Star Trek 3.5 (Is there in truth no beauty?)
Writer: Jean Lisette Aroeste
Diana Muldaur is back! It is a shame, as she was only in Star Trek what seems like a few episodes ago (less than ten) and she is so recognisable it just seems a shame they didn’t either cast someone else or hold this episode back a bit!
As for the actual story, it resolved around the Medusan ambassador, who is kept in a box because his appearance drives people insane. Naturally, Spock is resistant to this, but he does wear a red visor just in case. So does the ambassadors personal assistant, Miranda Jones (Muldaur).
This episode features the first appearance of the IDIC symbol, an important symbol in the Vulcan culture, standing for Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. The symbol and the reference turn up lots of times in most of the Trek series.
Then the Enterprise gets lost (it goes too fast and enters a space/time continuum, is Spocks rather rubbish explanation) and only the Medusan can navigate them back to the known galaxy, so Spock has to meld with the alien to operate the controls. Oh, and there is a line about the fact that Miranda would be unable to fly the ship as she is blind, and there is no way a blind person could pilot a starship, apparently!
Again, once there is the mind meld, Nimoy gets to do emotions as the ambassador melds with him to enable him to fly the ship home, which he does with ease. However, when finishing the meld he forgets to put a visor on, and goes a bit mad for a bit (he is half human, after all!) But all is soon resolved.
This episode is rather lightweight, not a lot really happens and the bit where Spock sees the ambassador almost seems tacked on because the episode underan by ten minutes. Fairly unmemorable.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 45
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