Star Trek Classic, Season 1, Epsiode 8.

Two quotes worth mentioning:

  • Janice Rand (to Kirk): “Back on the ship, I used to try to get you to look at my legs. Captain. Look at my legs.”
  • McCoy (to Kirk): “He’s dead.”
  • Spock: “Without them, it could be a beaker full of death.”

The use of children as antagonists is supposedly novel here; I can’t comment on that, but I’ll say that the children are ridiculously annoying. Their idiotic chanting and stupid made-up words made me hope the viral disease would take them all before there was some kind of cure. I didn’t care much for Miri either, even though it turns out that Miri was played by Kim Darby, the actress who played the girl in the original True Grit.

I actually appreciated the simple plot with very little philosophizing, even though the philosophizing will eventually become one of this show’s strengths, I imagine. It’s just pleasant to know that the writers didn’t feel they had to get to the meaning of life in every episode.

It was nice to have Kirk, Spock, and Bones get considerable screen time together, but it’s not enough, and the overacting by Shatner is just awful in this.


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