Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Star Trek: Catspaw

Episode: "Catspaw"
Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 2, Episode 7
Original Air Date: October 27, 1967
via Memory Alpha
"Catspaw" is the closest the Star Trek franchise has ever come to a holiday special.  Exploring the planet Pyris VII, the Enterprise crew stumbles upon a gothic horror-scape, engineered by powerful beings from another galaxy.  Dungeons, skeletons, a black cat, mind control, illusions - all the spooky trappings.  Kirk even makes reference to trick-or-treat. 
via Memory Alpha
For the second week in a row, the threat comes from outside our own galaxy.  Trek marks an important departure from the xenophobia of Cold War era scifi but there are still elements of fear of the unknown.  Or perhaps it's just a reminder that no matter how far we explore, what we know will always be outweighed by what we don't.

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via Memory Alpha
Antoinette Bower played the role of Sylvia, the more powerful of the two alien beings, a seductress/nemesis to Kirk, yet another in the long line of Q predecessors.  Bower was born September 30, 1932 in Baden-Baden, Germany to British parents.  Most of her 33-year acting career was on television, including multiple appearances on Perry Mason, The Fugitive and Hogan's Heroes.  There has been some big screen work, including early '70s B-movie horrors such as The Mephisto Waltz and Die Sister, Die!  More recently, she was a regular on the early '90s series, Neon Rider.

14 comments:

  1. I don't remember this one at all and it's probably because it scared the pants of my little self.

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    1. I'd definitely never seen this one before.

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  2. This is one that I don't remember yet seems familiar at the same time. It's disconcerting. Like a word on the tip of your tongue.

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  3. This is the one where the villains end up as a couple wilted clicking salad leaves, isn't it? I liked it! It was a good lesson in the importance of questioning authority.

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    1. Yes - blue salad leaves.

      It's a good lesson in cutting through illusions, too.

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  4. I also don't remember this one but I liked Antoinette Bower very much.

    cheers, parsnip

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  5. Like Geo, my first thought about this episode also flashed on their true form as furry chicken tardigrades. :-)

    The spookiness of the episode was definitely on the campy side, but I do remember once having a scary dream (my only Star Trek related dream, honest!) about the miniature voodoo version of the Enterprise they used to manipulate the ship.

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    1. I like the mini a lot, great Christmas tree ornament!

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  6. In this episode, the creepy featherless chickens were a surprise. Why didn't Bones stomp on them? I would have.

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