cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
i haven't watched any star trek in about a year, but yesterday when [livejournal.com profile] wax_jism was knitting and we ran out of our other stuff, i decided to watch the next episode i hadn't recapped, which just turned out to be "catspaw", the classic halloween ep! so this is actually only a few days belated. beneath the cut you will find a bunch of caps and the same stew of parody/crack/actual dialogue/recap as usual.

dammit, bones, you're a doctor, not a zombie! )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you shall not pass)
i kind of love this episode, so i got carried away in terms of the detail of the recap even though there are only sixteen caps behind the cut.  but i mean, it has the alanis morrissette definition of 'irony', it has jim being surprisingly hardcore (which, you know, you expect him to be pretty hardcore), it has extra spock exasperation which ♥♥♥, and, best of all, it has kirk and spock kicking the asses of their obnoxious and stupid superior officers!

also, in general i love when star trek tries to comment on the cold war and stuff.  i just.  yeah.  bitch, out of my boyfriend's chair! )

whole gallery, 26 caps, here.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
this episode is so bad i'm almost embarrassed to post about it.  there's actually not much of a recap within, but that's because there's not very much of a plot either.  there are 19 caps of things like funny faces, manly heterosexual poses, the plastic flowers which make this planet like the garden of eden, and the extremely strange dress of the natives.  when a mommy native and a daddy native love each other very much... )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (serious)
i was thinking of going back to the scene-by-scene method with this episode, but i didn't because "mirror, mirror" is one of the most famous and most important (and best, actually) episodes. so again you get a full recap, but this time with only about 20 caps.

they can't even hold each other at gunpoint without flirting! )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
i've always rather enjoyed this episode, and there are a couple of significant things about it.  for one thing, they ripped the plot off wholesale for star trek: the motion picture, which is pretty damned shameless.  for another thing, i am just extra fond of plots about how humans are better than machines, and especially endings where they defeat a machine by proving that it's illogical. 

if only that worked on actual software, you know what i'm saying?  anyway, this recap is pretty thorough (40 caps), but it's a mixture of real bits, summaries, and stuff that i made up.  gets you right there, doesn't it? )

56 caps in the gallery here.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you shall not pass)
season two is the season of crack in star trek.  this is the episode with greek gods.  the god himself was fugly though, so i deleted all the caps of him.  inside you will find a highly shortened and not strictly accurate recap.  i'm sort of going with the new method i came up with last time, but this one is much shorter because the episode is so incredibly bad.

nineteen caps, including the enterprise being held by a giant disembodied hand, plus plenty of manly heterosexual poses. )

whole gallery, 35 caps.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
this episode contains canon essential to any spock slash as well as the idea that launched a thousand lame spin-offs in other fandoms:  the pon farr, the vulcan time of mating, in which male vulcans go into heat and become literally insane.  what's it all about?  instead of doing my usual word-for-word transcriptions of favourite scenes, this time i've made a recap of the entire episode.  the dialogue's a mixture of real dialogue, paraphrases, and jokes.  and i had waaaay too much fun making it. 

there are a looooooot of smallish caps behind this cut (over 50), and any one of them will link you to the amok time gallery, which has 122 images in all.  it has to do with biology--vulcan biology. )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
last episode in season one!  this is a slashy episode which i think leans slightly towards the established relationship side of the force.  i have refrained from recapping a few suggestive scenes for reasons of plot, space, etc.

it is also significant for a couple of other reasons: (1) we find out jim has an older brother, who shows up unexpectedly dead, and we see jim's reactions to this grief in moments of crisis.  (2) spock is blinded, and at the time, we don't know that it's temporary.

dialogueless: a mysterious and freaky alien organism flies through the air and attaches itself to spock's spine, and they pry it off while he thrashes in pain and panic. )

annotated: gee, what DOES the sun do? )

background for the final scene. )

dialogueless: spock is blind. )

annotated: slashy and friendshippy kirk-spock-mccoy closer. )

bonus! panty line, lack of personal space, weird faces, dorky goggles.  +13 )

the whole gallery is here.  a handful of the individual pictures won't load--i think this is an lj server issue, but i could be wrong.

also, there's a not-to-be-missed story set during this episode.  and in darkness bind you by greywolf the wanderer is an angsty and solemn spock-pov first-time, and a spackle.  i consider it a classic of the genre.  i think it's safe to say that greywolf is a classic for the pairing, too.  spock point of view is sort of his specialty (and it's very good, though weirdly talkative and unorthodox in places).  i find his kirk often rings false for me and i think it suffers from a slight plot flaw, but the story is beautiful.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you know what)
this is, i think i can confidently say, the single most famous, widely-shown and widely-loved star trek episode. the script was written by the brilliant but reputedly assholish harlan ellison, and of course, it takes place not in space, but in the great depression.  (even sf fans seem to be more interested in going back to earth--that is, to the subject matter that's covered by non-science fiction--than in space opera--that is, futuristic and speculative fiction.)  there's no denying that the script is good and hilarious.  it's an excellent episode, one of my favourites. 

it isn't very slashy at all, though; it's set in a universe in which spock is pretty clearly kirk's loving, supportive, loyal and completely platonic best friend.  Read more... )

of course, it poses a problem to the adherent of the kirk-and-spock-are-boyfriends theory in a way that, in my opinion, no single other episode does.  personally, i reconcile it by setting it early in the timeline (you can pretty much imagine the tos episodes in almost any order you like--they didn't follow any actual system with the star dates until tng came along.  people have tied themselves in very elaborate knots trying to make sense out of it all and still failed), say between the naked time (1x07) and charlie x (1x08).  definitely i place it before shore leave (1x17) and most of the ones after that.

anyway, here are one and a half annotated scenes, the policeman ) and lil' ol' us? )

sequence: spock tucking in his stolen shirt. )

bonus:  +11 )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
this is one of my top three or four favourite episodes.  the plot!  the klingon commander!  kirk and spock's brightly-coloured little tights!

however, i'd like to open this post with some shots of their asses. )

in annotated scenes, we have the klingons take spock for questioning, ) and then, since you haven't yet seen the brightly-coloured tights, that's my boyfriend you're pushing around! )

silent sequence: kirk drags spock with him by the hand. )

bonus: manly heterosexual poses, funny faces, brightly-coloured tights. +8 )

there's spoiler space inside this cut before the annotated closer--because this is a plot where it might actually make a difference, and if you haven't seen the episode before, you might actually get to soon, because we downloaded a dvd ripper and i'm going to share some highlight episodes once we pay for the permament version of it.  another day, another flirty closer scene. )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
this is a repost of the first ever annotated scene i made using these dvds.  i repost it because i had to fix the picture formats, so the links in the old post are broken.  and i've just come to the episode in order.

those are pretty good odds, mr spock. )

sequence: spock mind-melds with the monstah )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you know what)
a short dialogue-free sequence demonstrates how kirk thinks it's totally hot that spock is a telepath. )

annotated scene: kirk is no damsel in distress and he doesn't need to be rescued. )

later, spock says he thinks kirk's plan to bring peace to the planet might work, and kirk gives him this look. )

then in the closer scene, kirk talks suggestively about feeeelings, which flusters spock to the point of practically declaring his love. )

bonus: the vulcan nerve pinch, funny hats, wrathful kirk and some faces.  +7 )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
this is the anti-communist, communes, "happy pills", and drugs episode.  it's also the episode with leila kalomi, one of spock's few canonical romantic attachments, so from a slash point of view it's important--you'll see references to it a lot. 

basically, spock cheats on kirk with this dirty ho hippie botanist who used to have a crush on him back in school, but he does it because he's on drugs.  specifically, the whole colony are telepathically linked in a big love fest by some alien plant ejaculate spores, and they feel driven to assimilate the entire crew of the enterprise... starting with spock, because the dirty ho botanist knows the only way she's going to get to molest him is if he's higher than a kite. 

kirk finds spock... high as a kite, hanging from a tree, being fondled by some ho. )

all right, this scene is veeeeery long.  but it's important and stuff!  kirk insults spock's parentage and ears in order to free spock from the evol influence of those dirty hippie commune drugs. it works. )

a bit of innuendo, for free. )

bonuses include spock kissing a girl. )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i am the others)
this is the episode that first introduces khan (as in the wrath of khan).  (khan, incidentally, looks kinda like a fanon duncan macleod, in his relative youth.)

i remembered it without much warmth from past viewings, but i'm not sure why, now--maybe because of the large flimsy point in the woman-related bit of the plot, or the moral ("extraordinary ability breeds extraordinary ambition"--which is ridiculous in that one of the supertextual themes of the whole star trek universe is that extraordinary ability--ie KIRK's and that of his crew, who are all TEH BEST at their jobs--is not necessarily associated with extraordinary ambition). however,  mostly it demonstrates unusually good writing and directing for tos--lots of good scenes, good acting, some delightful kirk/spock scenes. 

in annotated scenes we have a bit of marital bickering, ) finding out kirk isn't dead after all, ) and mutual chain-yanking, spock shooting down kirk's logic, and adoring looks. )  and here's a sequence in which kirk inserts himself into the 2" gap between spock's ass and his chair and sits in it, forcing spock to sit on the console. )

bonus!  the transparent golden mesh sleepwear of the ancient 1990s; kirk trapped in the dryer (this is why your mom told you not to play in the laundromat, kids!); and faces.  +4 )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you know what)
entertaining enough but nothing especially special--except for one of tos's 1,600,042 plots about how computers can't replace humans because humans have SOUL (and this episode is particularly notable in that spock is first to bring it up, and he uses the word "soul" when he does it).  it's also one of the 1,600 episodes in which they defeat a computer by proving to it that it is illogical, whereupon it speaks in a strange voice, emits smoke and sparks, and ceases to work.  maybe kirk has psychic control over computers.

the best thing about this episode is spock's black hooded cape.  spock looks really good in a black hooded cape.  the second best thing is everyone else's costumes, which want to have a kind of The Puritans Have Just Landed vibe going on, but keep getting themselves confused with sort of 1910 and 1930 vibes, in that they couldn't actually afford any shirts more historic than oxford button-downs.  ahem.


spock in his cape and his shirtsleeves. and also other people. )

and, of course, the flirtatious sequence from the closer. )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you shall not pass)
you may remember this as the "lazarus" episode, in which the universe is blinking on and off and there's a crazy bearded man with a spaceship and mysteriously bad fashion sense.  the pseudoscience and the dialogue in this episode are classic pulp, which is to say, melodramatic and sort of theatrical, and completely lacking in logic:  this is exactly the sort of thing i was saying that cube reminded me of. 

i'm a big fan of pseudoscience, and i was laughing almost all the way through.  for example, here, have some delicious pseudoscience! about--dun dun DUN--alternate universes! )

here are a couple of sequences of caps, like the star trek idea of special effects to indicate travel between universes. )

then we also have spock apparently checking out kirk's ass. )

bonus +7: cuddly shots, funny faces, and an actual woman character with lines )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
this is a kind of stupid episode, with bad writing, bad logic, and bad guest star.  the basic premise is that their narrow escape shot them back through time to the 1960s--yes! the invention of the fabled Time Warp!  they escape by some shenanigans involving the gravity well of the sun and there's some highly funky time logic and some REALLY bad scenes involving an air force base.

however, there's also some cuteness. 

first there's the "you're talking about my boyfriend!" scene.  you're talking about my boyfriend! )

then there's an amusing scene where both kirk and spock are disturbed by the girl cooties. )

and finally, there's this cute touchy sequence where spock cradles kirk's wrist. )

bonus +5 )

star trek screencaps galleries
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (k/s pondering)
this is one of my least favourite episodes because... it's really stupid!  but i dug out a nice scene and there are also a larger than usual number of images of cuddly!k/s.

spock tries to be kirk's conscience and kirk shoots him down )

there are some bonus slashy images here.  this is actually the episode that gave me one of my earliest shatner/nimoy bunnies.  in the early scenes, spock's really just all up on kirk, sort of plastered to him like a clinging vine, and i was just thinking about what it was like filming them... anyway. 

bonus! + 9 clinging vine and other slashy shots )

the obligatory flirty looks from the closer )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
this is the episode which introduces the q.  they aren't named here, but in tng, later, we learn that the semi-omnipotent being encountered here is a baby q.  you can see echoes of the q scenes in "encounter at farpoint", too--the appearance on the bridge, the foppish manner, the judge's robes. 

greetings and felicitations )

a nicely-framed shot of mccoy )

spock coolly tells trelane off with big words, earning a 'that's mah man' expression from kirk )

when trelane thinks kirk might not cooperate, he immediately threatens spock.  kirk brandishing an antique duelling pistol )

the judge and the accused )

flirty looks from the closer )

in other screencap news the lack of filters and artificial lighting in sga makes it, well, not as nice as it could be for icons--not to mention that it makes it hard to find good iconning caps. i've found several caches that of very thorough caps, but that just means a lot of sorting through them looking for what you want; i may have to make them myself. and man, have i seen a lot of hideous icons for this fandom so far. 
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you know what)
kirk turns on the come-hither look at spock full-blast in the first scene of this episode, and that's not even the most suggestive :ahem: part of this scene. push. push harder! )

spock proves that while they may be incapable of lying, vulcans can definitely be tricksy buggers.  he's becoming irritable and quarrelsome, yet he refuses to take rest and rehabilitation. )

dialogue-free: kirk and spock flee from a tiger and then a fighter plane and then a samurai (you kinda have to see the episode).  they do it in a very together way. )

bonus! mccoy meets alice and the white rabbit. )

there's a nice slash story based on this episode: fancy's hot fire by jungle kitty, nc-17. (eta that, heh, re-reading it now, it's... kind of silly, especially some prose verging on the violet. but still worth reading.)

in other news, i am fidgety. someone come online and entertain me.

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