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“The Naked Time” Reveals Kirk’s Inner Soul on STAR TREK

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #7: “The Naked Time” USA Airdate: September 29, 1966 (#4) Written By: John D.F. Black Music Composed By: Alexander Courage Directed By: Marc Daniels Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 9 (out of 10) Performances: 9 Visual Style: 8 Music: 8 Overall: 9 Verdict: Must See Comments: The last act of “The Naked Time” takes it from a fairly standard episode…

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Elvis: It’s Only Live

I thought it might be interesting to start a list of live Elvis Presley songs officially released for which no formal studio recordings are available. It turned out longer than I expected – over 50 songs so far, and that is not including any that I might have missed. Hearts Of Stone Tweedlee Dee Little…

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STAR TREK: “The Man Trap” Is the Last and First of Its Kind

Television Series: Star Trek Episode #6: “The Man Trap” USA Airdate: September 8, 1966 (#1) Written By: George Clayton Johnson Music Composed By: Alexander Courage Directed By: Marc Daniels Running Time: 50 Minutes Rapid Reviewpoints Story: 8 (out of 10) Performances: 8 Visual Style: 8 Music: 9 Overall: 8 Verdict: Must See Comments: Though otherwise a solid episode, “The Man Trap” unfortunately fails to serve as a strong introduction to…

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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…