Authoritarian Assumptions, TOS: S1E5 “The Enemy Within”

A popular psychological theory suggests that we possess five major aspects of personality, which shape our character depending on the relative strength and weakness of each.  These traits (openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) are not meant to function independently, but the Star Trek episode ‘The Enemy Within’ does just that.  After beaming aboard the … More Authoritarian Assumptions, TOS: S1E5 “The Enemy Within”

Operation Contamination, TOS: S1E4 “The Naked Time”

In one of the most cringe worthy contamination scenarios brought about by a group of trained space scientists, the Enterprise crew is exposed to a disease causing agent manifesting bizarre behaviors in the affected.  The episode opens with an away team, led by Spock, inspecting the planet Psi 2000 to investigate a research team that … More Operation Contamination, TOS: S1E4 “The Naked Time”

Upper Limits, TOS: S1E3 “Where No Man Has Gone Before”

The second pilot produced, but actually the third episode to air, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” challenges the limits of our human experience, both intellectually and emotionally.   While exploring, the Enterprise stumbled across the old black box recorder of the starship Valiant, which carried evidence of the ship’s ill fate two hundred years prior.  … More Upper Limits, TOS: S1E3 “Where No Man Has Gone Before”