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Star Trek TOS S02E20 “Return to Tomorrow”

The Enterprise discovers three disembodied intelligences on a planet that has been dead for half a million years. You’d think that, by now, they’d know that whenever they encounter a disembodied intelligence, it’s really bad news. But nope, they never learn the lessons of the previous episodes. So, after Captain Kirk gives a speech about the importance of taking risks, a speech which William Shatner massively overacts, they decide to let the disembodied intelligences borrow their human bodies so they can build themselves robot bodies.

The three disembodied intelligences:

(1) Sargon: He’s the guy in the charge and he’s the good guy. He genuinely believes that he will use his robot body to go around the galaxy helping the lesser species, teaching them new technologies and the wisdom to avoid destroying themselves like his race did.

(2) Thalassa: She’s Sargon’s wife. She doesn’t have a strong moral compass one way or the other because she’s a woman. She’s generally good because she’s married to Sargon and Sargon is good. But we know that if somehow, things had been different and she had been married to Henoch, then she’d be evil like him.

(3) Henoch: He’s the bad guy who has no intention of ever giving back his borrowed body (which belongs to Spock). Thus, it’s not surprising that he’s single. One of the lessons of this episode is that if a man doesn’t have a wife, he turns evil. Or maybe the lesson is that evil men can’t get a woman in the first place.

Henoch knows that Sargon is a lost cause because he’s too goody two shoes, so he hatches a plot to kill him while he inhabits Kirk’s body. But Henoch knows how to manipulate Thalassa into going along with his scheme. He purposely builds for her a robot body that looks like an old man instead of a hot young babe, because even though she’s an intelligence far beyond humankind, she’s also just a vain woman who is horrified by a robot body that looks like an old man. She wants to keep the hot babelicious body of the random female officer that we’ve never seen before and will never see again.

But luckily for the Enterprise, Sargon survives the murder attempt and thwarts Henoch and returns everyone’s bodies.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 12, 2020 at 10:32 PM

Posted in Star Trek

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  1. We do see that babelicious female officer again: as the doctor of season 2 of TNG. 😆


    August 12, 2020 at 11:20 PM

  2. I rewatched the episode after you posted this review. Great review. Both funny and true!

    Here’s a pedantic observation that I doubt anyone cares about. Diana Muldaur’s character was named Ann Mulhall. Given the similarity, the character was obviously written with her in mind. He also cast her as Dr Miranda Jones in a later episode. As well as casting her in a television movie pilot Planet Earth (1974). And, as Jayman mentions, Dr Pulaski in TNG. That’s an awful lot of casting for a minor character. There must have been some reason for it.


    August 13, 2020 at 1:05 AM

    • And from 1983-1985 she was the first female president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


      August 13, 2020 at 9:40 PM

      • Everything I listed was Roddenberry related.


        August 14, 2020 at 1:38 AM

  3. Yet another parable on Transhumanism. Hint: It’s bad.

    Mike Street Station

    August 13, 2020 at 6:26 AM

  4. Let Amazon buy chunks of large real estate like the abandoned HQs of other corporate companies where old losers can pick up their Star Trek DVDs instead of waiting for them during the shipping process. By buying up these humongous blocks of void space, they can be converted into pickup centers and even setup tables for its independent sellers to display their goods. Amazon was supposed to replace the Bricks n Mortal businesses with their online presence, but now it is poised to take over what they were doing because people have become comfortable with the Amazon brand that anything is possible. Furthermore, workers who are employed at UPS, Fedex and the Postal System are happy that a lighter load of work will be the new norm while they wait for their retirement to come into the horizon.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    August 13, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    • Why would anyone buy a Star Trek DVD when you can stream it from Netflix in higher definition?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 13, 2020 at 1:39 PM

      • There are still a lot of old geezers (a lot of boomers) who get into the tangible “collectibles” market. They collect anything under the sun that they can get their hands into. Not too different from Hipster types who collect LPs, because there is sentimentality with them. The sleeves with the artwork/photo and the actual record in itself are reasons to buy LPs vs just downstreaming a media file online.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        August 13, 2020 at 1:58 PM

  5. Mike and Rich’s Top 5 Star Trek TNG Episodes! – re:View (part 2)

    MEH 0910

    August 13, 2020 at 11:21 AM

  6. OT: Boris Johnson admits that he was so sick from This Disease Thing in April because he was fat. It makes me wonder if many of the younger deaths were attributable to obesity.



    August 13, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    • Absolutely!

      “Increasing COVID-19 caseloads were associated with countries with higher obesity, median population age and longer time to border closures from the first reported case. Increased mortality per million was significantly associated with higher obesity prevalence and per capita gross domestic product (GDP).”

      Mike Street Station

      August 13, 2020 at 5:08 PM

    • Regarding face coverings that mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the Manosphere, it would be the Alpha masculinity that shun the wearing of masks, and only beta guys who comply.

      But in reality, it’s the beta sheep men who are ignoring the rules in their sausage meetups.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      August 13, 2020 at 7:34 PM

      • By the way, this graph says it all.

        Basement dwelling men are most likely incels.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        August 15, 2020 at 3:20 PM

  7. Lion, make a post on Kamala Harris, the schools she attended, the fact that she had to take the CA bar twice, her ambiguous racial status, etc.

    Also do you still think Trump is going to lose, given Biden’s choice? I think Harris is okay, but Val Demings would have been a lot better. Matt Forney was in the comments at Unz, saying Catherine Cortez Masto was the best pick, because Hispanics are trending Republican lately, partly b/c of Trump’s populism. What do you think of that?


    August 13, 2020 at 8:08 PM

    • Harris is pro-cop and pro law and order. That helps Biden tremendously with the black voters who don’t actually appreciate the riots and don’t trust “woke” whites. The law and order tack may help him to some extent with suburban white women to the extent white people aren’t turned off by the other leftists in the Democractic party. She probably does turn off Hispanics, but Hispanics tend not to show up at the polls. Kamala is not popular with the leftists (who see her as a crypto-conservative) and not popular with the neocons who have flocked to the Democrats (they see her as a lightweight).

      In reality VP picks have mattered very little historically, it is mostly fodder for the media but almost no one changes their picks based on the Veep. It may help with turnout.

      Peter Akuleyev

      August 14, 2020 at 4:52 AM

      • It does now given Biden’s senile status. Imagine Joe passing out on the podium (which is very likely) and you have a “black” woman taking over Murkaprolestan.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        August 14, 2020 at 9:35 AM

    • I would have thought Val Demings would have been a better pick, but ultimately this election is ONLY about Trump, so if it doesn’t matter that the top of the ticket has dementia, it’s certainly not going to matter who the VP is. The only bad pick would have been a white male.

      Mike Street Station

      August 15, 2020 at 6:55 AM

  8. Re your twitter, Maxwell the definition of flight risk: already on the lam for a long time.


    August 13, 2020 at 10:21 PM

  9. CamelCaseRob

    August 14, 2020 at 3:10 PM

  10. Having watched the whole of the Voyager series last year, I have watched the whole of TNG this year. And as a result of this I can categorically state that Voyager is by far the superior series. I am at a loss to explain the greater popularity of TNG, unless it is simply a case of the male fanbase not liking the idea of a female captain. I must say I didn’t either when Voyager came out, but after giving it a chance I think that Janeaway is the better, more interesting captain of the two. Comparing the two series-

    Because Voyager has a story arc of trying to get home, there is a reason to keep watching and a sense of struggle and purpose for the crew. In contrast, TNG has no sense of purpose; in many episodes the starship is being used as nothing more than a glorified Uber.

    TNG is best from series 3-5, but after that there is a steep decline, with almost no watchable episodes in series 6 and 7. If you have not watched the series since it aired, you probably remember the series at it’s best and have forgotten about the long period when it should have been put out of its misery. In contrast, in the latter series of Voyager 7 of 9 was introduced which gave the series a new impetus. Many of the most memorable episodes of Voyager come from the latter seasons, such as ‘workforce’ and ‘the blink of an eye’. In contrast, the latter series of TNG is full of absolute stinkers like ‘sub rosa’ in which Beverly Crusher quits Starfleet in order to shack up with a cloud of green gas, which is actually a Scottish space ghost alien thing, which has been raping the female members of Crusher’s family for 600 years, but it’s OK because they enjoyed it.

    Voyager has the better crew: Janeaway, Tuvok, the doctor, 7 of 9 and Torres are all reasonable-to-good characters. Tom Parris is bearable. Harry Kim is a bit of a bore, and Chakotey and Neelix I could live without. But in TNG, there is really only Jean Luc, Data and Worf who stand out. Jordi, Beverly and Diana Troy are OK but are pretty bland with no ‘edges’ to their personalities, Ryker is an arrogant manspreading tool of a man, who manages to almost destroy the ship on every occassion Picard is foolish enough to entrust him with it. Data is the stand-out character because at least he has some kind of progression through the series in his desire to be more human, but the Doctor and 7 of 9 have much better character arcs in this regard.

    prolier than thou

    August 17, 2020 at 7:16 AM

    • “Harry Kim is a bit of a bore”

      His character was promising early on, but then the writers decided to ignore him because they were probably racist and thought an Asian man had to be boring.

      Because of your excellent comment, I am motivated to finish watching the final seasons of Voyager.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 17, 2020 at 3:43 PM

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