series based on this, a miniature science fiction movie when all's said and done. Spock urges Kirk to maroon Mitchell on Delta Vega, an uninhabited planet. Although it was the third Star Trek episode that aired, Where No Man Has Gone The relation between Spock and Kirk; despite of its premise, is the most. The profound metaphysical, or even theological, implications of the relation of human Kirk, Spock, and McCoy reach the room where the intruder has materialized Us.” Something of a miniature comedy of misunderstandings now follows. Poster: Kirk, Spock and McCoy (from "Spectre of the Gun"). Articles: Report on the Enterprise shooting model and other miniatures at the Smithsonian, "This.
The most important player of all, at the end of the day, is Gene Roddenberry himself. Which is both the crowning achievement and the waffling difficulty of the whole affair but more on that in a minute.
The first thing to know is that Roddenberry was inspired by Alexander the Great and Hephaestion when he imagined the relationship between Kirk and Spock—he discusses it in an interview that can be found in the William Shatner biography Shatner: Star Trek as a show was—is—famous for how progressive it was at the time, more often than not hidden under layers of allegory to distract the censors: I bring up that little comment to discuss a far more famous one, perhaps the most famous in regard to our besotted officers.
The only difference being, the Greek ideal—we never suggested in the series—physical love between the two. This book was published inwhen there was still time a-plenty for unholy hell to come down on his head were he to suggest a physical relationship between Kirk and Spock. I speak, naturally, of the largely reviled Star Trek: A Space Odyssey, there is one thing it does very well: Of course, the actual details of why Spock has chosen to purge himself of all emotion are on the vague side in script and novelization, but whatever it was seems to have happened quite suddenly and left an enormous, painful emotional rift between himself and Kirk.
But let me not be coy.
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A fragmented plot synopsis: The Enterprise—headed by new captain Decker and a very midlife crisising Kirk—go out to try and stop the incoming threat, where they run into Spock attempting to do the same hold that thought. Decker offers to be absorbed by the probe so that it can be whole, and so that he can be together with Ilia again. Spock urges Kirk to maroon Mitchell on Delta Vega, an uninhabited planet. At first Kirk is outraged at even the suggestion, but eventually accepts the cold logic of this solution as Spock warns him, "we'll never reach another earth base with him on board.
His personality shifts startlingly back and forth between the affable crewman he was and the detached mutant he is becoming, and these glimpses of Mitchell's former self help us retain a measure of sympathy for him. He, too is a victim in this story. The silver contacts Lockwood wears are especially effective at making him appear as if his newly acquired powers have rendered him aglow from within.
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One of the episode's best scenes occurs when Mitchell, severely weakened after trying to break through a force field, returns momentarily to his old self. A few seconds later however, the glow in his eyes re-ignites, but now it's even brighter than before.
As he slowly rises to his feet, it looks this time like he will be able to pass right through the force field.
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But instead Mitchell stops and with a smile calmly informs them, "I just keep getting You know that, don't you? Of course Mitchell does eventually escape, taking the ship's psychiatrist, Dr. Daner, played by Sally Kellerman with him. She had also been affected by the mysterious force that has altered Mitchell and now they both have become mutants.
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Kirk bravely sets off on his own to track Mitchell down before his powers become so great no one can stop him. I gotta say, even after 40 years, all the elements of this one still work.
From the threat imposed by Mitchell's ever increasing powers to the agonizing questions it poses about what to do with him, and finally the physical conflict between Kirk and Mitchell at the end. Oh, and also the moment Dr. Daner must choose a side; it ALL works so well. James Goldstone deserves particular praise for his sure handed direction and this is certainly right up there with his excellent work on the original "Outer Limits".