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Oh another fruit cake
From: Colin H
Hello Trek tv Well this is an average episode of trek. I would not say it is as bad as some others consider it, but even so, it is far from a standout example of the Original Series. The plot of the story in many ways feels like a first season outing,revolving around Kirk and Spock. Did you think "Dagger of the Mind"?. Although there are some similarities (both set in insane asylums, and both featuring torture chairs which was in fact the same prop used for both instances). Steve Ihnat gives a reasonable performance as the insane Garth, but the writing let him down somewhat. We are given vague ramblings of how he plans to become "master of the universe" was he hoping for a toy range? I wonder how he looks holding a sword. Incidentally Orion slave girl Marta is played by Yvonne Craig, who is probably best known for playing 'Batgirl' in the third season of 1960s 'Batman'. It is very unexpected that the character is killed off later in the story, especially in such a callous manner. Batgirl would not have allowed that to happen. How come Spock did not find a more 'logical' way to tell Captain Kirk and Garth, posing as Kirk, apart at the climax of the story, plus he just let them fight instead if stunning both and mind melding. Maybe he thought Kirk was entering Pon Farr. Still you had to feel for McCoy he must have been bored stiff on this one. He even missed out on using his hypo on mental patient. Even Sulu did better than him, getting all excited over the explosion on the planet. Here in the U.K., this episode was skipped in the BBC's run of the series, it was finally included in the 1990s. Apparently the reason was due to the torture chair sequences. My thanks to Bryce cakes for his review of my cast, I am still waiting for a Australian one and I am glad the Christmas art was well received, Mark did tweet me about it. Well Enjoy your new guys, as you will be celebrating before the rest of us. Here's to Trek tv in 2012,well until the Mayan prophesied Borg invasion. Live long and podcast,my friends