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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Cast:
William Shatner (Kirk)
Leonard Nimoy (Spock)
James Doohan(Scotty)
George Takei(Sulu)
Walter Koenig(Checkov)
Nichelle Nichols(Uhura)
Merritt Butrick (Dr. David Marcus)
Robin Curtis(Saavik)
Christopher Lloyd(Kruge)
Mark Lenard(Sarek)
Judith Anderson (Vulcan High Priestess)
Grace Lee Whitney (Janice Rand)

Writer: Harve Bennett

You know, my memories of this particular story of the film series were not that great.  There is a theory among the fans that the odd numbered films are not that good.  I have to say both the first film and indeed this one prove that wrong.

The story is relatively simple.  The Enterprise arrives on Earth having returned directly from the events of the previous film.  McCoy is behaving oddly, and when they arrive, they are told that the Enterprise is so badly knackered that she will not be repaired – she is to be scrapped.  Spocks’ father, Sarek (played by the fantastic Mark Lenard) visits Kirk to find out where Spock placed his memories before he died.  It turned out to be McCoy.

Meanwhile, on the Genesis planet, David and Saavik find Spocks coffin but it is empty.  Their ship (the Grissom) is destroyed by a Klingon ship that wants the secrets of the Genesis device.  They find a young Spock with no memories who is rapidly aging, like the planet.

Kirk asks if he can take McCoy to the Genesis planet, but is told he cannot, so he steals the Enterprise and all but Uhura go to Genesis.  There they are attacked by the Klingons, David is killed because Kirk will not surrender and eventually they have to self destruct the Enterprise.  Just before it explodes they beam down to the Genesis planet, which is breaking up, Kirk fights the Klingon commander and wins, and pretends to b him and they get beamed up to the Klingon ship, capture it, and eventually take Spock back to Vulcan (he is now about the right age) and reunited with his body.

The story is not anything like as good as the previous film, but it does have some benefits.  Firstly, this is the first appearance by Klingons as we know them – bumpy foreheads, costumes, knives and everything.  We saw something that was a bit like this in the first film, but the Klingons here are the template used from this point on, and they are great.  Chrisopher Lloyd is especially good as their vicious Captain, who kills crewmembers just for making a mistake (he killed his gunner when the Grissom is destroyed, he only wanted it disabled) and he also orders the death of David (well, any death, it was up to the Klingon on the ground who actually died).  So Yay to the Klingons, they are finally here!

The next two bits I adore are the obvious bits: I love the sequence where Kirk and company steal the Enterprise – they are persued by the experimental TransWarp ship the USS Excelsior, but luckily Scotty has sabotaged their new engines, so the persuit does not go very far.

Also, the destruction of the Enterprise is a really big deal moment.  This is the ship we have seen in every TV episode, and every movie up until this point.  Okay, it was going to be scrapped, but the fact that Kirk destroys her is a poignant moment.  And the effects are pretty good as well – the saucer explodes, but the rest burns up in the atmosphere of the planet.

I also love the fact that Sarek is back – we see Mark Lenard in two more films, and even in a couple of episodes of The Next Generation.

So what if the plot isn’t the strongest, so what if the sequence on Vulcan where Spocks’ mind is taken from McCoy and put back into Spock go on for a bit.  It’s nice to see him again, even though he only gets a few words at the end.

As I said before, this is kind of the middle story in a trilogy, and whilst the two that surround it are much stronger (perhaps the best the series has to offer) I think this one is good too – the quality of two and four tend to push this third film into the shadow a tad.

Crew Deaths: 0 (David doesn’t count, he isn’t Enterprise crew)
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 58
Score: 7.5/10

May 30, 2008 Posted by | accelerated ageing, cloaking devices, david marcus, death of a recurring character, destruction of a starfleet ship, family members, inside another stafleet ship, klingons, mind meld, pon farr, saavik, sarek, self destruct, set on earth, set on vulcan, stolen ship or shuttlecraft, vulcans | | 2 Comments

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Cast:
William Shatner (Kirk)
Leonard Nimoy (Spock)
DeForest Kelley (McCoy)
James Doohan (Scotty)
Walter Koenig (Checkov)
George Takei (Sulu)
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) 
Bibi Besch (Doctor Carole Marcus)
Merritt Butrick (Doctor David Marcus)
Paul Winfield (Captain Terrell)
Kirstie Alley(Saavik)
Ricardo Montalban (Khan)
Ike Eisenmann (Peter Preston)
John Winston (Cmdr. Kyle)

Writer: Harve Bennett, Jack B. Sowards

The USS Reliant accidentally comes across Khan, from the season one episode Space Seed.  He takes control of the ship, hell bent on only one thing: getting revenge on the man that abandoned him on Ceti Alpha V.  To do this, he steals project Genesis – a new device that will turn a lifeless moon into an instantly terraformed world.  If you happen to use it on a world that already has life, it will replace that life with the new matrix.

Meanwhile, the Enterprise is no longer doing missions, it is being used as a training vessel under the command of Captain Spock.  The ship picks up a confused message from the head of project Genesis, Doctor Carole Marcus, and so StarFleet send them out to investigate.  When they come across the Reliant, they assume she is friendly, until she fires.  As the shields are not up, the Enterprise is very badly damaged, but Kirk manages to find a code that enables him to make Reliant drop her shields.  Enterprise badly damages Reliant, then moved on to find the surviving Genesis staff in the bowels of the planet their research station is orbiting.  They trick Reliant into thinking the repairs will take a lot longer than they actually will, then make a break to hide in a Nebula.  The Reliant and Khan follow, but Kirk has the upper hand and virtually finishes off the Reliant.  So Khan stes off the captured Genesis device, which the Enterprise has no chance of outrunning as the repairs that need doing are in a radiation flooded compartment.  Spock carries out the repairs so they can escape, and dies as a result, his coffin left on the new Genesis planet.

This is an utterly superb movie.  I am not sure if it is my favourite one or not, I am in the process of watching them all, but it is great.  The acting is excellent – Saavik is a great new character, and she is played really well by Kirstie Allie in this film.  It is such a shame that she is played by someone else.

Other parts that are fantastic are the fights between the Enterprise and the Reliant.  This is the first time that we have seen ships in Star Trek blowing each others guts out, and the corresponding shots inside the vessels as they are hit are excellent.  The other effects that are great is the film that Kirk and company watches to inform them about Project Genesis – you see a moon transformed into a living, breathing planet.  Brilliant for it’s day.

The performance of the main cast is also brilliant.  The scene where Scotty loses his nephew is really good, as, of course, is the death scene for Spock.  Also, I really like the uniforms – that was something I forgot to say about the previous film, the one thing I didn’t like were the ghastly seventies uniforms.  These ones are much better, and last for all of these movies, as well as any flashback sequences from future series.

The music is also great.  In fact, I can’t think of anything bad to say about this movie.  It is interesting that Khan recognises Checkov, as Checkov was not in the series that Khan featured in.  I suppose we can assume that he was just on board, just not a member of the bridge crew.

I am not sure how many Enterprise crew are killed in this, I can only confirm two -Preston and Spock.  The amount of damage to the ship would suggest many people died, but there is no confirmation of how many deaths in any status updates given by anyone, so I am going to assume that there were many injuries but only two deaths.

Love this film, and also it kind of serves as the first in a trilogy.  This is Trek at it’s best.

Crew Deaths: 2
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 58
Score: 9.5/10

May 29, 2008 Posted by | david marcus, death of regular character, destruction of a starfleet ship, exes, family members, inside another stafleet ship, khan, mind meld, people from the past, saavik, set on earth | | 2 Comments

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Cast:
William Shatner (Kirk)
Leonard Nimoy (Spock)
DeForest Kelley (McCoy)
James Doohan (Scotty)  
George Takei (Sulu)
Majel Barrett (Chapel)
Walter Koenig (Checkov)
Nichelle Nichols (Uhura)
Persis Khambatta (Ilia)
Stephen Collins (Decker)
Grace Lee Whitney (Rand)

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Alan Dean Foster, Harold Livingston

A great cloud is heading for Earth.  It has already destroyed three Klingon vessels that investigated it, and a Federation Space Station that happened to be in the way.  The only ship in range is the Enterprise, nearing the completion of a refit but not quite ready…

I think it’s fair ro say that this film is either a love it or hate it kind of film.  The people tht criticise it claim that it just doesn’t feel like Star Trek as we knew it, but I have to say that I disagree.  Although made ten years after the series was cancelled in 1969, I get the impression that it is meant to be set 2 and a half years after the five year mission ended, so about four to five years after the show.  The Enterprise has been gutted and rebuilt, and now hardly resembles the original, certainly internally, and the outside looks a lot more streamlined.  In fact, our first look at the scrubbed up Enterprise is that magnificent sequence where Scotty takes Kirk over to it via shuttle, as the transporters are not working.  You are teased with shots through the side of the space dock, but that first full head on shot is very emotional – no doubt partly due to Jerry Goldsmith’s amazing score.  This sequence alone tells you it’s Trek, but not quite as you know it.

Captain Decker is the new boss, but most of the rest of the crew (apart from McCoy and Spock) are doing their old jobs.  It was nice to see Janice Rand again, after she vanished half way through season one.  And I loved the fact that Kirk used the crises as an excuse to get out of his stuffy Admirals office at StarFleet and take command of a ship again.  You get the impression that he has been bored out of his mind these last two years or so.

The sets are okay – some of them are too recognisable as the sets that get reused for The Next Generation.  In particular, the Engineering set is very similar indeed, as is the basic look of the corridors.

The new characters – Decker and Ilia – work well, but their relationship is rather similar to that of RIker and Troi on The Next Generationbut there’s a good reason for that: when this film was being put together, it was actually the pilot episode of the new TV series, and as Nimoy didn’t want to appear, Decker was the new first officer and Ilia a navigator (Checkov seeming to havce moved to security).  There would have been a Vulcan science officer, Xon.

This is Star Trek done on a grand scale – for it to work it had to feel big, and it did.  Never has planet Earth felt like it was going to be destroyed in the series – in fact, we never visited 23rd Century Earth on the show, though we did visit the past on numerous occasions.  Some of the effects look excellent – for example the detail on Vulcan, and also the Golden Gate Bridge by StarFleet HQ.  All good stuff, and the sequences inside the cloud – everything looked enormous.  Some argue that this all went on for too long, that the sequences inside the cloud were boring.  I can see that point of view, but I don’t agree – they helped build the tension very well.

This is a very adult Trek – I don’t mean language and violence, I just mean in the seriousness of it.  There is very little humour in it – unlike the TV show and most of the other movies.  Again, this put a lot of people off, but I really like it.  Had all the films been this heavy, then it would have become boring, but this was pitched just right, for me anyway.

I also liked the ending, the revelation that is was an old Voyager probe that has been picked up by a race of computer beings, souped up, and helped on it’s way.  Some fans suggest that the sequence at the end is the start of the Borg, and whilst I would love to think that it true, it cannot be – the Borg did not know about us until much later, and has they been formed from a StarFleet commander and a drone with the memories of a navigator, they would have got here a lot quicker!

A couple of minor nigges: why did Kirk draft a retired McCoy back into the service?  He didn’t really need him as a Doctor (Chapel is now fully qualified) it just felt like he wanted to bring him along for tha sake of it!  And how come Spock was able to fix the Enterprise engines just like that when StarFleets finest couldn’t?

So, all in all, a really confident start to the series with great effects and a real sense of scale.  And, incidentally, the introduction of Jerry Goldsmith’s excellent theme that went on to be used in another three films and every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Crew Deaths: 4
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 56
Score: 8/10

May 28, 2008 Posted by | andorians, doubles or duplicates, exes, klingons, mind meld, set on earth, set on vulcan, space station, super computers, transporter problems, vulcans, wormhole | | 2 Comments

Star Trek 3.24 (Turnabout Intruder)

Cast:
John Boyer (Guard)
Harry Landers (Dr. Arthur Coleman)
Barbara Baldavin (Communications Officer)
Sandra Smith (Dr. Janice Lester)

Writers: Arthur H. Singer, Gene Roddenberry

Yay!  Finally an episode that I actually enjoyed watching.  It is not one of the very best, I’m not trying to say that it is, but it is so much better than anything in the last, say, half a season.

Nutter Janice Lester (an ex of Kirks) managed to swap bodies with him, but before she can kill Kirk (now in the body of Janice) McCoy and Spock come back so he is forced to appear to care for the dying Janice Lester.  He is in league with Arthur Coleman, the only other person who actually knows what is going on.  There are some nice and subtle clues to what is going on – when Kirk contacts the Enterprise we hear “Captain Kirk to the Enterprise” instead of the now familiar “Kirk to Enterprise”.  Shatners portrayal of the insane woman is very good – there are some nice, subtle differences to his usual performance.

The plot is okay as well.  As you would expect, Spock is the first to suspect the truth, and he confirms his suspicions with a mind meld.  I do find it rather unlikely that no one else believed him – and Spock would have been better taking what he knew to McCoy to come up with some devious plan to expose Lester.

However, he does not, and the thing goes to a tribunal.  By the end of this, Scotty is also quite convinced that what appears to be Kirk is not the man at all, and tells McCoy.  This is overheard, and leads to a charge of mutiny, upon which Kirk appears to sentence Scotty, Spock and McCoy to death.

This is the only bit that I did not like, but I grudgingly admit that, if unhinged, Lester might have acted in that way.  It all ends, as you would suspect, with Kirk and Lester being restored to the correct bodies, and the truth coming out.  Some great performances – I loved the bit where Sulu and Checkov know that what is happening is wrong, but do not have the balls to put their necks on the line.

As I said, this episode was a lot better than much in the second half of the season, it is just a shame that, as the final episode, it didn’t have a more definitive ending.  But then, it was never meant to be the final episode…

So that’s it.  79 episode, some good, some bad.  But there is more to come.  A lot more.  Starting with a movie… (not a cartoon.  I’m not going there, sorry!)

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 52
Score: 7.5/10

May 27, 2008 Posted by | body swaps, exes, mind meld | | 1 Comment

Star Trek 3.23 (All our Yesterdays)

Cast:
Johnny Haymer (The Constable)
Stan Barrett (The Jailer)
Al Cavens (Fop #2)
Anna Karen (Woman)
Ed Bakey (Fop #1)
Ian Wolfe(Mr. Atoz)
Mariette Hartley(Zarabeth)
Kermit Murdock (The Prosecutor)

Writer: Jean Lisette Aroeste

Well, two from the end and we have an episode that isn’t bad.  It isn’t great, but it is a damned site better than anything we have seen for a while.

A sun is about to go nova, and the planet that orbits it (Sarpedion) has sent it’s population into the past of the planet to escape the disaster.  Each person could choose the period of Sarpedion history that they went back into.  When Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to the planet, the last person there (who sent all the others back) thinks the Enterprise crew are stragglers.  Kirk goes back to the equivalent of the sixteenth century, and McCoy and Spock accidentally end up in the Sarpedion ice age.

I won’t pretend that it is great, but there are moments that I like.  The fact that Kirk is rescued from almost certain execution as a witch by someone from the future who is also living in the past is quite nice.  The fact that Spock starts to revert to behave like contemporary Vulcans from that time period (5,000 years ago) is quite well handled for this show given the state it is now in.  He doesn’t very violent (just mildly!) and considering they could have had him revert to an animal state (complete with snarling and foaming at the mouth!) I thank heaven for small mercies.  There is one tired Trek cliche in that the guardian of the library seems to have made two identical copies of himself for no apparent reason.

Of course they all find their way back just in time and the Enterprise does get out of the solar system just before the sun goes nova.  But we finally have an episode that isn’t so bad – and it could have been.  I was not so keen on the segments showing Kirk in the past, but the bits with Spock and McCoy were quite good (they meet with another person from the future.  A couple of books suggest that perhaps Spock fathered a child at this point, but it ain’t cannon if it isn’t in the show).

So, a slight return to form.  And only one to go!

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 52
Score: 6/10

May 26, 2008 Posted by | doubles or duplicates, time travel | | Leave a comment

Star Trek 3.22 (The Savage Curtain)

Cast:
Nathan Jung(Ghengis Khan)
Carol Daniels Dement (Zora)
Arell Blanton (Lt. Dickerson)
Phillip Pine (Col. Green)
Barry Atwater(Surak)
Robert Herron(Kahless)
Lee Bergere (Abraham Lincoln)

Writer: Arthur Heinemann, Gene Roddenberry

Some rock creatures want to pitch good against evil.  They trick Kirk and Spock down with a fake Abraham Lincoln, join with a fake Surak (a Vulcan historical character) and fight some evil characters from history.  Just like in the first season episode Arena the crew of the Enterprise get to watch what happens on the bridge.  When Kirk refuses to fight the rock monsters somehow trigger a problem in engineering that will destroy the Enterprise in a few hours.

It goes quite quickly (thankfully) but not a lot really happens in this episode.  As far as I know this is the first mention of Surak (who I am sure gets mentioned in future versions of the show) and we also meet legendary Klingon warrior Kahless, who we hear about in the future and get to see in The Next Generation.  So this episode does show us two characters that have a bearing on future shows.

That is the only thing that this episode offers.  The rock creature is embarrassing, the story pointless.  I can’t be bothered to say more.  This is awful.

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 52
Score: 3/10

May 23, 2008 Posted by | historical characters, klingons, vulcans | | 1 Comment

Star Trek 3.21 (The Cloud Minders)

Cast:
Ed Long(Midro)
Garth Pillsbury (Prisoner)
Fred Williamson(Anka)
Kirk Raymone (Cloud Guard #1)
Charlene Polite (Vanna)
Diana Ewing(Droxine)
Jeff Corey(Plasus)
Harv Selsby (Guard)
Jimmy Fields (Cloud Guard #2)

Writer: Margaret Armen, Oliver Crawford, David Gerrold

This episode, like the recent ones that precede it, is not very good at all.  With the recent ones that I have looked at, I can honestly say that they were bad ideas produced badly.  The Cloud Minders is even more irritating than that – it is a good idea wasted.

The Troglytes mine Zenite for the people in the city above, Stratos.  There is an enormous difference in the ways people are treated – the people who live in Stratos live in wealth, whereas the miners do all the work.  The people in the city treat them as inferior creatures, whereas actually they are the same.  So what we are looking at is a story about ethics.  There are Troglyte activists at work in the city, and when one is caught (trying to kill Kirk, as she sees the Enterprise as an extension of what is happening on their world) she is tortured to find out if there are any more Troglytes in the city.

By the way, the Enterprise needs the Zenite to cure a disease on another world, something that seems to be going on a lot in this season – indeed only two stories ago.

Anyhow, Kirk manages to piss off the leader of Stratos, and so, desperate to secure the Zenite, decides to side with the Troglytes, and offers them filter masks that will remove the toxins from the mines that retard the Troglytes mentally.  But they don’t believe that the masks will do what he says they will do, so the rebels make him dig in the mines.

This could have been an intelligent story.  Bits are good.  Something you would now normally take for granted in modern shows look great in this – like the clouds moving in the background of the cloud city.  And the suicide (where a Troglyte jumps from the city) is also okay.  But I find it difficult to beleive in either of the cultures shown here – the city dwellers are too stupid to be so advanced, and the woman Kirk rescues from the cloud city (including shooting a guard) fails to beleive that he has her best interests at heart.

So, another crappy episode.  Only three to go!

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 52
Score: 4/10

May 22, 2008 Posted by | disease/sickness, torture | | 1 Comment

Star Trek 3.20 (The Way to Eden)

Cast:
Phyllis Douglas (Girl Hippie)
Deborah Downey(Mavig)
Victor Brandt(Tongo Rad)
Mary Linda Rapelye(Irina Galliulin)
Elizabeth Rogers (Lt. Palmer)
Charles Napier (Adam)
Skip Homeier(Dr. Thomas Sevrin)

Writer: D.C. Fontana, Arthur Heinemann

Oh for Gods sake.  Just when I though this series couldn’t plunge any more depths, we get the hippy episode.  Some hippies have stolen a ship, the Enterprise rescues them from it just before it explodes.  The hippies are trying to find Eden, which Spock claims does not exist.  Because one of them is the son of an ambassador, they are not thrown immediately into the brig.  Also, their leader, Doctor Sevrin, is the carrier of a virulent disease that he neglected to mention.  Luckily all Enterprise crewmen have been inoculated at some point, but McCoy is sure that very few of them have has boosters recently.

There are some extremely crap bits in this episode.  One of the hippies has a crappy guitar thing and keeps breaking into tedious song.  The word “herbert” is a term of abuse, and on many occasions the hippies just sit there chanting herbert.  It is meant to piss Kirk off, which it doesn’t.  However, it pissed me off.  If you ever wanted to prove a non fan someone that this show is as rubbish as they think it is, this is the episode to show them.  They will never watch another episode again.

The hippies are allowed to wonder about everywhere – one even walks into auxiliary control, which you would have though next to the bridge, engineering and the armoury would be one of the most secure places on the ship.  Oh, and Checkov knew one of the hippies at StarFleet Academy.  She tries to talk him out of leaving StarFleet. Spock decides to help them find Eden by doing some research.  But before they find anything, the hippies set about converting Enterprise crew members to their brotherhood.  They do this by singing utterly crap hippy songs at them.  Presumably the tactic was “stop singing and we’ll join”.  The hippies take over auxiliary control and change the course of the ship, and lock the bridge controls out.  It would appear that Eden is in Romulan space, as that is where the ship goes.  When they get to Eden they use ultrasonics to disable the entire ship and escape by stealing a shuttle.  When the Enterprise crew beam down hey!  Guess what!  Eden isn’t a paradise, it’s highly toxic.  The first to die is the cretinous hippy who did all the singing.  Good.  Sevrin eats a piece of fruit and dies.  The others are rescued and they get out of Romulan space before any Romulans turn up.

This is the nadir of this show.  In fact, of all of the other series, I can only think of one episode that I dislike as much as this one (the awful clip show at the end of Season 2 of The Next Generation).  Avoid.

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 52
Score: 0/10

May 21, 2008 Posted by | disease/sickness, ship/station taken over | | Leave a comment

Star Trek 3.19 (Requiem for Methuselah)

Cast:
James Daly (Flint)
Louise Sorel(Rayna Kapec)

Writer: Jerome Bixby

Yes, we have another piss poor episode as this once great series lurches onwards towards its tragic cancellation.  The premise seems to be okay – the deadly Rigellian Fever is rampant aboard the Enterprise – three crew are already dead, most are infected and things are looking grim.  Kirk, Spock and McCoy beam down to a planet where an unprocessed mineral (Ryetalyn) can be made into a cure, the problem is that the planet is occupied by Flint – and old chap, and Rayner, a girl he claims to have adopted.

Straight off, this episode pisses me off.  The crew are dying, and Flint clearly finds the “relationship” between Rayna and Kirk annoying.  Spock points this out to Kirk – Flint stands in the way of them and the cure but Kirk cannot resist trying to take her away from Flint, even though there is a strong chance it will cost the lives of everyone on the Enterprise.  For Gods sake stop thinking with your libido, man!  Rayner turns out to be an android made for Flint by himself – the reason for this is he is immortal.  (In a nice crossover, the story he tells of the way he didn’t die from an injury sounds exactly what we see in the Highlander films).  It turns out he was Brahms, and Moses, and a lot of other people from history.

He also has very advanced science – in a scene reminiscent of the scene that pissed me off from Catspaw in season two, he shrinks the Enterprise down and sticks it on a table.  And with all of this shit going on, he still tries to take Rayner away from Flint – this time by arguing that she is as human as any real human and thus has the same right to choose.  YOUR WHOLE CREW IS SITTING THERE IN A SHRUNKEN ENTERPRISE DYING IN FRONT OF YOU YOU UTTER TIT.  FORGET HER.

Then, at the end, as Kirk mourns her, Spock erases the pain from his mind with a mind meld.  Without permission.  Aren’t there rules about that sort of thing?

Drivel.  Utter drivel.  Still, not that many to go now!

Crew Deaths: 3
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 52
Score: 2/10

May 20, 2008 Posted by | androids, disease/sickness, doubles or duplicates, historical characters, immortals, mind meld, people from the past | | 6 Comments

Star Trek 3.18 (The Lights of Zetar)

Cast:
Libby Erwin (Technician)
Jan Shutan (Lt. Mira Romaine)

Writer: Jeremy Tarcher, Shari Lewis

This episode is so awful I actually had to watch it twice, because I lost interest about half way through and when I glanced up again I realised it had almost finished.

The Enterprise is heading for the Memory Alpha facility – a massive electronic library, that sadly has no shields because the information was to be made available to everyone.  The Enterprise is taking Mira Romaine to Memory Alpha, who has new facilities and stuff to fit.

On the way they are attacked by lights, which then race for Memory Alpha and get there ahead of them.  When they arrive, most of the people posted there are dead (including another Andorian), and the one survivor is not coherent.  And very soon dead as well.

My first problem with this story is the so called relationship with Romaine.  He is acting completely unprofessionally, leaving his station to see how she is after the lights cause her to pass out.  It us utterly out of character for Scotty – the character is the ultimate professional, and would not behave like this.  Some of Kirks comments are quite amusing, but the bottom line is Scotty would have been reprimanded for this behaviour.  Which of course he isn’t.

The lights attack the Enterprise again.  When they fire phasers into the heart of it (and Spock has identified at least ten life forms) Romaine collapses, so Kirk stops firing and they interrogate her.  Personally, I would have wanted to find a way of killing the lights without killing her – shield her in some way.  They do determine that she has the same brain wave patterns as the lights, and that their thoughts are becoming hers.

It plods on slowly but surely, with the creatures eventually revealed as the life force of the last hundred people of the dying planet of Zetar, and they are looking for a body they can live in.  The deaths on Memory Alpha was a side effect due to them resisting.

I don’t know what to say.  It is another dreary bottle show (we see some of Memory Alpha, bit not much) that seems to go on forever with very little plot.  When they risk killing Romaine at the end to try and free her from the creatures there is no tension and frankly you are left not really giving a toss whether she survives or not.

Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 49
Score: 2/10

May 19, 2008 Posted by | andorians, formless creature, mind control | | Leave a comment