REVIEWED ITEM: Star Trek® Original Series DVD Volume 16: Metamorphosis© / Friday's Child©
METAMORPHOSIS© PRELIMINARY BRIEFS:
Moral, Ethical, and/or Philosophical Subject(s) Driven Into The Ground: Love & Companionship / Mortality / Freedom & Captivity
Historical Milestone: The first appearance of warp-drive inventor Zephram Cochrane
Expendable Enterprise Crewmember ('Red Shirt') Confirmed Casualty List: None
REVIEW/COMMENTARY: This particular outing in the classic Trek mythos is one of a handful of eppies that have been used as a weapon in the war between the old-school Trekkies and the NextGen crowd. The big deal is as follows: How can Zephram Cochrane go from a rather large-framed, tall and handsome man with a somewhat cheerful demeanor (as played by Glenn Corbett in this episode) to a gaunt, haggard, somewhat pessimistic alcoholic with dreams of avarice (as played by James Cromwell in Star Trek™: First Contact©)? Then the old-schoolers gripe about how the new Cochrane isn't heroic enough, and the NextGen guys counter with the notion that the old Zef was too idealized, and didn't have enough faults and human weaknesses. But in my opinion the most important question in this debate is: why would anybody care one way or another? I mean, c'mon, guys, it's a freakin' TV show! Okay, so it is one of the greatest cult shows ever made, and consistently conveys an optimistic look at humanity's future, but still! You know, Shatner was right on the money when he told those Trekkies in that SNL sketch to "get a life!" Yeah, yeah-like I'm one to talk, right? And just where was I going with this, anyway? Nowhere it seems, which means it's time for me to move on...
FRIDAY'S CHILD© PRELIMINARY BRIEFS:
Moral, Ethical, and/or Philosophical Subject(s) Driven Into The Ground: Strength & Weakness / Compassion & Mercy
Notable Gaffe / Special DE-fect: Remember Star Trek IV, where Chekov was inquiring where the 'nuclear wessels' were? Well, in this episode, he has no trouble pronouncing the word "vessel" with a V instead of a W!
Expendable Enterprise Crewmember ('Red Shirt') Confirmed Casualty List: 1 dead
REVIEW/COMMENTARY: If you've been looking for a classic Trek eppie that has more action than usual, 'Friday's Child' ain't too likely to disappoint. Sure, it still has that element of melodrama along with the usual morality play that's the staple of every Star Trek™ show, but at least you get to see the kinda funky hand-to-hand battle sequences that helped make this show the goofy cheese-fest it is today and forever more! Then there's Kirk & Spocks' on-the-fly production of bows & arrows, as well as their unbelievably accurate marksmanship with the weapons! Throw in a devious Klingon agent and a guest shot by an alumnus from the Batman™ TV show (Julie Newmar), and you've got... um... well, sortuva connection between the two classic 60s cult TV faves. Kinda like that game where you try to connect another actor with Kevin Bacon in six steps or less, you know?
Anyhoo, I'm pretty sure the anti-spousal-abuse activists will cringe at the scene where McCoy and his expectant patient (Ele'en, played by the aforementioned Newmar) exchange a couple of slaps to each others' faces. But despite their somewhat tumultuous start, she eventually warms up to him-- well, except for that time where she belts him in the back of the head with a rock-- and finally honors his assistance by naming her kid after him and the captain. It's such a (sniff) beautiful thing, you know? It (sob) gets me right here...