Friday, 6 June 2008
Star Trek: TOS 2.3 - Friday's Child
Review 31 - Episode 32
The One with McCoys "baby"
Quite entertaining. Our Trio are on a planet trying to negotiate mining rights with warrior race when who pops up but a Klingon. Cue the quickest red shirt death ever and blatant prime directive busting and you've got scuffles and chases and a reluctant pregnant queen in tow.
I need to say here, this is the 3rd episode in a row that Kirk, Spock and Bones are on the planet and the Enterprise is dragged away or out of contact. Now I love the relationship between them, but you need to have them interacting with other characters or this may get old fast. It may be a factor of watching these in production order, but I'm not sure.
It's nice to see the Klingon's back and the hatred by Kirk even in these early episodes is strong. I would actually class this as a McCoy episode as he's got to look after the queen and baby as well as being the expert on this planet and culture. Poor Spock is sometimes just required to say dry one liners and raise an eyebrow.
The Enterprise is diverted away by a fake emergency call and once again, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov and Uhura are on the bridge, doing their thing. I was quite disappointed there was no battle with the Klingon ship, but I'm sure budget reasons played a large part in it. Julie Newmar is excellent as the guest star (I've wrongly been calling Eleen a queen, but she is in all but name) and it makes a change from the usual girls who either swoon over Kirk or start crying and screaming.
Enjoyable, but I maybe expect more from Fontana.
Overall Star Trek Franchise Rating so far: 90/155