Star Trek 3.10 (Plato’s Stepchildren)
Writer: Meyer Dolinsky
I really hate this episode. In fact, it was not shown by the BBC in the UK until 1993 – they decided during the original run that it could not be shown because of the sadism in certain scenes. This is possible. I would rather follow the line used once by a British comedian called Jasper Carrott. “Why’s it banned? ‘Cos it’s crap!”
The basic idea is that a group of aliens with telekinetic powers have lived alone on their planet for years. Now there are only 38, but they have lived for thousands of years. However, they have no immune systems left and have started falling ill. McCoy cures the illness easily, and so is told he will be staying. The Platonians disable the Enterprise, and torture Spock and Kirk to get McCoy to agree to stay.
The torture scenes are bloody silly. I am not sure what the production team wanted to do, because there is one scene that is so cringeworthy and silly it spoils the whole episode. This is the moment when Alexander rides on the back of Kirk like a horse, complete with Kirk making horse noises. It is utter, utter crap.
This episode is also renowned because it contains American TV’s first interracial kiss. Bollocks. Both Kirk and Uhura are being controlled by the Platonians at this point – the action is not voluntary. So in fact what we have here is technically the worlds first televised interracial sexual assault. Brilliant. Well done.
Spock is forced to dance and cry. I cannot say anything good about this utter turd of an episode. Well done BBC for not showing the bloody thing for 25 years!
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 45