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?”

Soap Sales and Stepford Wives, TOS: S1E6 “Mudd’s Women”

Modern human exploitation takes many forms, such as forced labor and sex trafficking.  Fortunately, charities and government organizations are working to increase global awareness of this distressing issue, and in a similar vein, Kirk and his crew did not approve of trading Harry Mudd’s ‘cargo’ either. In ‘Mudds Women’ the Enterprise comes across the distressed … More Soap Sales and Stepford Wives, TOS: S1E6 “Mudd’s Women”

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”