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Thread: Star Trek TOS Episode Titles

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    Star Trek TOS Episode Titles

    Has anyone ever seen an explanation of the naming process for Star Trek TOS episodes? I get that some are literally quotes/allusions... but many have a tangential (at best) relationship to the actual plot of the story. Were they aiming to be intentionally obtuse, or was it the result of editing changing the episode? "The Omega Glory" is the title that got me thinking of it... but there are plenty of examples.

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    ^I think Star Trek was just far more literate than most TV shows then...and now honestly. They really tried to lure in all the big sci-fi writers of the time, and the titles matched a lot of their works.


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    Yes, I think the titles are purposefully sometimes poetic or allusive. It was never off=putting to me that they weren't more literal. For example, I think "Who Mourns for Adonais?" and "Is There in Truth No Beauty" are beautiful, evocative titles.

    On the flip side, there's Mudd's Women, The Corbomite Effect, Gamesters of Triskelion, Spock's Brain--bluntly descriptive. I wouldn't hold up The Omega Glory as an example of "good" Trek, title or otherwise.
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    I think it was partly what Earth 2 Chris said, many of the writers were professional science fiction writers. Some of the titles come across as bizarre and grandiloquent until you think of the source of the script, such as City on the Edge of Forever. One of Ellison's famous books is called "The Beast that Shouted love at the heart of the world." That title also makes sense when you read the story, but he is also trying to be poetic, as with the Star Trek title. I see what you mean about Omega Glory. I think that was a Roddenberry script. I always thought it had to do with glory coming from the discovery of immortality that is derived from end. There had been an apocalypse of some sort and the reward was the extended life the population had, although they didn't even realize it was unusual. Tracey is seeking to exploit this for power and glory. I guess, maybe. Probably Roddenberry trying to sound like a professional science fiction writer.

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    Regardless of what they call the episodes I call them ……

    The one with Apollo
    The one with the giant log
    The one with Joan Collins
    The one with the city in the clouds
    The one where Lee Meriwether says "I must touch you"
    The one where Spock hangs upside down in the tree
    The one with the OK Coral

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    So you went with Friends style nomenclature...

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    I always felt Star Trek, more than any other series, had episode titles that were kind of deep. Not all, or course, but a lot of them.

    Just for the heck of it I'm gonna see how many I can remember off the top of my head.

    The Alternative Factor
    Squire of Gothos
    The Enemy Within
    Corbomite Maneuver
    The Apple
    The Way to Eden
    The Immunity Syndrome
    Friday's Child
    Who Mourns for Adonais
    Spectre of the Gun
    Space Seed
    Galileo Seven
    Return of the Archons
    All Our Yesterdays
    The Cloud Minders
    A Private Little War
    A Piece of the Action
    Operation Annihilate
    Amok Time
    Spock's Brain
    What Are Little Girls Made Of?
    City on the Edge of Forever
    The Trouble With Tribbles
    The Man Trap
    Charlie X
    Mudd's Women
    I, Mudd
    Taste of Armageddon
    Shore Leave
    Wink of an Eye
    For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
    The Deadly Years
    The Naked Time
    The Enterprise Incident
    Court Martial
    Is There No Truth In Beauty?
    The Omega Glory
    This Side of Paradise
    Requiem For Methuselah
    Day of the Dove
    Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
    Wolf In the Fold
    Bread and Circuses
    Gamesters of Triskelion
    Plato's Stepchildren
    That Which Survives
    The Lights of Zetar
    And the Children Shall Lead
    The Tholian Web
    The Ultimate Computer
    The Changeling
    Where No Man Has Gone Before
    Devil In the Dark
    The Empath
    The Conscience of the King

    And...that's all I can remember. I can remember the other episodes but not the Lincoln...the one where Kirk body swaps with a woman. Gary Seven...

    Just remembered a few more...

    The Cage
    Errand of Mercy
    Dagger of the Mind
    The Menagerie
    Balance of Terror

    That's it...that's all I got. That space Lincoln episode is driving me crazy. Cannot think of it for the life of me and it's one of my favorites.
    Last edited by enyawd72; Jun 3, '20 at 1:05 AM.

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    "The Savage Curtain"?

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    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    that's the one. space Lincoln and rock people

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    I think some of it was to show that it was a serious Science Fiction series. Balance of Terror is a much more serious title than calling it something like Battle in Space even though it's accurate.

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