Me TV just proved once again what an awesome network it is. In honor of prolific television and film actor William Windom, who passed away this week at the age of 88, the channel aired the classic Star Trek episode in which he guest-starred, “The Doomsday Machine.” The episode began and ended with a memorial screen featuring a black-and-white photo of a very young and handsome Windom and including his years of life, 1923 to 2012.
“The Doomsday Machine” will always hold a special place in my
heart. It was not the first episode of Star
Trek I ever saw (I don’t remember which one was), but it was the very first
episode (not just of Star Trek, but
of any show) I bought on videotape. I saved $35 from my earnings as a paperboy to buy the
videocassette in 1985, back when Star Trek
was the first television show to be released in its entirety on home video.
Twenty years later, I was able to buy the whole Star Trek television series on DVD for $125, far less than the
$2,800 it would have cost to buy the entire series on videotape.
Windom stars in “The Doomsday Machine” as Commodore Matt Decker,
who commandeers the Enterprise in a suicide mission to destroy the
planet-killing ice cream cone that wrecked his ship and killed his crew. Decker
ultimately completes the mission on his own via shuttlecraft. 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture is sort of
an unofficial sequel to “The Doomsday Machine,” with Stephen Collins starring
as Decker’s son Will, who is personally recommended by Admiral Kirk to become
the new captain of the Enterprise before having to relinquish command to the
Enterprise-obsessed Kirk in the wake of an intergalactic threat too big for the
If you love classic television, Me TV should be your first and
last stop on the dial. In addition to featuring scores of classic television
shows, the network features brilliant commercials touting its various slogans
composed entirely of expertly spliced-together clips from all of its shows.
This is the ultimate TV channel for the ultimate TV fan.