These two episodes were both solid entries in the series' first season and make for entertaining viewing today. "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" was the first of the series' time travel stories, and it allowed the writers and the actors a chance to do some interesting work with the roles, without profoundly adding to their complexities. By this time, the performers were becoming so comfortable in their parts that screenwriter Dorothy Fontana was able to write incidental dialogue -- the banter between Kirk and McCoy, or McCoy and Spock -- that made the characters come to life most vividly. The plot echoes the alleged stories of an encounter in the late '40s between an American fighter plane and a supposed UFO, which ended with the plane broken apart in midair. It was novel at the time to retell the story (moved to the '60s) from the standpoint of the "UFO" (the Starship Enterprise accidentally thrown back in time more than 200 years), and this approach was later reused in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The notion of the time paradox in which the Starship Enterprise finds itself was also fairly advanced for the sci-fi of the day, though the aspect of the plot that resonates most today is the notion of several people being brought aboard the UFO -- this series endured as long as it did by unknowingly anticipating currents of popular culture across 30 years, from the '70s to the '90s. "The Return of the Archons" was the first of several episodes in which the Enterprise crew encountered societies ruled by machines, in this case a computer under the guise of a charismatic leader from 6,000 years past named Landru. The action is brisk enough even if some of the writing seems archaic today. No one could have known at the time that this would be the first of many occasions in which Captain Kirk would cause a computer to self-destruct by presenting the illogic of its own purpose. The transfers on both episodes are decent but not as good as some programs in the series -- the flesh tones are a little too pinkish, and the color tones are muted overall, though the detail is impressive; one can even see the little flaws, in the form of the devices holding the model of the Enterprise in some of the close-ups of the ship at the end of "Tomorrow Is Yesterday." For some reason, the latter episode gets only five chapter markers, while "Return of the Archons" gets ten.
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