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From: Marc Thomas
Hi Trek TV Friends, For some reason, I confuse this one with 'Spock's Brain' if my recollections aren't freshened up. It's only the intrusion of mysterious babe invaders they have in common, though. Actually, they couldn't be more different. Rather than lightweight danceable nonsense'That which Survives' is a grim bummer, with some interesting ideas, some stupid ideas and not a lot of fun, aside from the awesome jiggly soundstage, and Catwoman's nifty exit by way condensation into linear minimalism, a dot, then not at all. Yes, this actress Lee Meriweather was one of the Catwomen playing against Adam West's fabulopus Batman of TV's TOS era. The big e-Boats mission, conveyance of scientists to the site of an anomaly, wins a few hip hips from me. Star Trek, is supposed to be about exploration with action and danger as the bone thrown to the needy dogs of dramatic los nesisitos. I like that this planet is only thousands of years old, that's definitely worth investigating. It doesn't really bother me that the particulars of the science are off. A planet the size of the moon but with Earth's mass would be interesting but I don't think that would likely be unheard of in Fed space. Remember that Mercury is much smaller than Mars but has about the same mass. I'm just happy that they are talking about volume and mass as distinct properties. But when they talk about being flung 990.7 million light years across the galaxy, that's a little hard to take. Was the 100,000 light year diameter of the milky way a measurement un or at least commonly unknown in 1968? Possible, since there was no Wikipeadia. This is the first time I've noticed anyone shown to move during teleportation. The movies had this aplenty, ditto for TNG and thereafter. Until this episode I had assumed that while energized, the body of the passenger was paralyzed by a temporary state of non-being, which makes sense when you think about it. It's nice that this episode spells out the heat in centigrade of a phaser beam. 8000 degrees. Pardon my Americana, rest of the world, but is that hot enough to pop corn? Because that would be darn tootin'! This episode has some of that special Trek sense of wonder that inspired me to become an astrophysicist in some of those alternate realities where I am not so fucking incapable of performing the most rudimentary arithmetic, let alone actual math as I am in this one. Nice casting choice in the woman who takes Sulus post back on the bridge. She seems very competent, and patient with Spock who is acting like a snarky dick this week. Whats particularly remarkable about her, is that she doesn't seem to be as much of smoked sex Twinkie as female place holders often are. Which is good because a lot of this episode, like much of the series generally, seems to regard objective do-ability as a woman's most salient attribute. Oh man, what ever… t'sup with that voice dude? Thanks for letting me make the same observations you just did friends, if that's what I just did again. I excised a huge portion of this eMail to make the whole, hopefully, more bearable. Anyone curious about what I actually cut from these things can find this example on youtube under 'Beautiful Flying Brain Parasites Survive' I don't no if there will be another podast before xmas but I'm trying to make a very special holiday video. If I don't finish it in time I'll save it for next year either way it will be called "The Bones Whole Stole Christmas" so watch your youtubes for that too. As usual I'd like to finish by commenting on the most recent podcast itself. Any body ever read 'The Boys From Brazil'? Overcome nature with nurture and perhaps these kitties will not mature into a despotic racist feline pinwheels. Alan, the cat is adorable, although I'm sorry to hear that the poop-perp remains free. But I guess thats who's gonna to be the Moriarty type character in 'The Constable Alan Mystery Series'. Benjamin's new Faux Shop contribution is great visually and I'm grateful that along with his email an important message about fieldwork and sample collection is expressed. This is art with form and a responsible social function. Colin's podcast is great, check it out. It compliments Trek TV beautifully don't just choose one you need them both. Julian's new comic was wonderful, both funny and thoughtful. It's ridiculous how giddy I feel when a new Julep comes into port. Have I said that before? I always think it. Really interesting artwork on this one, the ship in orbit and the planet-scape are way cool. "California boys tanned to the nines" Tracy described the speedy dudes from iWinc in bad costumes that way. Mr Locke and I enjoyed that description of our ethnicity. You're podcast has been really firing on on all cylinders. What does that mean, all cylinders, shouldn't it go "Both cylinders" Star ships usually only have two nacelles right? No? Oh. Nevermind. I meant you've been doing good. you seem to have come out of your hiatus swinging (Oh my Rodd, another analogy I don't understand but use)You sound like you're having fun and it's catching. The website has been great too with its twitter column and new banner, its a fun place to check weekly if not daily, or constantly as a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder. I'm so glad more people are doing fan art now. Oh yeah I've been meaning to express my I-dig-it-tude too Vaughn's positional howdidus which follow the opening theme so Thank you Trek TV in the old rummies den thousands of miles below this North American continent. Where, apparently no one wears trousers inside. Yours truly Floppy Cacks Tom Tom