Re: [ST1-LCN] Star Trek: The Deadly Years
- Sorry for the late reply here, but i watched this episode last night, and got to wondering, so i dug up the review. Apparently it took several days for the research team to age, so if Kirk talked to their leader an hour before beaming down, why the heck didn't he tell them, "Hey, we are aging really fast down here, perhaps you shouldn't beam on down so fast"
Also, the lighting around the dead body early on the planet, the one Chekov found, anyone notice how cheesy it was? I wonder if that was noticeable in TV's during the 60's? They were trying to make it look like several vertical lights around the body, but they were bright hanging (swaying) pieces of aluminum reflecting light from another source;)
However, the remastered scenes are GREAT!
From: Billie Doux <billiedoux@...>
Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 7:13 PM
Subject: [ST1-LCN] Star Trek: The Deadly Years
Star Trek 2:12: The Deadly Years
Kirk: "Tell me. Am I getting old?"
This episode was innovative when it first aired, and fortunately, it has
aged well. (Pun very much intended.) The extreme make-up effects still work,
and the cast did a fine job turning into old men.
Growing old is hard enough when you do it in the natural course of time.
Becoming senile in the space of a few days is genuine horror. Kirk's aging
manifested itself in memory loss, which made him look foolish and garrulous;
it was a real loss of dignity and a much bigger hit to his ego than physical
degeneration. Spock barely aged at all, which of course made plot sense
since Vulcans have a much longer life span. I just wish we'd seen him
wrapped up in a huge, ratty old sweater. I especially liked McCoy's crabby
old doctor; I think DeForest Kelley did the best acting job with the
physical mannerisms and body language, although the best moment in the
episode had to be Kirk falling asleep in the captain's chair.
For once, Kirk's love life held my interest. I thought it was rather fun
that his old flame Dr. Wallace had soundly rejected him when he was young
but came on to him partway through his accelerated aging process because she
preferred older men. Kirk may have had memory problems, but he was still
sharp enough to realize she was patronizing him.
It was very Spock-like to carry out a competency hearing when he desperately
didn't want to do so. It would have been more logical (but less dramatic, of
course) for McCoy to examine Kirk and simply declare that he wasn't
competent to command. If Commodore Stocker and his obsession with Starbase
10 weren't there to enhance the conflict, Sulu or Uhura would have done just
fine. They certainly wouldn't have taken them into the Neutral Zone.
Whatever possessed a Star Fleet officer -- any Star Fleet officer -- to take
a starship into the Neutral Zone? Yes, Stocker was a paper-pusher, but you'd
think that even the lowliest greenhorn ensign would know better than that.
And of course, the big question is why everyone who went down to the planet
wasn't immediately quarantined; there wasn't a single word discussing the
possibility that the rest of the crew might catch it, too. Oops.
I had mostly forgotten this episode, maybe it's my age... wait a second,
those damn kids are on my lawn again!
Okay, I got that out of my system. Two things stand out for me here: just
how stupid/annoying/useless we thought old people were a few decades ago and
just how stupid/annoying/useless anyone promoted to Star Fleet Commodore is.
Seriously, does a Commodore ever appear through the course of the whole
series that isn't insane, incompetent or both?
The whole old coot thing requires some thought. I would say that it's
another Star Trek trip into stereotypes except that I noticed that Shatner
is still playing the same character on the "!* My Father Says" as he is in
this episode. If you watch the episode, you see that all the actors
basically play old (even slightly old) as infirm, irrational, and generally
impossible to deal with. I think this may reflect the cultural moment in
which Star Trek was created, this isn't a leftover of past prejudice but a
reflection of the youth culture of the period where you shouldn't trust
anyone over 30. The old folks need to just get out of the way.
Now the Commodore thing, on the other hand, I just don't get. Seriously, how
about some kind of performance/competency/annoyingness review or something?
Back to Billie for bits and pieces:
-- Star date 3478.2. An experimental colony on a class M planet, Gamma Hydra
4. That Gamma Hydra thing sounded familiar to me, and for good reason; it's
the setting of the Kobayashi Maru no-win test scenario in the second Star
-- Kirk is 34 years old. The star dates on the tombstone in "Where No Man
Has Gone Before" suggested he was 36 then, making him 38 now. I would have
found that a bit more believable. Then again, maybe he forgot how old he
-- Apparently, the Romulans have broken code two. :)
-- Poor Lt. Galway wore blue, but she was obviously a red shirt.
-- There was an object on the table in Sick Bay that I didn't remember from
before. It looked like a very long turkey baster set upright and stuffed
with crumpled tin foil. Jury-rigged futuristic doo-dad that someone probably
looked at later and said, "What were we thinking?"
-- Dr. Wallace's pink and gold floor-length culottes were definitely
something special, in a shuddery "isn't that hideous" sort of way.
-- This must have been the transition episode, because Chekov was seen both
with a wig and without one. I vote for without.
Kirk: "Total senility."
Spock: "Yes, Captain. In a very short time."
Kirk: "What a way to die."
Kirk: "What are you offering me, Jan? Love, or a going away present?"
Best line in the episode.
Spock: "Doctor, the ship's temperature is increasingly uncomfortable for me.
I've adjusted the environment in my quarters to one hundred twenty five
degrees, which is at least tolerable. However, I..."
McCoy: "Well, I see I'm not going to be making any house calls on you."
McCoy: "I'm not a magician, Spock. Just an old country doctor."
Spock: "Yes. As I always suspected."
McCoy: "She's dead."
A great opportunity for a "She's dead, Jim," but sadly, no.
The idiotic Commodore Stocker: "We have no alternative but to surrender."
Chekov: (disdainfully) "Sir, the Romulans do not take captives."
A strong episode, although it's not one I enjoyed watching over and over.
Three out of four pink and gold culottes (or should that be gray toupees?),
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