Root of all Fear, TOS: S2E14 “Wolf in the Fold”

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’.  If that is the case, he may not have seen many wild animals, or found himself in a perilous survival situation.  Perhaps his life was never in danger from the most treacherous of all creatures: another human being.  It is possible that … More Root of all Fear, TOS: S2E14 “Wolf in the Fold”

The Misty Whale, TOS: S2E13 “Obsession”

Hell hath no fury like a captain chasing a white whale.  In an episode reminiscent of the vendetta plot from “The Doomsday Machine”, and the body harvesting of “The Man Trap”, Kirk’s old foe is a deeply personal weapon of mass destruction.  Upon finding his surveying party attacked and drained of their hemoglobin, Kirk suspects … More The Misty Whale, TOS: S2E13 “Obsession”

Radioactive Aging, TOS: S2E12 “The Deadly Years”

Aging comes with all kinds of challenges, but our culture has sanitized the process so much that it is rarely in the forefront of a young and healthy person’s mind. Medical science bombards us with trendy new ways to keep healthy and sharp as you move through life, championing the superiority of youth.  In a … More Radioactive Aging, TOS: S2E12 “The Deadly Years”

Perception of Progress, TOS: S2E11 “Friday’s Child”

The Original Series of Star Trek was ground-breaking for its era, even if many of the stories seem dated by our standards today.  During a time when the initial idea of a female captain was rejected, as producers thought a woman would never rise to that level, Gene Roddenberry still pursued his vision of a … More Perception of Progress, TOS: S2E11 “Friday’s Child”

A Puzzle of Hidden Pieces, TOS: S2E10 “Journey to Babel”

Diplomatic missions are tricky business.  An onslaught of conflicting interests and ideals tend to clash with interpersonal conflict and individual quarks.  It takes a range of advanced personal skills to navigate everyone’s interests to the point where they can be mostly satisfied without completely falling out with each other.  In the end, it was up … More A Puzzle of Hidden Pieces, TOS: S2E10 “Journey to Babel”

The Perfect Cage, TOS: S2E8 “I Mudd”

Perfection, beauty, immortality, and safety… are these the things for which every person longs?  The human capacity to reason is more complex than any creature on Earth of which we are aware.  Our language allows for the finest detail, and our behaviours are intricate.  We even have the ability to predict the future, at least … More The Perfect Cage, TOS: S2E8 “I Mudd”

Irrational Thought Police, TOS: S2E7 “Catspaw”

When the fog gathers, the witches cackle, and the air grows cold under the full moonlight, our tenuous grasp on rational thought gives way to self-preserving fear.  This is the time of year when the boundaries between the spiritual and physical worlds were said to be at their thinnest.  This is Halloween!  Although the spiritual … More Irrational Thought Police, TOS: S2E7 “Catspaw”

The Day the Earth Stood Sound, TOS: S2E6 “The Doomsday Machine”

Few people have heard of Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, which is a shame, as we all owe him our lives.  A silent and obscure hero, Petrov can claim the honour of single-handedly saving the world from nuclear annihilation, all by humbly opposing authority.  In late September 1983, the Soviet Union detected a nuclear missile launch originating … More The Day the Earth Stood Sound, TOS: S2E6 “The Doomsday Machine”

Eternal Childhood of the Forgotten Mind, TOS: S2E5 “The Apple”

Utopias and dystopias are often explored in science fiction, with speculative storytellers imagining vast possibilities of what the perfect world could look like.  One could argue that the first ‘utopia’ story found in many Western cultures is that of the Garden of Eden.  However, this legend is not concerned with the inner day to day … More Eternal Childhood of the Forgotten Mind, TOS: S2E5 “The Apple”