TO GOD.

And then JULIET? SERIOUSLY? YOU ARE GOING ALONG WITH THIS BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE SAWYER WHO WHAT THE FUCK LOOKED AT KATE OR WHATEVER JESUS FUCK WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? YOU CANNOT GO AROUND CHANGING THE TIMELINE OF THE UNIVERSE BECAUSE OF YOUR FUCKING LOVE LIVES.

Miles, voice of reason! I hope you're right.

I am sad and confused that Locke is really dead! I have had a rocky relationship with Locke over the years but my brain hurts trying to understand that all this time it wasn't Locke. It was Esau! Who needed to convince Ben to kill Jacob because of a fucking loophole or something. But...but...it was LOCKE! He was so...Locketastic. Ordering people around and acting righteous and making Ben squirm hilariously.

Jacob seemed to die really easily for...whatever the hell he is. Maybe Esau had a magic knife. And now we have another twosome struggling for control of the Island, like Widmore vs. Ben. Everyone is just a pawn in some fucked-up chess game on this show.

(ROSE AND BERNARD AND VINCENT OMG!)

Julieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Yes, you were a little lame for parts of this episode but you were generally awesome at all other times!! DAMN YOU, V!!! Also, way to blow up the nuclear bomb since you have nothing better to do but die.

BUT WHAT HAPPENS WAAAAAH. I really don't like the idea of the last five seasons of Lost winking out of existence, but I also think that after all the build-up, just letting that be The Incident would be sort of anticlimactic and not enough payoff. I'm sort of afraid, but I know that at least at this point, Cuse and Lindelof know what they're doing. Bring 'er on home, boys. 2010!

My Name Is Earl

Aw, Earl is Dodge's dad! And Crabman isn't the other kid's dad? PLOT TWIST!

The Office

Oh my God this episode had me so fucking smiley, you guys. I love how much heart this show has sometimes.

MICHAEL. HOLLY. MICHAEL AND HOLLY. THEY ARE SO PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. AND HE IS BEING SO SWEET AND MATURE AND SLIGHTLY PATHETIC ABOUT IT. BUT SWEET. And "SlumDunder-Mifflinaire" was awesome. The funny torture! Toothbrush! Okay, it did fall kind of flat, but it was intended to, so...good job, guys. I don't understand why Michael hasn't been fired. Does David Wallace have a crush on him or something?

PAM! I WOULD GRAB THOSE FOR BALANCE. AND YOU ARE A VOLLEYBALL STAR.

Erin is so cute! I really enjoyed her last week, and I hope she sticks around. She reminds me of JStew, actually.

And the end! It was perfect! Pam! Jim! Baby! Happiness! SHOW!

30 Rock

Liz was kind of awful in this episode.

That was an awful lot of musical guest stars. But I was impressed with the ones who had lines; they did very well. I don't really like Sheryl Crow, but nice job!

Supernatural

Some plot twists everyone was predicting came true and some did not! The angels were totally not trying to stop the apocalypse and Ruby was totally evil all this time! And both of them make sense!

(Anna played no role at all in the finale. Why the hell did they give her all these random pointless scenes in the last few episodes? I mean, I appreciated seeing her, but she never really did anything.)

How many times did the phrase "son-of-a-bitch" appear in this episode? Jesus, Kripke, learn a new curse word.

I'm glad Sam overcame his demon blood! I don't think the whole arc was handled perfectly, but I think it was handled really well and with more subtlety than I thought this show was capable of. Sam came around a little too easily in this episode given how far he'd been falling recently, but maybe that's realistic since he was pretty much close to bottom and now had a better view looking up. I like that it was really just Sam who took a look at himself, not Dean browbeating him into Turning Good. Not that Sam was ever really Turning Evil to begin with. Sam knew that more than Dean did. But I do worry about Sam's demon eyes at the end. How far did he go? Was it really too far?

DEAN MADE A SUITE LIFE REFERENCE AHAHAHA. Oh my God.

So in the end they didn't really do the whole Dean vs. Sam Battle to the Death we all assumed was coming. I guess the fight last week was it? Which was resolved within the day? Okay then.

Lucifer! Rising! That..was not spoiled by the episode title or anything! Who are they going to get to play him? Can they get John Glover? HE'S ALREADY DONE IT COME ON.
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From:wee_warrior
Date:May 15th, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
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"Ma'am, we have some troubling news. Your son was sliced in half by a transdimensional portal."

This. Exactly.

So I would understand why everyone is calling Man #2 Esau.

Esau is Jacob's hirsute twin. He's a bit older, but Jacob constantly does things like robbing him of his birthright, etc. In consequence, Esau is usually pretty pissed at his brother and would really like to kill him, but he promised his Dad - Isaac, yes the one who was supposed to get sacrificed - not to do that. The most important thing about the two seems to be that they are really into fighting - they were already doing so in their mother's womb - and that Jacob, despite being kind of a semi-evil trickster, somehow gets out on top, while Esau basically gets nothing.

If we're going all Egyptian mythology on these guys, it seems more likely that Titus Welliver is Set and Jacob/Mark Pellegrino Osiris, since TW seems rather malevolent.

I actually hope they changed something, too, and the inverted credits in the end seem to indicate that, but if we take the present storyline as something that happened like this, we know that the Swan has definitely been built and has also exploded, since NotLocke and Ben look at and talk about the damaged hatch door at some point (Charlie's ring is another indicator).
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From:porpentine
Date:May 15th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
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Everyone is just a pawn in some fucked-up chess game on this show.

Naaah, it's not chess. As Locke taught Walt back in Season 1: it's all backgammon. Gotta go round the board to get back to the beginning again if you want to win.

Okay, I said it, and it feels all metaphor-ific and maybe foreshadow-y for season 6, but I don't know what the hell it translates into in terms of show. I've seen some people speculate that we're going to basically do 'rebooted Season 1': we start with Jack waking up in the bamboo, but everyone remembers what the hell happened. I? Am totally not for that. Personally, I'm voting for him waking up in the bamboo or on the beach -- but no reboot. Instead, they did just fulfill the requirements of The Incident: the site of the Swan is screwed up so they have to build the button on top of it rather than actually experiment, everything is set up for the way our heroes find it when they crash on the island, and everyone who was stuck in the past? Just got dumped out the great cosmic garbage chute and they're piled up with Sun, the Lawnmower Pilot, Richard, and Hey-That-Ain't-Locke.

On the one hand, maybe it is cheap that they couldn't change the past. But maybe Jacob -needed- to die for the cycle Misters Black and White were talking about to finally break. If we do go with the Egyptian connections wee_warrior suggested above, Osiris needs to croak so they can put him back together and let him be reborn anyway. Maybe all this had happened before, all through the Incident, but the cycle ended up looping rather than getting to this point. Somehow -- either Daniel talking to Desmond, or maybe Jacob -- having seen in the previous loop-through who would be important and survive to end-game -- nudged the board by going off-island and touching everyone we saw him made contact with. It's not a case so much of "It's their destiny to be important and no one else on the plane matters" so much as...everyone on the plane /could/ have mattered, but it was these people who rose to the occasion. Who got far enough around the board that they're helping to decide what the end-game is.

Of course, all this time-looping-mumbo-jumbo could just me having read too much Stephen King...but I wouldn't be surprised, either, given Cuse and Lindelof are supposed to be primed to start working on Dark Tower adaptationy goodness as soon as Lost is done.

Or maybe what Eloise said back in LA is what's important: for the first time in a long time, no one knows what's going to happen next.
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From:roxybisquaint
Date:May 15th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
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FRINGE
They are going all-out on the alternate-reality shit! This show has become so cool! Who'd've thought?

As soon as they started hinting at alternate universes I was so excited. I love alternate realities! Parallel universes! multiple timelines! YAY!

What I had not even considered is, holy crap, what about the other Walter? He must be even crazier and also really angry at ours.

Um. Wow. I hadn't thought about that either. Poor alternate!Walter.

I'm putting it out here in case I'm right: there is more than one of everything...except the Observer.

Dude. I like this idea a lot.

And now Olivia is in an alternate reality with Spock William Bell. In the Twin Towers! With a new White House! Man, next season could be crazypants.

That was just the coolest moment when Olivia passed into the alternate universe while she was in the elevator. Clearly it's not too hard to jump back and forth if they've got that convenient elevator. If only icky-face German evil mastermind guy knew about that, he could've saved himself a lot of trouble.

I knew this show was going to be awesome! I totally need to rewatch the whole season again now.


LOST
My mind is still blown and I need to watch that finale again. Jacob and anti-Jacob, anti-Jacob's cabin with the hole in the "loop" of ash, anti-Jacob being Locke and masterminding that whole plan to kill Jacob, the island maybe blowing up. White screen. AWESOME. I'm definitely going to rewatch the entire series before next season.

I guess anti-Jacob was always the one in the cabin and Ben had been fooled into thinking it was Jacob all along. Once he brought Locke there, Locke was then following the wrong "Jacob" (obviously an evil force, while real!Jacob is a force of good). Jacob must've been the one to contain anti-Jacob in the cabin with the ring of ash. Once that got broken, he was free to roam the island again and he masterminded that whole plot to kill Jacob. I certainly didn't see Locke's-dead-body-in-the-cargo-box coming! Anti-Jacob must've been the smoke monster and the only forms he could ever take where those of dead people: Christian Shepherd, Eko's brother, Alex, Locke.


OFFICE / 30 ROCK
I wasn't too impressed with either tonight :(
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From:spadada
Date:May 27th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Poor alternate!Walter.
I had thought about this either! Wow. Is that Walter evil do you think? Is he behind The Pattern?
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:May 15th, 2009 08:56 am (UTC)
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I just realised that I KNOW WHY WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT WAS TAKEN!!!!

The seabillies were associated with The Others (who, as we know, are Jacobites), and they saw what Walt could do and, fearing that he was Esau, removed him from the picture. And then, once removed/deaded, dead!Walt pulled Shannon into the bullet's path...possibly just for something to do.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
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The seabillies were associated with The Others (who, as we know, are Jacobites), and they saw what Walt could do and, fearing that he was Esau, removed him from the picture.
Ooooh!!
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From:homegoddess
Date:May 15th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
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When I was in grad school, a lifetime ago, the original Star Trek was on every evening at 6:00. I made sure I was home and had my dinner in front of the tv. I used to see how quickly I could give the episode name as soon as the show came on. (Yes, I've always been a geek). Looking back on it, it's hard to give favorites because they were all so cheesy, but I will recommend some, nonetheless. I liked Amok Time (great Spock episode), Balance of Terror (Submarine movie in space!), Space Seed (introduction of Khan) and The Menagerie (episode put together from the original pilot). These are probably on most lists you've seen. Shore Leave is also a fan favorite. Enjoy them in all their cheesy glory.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I think "Shore Leave" was mentioned in the Quinto/Pine interview! Thanks.

You met Patrick Stewart!
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From:homegoddess
Date:May 15th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I met Patrick Stewart at Madame Tussauds in London. He was a little stiff, but very handsome!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Ha ha ha! I see how it works.
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From:harper47
Date:May 15th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
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FFRINGE: A world without Shrimp. Kudos for the Buffy reference.

LOST: So much word to your thoughts re Jack. And I don't know, I am getting the impression Jacob wanted Ben to kill him. That this was part of the plan because he died far too easily.

SUPERNATURAL: "DEAN MADE A SUITE LIFE REFERENCE AHAHAHA. Oh my God."

I know! I liked the episode - it didn't change my world like the Chuck one but it was good. I still think nothing has topped the season 1 cliffhanger for sheer shock value but I guess this sets the game board up for season 5.


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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
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And I don't know, I am getting the impression Jacob wanted Ben to kill him. That this was part of the plan because he died far too easily.
Because now Lucifer will rise? Wait, wrong show.

I guess this sets the game board up for season 5.
A.k.a. Season THE LAST. Because there can be no season 6 after the boys BATTLE FUCKING LUCIFER, for fuck's sake. You can't top that shit. Don't you dare try to get a weirdo lame sixth season out of this show, CW.
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:May 15th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
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How many times did the phrase "son-of-a-bitch" appear in this episode? Jesus, Kripke, learn a new curse word.

OMG, seriously. I was really over that by about half way through the episode. I also agree that they handled Sam's arc fairly well, but his coming around seemed awfully fast after the last episode's dramatics.
From:birdsarecalling
Date:May 15th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Fringe
I want pissed-off alternate-universe Walter with all my heart. I also want him to be completely sane. I think John Noble could do a wonderfully creepy job playing a cold-blooded mad scientist with a massive vendetta, to contrast with the daffy, regretful Walter we know and love.

30 Rock
Liz is always awful. She and Jack are really (hilariously) terrible people. That is why they are BFF!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I also want him to be completely sane. I think John Noble could do a wonderfully creepy job playing a cold-blooded mad scientist with a massive vendetta, to contrast with the daffy, regretful Walter we know and love.
Ooh. That would be cool, actually.

Liz is always awful.
But she's not usually AWFUL, just adorably clueless!
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From:the_narration
Date:May 15th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Star Trek is very sixties. That's because it was the sixties. You kind of have to expect that.

You're also coming form the perspective of an entertainment industry that's had more than 40 years of science fiction works inspired by Star Trek. The things that were new then have been ripped off shamelessly by everyone and their brother now. Once upon a time, a scifi show with a "Why can't we all get along?" attitude instead of "Gun down the alien invaders!" was really quite original.

(That said, there's plenty of subpar episodes in any Trek series. I've decided in recent years that Deep Space Nine, with its season-long arcs and occassional forays into moral ambiguity, was the best series of the franchise.)

It's been a long time since I watched The Original Series, and I think any of the ones I'd point out as especially good have probably already been mentioned by either that list or other internet people. "The Cage" (the original pilot rejected by the network as "too smart"... very good even though it's all different characters except Spock) and the episode that managed to incorporate scenes from it as flashbacks, "Balance of Terror" (fighting a cloaked Romulan ship is like fighting a submarine in WWII!), "Amok Time", etc.
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From:gingerwood
Date:May 15th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I second 'The Cage'
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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"The Cage" isn't available, but "The Menagerie" is, so I'll be watching that.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I think I've heard from most people that DS9 was the best of the lot because of those reasons. It's the only one I'd consider actually mainlining rather than just watch the good episodes.
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From:teapot37
Date:May 15th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
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As well as the episodes that have already been recommended, I'd say "The Corbomite Maneuver", "The Galileo Seven", "Arena", "The City on the Edge of Forever", "The Enterprise Incident", and "Day of the Dove". For a really bad episode, you have to watch "Spock's Brain". That one's legendarily awful.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Sheesh! That is a lot of episodes! I'm going to end up watching half the series at this rate.

And I think I've heard about the badness of "Spock's Brain." I'll add it to the list.
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From:teapot37
Date:May 15th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to end up watching half the series at this rate.

You say that like it's a bad thing.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Right now it looks I'll be watching a little over a quarter of the episodes.

I have no desire to watch all 80 episodes! That's a lot! I just want to see enough to be informed and cultured.
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From:the_narration
Date:May 15th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to end up watching half the series at this rate.
Naw. All told, I don't think the recs so far even add up to 20 out of 76.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 15th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
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About 24, yeah. Which is a fair chunk.
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From:the_narration
Date:May 15th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I'll second "The Galileo Seven".

The awfulness of "Spock's Brain" is epic.
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From:the_narration
Date:May 15th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Mind you, it does take a couple seasons to get properly good. But even early on they were pushing the limits of traditional Trek thinking, like that one episode with the guy who may or may not be a Cardassian war criminal....
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From:sterope
Date:May 16th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
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Jacob seemed to die really easily for...whatever the hell he is.
Agreed!! Here we are thinking he's some scary supreme mystical dude, and then Ben weakly knifes him, and he's toast?? Whatevs!
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From:radiotelescope
Date:May 16th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I must say, it unnerves me when grownup people who identify with fandom say "I never watched TOS." But TOS *was* science fiction! It was *all* of science fiction!

(I am not quite old enough to really have an excuse for this neurosis, but there it is anyway.)

And now the-form-of-fandom-that-is-on-LJ is slashing Kirk and Spock. It is like the Great Circle of Slash has come 'round after all these years. ...Now I'm desperately curious to find some of the people who were writing smut in mimeographed zines and ask them what they *think*.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:July 3rd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
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THERE ARE EASIER FUCKING WAYS TO GET INTO A WOMAN'S PANTS, I SWEAR TO GOD.

HAHAHA, YES.

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