Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 15, Episodes 29 & 30: Operation-Annihilate!/ Catspaw
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"Catspaw" was the first episode of the second season to be filmed, but the seventh to be aired since it had a Halloween theme. Unfortunately, this episode was neither scary, nor otherwise compelling. One of the few ways that The Next Generation was superior to Classic Trek is TNG's Halloween episodes (i.e. Schisms) were truly disturbing. "Catspaw" is more amusing than frightening, and I wonder if the time slot they were in, 8:30-9:30 Friday evenings, compelled them to film a very tame script.
As usual with these DVD's, the image and sound have been carefully restored the episodes look and sound great. Unfortunately, this sometimes points out faulty special effects, such as the strings holding the alien marrionettes in "Catspaw," perceptible in earlier transfers, they are now glaringly visible.
On the DVD, the sound quality is excellent and the picture quality is equally good.
Now for the fun stuff: In Operation: Annihilate! Mass insanity has hit planet after planet and no one knows why - and its up to the Enterprise crew to save the galaxy. My only quibble is that if these "one celled organisims" were so obvious here on Deneva, how come no one else could have "picked them up"? It's a little like "No, we don't have any water but we have starships" kind of things...
And in Catspaw, Ghosts, Voodoo, and witches haunt an away team. My favorite part was when our trio (Kirk, Spock and McCoy) are in chains, Kirk says to McCoy "Bones", and we see next to McCoy a skelleton. Someone has a big sense of irony!!!
Overall, the great episodes with the superb DVDs, not to mention seeing Checkov for the first time on DVD, makes for a great buy!
OPERATION-ANNILATE! was the last episode in season 1. It closed the 1966-67 season with a bang. Making sure that fans would tune in for the second season for another collection of Star Trek Adventures. OPERATION - ANNILATE'S plot was a very good one as a notorious space bacteria that travels from system to system killing everything in it's path has crossed path with the USS Enterprise. The bacteria has travelled to a planet by the name of Deneva killing Kirk's brother Sam and his wife. As the bacteria begins to consume yet another system it is up to Kirk and the crew to stop it. The episode is very well written and despite the fact the the bacteria organisms look like novelty store vomit this episode is one of Trek's less cheesier outings.
CATSPAW was the first episode filmed in season 2 but the seventh the air (partly because it had a Halloween like concept). Anyway this was not a good start to the second season. The setting is great, the warlock characters are interesting but the plot was really stupid! If this episode was supposed to be some sort of spooky thriller it failed miserably it came out more like a campy episode of Batman or The Monkees! However it should be noted that this episode marks the debut of Lt. Pavel Chekov in his ridiculous Monkee-esque wig. The very idea that network executives tried to make Chekov a Davy Jones clone is insulting to both Star Trek Series and the viewers. Thankfully the wig would be ditched after a few episodes.
CATSPAW is one of the lesser Trek episodes of Season 2.Read more ›
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I bought this when they skipped the episode I love. It was great to watch it over and over.Published 2 months ago by Samantha
one of the better episodes, quality was ok. quick service, jewel case brand new, literature included in the dvd case.Published on November 24, 2012 by christopher peyko
While several reviewers have disparaged Classic Trek's Halloween Episode, I have to say that it has always been one of my favorites. One reviewer complains that it isn't "scary. Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by James A. Altman
This volume represents the end of season one and the beginning of season two. If you are deciding which volumes to keep in order to not have to bear the cost of all the volumes,... Read morePublished on October 1, 2006 by Frederick Baptist
I am getting the whole Star Trek original series on DVD. even though they are overpriced for what you get. Read morePublished on August 24, 2005 by Ken Morenz
Great! No issues with seller, good transaction and rec'd within reasonable time.Published on March 8, 2004 by Tomtastic
Catspaw...a Halloween treat for Trekkies in which the Enterprise is at the mercy of a witch. First episode with Chekov & his goofy wig! Read morePublished on June 15, 2003 by McHenry John