Star Trek Original Vol.15 [Import]
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"Operation-Annihilate!" Ep. 29 - Kirk finds his brother Sam dead, and the people of the planet Devena are victims of an epidemic of mass insanity. "Catspaw," Ep. 30 - On Pyrus VII, Sulu and Scotty are rendered zombies by the evil magic of Korob and Sylvia, who then turn their trickery on the U.S.S. Enterprise.
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Tidbit: Both of the dead Kirks would appear in other episodes: the elder 79 times as Captain Kirk, and the younger once as Tommy Starnes in And the Children Shall Lead.
Catspaw, an episode which employs Halloween frights (witches, black cats, etc.), was the first episode produced in the second season. There is a light, jaunty quality to both the music and the performances not seen during season 1. It's almost as if everyone gave a collective sigh when the show was finally renewed, and thought they wouldn't be as heavily scrutinized the next year.Read more ›
OPERATION: ANNIHILATE!Â© PRELIMINARY BRIEFS:
Moral, Ethical, and/or Philosophical Subject(s) Driven Into The Ground: Facing and living with the consequences of oneï¿½s choices and decisions
Historical Milestone: The first and last appearance of Captain Kirkï¿½s closest relatives
Expendable Enterprise Crewmember (ï¿½Red Shirtï¿½) Confirmed Casualty List: None
REVIEW/COMMENTARY: ï¿½Operation: Annihilate!ï¿½ (or ï¿½The Attack of The Omelet Creaturesï¿½ as I like to call it) isnï¿½t one of my more fave eppies. But even so, it does have its moments of cheesy charm. This particular outing is especially notable for yet another example of the recurring ï¿½Spockï¿½s-Vulcan-biology-explaining-his-miraculous-recoveryï¿½ plot gimmick. He gets attacked and infected by an omelet-creature, yet manages to control his pain much better than any mere human would. He even manages to suffer ï¿½permanentï¿½ blindness and recovers from it, all during the episodeï¿½s last ten minutes! More proof positive that Spock is the Timexï¿½ of Star Trekï¿½-- he takes a lickinï¿½ and keeps on tickinï¿½!
Final note: Ainï¿½t it spooky how Captain Kirksï¿½ dead brother looks kinda like that General Mortars guy from Loaded Weapon 1ï¿½? The resemblance is uncanny!Read more ›
OPERATION-ANNILATE! was the last episode in season 1. It closed the 1966-67 season with a bang. Making sure that fans would tune in for the second season for another collection of Star Trek Adventures. OPERATION - ANNILATE'S plot was a very good one as a notorious space bacteria that travels from system to system killing everything in it's path has crossed path with the USS Enterprise. The bacteria has travelled to a planet by the name of Deneva killing Kirk's brother Sam and his wife. As the bacteria begins to consume yet another system it is up to Kirk and the crew to stop it. The episode is very well written and despite the fact the the bacteria organisms look like novelty store vomit this episode is one of Trek's less cheesier outings.
CATSPAW was the first episode filmed in season 2 but the seventh the air (partly because it had a Halloween like concept). Anyway this was not a good start to the second season. The setting is great, the warlock characters are interesting but the plot was really stupid! If this episode was supposed to be some sort of spooky thriller it failed miserably it came out more like a campy episode of Batman or The Monkees! However it should be noted that this episode marks the debut of Lt. Pavel Chekov in his ridiculous Monkee-esque wig. The very idea that network executives tried to make Chekov a Davy Jones clone is insulting to both Star Trek Series and the viewers. Thankfully the wig would be ditched after a few episodes.
CATSPAW is one of the lesser Trek episodes of Season 2.Read more ›
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Catspaw...a Halloween treat for Trekkies in which the Enterprise is at the mercy of a witch. First episode with Chekov & his goofy wig! Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by McHenry John
Volume 15 of The Star Trek TOS DVD series should be noted to have the last episode filmed in season 1 and the first episode filmed in the second season. Read morePublished on July 18 2002 by Jared Insell
I have seen videos of Star Trek with 3 episodes per video plus new introductions by James Doohan(Scotty),George Takei(Sulu) or Walter Koenig(Checkov)discussing the series. Read morePublished on June 27 2001
These are two good, mind bending, whoa what was that kind of episodes. The special effects were bold for the time., and quite fun to watch. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2000 by Michael Colvin
"Operation Annihitate!" was the last episode of Star Trek's first season to be filmed. They ended their first season on a high note--the story is exceptionally well... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2000 by Hank Drake
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