top ten list, there are a few fun things about it even though it doesn't really make much sense.
The episode begins with the Enterprise in orbit about planet Pyris VII. They've lost contact with the landing party when one of them, crewman Jackson, requests to beam up.
"Captain Kirk, can you hear me? There is a curse on your ship. Leave this place or you will all die."
Terrifying. Well, not so much.
"Wind shall rise. And fog descend. So leave here, all, or meet your end."
Kirk: Spock. Comment?
Spock: Very bad poetry, Captain.
Kirk: A more useful comment, Mister Spock.
Spock: What we've just seen is not real.
Kirk: That's useful.
|Bones meets bones.|
It has been said that the introduction of Chekov to the show was a response to the popularity of The Monkees TV series. Here's what Snopes has to say about that. I am curious to read what Marc Cushman says about it when These Are The Voyages TOS Season Two comes out, hopefully early next year. No matter why Chekov was added to the show, he certainly added much to the series.
There's a lot of talk here and there about Halloween, familiars, the racial subconscious and other 'spooky' stuff. Korob attempts to bribe them into leaving with a fancy meal and then plates filled with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. When they decline to be bought, Korob announces that they, "have passed the tests" and, "you were warned to stay away and yet you came to save your comrades. That proves loyalty. Your bravery was tested and you did not frighten. And despite my failure with these bright baubles, I perceive that you cannot be bribed. In many ways you are quite admirable."
Okay, then. This should mean the story is moving along, yes? Unfortunately, no. Sylvia wants to get information from Kirk, but we never learn what that is. When Kirk grabs a phaser and tries to save the day she shows him a cool little Enterprise on a chain, explains her voodoo and dangles it over a candle flame.
There's just one effect shot of the live actors with the menacing, giant cat:
It is followed by the best shot of the episode, the Enterprise leaving the planet - thereby indicating that the story is thankfully over:
fabulous collection of music from the original Star Trek series from La-La Land Records. You can hear a sample of one track from Catspaw here. It's good stuff. Much of this music was used again for later episodes too (The Changeling comes to mind).
After scoring season one's Shore Leave, Fried returned to score Catspaw and two more episodes in Trek's second season (Friday's Child and the breakout episode Amok Time) and one in season three (The Paradise Syndrome). Fried composed some of Trek's most iconic action music.
Next up, Metamorphosis.