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Moments List

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Great moments

Quote Episode
I love the scene where the crew use the laser cannon against the alien metal. TOS : The Cage
Mitchell's ever increasing powers, coupled with his ever decreasing Humanity, are my favourite parts of this episode. TOS : Where No Man Has Gone Before
After Balok has spent most of the episode threatening to kill them, Kirk's decision to turn around and help them is a classic Trek moment.

There's a lovely moment when Spock states that they seem to be doomed, using an analogy about chess. Kirk responds bittery to ask if that is his logical conclusion, and Spock says "I'm sorr-" then cuts off and says he can't find any logical alternatives. It's a nice subtle little touch where we see Spock almost slip up and give a genuine "human" response, only to catch himself and go back to Vulcan stoicism.

TOS : The Corbomite Maneuver
Ruth's speech to Gossett about what he should really want in a woman. TOS : Mudd's Women
Kirk confronting himself in engineering. TOS : The Enemy Within
The creature as Bones, trying to convince everybody not to hunt it down. TOS : The Man Trap
Sulu charging down the corridor with his sword. TOS : The Naked Time
Charlie begging to stay, when the Thasians turn up to take him away. TOS : Charlie X
Virtually the entire episode. TOS : Balance of Terror
Kirk debating with his android self on the advantages of humanity. TOS : What Are Little Girls Made Of?
Spock's mind meld. The first one ever seen, and a truly alien moment for Spock.

Also, I have to mention Helen Noel. Trek tended to plaster attractive women all over the place, often seemingly more as decoration than anything, but Noel stands up to Kirk, gets in on the action at the colony, and ultimately kills a bad guy and saves the day. Excellent stuff for a one-off character!

TOS : Dagger of the Mind
I like Rand admitting how she tries to get Kirk to look at her legs, followed by showing the horrible scabs on her legs. It's a very human moment for her. TOS : Miri
Arnold Moss does a wonderful job as Karidian, depicting the character's tortured weariness very well. TOS : The Conscience of the King
Scotty's reaction to Spock's great flare manoeuvre. TOS : The Galileo Seven
I love the scene where Stone tries to convince Kirk to quietly accept a lesser assignment and Kirk angrily demands a court martial instead. TOS : Court Martial
Spock's complete out manoeuvring of Kirk and the others at the court marshal, and dare one say Vina as the green Orion slave girl? A classic bit of Trek sexism! TOS : The Menagerie, Part 1
Spock's complete out manoeuvring of Kirk and the others at the court marshal, and dare one say Vina as the green Orion slave girl? TOS : The Menagerie, Part 2
McCoy's initial reaction to seeing Alice and the white rabbit. TOS : Shore Leave
When the planet Gothos chases down the Enterprise, it brings home just how overmatched the crew are by Trelane. TOS : The Squire of Gothos
Kirk making a bamboo canon and firing diamonds into the heart of his enemy! TOS : Arena
The look on the guard's face when he gets beamed up the Enterprise. TOS : Tomorrow is Yesterday
The winner has to go to Scotty facing down Ambassador Fox. Cool, calm, and absolutely unbending in his duty. You go, Scotty!

I also love the scene where Kirk overcomes the entire group of guards holding him only to have Spock rush in a moment later to rescue him. The expression on Spock's face as he finds Kirk holding them all at gunpoint is priceless.

TOS : A Taste of Armageddon
Khan accepting Kirk's offer to settle on Ceti Alpha V, a decision he would come to regret. TOS : Space Seed
Kirk's fight with Spock when he finally breaks the spore's hold on him. TOS : This Side of Paradise
McCoy's amazement when he cures the Horta. He's almost spookily pleased with himself! TOS : The Devil in the Dark
The moment when Kirk realises that he's been arguing in favour of a war. TOS : Errand of Mercy
The scene just after Edith Keeler dies. TOS : The City on the Edge of Forever
Spock's calm reaction to having been blinded in return for being rid of the parasite. TOS : Operation: Annihilate!
Kirk's enticing Cochrane to help him by describing the wonders of the galaxy is my favourite scene of this one. TOS : Metamorphosis
McCoy and Kirk being smug after having the baby named after them. TOS : Friday's Child
Kirk's chat with Palamas when he tried to convince her to spurn Apollo. TOS : Who Mourns for Adonais?
The look on Spock's face when he realises that Kirk isn't dead. TOS : Amok Time
The fight between Decker and the security guard deserves a mention. It's very well staged and the 'red shirt' does remarkably well given that he's taking on a main character.

But the best moment has to be Kirk waiting to be beamed out. He is facing certain death at any second, in a super high tension moment... and he's just so completely calm and collected. Fantastic moment, very well played by William Shatner.

TOS : The Doomsday Machine
I love the crew's zoned out reactions to Hengist's threats, especially Sulu's "he sure is gloomy". TOS : Wolf in the Fold
Kirk arguing Nomad into destroying itself. TOS : The Changeling
Spock getting shot by poison darts, zapped by a force field and struck by lightning all in the space of a few minutes. The guy really earns his day's pay on this mission! TOS : The Apple
It's great fun spotting the differences between the two Enterprises. TOS : Mirror, Mirror
The regular characters do a great job portraying old men in this episode, especially Shatner as an old Kirk. TOS : The Deadly Years
Spock talking the 'Alices' into destroying themselves. TOS : I, Mudd
Kirk under the avalanche of Tribbles. TOS : The Trouble With Tribbles
The argument between McCoy and Spock in the jail cell is one of the best they have ever had. TOS : Bread and Circuses
Spock confessing that Sarek was his father. TOS : Journey to Babel
McCoy kneeling over Nona's body and looking on in horror as Kirk and the hill people battle the villagers. TOS : A Private Little War
I love Chekov's horror when his drill thrall arrives and starts making passes at him. TOS : The Gamesters of Triskelion
I like the moment where Chapel passes on McCoy's order that Garrovick should eat something, only to then reveal that she was blatantly lying! TOS : Obsession
The special effects in this episode deserve a mention - they were amongst the best ever done for television at the time. TOS : The Immunity Syndrome
Kirk's on the spot invention of Fizbin is my favourite of the many Great Moments in this episode. TOS : A Piece of the Action
Scotty getting the Kelvan drunk in his quarters - a very funny scene. TOS : By Any Other Name
Scotty's incredulity at the plan to lend Sargon his friend's body. TOS : Return to Tomorrow
The scene where the Ekosian declared Spock to be physically and mentally inferior. It's always good to see a Nazi make a fool of himself. TOS : Patterns of Force
Kirk's sens of loss and confusion leads to some nice scenes with McCoy in this episode. TOS : The Ultimate Computer
The realization that this was another version of Earth when Kirk saw the flag was a nice scene. TOS : The Omega Glory
Roberta's reaction to the alien typewriter which wrote everything she said was priceless. TOS : Assignment: Earth
The scene where Spock mind melds with the others to convince them that the bullets will not harm them is very well done. TOS : Spectre of the Gun
I love the ambassador's frustration with Elaan, especially after she stabs him and he declares that he wouldn't have her marry his leader if the entire galaxy depended on it. TOS : Elaan of Troyius
Spock's fight with Kirk really gave an impression that Spock really was much stronger. TOS : The Paradise Syndrome
Scotty's reaction to seeing Kirk as a Romulan. TOS : The Enterprise Incident
Spock as Kollos. Lenoard Nimoy once again does a great job of an alien in Spock's body. TOS : Is There in Truth no Beauty?
Kirk's message to Spock and McCoy. TOS : The Tholian Web
McCoy's argument with Chapel, followed by his admission to Kirk that he has a year to live. TOS : For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
Kirk and the Kang laughing together, a truly surreal sight. TOS : Day of the Dove
Virtually any moment that Alexander is on screen, but most especially his emphatic rejection of the Platonian's psychokinetic powers and subsequent speech to Parmen about his reason for doing so (see Quotations). TOS : Plato's Stepchildren
It's somewhat surreal to see Kirk trying to avoid touching a beautiful woman. TOS : That Which Survives
The moment when you realise that one of the aliens is black on the left and white on the right and the other is the opposite. I hadn't noticed until then! TOS : Let that be Your Last Battlefield
The android's confusion as she died was very well played. TOS : Requiem for Methuselah
William Shatner and Sandra Smith do an excellent job of playing each other's characters, providing many memorable moments. TOS : Turnabout Intruder

Worst moments

Quote Episode
Normally, I dont mind bad science too much, but in this episode the science is so bad that it makes it almost un-watchable. TOS : The Alternative Factor
The giant cat chasing them around. Sorry, but this just looks terribly, terribly unconvincing and quite funny. TOS : Catspaw
The vacuous stupidity of the women is really annoying. TOS : Spock's Brain
There are a thousand different ways they could have solved their problem without going to all the trouble of kidnapping a starship captain and building a replica of his ship. All they want is a sample of Kirk's blood! They could have bashed him over the head the instant he arrived and drawn a whole pint of his blood. They could have kept him busy for days, and snuck in to hypo some blood out of him whilst he sleeps. If they just wanted him to naturally infect somebody they could have arranged for a suitable volunteer to get up close and personal with him - they did arrange exactly that, after all, but why bother with a replica of the Enterprise to do it? She could have just been assigned to him as a local guide or assistant or something. Absolutely nothing about it makes a lick of sense! TOS : The Mark of Gideon
The idea of Memory Alpha was silly, surely each federation outpost should contain this information. Have these people never heard of a backups. TOS : The Lights of Zetar
Where to begin? The music, the clothes, the space hippies... TOS : The Way to Eden
Abraham Lincoln floating in space. TOS : The Savage Curtain

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