Star Trek: Season 3, Episode 10

Plato's Stepchildren (22 Nov. 1968)

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After Dr. McCoy helps the leader of a planet populated by people with powerful psionic abilities, they decide to force him to stay by torturing his comrades until he submits.

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On an urgent medical emergency, Kirk, Spock and McCoy encounter an alien society that had once flourished on earth during the time of Plato. Since reaching their current planet, they've developed psychokinetic powers while also losing their bodies' ability to combat even the simplest infection, making the need for a physician newly apparent. When Dr. McCoy declines their invitation to stay, they begin to make sport with Kirk, Spock, Nurse Chapel and Lieutenant Uhura using their psychokinetic powers. Written by laird-3

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In the UK, where interracial romance had already been depicted on television, the BBC dropped this episode and subsequent repeats purely on the violence factor: on the grounds that the sadistic treatment of the Enterprise Crew was not suitable for its early evening time slot. It was first shown in the UK on satellite television some 25 years later and on the BBC in December 1993. See more »

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Leonard Nimoy's double is just visible as Mr. Spock loudly dances "flamenco" dangerously beside Captain Kirk's face. When the dance finishes, it is obvious that the dancer's boots have higher heels than the ones Spock is wearing. See more »

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Parmen: Uncontrolled, power will turn even saints into savages, and we can all be counted upon to live down to our lowest impulses.
Captain James T. Kirk: You're very good at making speeches, Parmen. Just make sure that this one sinks in. Now move aside.
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Star Trek Roman Around
6 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silly science fiction, certainly. The only strength of this episode is to see those self- centered toga wearers get theirs and for the little guy to come out on top. Of course, like so many advanced civilizations in the original series, here we go again with their shortsightedness and their need to do evil instead of something positive with their powers. Kirk and the gang land on a planet that was every stereotype of ancient Roman culture we can come up with. The people have mastered telekinesis and use it to make the Enterprise crew look like fools, making them dance and do things utterly embarrassing to them. The whole coliseum full are smarmy, useless creatures who get their jollies from watching pain. Alexander is the gofer for them, ridiculed because he is a little person. He feels a total lack of importance. The problem here is that it is downright ridiculous, another earth culture that has revived itself in outer space. Man, the imagination was truly lacking.


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