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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgiabuff View Post
    Turnabout Intruder is by far the worst episode of the entire run. I can't even sit through that one
    Turnabout Intruder is horrible, no doubt. But lest we forget... I remind you of the hot garbage that is The Empath.

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    I love Gem's perfomance in The Empath. Otherwise the episode is sadistic and largely pointless.

    Seems we're discussing a lot of season 3 episodes, hmmm...
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    I heard that season 3 was done because of fan mail asking the network not to cancel the series, and Lucille Ball half owner of desilu wanted it to continue for another season as well, it was in fact a 5 year mission.

    I think season 3 would have been more successful if they brought back more characters like Klingons, Romulans, Harry Mudd this time with his wife Stella, maybe another episode with tribbles, or a return to some planet they had already visited to see how it progressed but finding things worse, like a continuation of the episode
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    the show was saved from cancelation by a write in campaign. Rodenberry was not much involved in S3 though

    I believe there was a third episode planned for Mudd but the actor wasn't available or something

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    Roger C. Carmel supposedly had some drug abuse problems and had in fact been kicked from The Mothers-in-Law, also a Desilu production.
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    Roddenberry pledged to NBC he would more involved in Season 3 if they would renew t it. Gene Coon had left, and John Meridyth Lucas wasn't as strong a creative force to steer the ship, and also, he was leaving. NBC agreed, but then buried Trek in the Friday night 10:00 PM time slot, the graveyard for shows that appealed to young viewers. Roddenberry asked them to move the show, and they wouldn't. So he essentially walked even further away from the day-to-day production. Fred Freiberger took over, and he gets most of the blame, but I'm not sure that's fair. Roddenberry further distanced himself from the cast when he asked them to hawk his Lincoln Enterprises merchandise, and rewrote the IDIC medallion into "Is There In Truth No Beauty". Shatner refused to hawk it, so it was rewritten from some kind of Starfleet medal to a Vulcan thing. Nimoy hated it too, but by that point he had given up trying to defend his character, especially after his protests over "Spock's Brain" (written by Gene Coon!) had fallen on deaf ears.

    Oddly enough, not long after Trek was cancelled, networks discovered "demographics" and found Star Trek was a HUGE hit with the audience they really wanted. But it was too late.

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    From what I have heard over the years was Roddenberry was a weird guy. Definitely had some issues.
    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    ^He was definitely a complex fellow. I think he was somewhat of a "walking contradiction", a term used to also describe Johnny Cash. Roddenberry had lofty ideals that he often didn't apply to his everyday life, for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgiabuff View Post
    I believe there was a third episode planned for Mudd but the actor wasn't available or something
    I had heard that for Trouble with Tribbles... not sure if it is true or just fan conjecture based on Mudd and Cyrano Jones being such similar characters.

    And actually, I think The Animated Series' More Tribbles, More Troubles was originally intended for the third season but didn't get made for some reason.

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