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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
A sledgehammery message! Lotsa closeups (including creepy ones of people's eyes and mouths)! Tons of reaction shots! Frank Gorshin! The world's longest self-destruct sequence! A wholly pointless decontamination sequence! And more shots of two guys running through corridors than you can shake a stick at! The TOS Rewatch does the episode that should be called "Running Through Corridors" but is, in fact, called "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."

An excerpt:
There’s only about fifteen minutes of story here, and it’s endlessly stretched out to an hour. Countless reaction shots as the crew wonders where the invisible ship is. Countless reaction shots as they realize the Enterprise is out of control. Simply endless closeups (including a bizarre fetish for closeups of eyes and mouths during the self-destruct sequence). Long drawn-out closeup reaction shots when Bele takes over the ship a second time. The spectacularly uninteresting decontamination procedure on Ariannus, which has absolutely nothing to do with the plot and should have happened between scenes, but no, we have to suffer through this simple procedure that goes off without a hitch because we need to fill time.

And then the final indignity, being forced to watch simply endless shots of Bele and Lokai running through corridors. And running through corridors. And then running through more corridors. And then, for good measure, running through yet still more corridors.

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