Star Trek 3.4 (And the children shall lead)
Craig Hundley (Tommy Starnes)
James Wellman (Prof. Starnes)
Melvin Belli (Gorgan)
Pamelyn Ferdin (Mary Janowski)
Caesar Belli (Steve O’Connel)
Mark Robert Brown (Don Linden)
Brian Tochi (Ray Tsing Tao)
Lou Elias (Technician #1)
Writer: Edward J. Lakso
This is reputedly one of the very worst episodes ever made. I am unable to agree. It’s not very good, but I have seen far worse since this project began. The Enterprise visits a planet where the adults all seem to have killed themselves, leaving only the kids. Only they are not bothered.
The main problem is that the child actors are the stars of this episode, and they are not all that good. And once the kids start playing with people’s perceptions of what is going on it just is embarassing. The scene where Kirk breaks down at the realisation that he has lost the Enterprise is pathetic. Uhura seeing an older version of her self is dreadful, and I just don’t get why Sulu sees a knife kaleidascope!
It’s not all bad. The kids cause the Enterprise to be taken out of orbit of the planet, but they trick everyones perception so that the crew think they are still in orbit rather than space. So when they beam the security people into space, that is quite creepy.
The ritual thing that the kids use to summon the angel is embarassing – in fairness to the kids, they always look pretty embarassed when they are doing it. And the stabbing motion the kids do when altering perceptions looks pretty silly. (In fact, it rather looks like they are miming something else, but you’ll have to have seen the Buffy episode The Hush to get that one!) And the fact that Spock just plays a recording of the chant the kids do in order to summon the angel for himself – just plain silly. And they break the hold this thing has on the kids by playing some home movies of the kids before the parents died.
The final end of the angel is just silly, and we end up with a bridge full of crying kids. Nice.
Crew Deaths: 2
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 45
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