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Celebrating STAR TREK at 50

Fifty years ago this week, on Thursday, September 8, 1966, NBC aired a “sneak preview” of a new television series called Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. Sandwiched between Tarzan at 7:30 and The Hero at 9:30, Star Trek made its debut at 8:30 PM Eastern with an episode titled “The Man Trap.” Though “The Man Trap”…

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STAR TREK: “The Enemy Within” Has a Good Half and a Bad Half

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #5: “The Enemy Within” USA Airdate: October 6, 1966 (#5) Written By: Richard Matheson Music Composed By: Sol Kaplan Directed By: Leo Penn Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 6 (out of 10) Performances: 6 Visual Style: 5 Music: 9 Overall: 6 Verdict: Worth Watching Comments: Though penned by the legendary Richard Matheson, one of my favorite writers, something at times feels “off”…

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Thinking Back on the SHIRT TALES Gang

Way back in 1983, when I was literally 8-years-old (rather than figuratively, like I am now), I drew this picture of the Shirt Tales gang for my little sister – who was 4 at the time. She had it hanging in her bedroom for years, and she recently rediscovered it. Shirt Tales was a short-lived…

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Roger Carmel Redeems STAR TREK: “Mudd’s Women”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #4: “Mudd’s Women” USA Airdate: October 13, 1966 (#6) Written By: Stephen Kandel (Teleplay) and Gene Roddenberry (Story) Music Composed By: Fred Steiner Directed By: Harvey Hart Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 4 (out of 10) Performances: 7 Visual Style: 5 Music: 9 Overall: 6 Verdict: Worth Watching Comments: Roger Carmel’s over-the-top performance as the thief, swindler, con man, liar,…

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Which “Jungle Room” Elvis CD Should You Buy?

[Side Note: Introducing the new look of Pastimescapes, which now leverages the Expound theme. Look for more tweaks in the coming days.] Memphis. When it comes to Elvis Presley, there is something magical about the music he created in his adopted hometown. That magic is tangible, no matter if we are talking about his early SUN sides…

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No Bluff, STAR TREK: “The Corbomite Maneuver” Illustrates the Mission of the USS “Enterprise”

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #3: “The Corbomite Maneuver” USA Airdate: November 10, 1966 (#10) Written By: Jerry Sohl Music Composed By: Fred Steiner Directed By: Joseph Sargent Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 10 (out of 10) Performances: 9 Visual Style: 8 Music: 8 Overall: 9 Verdict: Must See Comments: The “Corbomite Maneuver” is the first regular episode produced in the first season of Star Trek. While…

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The 50 Greatest Elvis Presley Albums of All Time (Part 5: The Top 10)

This is the final installment of a countdown of Elvis Presley’s best albums. Read Part 4. To be eligible for consideration, a release had to consist of no more than two discs (CDs/records), contain at least one-third previously unreleased content (not including singles and Extended Plays), and be from an official label (no bootlegs). Albums were…