The Man Trap

Star Trek classic. Season 1, episode 1. This was the first episode broadcast on TV, ‘though it is set after the two episodes that come next. A few thoughts:

  • No Scotty or Chekov. I didn’t find out until moments ago that Chekov doesn’t show up until season 2.
  • I was surprised at Spock’s eagerness to use truth serum on Dr. Crater once Crater is aboard Enterprise. I get that there’s a medical duty that McCoy has to perform, but by what authority can the crew of the starship administer truth serum? Kirk’s willingness to go along with the truth serum is what kills Crater. That’s too bad.
  • Memorable lines: “He’s dead, Jim.” “Your creature is killing my people!”
  • Also this.
    Uhura: Tell me how your planet Vulcan looks on a lazy evening when the moon is full…
    Spock: Vulcan has no moon, Miss Uhura.
    Uhura: I’m not surprised, Mr. Spock.

  • I like the friendship between McCoy and Kirk. I think the flirty interaction between Uhura and Spock is cute and funny.

The episode is interesting but draggy. I don’t know why it takes so long to unfold but it’s annoying. I give this episode a 5 out of 10. Strengths: interesting, fun interactions between the principal characters. Weakness: a slow, draggy plot.

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