Sunday, 13 July 2008

Star Trek: TOS 2.26 - Assignment: Earth

Review 54 - Episode 55

The One that's not really a Star Trek episode.

Bit of background for this episode, though I'm sure you know it. Star Trek was teetering on the brink of cancellation, so Roddenberry decided to sneakily put a Pilot episode into Star Trek which would have been called Assignment: Earth.

This is why we have such ridiculous concepts as the Enterprise "popping back" in time to see what's happening in 1969 and the fact that the bridge crew are relegated to guest stars and being ineffective in their own show.

I would probably still be pissed off even if it was a decent concept, but it's a lot of shite about Gary seven and his cat, plus a ditsy secretary saving humanity from it's self. Frankly, if Gene has made some decent season finales, perhaps the show would have survived instead of this garbage. It's not even Trek really. So not impressed with this idea.

Anyway, that's the end of season 2 (way to bow out on a downer). There have been some classics, but I've struggled with this Season and in all honesty I'm quite glad there's only one more to go. I'll probably be sad when it's done, but episodes like this make it harder than it should.

Not technically as bad as Catspaw, but for sheer cheek and the fact "our" guy's were so crap and I don't give a toss about Gary and his cat, it's getting nil points. Avoid.


Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 158/270

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