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“the way to eden” is through hell

Excerpted from my comments on this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch:

I’ve been dreading this day for nearly two years, since Torie and I started this re-watch.

When I first saw “The Way to Eden” as a teen, I thought it was the worst episode ever and vowed never to watch it again. A couple of years later, when the pain had finally faded, I decided to give it another try–surely it wasn’t as bad as I’d remembered. Damn you, selective memory! I found it just as awful as before, and once again I decided never to watch it again. And I blissfully stuck to that promise… until now.

In case anyone thinks I’m exaggerating the sheer pain this episode brings me, I watched it on my laptop so I could record my facial expressions. The accompanying four images sum up my experience better than mere words can, but I hope you’ll drop by The Viewscreen anyway to read Torie’s excellent recap–so much more entertaining than the episode itself!–and share your thoughts on my least favorite hour of Star Trek so our sacrifices won’t have been in vain. (I considered adding the corresponding time codes to the images, but I’ll leave it to you to figure out what horrors elicited these responses.)

Guys, I watched this crap for free. I’m stupid.

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pew pew!

I present you with my interpretation of the Enterprise‘s faceoff against a giant asteroid in Star Trek‘s “The Paradise Syndrome.” Where’s Captain Kirk through all this excitement? On the planet “Amerind” with amnesia, cosplaying as a god/American Indian medicine chief named “Kirok.”

This episode reminded me of the famous Adventures of Superman episode “Panic in the Sky,” in which Superman loses his memory after colliding with an asteroid. It was remade on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as “All Shook Up,” one of my favorite episodes because Ma Kent pushes Clark off a balcony to help him remember how to fly. What is it with asteroids and amnesia? (I’m sure some people would like to forget those asteroid disaster films Armageddon and Deep Impact.)

He'll remember this on Mother's Day

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