Reviews for The Commentary on TOS for KS
blck-coffee chapter 48 . 6/26
I hope you're alive and well my dear. Faithfully waiting for you to finish. Your insight and humor and gotten me thru some very dark days. I am thankful for your work 3
starfire202010 chapter 34 . 6/2

I think you mean violence?
Guest chapter 34 . 12/8/2022
Love Missile chapter 45 . 10/19/2022
No wonder this episode was written by Roddenberry. It has all the good stuff: Kirk worrying about Spock's health as a wife would for her husband, masochistic Spock, Kirk kissing a woman only under extreme mind-controlling, a Rhynoyeti... And heavy implications of Kirk and Tyree being past lovers. In addition to the "friend" euphemism that seems to point to something else, there's the bit about Kirk being "made his brother", to which Nona replies "And I'm your wife. Your sister", drawing a direct parallel between both. This may be one of the most blatant examples.
Love Missile chapter 32 . 10/12/2022
I'm not quite sure that D.C. Fontana is a K/S friend... After all, she (along with Gerrold) was VERY adamant about Kirk and Spock being just friends, going so far as denying any subtext in Amok Time (which wasn't hers to decide, anyway). So it's possible that the homoerotic subtext in her episodes is there in despite of her, and not thanks to her. Maybe it came from the actors' performance, or the director, or someone else's suggestion, I don't know. She seems so obsessed with pairing Spock with women, in a "see, he's not gay!" way... But of course, Roddenberry wouldn't allow that, so by the end of the episodes is all "you're not getting away with this, lady, so return Spock to his captain; he's not getting any girlfriend".
It would be fun if the actors knew that Fontana was all "no-homo", and then made an extra effort to be gay in her episodes. As when Kirk flirts shamelessly with that guy from the past in "Tomorrow is Yesterday". There's no way that was on the script!

This episode has a lot of Kirk doing stuff in an unnecessarily sexy way (not that I'm complaining) XDD. There's the suggestive way he holds the Klingon on the tent floor, the focus on his ass when filmed from atop the mountain, when he lays on his back with open legs, and then some random Muppetubby opens his legs further... And then of course there's Scotty standing hilariously close to Chekov's backside (notice how this was never done with Kirk and Spock, as if they knew that it would be far too pornographic for those two, while Scotty and Chekov are fine bc they have no sexual tension)
Love Missile chapter 18 . 9/21/2022
I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the specially sexy way Spock sits on the chair on that scene... And the boots, the glorious boots!

By the way, you forgot to comment on the gayest moment in Arena: at the end, when Spock says "Good! Good! Yes! Yes!" in a kinda aroused way, while watching Kirk build... a cannon.
Love Missile chapter 12 . 9/19/2022
I had never seen anything Star Trek related until recently, when I watched the original movies, and now I'm following TOS while reading these chapters. And man, this IS sooo much fun! This couple has such a great and cute chemistry... I've always liked the whole boss-subordinate loyalty and love to death themes. Now I know why K/S are the daddies of slash fanfiction.

As for this episode, I got the impression that Kirk truly liked the girl to some extent. And this is making Spock TERRIBLY jealous the whole time! Really, his behavior here was very irrational and angry for Spock's standards. Usually, he doesn't question his captain's plans, even when such plans are often much more dangerous than this. But here? He's questioning everything: why did he bring that girl on board? why is he acting like that?, etc... This coupled with a shot of irritated, nervous Spock RIGHT AFTER Kirk kissing the girl. Jealous lover very much. And his angriness at McCoy for just suggesting that Kirk could like the woman... I mean, Spock rarely behaves so emotionally. Even to the point of getting into a fight with Kirk!

Anyway, even if I come pretty late to the party, thank you very much for writing this. It's making my own long sailing (in normal ship, not cool spaceship sadly) much more entertaining.
scaryfangirl2001 chapter 48 . 10/13/2021
i wish you had continued this. i love reading your thoughts throughout the series, and i love that you wrote them in order of the production order, chrono, how it SHOULD be viewed. so i wish you continued more but thank you nonetheless
AnonmoooseFan chapter 48 . 10/6/2021
I just wanted to say I’ve been reading these since the beginning. I have many good memories of being snuggled on the couch with an episode up and reading your commentary inbetween the next one.

So I don’t know if you get these notifications, but I implore you to please return to this project! I can’t stand the thought of you not coming back and bringing your amazing, hilarious, incredibly entertaining insight to the rest of the series. It’s my birthday, Christmas, and New Years wish all in one lol. Pretty pleaseeee
SlytherpuffGryffinclaw chapter 1 . 7/14/2021
(((This isn't a romantic gesture, he just has a SOUL.)))

Lacalamine chapter 26 . 6/26/2021
Oh my God Brittany! YOU MADE MY DAY with this. Where are more episodes plus the movies being commented by you? You promised but I searched the whole net and still cannot find them...
Love you! Greetings from Belgium, Petra
WeirdLittleStories chapter 28 . 5/8/2021
Actually, there are TWO beds in that room. They don't show us the whole room, so it IS hard to see the second bed, but in one shot, you can see both sides of the foot of one bed and the footboard post of a second. (Not that it seems as if poor Spock is sleeping much, what with working for money all day and working on his device at night.)

If they let us post screenshots here, I could show you. Go to the Trek Core website, and under the Images tab, chose "The Original Series (HD)." Find the entry for "The City on the Edge of Forever." On page 17 of the CotEoF screenshots, there are three columns of pictures. In the third column, the third picture down shows Spock sitting at a table working on his equipment while Kirk is just entering the door with his bags of groceries. In the foreground, you can see the footboards of TWO beds.
kazqiin chapter 38 . 3/14/2021
I noticed something interesting about the discussion of love in this episode... Chekov's girlfriend says “when a man and a woman fall in love” when discussing children, but when asked to define love, she just says "two people" with no genders specified. Um, HUH? Idk about anyone else, but to me that gives off the distinct impression that manwoman is only a type of love, not the whole thing.
Fascinating. How very sneaky of you, Star Trek.

(obviously platonic and familial love exist too, but this conversation is specifically about romantic/sexual love, so I don't think the "well she might have been talking about something other than romance" excuse applies)
idiot-inator chapter 25 . 3/8/2021
this episode came on tonight. aww... I love this commentary. jealousy and fighting to get off the happy pills/spores. I love him and spock and the enterprise crew
FanfictionIsAWayOfLife chapter 27 . 2/21/2021
I love your commentary so much! It never ceases to make me laugh and fangirl as the episodes go on. You point out so many things I did not either notice or fully analyze, and for that I am extremely grateful. Your level of fangirling is one I truly aspire towards.

I have one thought about this episode that I don’t think you covered. Since there are so many reviews, I am not going to check to see if anyone else already pointed it out. I apologize if they already did and what follows is useless in that regard.

You said that Kirk grabbed Spock’s wrist instead of his hand because of 60s homophobia. I submit that he grabbed Spock’s wrist instead of his hand out of deference to Spock’s Vulcan heritage. The two touch often by this point, but not hand-to-hand. What are hands to Vulcans? Extremely sensitive areas that only select individuals are allowed to touch. To suddenly grab Spock’s hand would have been out of the question for someone who does not want to violate his personal space. Jim cares deeply for Spock, and as such, he would find such a violation unthinkable. I believe this care and understanding would translate into an (un)conscious shift in where he grabs him, changing it from the normal point of hand-to-hand contact to hand-to-wrist contact, where he can keep him close/drag him along all without causing him any form of discomfort.

Additionally, the only times I remember the two holding hands (off the top of my head) are 1) when Spock stopped Jim from punching him that one time and 2) when Spock is laying in the hospital bed and describing to Jim the “simple feeling” V’ger couldn’t understand. They’ve spent even more time together developing their feelings by that point in the movie, so it makes sense that they might not be there yet when this episode happens and Jim grabs Spock’s wrist.

Maybe he didn’t look into Vulcan culture as much as I think he would for Spock, but I still think Jim would notice Spock’s aversion to hand-on-hand contact by that point in their mission. I just think the action shows more consideration and care for Spock than you give an intelligent and perceptive guy like Jim credit for.

Either way, thank you very much for your wonderful project! It is truly a treasure to read even eleven years after it was first published. Very well done 3
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