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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Did You Know?


James Doohan (Scotty) lost his right middle finger during World War II. Most of his scenes are shot to hide it; however, it is very noticeable here. When Scotty is holding a phaser pistol on Kirk and Spock, only two fingers are holding the butt of the phaser. See more »


When Kirk goes back for the transmuter Scotty's position changes from when he was rendered unconscious by Spock a few moments earlier. See more »


Captain James T. Kirk: What now? You wave your magic wand and destroy my mind, too?
Sylvia: There's no real damage to the mind, Captain. Simply a drain of knowledge and will.
Captain James T. Kirk: You don't call that damage?
Sylvia: Why should I?
Captain James T. Kirk: You'd know, if you had compassion. A woman should have compassion. But I forget you're not a woman.
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What's with this awful episode?!
7 December 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Despite my sometimes acerbic reviews of the Star Trek series, I actually do love the show and have seen the episodes again and again and again. However, unlike most reviewers, my reviews tend to run the gamut in score--from 1 to 10. And, while I score most of the episodes in the 7 to 8 range, there are just a few that are so dreadful I must admit it and score them much lower. Yes, I have seen every episode of every Trek series and all the movies, so I do have at least an informed opinion. But, because I hated STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE and STAR TREK V and loved STAR TREK II, III and others, you know my opinions can be trusted to be somewhat balanced. I think this makes me a big fan, but not a zombie-like person who loves and accepts everything provided it's Star Trek. I really think there are many out there that give an automatic 10 to anything Trek.

Now this episode is the closest thing I can think of to a Star Trek Halloween special!! The crew land on a weird foggy world and it's inhabited by a couple of freaky witches--complete with black cats and monsters, etc.. This concept is so fundamentally silly that I think this is all I really need to say about the episode. It might be interesting only if you turn off your brain and enjoy it on a completely non-intellectual level.

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