St #77 Twilights End (Star Trek: The Original Series)
Why, Scotty, of course. After all, isn't he the miracle man that always keeps the Enterprise chugging along though space no matter what condition she may be in I know that the Enterprise doesn't chug. I just thought it was funny to imagine. I liked how the author was spot on with the crew of our favorite Federation starship and enjoyed the tense feeling throughout the story. Will Scotty be able to help the Rimillians get their planet spinning?
Will the terrorist be able to stop the process? Will Spock and Hughes dies on the dark side of the planet? Has the Enterprise been destroyed? Well, I'm certainly not going to tell you the answer to any of these questions here. The only way to know what is truly going on is to read this book yourself. Overall, Twilight's End is another great story in the world of Star Trek. Personally, it is my favorite science fiction universe to read about as I have been a Trekkie since I was about years-old, which was a long, long time ago.
I highly enjoyed this story and found it a fun read. So, if you are a James T. Kirk and company fan, pick up a copy of this book today and prepare to be entertained. I rated this book an 8 out of Jan 22, David King rated it liked it. The ever increasing population has destroyed what fragile biosphere there was, and is now attempting to save their home by implementing an audacious plan to start the planet spinning by using a vast array of impulse engines spread across the planet.
I have to admit that I found the plot to be rather silly, the thought of using 30, engines to spin a planet just seemed a bit absurd to me. Oltion does at least try and put some scientific thought into what happens but in the end it feels like this is just another example for the magical technology of Star Trek being used to save the day even if the entire premise is nuts! One thing that Oltion has captured well, are the crew of the Enterprise.
The characterisations are pretty much spot on and everyone seemed to act in a manner that I would have expected. In addition, the regular characters are supported by some interesting new characters from the planet itself. My final note on the book is that there was an undertone to the plot which reminded me of the global warming arguments that were popular in the period that the novel was written. The discussions on ecological damage being done to the world and how we should react were of course the same discussions which were happening in the real world and to be honest still are.
Overall, this is an interesting enough Trek novel even if it does feel a little bit silly. May 19, Kreg rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek-tos. The main idea of this book I had to roll my eyes at. Nice thought, but there are just too many things wrong with it. Using 30, impulse engines to rotate an inhabited planet tidally locked to it's sun is complete stupidity! At least the author does agree with some points - that the stress involved would cause major seismic activity which nearly caused the planet to break up, and of course the only thing that prevented it was the Enterprise coming through at the last hour with great damage to The main idea of this book I had to roll my eyes at.
At least the author does agree with some points - that the stress involved would cause major seismic activity which nearly caused the planet to break up, and of course the only thing that prevented it was the Enterprise coming through at the last hour with great damage to itself of course All in all, characterizations were pretty good, 4 out of 5 for that.
Treknical plausibility only rates a 2 out of 5 though. Aug 09, Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek. When the novel's crisis moment finally arrives, it becomes an action-packed, compelling read. Up until that point, however, it's merely a pleasant diversion It's a novel where the author is too enamored with the science plot, and leaves the character drama on a rather mild simmer There's also a very odd side-track into the world of beer which borders on the surreal.
A case of somethi When the novel's crisis moment finally arrives, it becomes an action-packed, compelling read. A case of something solid that waits too long to become compelling and absorbing. Jul 25, Mikael Kuoppala rated it really liked it. An energetic and fun book with some great political undertones and keen characterization. Jan 22, Pam Bales rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned. It is a novel set in the Star Trek Universe.
Back in the day, they were terrific. If you are a fan of the series, you will enjoy the books. Jan 20, J. Oh, I've loved this book, really in spirit of TOS. Almost 5 stars. Nov 06, Joseph Stiles rated it it was ok. This book is incredibly silly. Mark rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Jeffrey Braunschweig rated it liked it Dec 15, Debbie rated it liked it Dec 05, Timothy rated it really liked it Feb 27, Holdt rated it liked it Mar 16, Ben Luberti rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Kelly rated it liked it Dec 12, David Lowry rated it really liked it Oct 02, Lenady rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Anthony Poulton-smith rated it really liked it May 26, Dennis Brobston rated it really liked it Aug 06, Jens rated it liked it Aug 24, Scott Baker rated it liked it Sep 29, Leigh Anne rated it liked it Nov 28, And much like The "Chronicles of Riddick" - If an extremist cannot convert you, they will probably try to kill you.
The idea that the absolute truth is only available to those who believe in one particular religion, is folly and fallacy, and maybe apostasy. And just like the planet Beta III in this episode, we see what happens to a society when all creative incentive is forbidden to the membership and only allowed to the leadership - The society which is based on the religion becomes stagnant.
This difficult-to-watch Star Trek Original Series episode shows how such a society will look, the membership, while outwardly proclaiming peace and Joy, have neither. They are tightly controlled, and Law is upheld by Fear Alone. Taken one step further, the leadership of this stagnation is a machine! He becomes an expert in the destruction of computers using illogic, up to and including V'Ger.
So maybe this is not as funny as they way he did it in "I, Mudd" - But the process he uses is very much the same. This is the guiding principle of the United Federation Of Planets which prohibits Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations.
This particularly applies to alien worlds which are below the threshold of technological scientific and cultural development. The Star Ship "Enterprise" travels to Beta III in hopes of learning the fate of the missing Archon ship years earlier that landed there with their crew.
Crew members of the Starship Enterprise, Sulu George Takai and O'Neil Sean Morgan were sent, beamed down to the planet for reconnaissance to find information, answers about the Archon crew. Sulu returned aboard the "Enterprise" in some what of a trance to the crew's disbelief. The Captain James T. Kirk decides to send down a second landing party including himself to find out what happened to Crewman O'Neil. Upon their arrival wearing local garb the planet resembles an old 19th century western town. The crew of the enterprise is startled as the locals walk slowly as if they were floating by.
One of the locals Bilar approached the crew and says, "Joy to you friends. Come for festival are ya? Got a place to sleep it off yet? Go around to Reger's house. He's got rooms, but you'll have to hurry it's almost red hour. Then the huge clock in the town square strikes six and the Zombie like residents turn into wild savages starting fires, screaming and throwing rocks through store front windows as the startled crew heads for the aforementioned hotel of Reger.
As they head inside the establishment for safety there stands Reger's accompanied by Tula Brioni Farrell and an agitated Tamar Jon Lormer who is questioning the loyalty of these new visitors. Reger and Tula are the exceptions in this world of order. Reger asks if they are from the Valley or are they Archons. Kirk replies, "What if we are? Reger replies by saying "It's the will of Landru. A perturbed Tamar runs out of the lobby into the street and summons two men in hooded robes and long tubes.
They enter but Tula in defense gets zapped by the henchman. Falls to the floor and Dr. It's Landru played by Charles Macaulay who tells the startled crew that they are invading the body and must be absorbed and if they refuse they will be obliterated. Landru did not personally respond because Spock Leonard Nimoy tells the Captain William Shatner that it's only a projection. Meanwhile up in orbit Scotty, James Doohan the ships engineer, tells the Captain that there's a tractor beam hitting the ship and pulling the Enterprise slowly into Beta III atmosphere.
Back on the planet the crew fights the henchman and escape the tubes and now head for safety elsewhere provide by Reger but the locals under the direction of Landru Grab wood, clubs and Stones as they attack the crew. Luckily armed with Phazers they use the wide field beam on stun and knock out the attackers. The crew heads for cover in another building free from Landru until they notice crewman O'Neil among the attackers. Rendered unconscious by the phazer, the crew takes him along against Reger's wishes.
Reger explains that you can't take him because he was already absorbed Landru will use him as tracking devise and find us. Doctor McCoy give comatose crewman a sedative as Reger explains the world they entered is controlled by Landru for years. Linstrom complains,"This is simply ridiculous, A bunch of stone aged characters running around in robes? Not simple,not ridiculous. Very very dangerous. I particularly liked this story. Some classic quotes come to mind, for example when Spock and the Captain Kirk are fighting the robes and Spock instead of using his famous Vulcan neck pinch.
He give a right cross to the jaw of the recipient. Kirk looks over in amazement and says "Isn't that a bit old fashioned? One of four instances throughout the Star Trek series. The final confrontation with Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock against the machine is sheer genius. Defining what a living growing culture consists of. I personally enjoyed the epilogue as Spock blushes as the Captain tells him that he would have made an excellent computer.
Conversely you see helmsman Sulu return to normal and back at the helm. Warp factor ONE! Time to say "Good Night" to the Strauss Family head back to Elmont and my ugly black and white television. Social repression and trends Blueghost 28 May Like the other reviewer said, the Red Hour is nigh.
The author of the episode shows the audience a skewed view of societal controls through repression and the extraction of the human soul by allowing ceremony and ritual, however harmful, to establish an unhealthy norm. Without elaborating on specifics, and in this way revealing possible spoilers, I'll say that Kirk once again uses his guile and wits to baffle yet another integrated circuit board cranium. Here again we witness some innovation by the production crew to use period costume to revive and re-energize the sense of an alien world.
The viewer is given some tangibility with the props and sets, but the theme and more "alien" aspects of this episode are presented when the deeper impetus of the story is revealed. A commentary on everything from drunken rioting at sporting events to other like group behavior that people think justified because "everyone else is doing it". Yet another bit of profundity from the creative minds at Desilu Studios.
DanSickles 24 October So many fantastic reviews for this episode, but with all the talk about computers and the science fiction themes it's interesting that no one has commented on the moody and atmospheric way it draws on classic American literature. Think of Shirley Jackson's story "The Lottery" the next time you watch this episode.
Notice the sharp contrast between the outwardly virtuous small town life and the mindless violence the people throw themselves into with wild abandon whenever the Red Hour comes around. I first saw this episode as a little kid, and what really struck me was not the computer stuff at the end but the haunting atmosphere at the beginning -- the New England accents, the string ties, the brutal violence under the fatuous hospitality.
Otoboke 2 February Roddenberry strikes again, somehow the person we have to thank for this entire franchise manages time after time to riddle his inputs to the show with American Propaganda Nonsense and 'Return of the Archons' is amongst the biggest of such examples. So let me get what I enjoyed about the episode out of the way.
Firstly I appreciated the main cast's performances, specifically from Kelley who actually manages to make these zombie hippie-commies seem interesting. Indeed one of the episode's few redeeming scenes comes mid-way when McCoy is left to sit in the background like an oblivious child until he suspects Kirk and Spock's whispering. I also thought Roddenberry's dialogue was good enough throughout, it's just a shame that they are constantly blabbering on about how a different society is unacceptable.
So naturally now I'm going to go on about what I disliked about 'Return of the Archons'. Firstly the whole 'festival' thing, although a very feasible concept, I felt was very poorly produced. The end result ends up coming off as completely absurd, wacky and unconvincing. It's dramatic and pleasing to watch just for the sheer insanity of it all, but when you take it in context of how seriously the script seems to take itself, you have to realise how poor it is implemented here.
Half way through the episode however I found myself craving some more of this anarchy in place of the extremely dull and repetitive plot which moves along frustratingly slowly, heading for a conclusion that doesn't pay off at all. The final scenes involving Kirk defeating and outsmarting the computer lacks conviction, focus and is simply unconvincing. Never does Kirk or Spock justify how lack of creativity destroys the 'body'. In fact I could come up with a thousand reasons as to justify the exact opposite.
Don't you think if creativity was necessary to keeping the 'body' alive that Landrau would have programmed such rules for the computer to enforce? Essentially the whole episode boils down to a message that any society different from that of 's America is unacceptable- how could anything be better than the great Democracy?
Specifically however, this is a blatant attack on Communism, stinking of cold-war propaganda that I am actually ashamed Trek and Roddenberry actually thought was intelligent or justified; the sheer ignorant and biased nature of the scripts political and philosophical themes is totally unnecessary and unpleasant; this is something that I never could or would associate with any respectable production of Star Trek.
Furthermore the society that is presented here is ridiculous in itself, with little grey to be seen between the black and white. Instead of real characters posing a threat to the Enterprise crew, what we get is a bunch of chess pieces and nothing more; mere placeholders for personal ideals and ideas about another society that the writer clearly has no grasp of. According to 'Return of the Archons', people who serve the 'body' are nothing more than zombies, walking around speaking about peace all day. So who then made the houses, harvests the food and maintains the cities on this planet?
Indeed if there is no creativity in such a society, who came up with the idea for the festival? Who designed the roads, the buildings, and the clothing which seems to be an apparent fashion rather than a uniform? So in this respect, if this is indeed a warning against the great evil of communism, then it's clearly nothing more than biased capitalist propaganda at best. Never does it discuss the pros and cons of both societies.
Instead the Enterprise crew is portrayed as ignorant fools, rushing in to meld things the way they want it. The problem with Landau's society isn't that it's a strong community and the problem doesn't lie in the people's nature- it lies in the obvious dictatorship of Landau, something similar to Communist Russia of the time, I admit, but not something inherent to a society that serves a 'body'.
The end of the episode comes to a frustrating halt with the final discussion between Kirk and Spock on the bridge. Kirk is actually pleased that domestic quarrels have begun arising in the city and laughs it off, dismissing Spock's only intelligent line of dialogue in the episode. Oh yes, quarrelling is human alright, but so is discrimination, war, injustice, corruption and greed. Where will Kirk be when such circumstances arise? Well it's doubtful he'll be there to clean up what he naively encouraged. When it comes down to it, 'Return of the Archons' has definite potential, but it lacks the detail and discussion that such heavy topics require.
So instead of being a coherent and solid piece of thoughtful science fiction, we end up with simple misguided writing with little to no intelligent discussion to justify its claims. As a piece of TV it fails also thanks to it's sluggish pace, dodgy acting from supporting cast and a distinct lack of any significance to main character development or Trek lore. There are some exciting moments here and there and a few good performances that help redeem some points but when it comes down to whether the episode works or not, 'Return of the Archons' just doesn't cut it; A real low-point for Trek.
Hitchcoc 28 April The story opens with Sulu and one of those expendables exploring what appears to be sort of an old Western town that's probably where the set came from. They are pursued by guys in monk's cloaks. They cower in a doorway as one of these guys shoots Sulu with a bamboo pole.
He immediately starts grinning as Kirk simultaneously beams him up. The next part of the show has them trying to rescue the other guy. Sulu is under house arrest. The kicker is that this planet is full of benevolent to a fault people who walk around in a giddy daze, greeting each other.
But at the "Red Hour" everyone goes berserk. There is murder and rape and all manner of violence. If you are lucky enough to survive you hop up, dust yourself off, and head for home or wherever. This a world dominated by an an entity called Landru didn't he used to coach the Dallas Cowboys? Just kidding.
He can inflict great pain on those who defy him. It is up to Kirk and Spock to figure out who he is and what to do. This is another episode where a computer somehow wields great power.
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It won't be the last. Rainey-Dawn 5 January Season 1, episode A century earlier the U. A search party goes down but only Sulu returns to the ship but acting very strange. Kirk gathers another party to beam down the surface and finds all the inhabitants are acting as strange as Sulu.
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