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I never realized how corny "Requiem for Methuselah" really was


Hadn't seen it in decades. Kirk looked like a total fool. Fell in love within 5 minutes over some booty he hadn't had, and even after he found out she was a android, he became even more a fool. Actually challenging Flint for her.

And in the end: "We really put on a show, didn't we." There was no "we" to it. YOU put on a show. Spock should've let him live with that stupidity for the rest of his life.

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A result of the overall lower production and writing quality of the third season.

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Plenty of excellent episodes in S3.

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Maybe this episode could have benefited from a onceover from D.C. Fontana. Unfortunately she was no longer story editor in season 3. Jerome Bixby, writer of "Requiem..." also wrote three other episodes, including "Mirror, Mirror." So he was capable of quality output.

For a little more in-depth look at Bixby's idea of the immortal man, see his story "The Man From Earth" which was adapted into a low-budget indie film in 2007. Steer clear of the dreadful sequel "Holocene," though.

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Cool. I'll check it out. I've heard of it for awhile now. Your recommendation is the final straw.

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I agree. Season 3 had some bad ones.

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Louise Sorel - that's my reply and my argument - 'nuff said.

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The worst episode of the series IMHO.

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It is low but there are 3 or 4 worse IMO.

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I would rather watch this one than "And the Children Shall Lead."

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It's far from the best, but I thought the way the kids took over the ship was compelling.

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This was one of the two TOS episodes I never liked (The Paradise Syndrome was the other).

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I always hated the one with the mute empath, but I've been able to tolerate it at least a bit now.

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The Empath is a pretty fair episode but lacks in production values and just does not invoke a lot of emotion as to what is going on. We know from the beginning that Kirk, Spock, and Dr McCoy will be there at the end. It's not like The Doomsday Machine where it was far from obvious until it actually happens that Commodore Decker commits suicide. Or The Omega Glory where Captain Tracey is taken into custody.

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I AM KI-ROOOOOOOOOOOOK!

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TPS failed because the premise of McCoy having needed to go back to the ship is not consistent with other episodes such as Arena and The Return of the Archons where Enterprise personnel were allowed to detach from the ship if the need arose. Logically, a small landing party should have been left to find Kirk. Also, from earlier episodes it had been established that there were other capable doctors aboard ship even if they were not on the level of McCoy. Phasers fusing ship circuits? Everybody involved with Star Trek other than some of the actors knew this would be the last season so quality was sacrificed so the push to the finish line would happen.

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The only reason to watch this one is to see Louise Sorel look incredibly hot. Otherwise this is exhibit G in the long list of reasons that season 3 got the show dubbed Star Dreck.

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I always rather liked that episode, but understand why others don't. They were trying for a sort of over-the-top Gothic romanticism, which isn't really popular among sci-fi geeks but which I can find a guilty pleasure.

But even if you loathe romanticism, it can't possibly compare to the really godawful episodes, like "Day of the Gun" or "The Savage Curtain". Or "Spock's Brain" which is godawlful by any rational standard, but which is so monumentally bad it's entertaining.

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