Posted June 13 2012 - 10:22 AM
OK, I'll play: * The City on the Edge of Forever -- Fantastic SCI-FI premise (time travel through an alien gate!) bolstered by a script providing humor, human pathos, romance, *and* adventure. Oh, and throw in some Nazis too just for good measure! And they somehow get this all done in one 50 minute episode?? It still blows me away every time I view it! NOTE: "Let's get the *Hell* out of here!". This was one of the first times ever a four letter word was actually approved by the NBC censors for a scripted network show. I viewed this episode for the first time with a room full of college students and we all erupted with applause when the line was delivered. Of course, due to the circumstances, the expletive was more than earned! Amok Time -- First time to see Vulcan and to learn about that amazing 7 year cycle! The Spock/Vulcan mystique was managed well in the first season, but this episode kicked it up to a whole new level. Loved the smile at the end! Best Line: "Live Long and Prosper, Spock". "I shall do neither. I have killed my captain and my friend". The Doomsday Machine -- I had to move this episode up on my list following the Remastering. It now seems more like a mini-Summer movie than a episode of a TV series. Balance of Terror -- An exciting and worthy Introduction to the Romulans! Best -- and most ironic -- line from the ep (delivered by Mark Lenard who would soon be playing Spock's father) : "You and I are of a kind. In a different reality, I could have called you friend." Tomorrow Is Yesterday -- This was the very first "time travel" episode (utilizing a premise established at the end of "The Naked Time") and also one of the best. I still get a kick out of Spock admitting he erred when checking the computer banks for any "relative" contribution from Captain Christopher!! Best Line: "Kirk, I'm going to lock you up for two hundred years!" "That ought to be just about right ..." The Devil in the Dark -- Great science fiction revolving around the concept of silicon-based life. Also, a tremendous twist on the "monster" genre. This was at a time when "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" -- airing on rival network ABC -- was seemingly more than content with just a "monster of the week" premise. Best Line: "I'm a doctor; *not* a bricklayer!!" Shore Leave -- Be careful what you wish for! The Trouble with Tribbles -- A well-played SF/Comedy romp. When I think of TOS I always see Kirk standing under that grain door with the Tribbles pouring out in seemingly endless waves! Best Line: "My chicken sandwich and coffee. This is my chicken sandwich and coffee." The Paradise Syndrome -- I know I'm in the minority in regarding this as a great ep, but to me this is a fantastic presentation of psycho-drama. Consider the "fascinating" concept of the crippled Enterprise under the command of Spock spending two months in crisis(!) while trying to save the lives of the innocents on the doomed planet. All of this while Kirk is on the planet (truly) falling in love and simultaneously being treated as though he were a "god". There's a lot of meat here and it's (mostly) presented well. Also, prior to the Remastering, this ep probably featured the best overall SFX of the third season. The Menagerie -- This two part episode *has* to be in the Top 10 if for no other reason than the way it ingeniously stitched together elements of the original unaired pilot into a cohesive, exciting, show. Of course, Captain Pike in "the chair" is one of the most indelible images ever evoked from TOS. (Right up there with Spock's ears!!) Best Line: "Don't stop me. Don't let him stop me. It's your career and Captain Pike's life. You must see the rest of the transmission." "Lock him up."