Oh please don't misunderstand, I wasn't throwing Freiberger under the bus. I generally defend him because anyone coming into the series under those circumstances would produce a different series. I was just saying that there were only two guys left on staff and neither of them were there from the start and so had a different view of the series and a different relationship with the network. Gene Roddenberry was gone by this time and even Bob Justman was out the door. Not even Stan Robertson, the NBC story guy, was doing it anymore. So considering the slashing in budget and schedule, Fred Freiberger did the best he could. Some of my favorite episodes are from the third season and I particularly like the truly "alien" aliens, the overall spooky tone and the dead sersiouness of the stories, Also, get this, no more parallel Earth planets. No Space Gangsters, no Space Nazi's, No Space Romans, no Space American Flags. As much as any of those episodes could be good individually, the general sameness of the Coon era sometimes gets forgotten in the effort to bash the Space Hippies. Was Miri's "Bonk Bonk" really any better?