Melodic Treks 60: A Quote Unquote Halloween Episode / by Brandon-Shea Mutala

"Catspaw" With Adam Drosin.


Star Trek has had a huge impact on pop culture throughout its 50 years. Many episodes have become a gold standard of television making, tackling issues of human interest and societal taboos. It has dealt with subjects such as love, death, sexuality, racism, racial and gender equality, and many more. Some episodes have even made lists of "Best episodes of television ever". And then there are episodes that fall short of the high bar that Star Trek is known for. Some episodes miss the bar by a small amount, and others don't even come close to getting off the ground. One episode that sometimes shows up on worst of Trek lists is "Catspaw," the first episode produced for season two of the original Star Trek.

In this episode of Melodic Treks, host Brandon-Shea Mutala is joined by Adam Drosin, co-host of Saturday Morning Trek, to discuss the episode "Catspaw" and its music composed by Gerald Fried. Adam is one who champions and supports "Catspaw" with love, as a personal favorite episode, not deserving of its not-so-stellar reputation. So turn on a bright light and lock the doors as we dive into the spooky side of Trek.

Chapters

Intro (00:00:00)
Contests (00:01:25)
"Wand-Breaking/The Prototypes/Five to Beam Up" (00:04:40)
The Star Trek High Bar of Excellence (00:05:31)
Initial Impressions (00:08:40)
Robert Bloch and The Old Ones (00:13:45)
Gerald Fried (00:15:27)
A Stanley Kubrick Tangent (00:16:02)
Back to Gerald (00:19:24)
Spooky and Off Kilter: The Music of "Catspaw" (00:21:26)
"Starship/Captain Kirk" (00:23:52)
"Thicker Fog/Witches" (00:26:39)
A Tangent on Fear and Horror Movie Scores (00:29:25)
"Bones the Zombie" (00:33:39)
"Giant Cat" (00:35:20)
Tracked with Fried's Music (00:37:33)
"Cooking Lesson/Force Field" (00:40:00)
"Fog Storm/Castle/Second Castle" (00:42:45)

All music from "Catspaw," composed by Gerald Fried


Host

Brandon-Shea Mutala

Guest

Adan Drosin

Production

Brandon-Shea Mutala (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Bobby Tucker (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art Creator)