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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "The Lights of Zetar" - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "The Lights of Zetar"
Scotty falls in love with a woman who gets possessed by a murderous swirly thing. Also the episode was cowritten by the woman who created Lamb Chop! Which is way cooler than anything in this episode. The TOS Rewatch turns off "The Lights of Zetar."

An excerpt:
I had absolutely no memory of this episode beyond a few visuals here and there—the swirly thing in Romaine’s eye, Romaine in the pressure chamber, Scotty being smitten with Romaine—but that’s about it. Watching it now, I realize that it’s primarily on the back of Jan Shutan, who has about as much presence as the lettuce with which her character shares a name. As I’ve said many times over my various rewatches, romance-in-an-hour episodes like this are heavily dependent on the acting ability of the guest-star half of the romance, and Shutan is pretty much DOA. Her line readings are flat, her chemistry with James Doohan is nonexistent (which is too bad, as Doohan really is doing his best OMG-I’m-smitten work here), and she just drains all the life out of the episode.

Which is fatal, as this episode doesn’t have all that much life in it in the first place.

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