Star Trek 3.11 (Wink of an Eye)
On the surface of an alien world (Scalos), Kirk and company beam down to the exact point where they are recieving a video transmission from a group of five people. Trouble is, they aren’t there, and a few moments later, red clad ensign expendable (well, Crewman Compton) vanishes. On the Enterprise, there is a machine on the life support systems that cannot be touched, shot or anything – in fact their phasers vanish when they try to shoot it.
What has happened is they have been slowed down in time – and soon Kirk is as well (when he drinks an agent that causes this to happen). The idea is a bit odd – you would have thought that if someone stood in the same place for long enough, you would see them, but that doesn’t seem to happen.
The Scalosians refer to them as having been accelerated, when actually it seems like the opposite is true. The only hint of the existence of Kirk and the Scalosians that the rest of the crew have is an insect like noise when one of the “accelerated” people is about.
One unfortunate effect of “acceleration” is that if they get hurt whilst newly accelerated, (meaning cell damage like a cut) they rapidly age and die, which is what happens to Crewman Compton (eleven episodes in and the first Enterprise crew member to die!)
I remember really liking this tale a while back, yet somehow it does not live up to my memory. The Scalosian unit that is on the life support system is going to freeze the whole Enterprise crew. There is no real reason given as to why – if it is just a way of getting rid of the crew, the Scalosians are in an easy position to kill the crew, why they don’t do that I have no idea at all.
In some scenes, actors have to stand still as the Scalosians act around them. This is sometimes done very well, and other times it is not. Scotty did seem to be swaying somewhat as he stood still in the entrance to the transporter room!
The episode slows down an awful lot, and the last ten minutes or so are pretty painful. The bit where the Scalosians fall for Kirk pretending to be finally accepting what is going on around him is just nonsense, I cannot believe they fell for it (although apparently it is normal for people to succumb automatically to their way of thinking a while after their acceleration!)
The episode ends with Spock deliberately accelerating himself once McCoy has come up with an antidote to the situation. They then destroy the freezer, take the antidote and everything is hunky dory. I actually think it would have been better not to show Spock taking the water, then have him pretend to be at normal speed by standing still in the background of a scene, then have him suddenly enter the scene at an opportune moment. A real missed opportunity, that!
So all in all, not bad but not great. Understanding why the Scalosians were doing what they were doing would have made a difference. And also, at the start, Deela (the Scalosian woman) says that the transport process was very slow (which makes sense) but when Kirk beams her back down (before he takes the decelerant) it takes the usual amount of time. Oh well!
Crew Deaths: 1
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 46