Star Trek 3.3 (The Paradise Syndrome)
Writer: Margaret Armen
This isn’t bad at all. In fact, the opening moments of the episode actually take a few moments to show you the setting that the story is set in – a nice shot that shows how nice it is. Even the opening scene takes things slowly, when the three people in the landing party (Kirk, Spock and McCoy) having a look around and taking a sneaky peek at the Native American Indian culture on the planet.
Now, the problem is that in a couple of months time, this planet will be hit by an asteroid and destroyed. And the point beyond which the Enterprise will be incapable of deflecting it is rapidly approaching, yet they still have a look around!
For once, the Earth based culture works really well, and the other thing I like about this episode is that it is set over two months, as a damaged Enterprise runs just ahead of the asteroid after their failed deflection attempt. Kirk even gets married and gets his wife pregnant in this episode (don’t worry, she dies before she has the baby!)
The final solution is a bit obvious, but there is something about the way this episode deals with Kirks relationship that is nice rather than hokey. And if you think about it, Spock is Captain of the ship for two months as they head back to the planet.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 43