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”

Contract or Character, TOS: S2E4 “Mirror, Mirror”

A person of strong moral character benefits the society of which he or she is a part, and the society itself was the most influential in fostering the individual’s beneficial traits.  The Enterprise crew faced their own test of character, but emerged championing the superior society.  When transporting through an ion storm, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, … More Contract or Character, TOS: S2E4 “Mirror, Mirror”

The Invisible Hand of God, TOS: S2E2 “Who Mourns for Adonis?”

In a seemingly empty part of space, the Enterprise is suddenly held hostage by a giant hand.  Held at its mercy, nothing seems to break Kirk’s team free from this oddly-shaped force field.  They are soon introduced to their captor, a god-like being called Apollo, who exerts complete control over the ship and crew.  In … More The Invisible Hand of God, TOS: S2E2 “Who Mourns for Adonis?”

The Will to Break Free, TOS: S1E21 “The Return of the Archons”

When the Enterprise arrives at the planet Beta III to investigate the disappearance of the USS Archon, only Lt. Sulu returned from the original landing party.  If this wasn’t enough to concern the crew, Sulu was acting strangely, as if in a dreamy trance.  Kirk, Spock, and the extras beam down to the planet for … More The Will to Break Free, TOS: S1E21 “The Return of the Archons”

A Shadow of Doubt, TOS: S1E20 “Court Martial”

The Enterprise breaks from its five year mission to indulge some tedious court proceedings.  Well, a murder trial is still more reminiscent a courthouse show, even if it is in space.  The space murderer in this case is Captain Kirk, who stands accused of jettisoning a research pod too early, thereby killing a lieutenant commander … More A Shadow of Doubt, TOS: S1E20 “Court Martial”

Logical Dilemma, Emotional Choice, TOS: S1E16 “The Galileo Seven”

Spock’s wit and logic are put to the test in this harrowing life and death struggle during his first away team command.  The Enterprise is tasked with delivering precious medical supplies to the struggling planet Makus III, when they come upon a quasar phenomenon.  The quasar offered an amazing scientific opportunity, and Kirk couldn’t pass … More Logical Dilemma, Emotional Choice, TOS: S1E16 “The Galileo Seven”