Star Trek 2.20 (Return to Tomorrow)
This is an intriguing idea. The crew find three ancient conciousnesses from a race that died a quarter of a million years ago, they wish to borrow three bodies (worryingly this includes Kirk and Spock, as well as Doctor Anne Mulhall, played by Diana Muldaur, who later became The Next Generation’s Doctor Pulaski) and build themselves some robot bodies.
Once they have taken over the bodies (which the crew allow them to do freely, but not without a deal of debate, as the technological advances they might get could be massively beneficial) things seem to be going okay. Spock is smiling and compliments Nurse Chapel on her looks, which is a nice moment. The problem is that the presence of the new minds speeds up the bodies metabolism to a dangerous rate (apart from in Spock, who can stand it with his Vulcan physique) so the aliens go back into their holding spheres until the being in Spocks body can create a drug that will enable them to inhabit the bodies with no ill effects.
And they do start to build the robot bodies, however the creature in Spock is unhappy with the thought of going into a mechanical body, and sabotages Kirks dose of the drug and conspires to kill him so that he can keep the body he is in. Even the creature inside Doctor Mulhall is unhappy with the idea, however she is unaware of what Spock is up to. However when it comes to the crunch, when the first robot body is ready, she doesn’t want to go into it and decides to keep the human body. However, eventually her conscience gets the better of her.
I actually really like this one. For once, not all of the aliens are bad guys – two are a bit misguided, but actually end up doing the right thing. Having not seen this episode for a while, and not really remembering it, I assumed at first that all three were going to be bad, so it was nice that this well written episode exceeded my expectations of it.
And there were some great performances, especially from Nimoy, who is clearly relishing the opportunity to show some emotion. There has been a run of dodgy episodes, but it is worth them for the gems such as this one.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 40
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