Monday, 2 June 2008

Star Trek: TOS 1.26 - The Devil in the Dark

Review 25 - Episode 26

The One with the monster that looks like a man under a blanket

This won't be a long one, but there are a couple of things worth talking about.

The crew are called to a mining planet where 50 people have been killed by a strange blob monster. Turns out the Blobs eggs are being destroyed and she's protecting her young.

I appreciate the attempt to create a different type of alien, something so different we can barely comprehend. But visually, it doesn't work. Spocks mind meld, normally a safe pair of hands, is unfortunately comical and OTT and doesn't work for me.

There's a good idea in here, about Kirks willingness to destroy and Spock's instinctive nature to investigate and there are a couple of nice scenes where Spock is worried for Kirks safety and tells him to kill it and starts shouting "Jim!"

All in all, don't judge a book by it's cover. Or blanket.


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