Star Trek 2.11 (Fridays Child)
Writer: D.C. Fontana
There are some amazing episodes during the run of the original series of Star Trek. Sadly, this isn’t one of them.
The plot is dull – the crew beam down to a primitive planet that has dilithium in order to negotiate a treaty to mine the ore. The Klingons have beaten them to it and also have a representative there to agree a similar treaty.
Like many primitive cultures in this show, this one is just unbelievable, their leader gets killed early on in a badly orchestrated coup and the person who favours the Klingon bid ends up in charge. So Kirk, Spock and McCoy escape (with the heavily pregnant wife of the former leader) and escape from a camp where the sky is a sort of greeny purple into some location shots where they sky is… well, blue. And whilst I am moaning about colour, when Spock uses sonic vibrations to cause a rock fall, the rocks that fall down are grey but the hills are sandy coloured.
I can’t think of anything nice to say about this one, apart from the fact that I am surprised the prime directive allows them to make such contact with such a primitive culture. Perhaps they hadn’t thought of that yet.
This episode also marks the mid point in the run – there were 39 before, there are 39 after. Let’s hope some of them are better than this.
Crew Deaths: 1
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 34
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