Greetings, and welcome to CLASSICS ON THE TUBE. Here you'll find capsule reviews of vintage TV series episodes from the early days of television through the 1970s, with a special emphasis on sci-fi, horror, and mystery series. Be sure to check out the Pages links, where you can find an index of episodes reviewed for each television series.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

STAR TREK: The Man Trap

Starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
Guest Stars:  Jeanne Bal, Alfred Ryder, DeForest Kelley, Grace Lee Whitney, George Takei
Directed by Marc Daniels
(actor & director credits courtesy

The Enterprise visits a barren planet to give a geologist and his wife, an old flame of McCoy's, medical checkups, but the lady is actually a murdering monster in disguise. 

The first episode of the series to be aired on TV (although the sixth filmed), I've always enjoyed this one, with Daniels and crew employing some clever stylistic touches to track the monster aboard ship as it assumes many disguises, including having the actors impersonating the salt-hungry creature by sucking on their knuckle, and accompanying its transformations with a musical flourish.  The creature makeup is quite memorable, and the screenplay bats around some worthy ideas, comparing the creature as the last of its kind with endangered species on our contemporary Earth.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Guest Stars:  James Shigeta, Ed Nelson, Martin Sheen, Bill Gunn, David Frankham
Directed by John Erman
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On a combat mission to engage an alien race that's attacked the Earth, a squad of soldiers are captured by the aliens, who use their abilities to rob the men of their senses to get them to talk.

Lots of familiar faces are featured in this tale from Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano, including a young Sheen in one of his early TV credits as well as notable character actors Shigeta, Nelson, Frankham, and even Whit Bissell.  The budget shows a bit in the minimalist sets of the alien prison and the makeup for the aliens is a bit too reminiscent of those used in past episodes of the series.  However, it's a gripping drama with a powerful message and good performances.