It's not quite as effortlessly original and sublimely funny as "Tribbles," but this one is quite entertaining. Kirk’s suggestion that the Federation is an intergalactic mob might by an exaggeration, it is not entirely disconnected from Coon’s view of the institution. Meanwhile, we get to see Kirk and Spock in gangster suits, a hilarious game of "Fizzbin," Spock saying "Check! “Yojimbo” has been noted as an uncredited adaptation of “Red Harvest”, a story by Dashiell Hammett where his character, the Continental Op, pits two warring gangs fighting to control a town in the 1920’s against each other. A lot of TOS is a real chore to watch, and sometimes it seems like its formidable reputation was created on the back of a handful of standout episodes. Watching it I suddenly realized that Captain Kirk, in his improvisation, was using one of the most beautiful such techniques I had ever seen. While the Romulans were seriously under-used on the classic Star Trek, dropping the aliens from A Piece of the Action is a very clever move. who pioneered some unusual---and extremely effective---approaches to working with hypnosis. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Coon was, after all, the first Star Trek writer to shrewdly and knowingly problematicise the Federation. It seems to reduce the ideological conflicts the series normally presents (democracy versus autocracy) to mere gang warfare – with each side simply grabbing for its “piece of the action.” The suggestion seems to be that the two sides in the Cold War may be no better than gangsters themselves. In the vein of "The Trouble With Tribbles" this is another episode that shows how TOS could pull off humor. I watched the entire episode (yes, I am bit late posting this) and the extent of the contamination caused by a book and a few manuals is quite honestly absurd to the extreme. Sigma Iota II has built a system of government based on organised crime, and it looks a lot like representative democracy. I realize they did it for budget reasons. The rules and storytelling tools in a Star Trek story are different from the rules and storytelling tools in the real world – or in another sort of story. There are no more convenient meddling Klingons like Krell or Kras. It is undoubtedly a comedy caper, and a delightful one at that, but there’s more to it than that. It is an episode that realises that “fish-out-of-water” comedy is the kind of thing you can do with Star Trek, now that the audience has had a chance to get to know the fish in question. Kirk gets the episode’s best moments – teaching goons to play “fizz bin”, biting his lip when captured outside Oxmyx’s warehouse, or boasting proudly that “nobody’s going to put the bag on [him] any more.” The last act has Kirk completely in control of the story, and Shatner is loving every single second of the experience. “Shatner really thought of this idea, and I embellished it. A Piece of the Action is a comedy, but is a comedy that affectionately riffs on the trappings and the internal logic of a Star Trek story – subversively and wryly playing with audience expectations and teasing the audience’s familiarity. It is never not the time for a little Ballad of Bilbo Baggins…. Using his wits, Kirk manages to stay alive and out-manoeuvre both parties. So you can relate it to any kind of human activity that touches on these things… and yet leave behind all the baggage that would come with your movies if they were directly about the Cold War, or free enterprise, or the Kennedys. It seems to reduce the ideological conflicts the series normally presents (democracy versus autocracy) to mere gang warfare – with each side simply grabbing for its “piece of the action.” The suggestion seems to be that the two sides in the Cold War may be no better than gangsters themselves.”. Kirk cracks a funny and we cut to credits. I've seen this episode goodness knows how many time and I still crack up. Sure, it ends with Spock pointing out that Starfleet Command is unlikely to approve of Kirk’s negotiating tactics, but the best jokes have just the slightest hint of truth. (Marvel Comics, 1980) #4-5 – The Haunting of Thallus!/The Haunting of the Enterprise! It is a reminder of just how sorely Gene L. Coon will be missed. By the episode's very admittance the planet was in its early industrial stages. On a scale of 1 to 4 I give this a 4-plus, to rank with the story about the tribbles. Like the Westerner, the gangster and his values have been embedded in a fairly stable thematic and iconographic universe established and consolidated through decades of reiteration and revision, and a certain masculine style and the elaboration of a code of behaviour through acts of decisive violence are central concerns in both genres. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Like the previous outing in the series, no internationally translated edition is known to exist. However, A Piece of the Action works spectacularly well. “It’s a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team. This draft of the episode, Mission into Chaos, plays like Friday’s Child with gangsters instead of medieval iconography and with Romulans instead of Klingons. While Spock gets some great moments (particularly his stern references to the street kid as “young man” or his deadpan instruction to Oxmyx to start dialing), A Piece of the Action basks in Kirk.
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