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Super City Cops: Avenging Amethyst

, || Amethyst, one of the most renowned and mysterious costumed heroes of Super City, is found dead on a rooftop. Detectives Milewski and Alvarado of the Super City Police Department are assigned to the case—but every answer they turn up just leads to more questions.

Holy Rewatch Batman! “The Ogg and I” / “How to Hatch a Dinosaur”

“The Ogg and I” / “How to Hatch a Dinosaur”
Written by Stanford Sherman
Directed by Oscar Rudolph
Season 3, Episodes 8 & 9
Production code 1705-1 & 1705-2
Original air dates: November 2 & 9, 1967

The Bat-signal: Olga, Queen of the Bessarovian Cossacks, and Egghead kidnap Gordon from his office in a hot-air balloon, under the guise of delivering a sandwich. Gordon realizes it’s Egghead when it’s an egg sandwich rather than roast beef, but by then it’s too late.

O’Hara enters the now-empty office, where Gordon managed to scrawl a note that says “KIDNAPPED.” Batgirl shows up—concerned that Gordon wasn’t answering his phone, no doubt, though she can’t say that out loud in order to preserve her secret ID—as do Batman and Robin, who saw Olga and Egghead at the end of last episode, and are now at GCPD HQ.

[“How did you do it?” “By underhand trick—what else?”]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Infinite Vulcan”

“The Infinite Vulcan”
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 7
Production episode 22002
Original air date: October 20, 1973
Stardate: 5554.4

Captain’s log. The Enterprise is surveying a planet at the periphery of the galaxy. A landing party consisting of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Sulu beams down. Sulu finds a plant that can get up and move around, while Spock finds a power source. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy investigate the power source, while Sulu fails his saving roll versus dumbass and picks up the flower. He’s stabbed with a thorn and is poisoned.

A group of natives arrive, who appear to be sentient plant life. They cure Sulu (over McCoy’s initial objections, though he’s impressed with the speed with which the antidote works on Sulu). The leader of the natives, Agmar, identifies the planet as Phylos.

[Murderer! You’ve killed Spock!]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Holy Rewatch Batman! “Louie, the Lilac”

“Louie, the Lilac”
Written by Dwight Taylor
Directed by george waGGner
Season 3, Episode 7
Production code 1710
Original air dates: October 26, 1967

The Bat-signal: All the flower-children in Gotham City are gathering in the park for a flower-in—but there are no flowers! Turns out that Louie the Lilac has cornered the market on Gotham City’s petaled flora. He intends to control the minds of Gotham’s young people, since they’re the future leaders of the city.

Meanwhile, the hippies are having themselves a party in the park, led by Princess Primrose—real name Thelma Jones, Barbara’s former college chum—and Louie shows up and tosses flowers to them all. He uses his boutineer to hypnotize Primrose and take her off in his Flowermobile. And then it turns out that the flowers are all fake! Louie then finds out from Primrose that the commissioner’s daughter was there, so he has one of his henchmen find and tail Barbara while he locks Primrose in his hothouse.

[“Go back outside and calm the flower children.” “But they’ll mob me!” “Groovy.”]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Survivor”

“The Survivor”
Written by James Schmerer
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 6
Production episode 22005
Original air date: October 13, 1973
Stardate: 5143.3 

Captain’s log. While patrolling near the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Enterprise detects a one-person craft drifting. It belongs to Carter Winston, the famous space trader and philanthropist, who’s been missing for five years. His fiancée, Lieutenant Anne Nored, is an Enterprise security guard. Once Kirk and Spock verify his identity and McCoy gives him a physical, Nored gets to see him.

As soon as he sees her, he breaks off the engagement. He crashed on Vendor and was nursed back to health, and his experiences, he says, means he no longer loves Nored.

[I couldn’t harm the image of the man I loved!]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch / Holy Rewatch Batman! Extra: Alexander the Great

In honor of the 50th anniversary of both Star Trek and the 1966 Batman TV series, we’ll be spending this final week of 2016 looking at items that relate to one or both of those shows. We conclude with a 1964 pilot that wasn’t picked up for a series, though it was aired as an episode of the anthology Off to See the Wizard in January 1968 due to its stars becoming somewhat more famous in the intervening four years. (Ahem.)

Alexander the Great
Written by Robert Pirosh and William Yates
Directed by Phil Karlson
Original air date: January 26, 1968

The first three title cards tell you everything you need to know: Alexander the Great. Starring William Shatner. Co-starring Adam West. Two years before both men would go on to star in TV shows that would become such a major part of the pop-culture landscape that some long-haired hippie weirdo freak would be writing about them every week for a web site, they starred in this pilot for a sword-and-sandal epic.

[ALEXANDER!!!!!]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Holy Rewatch Batman! Extra: “Batgirl” and “Wonder Woman” Promo Shorts

In honor of the 50th anniversary of both Star Trek and the 1966 Batman TV series, we’ll be spending this final week of 2016 looking at items that relate to one or both of those shows. We continue with two shorts that William Dozier made. The first was made between the second and third seasons to convince ABC to add Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl to the show’s opening credits. The second was a five-minute promo Dozier put together to pitch a Wonder Woman TV show.

“Batgirl”
Unaired promo short

The Bat-signal: Barbara fetches a book on butterflies for Bruce, who doesn’t recognize her at first, until she explains that she’s Gordon’s daughter. He and Dick are there chatting with another millionaire, Roger Montrose, the lepidopterist (the book she fetched for Bruce is to settle a bet).

[The nation needs Wonder Woman!]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch Extra: Incubus

In honor of the 50th anniversary of both Star Trek and the 1966 Batman TV series, we’ll be spending this final week of 2016 looking at items that relate to one or both of those shows. We continue with a movie that is also celebrating its golden anniversary, and which starred William Shatner. It’s also a foreign language flick, though it’s not a language native to any particular country…

Incubus
Written and directed by Leslie Stevens
Original release date: October 26, 1966

Intrigo resumo: A narrator tells us that the village of Nomen Tuum (Latin for “your name”) has a well that is believed to have magical powers that can heal, restore youth, and all the other usual stuff. The well’s legend attracts all manner of ne’er-do-wells, and so the town has a mess of succubi who lure these yucky men to their doom.

A very inebriated man drinks from the well, and then sees a beautiful woman standing nearby. He asks her if the marks on his face are gone, if he’s young and handsome again. She doesn’t answer, but after some witty banter, she leads him to a beach, tantalizing him with the notion of swimming naked with her. He trips and falls and cuts his forehead, but he continues to follow her even with blood trickling down his face.

[“He has faced death, Kia.” “They all face death…”]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Holy Rewatch Batman! Extra: The Green Hornet

In honor of the 50th anniversary of both Star Trek and the 1966 Batman TV series, we’ll be spending this final week of 2016 looking at items that relate to one or both of those shows. We start with another William Dozier-produced show about a wealthy man and his acrobatic young sidekick who wear masks and fight crime in a really cool car: The Green Hornet, which is also celebrating its golden anniversary.

The Green Hornet
Created by George W. Trendle
Developed and executive produced by William Dozier
Original air dates: September 9, 1966 – March 24, 1967

Another challenge for the Green Hornet: The Green Hornet was originally created by George W. Trendle, with much of the writing done by Fran Striker, as a radio-show hero in 1936 on WXYZ in Detroit, the same station that debuted The Lone Ranger and Challenge of the Yukon. Britt Reid was intended to be a descendant of John Reid, the true identity of the Lone Ranger (also created by Trendle and Striker).

The show was never as popular as many of the Hornet’s masked counterparts, but he maintained a certain popularity. Trendle had tried to develop a TV show more than once, but it wasn’t until Batman became the hottest thing since sliced bread in early 1966 that it became a reality, as ABC gave the property to William Dozier to develop.

[You can’t turn me over to the Green Hornet!]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Holy Rewatch Batman! “The Unkindest Tut of All”

“The Unkindest Tut of All”
Written by Stanley Ralph Ross
Directed by Sam Strangis
Season 3, Episodes 6
Production code 1709
Original air dates: October 19, 1967

The Bat-signal: Bruce and Barbara return from a date in Bruce’s limousine. They turn on the TV in the limo to see that King Tut has made the latest in a series of predictions of crimes before they happen. Supposedly Tut is reformed and is now in the crime predicting business. Gordon goes for the Bat-phone, and Dick answers it, signaling Bruce on his wristwatch. Bruce makes excuses and drops Barbara off at her beauty salon, and then returns to Wayne Manor to change into costume and head off to GCPD HQ, where Gordon informs our heroes that Tut has set up in a tent in a vacant lot.

[It’s against my principles to beat up on ladies, but in your case, I’ll make an exception!]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “More Tribbles, More Troubles”

“More Tribbles, More Troubles”
Written by David Gerrold
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 5
Production episode 22001
Original air date: October 6, 1973
Stardate: 5392.4 

Captain’s log. The Enterprise is escorting two grain-carrying robot ships to Sherman’s Planet, which is suffering a famine. En route, they discover a Klingon ship, the I.K.S. Devisor under the command of Koloth, attacking a one-person scout ship belonging to Cyrano Jones. Kirk orders Scotty to beam the occupant of the scout ship on board.

The Devisor destroys the scout ship, but Scotty is able to rescue Jones, as well as a mess of tribbles. Koloth then fires a stasis field on the Enterprise and demands that Kirk turn Jones over. However, the Enterprise still has control of the robot ships, so Kirk orders Sulu to use them to ram the Devisor. The distraction is enough to get Koloth to release the Enterprise, and the use of the weapon has drained Koloth’s energy reserves, and so the Devisor veers off. Unfortunately, one of the robot ships is damaged beyond repair, and they have to overstuff the other ship and put the grain in Enterprise corridors and cargo bays in order to make the shipment.

[And he’s got tribbles with him! TRIBBLES!!!!!]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Holy Rewatch Batman! “The Sport of Penguins” / “A Horse of a Different Color”

“The Sport of Penguins” / “A Horse of Another Color”
Written by Charles Hoffman
Directed by Sam Strangis
Season 3, Episodes 4 & 5
Production code 1703
Original air dates: October 5 & 12, 1967

The Bat-signal: It’s the day before the Bruce Wayne Foundation Memorial Handicap—why it’s called that when neither Bruce nor the Foundation are dead is left as an exercise for the viewer—and Lola Lasagne and her horse Parasol are holding a press conference when Penguin shows up and makes off with Lola’s parasol (the accessory, not the horse). Nobody makes a move to stop him even though there are lots of people around and he doesn’t really move all that fast…

Penguin shows up at the Gotham City Library. Barbara is working the information desk, and Penguin beelines for a display of a folio on umbrellas and parasols. He then uses his umbrella’s razor-sharp edge to cut the glass—again, in front of witnesses including the daughter of the police commissioner who’s secretly a superhero—and only when he starts to walk out does she try to stop him. She snatches the folio out of Penguin’s hands and calls her father, but Penguin buggers off, leaving a ticking umbrella behind.

[Can you imagine he thought that I was after his money?]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Super City Cops: Avenging Amethyst

The great metropolis of Super City is the home of dozens of costumed heroes—the Terrific Trio, the Bruiser, the Superlative Six, the Cowboy, and many more—who do battle against the super-villains who terrorize the citizenry. But when the heroes are done punching out the villains, it’s left to the stalwart men and women of the Super City Police Department to restrain them, arrest them, and hope that this time there’s enough evidence to actually convict them.

Amethyst, one of the most renowned and mysterious costumed heroes of Super City, is found dead on a rooftop. Detectives Kristin Milewski and Jorge Alvarado of the Super City Police Department are assigned to the case—but every answer they turn up with regards to who Amethyst is and how and why he died just gives them more questions. Complicating the investigation are the rest of the superheroic community, who are looking for revenge for their fallen comrade—plus there are reports of a new Amethyst! Same powers, same costume, but a much nastier attitude…

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Avenging Amethyst is the first novella in a new series—available now from Bastei Entertainment!

[Read an Excerpt]

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Lorelei Signal”

“The Lorelei Signal”
Written by Margaret Armen
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 4
Production episode 22006
Original air date: September 29, 1973
Stardate: 5483.7 

Captain’s log. The Enterprise is investigating a section of space in which many ships—Federation, Klingon, Romulan—have disappeared over the centuries. The Enterprise detects a signal from the Taurean system on the edge of the sector, one that sounds like a simple tone. The men on the bridge liken it to a summons, though Uhura doesn’t get that vibe from it at all.

As they approach, Uhura summons Chapel to the bridge to see if she sees how weird the men are acting. The men start experiencing audiovisual hallucinations, but Uhura and Chapel see and hear nothing except the signal. Kirk is concerned, but the men soon become completely distracted.

[“What are you doing?” “Taking command of this ship!”]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Holy Rewatch Batman! “The Wail of the Siren”

“The Wail of the Siren”
Written by Stanley Ralph Ross
Directed by george waGGner
Season 3, Episode 3
Production code 1708
Original air dates: September 28, 1967

The Bat-signal: The Siren has ensorcelled Gordon in his office with her mastery of the tone two octaves above high C. She has Gordon call Batman and tell him to go to a particular place—Gordon himself suggests Barbara’s apartment.

When he does so, Dick expresses confusion as to why he would want them to go there, never mind the fact that Gordon met the two of them at Barbara’s apartment just last week. Our heroes slide down the poles and head out in the Batmobile to Barbara’s building, parking in the underground garage.

[Batgirl — where do you come from, where do you go?]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “One of Our Planets is Missing”

“One of Our Planets is Missing”
Written by Marc Daniels
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 3
Production episode 22007
Original air date: September 22, 1973
Stardate: 5371.3

Captain’s log. The Enterprise is investigating a cosmic cloud that is entering the galaxy and is proximate to Mantilles, the inhabited Federation planet that’s closest to the edge of the galaxy. The cloud is huge, more than 800,000 kilometers wide, made of both matter and energy. It engulfs one of the planets in the system and destroys it, then changes course in order to head for Mantilles.

On McCoy’s recommendation, Kirk has Uhura contact Bob Wesley, the governor of Mantilles, to warn him and have him start evacuating the population, even though they’ve only got four hours before the cloud hits Mantilles. Wesley can only evacuate the children on the planet in time.

[It’s immense! Twice the diameters of Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune together!]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch