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Enterprise Incidents with Scott & Steve

By Steve Morris & Scott Mantz

Welcome aboard "ENTERPRISE INCIDENTS," the ultimate 55TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of the GREATEST “STAR TREK” SERIES of them all: “THE ORIGINAL SERIES!” Co-Hosted by respected “STAR TREK” enthusiast SCOTT MANTZ and filmmaker STEVE MORRIS, “ENTERPRISE INCIDENTS” is a fun, passionate and exciting deep-dive podcast that analyzes and reviews every episode (in production order) with a fresh new perspective, personal recollections and loads of fascinating trivia about how those classic episodes came to be! Live Long and Prosper and ENJOY!
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TAS-7) The Infinite Vulcan

Enterprise Incidents with Scott & SteveMar 05, 2023

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Recap: "Star Trek: The Animated Series"
Aug 06, 202301:15:14
TAS-22) The Counter-Clock Incident

TAS-22) The Counter-Clock Incident

For our deep dive of the final episode of "Star Trek: The Animated Series," we're excited and honored to be joined by a very special guest: "John Culver," a.k.a. Fred Bronson, who not only wrote "The Counter-Clock Incident," but was also the studio publicist for "The Animated Series."

While pursuing an alien ship traveling at high warp speed, the Enterprise passes through the remnants of the Beta Niobe supernova, only to emerge in an alternate universe where everything works in reverse -- and the crew begins to age backwards. In order to return to their own universe, they must figure out a way to replicate the conditions that got them here, but they must do so before they become too young to be able to operate their own ship. Their only hope lies with their very special passenger: 75-year-old Commodore Robert April, the first captain of the Enterprise who was en route to the planet Babel for a retirement ceremony, but must now once again assume command as the only senior officer capable of saving the ship.

Even though "How Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth" was the episode that won "Star Trek" its Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, you couldn't have asked for a better episode to close out "The Animated Series" than "The Counter-Clock Incident." In addition to being filled with suspense, excitement, humor and a lot of heart, it brings "Star Trek" full circle from its earliest origins, when Gene Roddenberry wrote his first treatment of "Star Trek" back in March of 1964. With the conclusion of "The Counter-Clock Incident," the first phase of "Star Trek" was now truly over -- but as we all know, the human adventure was just beginning.

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Jul 30, 202301:32:12
TAS-21) How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

TAS-21) How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth

Jul 09, 202301:18:21
TAS-20) Albatross
Jul 02, 202343:31
TAS-19) The Practical Joker
Jun 25, 202353:29
TAS-18) Bem

TAS-18) Bem

For our deep dive of "Bem," we're honored to welcome our very special guest Bill Reed, who directed all six episodes from the second season of "Star Trek: The Animated Series." While on an exploratory mission of the newly discovered planet Delta Theta III, the Enterprise crew is joined by honorary commander Ari Bn Bem, a Pandorian observer whose questionable actions while on board the Enterprise have made Captain Kirk suspicious about his motives. His suspicions are quickly proven correct when Bem sabotages the landing party, leading to their capture by the primitive reptilian beings that inhabit the planet. Kirk and Spock attempt to escape, only to discover the presence of a powerful non-corporeal alien entity that is protecting the natives in an effort to guide them towards intelligence. Written by David Gerrold, who wrote the classic original series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," "Bem" is a terrific, ambitious and cerebral episode that -- like many of the best episodes of "The Original Series" -- finds the Enterprise crew being humbled by the presence of a very powerful race.

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Jun 18, 202301:10:15
TAS-17) The Pirates of Orion

TAS-17) The Pirates of Orion

We're excited to be joined on "Enterprise Incidents" by New York Times-bestselling author Howard Weinstein, who wrote "The Pirates of Orion" for "Star Trek: The Animated Series" when he was 19-year-old!

While en route to the planet Deneb V to attend a Federation conference, the Enterprise alters course to rendezvous with the S.S. Huron after Mr. Spock falls ill from a rare disease. The Huron is carrying the only known cure, but it is also carrying a sizable shipment of precious dilithuim. When an Orion ship attacks to seize both shipments, Captain Kirk must race against time to secure the counteragent for the disease, or Mr. Spock will die. "The Pirates of Orion" was the first episode of the otherwise brief second season of "The Animated Series" (running only six episodes), but it started the season on a strong note with an exciting story about the close relationship between Kirk, Spock and McCoy, making it feel like a vintage episode of "Star Trek."

Be sure to check out Howard Weinstein's latest book "Galloway's Gamble 2," as well as many of his "Star Trek" novels, through his website at http://www.howardweinsteinbooks.com

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Jun 11, 202301:19:55
Supplemental — “Star Trek: Picard” Series Finale IMAX Live Cast and Producers Q&A
May 28, 202347:26
TAS-16) The Jihad
May 21, 202301:17:33
TAS-15) The Eye of the Beholder
May 14, 202355:48
TAS-14) The Slaver Weapon

TAS-14) The Slaver Weapon

We're excited to welcome back award-winning author Alan Dean Foster for our deep dive of "The Slaver Weapon," which Foster adapted -- and greatly expanded upon -- for his 10th and final installment of his landmark "Star Trek Log" book series.

Aboard the shuttlecraft Copernicus, Mr. Spock, Lt. Sulu and Lt. Uhura are en route to Starbase 25 with very previous cargo: a stasis box, which was constructed by a long-dead civilization known as the Slaver Empire. When the box they are carrying emits the presence of a second stasis box nearby, Mr. Spock alters his course to the frozen world of Beta Lyrae to retrieve it, only to be captured by the Kzinti, a race of catlike predators who will stop at nothing to keep the content of the stasis box for themselves. Adapted from Larry Niven's own short story "The Soft Weapon," "The Slaver Weapon" is not only a perfect fit for "Star Trek," but is also one of the most ambitious episodes of "The Animated Series," not to mention the most unique, for it is the only original or animated "Star Trek" episode in which Captain Kirk does not appear (not including "The Cage").

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May 07, 202301:22:49
Supplemental - "Star Trek: Picard" Series Finale Review
Apr 30, 202302:02:46
TAS-13) The Ambergris Element

TAS-13) The Ambergris Element

In an effort to help save another planet that will soon be transformed by violent seismic activity, the Enterprise is on a mission to collect information about the planet Argo, which is almost completely submerged after enduring similar seismic activity in its distant past. But soon after their arrival, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are abducted and transformed into water-breathers by the Aquans, the underwater inhabitants of Argo who fear that the air-breathers are a threat to their society. Kirk and Spock try to appeal to the Aquans that they mean them no harm, so that they can be transformed back in time to complete their mission before a massive new seaquake wipes out the underwater city for good. There are certain episodes of "The Animated Series" that would have been impossible to film as live-action episodes, and "The Ambergris Element" is definitely one of them. But once you get past the perceived silliness of the gimmick, "The Ambergris Element" proves to be a stellar episode of "The Animated Series" that features action, excitement and the time-honored "Star Trek" traditions of communication, mutual understanding and embracing cultures that we do not understand.

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Apr 23, 202345:51
TAS-12) The Time Trap
Apr 16, 202301:23:29
TAS-11) The Terratin Incident
Apr 09, 202301:00:20
TAS-10) Mudd's Passion
Apr 02, 202301:03:44
TAS-9) Once Upon a Planet

TAS-9) Once Upon a Planet

With the crew exhausted and in need of rest and relaxation, the Enterprise travels back to the so-called "Shore Leave" planet, the site of a nearly disastrous encounter earlier in its five-year mission. But now that they know how the planet works, they should be able to relax and enjoy themselves this time around. But once again, that doesn't turn out to be the case, since the Keeper has long since died, allowing the planetary computer to take over and run amok. With Lt. Uhura being held captive and power being drained from the Enterprise, Captain Kirk must (once again) reason with a computer to release his ship and set his crew free. For fans of "The Original Series" episode "Shore Leave," "The Animated Series" provided them with another direct sequel to a beloved classic, albeit one that feels like too much of a retread. But "Once Upon a Planet" still has its merits, and like the episode that inspired it, it's a lot of fun.

Guest: Dusty Abell  -- Warner Bros. Animation Character Designer; Artist: "Star Trek: The Original Series -- 50th Anniversary Poster" (Art for purchase at www.DustyAbell.com)

Guest: Alex Ross -- Award-winning artist for Marvel, DC and beyond; Narrative art for "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2" (Art for purchase at www.AlexRossArt.com)

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Mar 26, 202301:36:16
TAS-8) The Magicks of Megas-Tu

TAS-8) The Magicks of Megas-Tu

While on a scientific mission to explore the core of the galaxy, the Enterprise crew meets an enthusiastic satyr-like figure named Lucien, who offers to show them the magical world of his planet, Megas-Tu. But the celebratory mood takes an ominous turn when Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy encounter a powerful race of beings who put humanity on trial while also attempting to expose Lucien for being none other than the Devil himself. Up to this point, "The Animated Series" successfully packed a lot into its 24-minute running times while still feeling like vintage episodes of "Star Trek." But with "The Magicks of Megas-Tu," the producers and writer Larry Brody may have bitten off more than they could chew. The premise is ambitious and imaginative, but it's all over the place with too many ideas that are never fully explored. After all, how could they be in just 24 minutes? But in spite of itself, "The Magicks of Megas-Tu" manages to stick the landing in true Captain Kirk fashion with a message that ultimately feels like classic "Star Trek" after all. So, it doesn't always work, but when it does, it does so splendidly.

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Mar 12, 202301:20:40
TAS-7) The Infinite Vulcan

TAS-7) The Infinite Vulcan

While exploring a strange new world on the outer reaches of the galaxy, the landing party from the Enterprise discovers the planet to be inhabited by an intelligent race of plants led by the giant clone of Dr. Stavos Keniclius, a scientist who hails from the era of the Eugenics Wars on Earth. But soon after being lured into his lair, his true motives become clear: to clone a giant version of Mr. Spock and lead a master race that will act as a peace-keeping force throughout the galaxy. Just like Dr. Tristan Adams from "Dagger of the Mind" and Dr. Roger Korby from "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," Dr. Stavos Keniclius continues the "Star Trek" tradition of featuring a mad scientist who is acting with noble intentions. But "The Infinite Vulcan" -- written by Walter Koenig (who played Chekov in "The Original Series") -- was also ahead of its time for featuring a story on cloning many years before scientists first accomplished that feat. The result is an episode that, just like every episode of "The Animated Series" up to this point, lives up to the standards established by "The Original Series" and feels like a vintage episode of "Star Trek."

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Mar 05, 202301:15:22
TAS-6) The Survivor

TAS-6) The Survivor

While patrolling near the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Enterprise encounters a one-man ship belonging to a noted Federation philanthropist named Carter Winston, who has been missing in space for nearly five years. No one is happier to see Winston alive and well more than Lt. Anne Nored, Winston's one-time fiancee, but almost as soon as he beams aboard the Enterprise, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy start to notice something strange about him. Their suspicions are soon confirmed when Winston's true identity is revealed to be that of a Vendorian, an alien from a race of shape-shifters who is operating under Romulan orders to sabotage the Enterprise. As with every other episode of "The Animated Series," "The Survivor" packs a lot into its 24-minute running time. In addition to being an exciting action-adventure and a race against time to save the Enterprise, "The Survivor" is also a beautifully-realized love story about compassion, empathy and purpose. It's pretty far-out stuff for a what was then a Saturday morning cartoon, but for anyone looking for a vintage episode of "Star Trek," "The Survivor" was par for the course in all the right ways.

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Feb 26, 202301:05:55
TAS-5) More Tribbles, More Troubles

TAS-5) More Tribbles, More Troubles

While on an emergency mission to escort two automated cargo ships to Sherman's Planet, the Enterprise alters its course to engage a Klingon battle cruiser that's in hot pursuit of a one-man scout ship. Just moments before that ship is destroyed, the lone pilot is beamed aboard the Enterprise, and Captain Kirk is once again reunited with an old nuisance: Cyrano Jones, and of course, he as Tribbles with him. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the rest of the Enterprise crew literally and figuratively have their hands full with a whole new batch of ever-growing Tribbles, but they also have to contend with a powerful new Klingon weapon that poses a new threat to the Federation. Writer David Gerrold returns to "Star Trek" with "More Tribbles, More Troubles," his "Animated Series" follow up to "The Trouble with Tribbles" from "The Original Series." And just like its predecessor, "More Tribbles, More Troubles" is a delightful entry that captures the fun, the heart and the humor that made "The Trouble with Tribbles" one of "Star Trek's" most beloved and popular episodes.

Guest: Ryan Britt (Author, "Phasers on Stun! How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World")

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Feb 19, 202301:31:37
TAS-4) The Lorelei Signal

TAS-4) The Lorelei Signal

On this super-sized episode of "Enterprise Incidents," we're joined for our deep dive of "The Lorelei Signal" by three of the Syfy Sistas (Subrina Wood, Yvette Blackman Tom and Tamia Harper), followed by an amazing interview with actress Michelle Hurd about the impact of this landmark episode, the legacy of Nichelle Nichols and working with the reunited cast of "The Next Generation" for the third and final season of "Star Trek: Picard."  

While investigating a sector of space where starships have been disappearing every 27 years, the Enterprise is lured to the second planet in the Taurean system by an irresistible siren call that has a hypnotic effect on the male members of the crew. After beaming down to investigate, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy become the unwitting prisoners of a powerful race of women who gain their strength by feeding off the energy of men. With the men of the crew completely incapacitated, Lt. Uhura takes command of the Enterprise and leads an all-female contingent to overpower their oppressors, break the energy-draining spell and save the lives of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Written by Margaret Armen -- who wrote "The Original Series" episodes "The Gamesters of Triskelion," "The Paradise Syndrome" and "The Cloud Minders" -- "The Lorelei Signal" is an entertaining episode that's made essential by the truly empowering moment when Uhura takes command of the Enterprise. And you can hear the excitement in Nichelle Nichols' voice, which alone makes "The Lorelei Signal" one of the all-time "Star Trek" greats. 

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Feb 12, 202302:07:30
TAS-3) One of Our Planets is Missing

TAS-3) One of Our Planets is Missing

If you're an OG "Star Trek" fan or a member of the Syndication Generation, you know the name Alan Dean Foster. In addition to writing the story for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," he also wrote the 10-volume "Star Trek Log" book series back in the 70s, which adapted (and expanded upon) every episode of "The Animated Series." We're excited and honored to have Foster join us as a special guest for our deep dive of "One of Our Planets is Missing."

While exploring the outer fringes of the galaxy, the Enterprise encounters a giant cloud that has the ability to consume everything in its path. Next on that path is the planet Mantilles, the most remote world in Federation space and inhabited by 82 million people. Compounding the issue is Mr. Spock's discovery that the cloud is an intelligent life form, and destroying it would be a crime against science. With time running out (and in more ways than one), the Enterprise crew must figure out a way to communicate with the cloud and stop its path of destruction, or Captain Kirk will be forced to destroy it. Written by veteran "Star Trek" director Marc Daniels, "One of Our Planets is Missing" is a quintessential "Star Trek" adventure that lives up to the high standards established by "The Original Series." In addition to being a race against time to stop a massive destructive force from posing a threat to the galaxy (like "The Doomsday Machine"), the episode also explores the burden of command on Captain Kirk (like "Balance of Terror") and the importance of communication with a misunderstood antagonist (like "The Devil in the Dark"). And it does all of this in just 24 minutes (and that's with the opening and closing credits). If there's any episode of "The Animated Series" that says what "Star Trek" is all about, it's this one.

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Feb 05, 202301:31:20
TAS-2) Yesteryear

TAS-2) Yesteryear

We're very excited to welcome special guest William "Billy" Simpson, who played "Young Spock" in "Yesteryear."

After a trip back in time through the Guardian of Forever to observe the history of the Orion civilization, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock return to the present to discover that not only is Spock no longer the First Officer of the Enterprise, but he has been completely erased from the current timeline. After a thorough investigation, Spock concludes that in order to restore the timeline and save his very existence, he must go back in time to save his younger self from dying during the Vulcan right-of-passage ritual known as "Kahs-Wan." If there's any episode of "The Animated Series" that truly deserves to stand alongside the very best of "The Original Series," it has to be "Yesteryear." Written by Dorothy "D.C." Fontana (who wrote some of "Star Trek's" most revered classics, including "This Side of Paradise" and "Journey to Babel"), "Yesteryear" is, quite simply, as good as "The Animated Series" ever got, thanks to a brilliant, mature and deeply moving story that dives deeper into the world-building of Vulcan culture. Oh, what an amazing live-action episode this would have been!

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Jan 29, 202301:42:51
TAS-1) Beyond the Farthest Star
Jan 22, 202301:05:32
Supplemental -- Star Trek: The Animated Series Preview

Supplemental -- Star Trek: The Animated Series Preview

Welcome back aboard the continuing voyages of "Enterprise Incidents," which officially gets under way with our preview of "Star Trek: The Animated Series." We're excited to be joined for this very special podcast episode by Aaron Harvey and Rich Schepis, authors of the detailed and lavishly-illustrated book "Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated Series." Among the many questions that we'll have answered: What were the events that led to the creation of "The Animated Series?" How did the syndication of "The Original Series" and the very first "Star Trek" conventions play a part in that? How did most of the original cast members sign on to reprise their iconic roles? Which producers and writers from "The Original Series" also came back for "The Animated Series?" How did "The Animated Series" grease the rails for "The Motion Picture" and, basically, every other "Star Trek" series that followed? And perhaps the biggest and most loaded question of all: Is "The Animated Series" officially considered part of "Star Trek" canon (and should it be)? Since the early 1970s were such a crucial time period that set the stage for the continued existence and evolution of "Star Trek," this is one episode of "Enterprise Incidents" you won't want to miss!

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Jan 15, 202301:17:32
Supplemental -- The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series
Jan 08, 202301:48:55
Supplemental -- William Shatner Interview
Dec 25, 202238:32
Supplemental -- Season 3 (and Series) Wrap-Up
Dec 18, 202201:20:19
80) Turnabout Intruder

80) Turnabout Intruder

While responding to a distress call from the science team exploring the planet Camus II, Captain Kirk comes face-to-face with Dr. Janice Lester, a scorned woman from his past. Using a transference device she discovered on the planet, Lester traps Kirk, switches bodies with him and proceeds to impersonate him in her calculated efforts to take over the Enterprise. The ruse works for a little while, until the Enterprise crew becomes concerned about Kirk's erratic behavior since returning from the planet. Meanwhile, the real Kirk has to convince Mr. Spock that he's the real deal while he is trapped inside Janice Lester's body, and he must do so before Lester (in Kirk's body) kills his life force and completes the transference once and for all. The notorious "Turnabout Intruder" was hardly the episode that "Star Trek" deserved to close out its otherwise stellar three-year run, but as flawed and dated as it is, it also features one of William Shatner's finest performances in the entire series. Despite coming down with the flu, Shatner pulled out all the stops and really sold it with a go-for-broke performance, and that alone makes "Turnabout Intruder" far more entertaining than it probably deserves to be.

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Dec 11, 202202:07:12
79) All Our Yesterdays (with William Shatner)

79) All Our Yesterdays (with William Shatner)

As our journey through the original "Star Trek" comes to a penultimate close, we're thrilled to be joined for our deep dive of "All Our Yesterdays" by returning guest Adam Nimoy, followed by our exclusive interview with the man himself: William Shatner!

While investigating the disappearance of an entire civilization on a planet whose star is about to explode, Kirk, Spock and McCoy accidentally go back in time and become trapped in that planet's past. Captain Kirk finds himself accused of witchcraft while stuck in a time period resembling old England, while Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy are transported back to the planet's Ice Age and are given shelter by a lonely woman. With less than a few hours to go before the planet's star goes nova, Kirk must find his way back through the time portal to save Spock and McCoy, but the effects of the time period may have affected Spock to the point where he doesn't want to be saved. With the run of the original series coming to a close, "Star Trek" had one final creative burst of greatness with "All Our Yesterdays," a deeply engaging and entertaining episode that's filled with high stakes, gripping intensity, a touching romance and stellar performances (especially from guest star Mariette Hartley). But the high points are undoubtedly the scenes between Spock & McCoy, for after years of simmering tensions between them, their relationship came to a dramatic boil -- and Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley played these scenes perfectly.

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Dec 04, 202202:49:12
78) The Savage Curtain

78) The Savage Curtain

While wrapping up a routine mission around an unexplored planet, Captain Kirk encounters one of his greatest heroes, President Abraham Lincoln, who asks to come aboard the Enterprise. Kirk realizes there's no way that this can be the real Lincoln, but he cautiously takes him up on his offer to beam down with him to the planet's surface, where Mr. Spock comes face-to-face with one of his own heroes, Surak of Vulcan. They soon find out that this is all part of a plan by the citizens of Excalbia to stage the ultimate battle between good and evil, and the fate of the Enterprise hangs in the balance. For a variety of reasons, "The Savage Curtain" shouldn't work. Not only is it a rehash of better episodes, like "Arena" and "Spectre of the Gun" (not to mention "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and "Return to Tomorrow"), but the image of Lincoln floating through space towards the Enterprise starts the episode on a downright silly note. The fact that "The Savage Curtain" overcomes these flaws to emerge as a strong and entertaining episode is a testament to its strengths, the biggest of which is guest star Lee Bergere, who really sells it with his committed performance as Lincoln.

Guest: John Rocha (Host: The Cine-Files, Outlaw Nation, Geek Buddies)

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Nov 20, 202201:57:39
77) Requiem for Methuselah

77) Requiem for Methuselah

Nov 13, 202201:54:26
76) The Way to Eden
Nov 06, 202201:55:06
75) The Cloud Minders

75) The Cloud Minders

The Enterprise is on a desperate mission to the planet Ardana to secure the consignment of a rare substance called Zenite, which is the only antidote to a botanical plaque that is threatening all life on the planet Merak II. But the promised delivery of the Zenite is delayed when Captain Kirk gets caught in the middle of a class struggle between the allegedly "inferior" cave-dwelling Troglyte miners and the so-called "superior" intellectual society that inhabits the cloud city of Stratos. With time running out, Captain Kirk takes matters into his own hands, which threatens to further the divide between the Troglytes and the Stratos city dwellers, which in effect will threaten to destroy all life on Merak II. "The Cloud Minders" may not represent "Star Trek" at its best, but at this point so late in the 3rd Season -- not to mention so close to the end of the series -- it comes close enough. It's an ambitious episode that features a strong message, notable production values and stellar performances, all of which make "The Cloud Minders" represent a return to form to the values and standards that made "Star Trek" so great in the first place.

Following our deep dive of "The Cloud Minders," we're honored to once again be joined for very special interview by writer David Gerrold! In addition to writing the story for "The Cloud Minders," he is perhaps best known in "Star Trek" history for writing its most popular episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles." Gerrold is also the recipient of the 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award, honoring a lifetime of outstanding achievements in science fiction writing.

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Oct 31, 202202:04:03
74) The Lights of Zetar

74) The Lights of Zetar

While en route to the Federation's galactic library stationed on Memory Alpha, the Enterprise encounters an unusual space anomaly that effects each of the crew members in different ways -- especially Lt. Mira Romaine, who passes out from the experience. That's of particular concern to Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, who has become so smitten with her that he begins to neglect his responsibilities. Turns out these lights are the last remaining survivors of an ancient race, and they have chosen Lt. Romaine's body to live out the rest of their lives. At this point in its production, "Star Trek" was long past its peak, and with the series on its last legs after a noticeable drop in quality, one would be forgiven for grading these last few remaining episodes on a curve. To that extent, "The Lights of Zetar" represents something of a rebound after the one-two sucker-punch of "Whom Gods Destroy" and "The Mark of Gideon."  The pacing is relatively brisk, the visual effects still hold up after more than 5 decades, and James Doohan gives a commendable performance as love-struck Scotty. "The Lights of Zetar" may suffer from lapses in logic, but it's not all that bad and still qualifies as an entertaining-enough episode of "Star Trek."

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Oct 23, 202201:23:15
73) The Mark of Gideon

73) The Mark of Gideon

Captain Kirk beams down to Gideon while on a diplomatic mission to allow the planet entry into the Federation, only to find himself back aboard a completely deserted version of the Enterprise, except for a beautiful woman named Odona who is wandering around the corridors. Back on the actual Enterprise, Mr. Spock is locked in a battle of wits with the leader of the Gideon council, who refuses to offer any assistance in the search for Captain Kirk. Turns out this is all a ruse for the Gideon council, which intends to use Kirk to infect the people of Gideon in an effort to reduce the planet's out of control population explosion. It was a bold and daring move for a TV series like "Star Trek" to take on the very real problem of overpopulation, but what's truly staggering is how completely dull the end result turns out to be, not to mention the totally preposterous notion that the Gideon people would be able to build an exact replica of the Enterprise that would be convincing enough to fool Captain Kirk. "The Mark of Gideon" takes a big swing, but it totally misses the "mark," and in a number of ways.

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Oct 16, 202201:29:08
72) Whom Gods Destroy

72) Whom Gods Destroy

When Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock beam down to a heavily-guarded penal colony with an experimental new drug that may be able to cure the last remaining mental patients in the galaxy, they arrive to find that the lunatics are already running the asylum. Leading the charge is Garth of Izar, a former starship fleet captain who is totally off his rocker, but has developed the ability to change his physical appearance and plans to use that power to impersonate Captain Kirk, steal the Enterprise and hunt down his former crew who he feels betrayed him. Whether or not you love "Whom Gods Destroy" depends mostly on your appreciation of guest star Steve Ihnat's over-the-top performance as "Lord" Garth, not to mention Yvonne Craig's sultry turn as his bonkers-crazy green-skinned sidekick, Marta . Otherwise, there's not much to recommend in this late-3rd Season entry, which plays out more like a radio show and further demonstrates that "Star Trek" had lost its creative mojo and was truly on its last legs.  

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Oct 09, 202201:23:43
71) Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

71) Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

Following our deep dive discussion of "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," we hope you will enjoy our special interview with Lou Antonio, who played "Lokai."

A 50,000-year chase through the galaxy comes to a head on the starship Enterprise, when Commissioner Bele of the planet Cheron finally catches up with his rebellious opponent, Lokai. That puts Captain Kirk in the middle of a heated battle between two warring factions, the outcome of which could lead to the destruction of the Enterprise by Kirk's own hand. Whenever "Star Trek" has been praised for exploring social issues, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is usually the first episode that's mentioned. Whether or not that makes it a great episode depends upon your appreciation for its heavy-handed approach, but a closer look actually reveals more subtleties and layers than it is often given credit for. It also features superb performances from guest stars Frank Gorshin (Bele) and Lou Antonio (Lokai), not to mention the standout scene where Kirk threatens to destroy the Enterprise. But without question, the most important aspect of "Battlefield" is its message about the absurdity of racism, which is just as timely and relevant now as it was in the late-1960s.

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Oct 02, 202202:30:20
70) That Which Survives
Sep 18, 202201:29:41
69) Wink of an Eye
Sep 11, 202201:44:03
68) Plato's Stepchildren

68) Plato's Stepchildren

The Enterprise responds to a distress call from Platonius, a planet of telekinetically powerful people led by Parmen, who is dying from an infected leg. After being cured by Dr. McCoy, Parmen insists that the ship's surgeon stay behind on the planet permanently, which of course he refuses to do. That's when Parmen and his people -- who have fashioned themselves after the readings of Plato -- use their powers to force Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock into humiliating acts of torture, which will continue until Dr. McCoy succumbs to Parmen's wishes. For an episode that is generally (and justifiably) regarded as one of the worst of the series, "Plato's Stepchildren" certainly has its merits, the most significant of which is that it features what is often cited as the first high-profile interracial kiss on broadcast television. And then there are the scenes between Captain Kirk and kind-hearted Alexander, which speak to the ideals that represent what "Star Trek" is all about, and William Shatner and guest star Michael Dunn perform these scenes beautifully.

Guest: Dan Madsen (Former President: Official Star Trek Fan Club, Official Star Wars Fan Club)

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Sep 04, 202202:07:58
67) Day of the Dove

67) Day of the Dove

On this super-sized episode of "Enterprise Incidents," we're excited to feature an exclusive interview with actress Susan Howard, the very first woman to play a Klingon on "Star Trek." We're also honored to be joined for our deep dive of the 3rd Season classic "Day of the Dove" by Laurie Ulster, Senior Editor at TrekMovie.com.

After being lured to the planet Beta XII-A by imaginary distress calls, the Enterprise crew and the Klingons are forced into direct conflict by a powerful alien force that draws its strength from violence and hatred. That conflict escalates when the Klingons commandeer the Enterprise, which is sent spiraling out of control towards the edge of the galaxy. Unless Captain Kirk can find a way to reason with the Klingon Commander Kang, overcome the influence of the alien force and regain control of the Enterprise, both crews will be condemned to fight each other in futile bloody violence for all eternity. If there ever was an episode of Season 3 that truly has it all, it's "Day of the Dove." It's exciting, action-packed and briskly-paced, and it features a timely call for peace that resonates just as strongly now as it did back in 1968. It also features a magnificent, scene-stealing performance from Michael Ansara as Kang, who set a new standard for the way the Klingons would be portrayed on every other "Star Trek" series that was yet to come.

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Aug 28, 202202:46:17
66) For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

66) For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

Soon after Dr. McCoy is diagnosed with a rare disease that leaves him with one year to live, the Enterprise encounters Yonada, an asteroid that's on a collision course with an inhabited planet. But as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock soon discover, Yonada is not an asteroid, but is in fact a spaceship designed to look like an asteroid -- the truth of which is being withheld from its own people. That's where McCoy meets Natira, the High Priestess of Yonada. They immediately become smitten with each other, leading him to make the decision to stay behind to live out the rest of his days with her. But if time is running out for McCoy, it is also running out for the people of Yonada. If Kirk and Spock cannot figure out a way to put the ship back on course, they will have to blow it out of the sky in order to save billions of people from annihilation. After 2 1/2 seasons on "Star Trek," DeForest Kelley finally gets to shine in a love story for Dr. McCoy, and he is terrific with guest star Katherine Woodville. But instead of making that a great episode, "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" is merely a good episode and -- dare we say it? -- a "touching" one that reveals a little-seen side of our beloved ship's surgeon.

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Aug 21, 202201:44:28
65) The Tholian Web

65) The Tholian Web

We are honored and excited to be joined for our deep dive of "The Tholian Web" by the co-writer of this excellent third season classic, Judy Burns.

While searching an area of uncharted space for the USS Defiant, the Enterprise finds its sister starship in a state of distress. In addition to not registering on the ship's sensors, Captain Kirk leads a landing party to board her, only to find that the entire crew is dead after apparently having killed each other. What could have caused this? Before they can find the answer, the Defiant starts to phase into another dimension, and Captain Kirk is trapped aboard her when she disappears for good. That leaves Mr. Spock in command, and he must decide how long to keep the Enterprise in harm's way until they can retrieve him. But time is running out: the captain's oxygen supply is dwindling, and Dr. McCoy must find an antidote to the ravages of the unstable space they're in before the entire crew falls prey to the same madness that infected the crew of the Defiant. As if the stakes weren't high enough, Mr. Spock must also contend with an alien race called the Tholians, who proceed to ensnare the invading Enterprise in an energy web that, when finished, will trap them there for good. The stakes are indeed high -- and they keep getting higher -- in "The Tholian Web," a landmark "Star Trek" classic that's brimming with gripping suspense, stellar performances and groundbreaking visual effects that still hold up to this day. Despite the unfortunate drama that went on behind the scenes, "The Tholian Web" ultimately prevailed as one of the finest episodes of the third season, if not the series as a whole.

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Aug 14, 202202:14:46
Supplemental -- Remembering Nichelle Nichols

Supplemental -- Remembering Nichelle Nichols

On this special podcast episode of "Enterprise Incidents," we honor Nichelle Nichols by counting down her best moments as Uhura on "Star Trek."

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Aug 11, 202247:53
64) The Empath

64) The Empath

Jul 31, 202201:44:51
63) Is There In Truth No Beauty?

63) Is There In Truth No Beauty?

We're thrilled to welcome back director Ralph Senensky for our deep dive of his sixth and final "Star Trek" episode, the sublime third season classic "Is There In Truth No Beauty?"

When the Enterprise is assigned to transport a Federation ambassador back to his homeworld, the mission turns out to be both dangerous and delicate. It's dangerous because the Medusan ambassador must be contained, or the sight of his formless appearance will drive anyone insane. And it's delicate because the ambassador's devoted aid, Dr. Miranda Jones, has a complex relationship with their accompanying technical specialist, Laurence Marvick, who is smitten with her. When Marvick's jealousy takes a wild turn for the worst, the Enterprise is sent spiraling out of the galaxy into the intergalactic void, and only a fragile mind link between the Medusan ambassador and Mr. Spock can put the ship back on course. After producing two back-to-back episodes that are generally regarded as among the worst of the series, "Star Trek" rebounded in a big way with "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" In addition to featuring a deeply moving story written by Jean Lisette Aroeste, the episode is graced with inspired direction from Ralph Senensky, an epic score composed by George Duning and, above all else, magnificent performances from Leonard Nimoy and guest stars Diana Muldaur and David Frankham. 

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Jul 24, 202202:19:02
62) Spock's Brain

62) Spock's Brain

After crossing paths with an alien vessel, a mysterious woman materializes on the Enterprise, only to knock the entire crew unconscious. When everyone comes to, they are horrified to discover the body of Mr. Spock clinging to life in Sickbay after having his brain removed with remarkable surgical precision. With very little to go on except a faint ion trail, Captain Kirk pursues the would-be culprit across the galaxy to an unexplored star system, where he must choose between three possible planets to find Spock's brain and have it restored in time to save his life. After mounting a trailblazing letter-writing campaign to save "Star Trek" from cancellation, fans were duly rewarded (or punished?) for their efforts when "Spock's Brain" was chosen to launch the third season on September 20, 1968. Since then, it has gained the notorious reputation as being the worst "Star Trek" episode of all time. But is it really that bad? Is it worse than, say, "And the Children Shall Lead" or "The Way to Eden?" The fact is, "Spock's Brain" starts off strong and features a stellar score composed by Fred Steiner. It isn't until the third act that it "jumps the shark," but one thing's for sure: "Spock's Brain" is never dull, so for that reason alone, maybe it's not so bad after all.

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Jul 17, 202202:00:53
61) And the Children Shall Lead

61) And the Children Shall Lead

The Enterprise responds to a distress call from a Federation outpost on the planet Triacus, only to arrive and find that the entire research team is dead from apparent suicide. What could have caused this? Only the surviving children know for sure, but they're too wrapped up in playing "Ring Around the Rosie" to care about their dead parents. After beaming back to the Enterprise, Captain Kirk discovers that the children are acting as a conduit to spread an evil force across the galaxy, and that force has incapacitated the entire crew from doing anything stop it. And so it goes with "And the Children Shall Lead," which has been widely panned for decades as one of the worst episodes of the entire series. But after producing four strong episodes in a row, how could the third season have taken such a big nosedive, and so quickly? Turns out it was a perfect storm of having a first-time "Star Trek" writer and a first-time "Trek" director being overseen by a new producer who didn't really get what "Star Trek" was all about. And then there was the ill-advised casting of attorney Melvin Belli in the key role of the "friendly angel." Though other fine episodes would soon follow, "And the Children Shall Lead" deserve its notorious reputation as the nadir of "Star Trek," and it sadly marks the beginning of the end of a once-great series.

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Jul 10, 202202:02:30