Star Trek Season 1 Review

I’m going to hit upon some key points here.

The first season was a tremendous opening season. Out of 29 episodes I had 11 with 5 stars. Only one episode was under 3 and that one was at least interesting. Some of the most classic episodes are in Season 1 but we have more in Season 2. We will also see a new crew member Pavel Chekov, a Russian who joins the crew in the 2nd season. The Monkees were huge at the time so the producers wanted to have their own “Davy Jones” for the girls watching.

Chekov Replacement? | The Trek BBS

Lucille Ball... without her, it might not have happened. She wasn’t in on the creative side of the show but she and her studio Desilu did help finance Star Trek. A studio accountant named Edwin “Ed” Holly is on the record saying “If it were not for Lucy, there would be no Star Trek today.

Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand… only after 8 total episodes Yeoman Rand just vanished from the series. Janice Rand was supposed to be a major character on Star Trek but was written off the show after season 1. Gene Roddenberry once stated that Whitney’s firing was purely financial. Whitney tells a different story. Only a few days before her firing, she was sexually assaulted by a studio executive on the Star Trek set. Whitney discussed the incident in her autobiography years later and, although she deliberately did not mention the executive by name, stated that she had a hard time believing the assault wasn’t at least in some way related to her exit from The Original Series.

Gene Roddenberry later apologized for giving in to pressure from the network to let Whitney go, even going so far as to say that writing Janice Rand off “was the dumbest mistake” he had ever made. To show how much she was loved by the fans and cast…she returned when the movies started in 1979.

William Shatner once said that their budget was lower than what it takes to cater a cast and crew in today’s time. What they had were great writers and good actors who had extremely good chemistry. The leading three men will always be known for their roles in this series. William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and DeForest Kelley as “Bones” or Doctor McCoy. The supporting cast was great also…with  Majel Barrett as Nurse Chapel, Nichelle Nicols as Nyota Uhura, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov, and James Doohan as Scotty. I can’t forget Grace Lee Whitney who should have been in the entire series.

Thank you all for reading each Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. We have some more in front of us and I’m looking forward to it.




Twilight Zone Season 1 Review

This is an extra post today after todays Twilight Zone…A World Of His Own

What a debut season! Out of 36 episodes we only had one episode below the Twilight Zone standards. That would be The Fever. We had nine 5 star episodes and it very easily could have been 12.

I thought I would post a tally for season 1 of this great series. There are a few I wish I would have bumped up from 4 1/2 to 5… Those would be The Lonely,  Long Live Walter Jameson, and The Last Flight.

Do any of you have any different thoughts on the rankings below?

I would like to link to two different bloggers doing other tv shows. The will be going through show by show like I’m doing here. Join in if you have a favorite show that you like. I’ll continue to have the Twilight Zone every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday.

Hanspostcard is going through the episodes of The Andy Griffith Show

Best 'The Andy Griffith Show' episodes, ranked - GoldDerby

John Holton is going through each episode of Hogan’s Heroes 

Hogan's Heroes Intro - YouTube


Season 1      
Episode Date Episode Stars
1 Oct 2, 1959 Where is Everybody?       3
2 Oct 9, 1959 One for the Angels     3.5
3 Oct 16, 1959 Mr. Denton on Doomsday  4.5
4 Oct 23, 1959 The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine 3.5
5 Oct 30, 1959 Walking Distance   5
6 Nov 6, 1959 Escape Clause  4
7 Nov 13, 1959 The Lonely  4.5
8 Nov 20, 1959 Time Enough at Last     5
9 Nov 27, 1959 Perchance to Dream    3
10 Dec 4, 1959  Judgment Night  3.5
11 Dec 11, 1959 And When the Sky Was Opened    5
12 Dec 25, 1959 What You Need       3.5
13 Jan 1, 1960 The Four of Us Are Dying   3.5
14 Jan 8, 1960  Third From the Sun    5
15 Jan 15, 1960 I Shot an Arrow Into the Air  4
16 Jan 22, 1960 The Hitch-Hiker  5
17 Jan 29, 1960 The Fever 2.5
18 Feb 5, 1960 The Last Flight   4.5
19 Feb 12, 1960 The Purple Testament 4
20 Feb 19, 1960 Elegy  4
21 Feb 26, 1960 Mirror Image  3.5
22 Mar 4, 1960 The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street 5
23 Mar 11, 1960 A World of Difference   4
24 Mar 18, 1960 Long Live Walter Jameson  4.5
25 Mar 25, 1960 People Are Alike All Over  4
26 April 1, 1960 Execution 4
27 April 8, 1960 The Big Tall Wish 4
28 April 15, 1960 A Nice Place to Visit 5
29 April 29, 1960 Nightmare as a Child 4
30 May 6, 1960 A Stop at Willoughby  5
31 May 13, 1960 The Chaser 3
32 May 20, 1960 A Passage for Trumpet 4
33 June 3, 1960 Mr. Bevis  3.5
34 June 10, 1960 The After Hours  5
35 June 17, 1960 The Mighty Casey       3
36 July 1, 1960 A World of His Own  4

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