notmypresident: (Shocked Kirk)
I must admit that the report this morning regarding Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods caught me by surprise. I had thought that brick-and-mortar stores were becoming a thing of the past under Amazon's guidance, and perhaps that will still happen in the future. For now, Amazon apparently needs retail outlets to expand its grocery services. The profits in that field are potentially huge, no small surprise. I don't shop at Whole Foods (and wouldn't, even if there was one down the block), but I do rely on Amazon Fresh now for groceries. The acquisition of Whole Foods is thought to vastly support Amazon's expansion of its grocery infrastructure, and that's a good thing for me.

I was lazy this afternoon and thought I'd check out some episodes of "Star Trek" on Amazon Prime. I was surprised to see that the service was now only streaming the "unaltered" original series and not the ones with updated graphics. I once thought that the move to enhance ST:TOS episodes was heresy, but now I find that I much prefer them to the crudeness of the original effects.

So I dug out the Blu-ray of Season Three. It's arguably the worst season of the short-lived original series, filled with abominations like "Spock's Brain" (which, ironically, is the first episode in this set). But it also has some of the best shows, including "The Enterprise Incident" (Kirk and Spock infiltrate a Romulan ship to steal their new cloaking device) and "Is There In Truth No Beauty?" (the Enterprise is lost outside the galaxy when the sight of a Medusan diplomat drives an engineer crazy). They both look and sound smashing in HD.

Speaking of looking smashing, here's Another Hot Guy.

Date/Time: 2017-06-23 05:09 (UTC)Posted by: [personal profile] furr_a_bruin
furr_a_bruin: (Trek Badge)
I understand why - with a season opener like "Spock's Brain" and followed fairly shortly by "And The Children Shall Lead" - the third season is considered the worst.

But as you say - there are also bright spots in it; to your list, I would add "The Empath" and "All Our Yesterdays" - if only because I really like the two sequel novels by Ann C. Crispin, Yesterday's Son and Time For Yesterday that it inspired.

"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" is heavy-handed, but the message is sound; we get to see Kang declare that "only a fool fights in a burning house" in "Day of the Dove" and I'm also fond of "Plato's Stepchildren", "For The World Is Hollow And I Have Touched The Sky", "Requiem for Methuselah" and "Elaan of Troyius" though they all have some annoying flaws.