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Star Trek 2.26 (Assignment: Earth)

Cast:
Robert Lansing (Gary Seven)
Teri Garr (Roberta Lincoln)
Don Keefer (Cromwell)
Lincoln Demyan (Sgt. Lipton)
Morgan Jones(Col. Nesvig)
Bruce Mars (Charlie)
Ted Gehring (Policeman)

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Art Wallace

This episode was actually meant to be a pilot for another show, starring Robert Lansing as Gary Seven.  The Enterprise is sent back to 1968 to gather some information covertly, but they intercept a long distance transporter beam from a far off planet to Earth in 1968.

Gary Seven is there to prevent Earth from destroying itself, on this occasion the USA is launching a nuclear weapon into space, and he wants to stop it.  But due to the Enterprise interfering, it almost crashes in Europe and causes a war!  They sort it all out, and the Enterprise leaves.

It’s not that it’s terrible (although it isn’t that good either) but the Enterprise crew are in the episode an awful lot less – it really is Gary Seven’s episode, the actor even gets a guest star credit at the start.  Of course, it never made it to a series, and it’s easy to see why – it’s quite bland.  The Gary Seven character is rather like an inferior version of Doctor Who– he even has a device that looks and is overused just like the sonic screwdriver.  Being set on modern day Earth resembles the Pertwee era, only without the military backup, so perhaps he was actually working for Torchwood NY!

So, rather bland, and a silly bit at the end with the shape shifting cat.

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 43
Score: 5/10

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April 23, 2008 - Posted by | contemporary earth, shape shifters, time travel |

3 Comments »

  1. Love your Trek reviews. Any chance of Blake’s 7 getting similar treatment??

    Comment by Grobianus | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. I hadn’t thought about it. I have 26 more seasons of Trek to do yet plus ten movies, but I will bear it in mind. Love B7, I actually do a podcast on Cult British TV called Cadmium2 (www.cadmium2.wordpress.com) and we cover the first two episodes of B7 in a couple of months.

    Thanks for your for comment.

    Comment by Andrew | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Andrew, thanks for the B7 link! And I’m looking forward to your B7 reviews as well!!

    Comment by DPC | May 13, 2010 | Reply


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