I totally meant to include this image in my Star Trek Re-Watch post this week for “All Our Yesterdays,” but then I forgot–repeatedly. But I can’t let my masterful photo editing and the roughly thirty seconds of work go to waste, so here it is, with the accompanying text from my review:
Kirk’s also lonely in his cell, but soon a prosecutor visits to interrogate him about the spirits he’s been consorting with. Kirk defends himself, saying he was just minding his own business in the library when he heard the woman scream. At the mention of the library, the prosecutor pulls a serviceable Dramatic Chipmunk take. This subtle clue tips Kirk to the fact that the man knows where he’s from. The woman in the cell across from him unhelpfully insists Kirk is a witch and the lawman who arrested him confirms he was talking to spirits. Thanks, guys.
Yes, that dramatic music and abrupt zoom on the prosecutor’s face is one of the more ridiculous moments in the episode, but hey, this is just another example of how Star Trek was ahead of its time, even anticipating internet memes before there was an internet. (Speaking of which, you’ve seen “What’s in Spock’s Scanner?”right? Mildly NSFW.)
Even though “All Our Yesterdays” sounds like some kind of soap opera, and plays like one much of the time, it’s a solid episode. It’s the last voyage of the original series chronologically, and would have allowed the show to end on as high a note as the third season could muster. Instead, due to the whims of production schedules and air orders, we’re getting “Turnabout Intruder” next week, in which Captain Kirk body-swaps with a woman, with predictable results. But never mind that for now. This week’s re-watch was my last TOS review (as the main author, which I switch with Torie), so please take a look and let us know what you think. And you should absolutely make an effort to watch it for yourself.
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