Star Trek Anniversary Top #20 - James McLean's List
19. “The Immunity Syndrome:” It's got scale, threat, a gradual mystery that unravels nicely. Spock's shuttle experience carries tension and some nice character moments.
6. “Wolf in the Fold:” Again, it has that well-paced plot, and an enjoyable switch of location and genre conventions for the final act. Moreover, it has a very funny backbone running throughout, where the writers have found possibly television's weakest excuse for a case of woman hatred. It's a very flimsy attempt to try and frame Scotty as a potential woman-killer, yet somehow its terrible logic just makes the story even more charming in its silly naiveté.
5. “Charlie X:” It's an example of what the original series did so well; good pulp sci-fi with no techno-babble. It's all about the idea. How do you face up to a child-god? If the original series had any faults, it was occasionally weak or unsatisfying resolutions. “Charlie X” is an exception to that rule.
4. “The Doomsday Machine:” The story is action packed, got a great pace, a fantastic soundtrack. It has some great tense moments. Spock's stand-off with Decker is engaging, and on top of all that, we have the hilarious camera facing close ups of Decker's journey into the Doomsday Machine. It's just so re-watchable.
3. “Amok Time:” I'll watch it over and over just for McCoy's glee at Spock's pleasure in Kirk's survival. That at the first act, an act I'd encourage all pop culture writers to watch - and any writer of the new films - so they can see Kirk is not impulsive and emotional. Quite frankly, he's a bit of a git. He gets Spock to reveal his deepest secret with no abandon. If it was McCoy, perhaps pushing Spock to explain his embarrassing sexual urges might have had some doctor-patient logic, but here it’s just Kirk shutting down Spock's every plea for privacy. It's sort of hilarious.
2. “The Galileo Seven:” It's a great vehicle for Spock, Scott, and McCoy, where we get to see a lot of interesting dynamics playing out. As always there's a pleasure of the subversive bully, McCoy, undermining his friend in usual style. I love McCoy. For such an enlightened future, he punches Spock below the belt at every opportunity, and this situation is just deliciously rich with logical choices to challenge. Likewise, Spock's struggles are, to coin a phrase, fascinating. Scott is equally fascinating, proving to be the only member of the crew who has some semblance of training in the chain of command.