Despite its braininess and high-flown ideals, Star Trek
was not too fancy to have a goofy episode now and then. David Gerrold's "The Trouble with Tribbles
" (inspired by earlier stories by Ellis Parker Butler and Robert A. Heinlein) features the crew of the Enterprise
encountering a furry and pleasant alien life form that fits in the palm of your hand. These Tribbles become a fad among the crew, but their rapid reproduction rate threatens to overrun the ship and endanger a nearby space station. The Tribbles were so popular they were revisited in an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
, in which the DS9 crew follows a Klingon spy backward through time, only to end up on the original Enterprise
during its flirtation with fuzzy disaster. Tonight the Webster Film Series screens both episodes at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series
) as part of the Strange Brew series. Admission is just $5.
Wed., May 6, 8 p.m., 2015