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”

Scars, Suffering, and Blank Slates, TOS: S1E9 “Dagger of the Mind”

Mental illness is often stigmatized and feared due to it being poorly understood.  The truth is that although we have made great progress in our recognition and treatment of many mental illnesses, there are still vast aspects of our brain function which are, for now, uncharted.  In a place where knowledge is lacking we often … More Scars, Suffering, and Blank Slates, TOS: S1E9 “Dagger of the Mind”

Generation Exterminate, TOS: S1E8 “Miri”

A snapshot of a population after a disaster event does not always offer information on what the nature of the population was prior to the catastrophe. Upon receiving an ‘Earth style’ distress signal (SOS), the Enterprise crew was astonished to discover a second Earth lightyears away from the original.  The main crew beamed down to … More Generation Exterminate, TOS: S1E8 “Miri”

Imperfection is in the Eye of the Beholder, TOS: S1E7 “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”

“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both,” is a vastly paraphrased version of a quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, although he allegedly denied saying it.  However, the idea which it conveys can be quite challenging to reconcile.  We need both freedom … More Imperfection is in the Eye of the Beholder, TOS: S1E7 “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”