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“Requiem for Methuselah” Remastered Review + Video & Screenshots June 23, 2008

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REVIEW
by Jeff Bond

Third season Star Trek has always been regarded as the weakest year of the series, and most of the show’s legendary worst episodes played out between September 1968 and the show’s cancellation in the spring of 1969. But there were signs late in the season that the show might have been getting back its space legs. Episodes like “Requiem for Methuselah,” “The Cloud Minders” and “All Our Yesterdays” were more thoughtful and better-executed than adjacent stinkers like “The Lights of Zetar,” “That Which Survives” and “Mark of Gideon.”

“Requiem for Methuselah” ranks as one of the year’s better efforts. Writer Jerome Bixby not only wrote what’s regarded as one of the best episodes of the series (“Mirror, Mirror,” which for a time was chosen for use by the Smithsonian Institute to represent the series as a whole), but his work ranged from the classic Twilight Zone episode “It’s A Good Life” to sci fi films from Fantastic Voyage to It! The Terror from Beyond Space. Bixby clearly understood how to construct a good science fiction yarn and “Requiem” has a startling concept at its core. When Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a small planet to find the Ryetalin necessary to cure a plague aboard the Enterprise, they encounter a powerful man named Flint (James Daly), who seems to live alone in a palatial estate on the planet. After initially threatening the Enterprise officers, Flint invites them to stay while he has his efficient but dangerous robot M-4 collect the ryetalin.

It turns out Flint does not live alone—he has a beautiful “ward” named Rayna who Kirk finds himself immediately attracted to. Flint’s relationship with Rayna also seems strangely emotionally charged, but the real mystery, as Spock begins to discover, is Flint himself—a man whose priceless collection of art, music and literature includes undiscovered works by Leonardo Da Vinci and Johannes Brahms that seem to have been recently completed.

To make a long story short, Rayna is found to be an android, and as Flint admits, “I am Brahms.” To me this is one of classic Trek’s great moments. Some have criticized Bixby’s concept as selling the human race short by implying that every great man in history was really just one genetic mutant, but as Flint says, he also knew the greatest minds in history—from Socrates to Moses. Daly brings a nice, arrogant world-weariness to his role, and his hairdo and Bill Theiss’ costume suggests a continuity from the ancient to the futuristic. The subplot involving Rayna plays out very much like the storyline to the sci fi classic Forbidden Planet (itself inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”) with Flint allowing his “daughter” just enough contact with men from Earth to arouse her emotions, and finally engaging Kirk in an Oedipal conflict for Rayna’s love.

It’s the touchy-feely aspects of the story’s romance that provides “Requiem” with both its weakest moments and, ironically, one of Trek’s greatest. This is another example of Kirk falling altogether too quickly for a woman, no matter how appealing Louise Sorel’s Rayna may be. You can put it down to Kirk’s stress over the plague on the Enterprise I suppose but to have him so utterly distracted by this woman during a few hours in which he and his landing party are desperately trying to save the lives of the Enterprise crew seems not only out of character but downright weak. The episode is by necessity talky, and the romance and conflict with Flint pays off with one of the more ridiculous and poorly staged fight scenes in the show’s history.

Shatner’s over-the-top “She’s human!” speech as Rayna stops the combat to announce her discovery of free choice is actually cut out of the episode, but in any case the dramatic wrap-up of this part of the conflict is indifferently staged. The real gem is the show’s denouement with an exhausted Kirk ruminating bitterly on what’s happened—and here we see what might just be the worst syndication cut in this entire package. As McCoy enters to find Spock standing over the sleeping Kirk he makes one of Trek’s greatest speeches, telling Spock he feels more sorry for the Vulcan than for Kirk because Spock will never know the agonies and delights of love—and when he leaves Spock proves the doctor utterly wrong by erasing Kirk’s memory in an obvious and deeply moving expression of affection for his Captain.

However, in this syndicated cut, McCoy never even enters the scene. Thanks, syndication! You’ll have to wait for the third season DVD to see the entire remastered episode whole, but “Requiem” still stands up for the most part as one of the gems of the third season, particularly as Spock pieces together the puzzle of Flint’s identity.

 

“Requiem for Methuselah” like many of the recent third season episodes finished by CBS-D gets some impressive added touches. The most striking is a new house for Flint, another expansive matte painting by the CBS-D team that replaces the old reuse of the Albert Whitlock painting from “The Cage.” Flint’s new house is a sprawling mix of architectural styles that includes Roman arches and what looks like an observatory, and the effects team adds the sight of Flint and the Enterprise landing party walking along a bridge toward the mansion, which adds not only life but dramatic momentum to the previously static shot. There’s a touch of Vegas to Flint’s surroundings in its new guise and it’s tough to reconcile the sprawling compound with the modest interiors, but it’s still a nice addition. Flint’s planet is rendered with magenta skies to match the matte painting and live action exterior sets, but the only other new effect occurs when Flint demonstrates his fantastic abilities by snatching the Enterprise from orbit and reducing it to a 33” table top miniature (coincidentally the same size as the early study model for the starship, which gets a rare cameo appearance here). Instead of the abrupt disappearance of the ship from orbit as seen in the original episode, CBS-D adds a shimmering effect that ties in to the optical effect that wipes over the miniature when it appears and disappears on the table in Flint’s laboratory. Flint’s planet also gets two moons—just like the Eden planet in “Way to Eden,” although this time we get to see the Enterprise pulling away from the planet and its two satellites in perspective.

 

SFX VIDEO

SCREENSHOTS

Remastered vs. Original

Extras


butler, housekeeper, gardener, and guardian…and yours for no money down


Spockerace


Ilia?


Spock, check out the detail of the nacelle caps on this model!


Spock mixes up Kirk a ‘mind eraser’…so how many times has he done this?

 

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Comments

1. freezejeans - June 23, 2008

That matte painting was superb, too bad the shot didn’t last longer…but we have it here at least :D

2. Rich - June 23, 2008

I hear McCoy’s speech at the end is clipped. But at least the planet isnt earthlike…

3. THX-1138 The Fandom Menace - June 23, 2008

Who knew you could use Nomad as a wok.

4. toddk - June 23, 2008

can you see the wires on flint’s robot?

5. Scott Gammans - June 23, 2008

Thanks for the recap… stupid frelling Verizon FiOS picked Saturday afternoon to conk out on me and I missed this eppy.

6. Blimpboy - June 23, 2008

Great review. I always had a soft spot for this show myself. One of the last “Big Three” moments from the origonal run.

7. Danpaine - June 23, 2008

That is the worst syndication cut of the series. Who makes these cuts, part-time janitors at CBS?

(No offense to any part-time janitors out there – it’s good honest work)

8. British Naval Dude - June 23, 2008

little known fact- Flint wuz also Darryl and hung oot wit’ his brothers Larry and Darryl…

Guess he didn’t keep any mementos o’ dat life…

Arrrrrr…

9. Xplodin' Nacelle - June 23, 2008

Re: #1

If you look closely at the right side of the matte, you can see figures walking into Flint’s castle. Of course they look like ants, but still very cool!

I always thought the “Remember” line from TWOK seemed out of charcter for Spock, back when I first saw that film in ’82. However I later watched this eps. and came to realize that it totally fits w/ the “Forget” line at the end of Requiem. – Very cool that Nimoy realized this, when Harve Bennett asked him to Improvise. Gotta love that Vulcan brain power!

10. Hat Rick - June 23, 2008

Quite a nice review. I liked this episode, myself. Like the reviewer, I thought that the Kirk acted foolishly, possibly out of stress, but also possibly because regard for his “hero” status was intentionally weakened by the writer to serve the purposes of the story.

I do not believe that Kirk was very proud of his actions, and his regret is clear from his own statements at the very end of the episode.

As I stated elsewhere, I think that the syndication cut of McCoy’s speech, by which we found out that Flint was dying, was butchery.

11. DJT - June 23, 2008

One of my favorite episodes.

12. Wick - June 23, 2008

This review states a problem that I too always had with this episode. Making Flint be every great man in history sort of throws a wrench into Star Trek cannon. Captain Janeway hanging out with Leonardo da Vinci in the holodeck, well in fact she is kicking it with Flint. There are numerous other examples I am sure.

But it is a very cool idea indeed having a man who is immortal, witnessing history, accumulating wealth and knowledge through the centuries. This may have sprung the idea for Highlander.

13. Izbot - June 23, 2008

The new matte painting is one of the best additions from the CBS-D team. Makes me even more excited to see what they’ve done with Stratos in “The Cloudminders”.

I’ve always been intrigued by the notion of ‘the immortal man’ living among us yet guarding himself from too many questions. It makes sense that he would become increasingly solitary given the curiosity of humans — we love a mystery. However this episode has always fallen a bit flat for me. Like many of the last half of season three’s episodes I’ve rarely seen this one in its entirety — I usually get bored and find myself doing something else whenever it’s on.

And I’ve never cared for Kirk’s presumption that Rayna was fair game for him — even though she’s lived with Flint alone and in seclusion for who know’s how long. Reminds be of another so-so episode, TNG’s third season “A Matter of Perspective” in this regard. I forgot who it was on the thread accompaying the sneak-preview image from this episode last week (Spockanella or Denise) who said Rayna’s apparent virginity was what drew Kirk to her like a heat-seeking missle (er, so to speak). That probably makes more sense than any other explanation for why he fell for her so hard!

14. Max - June 23, 2008

I could not reconcile Kirk’s bizarre behaviour in this episode. I hadn’t seen this one before, and I was sure it would be revealed that Kirk had been injected with something that made him act like a love-struck adolescent. Instead we’re to believe he fell madly in love with a woman he barely had a conversation with, seeming to forget about a crisis that could kill his entire crew. The fight scene seemed to come out of the blue, with no real motivation, and was so poorly executed, it was laughable. Took me completely out of the story. I felt this was one of the worst episodes I’ve seen – again a case where they botched the handling of a potential gem.

15. Izbot - June 23, 2008

7. Danpaine – (No offense to any part-time janitors out there – it’s good honest work)

Ha! None taken!

16. British Naval Dude - June 23, 2008

arrrr… in one life, Flint wuz a flustery Canadian actor who had his hands in everything… books, tv, music…

Arrrrrr….

17. CmdrR - June 23, 2008

OMG — they cut out McCoy from the final scene?

You B- ards!

18. JJwerecountingonyoubuddy - June 23, 2008

Im still bummed that HD DVD is already a thing of the past and we’re stuck with Blu Ray. (Not that there is anything wrong with Blu Ray)

I planned on buying all 3 TOS seasons in HD DVD until they announced their plans to shut down HD DVD. Even at $64.00 thats a nice chunk of change to pay for DVD’s with no way of knowing how much longer we will even be able to buy HD DVD players in case of problems.

I think they did a great job remastering these just sad that ST took another hit like this over the HD DVD/Blu Ray issue.

My 2 cents…..

19. Closettrekker - June 23, 2008

#12—”This review states a problem that I too always had with this episode. Making Flint be every great man in history sort of throws a wrench into Star Trek cannon. Captain Janeway hanging out with Leonardo da Vinci in the holodeck, well in fact she is kicking it with Flint.”

That’s not entirely true. In fact, Janeway even mentions that Kirk claimed to have met him. The holodeck image of da Vinci is just that–a holodeck image. Janeway is “kicking it” with the holoprogrammer’s vision of Leonardo. It is not a canon violation, and if it were, the VOY writers would be to blame, not this episode.

And what if this Flynt guy is just full of sh*t? Obviously, Kirk’s story is somewhat unconfirmed, since Janeway states that Captain Kirk “claimed” to have met him.

I have a problem with Kirk all too easily falling for the femme bot, to the point of negligent distraction, while his crew is in apparent mortal danger, as Jeff Bond pointed out. There is no way. His ship and those in his charge mean everything to him. It was way out of character for Jim Kirk. I mean, he likes the ladies and we all know it, but come on…

I find the funniest thing about this episode is that Flynt has already been building androids with human emotions at least a century before Data boards the Enterprise-D.

20. The Underpants Monster - June 23, 2008

“finally engaging Kirk in an Oedipal conflict for Rayna’s love”

More Electra than Oedipus, surely.

21. Garovorkin - June 23, 2008

6000 years and Flint drew the wrong conclusions about mankind, that just does not work, As much as I Rip this episode, and it deserves to be ripped for alot of good reason, it had huge posibilities which were squandered with silly love triangle with Flint , Kirk and plugg me in Rayna the android paramour.

22. CmdrR - June 23, 2008

Plenty of Season 3 story holes in this one.

Hi, I’m Jimmy Kirk. I have plague. Can me and my friends play at your big house that we didn’t notice with our very powerful sensors… along with the girlbot and the Nomad knock-off?

As for Flint being so many great men, it would have been far more daring of Bixby (or whoever had the final say) to choose far more obscure notables from history — was Flint, say, ever anywhere outside of Europe? But, the needs of the script outweighed the needs of the thoughtful few. As with so many of Trek’s conciepts, it can be written off as a fact of 60′s television. These episodes were being watched twice in the same year, then … oblivion. Or so the networks thought when they drew up the budgets.

Love the Spockarace caption. “This one’s for my brother, Sybok.”

23. Tony - June 23, 2008

I love the captions on these screen shots… Ilia! Nacelle caps! Spockerace! Brilliant! Epic Win!

24. wkiryn - June 23, 2008

“I find the funniest thing about this episode is that Flynt has already been building androids with human emotions at least a century before Data boards the Enterprise-D.” Closettrekker – June 23, 2008

I always found it interesting how that android died much like, if not exactly like Data’s daughter Lal did.

25. Thomas Jensen - June 23, 2008

A little trivia for all, this episode was the last rerun in NBC on September 2, 1969 and they didn’t broadcast the teaser (the bit before the titles). “The Mark of Gideon” was slated to be the last rerun on September 9, but NBC pre-empted it.

The cgi on this one surely helps out the episode, but it looks like they are reusing the ‘standard’ new orbiting cgi shots. Hopefully, the last few episodes will bring some truly new views of the Enterprise developed for the specific episodes coming up.

Although I doubt this will be the case, as I’d bet they were down to it, with regards to time and money toward the end of the project.

26. Garovorkin - June 23, 2008

The Irony is that Jerome Bixby is one hell of good writerin addtion to trek he wrote the story and script for It Tellor from the unknown which was one of the movies that was the inspiration for Alien. How could he write a story this bad?

27. FredCFO - June 23, 2008

Was M4 visible crossing the bridge with Flint and the landing party. It’s hard to make out…

28. Izbot - June 23, 2008

19. “I have a problem with Kirk all too easily falling for the femme bot, to the point of negligent distraction, while his crew is in apparent mortal danger, as Jeff Bond pointed out. There is no way. His ship and those in his charge mean everything to him. It was way out of character for Jim Kirk. I mean, he likes the ladies and we all know it, but come on…”

He’s done it before. In “Gamesters of Triskelion” while Uhura is in real danger of being raped ol’ Jimmy is trying to put moves of his own on a green-haired playboy model. Well, okay, maybe that’s not *exactly* how it went down — but close!

29. Krik Semaj - June 23, 2008

What a waste of potential. When I was younger I liked this episode. I still like the concept, but Kirk falling hopelessly in love in 2 hours just does not work. It is by far the weakest link of the story, and could have been handled so much better.

He didn’t need Spock to get him over Keeler.

And how about the way Flint threw a big old haymaker at Kirk at the beginning of the fight! I though Flint was also a trained warrior. “No man beats me” If you throw punches like that they do Flint.

30. jeff - June 23, 2008

The only “goof” is the ritalin they need….. The entire crew has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

31. eagle219406 - June 23, 2008

I was angry that they didn’t air this where I was. I looked at what I filmed and all I got was an infomercial.

32. Cyberghost - June 23, 2008

the remaster looks great, but I never understood why Spock does not say anything when kirk says he is going to go back to the lab to see if he find a way to reverse the spoiled ryetalin. What does kirk know about trying to make the substance useable.

Also, we get to see the first flat panel monitor 40″? Too bad GR didn’t use those panels in the enterprise. Oh well its not a bad episode and as mentioned above, probably one of the worse syndication cuts, this episode was mutilated, but still one of the better of season 3.

3 more episodes left to air? Have all but 3 been shown?

33. Spockanella - June 23, 2008

I can’t help it, I don’t care if the CGI is better…IMHO Requiem and Cloud Minders were two of the worst episodes of Star Trek I’ve ever seen. And if the CGI is the best thing you can say about it…eech.

Both of those eps had good, interesting ideas that were hideously executed. It’s like the writers/producers/actors had never seen Star Trek before and had no idea how the characters were supposed to act.

I’m sure they each had things to recommend them, but the stuff that was horrible was SO horrible that it distracted from anything good.

34. Denise de Arman - June 23, 2008

Poor Kirk is suffering from cumulative stress in this one guys, especially at the end. Imagine if you loved three women and all of them died! Spock knew this, and good Vulcan friend that he was, helped him with a little memory erasure. And I do think Kirk fell head-over-heels for any virgin that happened across his path…

35. Garovorkin - June 23, 2008

The whole problem with this episode and adding new effects is that its like taking an automobile that wrecked and rusting an applying a coat of paint. Its still wreck, but it does at least have a shiny new paint job.

36. JeffNDallas - June 23, 2008

Hey, maybe the plague messes with your mind in the early stages and this caused Kirk to get all loopy…I mean Spock jamming the ivories is just as strange when they all have 4 hours to live…McCoy was even a little over the top in histrionics….so let’s blame it on the disease….In fact, when you would hear Scotty on the communicator, he even sounds different…

The best thing of the this episode was spoke saying “forget”…great forshadowing to ST2:TWOK as far as continuity of the character….

The new CGI stuff and painting are fantastic if not a little “Hogwarts” influenced…hey, maybe “he who must not be named” was using legilmancy against our FAB 3 boys….lol

37. JeffNDallas - June 23, 2008

spoke=Spock darn computer messing with my typing…hey maybe I need some Ryetalin….hehe

38. the king in shreds and tatters - June 23, 2008

Mauve planet! Sweet.

39. Kev-1 - June 23, 2008

Jerome BIxby and Otto Klement wrote the short story upon which Fantastic Voyage is based. Isaac Asimov did the novelization. Oddly enough the story used steampunk technology, not hi tech. 20th Centrury Fox made it all “plastic and steel”. I don’t know if the original story was called Fantastic Voyage; haven’t found that story/ yet.

40. Garovorkin - June 23, 2008

You know, I think what Flint needed most was to go to a few singles bars maybe do some computer dating rather then dating a computer. Get out a little bit smell the rose, and definitely get a new set of clothes , The renaissance look is out .

41. Jeremy - June 23, 2008

Flint doesn’t mess with cannon…crappy spin-offs mess with cannon:)

42. Cyberghost - June 23, 2008

I think I noticed the water glimmering when they showed the castle with flint, Spock, kirk and McCoy crossing, nice touch. Looks like real water when I viewed it from my recording via my hd antenna.

43. Engon - June 23, 2008

This story is fairly reminiscent of the first season “Twilight Zone” episode “Long Live Walter Jameson” by Charles Beaumont. In that story, Kevin McCarthy plays a 2,000 year old immortal that has seen many wives age to dust and now wants to marry a colleague’s young daughter. Unfortunately for Jameson, one of his previous wives is not quite dead yet and she shows up and shoots him, turning him to dust.

In the even earlier “TZ” episode, “The Lonely,” by Rod Serling, Jack Warden plays a man who falls in love with an android while isolated on a deserted planet.

Jeff Bond points out that this episode is also similar to “Forbidden Planet” in that each is similar to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” However, the original series in general is so similar to “Forbidden Planet” that the latter could well be considered the “lost pilot” for “Star Trek.”

For example:

Disc-shaped, FTL, military/exploratory space-craft (C-57D) arrives at Altair IV to check on an earlier expedition. The three principals of the crew – the captain, first officer and doctor – equipped with their ray pistols and communicators, contact the sole survivors, a genius with a dark secret and his lovely daughter. The captain quickly falls for the brilliant but naïve girl provoking a conflict.

Although Star Trek in general owes many familiar elements to “Forbidden Planet,” with “Requiem for Methuselah’s” story it comes about as close as it can to being a remake.

44. Engon - June 23, 2008

Did I mention that in both “Methuselah” and “Forbidden Planet,” the genius living in isolation has created a powerful, potentially dangerous robotic servant? (Robby/M-4)

45. COMPASSIONATE GOD - June 23, 2008

There is nothing “bad” about the episode; as i’ve said in the other related thread, Krik is a very lonely man: not only does he state this in the episode, but long before it, in TOS history, he really only had one serious love–the rest were minor old flames (see: “The Deadly Years”) or flings, with the exception of Edith Keeler. That’s it. ONE true love in all that time, so by the stardate of this episode, Kirk is clearly longing for the real deal to complete his life.

Rayna–with her kind heart, beauty and brilliance (like Edith to certain degrees) fits the order to the letter, so its logical for a lonely man to fall for someone so “perfect” in every way a man could desire (that, of course is the episode’s thoughtful, ironic point about seeking perfection).

Coming in toward the end of TOS’ network run, the characterizations of the big three show great evolution–this is no longer the raw getting-to-understand-you period of “Where No Man Has Gone Before” or “The Corbomite Manuver.” By now, the big three are locked into each other’s lives and feelings, hence McCoy’s great, final speech to Spock about love, and Spock–truly caring for his best friend–easing his pain with his “forget” suggestion.

To me, this is one of the best TOS episodes in the sense that it allowed the big three to fully illustrate their feelings for each other (along with season three’s “The Empath” and “For the World is Hollow, and I Have Touched the Sky”) with no regrets or questions. They are so comfortable, that they can say or help the other, and feel completely free to do so (by comparison, you could not imagine Spock doing that for Chekov, or McCoy making that great observation about Sulu or Kevin Riley).

Flint? I do not agree that his being a few great men throughout history robs humanity–as another member pointed out, he also knew other great men, so humankind actually produced legends not associated with Flint.

One can only feel sorrow for the man, as his admitting he knows death, the taste of dust–regarding outliving loved ones is a very strong bit of character development. All viewers need to do is imagine themselves in Flint’s shoes, having to watch them grow old and die, yet you are–in a sense–cursed with starting and losing relationships…and cannot run away from remembering dozens or hundreds of loves you will never see again in life.

This is why “Requiem for Methuselah” is not only one of season three’s best, but one of the series’ best stories.

46. Michael Hall - June 23, 2008

The new matte shot of Stratos from “The Cloud Minders” was on display at the Star Trek exhibition yesterday. It’s quite impressive, fleshing out details only hinted at in the original shot (while still taking the original as its inspiration), though it’s nowhere near as gorgeous as the design for Flint’s residence in this episode.

And speaking of “The Cloud Minders,” now there’s a third-season stinker that ranks with the very worst. “Methuselah,” OTOH, while suffering from the indifferent direction and production values that plagued most of that year’s shows, at least had a solid SF premise, a fine performance by James Daly, and an ending more moving than most. As John Campbell noted to Roddenberry in their correspondence, as he expressed his consternation at Trek’s declining quality, at least this show was a return to legitimate science fiction storytelling, if a little slow-moving.

(And try to dig up the behind-the-scenes story of Shatner’s ballroom dance with Louise Sorel and its embarrasing aftermath, which is hilarious.)

47. Wick - June 23, 2008

And another nit pick, I think it not matter how old Flint is, I find it very unlikely that a) he would have accumulated enough money to purchase a planet, and b) he would posses the technology to miniaturize the Enterprise.

48. Greg Stamper - June 23, 2008

I’ve always enjoyed this episode primarily on the strength of James Daly’s performance of Mr. Flint. The New Castle CGI really helps set the drama to come.

Kirk’s behavior is odd and fans years ago suggested that he was under some outside influence causing him to ‘fall’ so quickly. This would suit Flint’s purpose given the limited timeframe (both broadcast and story).

–Terrible fight scene –

Flint fails to create a Fully Functional Positronic Android Brain and Rayna suffers the same fate as Mr. Data’s daughter in TNG.

49. Jeff Bond - June 23, 2008

To go back to something stated earlier, I don’t think “Gamesters of Triskelion” falls into this category of Kirk being out of character–in that and other episodes like “Wink of an Eye” Kirk is insinuating himself with the women in question because he’s been captured and he’s working to get information and a tactical advantage–and “Triskelion” theoretically takes place over a number of weeks, giving Kirk ample time to develop some feelings for Shanna.

I think “All Our Yesterdays,” Requiem” and “Cloud Minders” stand out because they all offer memorable characters–all have their flaws, but for this point in the series they stand well above the other episodes in the season.

50. dil - June 23, 2008

This episode should be the last chapter of the Casca stories. And I find parts of Dune–awake the ghola?

51. krusty the klown - June 23, 2008

i never realized it before, but The Highlander sort of ripped of this episode in 1986. i

52. steve623 - June 23, 2008

“I think it not matter how old Flint is, I find it very unlikely that a) he would have accumulated enough money to purchase a planet,”

Compound interest is powerful mojo.

“I’ve always enjoyed this episode primarily on the strength of James Daly’s performance of Mr. Flint.”

I agree completely. He’s marvelous in the role – regal, noble, great dignity – and another example of the kind of quality character actors the original series benefited from: James Daly, Mark Lenard, John Colicos, Morgan Woodward, William Marshall, Jeff Corey, the list goes on and on.

53. Andy Patterson - June 23, 2008

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Morgan Woodward of Arlington Tx. One of my favorites. Captain Ronald Tracy….one of the best.

54. Billy Bobby - June 23, 2008

Great episode! I consider this episode better than The Enterprise Incident. This episode is so moving, especially with Dr. McCoy’s little gem of a speech. But it turns out that Spock does have feelings and this is evident when he eases his best friend’s pain at the end of the episode. RFM talks about impossible love, the joys and agonies of love, immortality, and so many other aspects of what it means to be human. In my opinion, RFM is the best episode in the 70 range (Let That Be Your Last Battlefiled through Turnabout Intruder).

55. OR Coast Trekkie - June 23, 2008

So, the Enterprise crew was suffering from ADHD? (Sorry, that was horrible, I realize)

56. Xplodin' Nacelle - June 23, 2008

OMG! I just watched it again, & I realized that the ending also includes a line about Kirk lamenting being a “young” man putting on a poor show for Rayna (coincidentally, The Blonde love interest).

This episode must have really made an impression on Meyer, & Bennett. I see so many TWOK paralells, it’s stagering.

That kinda writing really keeps a character “in character”. Those producers really did their homework. Requiem makes me appreciate TWOK that much more.

ST never ceases to amaze me as to how many levels there is in their best stories. Bravo!

57. Billy Bobby - June 23, 2008

And for some reason, people are mentioning plot holes. I do not see any. People are complaining that Kirk fell to quickly for the girl. Did not Flint create the perfect woman? What if you encountered the perfect woman what would you do? My point exactly. And I watched the episode trying to see if Kirk failed his job as a being a responsible captain. When I finished the episode, I realized that Kirk did his job perfectly. The plague was not the farthest thing from his mind. Each scene moved logically into another one. But I do have one question. I’m not sure if anyone can answer it but here it goes. Did Flint purposely tell M-4 to get contaminated Ryetalin in order to delay the process?

58. Billy Bobby - June 23, 2008

I personally think he did in order to buy time. But if you disagree with me, please feel free to say otherwise. In any case, this episode still kicks butt. BRAVO!

59. eagle219406 - June 23, 2008

This is something I don’t understand. People are always saying that TOS was the best of all the series. Yet pretty much every episode I see reviewed here they say was terrible, and I’m not talking about the effects. Can somebody explain that to me?

60. dep1701 - June 23, 2008

On a geeky technical note, has anyone noticed that on the three-foot Enterprise model, the Hangar bay doors are missing? They must have fallen off by this point, since the model clearly has them in the final close up in “The Cage”.

Also, I have always wondered how they got that model to stand upright on the table. The model has a small mounting knob mounted on the bottom ( just look for the publicity photo of it hanging in front of the sky textured background for a clear view ) but it’s not imbeded into the table in the scene. it “appears” to be just sitting, pretty as you please, with no visible means of support.

61. Sisco's Goatee - June 23, 2008

I’m sure its been posted here numerous times, but could someone answer #32′s question about the final eps that have yet to be aired? I know ‘The Cage’ is one, but could someone please tell me what the others are?

62. diabolk - June 23, 2008

The model appears to be sitting on a small cradle that fit under the deflector dish: concave on the top and flat on the bottom. Probably perfectly balanced from that point too.

63. Denise de Arman - June 23, 2008

eagle#59- The third season suffered because Gene Roddenberry left and the scripts and direction became less than steller compared to the 1st and 2nd seasons. Also, I personally believe Jeff Bond goes a bit overboard in his criticisms.

64. T Negative - June 23, 2008

#61

Next week is “The Savage Curtain” followed by
the “Omega Glory” (re-run)
“The Cloudminders”
“Spectre of the Gun”
“The Empath”
and finally “Turnabout intruder”

I have really enjoyed Trek Remastered and am bummed it is almost over.
:(

65. Wick - June 23, 2008

#57, of course he did. #52, compounding interest, of course.

66. Tango - June 23, 2008

What have we all learned?

Well, I, for one, learned that Brahms hits like a girl.

If you fear that you are going to die from some horrible plague everything will be alright if you just find a virgin.

Anyone care to share what he/she has learned?

67. Tango - June 23, 2008

Compounded interest may be enough to buy a planet, but in the end, it’s the taxes that’ll kill you.

68. Denise de Arman - June 23, 2008

Tango#66- LOL! Good one.

69. demon barber of starfleet - June 23, 2008

I can’t believe they cut Bones’ scene at the end, the little speech about love. That was the best part of that episode and they DELETED it!!!!

70. Duane - June 23, 2008

Awesome episode and concept, but I cannot forgive the rape of Kirk’s character. He comes across as a lonely little space Captain who would give up his ship and the lives of his crew so he could cuddle with this not-so-hot robot.

McCoy’s character is also raped here, as it was in The Paradise Syndrome and The Tholian Web. The interaction between McCoy and Spock simply never works when Kirk is out of the picture.

71. Iowagirl - June 24, 2008

#45

Great post.

72. Adam Bomb - June 24, 2008

#61 and #64 – “The Cage” will be held until next year. (AFAIK, the re-mastered episodes will continue in syndication for at least one more year.)

73. zort - June 24, 2008

Ritalyn? Did Kirk say “Ritalyn”? Wow.. Still in use in the 23rd Century. Who knew.

74. The Underpants Monster - June 24, 2008

#69 – demonbarber – I would go even farther; it’s not only the best part of the episode, it’s what the whole episode is ABOUT. It’s like playing Beethoven’s 5th and cutting out the da-da-da-DA.

75. Andy Patterson - June 24, 2008

74

I’m not getting in on this discussion but I like that argument point.

76. The Underpants Monster - June 24, 2008

P.S. I always wondered whether Rayna’s surname of “Kapec” was an intentional reference to Coppelia or a coincidence.

77. BrF - June 24, 2008

Nice handling of the Enterprise here, esp. in that opening shot. Feels like a big ship, headed your way.

78. Garovorkin - June 24, 2008

#45 I think alot of people myself inclde would have to disagree with you, The triangle of Flint,Kirk and Rayna Doll is just flat melodramatic clap trap. He’s lived 6000 year, accomplished many wonderful things has been or know some of the greatest minds in history and rather the help out he throws in the towel and retreats, that makes both a coward and dense in understanding of the human condition. Loving Rayna a machine rather then a someone who,s flesh and blood, really quite pathetic actually. She’s not real and you what inside neither is he. The other thing is in the age of computers Flint would not have been able to stay undetected from the the authorities as long as he did..

79. trekboi - June 24, 2008

hmm nice episode- one i only saw for the first time a little while ago.

As far as CBS Didital’s work- this is the first time i think the old enterprise orbiting the planet effects look better than the same old re-used “new” CGI shots.
The inconsistancies are consistant- they lose the colour of the planets for realistic dull tones but the planets still look about the size of a basket ball even when the original shoys were far more realistic in scale of enterprise to planet.

Thankfully they let some colour seep into the planet- that and the beautyfull new matts almost make up for it.

80. Engon - June 24, 2008

Another possible story influence for this episode might be the 1948 film version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes.” At the climax of that classic film, an accomplished young woman (a dancer) is forced to choose between the love of an older mentor who has “made her what she is” and her passion for a younger, more vital man who wants to take her away. Unable to deal with the choice, forces beyond her conscious control unexpectedly destroy her in the last moments of the story leaving both suitors devastated.

81. Engon - June 24, 2008

#76

Rayna’s sir name of “Kapec” is certainly a reference to Czech playwright Karel Čapek. In his 1921 play “R.U.R.” (“Rossum’s Universal Robots”), Čapek used the word “robot” for the first time – which comes from the Czech “robota” meaning “forced labor.”

82. Garovorkin - June 24, 2008

#81 Interesting and I totally missed that reference, Capek also wrote War with the Newts in 1938 which had a somewhat similar themes to R.U.R . The Hans Christian Anderson comparison , both of those do put an interesting spin on this episode.

83. Andy Patterson - June 24, 2008

#64

Next week is “The Savage Curtain” followed by
the “Omega Glory” (re-run)

I’ve always loved “Savage Curtain” Just the back stories about Colonel Green, Surak of Vulcan and whoever the evil Klingon was is enough to love it for. Not to mention Spock bringing ret-conning the future that hasn’t happened yet by citing all the dictators in history including “Lee Quan”.

I like Spectre of the Gun. Some great stylized music and sets and Kirk using that time honored Star Fleet move of caving in the base of one’s spine.

And then there’s my precious “Omega Glory”. I never understand where people are coming from when they rag on “Omega Glory” I mean it has “Crazy” Captain Ronald Tracy, the E-Pleb-nista, and that barbaric, cat like Cloud Williams and some of the best Kirk Fu ever filmed against both those guys. Tell me, people, what’s not to love about this episode?! As Stan Lee would have said….”This One Has It All!!”

84. Closettrekker - June 24, 2008

#83—I agree with you about “The Savage Curtain”, Andy. And the Klingon was Kahless The Unforgettable.

85. Jon - June 24, 2008

If only Mr. Spock could touch every one of us who’ve viewed this episode and whisper, “Forget.” Ha! Just kidding! I love this episode; that last scene with Kirk and Spock–accompanied with fantastic music–is memorable and poignant.

86. British Naval Dude - June 24, 2008

Cette exposition a eu le potentiel d’être un opéra grand. Le capitaine chantant dehors son amour pour elle, le vieil homme étant découvert en tant que genuis. Combat de deux hommes pour un femme. Un ami peut-il réparer un coeur cassé ?

(can a friend mend a broken heart?)

Le Arrrrrrrr…

87. Closettrekker - June 24, 2008

#85—TOS episodes are always accompanied by fantastic musical scores. “Requiem” is not not favorite episode, but it by no means the worst. And the final scene, as you say, is very memorable. I do not go out of my way to see it, but I did enjoy rewatching it in the remastered format. I wish they would be more careful in the syndication editing though.

88. Garovorkin - June 24, 2008

#83 except plausibility, I still have reservations about finding a planet with an exact copy of the Declaration of Independence and an American flag, in the same universe as Earth. That’s just a tad unlikely but who knows. I do believe in the possibility of parallel universes and wish thy don’t that with the Omega Glory.

89. K. M. Kirby - June 24, 2008

ILM seems to be getting better at approximating the look of Earthlike planets. It seems likely that a lunar body, or two, is required for lifeforms to thrive. Moons help dispel some of the nastier radiation effects, by periodically blocking them off and generally stirring a world’s plasma tail around in a protective manner.

90. Garovorkin - June 24, 2008

Still there are worse Trek episodes lets not forget That Which Survives, in which you have Angst ridden Hologram Losara and her boss Evil Disco Cube Computer a.k.a Disco Cubemeister , one of the menacing ceiling ornaments eve to grace the sci fi world.

91. MCDoctor - June 24, 2008

I glanced at the other comments and I did not see anyone mention to other victim of the syndication cuts – the scene in which McCoy explains that when Flint left earth “with all of the fields and environment in which he was born into” he gave up his immortality.

Flint, was doomed to …”live out the rest of a normal life pan and die”.

That would then open up a reasonable explanation whay Kirk did not have to keep his knowledge and meeting of Flint/DaVinci secret – the man was dead by that time.

But it sounds like he never said anything to anyone about Zephram Cochraine, however.

92. Andy Patterson - June 24, 2008

plausibility shmasability. Nilsson, Shmillson. When I was in 4th or 5th grade I bought it all. Which after all is when my emotional connection to these shows was made.

I still want someone to explain to me the basic anatomy and hand to hand maneuvers that the Star Trek universe seems to run by. I want to see a fight where someone double fist pounds someone’s spine into submission.

93. Flint - June 24, 2008

This is a great episode other then the Kirk goo goo over the girl angle. I agree with the author the “I am Brahms” line is classic and the epic music tops the cake. When he talks of the pluage in the opening of the episode ranks up there too.

94. Charles D - June 24, 2008

I say this story sucked and could have used more starships

95. Michael - June 24, 2008

My favorite moment was M-4′s “shower scene”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14757468@N04/2609750220/

Kirk and McCoy make several mentions to the fact that they have NO MORE than four hours until everyone on the Enterprise buys the farm. (They should have added a ticking clock in the corner of the screen, like in that M*A*S*H episode!) So, of course, our intrepid captain plays one game of pool and dances a waltz with the only blond chick in sight and falls head-over-heels in love with her? Not even as a little kid watching this episode did I buy that one, and it doesn’t get easier with age!

96. Garovorkin - June 24, 2008

Interesting thing about this episode if you want to lookat it from a shakespearean comparison, I would say the Tempest, Flint could almost be Prospero ans Rayna could math up with Miranda and as for m4 one could match the achine up with The Caliban.

97. neonknights - June 24, 2008

#76 Rayna’s last name was a tribute to Czech writer Karel Capek who first coined the term “robot” used for human-like servant machines in his play “R.U.R.” (“Rossum’s Universal Robots”) in 1920.

98. Leonel - June 24, 2008

Hmm: I completely forgot that Janeway mentioned that Kirk claimed he met Da Vinci. Which begs a couple questions, whose answers we may never know: Did Spock just remove the memory of Rayna? What would’ve gotten Kirk to spill the beans on Flint? Or is this related to keeping ship logs under lock and key for a specific period of time?

Methinks I’m missing a detail somewhere. Ah well!!

99. Jim Smith - June 25, 2008

# 83 Re: OMEGA GLORY. Hell, yeah. It’s aces. Never got what people don’t like about it.

100. Garovorkin - June 25, 2008

I think its shatner doing the , we the people, over acting thing. It is probably one of Shatner’s most embarrassing small screen performances. This Omega Glory was just plain GAAAAH. I don’t think i can come up with a more descriptive word then GAAAAH except maybe OH GAAAAH. That about sums it up.

101. Fish Man - June 25, 2008

Other’s have mentioned the omission, but I simply must also:

The cutting of McCoy explaining that Flint is now aging normally and will die after living the remainder of a normal lifespan is the most mis-guided cut since the remastering of the series began. That’s an essential plot element! How clueless!

The good news is, the versions of these remastered episodes are uncut on the DVD’s. So, the scene will be there.

102. Adam Bomb - June 25, 2008

#87 – A lot of the music in this episode was lifted from George Duning’s score to “The Empath.” The music heard in the Kirk/Flint fight was originally used in the chase scene in “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”
The last four episodes (and five out of the last six) open with the same music cue, taken from the opening credits of “Spock’s Brain.” The last two episodes conclude with the same cue, taken from the fadeout of “Elaan Of Troyius.” The musicians contract specified that a certain number of episodes per season have original scores. They probably recorded the bare minumum, due to budget constraints, and recycled music for the rest. In regard to the repetition, the music editor must have gotten quite lazy toward the end.Or he just didn’t care.

#101 – You might say – “Will be uncut on the DVDs”, since the release of the re-mastered third season is not yet scheduled.

103. 16309A - June 25, 2008

Thanks CW Philly for deciding to put on paid programming instead of running this episode. And thanks for never getting back to my email asking what happened and when it would air.

104. T2 - June 25, 2008

this is one of the original series’ best…and they leave the ending out!

105. Garovorkin - June 25, 2008

#104 Oh no it isn’t

106. jeannie Spock - June 26, 2008

Thank God I don’t live in the US – cutting out McCoy’s last scene is diabolical.
I believe they cut the scene in Amok Time where Chapel visits Spock in his cabin too – one of the most dramatic and telling scenes of the series.

At least here in the UK we seem to get the full episodes (of the old versions anyway). I am sure they won’t cut any of the remastered versions when they eventually decide to air them.

107. Cervantes - June 26, 2008

I sure wish the red and green navigational lights on top blinked a lot brighter, as I really miss that….

The matte is really good however.

108. Daoud - June 26, 2008

If only they’d release “full cut” versions that would occupy a late night 85-minute timeslot. Most stations are running these in the wee hours anyway. You’d think CBS could package a 2-hour block (less the 5 minutes that local news used with Leno and Letterman starting late), with a sitcom like Cheers in the lead 30 minutes, and Star Trek taking the 90. The way they stretch things with commercials and all, it could work.

This episode is the perfect example of terrible cuts.

They want 40 minutes of program in a 60 minute block now, and this has just butchered Star Trek. I’d like to see the CBS-R team have been given an extra 15 seconds here or there, just to insert some more graphics… and include the “Next on Star Trek vignettes”.

Glad someone clarified the Kapec ^Capek connection… but I’ve always noted the “Rayna” too… meaning her name is in a way “Queen” of the Capek Robots.

The name of the planet being Holberg has always fascinated. I wonder if the author meant to evoke:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludvig_Holberg
“Holberg was both unmarried and childless, but in the end of his life had a small fortune.”

He’s definitely a candidate for those who think Flint only *claimed* to have been a number of the famous people, and new them from being close to them and perhaps “influencing” them. So, in this interpretation, Flint left a big clue in the name of the planet’s system.

109. Christine - June 26, 2008

This episode was cheesy in so many ways. My favorite line was, “Don’t interfere Spock, we’re fighting for our woman!” (or something like that) I saw all the original episodes in reruns during the 70′s. I’m pretty sure they didn’t air the bad ones as often.

110. Engon - June 26, 2008

“Rayna” might also be a corruption of “Miranda,” Prospero’s daughter in “The Tempest.”

111. Christine - June 27, 2008

Does that make M4 a sort of mechanized Calaban?

112. Commodore Z - June 28, 2008

#108: Some years ago, the Sci Fi Channel did this with TOS. They ran the episodes uncut in a 90 minute timeslot, and they added about 15 minutes of interviews with the actors and writers and such to fill out the rest of the period. I thought it was great, but it didn’t last too long, unfortunately.

113. Higgs Boson - September 3, 2008

This episode is actually a disappointment for me. I think the story is weak because the characters Flint and Kirk act in a highly improbable way. For Kirk, thinking with his little head (by aggressively chasing the android woman) and insulting his host (and his subordinates) in the process suddenly is more important than investigating the wonders of meeting a person who has lived for more than 6000 years and who has seen humanity rise from a bunch of savages to a space faring people. And who even was a part of that history himself.
And for the same token, for such a large historic character, Flint himself also behaves highly improbable: getting into silly rolling fights with Kirk, turning into an immature adolescent plagued by jealousy. And all that silliness is fought over an android who Flint could easily re-create if he wanted to, just like he did with the robot M4 when it became necessary.

Not my most favorite Star Trek episode at all. The basic concept of the immortal being Flint is compelling though; the writers lost out on a chance to turn this into a much better story.

114. Rayna - April 1, 2010

This is where my name came from – Thanks mom!

115. Matthew - April 5, 2010

Rayna…..that’s wonderful. I hope you’re a fan of Star Trek like your mum? It’s certainly a beautiful name…I’m sure you do it justice. LOL…if I’d been a girl, my mum wanted to call me Samantha….from Bewitched!!! Your mum had much better taste….although my mum did watch Star Trek as she fancied the pants off Kirk. In the end, I turned up as a boy….and my dad got his wish that I was named Matthew….after Sir Matt Busby….the legendary manager of Manchester United – which is a complete honour for me, as I’m a huge fan of Manchester United, just like my dad. Still, I’m just a bit little jealous of your Star Trek name…although I’m glad I’m not a ‘James Tiberius’. :)

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