Star Trek 1.5 (The Enemy Within)
First Aired: October 6, 1966
Edward Madden (Technician Fisher)
Garland Thompson (Technician Wilson)
Jim Goodwin (Lt. John Farrell)
Writer: Richard Matheson
“Captains’ Log. Specimen gathering mission on planet Alpha177. Unknown to any of us during this time, a duplicate of me, some strange alter ego had been created by the transporter malfunction.” Aaaaargh! They’ve only gone and done it again. There is no way that be could have recorded that as a log. I am hoping that this crap method of narration goes away soon – I have not noticed it before and it is really starting to piss me off!!!
That being said, there are a couple of extremely adult moments in this episode. Kirk is split into two halves, and the “evil” half (for want of a better description) stalks Yeoman Rand (who he admitted to quite liking in the previous episode under the influence of the virus) and he pretty much tries to rape her – it is well acted and filmed and is a horrible moment, adult in the true, non-Torchwood sense of the word.
A couple of thoughts though. There are men trapped on the planet below (including Sulu) and the temperature is about to drop to well below freezing. These man cannot be beamed up or they may also be split like Kirk. Scotty tries to beam heaters down, which are also split in two and won’t work. Fine, but don’t they have shuttles aboard the ship? They certainly do later on in the first series, but this early on obviously the hadn’t thought about it, but you would have hoped that there would be some technobabble explanation as to why they can’t use them.
It is also an interesting idea that the negative side of Kirk provides the strength that enables him to Captain the ship.
The first half of the episode is excellent, but once they capture the “evil” Kirk, it slows down a bit, and the final moments when Evil Kirk rampages around the ship are a little melodramatic. I can’t believe that an organisation with any idea of what security was would leave Evil Kirk unguarded in the sick bay, which really renders the last ten minutes as totally unbelievable. Spock should have just shot both of them (on stun) and been done with it, but no, instead he lets them fight it out on the bridge. Hmmm. Not convinced.
It would have been an 8/10 it it wasn’t for that ending, which really let down an excellent first half.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 17
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