Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 7

Catspaw (27 Oct. 1967)

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Very alien visitors to our galaxy try to connect with human consciousness but miss, winding up tapping into the regions of human nightmares instead.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Theodore Marcuse ...
Korob (as Theo Marcuse)
Michael Barrier ...
DeSalle (as Mike Barrier)
John Winston ...
Transporter Chief
Rhodie Cogan ...
Gail Bonney ...
Maryesther Denver ...
Jay D. Jones ...
Crewman Jackson (as Jimmy Jones)


When Kirk and his landing party arrive on the planet below, they are met by eerie mists, a dark castle, witches, zombies and a black cat. They soon learn that they are under the influence of a wizard, Korob, who tries to bend them to his will. They also soon learn that the black cat they saw is more than she appears and is in fact a powerful witch in her right. It is left to Kirk and Spock to find a means to escape their grasp. Written by garykmcd

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Korob and Sylvia refer to their leaders as the Old Ones, and imply that they are close by. Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft referred to the inhuman gods in his short stories as Old Ones; their being "nearby" was standard fare in his writings. Episode author Robert Bloch was a friend and disciple of Lovecraft. See more »


When Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down and see the Castle for the first time, McCoy is holding the phaser the wrong way. He holds it this way until they actually enter the Castle. See more »


First Witch: Wind shall rise.
Second Witch: And fog descend.
Third Witch: So leave here, all, or meet your end.
[wailing witches cackle and vanish]
Captain James T. Kirk: Spock. Comment.
Mr. Spock: Very bad poetry, Captain.
Captain James T. Kirk: A more useful comment, Mr. Spock.
Mr. Spock: What we've just seen is not real.
Captain James T. Kirk: That's useful.
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I Think It Would Have Been Better With Herman Munster!
28 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again somebody decided to walk away from the true Star Trek, a science fiction series. The ridiculousness of this mess with wizards and transforming cats, further takes the credibility from the fan's one chance to see a quality item. When the scripts arrived at the homes of William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, there must have been a lot of choking sounds. Jack Nicholson's first movie was called "The Terror." It has dueling wizards and goofy magic. It is often thought of as a terrible movie. Put aside this episode, it looks like "The Godfather." I suppose there is an audience out there that has no taste that thought this was quite clever, but they had 98 percent of television to appeal to their tastes. Enough criticism. It's a really bad episode.

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