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